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Page 2C NEIGHBORS Hays Free Press June 16, 2010 Spice up your life '00vith a salsa garden 't's simple to create the perfect salsa garden. All .you need is to grow some peppers, tomatoes, onions, cilantro and lime.., and mix them together in a way that suits your taste buds. Luckily, most of them grow fairly easily in our Hays County gardens. Peppers: Plant your favor- ite type of pepper in a sunny spot in the spring after the last freeze. The plants will keep producing peppers all the way through the summer until the first frost of winter. A clear favorite for salsa is the jalapeno. They come in a number of heat and size options. If you don't like your salsa too caliente, choose the TAM mild jalapeno. For those who like giant jalapenos, I sug- gest 'jumbo Hidalgo.' IT'S ABOUT ! :: .... THYME ...... Other peppers work well too: chilipetins, serranos, habaneros, and New Mexico Hatch chilies (Anaheim or Sandias). Tomatoes: Plant these at the same time as peppers, after winter's last frost. The most popular for salsa is the Roma tomato. These are dense and meaty, with low moisture and few seeds. They're considered one of the easiest tomatoes to grow and the plants are big and prolific. Onion: Usually started in the fall, onions will produce till the end of May. After harvest, store them in an airy, dry and cool location through the summer months. Cllantro: This would nor- maily be grown in the cooler time of the year, and presents a challenge in the summer months. As the heat index rises cilantro bolts, then blooms and turns to seed. It's almost im- possible to grow when it's hot. Option one for cilantr0 is to shop for it in the local grocery store. Option two: grow a little 'summer cilantro' (Polygonum odoratum). This Vietnamese coriander flourishes in our summer heat and tastes like cilantro with a lemony flavor. Locally it is called Rau Ram. Lime: The final addition to our salsa garden. You can grow a Mexican lime tree in a container or plant one in a protected location. They need to be shielded from winter temperature below the mid- twenties. Put the ingredients all together, and you should have a salsa muy especial, that's at least ten times more fresh and flavorful than anything you can buy in a store. Congratulations .... and Happy Salsa Gardening Every- one! If you have a question for Chris, send it via email to iathyme@yahoo.com. Or mail a postcard to It'sAbout Thyme: i 1726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748 www.itsaboutthyme. com. Cunning con artist finally gets his comeuppance Aboul Thyme00 he case against Monroe Edwards, con artist and fugitive from Lone Star justice, went to a NewYork jury on June 17, 1842. The cunning Kentuckian never earned an honest dollar in his life. Already incorrigible when he came to Texas in 1827 at the age of 19, Edwards made a fast and fabulous fortune smuggling slaves from Cuba. He invested most of his ill-got- ten gains in prime real estate, which became the Brazoria County plantation Chenango. Edwards took on an equally unscrupulous partner named Christopher Dart and re- mained active in the illicit slave trade right up until the independence insurrection. Although he dodged the dangers of the historic conflict by leaving the province, his cowardly conduct did not keep him from masquerading as a hero of the Texas Revolution. Deciding to dump Dart, Edwards devised a fiendishly clever way to dissolve their partnership without shar- ing the proceeds of the joint venture. He chemically erased the text of a letter from his as- sociate and above his signa- ture wrote a phony bill of sale for the patsy's portion of the plantation. Dart retaliated with a lawsuit, which was tried at Brazoria in March 1840. The jury found in favor of the plaintiff awarding him sub- stantial damages and freezing the assets of the dismayed defendant. But that was only the beginning of the con artist's problems. He was arrested the very next day on a forgery charge and held without bond in Brazoria. ]ailbird or not, Edwards was entitled to the special treatment accorded any gentleman. As a result, the sheriff allowed Kitty Clover, a mulatto slave disguised as a manservant, to join her master and lover in his cell. Granted bail at a habeas corpus hearing in San Anto- nio, Edwards sent Kitty back to Brazoria to snoop around. She found out that fresh charges had been filed to ensure his pretrial detention and rushed to warn him. The couple THIS WEEK IN quickly fled Texas with all the gold they could carry. During a brief layover in NewYork, Edwards wrote a number of renowned Ameri- cans to obtain their auto- graphs. Employing the same technique used in the failed attempt to cheat his business partner, he transformed polite replies from Daniel Webster, Martin Van Buren and other prominent personalities into glowing letters of introduction. Edwards then traveled to England, where the counterfeit credentials opened every door. Posing as a saintly abolitionist dedicated to freeing the slaves he had sold into bondage, the charlatan was warmly wel- comed by the British elite and even presented to parliament. The Lone Star minister was not nearly so gullible and dug up the dirt on the flashy fraud. ]ames Hamilton put the im- postor on notice in November 1840: "I beg to inform you that I have been apprised that you are a fugitive from the public justice ofthe Republic of Texas charged with the commission of an infamous crime." Threatened with exposure and possible imprisonment, Edwards caught the next boat back to NewYork. Buthe had one more trick up his silk sleeve. With a few expert strokes of the pen, Edwards invented an impressive identity- John P. Caldwell, wealthy Arkansas planter. Putting up a thousand nonexistent bales of cotton as collateral, he applied for a $25,000 loan from a merchant bank in Manhattan. He cashed the check on Aug. 28, 1841 and vanished into thin air. Edwards and his latest ac- complice, Alexander Powell, hid out in Philadelphia waiting for the bamboozled bankers to lose interest in their where- abouts. But the five-figure reward offered for their ap- prehension only turned up the ....... 'ii;:i ............ :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::: : *:: ::;::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::: ::::::::: :::::::::::: :::: : : ::i:i**.Ei.iii.li .i::ii::::! :: , ..:.::::::::: :::: ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::::.:.>:.,::..::-...:.:...::.,:.::4:,.'. ?:::: ::$::::::::: :i. : ::::: :: ,::::::: :::*: :::: :$ ::::::: ::::: [ life insurance... Auto. Home Life Rob White, Agent Let's Compare (512) 504-9484 Rates and Service. 5500 FM 2770, Ste. 10 gyle, TX 78640. rwhite@txfb-ins.com ANTIQUES FURNITURE GIFTS ' FLOWERS JEWELRY * T-SHIRTS * IRON WORKS &: MORE Open EveryaCay Downtown Buda at the signal light. 295-9444 295-6008 heat and persuaded the pair to split up. The plan called for Powell to slip into Boston, where he would book passage for Europe, while Edwards headed south for New Orleans. To divert attention from his own departure by sicking the law on his confederate, Edwards mailed an anonymous tip on the date Powell was supposed to sail. But the swindler outsmart- ed himself. Powell's c:ruise was delayed three days enabling the police to grab him on the gangplank. He took ome look at the unsigned letter respon- sible for his capture, recog- nized the handwriting and in a fit of temper unmasked "John P. Caldwell." Edwards still would have made a clean getaway if not for an uncharacteristic act of com- passion. He stayed overnight in Philadelphia in order to provide for Kitty and their five-month- old child. Moments after open- ing an account in her name, he was collared by the cops. Convicted in the cotton caper, Monroe Edwards was sent up the river to notorious Sing Sing prison. Abandoned by his be- loved Kit, he tried twice to es- cape. A severe flogging following his second attempt commuted the fugitive Texan's long prison term to a death sentence in 1847. Nine "Best of This Week in Texas History" column collec- tions to choose from at twith. com. Order on-line or by mail from Bartee Halle, P.O. Box 152, Friendswood, TX 77549. 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