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BIG SAM AND DE GOLDEN CHARIOT
By ETTA PARKS
DE GOOD LORD can still turn a miracle, Brothers
and Sisters, with His powerful Almighty Hand. But
He ain't going to do hit, if it ain't de thing to do.
Why, for all I know now he might be setting up There dis
minute conjuring up a great big whopper of a miracle to
turn loose on you and me tomorrow.
I know what you thinking. You thinking it ain't so. You
think de Lord ain't laid no heavy hand on dis here Brazos
Bottom, and you think he ain't about to.
Well, you all wrong. My old Grandpappy was wrong,
too. He thought de same thing himself and he was a preacher
same as me. I mean he thought de same thing till he saw one
happen--or almost happen--right here. And I heard tell
of it from his own mouth before he died, God rest his soul,
and dis is how he say it happen. It was when Big Sam Willis
died, it all started, just before de preacher Hotwind Brown
died too and my Grandpappy took his place.
Big Sam got kicked in de head by a mule, chillun, and
dat's how come him to die. Dat mule always was a cussed
one-had de devil's own spirit in him, dat mule did--not a
nigger in dis whole Brazos Bottom would never touch dat
mule but Big Sam. Some say Bib Sam got dat mule off a
witch and some say de mule was natural born but had de
devil's cuss put on him when he was a little feller and run
under a clothes line between Christmas and New Years. I
don't know about dat, but I do know dey done de best thing
to do with dat mule when dey shot him. He was raving crazy
mad, dat mule was, and couldn't nobody handle him since
he sent Big Sam up de Glory Road.
It was de right thing to do, I reckon--shoot de mule-but
it sure was de wrong time. Dey should of waited a spell for
Big Sam to settle accounts with de Lord. He had a passel of
sins piled up dat I reckon he had forgot about. A good re-
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Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. From Hell to Breakfast, book, 1944; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc67649/m1/37/: accessed April 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.