48 TRUE STORIES OF OLD
Penticost. The entry refers to them as "cow catchers."
W. W. Glass resigned February 19, 1886. J. Fitzgerald was
clerk June 1, 1886. Alex Erichson was again chief of police in
1892 and B. W. McCarthy was clerk at the same time.
%James H. Pruett was chief and A. R. Anderson deputy in 1894.
Under date March 17, 1882, is recorded: "Officer Richard
Snow killed in the Fifth ward." That is all. No mention is
made of who killed him nor of why he kiled him.
February 8, 1886, the following entry is made: "Henry Williams
killed by Kyle Terry at Market square."
"March 14, 1891, J. E. Fenn was killed, by Henry McGee."
Under date of September 17, 1893, is recorded the accidental
killing of Officer Pat Walsh, who.dropped his pistol, when getting
off a street car, it being discharged and inflicting a fatal wound
on the officer.
One of the greatest tragedies that has ever occurred in police
circles here is discussed with a mere statement of facts, under
date July 28, 1901. W. A. Weiss, an officer was shot and killed
by J. T. Vaughn, who was, in turn, shot and killed by another
officer a few minutes later. This case created immense excite.
ment at the time.
So far as excitement is concerned, this case was overshadowed
by one that is recorded in the old book under date December
11, 1901. As usual only a few lines, giving merely a statement
of facts, is the record. Sid Preacher shot and killed J. C. James,
a policeman, with a shotgun. After killing James, Preacher
whirled and killed Policeman Herman Youngst. Just as Preacher
started to go away another policeman arrived on the scene
and shot Preacher dead.
These extracts are given to illustrate the fact that the pathway
of the peace officer is not strewn with roses by any means.
Of course, it is ,not necessary to review the history of the
department during recent years, for all are familiar with it.
FRANK LE MOTT'8 ROMANCE.
T KNOW exactly how a fellow feels after he has entered
blindly into a dark conspiracy and agreed to do the will
of a beautiful wman for no other reason than that she
was a young and beautiful woman."
That was the way Frank Le Mott of Galveston began what
proved to be one of the best stories I ever heard him tell.
There was quite a crowd of us out at the Breakers bathhouse
at Galveston, and everybody moved closer to hear the story
we knew was coming.
"Two weeks ago," Le,Mott continued, "I had an adventure,
Young, Samuel Oliver. True stories of old Houston and Houstonians: historical and personal sketches / by S. O. Young.. Galveston, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24646/. Accessed December 27, 2014.