By Andy Adams
Buy of this publication comprises unfastened trial entry to www.million-books.com the place you could learn greater than one million books at no cost. this is often an OCR variation with typos. Excerpt from e-book: bankruptcy III LAS PALOMAS Theee is whatever approximately these huge ranches of southern Texas that reminds one of many previous feudal approach. The pathetic attachment to the soil of these born to convinced Spanish land can provide can purely be in comparison to the ecu immigrant whilst for the final time he seems to be at the land of his beginning earlier than crusing. Of all this Las Palomas used to be general. during time a number of such provides were absorbed into its baronial acres. however it had continually been the coverage of Uncle Lance by no means to disturb the Mexican inhabitants; really he inspired them to stay in his carrier. hence had sprung up round Las Palomas ranch a bit Mexican neighborhood numbering a couple of dozen households, who lived injacals on the subject of the most ranch structures. They have been easy humans, and rendered their new grasp a feudal loyalty. there have been additionally numerous small rancMtes positioned at the land, the place, less than the Mexican regime, there were pretentious adobe constructions. a few households nonetheless resided at those abandoned ranches, content material in cultivating small fields or taking care of flocks of goats and some head of livestock, paying no condominium store a carrier tenure to the recent proprietor. The customs of those Mexican humans have been easy and primitive. They blindly approved the spiritual teachings imposed with hearth and sword through the Spanish conquerors upon their ancestors. A padre visited them each year, christening the babes, marrying the adolescence, shriving the penitent, and asserting lots for the repose of the souls of the departed. Their social customs have been in lots of respects special. for example, in courtship a tender guy was once by no means allowed within the presence of his inamorata, until in corporation of others, or below the attention of a chaperon. Proposals, even one of the nearest of buddies or such a lot intimate of neighbors, we...
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Witness, all the saints, this row of Enrique Lopez, that the Dona Anita should have no peace of mind, no, not for one little minute, until she had made a complete capitulation. Then Don Lauce, the padrino of Las Palomas, would at once write the letter which would command the hand of the corporal's daughter. Who could refuse such a request, and what was a daughter of Santa Maria compared to a son of Las Palomas? Tarancalous Creek ran almost due east, and rancho Santa Maria was located near its source, depending more on its wells for water supply than on the stream which only flowed for a few months during the year.
But on the Nueces in '75, if a fellow took a fancy to a girl there was no harm in showing it or telling her so. I had been so absorbed during the latter part of the night that I had paid little attention to the rest of the Las Palomas outfit, though I occasionally caught sight of Miss Jean and the drover, generally dancing, sometimes promenading, and once had a glimpse of them tete-a-tete on a rustic settee in a secluded corner. Our employer seldom danced, but kept his eye on June Deweese in the interests of peace, for Annear and his wife were both present.
Tears are womanly; and I have since seen them shed, under less provocation, by fairer-skinned women than this simple, swarthy daughter of Mexico. It was but natural that the parents of the girl should feign surprise and reluctance if they did not feel it. The Dona Anita's mother offered several trivial objections. Her daughter had never taken her into her confidence over any suitor. And did Anita really love Enrique Lopez of Las Palomas? Even if she did, could he support her, being but a vaquero?
A Texas Matchmaker by Andy Adams