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What this columnist enjoys most about “Stagecoach,” however, is spotting its many “goofs.” For example, in the opening scene, just as the stage rolls into town, it is quite obvious that no structures are behind the building facades. And in another take, the characters are chatting on a porch about an Indian massacre that had just taken place, when suddenly in the valley behind them a car drives right through the middle of the Western.

Let them ring

President Bush is being asked to return a pair of church bells — on display in Wyoming for more than a century — to the people of the Philippines.

Legislation introduced by Rep. Bob Filner, California Democrat, urges the president to authorize the return of the two bells to the church parishioners of Balangiga. The bells are currently on display at F.E. Warren Air Force Base.

How did they ever wind up at a military base in Wyoming?

“It was a result of a conflict, between Filipino and American soldiers in 1901 in the town of Balangiga on the island of Samar, Philippines, that the bells in the Balangiga church were taken to the United States as war trophies,” Mr. Filner explains.

He also observes that Balangiga’s residents have erected a memorial of Philippine and American war dead from the 1901 incident, all of whom are honored by the town every Sept. 28.

“Filipino people have requested the return of the bells to the original setting in the Balangiga parish where they could ring again, after 106 years of muteness, as a symbol of this bond,” Mr. Filner says.

He points out that Philippine soldiers have fought alongside American troops in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Philippine troops withdrew from Iraq after one of their countrymen was taken hostage.

John McCaslin can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washingtontimes. com.