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50 Years Ago

From the August 15, 1931, issue

5:14pm, August 13, 2001


Near the little Indian village of Prairieville–the Mexican name is Calixtlahuaca–archaeologists have made a rare and unusual discovery.

They have found one of those circular temples to the God of the Wind, seen by the soldiers of Cortez, but not one of which was ever afterward found on the Mexican mainland. The Aztec Wind God had his shrine atop a circular structure, so the musty old chronicles say, and the entrance to his lofty sanctuary was through a pair of horrible serpents jaws whose grotesque fangs were painted red or smeared with the blood of human sacrifice and in whose deep throat an eternal fire burned.

So terrifying were these temples to the Spaniards who beheld them on their march of conquest through the Mexico of Montezuma that they were the first of all the Aztec structures to be battered to the ground. They reminded the

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