The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944 Page: 62
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
nation should probably be entered here so as to make future
recordings easier for the historian of years to come.
The following is from the "Help Wanted" columns of The
Dallas Morning News, March 14:
Wanted-Colored maid to do very light housework and cooking. Hours
on duty to suit maid's convenience. Salary increased on demand. Wash-
ing to be only your personal and most intimate things. We guarantee
to be pleasant at all times and can furnish excellent references and
further agree to entertain friends only agreeable to you. Box 29-G,
Harry M. Fleenor, editor of the Penrose Press, Penrose,
Colorado, would like to hear from any members of the Associa-
tion who are in a position to give him any data regarding
Frank and Jesse James in Texas. Information should be sent
directly to Mr. Fleenor.
The Honolulu Advertiser (T. H.) put out on April 6, 1943,
a special army edition of fifty-eight pages. Scattered through
the paper are perhaps a dozen items referring to Texas and
the part Texas is playing in the war effort. The leading article
tells how a "Yank 'In the Heart of Texas' Finds Out What
Cold Really Is." Writing back to Iowa, he says:
I used to think it was nice and warm and sunny down in Texas.
Until along about 2 o'clock this morning I thought that 12 or 15 below
zero was pretty cold. Today I am a changed man. These damn Texans
have been kidding us about not knowing what cold weather really was.
I didn't know anything about cold weather [until] about 2 o'clock this
morning [when] the windows started rattling and the rug was standing
about six inches off the floor, just rippling in the breeze. Along about
2:30 the four blankets I had on my bed started rippling the same way.
By the time I got up and got the blankets tied down, I had four frozen
toes and one ear had shrivelled up like a cauliflower . . .
If you were to run across a Texan up in Iowa, walking around in
his shirtsleeves during what you think is cold weather, just pay no at-
tention to him. He will probably say it is just a spring day. . . . Up in
Iowa we used to kill hogs in cold weather. Down in Texas we wait until
the summer-time because it takes that long for the hog to get soft
enough to butcher.
Purposely this record of distinctive Texas cold weather has
been put in the July Texas Collection when it is only a pleasant
memory. In all seriousness, however, it is well to remember
that all of the outstanding contributions to modern civilization
have been made in areas subject to extremes of heat and cold.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944, periodical, 1944; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146054/m1/66/: accessed October 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.