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BIG SAM AND DE GOLDEN CHARIOT
back with de soul of Brother Hotwind Brown in one piece."
"Amen," say old Brother Abraham and good Saint Peter,
he adds a "yes" and a couple of "verilies."
Scooting along in de clouds, Big Sam got dat plow mule
in a running fit. Man, it was the smoothest riding dey ever
done. Didn't take no more dan forty minutes to get to de
top of de sky.
Big Sam look way down from dere--steps just as far as
de eye can see. Steps and more steps-and about four steps
from de very bottom am a big crowd. Dere stand de spirit
of Hotwind Brown, still a preaching.
Who he preaching to. De devil, dat's who. Old Satan
hisself, and six of de Devil's bestest imps.
"Oh, my," say Big Sam, part to heself and part to de
mule. "Dat Hotwind Brown. He sure done went and took
it on hisself. He must think he good to try and save old
Lucifer from he own self. Giddap, mule! Better men dan
Hotwind has done went de broad and easy path for just de
same reason. We got to fetch dat nigger back to de fold be-
fore dat Devil gets him by de coattail!" Big Sam chuck up de
mule full speed and dey makes ninety to nothing, wide open,
sliding de last three miles.
Wham and squeech! Big Sam throw on de brakes to de
Golden Chariot. He stand up proud in de Golden Chariot,
make a big show for de Devil, he tell heself. He toot de
Golden Horn, he ring de Golden Bells, and he sing out in
a powerful thundering voice,
"Hotwind Brown! I is de messenger of de Lord come to
fetch you to your Rewards. Come a running and let dem
sinners remain in de darkness of dey sin. You has earned a
rest, and dis here Golden Chariot am come to fetch you to it."
Hotwind Brown he keep on a preaching. Big Sam he keep
a yelling. Big Sam he fast losing he spiritual attitude.
Finally Hotwind he see dat he congregation ain't a listen-
ing to him no more. Dey looking up de steps behind him
staring at de miracle of Big Sam and de Golden Chariot.
Miracles am scarce in hell, and hot-winded mens is plentiful.
Hotwind Brown turn around.
"Lordamercy!" he whoop. "Sinner Big Sam and he crazy
mule. Am dis de Jedgment Day and is I went to hell?"
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From Hell to Breakfast (Book)
Volume of popular folklore of Texas and Mexico, including religious anecdotes, stories about Native American dances, stories about petroleum and oil fields, folk songs, legends, customs and other miscellaneous folklore. The index begins on page 205.
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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/m1/41/: accessed September 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.