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me outside and said, 'You'll never get one
from him, Mr. Nash.'
"It turned out that chief deputy was a retired
Texas Ranger. 'You know my dad. He's
a retired Ranger from Carrizo Springs,' he
said. 'You invited him to your hunting camp,
and you were very nice to him when he was
in Baylor Hospital.' I had met the sheriff
of Dimmit County, his dad, at the grocery
store getting meals for my hunting camp.
His father remembered my calls and gave his
badge to me while we were checking out at
the store that day. Two weeks later, he was
killed in a jailbreak.
"Back in Terlingua, I asked the deputy,
'What do you suggest I do?' He replied, 'The
sheriff's wife is real nice. Bet she'll send you
one if you ask.'
"I did, and I received a badge several days
later in the mail."
THE BACK DOOR WORKS JUST FINE
"Amarillo is in Potter County," Nash said.
"I called my banker friend there, a member
of the famous Ware Family. 'I can't get a
badge from your sheriff,' I lamented. 'In
fact, the sheriff had the DA write me a
threatening letter about impersonating a
"My banker friend told me about a retired
sheriff from Potter County who had moved
to the Lubbock area. 'Why don't you give
him a call?' he suggested. I did, and when
I spoke to the retired sheriff, he agreed that
the sitting sheriff was a real difficult person.
'Give me your address, and I'll send you
my badge. You short any others?' he asked.
'Yeah, I'm short Lipscomb, Ochiltree, and
Hemphill,"' I said.
"That sheriff made the calls to his fellow
officers, and I got their badges shortly thereafter."
DROPPING THE RIGHT NAME
"I had used all the tricks of the trade, and
the sheriff of Tarrant County still refused to
give me his badge," Nash said. "But then, a
Texas Ranger from the area told me how I
might get a Tarrant County sheriff's badge.
He said, 'Lon Evans is former sheriff of Tarrant
County. He and your uncle were best
friends. In fact, they lived in the same old
hotel downtown.' So I called Lon and told
him who I was, and he immediately sent me
his badge the next day, personally delivered
by a deputy. But they weren't all that easy to
obtain," Nash smiled.
IT DEPENDS ON WHO YOU KNOW
"Pittsburgh, Texas, is in Camp County,"
"I was there visiting the local banker, and
I informed him that his sheriff had refused
to send me his badge, and furthermore, he
had reportedly thrown my letters away. The
banker promptly picked up the phone and
called the sheriff. 'We're not being robbed,
but I was wondering how fast you could get
over here without suffering a heart attack-or
"Within minutes, that sheriff was
inside the banker's office. 'This is Mr.
Nash from Dallas,' the banker advised
the sheriff. 'I hear you two have spoken.
Now take your damned badge off and give
it to him!"'
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