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ran "La Botica de la Malinche." Dr. B. G. Atlee was the popular
dentist of Laredo at the time. Fort McIntosh was under the
command of Major R. F. Bernard, under whom at the time
served that renowned Texan, Lieutenant Beaumont B. Buck,
who soon married the Major's daughter. John Grant and W. H.
Kenner sold corn, oats, hay, bran, etc. The law profession was
well represented, the leading members being the firm of McLane
& Atlee, composed of A. L. McLane, later District Judge, and
E. A. Atlee, soon to become Mayor and later State Senator,
Captain S. T. Foster, an old Confederate veteran, A. Winslow,
who also served as United State Commissioner, Captain T. W.
Dodd, Major O. M. Watkins, C. C. Pierce, and J. O. Nicholson.
Among the school teachers were Mrs. Lilian Bond, Miss Sue
Goodrich, Mrs. M. E. Pinder, who still teaches private classes,
Miss Hattie Byrne, Mrs. Joe SAnchez, Miss Nona Sweatman,
Miss Mildred McKnight, and P. J. McMahon, with Captain E. R.
Tarver, a lawyer and newspaper man, as superintendent.
By the time of the city election of April 6, 1886, the voters of
Laredo were divided into two strong opposing political parties.
The Citizens' party, assertedly nonpartisan as far as political
party affiliations were concerned, but in a measure Republican
in faith,7 appealed mainly to the plebeian class. In bidding for
the support of the common people, this party adopted as their
campaign slogan the name "Guarache," by which it was uni-
versally called. "Guarache" is the Mexican Indian word, adopted
into Spanish, for a sandal composed of a rawhide sole with
thongs of the same material used to hold it on the bare foot,
and is the footwear of the most lowly class in Mexico. The
opposing party, self-styled Democrats, were mainly composed
of the aristocratic element, but with a strong proletarian fol-
lowing. The Mexican nature must have a symbol or a word
to distinguish their party, so the leaders adopted the more
elegant word "Bota"-boot--for their political battle cry.
Raymond Martin, from sunny France, had moved to Laredo
in the early '50s and married into the family of Don Bartolom6
Garcia; he gradually assumed leadership of the "Bota" party,
along with C. M. Macdonnell, who hailed from County Down,
in Ireland. Mr. Macdonnell had come to Texas as a young man
and served with the Texas Rangers in 1852, and was a member
of the famous Terry's Texas Rangers during the Civil War.
Don Dario GonzAlez, the leader of the Guarache party, was
TLaredo Times, June 27, 1886.
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