Our Alamo in San Antonio is one of the most beloved and famous landmarks in the nation. Who didn't learn the battle cry "Remember the Alamo!" during an elementary school history class? Who doesn't feel a sense of pride in the small, courageous group of Americans who refused to leave the mission even when faced with an overwhelming Mexican Army led by Santa Anna? Even though the site is now surrounded by all the conveniences of a modern city, it is a part of our history that should be preserved. For this reason, I was pleased to learn that a cannonball that was stolen from the Fairmount Hotel in San Antonio earlier this week has been recovered.
The cannonball, used by Santa Anna's army during the Battle of the Alamo in 1836, had been kept in a display case at the hotel for the past twenty-three years. The hotel owner offered a $5000 reward for the recovery of the softball-sized object and checked online auction sites in case the thief was now trying to make a profit from his crime. In a mysterious turn of events, the cannonball was discovered by two pedestrians who were jogging through a park in the northwest part of the city. The 19th century weapon was wrapped in a plastic bag with note that said "valuable artifact." That is certainly more exciting than the empty water bottles and random shoes that I sometimes encounter along random paths in a city.
I have some free legal advice. Do not steal important pieces of our nation's history. Be it Mount Rushmore, the Washington Monument, the Gettysburg battlefield, or The Alamo -- just leave it alone and leave the site intact for others to enjoy. However, if you do find yourself accused of taking items from a national treasure, the attorneys at Bertolino LLP will make sure you are afforded all of your rights in court. Please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio office today to discuss your situation.
On another note, all of us at Bertolino LLP wish you a safe and fun New Year's Eve and a great start to 2009!
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Posted by Tony R. Bertolino, Esq. at 10:55 AM