The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 512
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
nel,"2 which was shipped over the little branch line to Laredo
for sale to the railroads and for local consumption. The miners,
most of them from Mexico, were the most picturesque, delight-
ful people he had ever encountered. Few could read and write.
Their world was bounded by a circle with a thirty-mile radius,
and they were as free of most of the virtues as they were of
the vices of the civilized world.
The superintendent of the mines was their "boss," justice of
the peace, judge, arbiter, referee, and father confessor. He told
them when to work and when to quit, paid them wages, per-
formed their infrequent marriage ceremonies, and handed out
advice in all matters of dispute, business, or love. It was as
though he had created a small world and to the best of his
knowledge, belief, and sense of humor, was now directing it.
Tod fitted into the picture as though he had been born to it.
He learned Spanish, quickly familiarized himself with the names
of all the miners and their families and, by the time he had
sent back to Ohio for his wife, was as much a part of Minera
as the mesquite trees and the cactus. Mrs. Roy was quite an
addition to life at Minera, for, aside from her own personal
charm, her presence made it agreeable for two young ladies to
come out from Laredo and conduct a school for the children
of the miners. The lack of some of civilization's virtues exhib-
ited by the inhabitants of Minera, however, at times scandalized
her. In particular, she objected to the utter disregard, prevalent
among many of the people, for such an important institution
"Tod," she would often say, "don't you think that such an
oustanding person in the community as the cantinero3 should
marry the woman who is living with him as the mother of his
children? It's disgraceful, and you ought to do something about
Tod finally agreed and one evening went down the hill to
reproach Julian for his failure to live up to the standards of
respectable society. Julian listened, patiently nodding his head
in absolute agreement with the superintendent's admonishments.
When Tod had concluded, he sadly replied:
"Meester Roy, I have been trying to marry that woman for
fifteen years, and if she would only agree to it, I would be the
most happy man in the world. Would you ask her for me this
;J. Arlitt, Llave Coal Lands on the Rio Grande.
:Operator of a cantina or saloon.
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