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Chapter 8: Reese–Townsend Feud at Columbus

Harold J. Weiss Jr. University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter 8

REESE-TOWNSEND FEUD AT COLUMBUS

During the month of March, 1899, Capt. McDonald, with two men, were ordered to Columbus, Colorado county, for the purpose of preventing trouble there between the Townsend and Reece [sic] factions. Capt. McDonald went alone, his men not being able to reach him in time, and his courage and cool behavior prevented a conflict between the two factions. The district judge and district attorney both informed him that it was impossible to handle the situation, but he told them that he could make the effort, and he gave the members of each faction a limited time in which to get rid of their weapons, stating that he would put those in jail who refused to comply. His order had the desired effect.1

This report by the adjutant general added to McDonald’s growing reputation as a two-gun crusading knight. Yet Captain Bill was only one of a number of Rangers who became involved in the affair over a period of time.

Columbus is situated in the south central part of the state in

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The Path

Colin Rafferty Break Away Book Club Edition ePub

Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I can see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.”

John 20:24–25, N.I.V.

I am a Midwesterner, Kansas City born, and despite living in a half dozen other states in my life, it is that city, split unevenly between Kansas and Missouri, to which I feel most closely bound. I was born in the old St. Mary’s Hospital in downtown Kansas City, in the shadow of the Liberty Memorial, and my parents moved me across the state line the next day to our home in Mission, Kansas, one of the numerous suburbs that spill out from the city.

It is Kansas City where my family circled around during my childhood, moving away for a few years at a stretch, only to return each time, like homing pigeons; Kansas City where I went to school, where I was baptized and confirmed in the same church thirteen years apart, where I had my first kiss and my first heartbreak; Kansas City where I risk nostalgia, risk ignoring the bad, the racial divide of Troost Avenue, the cemetery there holding my mother’s family; Kansas City where I left twelve years ago, returning only as a visitor, my family moving out west while I was in college, leaving only a few relatives—a second cousin here, a great-aunt there, a grandmother beyond the town’s southern border—to remain.

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6. “Our Golden Word: Try”

Sarah Diane Sasson Indiana University Press ePub

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“Our Golden Word: Try

Theosophists esteemed the written word with an almost Protestant faith in its power, and they produced an array of metaphysical treatises, memoirs, and novels. Additionally, they penned a plethora of letters, which were passed from one person to another, keeping the founders in touch with followers on several continents. Even communications from the Adept Brotherhood occurred in writing rather than orally or through music, meditation, or images.1 A disciple of the Brotherhood was expected to adopt vegetarianism and celibacy, but a prime qualification for the chela was literary skill. Helena Blavatsky might eat meat with relish, chainsmoke, and curse like a sailor, but these shortcomings were outweighed by her prodigious religious imagination and her talent as a writer. Since the appearance of Isis Unveiled in 1877, she had been the driving force behind the Theosophical Society’s publications, authoring many of the articles that appeared in the movement’s journals. While occult phenomena generated excitement, Blavatsky recognized that it was through the written word that Theosophy could enter the discourse of the modern world. The future of Theosophical movement, she knew, hinged less on messages from the Masters, which followers tended to treat as inviolate, than on the creation of texts that could be edited, debated, criticized, and rewritten.2 It was her need for an experienced assistant who could aid in the production of metaphysical documents that led her to accept Laura Holloway-Langford as a probationary disciple.

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Chapter XIX Old Wounds Reopened— The Colorado Home Invaded

Revised by William Rathmell. Edited with an Introduction and Annotations by Robert K. DeArment University of North Texas Press PDF

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old wounds reopened— the colorado home invaded

In the summer of ’91 the peaceful serenity of the Marlows’ cozy mountain home was suddenly invaded by officers who came up from

Texas to tear agape the old wounds of their tribulations, to re-arrest them and take them back again as prisoners to the scenes of all their woe.

One bright June day there stepped off the Denver & Rio Grande train upon the depot platform at Ridgway two men. They were large, bronzed, handsome specimens of manhood, wore wide-brimmed hats of the sombrero pattern and were heavily armed with improved Colt’s revolvers, which swung in holsters from cartridge belts about their waists. Their dress and manner stamped them for what they were—Texas Rangers.

These were Captain McDonald2 and A. J. Britton,3 two of the bravest and most fearless members of the northern division of Texas Rangers

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This chapter was misnumbered XIV in the original 1892 edition and the error was not corrected in the later publication. Actually it should have been Chapter XIX.

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4 Chief of Armored Force

John A. Adams Indiana University Press ePub

It was about noon, and devers was in his office when the phone rang. It was General Marshall:

Is anybody listening on this phone?

Well, if they were they are off, General Marshall.

I want you to get into your plane this afternoon and fly to Fort Knox, Kentucky. [General Adna R.] Chaffee is dying, and I don’t want to announce it right now, but I am going to put you in command of the Armored Force. There is something wrong down there [at Armored Force]. I want to know about. I want you to go down to Fort Knox and find out what the trouble is and spend as much time as you want and then fly to Washington and tell me what the trouble is. In the meantime, we will get your status cleaned up and decide what we have got to do.1

“As I sat back in my chair to catch my breath, after hanging up the telephone,” recalled Devers in retirement, “the first thought that occurred to me was General Van Voorhis is going to get a big laugh out of this.”2 Van Voorhis had been Jake’s commanding officer in Panama, and had earlier been instrumental in shepherding mechanized cavalry into reality in the early 1930s. On sultry afternoons back in the canal zone, he and Devers had sometimes talked about mechanized forces. Jake was somewhat ambivalent. Initially, Devers viewed the tank as a method of getting a large-caliber gun into position to fire directly on the enemy. That did not embody the concept of slashing, high-speed warfare. What little he saw of interwar tanks appeared “clumsy” to him.

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