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ELECTION OF ALCALDE.
certificates should present those certificates to the proper
officers, that it might be decided whether the certificates
were legal or not. He warned those who did not -present
certificates that they could not expect to continue to hold
lands in his colony. While this action was just, yet
it caused much dissatisfaction, especially among the
Election of Alcalde. -As emnpresario Edwards was
also the head of the militia; he gave orders (December
15) for the election of militia officers, and also advised
the election of an alcalde (a magistrate or judge). His ene-
mies claimed he had no authority in the election of civil
officers, and made complaint against him to higher Mex-
ican officials. To make matters still worse the Americans
put forward, as their candidate for alcalde, Chaplin, Ed-
wards's son-in-law, while the Mexicans favored Samuel
Norris. The colonists decided that Chaplin was elected,
and he took possession of the office, but Sepulveda, the
former alcalde4 and an enemy of Edwards, reported the
matter to Sancedo, the Mexican political chief at San
Antonio. Sepulveda claimed that fraud had been used
by the Americans, that many men who lived outside the
colony had voted, and that Norris had really been elected.
Sancedo, who was also hostile to Edwards, decided with-
out inquiring into the other side of the question that
Norris should be alcalde, and issued his orders to that
effect. Chaplin yielded. Then began a series of misfor-
tunes and trials for the Americans; every disputed title;
every claim that came before the alcalde, was decided in
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