Monday, August 15, 2011
From Under A Texas Star
The Texas Rangers are legendary. Their history goes back to the early years of the American colonization of Texas when Stephen F. Austin hired ten experienced frontiersmen as rangers for a punitive expedition against a band of Native Americans. In 1835, the Texas Rangers were formally created as a law enforcement and defensive organization.
Sounds about right.
What made you join the Rangers?
Somethin' t' do.
It was the Civil War. My father joined the Confederate Army out of a sense of duty or maybe because it was the thing to do at the time. I was to stay home and take care of my mother and sister.
I did for awhile, but I was young, foolish and in love with the idea of adventure. Still, I joined the Rangers because I saw it as a way I could protect my family. We mustered to guard our home state from Comanches and banditos - not other Americans. As it happened, when things were getting desperate, we were sent east to fight.
That's when you met Miss Jezebel.
Eventually. She and Fred rescued me when I was injured and helped get me back home. I will always be beholden to her for that.
You were lovers?
I'm gonna pretend I didn't hear that last question, else I'd have to assume you were casting aspersions on my honor as a gentleman.
You were close friends?
I will always consider Jez my good friend. She was there when I needed her and I will always try to be there when she needs me.
Which is what brought you to Fortuna when she asked for your help.
<chuckle> That was plain old good luck. Her message caught up with me a couple of days after we arrived in Fortuna.
By we you mean you and Marly Landers.
Yep. But before you ask the question I know you're dying to ask, think about how much you like your nose unbroken.
Uh - I was only going to ask how Landers worked out as your deputy.
Fine. Landers is a natural born detective - observant and nosy.
Will you work together again?
Maybe you best ask Landers that question.
Maybe I will. Marly Lander was a guest on Nighthawk just before our change in venue. If you'd like to read the transcript of her earlier interview, click here.
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