Olivares dies before bequeathing the promised cathedral monies to Latour

Olivares dies before bequeathing the promised cathedral monies to Latour

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Unformatted text preview: Olivares dies before bequeathing the promised cathedral monies to Latour. His death begins a prolonged legal battle between Dona Isabella and Olivares's brothers. The brothers claim that Inez is too old to be the daughter of Dona Isabella, which Dona Isabella will not refute for fear of revealing her age. Latour convinces her to reject her vanity for the greater purpose, and she consents. She eventually wins the lawsuit. Following the Gadsden Purchase, which allowed the United States to annex areas of southern New Mexico and Arizona, Father Vaillant travels to Mexico to negotiate the establishment of parish boundaries in the area. On his return, he is stricken with malaria. Latour and Jacinto ride to Arizona, find Vaillant, and bring him back to Santa Fe to recuperate. It is the month of May, and Latour's orchard and garden are in full bloom. Vaillant welcomes the respite in Latour's garden as an orchard and garden are in full bloom....
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