Above, King Rex or Selamat, San Antonio Express, April 23, 1913
Emma Bentzen Koehler, April 1913
The Colonel slaps Albert Steves on the back. “Mayor, you might as well put a gun to your head tonight and get it over with.”
“Please accept my apologies, Albert,” interjects Sophie. “I believe he meant to offer his congratulations.”
“No,” answers the new Mayor. “My wife agrees with him.”
“It appears,” chimes in Otto, “the job is extremely bad for your health. Five mayors died in office during the past 18 years. The law of averages is not in your favor.”
“Gus only made it a couple of months,” adds the Colonel.
“Drowned in those fiery discussions about the Waterworks,” quips Otto.
“Lost his temper, he did,” adds the Colonel. “Scolded the Aldermen for behaving like a bunch of children playing in the dark.”
“You and Gus,” continues Otto, “are about the same age, so you don’t have long.”
“Stop it,” snaps Emma. “Both of you.”Continue reading “An Ostrich-Plumed Hat: Chapter Forty-Six”