The Twelve Days of Guy Town Christmas, Day Four

December 15, 2016 § Leave a comment

On the fourth day of Christmas (1878): four cut-up caballeros, three maudlin lines of poetry, two fighting drunks … and a pungent suit hanging from the police station clothes tree.”

Between 1 and 2 o’clock in the morning a general row occurred at “Mexican Charlie” Cunio’s dive at Third and Nueces, in that section of Guy Town known as “Mexico.” Four men were badly slashed, one of them dangerously wounded. A pact consisting of Francisco Gartsea, Seonara Valdez, and Moriso Pores were in Cunio’s place, imbibing of his liquor, and all of them were well under way in the line of intoxication. While they were engaged in their frolic, Belasco Hernandez, Felix Balena and Juan Valdero entered, and a quarrel at once sprang up. The quarrel ended in a fight, in which Valdez was badly and perhaps dangerously cut in the left cheek, the wound extending from the eye to the chin, laying it bare. He also received a severe cut on the right side of his throat. Gartsea received a long cut across his forehead; Chavis had his nose split wide open and the lobe of his left ear dismembered, and Pores caught an ugly cut over his left eye, which left its mark for him as long as he lived.

The police alarm was at once sent out, and Sergeant Christy Palmer, with officers O.H. Gibson and “Buffalo Bill” Dornwell, were soon on the scene. Martinas and Chavis were arrested in a short time, and Valdez was taken to Oscar Samostz’ drug store, where Dr. Ralph Steiner (who officed just inside Guy Town at 515 Colorado) dressed his wounds. The officers continued their search for the other offenders, and the following morning succeeded in gathering in Hernandez and Valdero.

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