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hot weather. Don't know whether the sheriff's in town or
not. I ain't seen him in a week."
And when court convened in Mason the sheriff and the
prisoner got in a buggy and drove over. McGrew was tried
TLott Shot Schmllts and Paid the Board Bill.
In the minutes of the October term, 1880, the following
entry appears: "In the matter of Schultz, a wounded person
now in the care of Matthew Zenner, the said Schultz being
without means or property, and his wound of a dangerous
character, requiring proper care and attention, expense of
which may finally fall on the county, it is ordered that Wm.
Wahrmund be instructed to supervise the matter. And A.
Lott, the person who inflicted the wound on said Schultz,
being present in court, agreed to this order, and gave his
promisory note to refund all expenses, if able to do so, in
the course of time. And said A. Lott further deposited with
the court the sum of $25.00 to defray immediate expenses, the
sum so deposited to be deposited with the county treasurer.'
The facts in the case are that Lott and Schultz were fooling
with an old cap and ball pistol. It wasn't loaded, of course,
but nevertheless it went off and Schultz' knee happened to
be in the path of the bullet. Schults later lost his leg, but
just how much Lott paid on his "personal note, in the course
of time, if able to do so," the records fail to disclose.
F. Brodbeck and His Flying Machine.
One of the original colonists was F. Brodbeck. He was
an educated man, of an inventive turn. He designed and
constructed an airship. He had the principal correct and his
airship would rise from the ground and sail around in the
air for several minutes, until the power was exhausted, or
until the unguided ship model collided with some material
object. He provided rudder, propeller, wings and body, but
he lacked sustaining power. That was long before the days
of gasoline engines, so this airship artist used spring coils as
motive power. So long as the springs were wound up the
power was there, but when the springs ran down, the power
was exhausted and down came the machine. He finally, as he
thought, solved this problem by building a machine big
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Biggers, Don Hampton, 1869-1957. German Pioneers in Texas; A Brief History of Their Hardships, Struggles and Achievements, book, 1925; Fredericksburg, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29394/m1/114/?q=Jacob%20Friedrich%20Brodbeck: accessed November 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas at Arlington Library.