The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 11
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The Laredo City Election and Riot of 1886
The younger and more hot-headed Guaraches on reading this
invitation to attend their mock funeral, sent word to the Botas
that before a funeral should take place "they would endeavor
to furnish enough of the real article to occupy the opposite
party for some days buying cemetery lots and improving
them.""' They declared that the Bota party would not be
allowed to hold its proposed procession that afternoon.'8
A conference was immediately held in the office of Judge
E. F. Hall, then state senator, by the heads of the two parties,
and the leading members of the Bota party emphatically stated
that no attempt at a mock funeral would be permitted by their
party, but that their followers would hold a parade." No satis-
factory agreement could be reached by the opposing parties, and
the Guaraches, smarting under their defeat and the threat of
the mock funeral, coupled with the report being circulated that
the Bota musicians intended to serenade with insulting music
some of the ladies who had presented the Guaraches with a
banner for their parade,20 began to appear in armed groups up
and down Iturbide Street to prevent the Bota procession.
Sheriff Dario SAnchez was called upon as a law enforcement
officer to protect the Bota procession during its march, as it
was apparent that the Guaraches were determined not to permit
them to celebrate peacefully that day. Thereupon Sheriff SAnchez
went to the west end of Iturbide Street to confer with the body
of Guaraches who had met there, and endeavored to persuade
them to go home and put away their arms; but his efforts were
fruitless. Their leader, Don Dario GonzAlez, told the sheriff
that he had already spoken to the Guaraches and that he could
testimony of several witnesses shown in Transcript. This practice of bury-
ing the opposing defeated party in effigy was somewhat of a custom in
early Laredo politics, as for example the Laredo Times of November 6, 1884,
said: "The demi-semi-crats rejoiced much over the big victory., . . . and
last night they buried the Guaraches in effigy to the blare of a brass band,
and the jeers of a rabble. Indignant nature hid her face behind frowning
clouds, and shed showers of tears at such exhibitions of human wayward-
ness. But the Guarache is not dead; he only sleepeth; and it requires
neither the ken of a prophet, or the son of a prophet, to say that he will
yet rise in the vehemence of his indestructible sole to vex the Seizers and
their 'servile minions.' "
17San Antonio Express, April 8, 1886; testimony of several witnesses
IsGalveston News, April 15, 1886. Statement of witnesses in Transcript.
x"Galveston News, April 15, 1886; San Antonio Express, April 18, 1886;
testimony of leaders of both parties in Transcript.
20Transcript, testimony of G. L. Mays, p. 64, and Juan V. Benavides,
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