Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Deadlier Than Male

Sept. 19, 1907
Los Angeles

“Hidden somewhere in Los Angeles is a daredevil Spanish woman who should be standing with the Mexican revolutionaries when they are arraigned here in the United States Court,” The Times says.

“Letters recently confiscated show that she was the most daring and reckless anarchist of all the band. Her name is Maria Talivera. She is said to be a beautiful and attractive woman. Her friends and even her husband regarded her as a quiet housewife, intent on cooking frijoles. But in her fry pans she was seeing men fighting, hearing in the sizzle of the grease the clash of arms, the pound of horses’ feet and the din and commotion of a nation’s government overthrown.”

The Times says: “She is the wife of one Marcello Talivera of this city. All the letters show that he was in perfect innocence of what was going on. How little he must have dreamed, when he returned from work at night and told her about his little business affairs, that he was patronizing a woman deep in the attempt to over throw two governments.”

Now this is an interesting research question, for there’s nothing else about her in The Times as Talivera or Talavera (apparently the paper misspelled her name). The Handbook of Texas Online identifies her as the companion and common-law wife of defendant Ricardo Flores Magon.

As Maria Magon, she was indicted Aug. 19, 1918, in connection with seditious editorials published in the Mexican newspaper Regeneracion.

To be continued.


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