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9. The Baker/De La Cerda Incident

Paul N. Spellman University of North Texas Press PDF




My men are crack shots and I am not afraid of them getting the worst of anything.

Three years before the four captains assumed their duties for the Ranger Force, an outbreak of smallpox in Laredo caused a minor panic in the mostly Mexican town that turned into a full fledged riot by March 1899. Dr. Walter F. Blunt, the state’s chief health officer, called for a quarantine across the city and ordered fumigation for most of the homes.

The townspeople, misunderstanding the health officer’s intentions, reacted as if they were being permanently evicted. The local constabulary called for help, and the Rangers of Company E moved in to assist Blunt and his staff. On March 18 a fight broke out in the streets of Laredo, with snipers firing from rooftops and the Rangers returning fire. Capt. John Rogers was gravely wounded and rushed to a San Antonio surgeon to save his shattered arm. Agapito Herrera, a former deputy sheriff who led the insurgency, was shot and killed. The riot was quelled and the quarantine instigated without further incidents, except for the growing resentment in that community towards the Texas Rangers.1

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Part 5: The Moon Shines On

Sybil Rosen University of North Texas Press PDF




ine months after Billy’s letter arrived in New York, I’ve finally come to a stop in Georgia. The Waller tradition of hospitality endures. At

Glyn’s invitation, I returned here from Texas, to live in the quarters for a time, collecting my thoughts.

Every morning now since the end of February, I’ve sat at this desk by a window, watching the green seep up out of the earth. By May, Georgia is spring-steeped, hot already. Leaves no longer shimmer with youth; like gardeners’ hands, they’ve darkened with the serious work of summer: gathering sunlight, making sugar. Against a wall of emerald woods, the flowering privets make a shield of white. The Chattahoochee has disappeared behind the trees again, save for the sound the water makes buckling past the cabin.

An armadillo forages in the floodplain, and turkey vultures fly low over the quarters, casting shadows on the ground. Glyn says there’s still blackberry winter to come, or maybe not this year; so much rain.

How I came to be at Waller writing about lost love is still a great, unsolicited surprise. One thing is certain: Blaze Foley’s legend got me here. So much of his true story unfolded in Georgia, and all of his life in the tree house. Our friends in Whitesburg still maintain they witnessed his happiest time, and everywhere is evidence of him.

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Cameron, Kim Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF



Allard, Wayne, 4, 79–80, 102, 191,


Alm, Al, 78, 80, 85

Amplifying benefits, 41, 44, 226

Amplifying effect, 41–43

Apple Computers, 5

Appreciative Inquiry (AI), 30

Asbestos, cleaning up, 120

Atomic Energy Act, 51, 53, 248

Atomic Energy Commission (AEC): building of nuclear weapons plant, 17; Rocky Flats and, 20,

46, 173

Attitude of workforce, 221

Award fee, 243

Baselines, importance of, in communicating progress, 151

Berkshire Hathaway, 5

Beryllium, use of, at Rocky Flats,


Blackballing, 185

Bold action, 203–8

Budget, establishing, in ensuring stable funding, 154–56

Buffering benefits, 41, 44, 226

Buffering effect, 43

Buffer zone, 19

Buffet, Warren, 5

Bureaucracy, questioning, 119–20

Burge, Larry, 77

Bush, George H. W.: cancellation of

W-88 warhead program by, 59; closure of Rocky Flats and, 3,

21, 204

“Business suits,” 103

Carbon tetrachloride, release of, at

Rocky Flats site, 46, 53

Card, Bob, 77, 78, 79, 85

Careful, clear, and controlled leadership, 14

Case method, 226

Catch the fever, 126–27

CH2MHill, 14, 18, 210; approach to Rocky Flats cleanups by,

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Appendix 14 • Extraneous notes of Hopi life

Edited and Annotated by Charles M. Robinson III University of North Texas Press PDF

Appendix 14

[Volume 2, Pages 116, 118, 120]

Extraneous notes of Hopi life

At the Moqui villages, a very noticeable feature is the agility and perfect fearlessness with which little baby children run up and down the steep narrow stone steps leading to the roofs of the four story houses. These stairways are unprotected by ballustrade or railings of any kind, have a “raise” of eight inches and a “tread” of only four to six. It was with extreme caution our heavily booted soldiers climbed up the same stairways and ladders.

The rafters, beams and ladders used by the Moquis are constructed of cottonwood; a tree to which we should hereafter assign, under favorable treatment, a greater degree of durability than is at present conceded. No timber of this species can now be found in quantities, within less than 50 miles of Oraybe, and if much were needed search might have to be made for 100 miles.

Secured some seeds of peaches, corn and other vegetables to take to Prescott.

The Moquis have no doors, no window-shutters and no window panes. In very cold weather warmth is afforded by closing doorways with fur coverlids.

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13. The Dakota Poncas Speak

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The Dakota Poncas Speak


General Crook. Mr. Dorsey, explain to them that we come here by order of the President, to find out their situation. We have just been down to Indian Territory and seen that part of the Band and now we have come here to see them & learn from themselves their condition and to satisfy ourselves as far we can what is for their best interests; and we want them to answer all questions as put to them unreservedly and they can rest assured that we are their friends and that they can speak freely.

(Revd. Mr. Dorsey read & translated to them the President’s letter of instructions to the Commission, which can be seen on [167–68].

State to them that we have heard the story of their removal so often that we don’t care to hear it again but want them to give us the story from the time they left Indian Territory up to the present time. We want their story in as few words as possible, so as to save time.

Standing Bear (dressed in civilian garb.)

I do not think that we have made this day but I think that God has caused it, and my heart is glad to see you all here. Why should I tell you a different word? I have told to God my troubles and why should I deceive Him? I have told my troubles to Him.

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