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Fri
27
Jul
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THE ROPER’S RULE

As I look back on my career, it never did exist.

I tried to ride the broncs and bulls, I truly did persist But I never won a buckle.

Oh, second now and then So now that I’ve got older I’m a roper, born again.

 

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Fri
20
Jul
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BRAVE DISTRICT ATTORNEY STOOD UP TO VIGILANTES

by Bartee Haile

Three cowardly assassins gunned down a harmless old man plowing his fields on Jul. 19, 1889, and left their grisly calling card — nine bullet holes in the body.

The seven original members of the San Saba Mob, respectable ranchers all, began with the best of intentions. Following the example of other vigilantes in adjacent counties, they merely wanted to rid San Saba of the criminal riffraff.

 

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Fri
20
Jul
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CIVILIZED

When you hear the word uncivilized, what mental picture do you form? A grizzled trapper? Atilla the Hun burning and pillaging eastern Europe? American Indians before the Puritans and the Spaniards?

And when you hear the civilized, what comes to mind? English barristers wearing wigs? Nobility dueling and drinking tea? Miss Manners? By definition civilized is variably described as one who is courtly, urbane, educated and refined. Qualities indicative of good breeding. A King vs a peasant. A business tycoon vs an immigrant laborer. A professional politician vs a cowboy

 

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Fri
13
Jul
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A DREAM CHANGED HIS LIFE

BZ Lewis grew up in Big Spring. When he was six years old he took piano lessons, not knowing that music was going to be a lifetime pursuit. When he was fourteen he took up guitar. “My brother was learning guitar and he showed me a chord. Since day one I was just completely absorbed, absolutely hooked. I think I’ve played guitar just about every day except when I was on vacation or away from a guitar.” He played in a few bands all over Texas and Louisiana. “My first one was a metal band we called Stainless Steel. Later I started paying classical guitar, a truly solo endeavor. You have to figure out how to move your fingers in a way to make a musical passage work. It’s just you and your instrument and hours and hours of practice.

 

Fri
06
Jul
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THE FLAG

With your permission I would like to indulge in a little naked patriotism. The United States of America, during my lifetime has become a nation like none other on earth. Not because it is the most powerful nation on earth, but because we, more times than I can count, have taken the side of the oppressed with no intention to conquer, rule or pillage.

In the act of offering our assistance, we have sacrificed blood, money and lives. We have beat ourselves up. We have questioned our motives. Our leaders have engaged in heated debate about the hows and whys, but we continue to be the single brightest light for the world’s mistreated. We will take on the schoolyard bully.

 

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Fri
06
Jul
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REALITY WRECKED ABOLIONIST’S IMPOSSIBLE DREAM

By Bartee Haile

As the sun slowly set in the piney woods on Jul. 5, 1832, a stranger on a mysterious mission crossed the Sabine River into the Mexican province of Texas.

In recent years, Benjamin Lundy had faced the fact that agitation alone would never liberate the slaves. The Quaker editor understood that most white Americans, who in principle supported the abolition cause, cringed at the thought of blacks, freed from southern bondage, living next door.

Lundy believed the only way to overcome the prejudice so prevalent in the North was to prove that former slaves could become productive and responsible members of society. To this end, he tried without success to create a community of freedmen in the Caribbean country of Haiti.

 

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Fri
29
Jun
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NEWSPAPER PLAYS DOWN TOWN’S TOUGH REPUTATION

by Bartee Haile

Ignoring the fresh graves that dotted boothill, the Tascosa Pioneer had the nerve to claim on Jun. 27, 1886, “Our society is not so rough as many have been led to believe.”

The residents of the toughest town in Texas surely shook their heads in amused amazement. Either the public-spirited publisher had baked his brains in the noonday sun, or he somehow slept through the Big Shootout.

 

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Fri
29
Jun
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I Know You’ll Miss This Man

The Lord spoke to the heavy hearts that stood with hats in hand

"Your sadness pains me deeply and I know you'll miss this man

But, it's true what you've been hearing, Heaven is a real place.

That's no small consolation. You should use that fact to face

The emptiness his parting left that seeps into your bones

And draw on it to ease your pain. For he is not alone.

 

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Fri
22
Jun
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A Day To Remember

It’s funny how the world goes around. Francisco and I were checking cows, making a big circle early in the morning to beat the heat. It’s peaceful out there. We’ve got grazing rights for 200 cows in 18 sections of Lowell Love grass, twenty-foot high mesquite and assorted cacti, canyons, arroyos and rattlesnakes, 40 miles north of the Mexican border in Arizona.

We were deep in the monte, ‘scrub land’, when Francisco asked if I’d like to see where my son found the dead man.

Eight years ago when my son was 16, he and Francisco were making a “juelta,” a big circle (as in “Dar la juelta” – Take a dally). I didn’t speak English to my son until he was 10 years old, so he and Francisco communicated in Spanish.

 

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Fri
22
Jun
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SAM HOUSTON’S SON TAKES BRIEF SENATE BOW

By Bartee Haile

Exhausted by three exciting weeks in the United States Senate, 86 year old Andrew Jackson Houston checked into a Washington, D.C. hospital on Jun. 21, 1941.

During the months prior to the April death of Morris Sheppard, Gov. W. Lee O’Daniel had his eye on the Senator’s job. Most Texans believed flamboyant Pappy would resign from office so that his successor, Lt. Gov. Coke Stevenson, could hand him the vacant seat on a silver platter.

The Dallas Morning News advised O’Daniel to do precisely that if he did indeed have his sights set on a Senate career. Otherwise, the Big D daily encouraged the governor to “conscientiously select an appointee who would stand an equally good chance of election.”

 

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