One was Maria Mangloña, whom he says is the widow of the "king." There was no king, of course, so he must be speaking of a past mayor or local official. Whatever his position, it was enough to build for himself and his wife a solid house of stone, with a wooden veranda. It must have been two storeys high, since there was staircase on the side. Maria, Fritz said, had rings on her fingers. But the house was not the best kept, and dogs, chickens and pigs were surprised when Fritz would not allow them to enter the house. Fritz rented the house from Mangloña while he was in Luta.
There are two Maria Mangloñas in the 1897 Census, but one stands out. She is a widow, aged 56 years. She lives alone. And she is called Doña, or "Lady," a title of respect.
Her rival was Maria Gogue, whom Fritz said was "beautiful." She appears in the 1897 Census, at age 31, much younger than her supposed enemy. She had been the wife of Jose Barcinas, now deceased.
The fight seems to have been about land. Fritz gave both women equal amounts of the land, less than what they were claiming. And both seemed happy with the decision.