Re: Background data: Why the Brownsville, TX and Matamoros, Mex. boarder crossing was the very worst place Barrios and Gloria Rosa Seban could try and cross.



On Mar 24, 7:08 pm, Che <Comanchetr...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Mar 24, 12:00 am, TonyMorris <classicalguitaral...@xxxxxxxxx>
wrote:



On Mar 23, 7:18 pm, Che <Comanchetr...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Google: Brownsville Texas Negro Affair

As explained to me by Mr. Juan Nepomuceno Guerra, owner of the old
Piedras Negras Restaurant in Matamoros, Mexico in 1985.

I had two questions.

1. Why Gloria Seban couldn't cross. < What's the deal, Hombre?>

2. Why Barrios didn't send her back to Mexico City and go on without
her. < That's what I'd have done.>

Mr. Guerra explained the negro affair was not exactly what was
reported in the newspapers of the times ( can you believe that? )

When those black troops arrived at Fort Brown, like any port town or
army post, there were lots of working girls about.  The black troops
appeared to really enjoy themselves with the girls and this pissed off
the whites and mexicans.  It's an old story.  In no time there was a
particularly productive crop of mulatto babies in the very small town
of Fort Brown. The whites started the ruckus, as we often did, and
people got hurt.

Consider, there were mulattos born on both sides of the Rio Grande and
this was 1905-1906.  By the 1930's these mulattos were grown and
Brownsville was still a small town with a huge shrimp fleet.  The
price of shrimp, world-wide was set in Brownsville, TX.

http://www.hurricanearchive.org/content/fullsize/CecileRobin-5896_b59....

Even today we see very few blacks in Brownsville, TX.  That part of
Texas, when I was young, was know even to Texans as ignorant and
bigoted.  There were many talks around our family table growing up
about Jews, Blacks and Mexicans being every bit as good as whites.
I'm talking the 1950's. Barrios went to Brownsville because, on the
map, it appears to be the shortest way to Texas from Mexico City,
according to the Old Guitar Repairman in Matamoros.
Had they crossed in Laredo it might have been easier.

Even today,  thers a huge difference between Laredo and The Valley, as
we call the McAllen - Brownsvilles boarder-plex.

Next installment: Why Barrios wouldn't leave Gloria. According to the
Old Repairman.

Che' de Guy
Stories of conquest, of courage, corruption, despair, vast dreams, and
folly.

Thanks for the info; I had heard about a massacre of "buffalo
soldiers" at Brownsville.

tm-

On Mar 23, 7:18 pm, Che <Comanchetr...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

As explained to me by Mr. Juan Nepomuceno Guerra, owner of the old
Piedras Negras Restaurant in Matamoros, Mexico in 1985.

On Mar 23, 7:18 pm, Che <Comanchetr...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

As explained to me by Mr. Juan Nepomuceno Guerra, owner of the old
Piedras Negras Restaurant in Matamoros, Mexico in 1985.

At this time lets give _credit_ to Juan Guerra ( guerra means war )
and Matamoros.  I'm sure you know what that means.

St. James the Muslim killer (Matamoros), Patron Saint of Spain. This
goes directly to Santiago de Compostela.

In the End, Mr. Juan Guerra,  ( despised by not a few ) gets credit as
a man of an implacable and unremitting will culminating in deeds of
action, colloquy and volition.  Juan Guerra was the second person to
hear the composition Barrios wrote in Matamoros.  Juan provided
support for the work and the Old Guitar Repairman.

Juan loved "Jacinto Chiclana"  I explained Jorge Luis Borges and what
it meant.  I must have played it a 1,000 times, over the years, for
him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTdztdLpJlk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zLTfPaQkn8&feature=related

Juan was a cold eyed observer and gave cold counsel, I listened
close.  In the end, I wrote on the original Barrios hand manuscript
( something I'd never dared to do before )

" Esta canto para Juan Nepomuceno Guerra"
  ___ Wm. D. Jennings, 1987

Perhaps, in the end... Matamoros will rediscover their affection for
Mr. Guerra.

This is the poem I used with it.  I don't know who wrote it.

To the sea- the bosom-
The keeper of many lost dreams

His quest remains but now he waits
The inevitable tide relentlessly advances
An example to his travel-worn mind
Of things to come,

Dreams lost or found,
Hope dimming with the waning
And the setting of the moon

Questions he presents to the gulls
They are uncaring and refuse to give
The answers he needs so desperately

This is the painting/poster I used with it.

I'm speaking of course in how I did things, a composition with a
painting and poem to etch it in my brain.

Think I'll skip the G. Rosa Seban bit and take my rest.

Btw, Cesar Amaro is old and doesn't play this as well as perhaps he
once did.  It ought to be liquid warm with better intonation.  It's
not a difficult piece.

Che'

Che' de Guy
Stories of conquest, of courage, corruption, despair, vast dreams, and folly.

Thanks for the info.

It's the Pablo Ramirez House of 1884, the pink house, where Barrios
played. I just got back into town an hour ago. Thanks for the info and
leads. We've got people in Matamoros, Mier, Brownsville, and Roma
looking at archives.

more later,

tm
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