1952—The flats

CHAPTER 6—ENDING THE PAST

Respect your fellow man, and he will respect you—DJ

 

1952—The flats

(SAMPLE OF BOOK I)

….DJ spat the ground and pushed his hat back. “NO, señora. I didn’t kill them—”

“BUT YOU SAID YOU DID!” they all said in unison. “You said you arrested and ordered people to be hung from the trees,” insisted Rosalinda.

“Like I said, I didn’t kill them—”

“Then, who killed them? Did they hang themselves?”

“Yes. They did.”

“How is that possible?”

“With their actions, ladies. THEIR ACTIONS KILLED THEM.”

“Well then… if you had so much authority to hang people, why didn’t you use it to help people in need?”

“I did. And I’ve been doing it all my life. I provide my services without expecting anything in return. I told you about it. I opened canals and brought water to towns. Here, in the early days of Mexicali, the government granted blocks of land to people and I volunteered to take charge in the planning and construction of streets and blocks and bringing water into your homes.”

“Don Jesús,” said Rosalinda, “why didn’t you take the money the mines in Superior Arizona offered you?”

“Because I think it is a dishonor to take money you have not earned at the end of the day with your sweat. Only beggars take money without working.”

PART III

FAMILY

CHAPTER 7—REMINISCENCE

Reminiscence

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