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FROM HELL TO BREAKFAST
"Excuse us," a man of San Juan del Picacho addressed
the First Companion, "for doubting your word. This senior
proves beyond a doubt that you have spoken the truth. It is
a thing very curious. It is a blessing to us out here in the
mountains when we hear news of the great city. Now come
into your house."
So the Two Companions found hospitality. For days they
ate goat meat and eggs and tortillas and frijoles and were
very contented. In time, however, they wore out their wel-
come and decided to travel on.
They walked on west, deeper into the mountains. They
had traveled more than a day when they came in sight of
the next rancheria, a little village by the name of Santa
Maria. Just before they got to it the Second Companion
stopped and remained hidden in a little canyon while the
First Companion went on.
"Good morning, sir," he greeted an old man sunning him-
self on a rock.
"Good morning, sir," the old man responded. "Ave Maria
Purisima of the Refuge."
"In grace conceived without original sin," the First Com-
panion gravely gave back.
By now other people were coming from spots of sun-
shine and from the houses to behold the stranger and to
"What is there of news?" the humble old man asked.
"But no, all is pacific," responded the First Companion.
"That is possible," said the old man, "but look, we live
here cut off from all the world like a pothole of water in
a desert of parched rocks. We are all humble and never hear
anything. You come from afar. You must know something.
"I but come from the rancheria of San Juan del Picacho,
nearly two days to the east," the First Companion replied.
"The only thing of any interest that I noted there was a
great bird flying over the valley. It was so big that its wings
were like two great clouds shutting out the sunlight. When
it passed, the chickens started to go to roost as if the sun
were going down. The people said it had its nest in the
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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/m1/46/: accessed January 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.