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The tomb of l’indià disappeared

There was a theory among some historians that the phenomenon of the Indians –Catalans who emigrated to America who return after having great fortune– had had little incidence in Reus because the prosperity and growth of the city in the 19th century had shown that the American adventure had not You turn out to be as tempting as in other places where the inhabitants have many opportunities.

The research carried out by the journalist Tate Cabré on Catalonia to Cuba and Cuba to Catalonia has allowed to capture this idea. Cabré has been able to identify famous Indians reusencs i of the region, more enllà dels personatges ja coneguts. Said last, in a conference organized by the Baix Camp Construction Guild to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the entity, she will present El Reus dels indians in all its dimensions. Noms outstanding from the local bourgeoisie, beyond the pobles del voltant, became the seva riquesa to have fet les Amèriques. Precisely in Diari d’ahir, the mateixa Tate Cabré explained her article on her back cover.

One of the cases that will raise the attention of the attendees at the Círcol conference will be that of Victorino Casas Bley, an Indian who reused that in 1876 is going to build a sumptuous neo-Gothic pantheon at the city’s cement, with four statues, the work of l’sculptor Joan Roig who represent Justice, Fortalesa, Prudència and Temprança. It is to say, the four cardinal virtues. I due petites inscriptions: DOM (Deo optimo màximo, pel més gran i millor deu) i les lletres greges alfa i omega amb the monogram de Crist al mig. Curiously, all this Christian symbology is of pagan origin.

Tot i la seva magnificència, the one that more under the grave is a fet that Cabré is going to discover close ties about the personage: to the pantheon there has been no burial. The mystery about when Victorino Casas is going to die is the severe rest that culminates the unknowns about the life of a rich man of whom there is no trace, except that the City Council had rebutted in 1914 a generosity of 35,000 pessetes, deixades in the seva inheritance to the municipal charity cases.
The most plausible hypothesis was that it was an example of the double pantheons of the Indians that traveled between one coast and another of the Atlantic. They build two graves identical to Catalonia and America to be buried equally ostentatiously whether they die here or there. But Tate Cabre has already warned that he had not located Casas als cementiris antillans.

Puerto Rico

Since the story is also being reconstructed based on casualties, the journalist’s account will encourage her to review a list of shareholders of a shipping company promoted by Indians and Catalan merchants, one of them originally from Reus , to which he had agreed to start a research that was aesthetic on a different topic. And the surprise is going to be that the name of Victorino Casas Bley appears there and after that I was able to find some facts that allow clarifying the mystery.

This information places Victorino Casas as the owner of property and business in Puerto Rico, who returns to Catalonia to act as an Indian investor. The first reference to his return to Reus dates back to 1875 and is the award of a pension of 1,800 pesetas per year –a hard daily income– to Maria Rosa Rodés Pellicer, in guarantee of which he mortgaged three farms. The follow-up of Mrs. Rodés would donate for another apartment. The second reference is to the next year and is the construction of the funeral pantheon.

In his native city, Casas is the largest shareholder of La Industrial Farinera in Barcelona. He is a founding member of the Companyia Barcelonesa de Vapors Transatlàntics, established in 1881 and dedicated to navigation around the Antilles. Most of the promoters are linked to Puerto Rico, although the second largest shareholder is Romà Macaya, a large importer of Cotó dels Estats Units and belongs to a Reusenca family. Romà will build the Palau Macaya in Barcelona anys després.

The role of the German

The shipping company will face difficulties and will be transformed into JB Morera i Cia. Victorino Casas will be the second largest shareholder of the new company and will have to take over the management after an embezzlement, which ended in 1889 due to health problems, all and that soon he will direct it again.

Casas is single and lived in Barcelona, ​​just like the German Dolors, also single. He died in 1896 and the corpse was not transferred to Reus, I do not know if for reasons derived from the causes of his death or due to the decision of his German seva, who is the main hereva. Dolors Casas is a devout Catholic, according to the obituaries published at her death in 1913, and she will have another German chaplain. There you sew them, why don’t skeletons appear or notices of the funeral of a relevant person? Volen dir quelcom más de la sembla the references to the classical culture of the pantheon of Reus and do not please the German?

Next, Dolors judicially liquidated the mortgages of Mrs. Rodés’ pension, dead two years ago.

And why do the diners who arrive from their Germans at the municipal charities of Reus take 18 years to become lliurats? Potser reposta tea a veure amb el fet that they do not arrive fins després the death of Dolors Casas Bley.

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