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Chapter 19. “the sympathy of the border people seems to be with them”

David Johnson University Of North Texas Press ePub



“the sympathy of the border people seems to be with them”

ONCE AGAIN, RINGO faced serious charges in Arizona. Newspapers in the territory “were now calling him ‘Ringold’” just as some had in Texas years earlier. One biographer theorizes, “either the person who reported the robbery account to the newspaper knew of Ringo’s Texas past or someone at the newspaper was aware of it.”1 Ringo was better known among the cattlemen of southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona. But in the fall of 1881 he was not well known in Tombstone, which he rarely visited. When he was arraigned for the robbery, he was asked if John Ringgold was his true name and he denied it.2 It is hardly likely such an error would have occurred if he was a “crime lord” as suggested.3 Ringo apparently returned to New Mexico after the robbery. Dave Estes was arrested and brought before Justice of the Peace G. W. Ellingsworth for a hearing. The Star reports that Estes “robbed a game of about four hundred dollars” and “confiscated a valuable horse.” The charges were quickly dismissed.

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12. Texas Legislator and County Judge

Paul N. Spellman University of North Texas Press PDF




When you come to your senses, I’ll send you your gun.

“Nov. 14, 1906

“General Hulen, Austin:

“I desire to tender my resignation as captain of Company A of the

Texas Rangers, said resignation to take effect on Nov. 15, 1906, which action on my part is due to pressing private business which demands my personal attention and which renders my further service in such position detrimental to my best interests. Trusting this will meet with your kind attention and acceptance, I beg to remain, Yours very truly,

J. A. Brooks”1

The abrupt nature of this letter belies the long months of meditation on Brooks’s decision, and the mysterious and vague pronouncement that his “best interests” would be jeopardized is curious if nothing more. He could have been making reference to a family issue, his own personal health, or a politically motivated objective: his move to Falfurrias had an impact on all of these.

The most likely scenario was the last of these, with the others as complements to his decision. Brooks’s age was largely irrelevant and his wanting to be with his family more unlikely and at best hypocritical. His drinking problems were no less severe than ever and he still managed to keep them under some control in relation to his professional business.

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Paula Young Lee Travelers' Tales ePub


For the next two weeks, Im holing up on a writing fellowship in a summer house on a hefty tract of private land located on Shin Pond up north. Its Patten Pioneer Days this week, and the festivities are in full swing. The big event is the firemans barbecue on Friday, followed by fireworks, and a spaghetti supper at the Methodist church. There will be traffic this weekend because of it. The town only has a few hundred residents, but this weekend, everyone comes back, including me and my dad, who is bringing his new girlfriend, and they are both staying with me (in separate bedrooms, he repeats a hundred times, just to make sure Ive understood.) He and Barbara met at the Senior Center over slabs of meatloaf, and theyve been happily doddering away ever since. Strip away the externals, and the two of them are weirdly alike. On spindly legs they potter along, peeling oranges and marveling at the fresh air. They count their pills, worry about finding the bathroom at night, and theyre starting Spanish language classes together.

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Raphael, Frederic Carcanet Press Ltd. ePub

The creak of the pigeons in the piazza San Marco.


April. Leslie Bricusse called from California, at seven in the morning, to tell me that I had won the Oscar for Darling. I had not lain awake wondering if I would and I was not all that delighted to be woken with the news. Tony Newley and Joan Collins added their congratulations. Not a few years ago, Newley shook my unknown hand and, as he left Vivian Cox’s garconnière, said, ‘Good luck in whatever you choose to do in life.’

A few days after winning, I was at a literary party. Jack Lambert said to me, ‘Well, from now on you can say goodbye to all hope of being reviewed on your merits.’


Karl Miller had just resigned from The New Statesman. I called Jane because Paul was ill and could not go to tea with their son, as planned. She said it was as well, since D. had been knocked unconscious in the school yard. K. was very upset. B. had cooked two ducks and a pâté for dinner; the Fermans were coming, why didn’t I ask the Millers? Jane said she would have to ask K.; he assented.

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28 The Day the Horse Fell Down

RushJr. Loving Indiana University Press ePub

Merging three railroads into two was a far more hazardous task than some had imagined, and there were some costly mistakes. The merger was complicated by rising anxieties at the Department of Transportation and the Surface Transportation Board about the smoothness of the marriage process. The Union Pacific’s recent acquisition of the SP had turned into an operating disaster, its system nearly grinding to a halt as cars clogged yards and main lines. Everyone, from shippers to the regulators, feared a repeat performance at CSX and NS.

The Conrail merger was complicated further in October 1997, as it was awaiting the STB’s approval, when a trailer on a CSX intermodal train swung off and smashed into an Amtrak train just across the Potomac from downtown Washington. The public visibility of the accident accentuated the attention it was given by DOT. Several wrecks already had triggered an investigation, and DOT’s report was released just a few days later, providing a long and embarrassing compendium of safety faults all over the CSX system. Among other things, the report cited weeds obstructing engineers’ views of signals, deteriorating bridges, and the outmoded signal system that Jerry Davis had lamented. Most notably it uncovered the results of John Snow’s policy of recurring buyouts of workers, choking restraints on capital spending, and deferred maintenance.

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