By Beatriz de la Garza
"I locate this tale attention-grabbing and attractive. i feel will probably be of normal curiosity to the general public as the tale chronicles a big a part of our heritage. it will possibly serve to gauge the growth we have made in society and in our felony process. 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 all 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 widespread Mexican landowners but additionally 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 assets, she uncovers how influential Anglos financed a first class felony group for Allee's safeguard and in addition discusses how Anglo-owned newspapers assisted in shaping public opinion in Allee's desire. 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 when institutionalized violence and lawlessness in Texas.
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Extra resources 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)
Alonzo Allee seems to have ﬁt the pattern, not so much of a life-long servitor of Blocker, but rather more of a semi30 a law for the lion independent contractor who was standing by on call for when he was needed. Lonnie Allee was a local boy who had inﬂuential friends in the Anglo ranching community of South Texas, people he had known since boyhood. 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.
To avoid any possible trouble, he was taken off the train at a crossing one mile north of town and placed in an open car. Guarded by Rangers, who galloped alongside on horseback, he was escorted to the county jail. Here, however, another large crowd, “anxious to get a glimpse” of the murderer, had gathered. As the car slowed in front of the jail, the crowd pushed forward and surrounded the automobile. The Rangers “made a charge to clear the crowd,” and Franks was rushed inside. (254) No such angry crowd had threatened Alonzo Allee when he had arrived in Laredo on the train, escorted only by Deputy Sheriff J.
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