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Hays Free Press • April 14, 2010 NEIGHBORS Page 3C Victims of the winter cold t the nursery last week e had a wonderful visit om the Kyle Garden Club, led by their president Tim Miller. It's so good to see so many people interested in gardening, landscaping and just enjoying the beauty of flowers. Many of the club's mem- bers had questions about the effects of last winter's bitter cold. Our most trusted herba- ceous perennials are having a slow time returning.., and some not retuming at all. "What's happened to my Esperanza? Nary a sign of return." Like Esperanza (also known as 'Yellow Belles'), many perennials seem to have succumbed to record cold temperatures. Mexican Heather, Lantana and Pride of Barbados are just a short list of  IT'S ABOUT plants which may not return and will need to be replaced. Location plays a great part in how plants respond to the cold. Southern exposures close to the house are often the safest place to plant ques- tionable perennials. Extremes of cold will often be the Un- protected north side plantings and in rural areas away from the city. My flat parcel of land in northern Hays County got a light frost last Friday morning (April 9)... even when down- town Austin was in the low forties. We seem to have been lulled into a false sense of security by the last 10 years of mild wint.ers. Every year we plant more and more plants mat are suitable for zones 8 and 9 - south of San Antonio to Brownsville. This year we had a zone 6 winter. Oklahoma came to visit! Oh well. That's what makes gardening fun and interesting. Always something new to try. When native landscaping started to become popular 10 to 15 years ago, we had just three colors of Autunm Sage to choose from. Now there are more than 30. My greatest joy in the vegetable garden is doing trials of new tomato releases and obscure heirlooms. I look forward to seeing how the new hybrid Phoenix tomato grows as summer approaches. They're supposed to set fruit in the heat. We'll see. Don't dig up your sago palms yet. Our 10 degree weather didn't last long enough to kill the trunks. Just cut off the dead foliage and a new flush of growth should appear sometime in late April or May. Continue to water them on occasion. Have a great gardening week. I hope - for my toma- toes' and peppers' sake - that the last frost is behind us. Happy gardening everyone! Vendor spaces inside & out - Singles $30 weekly & up Outside & yard sale spaces - $7 per day & $15 per day Experienced vendors preferred If you have a question for Chris, send it via email to Or mail a postcard to It's About Thyme: 11726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748 www.itsabout- thyme, com. Lone Star oudaw escapes qhe Rock Texas outlaw finally stepped out of his dead rother s shadow with a daring daylight escape from Alcatraz on April 14, 1943. Floyd Hamilton was rel- egated to a supporting role in the crime drama starring Clyde Barrow, Bonnie Parker and his younger brother Raymond. Since his was the only face not regularly plastered across the front page, he purchased supplies, rented hideouts and coordi- nated prison breaks without attracting undue attention from the authorities. It was Floyd who engi- neered Raymond's sensa- tional escape in/anuary 1934 from the Houston County state penitentiary where he was serving 263 years for murder and armed robbery. The older Hamilton took care of everything from arranging for Bonnie and Clyde to be waiting with the getaway car to planting two pistols in the woods for his little brother and a convict accomplice. The bloody breakout bought Raymond just three months of freedom and put him on the waiting list for the electric chair. Brandish- ing handguns supplied by a guard that Floyd probably bribed, six condemned killers fled the maximum-security confines of Death Row in July 1934. The charter member of the Barrow Gang and two others successfully scaled the high wall and vanished in a hail of bullets. Raymond lay low until Feb- ruary 1935, when he teamed up with Floyd to lead lawmen an a wild five-state chase. Af- ter sticking up a bank in East Texas, the bandits predict- ably took refuge in their old West Dallas neighborhood. urprised and surrounded by dx detectives, they shot their ay out of the trap without o much as a scratch. The fast-thinking fugitives drove south into unfamiliar :erritory to throw pursuers )ff their trail. The Hamiltons "eplenished their private trsenal at a federal armory in 3eaumont before doubling )ack to North Texas, where :hey had their pick of hiding )laces. But the boys nearly bought :he farm in a blazing gun- )attic outside McKinney. earing they would wind up ike Bonnie and Clyde, cut to fieces by a shoot-first posse, laymond insisted upon )arting company. That was he least he could do for the tevoted brother, who had tone him so many dangerous THIS WEEK IN. W llBilll favors. Raymond was captured on April 5, 1935 and rushed in chains to Huntsville. To eliminate the possibil- ity of another embarrass- ing escape, the 22-year-old desperado made the fatal acquaintance of"Old Sparky" 35 days later. Floyd was in Leavenworth doing token time for aiding and abetting, when word came of the execution. He could have turned over a new law-abiding leaf but chose instead to follow in Ray- mond's footsteps. Facing certain conviction on a bank robbery charge; Floyd pleaded guilty hoping to receive a single-digit sen- tence. However, the judge re- jected leniency for the career criminal and shipped him off to escape-proof Alcatraz for 30 years. On that April morning in 1943, Floyd was working in the mat shop with Freddie Hunter, an associate of the notorious Alvin "Creepy" Kar- pis, and fellow bank robbers James Boarman and Harold Brest. The four overpowered the single guard, jumped the captain on his rounds and bound and gagged them before proceeding with their plan. To save time, the inmates already had sawed the bars in two on the outside win- dow. It took mere seconds to remove the metal rods and slide through the opening a plank long enough to reach the perimeter fence. Floyd went first crawling on his hands and knees to the fence, where he dropped to the ground and started a cautious descent down the steep cliff. One by one his companions followed until the group reassembled at the edge of the ice-cold water. They stripped to their underwear, smeared grease on their bodies for insula- tion and began the long swim across San Francisco Bay. By this time the captain had worked his gag loose, but his shouts could not be heard over the noise of the saw in the woodshop. But he did manage to sound the alarm with a whistle he plucked with his teeth from the guard's pocket. Stati0a ANTIQUES • FURNITURE • GIFTS • FLOWERS JEWELRY • T-SHIRTS • IRON WORKS • &: MORE Open Everyday Downtown Buda at the signal light. 295-9444 295-6008 ................ , ............... i ......................................................... The marksman in the roof tower spotted the four escapees and opened fire in accordance with Alcatraz's unwritten shoot-to-kill policy. Brest was hit in the elbow, and .Boarman died in- stantly from a bullet through the head. The wounded convict treaded water until hauled aboard a launch, but the dead body of his com- rade sank beneath the waves never to be recovered. Hamilton and Hunter swam underwater back to The Rock and took cover in a cave. Guards flushed out Hunter a few hours later but did not think to look under a pile of debris, where the fourth prisoner was playing possum. Floyd Hamilton spent two wretched days and three miserable nights waiting to be caught, but search parties never reexamined the cave. Half-starved, dehydrated and bleeding from hundreds of cuts, the Lone Star outlaw re- traced his escape route to the mat shop, where a startled guard found him fast asleep the next morning. Bartee Halle welcomes your comments, questions and sug- gestions at or P.O. Box 152, Friendswood, TX 77549. And come on by www. for a visit! Texas Crossword and Sudoku sponsored by OLD FASHION FLEA MARKET COLLECTIBLES : Exit 213 IH-35 South • 512-656-5958 Hours: Sat-Sun., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Furniture • Appliances • Tools • Toys & Dolls ° Gifts ° CD's ° Tejauo Movies ° Jewelry new & used • Building Materials • Windows/Doors Computer Repairs • Used Lawnmower Parts - You pull and medicinal. 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