By Beatriz de la Garza
"I locate this tale fascinating and beautiful. i feel it will likely be of normal curiosity to the general public as the tale chronicles a tremendous a part of our heritage. it could serve to gauge the growth we have now made in society and in our felony procedure. I strongly suggest it." --Hon. Raul A. Gonzalez, former Justice, Texas ideal 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 sooner than Alonzo W. Allee shot and killed him and his son, Manuel Guti?rrez. What all started as an easy dispute over Allee's unauthorized tenancy on a Guti?rrez relatives ranch close to Laredo, Texas, led not just to the slaying of those trendy 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 assets, she uncovers how influential Anglos financed a first class criminal group for Allee's safety 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 l. a. Garza sheds new mild at the interethnic struggles that outlined lifestyles at the border a century in the past, at the mystique of the Texas Rangers (Allee was once stated to be a Ranger), and at the felony framework that when institutionalized violence and lawlessness in Texas.
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Extra info for 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)
According to Miller, “[B]eginning in 1873 and continuing until 1879, Texas went through a veritable ‘canal and ditch craze’” (72). Under the April 29, 1874, act, Beaty, Seale & Forward received 1,175,680 acres of land for cleaning, clearing, and improving the rivers targeted in the act (Miller 287–288). The companies receiving the land as payment for improvements had no use for most of it and disposed of the scrip as quickly as possible. That was how Meyer M. Levy, by L. G. Levy, his attorney in fact, of Nueces County, Texas, conveyed to Francisco Gutiérrez Land Scrip No.
The mourners, all men, are clad in dark coats and ties in spite of the blazing August heat. A variety of headgear, from jaunty straw boaters to sober homburgs and dark derbies, and even the occasional ranch sombrero, shielded them from the punishing sun. No women appeared in the procession since, according to custom, the women were spared the hardship of the long walk along the dusty road to the cemetery, as well as the intensely emotional moments of the last farewells. 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.
1/321, corresponding to 640 acres of land, “for and in consideration of one hundred dollars,” according to the document of sale found in the archives of the General Land Ofﬁce of Texas. Land Scrip No. 1/321 represented Survey number 479 in what was then Encinal County and which became the eastern part of Webb County when it was incorporated into it in 1899. Survey 479 was the “home section” of Francisco Gutiérrez’s ranch where the original improvements, including a dwelling, were located, the land which allowed him to purchase additional acreage directly from the State of Texas.