Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 26, Number 1, Spring 2014 Page: 35
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At one point in the 1950s, Cosette bedecked her house with motel umbrellas, claiming they were needed to
deflect beer bottles and dead animals thrown by delinquent teenagers. Note the sign on the chimney, "For
Sale Negroes Only."
about the floor. The Newtons removed to an ad-
dress on Oak Lawn Avenue in a commercial dis-
trict in Dallas and christened it "The International
Club," but left many of their furnishings behind.52
An ad in the Corsicana Daily Sun from 1943 shows
Cosette was still attempting to exploit the "ship"
commercially, seeking bookings to visitors from
outside the city, in flagrant defiance of the High-
land Park zoning restriction against using residen-
tial property for commercial ventures.53 Faust-
Newton appears in the Morning News in early
1944, her portly figure camouflaged by an enor-
mous Ming vase, standing before her recent pur-
chase, "the famous Imperial Chinese jade screen,
which was shown at the Chicago World's Fair,"
which she planned to exhibit at 1019 Elm, near
In an odd real estate gambit in 1945, the
Newtons purchased the Bagdad Supper club, a
labyrinthine nightclub with a checkered past in
Grand Prairie, ostensibly to house their valuable
collections and protect them from vandals and
thieves, intending to establish it as an "art center."55
In early 1948, as a precaution against vandalism,
they hired a watchman, Glenn Pinckney, to live
on the premises at 4005 Miramar with his fam-
ily; nevertheless, five Highland Park High School
boys were collared by a neighbor and arrested by
the Highland Park police, and all were the "sons of
well-to-do families."56 Within six days of that inci-
dent, the Pinckneys' three-year-old son drowned
in the Newtons' pool, having climbed down a
ladder and disappeared into six feet of stagnant
water. Highland Park firemen had been imped-
ed for thirty minutes by "broken glass, paper and
boxes which choked the pool," after which Dr.
Frank Newton had been summoned from his of-
fice downtown to perform artificial respiration.57
Within weeks, the drowned child was cited in a
petition circulated in Highland Park and signed
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