An Ostrich-Plumed Hat: Chapter Seventy-Six

Above, San Antonio Express, November 16, 1914

an ostrich-plumed hat

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Former Governor Thomas Mitchell Campbell, November 1914

“So, if the glowing obituaries and memorials are to be believed, Saint Otto has joined his associate Saint Adolphus on a fluffy heavenly cloud.”

“The shooting came as a shock to everyone,” says Fannie.

“I know. I always considered the man the devil incarnate, but I wished him no physical harm. I merely wanted him locked away for all his underhanded behind-the-scenes illegal political activities.”

“Thomas, there’s no point in casting venomous thoughts his way now.”

San Antonio Express, November 16, 1914

“I keep reading how generous he was. About all of his charitable gifts. His estate’s valued at more than $3,000,000. His contributions represented but a drop or two that splashed out from his overflowing bucket of money. If Saint Peter let Adolphus Busch and Otto Koehler through those gates, then the good book is wrong. There must be no hell.”

“Thomas, stop with such talk. Newspapermen hardly are arbiters in determining anyone’s residence in the afterlife.”

“He didn’t even belong to a church in which to have a service. His widow’s hosting the funeral in their mansion. Look at this list of pallbearers. Well more than sixty men. Judges, doctors, bankers, the Sheriff. If they all bring spouses and no one else attends, they still will be packed together like sardines.”

“Is that her?”

“Who?”

“That photograph. Is that the woman who shot him?”

“His mistress? Yes.”

“I’m surprised. She appears so, well, respectable.”

“Appearances can be deceiving.”

“But she’s a nurse, no?”

“Yes, she’s a nurse.”

“What would drive someone trained to save lives to pull a trigger?”

“A man as corrupt as Otto Koehler.”

Footnotes

Tom Campbell’s reaction to the shooting is pure speculation.

Continue to Chapter Seventy-Seven

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