The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 514
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
the Rio; they were rowed back to the American side, the male-
factor was lodged in the local jail, and payday at the mines was
resumed. That an international incident had been disposed of
in a manner perfunctory, though neat, was hardly given a
As far as relations with the United States were concerned,
Minera was cooperative upon the few occasions when it was
aware of events beyond the village limits. The first time the
matter of county, state, and national elections came to Tod's
attention, he was struck with the thought that there were at
the mine about two hundred potential voters who probably had
never used the privilege to which they certainly were entitled.
Inquiry among the men disclosed that they had never been to
Laredo to vote. Many of them had never even been to Laredo.
Upon having the system carefully explained to them, they be-
came enthusiastic over the idea, and in great exuberance rode
the special train that came out from Laredo to transport them
to the polls on election day.
Roy's instructions as to the manner of voting had been clear
and complete, even including the names of the persons for whom
his men were to cast their ballots, so that the affair was carried
off with marked success. A man at the polls asked the voters
for which candidates they wished to vote; they supplied the
names "Meester" Roy had given them. The man scratched some
marks on a paper and took their names and addresses; they
had the rest of a beautiful afternoon in which to investigate
the huge metropolis of Laredo, and that evening the special
train carried them home from the excursion.
The custom became quite popular, and the men even learned
beforehand when elections were to be held. They would gravely
make a call on Roy to determine the names of the candidates
for whom they were to vote and then hilariously embark upon
the long journey to take part in the operation of this great
American nation of which they were now an active part.
Life went on at Minera in a calm and orderly fashion. The
coal business was good, and Tod's younger brother, Will Roy,
was sent for to assist as mine foreman. The miners held a baile4
in the schoolhouse every Saturday night, which generally ended
in a tequilas-inspired brawl toward early dawn. On Sundays
5A concoction, distilled from the liquid of the maguey plant, with a high
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