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05
Feb
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WAS ORPHAN GIRL REALLY RAISED BY WOLVES?

by Bartee Haile

Newspapers across the Lone Star State reported on Feb. 9, 1933 that “a wild man, who scales cliffs and speeds through the underbrush in the fashion of a fictional Tarzan, has been living in the hilly, wooded section near Newport.” The story was either an imaginative hoax or the subject was nothing more than a high-strung hermit who liked to sprint through the country south of the Red River. Whatever the case, the nature lover never made it into print again. Not so for “The Lobo Girl of Devil’s River,” a mysterious phantom Texans have been talking and writing about for a century and a half.

 

Fri
29
Jan
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MITTIE STEPHENS ON A PLEASURE CRUISE TO HELL

by Bartee Haile

 

Fri
22
Jan
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Standard Size

Mac told me a harrowing tale about losing a loaded six horse trailer off the back of his pickup. He admitted he knew the ball was too small, but it wasn’t far to go, it was gettin’ dark, the kids were restless, it was a new moon, the tide was running out, his hat was too tight...whatever the excuse he needed to justify not changing the ball. I agree, noting that the hitch on my wood splitter was smaller than my stock trailer and I often had to make my daughter stand on the tongue when I moved the splitter around the place.

 

Fri
22
Jan
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GERMAN BLUNDER NOT “LUSITANIA” PUSHED U.S. INTO WAR

by Bartee Haile

President Woodrow Wilson’s call on Jan. 24, 1917 for “peace without victory” in war-torn Europe caused the British to sit tight on the game-changing contents of a secret German cable. In the opening days of 1917, the third year of the trench stalemate on the other side of the Atlantic, the Kaiser’s High Command made a daring decision. Gambling that the United States could not mobilize a combat-ready army within six months, German strategists came up with a campaign of unrestricted submarine warfare.

 

Fri
15
Jan
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GEORGE SESSIONS PERRY – GREAT WRITER, MISERABLE HUMAN BEING

by Bartee Haile
 
The search for George Sessions Perry, missing from his riverside home in Connecticut, entered its second month on Jan. 13, 1957 with no sign of the famous writer. The future novelist and magazine contributor was born and raised in the Central Texas town of Rockdale. His father, owner of two drug stores, and artistic mother doted on their only child gladly granting his every wish. Even though the Perrys did not live directly off the land, the sensitive boy empathized with the sharecroppers and tenant farmers of Milam County. Two of his early unpublished novels were scathing indictments of the rural poverty witnessed in his youth.
 
Fri
15
Jan
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Pleasant Valley

Baxter Black
 
Once upon a time there was a beautiful little valley called Pleasant Valley. Pristine streams ran down from wooded hillsides. Wild game was abundant. Fish flourished. The peasants tilled their farms and irrigated them with mountain water. The livestock grazed the grassy meadows. It was a contented community, though lacking in material wealth.
 
Thu
31
Dec
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It’s The Law

There is a state law on the books in Colorado that makes it illegal for a sheepherder to abandon his sheep without notice. A good law, really. Since herders are often left alone on isolated ranges with their entrusted band. The owner or boss checks on him once a week or so and brings him supplies. So, it would  certainly create serious consequences were the sheep to be deserted and untended for any length of time.

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Thu
31
Dec
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PANCHO VILLA PLAYED HIMSELF IN AMERICAN-MADE MOVIE

by Bartee Haile

In an El Paso hotel room on the fifth day of January 1914, Pancho Villa came to terms with a Hollywood studio to make a silent movie about the role of the bandit-turned-rebel in the Mexican Revolution. No one can say for sure whose idea it was to shoot the “Centaur of the North” and his peasant army in action or how much the “star” was paid. Villa may have approached director D.W. Griffith instead of the other way around because he grasped the importance of the new medium as a propaganda tool.

Thu
24
Dec
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Cowboy Camp Christmas

It was Christmas Eve at daybreak when we found him in the yard. His horse was porcupined with frost, the ground was frozen hard. He must’a drifted in last night after we’d all gone to bed And had a fatal heart attack, ‘cause, fer dang sure he was dead!  

 

Thu
24
Dec
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REPUBLICANS WERE ONCE THEIR OWN WORST ENEMY

by Bartee Haile

The longest and one of the most suspicious recounts in Lone Star electoral history continued through Christmas 1928 with the lead of Rep. Harry Wurzbach, the only GOP member of the Texas delegation, growing smaller by the day. The four-term incumbent was not the victim of a Democratic dirty trick but a rival Republican’s election- rigging scheme. Rentfro Banton Creager hated Wurzbach so much that he was prepared to sacrifice his party’s single congressional seat in order to sabotage his enemy’s political career.  

 

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