Old Settler's Association of Grayson County, Vol. 1. Page: 28 of 322 (Transcription)

served in the legislature his salary did not
exceed three hundred dollars a year as well as
others who served for a meagre sum. He himself
had fed the prisoners in Sherman for four bits a
day took county script at that at a discount.
Four bits is enough now. We are paying too much
for their sustenance. Here he was reminded by
someone in the audience that the charges for
sustenance prisoners did not equal that sum
now. "When I was Sherriff", he say's "Geo. [abbr: George] Todd was
our Judge; he was an able man and could [gap: illegible]
a good charge to a grand jury. But the judge had
a habit of playing poker occasionally. In his charge
to the Grand Jury he told them not to let any crime
against the law go unpunished and to let no man who
violated the law escape. Two true bills were brought in
against the judge for playing poker. He must
have suspected while the Grand jury were in
session that something was wrong for he told the
Sheriff not morning to adjourn court but the Grand
jury were running their of it Judge Everitt in
relating the incident said he would be d-d if he
would stand it but judge Todd was a good man
etc. We regret very much being compelled to chop down
on what was said by the major but want of [gap: illegible]
necessarily compels us to do so. He was rounded by
applauded when he finished his remarks and
after music by the band. W.W. Wheat was called on.
He said:
I see a great many people here to day whom
have not seen for a long time the faces of old from
that are familiar. I am glad we have assembled
here together; I enjoy it. I love it and hope every-
one of those called on to speak will have as much
influence as I have got and get up and so
what they think. A great many of the old settlers
are not here today and I am sorry for it: one
of them was to be here. I allude to J. Thompson
he was one of the old pioneers and Col. J. [gap : illegible]
is missed very much. He is bemeaned and
ridiculed by some of our low down little press
who have not been here perhaps more than
a year. Col. B was every make a man and I
am proud that he had a good heart

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Old Settlers Association (Grayson County, Tex.). Old Settler's Association of Grayson County, Vol. 1., book, 1879 - 1899; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11279/m1/28/transcription/: accessed December 15, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Old Settler's Association of Grayson County.