The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 52
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another that he stayed in Coahuila where he was held "in high
esteem for his ability in surgery."26
Credence is lent to the fact that he remained behind in Coahuila
by a suggestion most reluctantly made, a suggestion that might strip
St. Denis of some of his historical romance. Castafieda quotes
Father Antonio Olivares as having some doubt as to who actually
married Maria Ram6n. This is Father Olivares' quotation: "Either
Medar Jalot or St. Denis married at the Presidio of Rio Grande
a granddaughter of Diego Ram6n."27 And then he concludes by
saying, "Although I do not doubt that one of the two married
the granddaughter of Captain Ram6n, I have not been able to
determine with any certainty which of the two did." It is con-
ceivable that Surgeon Jalot, no doubt well schooled in the bewitch-
ing technique of his master, may have improved the opportunity
afforded by the long absence of St. Denis and laid successful siege
to the heart of Dofia Maria.
But such a suggestion, however hesitatingly made, should be
absolutely taboo. History has accorded the hand of fair Maria to
Louis Juchereau de St. Denis and this should be the conclusion
of the whole matter.
The conclusion of Surgeon Jalot is more difficult. The con-
clusion, drawn from the last available record, is most inglorious,-
wholly out of harmony with the dignity of the surgeon, valet and
general assistant to St. Denis. Captain Don Domingo Ram6n in
his diary draws the curtain on our surgeon-hero in these words:
"Jean de Mendar of French descent fell from his horse, because
the animal caught its foot in a hole."28 The place was on Texas
soil ten leagues from the Rio Grande. The time was the 28th
day of April in the year 1716.
San Antonio, Texas.
26Morfi, Fray Juan Agustin. History of Tewas, 1673-1779. Translated
by Carlos E. Castafleda, Albuquerque, 1935, p. 170.
27Castaeda. op. cit. p. 26.
28Ram6n, Don Domingo. Diary of His Empedition into Texas in 1716.
Translated by Paul J. Foik. Texas Catholic Historical Society, Preliminary
Studies, Vol. II, No. 5, April, 1933, p. 9.
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