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Fly like an
The newspaper office has been busy. We are
preparing to print our special section called
“Picture This...A Thriving Community.”
It has grown substantially from our original
plans, thanks to our energetic sales manager
and a thriving community who wants onboard
with a publication that can be distributed to
families wanting to relocate here.
It will be in the July 27 Herald newspapers
if all goes as planned.
Summertime is usually a slower time for
newspapers, but the summer seems to be slip-
ping away too quickly. Someone asked the
other day about school supply lists. We’ll
have that in the paper soon, but for now, we’d
like to think we still have a few lazy, hot days
left to relax, at least for the kids sake.
I’m trying to slow time down because I have
another child leaving home for college and
I’m not looking forward to it at all. I am ex-
cited for her, but know I won’t see her every-
day anymore, and that is hard.
So Aug. 25, the day after my birthday, I
will take her and some of her belongings to
Southwestern Assemblies of God University
(SAGU) to start her university career.
Waxahachie is far enough away for her to
test her wings, but close enough I could get
there pretty quickly if necessary. Besides, her
step-brother, Dustin, will be there to watch
over her a little. I guess I can’t ask for more
I’ve been checking things off, asking myself
if I taught her to do this or that. Some things
we are learning this summer, like getting a TB
test and going to appointments alone.
We are weaning her away from Mom’s cred-
By Pain Hudson
it card and applying for jobs near SAGU. Ide-
ally, we are hoping for a job on campus for
At times like this, it reminds me a little of
the movie “Steel Magnolias,” even though
I’m glad I’m not losing my daughter in the
way Sally Fields did in the movie. Julia Rob-
erts played the daughter, doing an excellent
job portraying a young woman with seizures
due to diabetes and kidney failure.
The overall theme of the movie is that life
goes on regardless, with other themes such
as the love between a mother and daughter
and friendship between ladies at the beauty
shop. It is sad, and sometimes very funny, but
a movie my girls and I watch again and again.
Changes are forthcoming in the traditions
and rituals of what I call home. Party nights
on Fridays have almost dwindled to nothing
in their teens. We haven’t been camping but
once in 10 years.
We went to Riudosa the last year my oldest
daughter was home, but vacations are really
hard to schedule when they get older and are
working, or dating or want to do other things.
I know there are several readers who can re-
late to what I’m talking about. We’re down to
one left at home and it is quiet. That empty
nest syndrome is already creeping up on us.
To all those graduates going off to college
soon... have fun, learn a lot, spread your
wings and fly like an eagle.
Be sure to call home and tell your folks
about your view. We will be missing you.
Beehive Saloon at
Beehive Saloon at Fort Griffin was a nicer
saloon than most at the fort.
The two-room adobe building boasted a sa-
loon in front and a dance hall in the rear. A
sign over the front door had a beehive swarm-
ing with bees entwined in honeysuckle, paint-
ed with these words:
“In this hive,We are all alive; Good whiskey
makes us funny. If you are dry, Step in and try
The flavor of our honey.”
Beehive Saloon hosted some deadly gun-
fights. The worst one happened between two
Fort Griffin lawmen and two cowboys Jan.
17, 1877. Billy Bland, the Millet Ranch fore-
man, and Charlie Reed, another Millet cow-
boy, arrived on a wet winter afternoon and
began to get drunk at the Beehive. Alonzo
Miller, one of the brothers who ran the Millet
Ranch, had the reputation of hiring the tough-
est men he could find.
During the drunken uproar, a young, newly
married lawyer stopped by the saloon to get
a pint of whiskey. He intended to go straight
home, but that would not be his destination
that evening. Down the street, the deputy
sheriff, Williams R. Cruger, received word
that ruffians had taken over the saloon. He
asked Williams Jeffries, the county attorney,
to help him arrest the rowdy cowboys.
When Bland was ordered to throw down his
s, he instead fired at the deputy. Instantly,
ger, Jeffries, Bland and Reed opened fire
on each other.
After the gun smoke cleared, the young law-
yer lay dead, shot in the forehead. J.W. Mey-
ers, an ex-soldier lay on his side, shot through
By Gay Schlittler
the back and died hours later. Bland writhed
around in the floor from a bullet in the stom-
ach. Taken to the Occidental Hotel, Bland
begged for someone to put him out of his mis-
ery. Finally he died the next day. The county
attorney, Jeffries, was shot three times.
The last shot, which was right above his
heart, also pierced a lung. The other men be-
lieved that Jeffries was dying so they took
him to the back of the Beehive and put him
on a stack of hay.
But the next morning when a friend came by
to bury him, he was alive.
Although he survived, he was still in a
wheelchair the next summer. Reed, the
drunken cowboy, came out of the fray un-
touched. He ran out the front door toward his
horse, which was tied at a wagon yard. Unfor-
tunately for him, a crowd gathered, hoping he
He decided to walk 14 miles to Old Stone
Ranch where he grabbed a horse at the ranch
and left the country. Two years later, word
ead that he was lynched in Ogallala, Neb.,
killing a man.
It’s doubtful that the saloon gunfight upset
the town much. The buffalo hunters, outlaws
and soldiers were used to senseless violence
The dead and dying rated little attention.
After the Beehive shootout, music and laugh-
ter continued, horses raced up and down the
street and men kept firing their guns.
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Souls Tried and
The late Thomas Paine and Dallas entrepre-
neur Mark Cuban, historically separated by a
couple of centuries, would have had a lot to
talk about, nodding knowingly about much.
On matters of courage, boldness and ingenu-
ity, each deserves high marks.
Like Paine, Cuban laughs at risks, defies
convention and likely has slack-jawed par-
ents. (Even in parentage, backgrounds are
similarly modest. Paine was the son of a cor-
set-maker and Cuban of an automobile uphol-
They might have discussed which are tough-
est—“the times that try men’s souls”—or times
of great soul-searching. Mark might vote for
the latter, what with his Dallas Mavericks
basketball team that conquered the NBA just
two seasons ago now reduced to rubble. It’s a
real “Cuban Crisis”....
The lone remaining Maverick of note is star
player Dirk Nowitzki. He has three “i’s” in
his name, but alas, there is none in “team.”
Yes, Dirk’s the only marquee name left on
the roster. Unless Cuban has more up his
sleeve than his arm, the team nickname for
the upcoming season could be singular—the
Dallas Maverick. There may be no game
programs, since we do know THE PLAYER
without a program. What if Nowitzki, owner
of a tubful of team records, decides the “no-
trade clause” in his contract is a typographical
error? Might he bolt, too?
His game has greatly exceeded all expecta-
tions, but how much longer?...
At age 34, he’s only a year away from being
closer to A ARP membership age qualifica-
tion than to the date his basketball potential
was identified two decades ago.
Most opponents are much younger. The
Oklahoma City Thunder, for example, has an
array of youthful talent.
Some of the OKC players are still on their
first razors. They have fresh memories of be-
coming tall enough to ride bumper cars and
old enough for driver’s license exams....
The Mavericks’ usual “sold out” status at
American Airlines Center may change sharp-
ly next season unless an attendance crisis is
Makes one mindful of the 1950’s, when TV
did a number on movie attendance. The story
goes that a guy called the theater to inquire
about the feature’s starting time.
“What time can you come?” the cashier in-
Back to Paine and Cuban. Both men experi-
enced mountain top success and gut-wrench-
By Don Newbury
Paine, lackluster in several pursuits in his
native England, emigrated to the US, thanks
to Benjamin Franklin, whom he chanced to
meet in London.
His career turned to journalism in Philadel-
phia, and his book entitled Common Sense
strongly supported American independence
from England. That was in 1776....
He served in the Continental Army, again
in a lackluster manner, but his American Cri-
sis pamphlet inspired the troops. It was read
by—or to—more people than watch the Su-
per Bowl annually on TV. It also encouraged
a young nation.
Again restless, he returned to Europe, work-
ing on a smokeless candle and an iron bridge.
He couldn’t put down his pen, and his book
The Rights of Man inflamed England for his
He fled to France, where he was imprisoned
for opposing the execution of Louis XVI. In
prison, he wrote yet another book The Age of
Reason. Perhaps this was one book too many,
since his anti-church sentiments were not
James Monroe, then US Minister to France,
befriended Paine, who barely escaped execu-
tion. Paine returned to America at the invita-
tion of President Thomas Jefferson. Alas, his
anti-church position had all but eradicated
memories of his contributions to the Ameri-
One of our nation’s founding fathers, he
died at age 72, derided by the public and
abandoned by his friends. Only a handful of
people attended his funeral....
Outspoken Cuban, himself an author, hasn’t
published any religious views. If he ever
does, they might hardly be noticed. And he’s
written nary a book with “reason” or “com-
mon sense” in the title.
No matter what happens to the Mavericks,
nothing beyond a Dallas sports revolution is
likely to result. But it may feel like more to
Who knows? When an owner’s soul is both
tried and searched—and the owner is Mark
Cuban—upcoming life chapters may greatly
surprise. They often do....
Dr. Newbury is a speaker in the Metroplex.
Email: email@example.com. Phone:
817-447-3872. Twitter: @donnewbury. Web-
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