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Consider the Lily: The Ungilded History of Colorado County, Texas
Republicans. On October 14, 1870, he had been indicted for conducting trials while inebri-
ated in each if not all of the previous three months. He fought the charges for a year. When
he promised District Judge Livingston Lindsay that he would reduce his consumption of
alcohol, Lindsay endorsed Jones to the governor. But his situation was hopeless. Finally, on
October 10, 1871, he resigned, commenting, "I would represent that I have transacted the
affairs of my office honestly but I do not wish to retain it longer." As though it had been
arranged in advance, on October 20, the indictment against him was quashed. Six months
later, the governor appointed him Columbus city marshal. However, he never presented the
city with a bond, and therefore never assumed the role. On May 7, the governor replaced
him with John C. Journey, the man who had been the city government's first choice. Alas,
Jones's troubles did not end there. In June 1872, his political opponents hit him with three
more indictments, all for failing to properly do some comparatively minor paperwork in the
month he had resigned as justice of the peace. By the time these cases were dismissed, on
October 14, 1872, Jones had disappeared from county history.25
With the departure of Jones from office, and, four days before, the victory in a
special election for United States congressman of Democrat John Hancock over Republi-
can Edward Degener, Colorado County's Democrats were in a festive mood. On the night
of October 12, they held a lengthy celebration, with a torchlight parade, music, cheers,
cannon fire, speeches, and a dance. However, their joy was soon diminished by the results of
the election to fill Jones's former office. The Republicans first nominated James Richard
Fleming, but Fleming professed to be a Democrat and refused the nomination. They then
25 Colorado County District Court Records, Criminal Cause File No. 859: State of Texas v.
Camillus Jones, Criminal Cause File No. 1000: State of Texas v. Camillus Jones, Criminal Cause File
No. 1001: State of Texas v. Camillus Jones, Criminal Cause File No. 1003: State of Texas v. Camillus
Jones, Minute Book D, p. 372, Minute Book E, pp. 111, 380, 381; Livingston Lindsay to Edmund J.
Davis, April 9, 1871, John C. Miller to Edmund J. Davis, March 27, 1872, George S. Ziegler to Edmund
J. Davis, March 28, 1872, George S. Ziegler, et al. to Edmund J. Davis, March 28, 1872, John C. Miller
to Edmund J. Davis, March 29, 1872, John C. Miller to Edmund J. Davis, April 4, 1872, Livingston
Lindsay to Edmund J. Davis, April 15, 1872, John C. Miller, et al. to Edmund J. Davis, April 29, 1872,
Edmund J. Davis Records (RG 301), Archives Division, Texas State Library; City Officials Appoint-
ment Book, City of Columbus, p. 36, Colorado County Election Returns, Secretary of State Records
(RG 307), Archives Division, Texas State Library; Colorado Citizen, October 12, 1871. Jones had
moved to the state of Colorado by 1874 (see Colorado Citizen, October 8, 1874). Perhaps Jones never
filed his bond because he had second thoughts about working under the Columbus mayor, John C.
Miller. In late 1871, probably still fuming over his forced resignation as presiding justice, he character-
ized Miller as "one of the most worthless men in this comunity besides being an ignorant ass he is a
drunken imbecile without the dignity sense or anything else that would create respect in others." For
good measure, he added a few words about the city marshal, Joseph P. Harris, calling him "a much
worse man" than Miller, and declaring that "there is nothing in the catalogue of crime that he could not
be induced to do." Patient readers will encounter Harris again later (see Camillus Jones to Edmund J.
Davis, December 13, 1871, Edmund J. Davis Records (RG 301), Archives Division, Texas State Library).
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