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"I locate this tale attention-grabbing and fascinating. i feel will probably be of normal curiosity to the general public as the tale chronicles an immense a part of our heritage. it will probably serve to gauge the growth we have made in society and in our criminal method. I strongly suggest it." --Hon. Raul A. Gonzalez, former Justice, Texas best 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 relations ranch close to Laredo, Texas, led not just to the slaying of those renowned Mexican landowners but in addition 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 firstclass felony workforce for Allee's safeguard and in addition 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 gentle at the interethnic struggles that outlined existence 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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In the aftermath of the killings of Francisco and Manuel Gutiérrez, fourteen-year-old 32 a law for the lion Francisco Gutiérrez Peña, Manuel’s son, was put in charge of the San Juan Ranch in Zapata County. But when Alfred Allee was killed, his eighteen-year-old son, Alonzo, went to work for John Blocker at the Chupadero Ranch. 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.

In the aftermath of the killings of Francisco and Manuel Gutiérrez, fourteen-year-old 32 a law for the lion Francisco Gutiérrez Peña, Manuel’s son, was put in charge of the San Juan Ranch in Zapata County. But when Alfred Allee was killed, his eighteen-year-old son, Alonzo, went to work for John Blocker at the Chupadero Ranch. 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.

For example, a historian of LaSalle County describes a county fair on Labor Day, 1900, in Cotulla, the county seat, complete with barbecue and rodeo events. According to this writer, there were twelve participants in the roping contest, among them “Lonnie Allee and Jack Hill” (Ludeman 34). Jack Hill became one of the leading ranchers in the community of Webb (Green, Overview 13). He was the selfsame Deputy Sheriff J. E. Hill who accompanied Alonzo Allee to Laredo and the county jail. When Allee left the Gutiérrez ranch after killing the two men, it was to Webb that he fled.

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