Everything had started 27 years ago. Frightened and dizzy, the replacement soldiers who had not been able to pay the 2,000 pesetas that cost the exemption from the service put foot in the port of Melilla on July 27, 1909 after a trip by rail and boat between a week and two days of duration, whose main intermediate points had been Barcelona, Madrid or Malaga, the great places of military concentration. They did not have time to see the city. The officers hauled them unceremoniously towards the intricate

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