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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
As a result of the riot, a number of leading Guaraches,
including Daniel Milmo, a banker, Santos Benavides, a large
merchant and political leader, L. J. Christen, city alderman,
James J. Haynes, a leading Republican, and others filed pro-
ceedings for the June term, 1886, of the District Court, to
remove Sheriff Dario SAnchez from office, charging malfeasance,
inciting a riot and other allegations of neglect of duty.43 The
case was called before Judge John C. Russell, and proceeded
to trial at that term. It became necessary to appoint a sheriff
pro tem to act during the trial, so Judge Russell appointed
G. B. Broadwater, and after considering the appointment for
a few hours, Mr. Broadwater refused to act, and Judge Russell
then appointed A. Brune, a Guarache, who accepted the ap-
pointment. Webb County thus had three sheriffs serving in
The trial of Sheriff SAnchez lasted several days and a vast
amount of testimony was adduced. The jury who heard the
case was composed of nine white men and three Negroes.4"
After due deliberation the jury failed to agree on a verdict
and were discharged. The Commissioners' Court then met in
special session and declared the office of sheriff vacant and
called for applications. Sheriff SAnchez filed his application and
was reappointed to his former position;46 he was reflected at
the next general election in November, and at the following
term of the District Court the case against him was dismissed.
Thus ended the aftermath of the riot.
The general election following in November, 1886, was one
of the most bitter general elections along the border. The ill
feeling was not confined to Webb County alone, but spread
throughout the whole district, reaching even to the candidate
for Congress from the Seventh District and the Governor. When
the voting was over and the returns tabulated, the defeated
party had to be contented when the poet on the Laredo Times
in the issue of December 12, 1886, asked "Where Is Salt
43Pleadings in cause No. 566, State of Texas ex rel. Daniel Milmo, et al.,
vs. Dario Sdnchez, District Court, Webb County, Texas.
44Laredo Times, June 13, 1886.
Statements to the writer by F. W. Meyer and Adolph Deutz, both mem-
bers of the jury.
"4Minutes Commissioners' Court, Webb County, Texas, Vol. 2, p. 88.
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