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Fri
20
Oct

WHY ALL THE FUSS OVER A MUD FORT?

By Bartee Haile

A small company of Texas rebels rode out of Goliad on Oct. 24, 1835 with orders to attack the government garrison at Fort Lipantitlan.

As conceived by Capt. Philip Dimitt during the early days of the independence uprising, the Lipantitlan Expedition had two important objectives: the rescue of a couple of rebel prisoners and the destruction of the strategic fortification on the Nueces River. And by “destruction” Dimitt made it crystal clear to Ira Westover that he meant the death or capture of each and every defender.

 

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Fri
20
Oct

Wanted: Cowboy

By Baxter Black

WANTED: Cowboy. No TV, No phone. If you don’t like dogs and can’t tough it in the mountains, don’t apply - Alamo, Nevada.

I’d like to meet the ol’ boy that wrote that ad. You can almost picture him in your mind. We’re all acquainted with somebody that fits his description. He might be willing to give you a month off to go see your ailin’ mother but better not ask for every Saturday and Sunday off to go ropin’!

 

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Fri
13
Oct

José and the Hoodoo Cow

by Baxter Black

We run this ol’ cow in the squeeze chute, she rattled and fought all the way

Then rammed a hind foot through the side bars and managed to cow-kick José.

He dropped the syringe he was holdin’. It stuck in the toe of his boot, ‘Least, now he’s protected from Lepto. He gave her the gringo salute!

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Fri
13
Oct

AUSTIN SPENDS MANY MONTHS IN MEXICAN DUNGEON

by Bartee Haile

Arriving in Mexico City on Oct. 15, 1834, attorneys Peter W. Grayson and Spencer H. Jack went right to work to finally end Stephen F. Austin’s nine-month nightmare.

Fri
06
Oct

Political Correctness

It’s coming! Political Correctness in the Animal Kingdom! I have conferred with those fervent homogenizers of the once colorful and descriptive English language to formulate the following list:

STRAY DOG. Both words are unacceptable. They imply that a four legged mongrel is subsisting as a vagrant. We have chosen the term Misdirected Wagamorph.

MUSTANG. Definitely out! Associated too much with a greedy automotive corporation. We are going to protect them into extinction. They shall henceforth be called Adoptable Equine Derivatives.

 

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Fri
06
Oct

YOUNG OUTLAW MAKES THE MOST OF SECOND CHANCE

By Bartee Haile

After the wild young outlaw’s battle royal with buffalo soldiers on Oct. 10, 1874, Joe Horner sure seemed headed for an early grave. No one could have possibly imagined that half a century later he would be the guest of honor at a state funeral in Oklahoma! Hoping to put the post-Civil War strife behind them, the Horners left Missouri in the fall of 1866. Their first North Texas stop was in Denton County, but they later turned their collective attention to ranching on the fringe of the frontier not far from Jacksboro. By the spring of 1874, Josiah “Joe” Horner was punching people instead of cattle. The 27 year old hell raiser beat a man to a bloody pulp in one of Jacksboro’s two dozen saloons, a savage and senseless crime that resulted in an indictment for felony assault.

Thu
28
Sep

AMBITIOUS ADVENTURER WITH A HEAD FOR BUSINESS

By Bartee Haile

James Wiley Magoffin and four traveling companions were arrested as spies in New Mexico on Sep. 27, 1846 and detained for the duration of the Mexican War. Why the oldest of ten children left Kentucky in the early 1820’s is unclear. The most logical explanation is that he wanted to make his own way in the world without having to answer to a rich and overbearing father.

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Thu
28
Sep

Stress

By Baxter Black

Let’s say a busload of Brazillian soccer players came by your place one fine fall afternoon unexpected and took you on a three-day road trip. You didn’t have time to pack your toothpaste or your own saddle! They made you play two games a day and pinochle every night! By the time they dropped you off down by the mailbox you wouldn’t have enough energy to crawl to the house!

You would be suffering from that deadly menace, the Darth Vader of Disease: STRESS!

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Fri
22
Sep

AMARILLO ACTRESS AT HER BEST IN TV COMEDY

by Bartee Haile

“The Addams Family,” an offbeat television comedy about the ghouls next door, premiered on Sep. 20, 1964 with a motion-picture actress from the Texas Panhandle in the role of Morticia

Carolyn Sue Jones was born into an unhappy Amarillo home in April 1930. Four years later, the head of the house walked out forcing his abandoned wife and two little girls to move in with her parents

 

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Fri
22
Sep

Dog Days In The Feedlot

Well, it’s dog days in the feedlot now that summer’s nearly done I been loafin’ through the cattle but the steers don’t suffer none

They don’t need much waterin’, really, they just eat and drink and snooze Like a bunch of fat ol’ bankers On an all expense paid cruise

 

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