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Fri
13
Jun
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Don’t Forget the Cowboy and the Horse

By Baxter Black.
 
Sometimes, when we go to our livestock meetings and see all the technology we forget about the cowboy and the horse. In the PowerPoint presentation it all looks so orderly as the healthy steer standing in the hydraulic chute smiles at the camera while the hired hand in a clean shirt demonstrates a procedure with music playing in the background.

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Fri
13
Jun
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DALLAS DOCTOR FALLS FOR FAMOUS FEMME FATALE

By Bartee Haile.
 
Clara Bow, the scandalous “It Girl,” slipped into Dallas under the cover of darkness on Jun. 15, 1930 in search of an ex-lover and $30,000 in hush money. The femme fatale of silent films entered a Los Angeles hospital for an appendectomy in February 1928. On the day of her discharge, Clara’s constant companion Tui Lorraine walked in on the famous patient and a handsome intern “locked in a passionate embrace.” The embarrassed doctor turned beet red and ran out of the room.

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Fri
06
Jun
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Man Against Beast

by Baxter Black.
 
Man against beast is a theme in many a story, from days of yore to 21st century wolves ravaging baby calves. It normally takes a hero to slay the dragon or sue the EPA. Heroes are often battling with giants, against all odds; David and Goliath, Jack and the Beanstalk, or the Alamosa High School Maroons vs Miami Heat.

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Fri
06
Jun
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BLOODY LAST ACT OF EAST TEXAS FEUD

by Bartee Haile.
 
When the sun rose over San Augustine on Jun. 4, 1900, two dozen or more early-bird snipers already encircled the courthouse. The curtain was about to go up on the last act of a long-running East Texas feud, and there would be bodies to bury on both sides before the bloody day was done. The private wars Texans once called feuds were waged by a breed that believed the only justice worth having was up-close and personal. Warrior clans that showed no mercy and asked for none were plentiful around San Augustine in the late 1800’s.

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Fri
30
May
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NOT EVEN BLINDNESS COULD STOP “STOVEPIPE”

Two years after pulling off the slickest military trick of the Civil War and only two months before a life-changing piece of bad luck, Adam Rankin Johnson was promoted to brigadier general in the Confederate army. Born and raised at Henderson on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River, Johnson’s education ended at age 12, when he left school to work full-time in a drugstore 
 
Fri
30
May
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Camping Out In Wyoming

It was just another camping trip with friends. A gathering, a return to nature, to get a taste of what life was like in the Wyoming forests and plains before Napoleon Bonaparte sold it to Thomas Jefferson in 1803. The transaction should have been called the Cheyenne Purchase except the Indian tribes never got a dime. 
 
Thu
22
May
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They Hang Horse Thieves

by Baxter Black.

What is the mentality of a thief? Is it a complete lack of the concept that “it belongs to someone else?” Or is it envy that someone else has something you would like? Is it resentment against the victim? Do they think it can be justified by explaining to themselves “Nobody is using it? It must be junk? I need it more than they do? They can buy another one? I need the money for drugs, to pay my rent, to get a new car?”
 
Thu
22
May
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SMALL-TOWN MAYOR STOPS RAILROAD IN ITS TRACKS

by Bartee Haile.

Choosing his words carefully after an all-day meeting with railroad representatives on May 25, 1949, Mayor T. Leo Moore refrained from declaring victory in his protracted struggle with the Fort Worth & Denver but did maintain the train would continue to stop at Electra under certain circumstances. How did a small town west of Wichita Falls and a drop kick from the Red River end up with the same name as the daughter of King Agamemnon of Trojan War fame? Few of the folks, who in 1902 chose to call their settlement Electra, had read Homer.
 
Fri
16
May
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ON THE EDGE OF COMMON SENSE

Bronc to Breakfast is my favorite Charlie Russell painting. The scene represents the typical roundup out west. In the foreground is a campfire with cooking pots and pans on the fire or hanging from the cross bar. A cowboy is sitting with his plate of beans, Cookie’s in an apron standing by the chuck wagon and in the background are some cowboys by the horses on a picket line. 
 
Fri
16
May
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BARNSTORMERS FLY IN CIRCLES OVER FORT WORTH

Hundreds of Cow Towners skipped church on Sunday, May 19, 1929 and slipped out to the municipal airport to give the Fort Worth a rousing send-off. Though dangerously overloaded with fuel and every conceivable carry-on, the monoplane cleared the runway with plenty of room to spare at exactly 11:33 a.m. Reg L. Robbins and James Kelly climbed to 2,000 feet and set their course for nowhere 
 

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