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Treasure House © 2012 by James Hampton
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The tiny village was in chaos. Its men beat their chests and shouted at the sky; its women wept, cried out for justice; its children mostly stayed quiet, and some even hid, feeling it would be best to keep away from the distraught and seething crowd: an angry mass now gathered before the small stone building that, until sometime last night, had held their most prized possession.