The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948 Page: 229
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Don't Fence Me In a29
The case was dropped until October, but on the twenty-ninth
of that month the prisoners again petitioned for release, alleging
that their families had nothing to eat and asking to be let out
so that they could repair the roofs of their corncribs and gather
what little corn there was left. Touched by their plea, Governor
Sandoval released them on bond on November 3, ruling that
Alcalde Leal had exceeded his authority by imprisoning them
in the first place.
Thus ended this little episode in the fencing of the open
range in Texas two centuries ago. After spending nearly seven
months in jail, the notary had proved that, according to law,
the alcalde had no right to fence him in. Incidentally, the
records of the case do not indicate that the alcalde ever suc-
ceeded in getting the fence fixed.
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