True stories of old Houston and Houstonians: historical and personal sketches / by S. O. Young. Page: 120
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120 TRUE STORIES OF OLD
Of course I told him I would drop the subject and never think
of it again.
That night the cadets left for home and the major left with
them and left in absolute ignorance of the terrible fate that
came so near overtaking him.
FRANK LA MOTT'8 8TORY.
NE day I was sitting out in front of the old Gray Front
Saloon in San Angelo, smoking a cigarette," said Frank
La Mott, "when I saw a little old dried-up looking chap
ride up on a dilapidated broncho, and recognized 'Old Fish.'
Now, 'Old Fish' did not get his name from having.been named
Fisher or anything like that, but he got it in a queer way.
"One night a crowd of cowboys found him all spraddled out in
the middle of a trail over in Arizona. He was flat on his belly
and was moving his arms slowly up and down and waving his
feet about as if he were swimming. The boys hails him and asks
for information: 'Don't muddy the water, boys. I'm a fish,' he
said. He had the jimmies and thought he was a fish. The boys
toted him to a doctor and he got rid of the jimmies, but he did
not get rid of the name and from that time everybody calls him
"I hated to see him coming for I knew how trifling and no
'count he was. He could drink more whiskey than any man I
ever came in contact with, and it took more of it to get him
drunk, but when he did get drunk he would be drunk all over.
I knew he would prove to be a great nuisance, and I hated to
see him, as I say. A man named Riley is keeping the big faro
bank and owns the Gray Front, which I have told you before
was the big thing in San Angelo. Riley being the big saloon
man and big gambler has acquired big standing as a citizen and
is eminently respectable, therefore it makes me laugh when Fish
rushes up to him and shakes hands with him and gives it out
right and left that he and Riley was partners out in Arizona.
Fish was sober, but Riley and I knew that he would not stay
that way long, and that when Fish got drunk it would lower
anybody's standing who recognized him as an old friend and
"Well, Riley shook hands with him and pretended to be mighty
glad to see him, but he wasn't. He asks all hands to the bar
and introduced old Fish and then slipped away. Fish acts
pretty good for a few days, not that he don't drink lots of whiskey,
for he does. But he is one of those accumulative drunkards
who has to lay a big foundation for what's coming. A week
passes and Fish ain't drunk yet. Riley sees him drinking all
the time and can't understand it. Finally he concludes Fish
has discovered some system by which he can drink all he wants
without getting drunk and lets it go at that.
Here’s what’s next.
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Young, Samuel Oliver. True stories of old Houston and Houstonians: historical and personal sketches / by S. O. Young., book, 1913; Galveston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24646/m1/120/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .