Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 26, Number 1, Spring 2014 Page: 38
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Cosette used even the facade of the Miramar Museum in her battle against Highland Park.
ing the advice of their attorneys to refrain from
talking to "outsiders," and to avoid publicity that
would only serve to "stir up" Cosette further.66
A jury trial yielded a transcript 399 pages long,
including testimony that Cosette had threatened
Highland Park building inspectors with a gun.
The ruling was that the Newtons were in serious
violation of several ordinances, but the township
had erred in not following up on its own order to
tear down the port cochere in 1939.67
After the Texas Supreme Court declined to
hear Cosette's appeal of this decision, she hung a
"For Sale To Negroes Only" sign atop the chim-
ney at 4005 Miramar. A gasoline-soaked cross was
anonymously set alight in front of 4005 Miramar
on the of night January 25,1956. An AP photo
shows an urbane, cloche-hatted Cosette return-
ing "home" to retrieve her "personal belongings,"
glancing over her right shoulder like a vaudevillian
sensing imminent offstage bombs or fires. A Uni-
fax image of that time shows a trio of life-sized
black paper dolls hanging like lynched Negroes
from trees at 4005 Miramar, purportedly left there
as a message to her;68 their resemblance to the
wayang puppets of Siam is noteworthy.69 The fol-
lowing month, another Newton-owned structure,
an old "lodge" on Mountain View Lake, burned
mysteriously while the young squatters living in it
were at Parkland Hospital to give birth to a baby.
Though Cosette claimed to have received a "vi-
cious" phone call shortly before the fire, inform-
ing her "everything you have will be bombed and
burned," fire experts ruled out arson.70
The S. S. Miramar was razed to the ground
on April 17, 1956, accompanied by a "ceremony
staged by Mrs. Newton for the press," installing
a tombstone commemorating it, with an Ameri-
can flag and a casket in black crepe as a prop.71
The following year a pulp-crime magazine, Inside
Detective, published a "first-person account" of her
travails, an odd pastiche of Dallas newspaper ac-
counts, and some of the half-truths and hyperbole
of her long-ago lecture publicity, such as the Ph.D.
at nineteen and the "degree" from the Sorbonne.
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