An Ostrich-Plumed Hat: Chapter Thirty

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Above, A&M’s Old Main burns, The Battalion

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Former Governor Thomas Mitchell Campbell, July 1912

“‘Tom Campbell’s Man Friday,’” sputters Judge Ramsey. “How dare that good-for-nothing Governor tag that label on me? He expresses wonderment that I claim to be a clean and Christian gentlemen. Then that crook brazenly declares that he has always lived by the golden rule.”

“The golden rule,” snaps Thomas. “Governor Colquitt is ruled by gold. Nothing else but gold flowing directly from brewers’ kegs into his pockets. Nothing will work right in this country until monopolies and trusts take their infernal hands out of the election process. That’s what this election is about. That and education, which the Governor refuses to fund. His veto of the appropriation for the State University leaves students meeting for class in wooden shacks that would require very little huffing and puffing to blow down. First norther should do it.”

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An Ostrich-Plumed Hat: Chapter Twenty-Six

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Emma Bentzen Koehler, April 1912

“I do so love the spring season in San Antonio,” says Sophie Wahrmund. “This dedication of the Hermann Sons Home is as elegant as any of the parties we’ve enjoyed throughout Fiesta.”

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Otto tucks his thumbs under his lapels. “This is particularly welcome after the Chamber of Commerce’s silly shenanigans at the Saint Anthony Hotel. They handed everyone horns and cowbells and made us parade down the street like fools singing…”

The Colonel bounces as though astride a horse as he launches into song. “She hopped up on a pony and ran away with Tony. If you see her just let me know…”

Otto joins in harmonizing the last line of the popular ditty, “And I’ll meet you in San An-to-ni, San An-to-ni-o.”

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An Ostrich-Plumed Hat: Chapter Twenty-Five

Above, First Baptist Church before the fire in Fort Worth

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Former Governor Thomas Mitchell Campbell, April 1912

“Fishing. We are in the midst of a heated campaign, and Cone Johnson is sitting in a rowboat dangling his line in the water,” Tom complains to Judge Ramsey. “With a Senate race at stake, he has no business taking on a client the likes of John Sneed. When John’s wife told him she was in love with Al Boyce, John locked her up in the sanitarium in Fort Worth. She was not the insane one, though. But she does drive men crazy. Al bribes a nurse to get her out and absconds with her to Canada, and John remains so lovestruck he has her tracked down and returned to him. Al is charged with engaging in white slavery, yet John is the one enslaving his wife.”

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