So what was happening in San Diego while Basilio Ramos was being arrested and jailed in the Rio Grande Valley? Not much that was related to the Plan of San Diego.
At least six county officials were arrested in relation to a property owners’ fight over an audit of county books. Among those arrested in January 1915 were County Judge Tobin; District and County Attorney Palacios; County Treasurer Lopez; Constable Aleman; ex-justice Gonzalez and County Commissioner Luciano Hinojosa. Four other arrests were expected. Sheriff Augustine Pena made the arrests. (The Corpus Christi newspaper provided no first names for those arrested except for Hinojosa.)
Newly elected Senator Archie Parr received a unanimous vote in the Texas Senate to create a new Lanham County out of Duval County. He was proposing that Benavides serve as the county seat for the new county.
In news not related to politics, Hilario Alanis was being held in the shooting death of Linton Shaw, son of Postmaster Joe Shaw. Linton Shaw was hit by two gunshots when a fight broke out at a dance. One shot hit him in the abdomen and another in the head killing him instantly. A third shot struck Marcus Navejar, an innocent bystander, in head resulting in his death as well.
The town seemed unaware and certainly unconcerned with the Plan of San Diego uncovered in McAllen days earlier. That is until U. S. Dep. Marshall John McKinney came to town and arrested Manuel Flores on Feb. 14. He was believed to be the Manuel Flores that signed the Plan de San Diego. Flores was taken to Corpus Christi and jailed on a charge of “conspiracy of sedition against the United States.” Flores was said to be connected with a Spanish language newspaper published in San Diego with a wide circulation among Mexican Americans in South Texas.
The following day, Feb. 15, McKinney arrested Anatolio Gonzalez of San Diego. He too was believed to be one of the signers of the Plan. Authorities now believed they had three of the signatories to the Plan, Ramos, Flores and Gonzalez. The Corpus Christi Caller reported that, “It is expected that other arrests in connection with the ‘Plan of San Diego’ conspiracy will be made shortly.” In fact, no other arrests were ever made and Flores and Gonzalez were released two weeks later after the judge presiding over their case concluded that the “wrong parties had been secured” because of a “Mistake…due to similarity of names.”
In fact, the Plan and San Diego were not connected again until September 15. Six soldiers stationed in Kingsville were sent to San Diego after authorities received a message via telephone that the five troopers stationed in San Diego were probably not sufficient. Law enforcement officials believed that trouble would likely erupt on el diez y seis de septiembre. The Corpus Christi Caller & Daily Herald reported, “Letters had been sent to all parts of section for uprising. San Diego is 95 percent Mexican. No trouble but precautions were in order.”
Indeed no trouble ever happened in San Diego that could be tied to the Plan.