Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas on May 31, 1936 · Page 24
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Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas · Page 24

Pampa, Texas
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Sunday, May 31, 1936
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TftES PAMPA DAILY NEWS, Pamt>a, SUNDAY MORNING7MA mourn Y8l7 1936. BOOT HILL, FAMOUS TASCOSA CEMETERY, TO BE RECREATED HERE BUIL SITES ® • FEUDS CUT DEEPLY INTO POPULATION IN p EARLY DAYS (EDITOR'S NOTE: Tascosa, the home of Boot Hill, was one of the first towns established In the Panhandle. It Is located about 45 miles ' northwest of Amarillo and north of the Canadian river. The old courthouse and jail have been converted into one of the finest ranch headquarters In the Southwest. Boot Hill can still be seen. Some of the graves have sandstones In the rocky soil show where others are. The scene will be depicted In the Centennial pageant here June 3-4.) Ohl Burye-e-e-e me not on the lone pee-r-r--rair-e-e- Wlth cactus at my feet and coyotes at my head The dy-l-ri-g said. cow-ow-boy-e-e-e —Prom an old trail song of many verses. Prom four corners of the globe they came, these men whose bones the fates decreed should find rude repose beneath a virgin sod. Their hearts afire with youth, their eyes In tune with far horizons; these hard-bitten men of another day rode straight into the arms of the setting sun. These men who sleep today at Boot Hill's brow ones braved the tortures of exposure, the bitter touch of adversity and the myriad hardships of their new world with stout hearts. And when a foreman's ready weapon barked the death decree they rollicked onto the Cow Hand's God in much the manner they had lived, with a joke or shout upon their lips. Famous in song and legend as the burial ground of the early west were only the elect who died in gentlemanly affray 'with their boots on,' might be laid to rest, Boot Hill, the original lies a few moments brisk horseback rid from the once brawling roistering cow camp of tlie "IQ's, Tascosa, (the turbulent). In a bend in the Canadian river, which in its wetter moments is a mile wide, basked the untidy little cow- village, smirking its defiance back at the wide expanses of the Texas skies. Originally the camp grounds of roving Mexican outlaws the town finally became the trading pcfct of the huge ranches then beginning to crop up over what is now termed the Panhandle of Texas. !Ecenes of feuds innumerable over lands, over cattle and even chattels Of more affectionate and personal substance the lastly Infant of a town boasted, in the few years of its ex- istaince, of the rough and ready complexion of its citizenry and the workman-like manner in which the boys kept 'Old Red,' bartender and ex-offlcio sexton of tho cemetery, in pork. 'A remark, attributed to this dignitary upon the occasion of an official duty, was, "If this hyar death rate, largely on purpose, keeps a running away from the birth rate, why we just ain't .a going to have no town, boys." '•' The prediction of 'Old Bed' has proved only too true for the tough little town of the prairies, long since has passed away. • Death came to Tascosa as it had visited many of tbe men who made frequent visits within its limits— suddenly and in the prime of life. A rival cow town sprang up fifty miles to the south and east which some of the hoys called Amarlller. Then the day of the little village of saloons, gambling halls and other diverting dives was done. The march of civilization had begun. The Icy blasts of a December 'norther 1 bore down upon us, the 'Old Settler' and I, as we stood without the ceremony of uncovered heads amidst the faint outlines of the fourscore mounds, matted over with the wild growth of the prairie, which indicate the fact that here untended and unmarked are the resting places of the losers in a primitive battle for existence. Scattered along the side of the little hilj without thought of systematic arrangement were the graves. Here and there a crude cross, slanting crazlly, or a piece of stone, even an old bottle, gave evidence that once the 'courtesy of a marker had been tendered. "Now this plot, if I mistake not," said the grizzled old one, "holds the Right Honorable George. That was the name the boys gave him, not knowing any other. There wasn't much curiosity around these parts about where a man come from or why, when this buryin' ground was In style,' he remarked as he stroked a flowing silver-white mustache reminiscently. Well, George wasn't what I would call a real satisfin' confidante, although he was a real nice young fellow, as I remember. He had a way of talking of you and not to you and most everything the boys said and did puzzled him a great 4sal. I guess those traits along with the fact that he got a good big bundle of mall every month or so from jolly old England gave rise to the belief that maybe he was the wayward boy out of one of the bast families back there and was just laying out until matters had a chance to quiet down and blow over some at home. "There was just one way that he and any of us had anything in common and that was because he sure knew horses. He wasn't what you might call a "buckaroo" but his chief means of gettin' exercise was from horseback riding which he did every morning and night. The rest of his time was took up with reading and writing letters e,nd then, too, along toward the last considerable of his attention was devoted to 'dramming', which we always considered more or' less of a man's own business. "I guess you noticed how his grave here has been taken care of some in the past. This was tended to by some of his folks, maybe, but ouce a year a right pretty young woman came here and tidied up around the spot. Of course that was a long time ago and nobody could ever find out who she was. "They buried Sir George, as some called him in a joking way—in his best riding boots and a black suit— I guess it was a full dress outfit— which was found in his belongings. The last rites were simple and were conducted mostly with a shovel. "Most accounts of him Sir George was taken from our midst varied at the time, but I had a chance to know . that Billy the Kid, who was a snake, if I ever saw one, mistook Mobeetle Mollie's motherly attentions to the Englishman for a horse of another color with conse- (Juences which were right regret"Yes Mollle, she was laid out the same night in the same way. She's dewn there on the side of that draw away from the hill. I reckon that was a kind of concession to the proprietors. Of course she was dead, but then you didn't know Mobeetie Molly." • And so through the irrtgular ilsles of the graves of that bullet trlcken dead we wandered, the eathery old face of the veteran ,owman alert with memories from ime to time as we passed a spot amlliar in the far gone days. His eminiscences stronger that the wildest flights of fiction, the old, nan spoke in the casual drawl of his training, the speech of the pra- rles. "We had lots of right colorful and wayward young scouts out here In hose days and I guess 'the Colonel' was about as interesting as any. Let ne tell you the Colonel had been i high stepper wherever he hailed 'rom. His title was hung on him by some of the boys as It was whispered about that when the Civil war came along he stepped out from ,he home town at the head of a company of volunteers, as proud a young captain as ever kissed his sweetheart goodbye. "As the story went, the 'Colonel' was not cut out for battling, so he ,ook a right hasty leave of his command in the thick of one of the best battles. "When I first saw him, he was as fine a looking young buck as ever you laid eyes on. Straight as an arrow, six feet tall, long, slick jlack hair and always dressed fit to kill. "Many's the night I have sat at the Colonel's table and lost a whole month's pay, which was only about fifteen dollars for a cowhand in those days. None of the boys ever regretted losing to that fellow though. He was so pleasant and WE BELIEVE in the TEXAS PANHANDLE * The futyre of the Texas Panhandle and the future of Pampa are inseparably tied up ... and it is assured that the Texas Panhandle will continue its giant strides toward a prosperity based on the fundamental wealth of the land. May we have the privilege of working with you in conducting your business, whether it be cattle, cotton, grain, oil, or another of the, Texas Panhandle's profitable industries. FIRST NATIONAL IN PAMPA *".„. Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Texas ranttaiidle ifentcmuu celebration and Oil M«n'» Reunion, FamjM, June 2-3-1-5 Pampa Is Proud" of Beautiful New City Hall SB* A nearly new city hall houses the official family of the City of Pampa. On the third floor is an auditorium, north of which on the same story are women's clubrooms. always allowed the customers to owe him, which we always did. "He was mighty fond of music and I remember well when things were quiet at the tables he used to take down his old fiddle and sit out on the portico and play almost until sun-up. "One night a bunch of high rolling hands from the Fryin' Pan came to town with money to bum and a thirst in proportion and ended up in the Colonel's game game as nearly everybody who ever came to town." "The eyes of one of these young hotheads was a little quicker under the influence of liquor or else his temper was a little bit shorter than usual with the result that the game broke up in a shower of lead. "I have been told since that the old boy never made a move towards the drawer where he kept his weapon, but when they got him he just slumped forward in his chair and said, "Thank God." "The whole town turned out for the burying, which took place right over there by the gate," said the ancient, pointing to an isolated grave set apart from those of his fellows, as the outcast would probable have had it. An interesting sidelight on the trend of the time in which, as the oldtimer said, Boot Hill was a popular "buryin' ground," is contained in the reminiscence of a nearby rancher who Hvcs today near the crumbling walls which mark the site of the old town. It has to do with the trial of one of the men implicated in the murder of "the Colonel". The trial was held before the first district judge of the Northwestern district of Texas, ^Judge K. P. .Willis, in whose territory were 37 counties. When the case had been given to the jury, eleven of the venlremen stood solidly for acquittal while one.doughty friend of the murdered man declared just as stoutly that the death penalty must be Inflicted or he would starve his fellows into returning a verdict as he believed it should be given. "Yes siree, a neck stretching is just what I am for and I won't give in until I get it," said the hard-headed one. "Pst, pssst," hissed a voice from the open window of the jury room, where 'Frankie's' business partner in a nearby saloon, of the backward man, had climbed on a ladder, "Say Jack, the biggest game I ever saw is going on at the joint, lend me some more money," he whispered. Jack hurriedly proceeded to peel a number of bills from the partnership 'roll' and handing them to 'Frankie' admonished his partner, "Hurry on back and don't let the game break up, I'll be over in a minute." "Well gents," said .the; exponent of Brim justice as he addressed his fellow jurymen, I, personally never let 'pleasure interfere with business, so well let the "—'— : — iff." id. According to one of the legends :oncerning this estranged little city at the dead, now miles from a set- lement, the outstanding additions- n point of numbers to be made in any one day was when the Ed ting, Len Woodruff feud coming o a head, contributed four more graves to the cemetery and left most of the population of the lit- le town either badly scared or leriously wounded. It seems that a lovely woman was igain inspiration fo rthe songs of late sung by the light artillery of he roistering cowmen who partlci- jated in the epic gun battle which ook the lives of participants and lystanclers alike. Sally — , a half breed Mexican girl, with a lurking devil in her parkling eyes and the provoca- ibn for murder in her carmine lips oresldcd over the bar of Len Woodruff, former cowboy and am- uble hast in matters of liquid •cfroshment to his one time mates of the trail. Now Sally, if legend is to be .rusted, had exhausted her wiles upon the debonair young Wooduff and to no avail with the. result of jealousy and hatred came ;o take the place of unrequited love in the heart of the half-caste siren. In the devious manner of ler kind she proceeded to let the lovelight shine from her brown suitors in particular, Ed King, a hard riding, hard drinking, but withal likeable young cowpuncher from the nearby LS ranch, whose exploits with the six gun were renowned over the entire Panhandle. 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And so the trial was conclud- knight consented to fare forth and return with the colors of his hated rival dangling from, the pommel of his saddle. The overture to the drama of death staged in the Hogtown of old Tascosa that night with the music of tinkling glasses intermingled with the castinet clink of poker chips with now and then the song of drunken men or women Interrupting the theme. And on through the chostly moonlight stalked the characters, puppets of passion, with Sally the barmaid gleefully directing the cast. Woodruff was on a mission of love, taking a bottle of brandy to the trystlng place chosen by his light of love, 'Rocking Chair Emma,' when coming out of the narrow passageway at the back of his saloon he came" face' to face with the man, who, it had already been reported to him, would take his life on sight. Tempestuous words followed between the two't Then the bark of a gun. Again and again spoke the mouthpiece of death, and when the smoke of battle had cleared away King was lying face down'In the mud, dead. Woodruff, wounded in the thigh, staggered back down the passage way. Chick Emory, a friend of Wooruff, who had sprung to the rescue of his pal was lying on the sidewalk in a welter of his own blood, badly wounded. Then began the battle against odds waged by Woodruff. John Lang, King's companion, at the See BOOT HILL; Vage 5 Call Lee Way Motor Freight FOR SERVICE Phone 270 Pampa C. H. JEFFRIES Trucking Contractor Oijl Field Work a Specialty Modern Equipmeint. . . Experienced Labor. . . Full Insurance Coverage . , . Reference and Recommendation From Any Business Firm in the Panhandle. - __ JBJPE LINE CONSTRUCTION ELECTRIC AND ACETYLENE.EQUIPMENT FOR ANY SIZE JOB Llano Construction Company 9 Inc. Pampa', Texas 810 W. Wilks Phono 1170 1

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