The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 18
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
From Don Crist6bal Benavides, a prominent Guarache and
a leading merchant, and former captain under the Confederacy,
Mr. Barnes got the following personal narrative of the riot:
On the morning of the day of the battle, Alex Trimble
came into my store and begged me for a Winchester,
saying, "The Botas are going to celebrate the defeat
by a parade and burial of the Guaraches, and I would
rather die than stand the humiliation." I declined to
lend him the rifle. During the course of the day ten
of my friends, members of the Guaraches, came to my
store and begged for arms. Before the procession
started ten Botas, most of them deputy sheriffs, passed
my door unarmed, returning in a few minutes armed
with Winchesters. As soon as I learned that the pro-
cession was about to start I had my store closed.
Natividad Herrera and several others were in my
store. Natividad had a rifle. He tried to pass me at
the back door and said he wanted to peep over the
fence. I held him until he seemed willing to accede
to my request for him to remain quiet and peaceful.
But as the procession neared the store, he jumped past
me and ran up the back stairs far enough to look over
the fence. As he did so a number of shots were fired
rapidly, and he exclaimed to Jos6 Mariano Garcia:
"What are you shooting at me for, you
idiot?" At this juncture Herrera's hat was shot from
his head. He then raised his Winchester and emptied
it into the crowd. The procession marched by, and when
they got to my residence, where my wife and little
children were without male protection, they fired upon
her and them, and she narrowly escaped death, as also
did the children. We picked up a number of bullets in
the house. Here is one which struck within a few
inches of her head. I am keeping it and will remould
it and return it, through my pistol, to the man who
fired it at her."u
Mrs. Rodriguez, probably the wife of Judge J. M. Rodriguez,
a leading Bota, whose residence was on the north side of San
Agustin Plaza where the fight raged hottest, gave the corre-
spondent this vivid picture of her experience:
I was an unwilling spectator to a great deal of the
shooting, until the smoke in my eyes soon blinded me
and prevented me from seeing. At the time I was
upstairs with my children, and a number of the neigh-
39San Antonio Express, April 11, 1886.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942, periodical, 1942; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146053/m1/24/: accessed September 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.