By Beatriz de la Garza
"I locate this tale fascinating and eye-catching. i feel will probably be of basic curiosity to the general public as the tale chronicles an enormous a part of our historical past. it might serve to gauge the growth now we have made in society and in our felony procedure. I strongly suggest it." --Hon. Raul A. Gonzalez, former Justice, Texas preferrred 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 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 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 l. a. Garza delves into the political, ethnic, and cultural worlds of the Texas-Mexico border to reveal 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 felony crew for Allee's safety 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 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 used to be acknowledged to be a Ranger), and at the criminal framework that after institutionalized violence and lawlessness in Texas.
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Cribbet 219) However, under Article 5489 of the Revised Civil Statutes of Texas (1911), a tenant was not permitted to sublet without the landlord’s consent. The law in question read: If lands or tenements are rented by the landlord to any person or persons, such person or persons renting said lands or tenements shall not rent or lease said lands or tenements during the term of said lease to any other person without ﬁrst obtaining the consent of the landlord, his agent or attorney. We do not know if Landrum had assigned his interest to Allee or merely sublet La Volanta to him, or even if he had simply abandoned the lease, a possibility that cannot be discounted since Landrum seems to have missed the April and July payments in 1912.
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.
Who could foresee what he would do in the future, particularly since his presence at La Volanta was not governed by an enforceable lease? The suspicion that Alonzo Allee’s presence might be undesirable was not based solely on legal questions, nor was it entirely unfounded or unreasonable, although it might have been a case of the sins of the father being visited on the son. There appears to have been nothing known against Alonzo Allee around 1912, but it was an entirely different case with his father, Alfred Y.
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