By Beatriz de la Garza
"I locate this tale attention-grabbing and pleasing. i feel will probably be of normal curiosity to the general public as the tale chronicles a big a part of our background. it could actually serve to gauge the development we've got made in society and in our felony method. I strongly suggest it." --Hon. Raul A. Gonzalez, former Justice, Texas ideally suited court docket "Esto no es cosa de armas" (this isn't an issue for weapons). those have been the final phrases of Don Francisco Guti?rrez ahead of Alonzo W. Allee shot and killed him and his son, Manuel Guti?rrez. What begun as an easy dispute over Allee's unauthorized tenancy on a Guti?rrez kin ranch close to Laredo, Texas, led not just to the slaying of those well-liked Mexican landowners but additionally to a blatant miscarriage of justice. during this engrossing account of the 1912 crime and the following trial of Allee, Beatriz de los angeles Garza delves into the political, ethnic, and cultural worlds of the Texas-Mexico border to show the tensions among the Anglo minority and the Mexican majority that propelled the killings and their aftermath. Drawing on unique resources, she uncovers how influential Anglos financed a firstclass criminal staff for Allee's safeguard and likewise discusses how Anglo-owned newspapers contributed to shaping public opinion in Allee's prefer. In telling the tale of this long-ago crime and its tragic effects, de l. a. Garza sheds new gentle at the interethnic struggles that outlined lifestyles at the border a century in the past, at the mystique of the Texas Rangers (Allee used to be acknowledged to be a Ranger), and at the felony framework that after institutionalized violence and lawlessness in Texas.
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Isidoro A. Nava, Antonio Ma. Benavides, Santiago Gutiérrez, Alfredo González, Juan B. Benavides, and Régulo Flores; two síndicos (municipal attorneys or prosecutors), Refugio Peña and José Ma. Salinas; august 1912 17 three alcaldes propietarios, the ﬁrst being Francisco Gutiérrez Garza, and the other two Lorenzo González and Reyes Gutiérrez; and three alcaldes suplentes, or alternates, Lucio Vidaurri, Diego Martínez, and Manuel Firons. As an interesting aside, we may note here that the jurisdiction known in Mexico as a municipality combines the functions of city and county government, so that the Municipality of Ciudad Guerrero, Tamaulipas, consisted not only of the city of Guerrero but also of several small communities.
This incident in Alonzo’s employment may also be indicative of a prior acquaintance or of an employer-employee relationship between Blocker and Alfred. ” This may seem to us today an overly subtle distinction, but in a ranching community a hundred years ago it marked the difference between those who owned both land and cattle and those who owned only the cattle, the livestock, not the land, or who looked after livestock for others, that is, whose use of land was itinerant rather than ﬁxed. Of course, the ﬁve hundred head of cattle may have been apocryphal, and Alfred Allee may have simply been a hired hand of John Blocker.
Falvella (assuming he was the reporter) persevered in his pursuit of the story of the Gutiérrez killings and brought off a minor scoop by describing for his readers, in the same story, the condition of the bodies of the victims which he had garnered from his own observations (although he denied this) and also from interviews with the undertaker, John Convery: Shortly after the arrival of the bodies here yesterday quite a crowd gathered about the undertaking parlor, but none viewed the remains until they had been prepared.
A Law for the Lion: A Tale of Crime and Injustice in the Borderlands (Jack and Doris Smothers Series in Texas History, Life, and Culture) by Beatriz de la Garza