The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 309
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Municipal Government of San Fernando de B6xar. 309
ernor Cabello ordered the newly elected members not to absent
themselves when, as a consequence of such an absence, any of their
duties might be neglected. He refused to approve the elections
until the members should have promised to obey these instruc-
tions.1 He likewise refused to approve the election of a certain in-
dividual on the grounds that he did not possess the necessary qual-
ifications, as there were two criminal charges pending against
him.2 Manuel Mlufioz, the succeeding governor, objected to two
other persons named for municipal office because their conduct had
not made them worthy of the honor of serving in this body.8 The
elections, in each case, were not approved until the objectionable
characters were excluded.
In addition to this p ower of approving and disapproving elec-
tions the governor, as has already been stated, had to install new
officers, or to appoint some one in his stead to perform that duty.
The honor was usually conferred on the regidor decano. The gov-
ernor, likewise, sometimes presided over the cabildo,4 and could
cast the deciding vote in case of a tie in elections.5 Besides this
supervision of elections made by the cabildo, the governor had
power over matters that one would naturally expect to be entirely
under its control. Among these may be mentioned the manage-
ment of school affairs. The petition of a teacher asking to be
allowed to establish a school, to receive certain pay for his services,
and to have the rules and regulations for the school prescribed was
referred to the governor for decision. Another instance of the
governor's authority is shown by the petition of an alcalde7 asking
to be allowed to go with certain companions to get twenty-four
head of stock beyond the Guadalupe River. When granting this
1Expediente concerning elections for 1784, in Poseciones de Oficios, etc.,
1778-1784, B6xar Archives.
'Domingo Cabello to cabildo, December 22, 1784, B6xar Archives.
8Manuel Muioz to cabildo, December 29, 1794, B6xar Archives.
4Election report, January 5, 1777, B4xar Archives.
'Report of election December 23, 1781, in Poseciones de Oficios, etc., 1778-
1784, B6xar Archives.
'Don Jos6 Francisco de la Mata to cabildo, May 1789, B6xar Archives.
'Manuel de Arocha to cabildo, August 31, 1793, Bfxar Archives.
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