By Beatriz de la Garza
"I locate this tale attention-grabbing and desirable. i believe will probably be of normal curiosity to the general public as the tale chronicles an incredible a part of our historical past. it could serve to gauge the growth we've got made in society and in our felony procedure. I strongly suggest it." --Hon. Raul A. Gonzalez, former Justice, Texas splendid courtroom "Esto no es cosa de armas" (this isn't an issue for weapons). those have been the final phrases of Don Francisco Guti?rrez prior to 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 kinfolk ranch close to Laredo, Texas, led not just to the slaying of those trendy 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 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 resources, she uncovers how influential Anglos financed a first class felony crew for Allee's protection and in addition discusses how Anglo-owned newspapers contributed to 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 existence 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 after institutionalized violence and lawlessness in Texas.
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Photographs show a lengthy funeral cortege following the hearses on foot. 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.
If this was the case, he used very bad judgment in shoving an armed man around. His bad judgment and lack of tact proved fatal. (ludeman 117) After reading about Alfred Allee’s sanguinary exploits, it is difﬁcult to accept the chroniclers’ conclusion that all the shootings that Allee was responsible for were due to his star-crossed destiny. 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.
Franklin as special counsel to prosecute Allee. It was to no avail. Alfred Allee hired “two ﬁne lawyers, Hon. L. H. Browne of San Marcos and Col. E. R. ” Allee was again acquitted (Ludeman 117). Another writer who had grown up in Karnes County hearing of Alfred Allee’s exploits tells us with admiration that Allee’s lawyer, the Hon. L. H. Browne, was “Judge Browne . . formerly a citizen of this county” (Dailey 329). This writer makes no secret of his hero worship for Alfred Allee: Gifted, talented, a natural leader of men, it appeared as if nature had fashioned him for a statesman, and had he chosen a political career he might easily have been governor of this great state.
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