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Hays Free Press * June 22, 2011 NBGHBORS Page 3C + F mfter abandoning all their their patriotic duty by. marching on issions and presidios in Los Adaes. Since just bvo Spaniards ast Texas, the new owners of happened to be home at the time, Louisiana on June 25, 1773 vacated Los Adaes, the capital of Spanish Texas for the past half century. The French first took a serious interest in future Cajun Country during the closing months of the 17th century. Convinced control of the mighty Mississippi River would tighten their grip on Canada, they founded on the banks of the titanic tributary, the interior town of Natchitoches and a few years later the better known port of New Orleans. In 1716 the lethargic Spaniards finally showed up in eastern Texas to find out what their rivals were up to. To check potential westward expansion by the French, numerous missions were established along with a military garrison at the vil- lage of Adaes. Poised on a hilltop only 15 miles from Natchitoches and well on the Louisiana side of the Sabine River, the lonely presidio was supposed to keep a close eye on the French. When the mother country de- clared war on Spain in 1719, the eight soldiers at Natchitoches did seizure of the enemy fort was a snap. While departing with their cap- tives, however, the Frenchmen ruffled the feathers of the garri- son's chickens causing the angry fowl to raise a disconcerting ruckus. In the confusion one fast- thinking prisoner escaped and immediately alerted his country- men to the invasion. Thrown into a blind panic by the frightening alarm, neither friars nor foot soldiers bothered to confirm the size of the approaching force. The skittish Spaniards simply evacuated East Texas. Taking no chances, they returned with a 500-man expedition to re- claim Los Adaes. The presidio was subsequently designated the capital of Texas in spite of the ironic fact that it still remained outside the province. Although the Los Adaes lookouts faithfully enforced the law strictly forbidding trade with the foreign- ers, the practical soldiers exempted themselves from the conditions of the inconvenient decree. Instead of WEEK raising their own crops, the Span- iards bought food on the sly from the obliging French. Many miles away in Mexico City, the viceroy recognized the futility of trying to put a stop to the fraterni- awkward moments. The Natchi- toches commander had a lot of explaining to do after an Apache band was spotted carrying French firearms and flying the national colors. Yet even this embarrassing episode failed to dampen the spirit of cooperation between the cozy neighbors. As a reward for a wartime alli- ance, France handed Spain full, though secret, title to the entire territory of Louisiana in 1762. With the former French possession serv- ing as a broad buffer against British zation and, with a customary shrug aggression, Spain shut down the of the shoulders, approved the suddenly expendable military and purchase of beans and corn. But as the years went by, the twin outposts in the NewWofld wilderness did a brisk business in every conceivable kind of contraband. This mutually beneficial ar- rangement gradually bloomed into full-fledged detente. Until the French obtained a priest of their own in 1729, a Spanish Franciscan regularly dropped by to say mass. And whenever one garrison came under attack from hostile Indians, the other always could be counted on to come running. Of course, detente did have its missibnary installations in East Texas. The people at Los Adaes took the shocking news badly. Disobeying orders to relocate to San Anto- nio, dozens disappeared into the piney woods or moved in with their French friends at Natchitoches. Those that stayed behind reluc- tautly abandoned Los Adaes in June 1773. Twenty-seven ~ears later, Napo- leon talked Spain into giving back Louisiana, which he turned around and sold to the United States in 1803. Stunned by the shady deal, a small Spanish force rushed to reoc- cupy Los Adaes. The Spaniards were met by a column of U.S. troops, and a tense stand-off ensued. Months of negotiations produced an historic compromise. The Americans agreed to pull back to the eastern bank of the Arroyo Hondo at Natchitoches, if the Spaniards withdrew west of the Sabine. Both sides complied, and a messy international inci- dent was narrowly averted. However, according to the pact, neither power could police the area between the Arroyo Hondo and the Sabine River. As a result, the region became a no-man's-land infested with thieves and cutthroats, who defiantly thumbed their noses at everybody's laws. When the time came to clean up the so-called "Neutral Ground," the U.S. Army would do battle with nothing less than an outlaw nation. Bartee Haile welcomes your com- ments, questions and suggestions at haile@pdq.net or P.O. Box 152, Friendswood, TX 77549. Come on by www.twith.com for a visit and fol- low Bartee on Facebook! IS warmln are rln ne heroic plant that's stand- ling tall at the moment, and blossoming beautifully (de- spite adverse weather conditions) is 'yellow bells.' This beauty has many names. Of- ficially they call it Tecoma stans. It is also known as esperanza (Span- f0r 'hopc'h yellow tromp=t, and ginger thomas. Yellow bells have glossy-green, lance-like leaves, and large, showy trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom continuously throughout summer and fall. In warmer areas, it can reach a height of 8 to 10 feet. It is native to South and Central America and our southwestern states. This is an herbaceous perennial. It freezes back when the first winter cold snap arrives.., to return trium- phantly the following year as the ground warms in early spring. Not 0nly ia thia popular with gardeners, if you put some in your garden, you will have butterflies, hummingbirds and bees aplenty. Some recent introductions have ] increased the bloom time for this perennial, and have made the plant IT'S ABOUT more compact. Some new varieties to look for: Gold star esperanza blooms earlier than the rest of the species and grows in a more compact form. While the standards grow to 8 feet or more, goldstar is a little shorter, at 4 to5 feet. Orange Jubilee is an orange form of yellow bells with smaller, mone toothed leaves. Hummingbirds, I find, are more attracted to the orange color of this cultivar. Sunrise is another beautiful variety. Like gold star, this yellow- flowering variety is a little shorter, and has a copper-bronze color on the throat of each flower. Whatever Tecoma stans you choose, you will find them depend- able perennials that put on a great show throughout spring, summer and fall. They are tops on my list of drought tolerant performers at the moment, and everyone should have at least one! Happy gardening, everyone. If you a hot, cultural question, send it to me via emaih iathyme@ yahoo.com. (Please put "Ask Chris Winslow" in the subject line.) Or mail your letter or postcard to: Ask Chris Winslow. It's About Thyme, 11726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748 It used to be that you could at least write about the weathe~ but that is the same storyweek to week and it is turning into a tragedy statewide. I hope ev- erybody is conscious of the dry roadsides, yards and pastures. One spark from an unattended barbeque grill or one discarded cigarette can cause a catas- trophe. So be careful] Also no firecrackers, unless it rains. Hope all fathers, fathers to be, grandfathers and all the great grandfathers had a"grea' day. Raymond Heideman had almost all of the family coming for a carry in sandwich, pizza and chocolate cake supper. Do you remember when "Wacky Cake" was the rage? Ask Terry about it, she made a delicious one. Oh yes, also enjoyed a Texas grown watermelon. Coming were Terry Kleen, Daniel and Sharon Heideman, Don, Trade and Logan Crowell of Uhland, Brian Heideman of Austin, Mike, Debbie and Cooper Moore of Kyle (Raney was on his way to Oklahoma to play baseball, more on that next week), Dennis, Kim, Kassie, Maddy and Hanna Heideman of Rogers Ranch, David, Becca and Chloe Schultz and Clar- ence Heideman of San Marcos. Hanna entertained with math and various problems to solve. I was hoping, as I was not able to gather enough news last week, that someone would have a"front liner" to report this week. ODDS & ENDS There was an accident on Highway 21 near Uhland on Sunday afternoon that required an ambulance. No report on how serious and the cause, hope all are ok. please mark your ~endar forWednesda5 July 13. The Veterans Honor Wall in the Uhland Colmnunity Center will be dedicated at 5 p.m. All who have and/or plan to take part in providing pictures and histories for the wall are invit- ed to attend, as is the public. More information to follow in the weeks to come. Keep the following in your prayers: Jim Alexander, Louis Luersen, Cheryl Shelley, Ed Daugherty, Rick Salews~, son of Ron, who was in an auto acci- dent and has had five surgeries and will have knee surge~ Also all the victims of the tornadoes, as well as those in various states who have lost homes, ranchers who have lost their livelihood with the loss of cattle, sheep, etc., as well as the grazing not only in Texas, but other states as well. Our farmers, ranchers, truck farmers (vegetables, etc.) am all suffering. Our prayers for rain am NEEDED. Texas Crossword and Sudoku sponsored by | 78 /tin , See Solution, page 4C ACROSS 1 TXism: "he can strut sitting" (arrogant) 5 song: "Texas When " 6 TX Roddenberry or TX F~emey 7 ex-Cowboy RB Tony (init.) 8 Dallas city hall architect I.M. 9 Gutenberg or Bach t 5 golf bag toter 16 TXism: =_ __-__ man" (good roper) 18 in '28, this Dem. didn't carry TX 20 impressionist painter Claude 22 old west town: __ Creek, CO 27 TXIsm: "got a bun in the (pregnant) 28 seat of Sutton Co. 29 independent state in the Middle East 30 mgr, of Muleshoe's "rv 6, Gilrobert 32 SMU Kyte in NFL Hall of Fame (init.) 33 blood vessels from the heart 36 send out 37 TXism:" biscuit in the pan" (boss) 38 UT enrollee, e.g. 39 TXism: "hireling" 41 TX Buddy's wife: Maria 44 "Dallas'Museum 45 TX actress Evans 46 TXism: "just two whoops and a holler "(near) 47 TXism: "ugly as __" 48 this actor staffed with TX Jimmy Dean in "Big Bad John" 51 sleeping quarters at TX Tech, e,g. 52 TX poet Naomi Shthab 53 Bond creator Fleming 54 TXism: "it belongs to me the bank" 1 24 !25 aai DOWN 1 TXtsm: '+__ in" (eat up) 2 TX Benson film: " to Billy Joe" 3 in Runnels Co. on hwy. 83 4 TXisrn: "1 a dry land farmer needs rain" 8 TX-bom SA. Griffin film:" Rider" 9 his cabin is still in downtown Dallas 10 TXism: "fits like hide a horse" 11 TXism:" don't give didly squat" 12 TX Ivory Joe Hunter's "1 --..- My Mind" 13 Tex Ritter title song: "High __ 14 negative in Pale Duro Canyon 15 oldest thoroughfare in U.S., located in Nacogdoches: "La Norte" 16 ................ gallon hat 17 more spdghtty 19 UT has large collection of folk songs of this Bud 21 '85 thriller with TX born Gayle Hunnlcutt 22 101 in old Rome 23 ex-Cowboy "dodger" QB (init.) S by Charley & Guy Orbison Copyright 2011 by Orbison'Sros. P-lOlS 24 nest eggs (abbr.) 25 TXism: "we __ ways" 26 TX-bom Mason Williams wrote for singer __ Clark 28 TXism: gave his pall bearers the ___" (recovered) TX Carol Bumett won this award six times 34 this Russo starred with TX Quaid in "Yours, Mine & Ours 35 TXism: "brains box" (computer) 37 dA rose other name..." 40 TXism: "got the hang 42 indebted 43 in Fannin Co. on 34 49 to correct text 50 TXism: "fat _ a boardinghouse cat" See Solution, page 4C