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By Beatriz de la Garza

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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 an immense a part of our heritage. it might probably serve to gauge the growth we have 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 a question 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 started as an easy dispute over Allee's unauthorized tenancy on a Guti?rrez family members ranch close to Laredo, Texas, led not just to the slaying of those sought after Mexican landowners but in addition to a blatant miscarriage of justice. during this engrossing account of the 1912 crime and the next 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 first class felony workforce for Allee's safety and in addition discusses how Anglo-owned newspapers assisted in shaping public opinion in Allee's prefer. In telling the tale of this long-ago crime and its tragic effects, de los angeles Garza sheds new mild at the interethnic struggles that outlined existence at the border a century in the past, at the mystique of the Texas Rangers (Allee was once acknowledged to be a Ranger), and at the criminal framework that after institutionalized violence and lawlessness in Texas.

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On Saturday, August 17, we find the Spanishlanguage Laredo weekly paper, El Demócrata Fronterizo (which should have known better), carrying the story along the same lines as the English publications but adding its own brand of misinformation. The writer of El Demócrata knew that the office of mayor was equivalent in Mexican municipal government to the office of presidente municipal. This writer did not bother to find out the exact office that Don Francisco held in Guerrero, and relying instead on the stories from the Laredo Daily Times, he converted Don Francisco into the presidente municipal of Guerrero as he proceeded to relate the story of the killings: Gran consternación causó en esta ciudad la noticia circulada el miércoles, de que en la mañana de ese día habían sido muertos en su rancho, cerca del Encinal, el Sr.

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. One of these communities was known as La Leona, where the voters in the municipal election of 1912 numbered twenty-seven, all of whom voted in favor of Francisco Gutiérrez Garza for alcalde primero. Under Spanish and Spanish American law, alcaldes had exercised mostly a judicial function (Escriche 417).

24 a law for the lion Alonzo Allee was certainly exercising his right to silence while in custody, reserving his statement until he had been advised by legal counsel. In the meantime, all that the Times reporter could garner in the way of additional information was comments made by Justice of the Peace Nicasio Idar after holding a coroner’s inquest on the two deaths. The Times reported on August 15: Justice Idar and Deputy Sheriffs Stoner and McKenzie returned this afternoon about 2:15 o’clock.

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