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Hays Free Press February 2, 2011 NEI6HB01~ Page 3C + The legendary Bandit Queen Younger. Her folks bought the story saddled up for a twilight ride that Cole tied the knot before skip- on Feb. 3, 1889 never suspect- ping town, but skeptical neighbors Lug it would be her last. ostracized the unwed mother. Myra Belle Shirley never blamed , In the dance halls and saloons her life of crime on an impoverished of Dallas, where Belle worked as a childhood. Her folks were, in fact, part-time entertainer and full-rime downrighfwell-to-do. Daddy owned gambler, she met Jim Reed, father of a block of businesses in Carthage, her son Ed. Reed was an Indian, like Missouri, and the doting couple gave all of Belle's lovers afterYou_gger, and their little darling the best of every- a third-rate bandit who introduced thing. As a border state caught in the North-South crossfire, Missouri be- came a battleground after secession. When Carthage was torched and a son slain by abolitionist raiders, the Shirleys decided to spend the rest of the Civil War in Texas and moved to Scyene on the eastern outskirts of Dallas. her to the exciting world of the fron- tier outlaw. After Belle and her latest beau stole $30,000 worth of gold in Okla- homa, Reed was shot to death by a Mend near Paris, Texas who killed him for the reward. His financially secure widow temporarily retired to a respectable life in Dallas, where she tried to mold her daughter into a lion. Following arrests for arson and horse stealing, she abandoned the straight-and-narrow and headed for the Oklahoma Territory. Serving a life sentence in the federal penitentiary at Sfillwater was Belle's first love. But to break Cole Younger out of prison or to buy, his freedom, she would need a moun- tain of money. The romantic trailblazer showed a scandalous preference for younger Teenaged Belle fell head over heels child star. men. When she was pushing 40, they for a dashing young fugitive. The Auditions were easy to come by for were barely out of their teens. The impulsive girl took off with Cole a pistol-packing stage mother, and objects of her affection had a short Younger and his sidekick Jesse ]ames at age 14 Pearl made her vaudeville life expectancy as six successive par- and wandered back home only after debut. But, as is so often the case, amours met violent ends in just four the gunfighters resumed their rob- the offsprings talent did not measure and a half years. bing ways. up to mama's ambition. Marriage to Sam Starr gave Belle The following year, Belle gave Belle, even on her best behavior, her famous last name plus a sizable birth to a baby girl she named Pearl was a wild and unpredictable hel- chunk of Oklahoma real estate. The property, which she indelicately calledYounger's Bend, was accessible only through a narrow canyon and, for a steepprice, provided perfect sanctuary for criminal associates on the run, Younger's Bend evolved into an infamous hideout for highwaymen, horse thieves, bank robbers and bootleggers all under the cunning control of the Bandit Queen. Except for a lone conviction that resulted in a nine-month stretch in the county jail, Belle brazenly operated beyond the reach of the law. After Sam Start perished in a De- cember 1886 shootout, Belle picked a replacement 16 years her junior. When the independent female refused to take his surname, Iim ]uly tacked Starr onto his own. Belle was bushwhacked while horseback riding in February 1889. The ambush happened the week before her forty-second birthday, and the grisly coup de grace was a shotgun blast in the back. The sensational unsolved murder yielded a bumper crop of suspects. A local farmer allegedly blackmailed by the victim was questioned and re- leased. Jim July Start was a popular choice, while another leading can- didate was the vengeful brother of a dead boyfriend. The most sinister innuendo hinted that the killer was none other than Ed Reed, Belle's own flesh and blood. Neither of her children won any "good citizen" awards. Pearl's adult performances were private affairs in Arkansas brothels. A prostitute and notorious madam, she died from natural causes in 1925. As for her half-brother Ed, he was a three-time loser when gunned down at the age of 22. Although her colorful exploits inspired a stack of books, several movies and television shows and two Broadway plays, the Bandit Queen could not get the time of day from her original love. Bitter over Belle's failure to spring him from prison, Cole Younger did not even mention her name in his 1903 autobiography. Column collections available at or request list from Bartee Halle, P.O. Box 152, Frlendswood, TX 7754. ebmary is one of the most exciting gardening months of the year. The days are getting longer, and the last average heeze and frost dates are approaching. Also the days are cooler and it's more comfortable to work outside. 1. Clean up the landscape. Cut back perennials and ap- ply a mulch-compost blend. Add green sand and sulfur to plants that like soil to be a little more acidic than our alkaline soil provides. Check leaves for signs of iron deficiency. Light green leaves with darker veins indicate a lack of iron that green sand and sulfur will help tO cure. 2. Plant fruit trees. Peaches, pears, persimmons, plums, apricots, pomegranates, and apples do well in tMs area For those with limited space, or with an appetite for novel~ try a'four-in-one' grafted apple or pear. They have four different varieties grafted on the same tree. For those without a yard, you might try a dwarf peach. They're easy to grow in a pot or wh harrel. 3. Plant vegetables in kitchen garden. Broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, pod peas (sugar snaps), Swiss chard, carrots, lettuce, and asparagus crowns. Also onions, such as the white Texas Super- sweet called Contessa. 4. Plant winter-hardy herbs. Thyme, oregano, Italian and curled parsley, msemar~ win- ff'S A l/l" scapes with very beautiful, showy flowers. 7. Prune your roses. A mid-month activity. A word of caution: make sure you know what kind of rose you have before you begin to cut them back. Most shrub roses bloom on new wood, so a pnming will help to force new growth and blooms. Climbing roses bloom on old wood, so this means a pruning back of climbers will remove all the flowers before they have a chance to bloom. Please give me a call ifyou have any questions about this. I have some weighty rose books that have most of the answers. 8. Control lawn weeds. Spread a pre-emergent weed mer over the yard and water it in. We recommend corn giuten. This is an effective organic pre- emergent that will not poison waterways and aquifers. Ifyou spread it over the lawn, it will control those spring and summer weeds before they have a chance to germinate. You can safely use it in the garden or in flowerbeds. 9. Maintain garden tools. Repair and maintain garden tools. Change the oil on the lawnmower, and have the ter and summer savory, garden, blades sharpened. sage, and chives. Herbs like 10. Make a garden plan. Put at least a half a day's sun in a something down in a book, well-drained location. 5. Plant flowers in the gar- den. Calendula, pansies, stock. cyclamen, violas, dianthus, bluebonnets, nasturtium, flowering cabbage and kale, and larkspur. For a great show, plant snapdragons now for April and May color. 6. Plant a rose. Besides some good old standbys like peace, Mr. Lincoln, climbing Don Juan and blast, there are some interesting newcomers to look for:. the knock out series, home run and Belinda's dream. But let's not forget our charming antique roses as well. Antiques are disease resistant, hard5 and can shower our land- a diary, or even on a scrap of paper that you tape to the wall. This will help you plan your weekend activities and get your plants in the ground at the correct time of the year. Wouldn't you know iff February is the shortest month with so much to do! Happy gardening everyone! If you have a question for Chris Winslow, send it to him via emaiL" iathyme@yahoo. com. Please put 'Ask Chris Winslow' in the subject line.) Or mail your question to:Ask Chris Winslow. It's About Thyme: 11726 Manehaca Road, Austin, TX 78748. Odds & Ends Continued from pg, 1C Glad to report that Cheryl Shelley is improving and is looking forward to going home in the near future. Erwin and Bobby Jean Hage- dom visited with her Sunday afternoon in the Rehab Cen- ter in Austin. Get well wishes go to Cindy Hotopp who has been in the hospital with pneumonia. Dates to remember for St. John Lutheran Church: Feb. 5 -Women's Guild meets at the rec center for noon lunch, so bring a covered dish, dessert or your favorite food and join the ladies. Classes for Luther- an orientation will continue Sunday morning at 9 am. Feb. 12 - Men's Fellowship at 9 a.m. Always a good break- fast, sometimes a few chores, but always good fellowship. Mark your calendar on Feb. 20 for the charter celebration services at 10:30 am. More information to come. Happy birthday to Austin James Vlllarreal, son of Oscar and Melissa, who celebrated his birthday Jan. 30 at his parent's home in Kyte (his birthday is Jan. 30) and he was two years old. Happy birthday also to Clarence Heideman, whose birthday is Feb. 5. He will be a few years older than two. Are you working on your military history? We have received a bunch of pictures and history and encourage you to send it in. If your have not gotten a letter, maybe we don't realize you are or were in the military service. All are welcome to submit items. If you need information call 512-398-3800. Buda Bits Continued from pg. 1C or visit The market will open again in downtown Buda in May. "First Thursday" is Feb. 3 in downtown Buda, so come on down for specials at the antique and specialty shops and enjoy a meal at the local restaurants. If the weather people are right, we are in for some mighty cold weather around these parts. Bundle up and stay warm! Texas Crossword and Sudoku sponsored by | See Solution, page 6C ACROSS 1 TXism:" late and a dollar short" 5 this Thomas was 1st TX Congresswoman 6 TX George Jones' "The Race 7 TXism: "The Good "(Bible) 8 TX Dan Jenkins' "Life ___ Ownself" 9 TXism: "his porch light burning" (neighborly) 17 drunks 19 TXism: "smart as of OWLS" 21 __ Chieo (Tex-Mex) 22 TX "Babe': Mildred Didrikson 23 Water was eady name of Austin, TX 24 Fannin surrendered after the Battle of __ Creek (1836) 30 Fort Worth suburb 34 TX Tlemey (init) 35 Crystal City has statue of =Popeye the Man" 36 this Patricia was in TX-based "Hud" 37 "_ __ wave" (hot) 39 in '37 FDR set up a TX White House for this (2 wds.) 43 "Just (to drugs) 44 TXism: "could sell ice cubes to" (persuasive) 45 Astros & Rangers pitching legend (init) 46 TXism: "bid " 47 TX kids game: Button" 49 NASA space capsule 52 TX shdmpers use t~ls in their trade (2 wds.) 53 "Texas -- busW 54 the bowlegged cowboy __ _ his horse too long 55 TX Wayton sang this for Dukes of Hazard" (2 wds.) 58 TXism: ~omswoggle= 59 actor Pacino, et al. 60 "uncle,+ south of the border 61 __ Antonio DOWN 1 hit for TX Tracy Lawrence ('93) 2 Dallas suburb 3 TXism: "if he's _ he'll crow" 4 northern dweller, for short 9 state where TX Holly died (abbr.) 10 Gov. Ross ('31-'33) 11 this Guthrie sang at TX Willie's Farm Aid III 12 mother of TX Ginger Rogers 13 TXism: = a two-day-old kitten" 14 Capt. _ _ Lucas ddlled Spindletop 1 2 3 4 15 this Brynner & UT-grad Eli were in "The Magnificent Seven" 16 "Don't Mess W'ah TX" and "Ddve Friendly" 18 TX boy's rock shooter 20 TX-sponsored gambling games 24 Cybill of "The Last Picture Show~ (InR.) 25 _ _ "Bum" Phillips 26 TX Willia's "1 Love the I Uve" 27 Gov.__ Pease 28 TXism: "there's more than one way a cat" by Charley & Guy Orbison mm 15 m ~m~ ........ I ............. 29 "you can't run 31 horse dec 32 TXism: "__ bender" (talker) 33 Oswald is buded at _______ Rose Hill Cemetary 38 leering or staring IO TX Ivory Joe Hunter's "Since _ __ You Baby" 41 TXism: "it's worth didley squat" 42 before Cowboy official games 48 SMU's Dickerson or Rangers Nadel 50 Gulf sail support 51 OJ's judge Lance 56 TXism: = Greek to me" (cor~umng) 57 TX Ace Reld's birthplace: __ Lake, TX See Solution, page 6C +