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not control them.21 SAnchez then returned to the Bota hall and
reported the failure of his attempt at peacemaking. The
Botas told him they were within their rights as citizens and
would have their procession.22 The holding of the procession
being a certainty, Sheriff SAnchez agreed to furnish such pro-
tection as he could but stated that he did not have a sufficient
number of arms available to protect the procession, so a round-
up of guns was made. As Sheriff SAnchez said later, "I got
some arms at Macdonnell's store and also got some three or four
at home. I then sent TomAs Arispe out with another body of
ten men to Mr. Martin's store to get ten Winchesters. We had
only five rounds of cartridges apiece, as much as we could get.
After securing the guns, when Mr. Higinio Garcia [city mar-
shal-elect] was going down to the club-room I told him to
station himself in front of the Old Elephant Saloon. He did
so and stood guard. I gave the orders in public, I told him
as an officer I was called upon to give them protection, and
I was going to give it."23
In the meantime the full Guarache following had gathered
on Iturbide Street, under arms,24 with the yellow cannon in
charge of E. Moran, the cannoneer, wearing his red shirt. Some
were on foot and others on horseback, some with six-shooters
and some with Winchesters. According to Jost Ayala, who said
he had been an old soldier, there were about 150 men in the
crowd.25 The Guaraches carried a red and black flag that was
said to signify blood and smoke.2" It was evident that the
Guaraches did not intend to be buried that day without some
show of a fight.
The evening slowly wore on and no move on the part of
either side indicated they would disperse and go home. So at
5:40 p. m. the Bota procession left their hall. The procession
was led by W. H. Adams, followed by men four abreast, Sheriff
SAnchez and County Judge J. M. Rodriguez in the front rank.
21Transcript, testimony of Dario Gonzalez, p. 55.
22Ibid., testimony of C. M. Macdonnell, p. 189, Raymond Martin, p. 198.
23Ibid., testimony of Dario SAnchez, p. 141. San Antonio Express, April
9, 1886, "These two gentlemen, Macdonnell and Martin, are leading and
very well known merchants, and their action in the matter at the time
was considered perfectly justifiable, as they and their party were only
doing what the others had made preparation to do in case of success."
24Galveston News, April 15, 1886.
25Transcript, testimony of Jose Ayala, p. 249.
26Ibid., testimony of L. E. Puster, 72, Jose Ayala, p. 249.
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