TEXAS: The Land of Parr

The deep southeastern triangle of Texas is a land of aching distances and blazing sun, of endless, string-straight roads and dusty little towns. Oil derricks stand on its horizons, and beef cattle move unseen amid its dreary leagues of tangled mesquite brush. To the west, across the Rio Grande, lies Mexico, to the east the cloud-hung Gulf. Spanish is the country's common tongue; the greater part of its people are poor, underpaid Mexican-Americans. For more than a half-century, southeast Texas has been the Land of Parr.

Alliance with Baronies. Archie Parr, a six-bit-a-day...