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resented a Mexican's slapping a woman, and killed the fellow,
who made at him with a knife. Then a whole crowd of Mexicans
attacked him. He killed them as long as his pistol held out
and when he had fired his last shot he hurled the empty gun
at them and was then cut to pieces by the survivors. It was reported
that he killed six of them before they got him.
Kane Norton, the other distinguished Houstonian, was not so
fortunate in the mode of his death. He was killed by a Yankee
drug clerk, Just at the close of the battle of Mansfield. He
rushed into the drug store and the clerk, being badly rattled,
thought Kane was going to kill him so he shot him dead. The
next moment Kane's comrades entered and slew 'the clerk. If
Kane had known that he was going to be wiped out, not by a
desperado or soldier, but by a little, panic-stricken drug clerk,
he would have been terribly humiliated.
"BUD" RANDOLPH A SCIENTIST.
IF ANYONE thinks that the Houston Press Club is not an
interesting place and full of surprises, that one is badly
mistaken. One can always meet there someone who knows
something about everything on earth. There is where the surprises
I came in contact with one of these surprises the other night
when I discovered that "Bud" Randolph is one of the most profound
entomologists in the state and that he has devoted many
years to the study of bugs.
He can tell you, offhand, without the least hesitation, the
official names of bed bugs, cockroaches, boll weevils, tumblebugs
and of more kinds of beetles, better than any fellow I ever
met. He is a wonder.
Having tackled and mastered bugology, Bud evidently looked
about for new fields to conquer and took up the study of natural
history. His knowledge of rats, owls, skunks, cats, cur dogs, et
omne genus, is equal to his knowledge of bugs. The best part.
of the thing is that he does not have to be "drawn out." The
other night someone mentionqe4 a night made wretched by bedbugs
and in a moment "Bud" had the floor.
"Oh," said he, "there is a most interesting member of the bug
family. In my opinion the bed-bug, or more properly speaking
the coccyclus indica myonsims, is the most intelligent and
thoughtful member of the dryonian family. He has sense like
folks; he takes no chances and makes careful calculation before
making an attack. He hides out when a light is on but comes
to the front the moment it is turned out. He knows what he is
doing all right and so do you when he gets to work.
"I have studied him and his habits and find that his bump of
local attachment is wonderfully developed. He never leaves a
place when once he establishes himself and he invites about a
million of his friends to come and share the good thing he has
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 18, 2013.