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should appear suddenly when I called out to him to look behind
him and he naturally concluded that the fellow had come sure
What the negroes thought or said we never knew, for we never
heard of them again. I'll bet that to their dying day they
thought and swore that they had come face to face with that
man who had killed himself near the old powder house.
All that part of town is thickly settled now and the old graveyard
is almost obliterated and totally neglected. At the time
I speak of, the graveyard was away out of town and there was
a dense forest of pine and oak trees surrounding it. The bayou
too was a large stream, and not the dried up dirty ditch it has
since become. The setting for the play was perfect and the
advent of the dog pulled it off to perfection.
DICK FULLER AND THE PROFESSOR.
IN THE early seventies Dick Fuller returned home from
college, having acquired at that seat of learning, in addition
to a smattering of Latin, Greek and mathematics, something
of an expert's knowledge of the games of billiards, pin
pool and the use of a shotgun. He was and still is a famous
shot and delights in hunting.
About the same time there visited Houston one of the most
distinguished educators from an Eastern college. This was a
gentleman who was every inch a "Southern gentleman," and a
man who by his fine "mixing" qualities soon became widely
known and respected by all who knew him. The professor was
at heart one of the boys, and being far from his base of operation
and out on a vacation, he relaxed and went in for all the
good things in sight. He was no mean hand with a billiard cue
and it was in that way that he and Dick became familiar. The
truth is that Dick captured the professor by turning his own
guns on him. The professor commented on Dick's bald head
and was taken off his heels when Dick came back at him with
a quotation from one of the Latin classics, proving that hairy
animals are always the most stupid. The professor appreciated
the novelty of hearing a Texas youth quote Latin so glibly and
a friendship between the two began and lasted until the professor's
unwilling departure. Had Dick been ambitious to secure
letters of the alphabet to go behind his name, I am certain that
all he had to do at that time was to follow the professor to his
particular college and he' could have become a "doctor" of anything
After the professor had been here a week or two he asked
Dick to take him out shooting. It was August and prairie
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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/m1/30/ocr/: accessed October 22, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .