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"I locate this tale attention-grabbing and pleasing. i feel will probably be of common curiosity to the general public as the tale chronicles a major a part of our heritage. it might probably serve to gauge the growth we now have made in society and in our criminal approach. I strongly suggest it." --Hon. Raul A. Gonzalez, former Justice, Texas preferrred courtroom "Esto no es cosa de armas" (this isn't really an issue for weapons). those have been the final phrases of Don Francisco Guti?rrez sooner than 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 kinfolk ranch close to Laredo, Texas, led not just to the slaying of those fashionable 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 l. a. 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 assets, she uncovers how influential Anglos financed a firstclass criminal crew for Allee's security and likewise discusses how Anglo-owned newspapers assisted in shaping public opinion in Allee's want. In telling the tale of this long-ago crime and its tragic effects, de los angeles 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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The relatives of the victims—and the victims themselves—would certainly have disagreed with this assessment, but those were the writers’ words and, no doubt, their beliefs: About 1892 misfortune overtook Allee once again. There were two young brothers by the name of Bowen living in Cotulla. One of them assumed the editorship of the Cotulla Ledger while the other hung out his shingle as a lawyer. There had been some criticism by the editor against Allee in the Cotulla Ledger. (ludeman 117) a matter for weapons 35 It was the Bowen brothers’ misfortune that Allee could take no criticism and that they found themselves on the same train as Allee.

Manuela García, a widow of sixty who had now buried five of the six children she had borne, and her cousin and daughter-in-law, Francisca Peña, a widow at only thirty-nine and with seven children, remained at home, behind the closed doors and drawn curtains of a house in mourning. Virginia, Manuel’s eldest child and Don Francisco’s first grandchild, could now only look to her sixteenth birthday, less than a week 26 a law for the lion away, with sorrow and anxiety. The plans for her upcoming senior year at the Ursuline convent school were thrown into disarray.

And Mrs. A. J. Landrum, 1814 Victoria Street . . 26 was forwarded by Ernesto Flores, Adela’s husband, to Manuel at Aguilares, Texas, a settlement on the Texas-Mexican Railway and the closest post office to the San Juan Ranch. The check was drawn on the Stockmen’s National Bank of Cotulla, Texas, and was dated July 6, 1912. It was made payable to Manuel Gutiérrez (not Francisco) and was signed by Alonzo W. ” Manuel communicated this change in the state of affairs to his father in Guerrero. Don Francisco then made plans to go to Laredo and asked his son to meet him there.

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