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Page 2C NEIGHBORS Hays Free Press June 30, 2010 Six gardening activities for July 1.Vegetable Garden The timing always feels a bit strange, but this is actually the month to renew your vegeta- ble garden for the fall harvest season. From seed, plant snap and lima beans, sweet corn, Swiss chard, cucumbers, sum- mer and winter squash (my favorite), black-eyed peas, okra, cantaloupe, pumpkin and watermelon. For trans- plants, it's the right time for tomatoes and peppers. 2. Tomatoes Be sure to plant determi- nate varieties with reputa- tions for heat survival. (Spot the clues in their names.) My favorites are surefire, solar fire, solar flare, celebrity, heat- wave, sunmaster, and BHN444 (healthy surprise). 3. Water Your plants will need this to survive. Not just a splash on the surface.., but rather a pro- found watering. This will give them a more established root IT'S ABOIIr system and a better reservoir to draw from. Try to water on a four to five day schedule. Don't run automatic sprinkler systems during the day. (Loss to evaporation is too great.) 4. Mulch Keep all flowerbeds, vegetable gardens and trees mulched. This will conserve water, cool the root zone and generally relieve heat stress. 5. Mow High Choose the highest setting for your mower. Longer grass blades will help shade the roots and conserve water. 6. Survivel Want to avoid heatstroke? Three rules for central Texas gardeners: a.Wear effective sunscreen and a large brimmed hat. b. Garden early in the morning. c. Drink gallons upon gallons ofwaterl MARIGOLD NOTES... When gardeners think of marigolds, they think of an- nual color that lasts from the spring to the fall. This versa- tile family of plants also has two notable species that are wonderful perennials in our Central Texas gardens: Mexi- can mint marigold (Tagetes lucida), and Copper Canyon daisy (Tagetes lemoni. Mexican mint marigold, known also as yrba anise in Spanish, has an enchanting anise fragrance to its leaves, and pretty button-size yellow flowers in the fall. It emerges in the spring and makes a deeply green plant which grows to a height and width of three feet by the end of sum- mer. And it makes a beautiful flower display in the fall. In the kitchen, you can use its leaves as a substitute for French tarragon in culinary recipes. Some gardeners call it 'Texas tarragon.' This marigold is also good for cut flowers and is not invasive. Copper Canyon Daisy is the other perennial flowering marigold. It grows to a height of three feet and spreads out to a width of four feet. The foliage has a strong scent and you can expect a show of yellow flow- ers in the spring and fall. Both of these marigolds are easy to grow and deer resistant. Give them at least a half-day of sun, and once established, they will need very little watering. Happy gardening everyone! If you have a question for Chris, send it via email ia- thyme@yahoo.com. Or mail a postcard to It's About Thyme: 11726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748. www.itsabout- thyme, co rn Fired employee goes postal in state capit, ,1 TeUn e shocking events of e 30, 1903 may have ft most Texans at a loss for words, but not an East Texas editor who wrote, "The tragedy is the first of its kind in the his- tory of the state and is the most appalling in the annals of the South." Col. Robert Marshall Love was chewing the fat with a preacher from Bonham on that fateful rooming, when an ex- employee burst into his capitol office. The unflappable official reacted to the rude interrup- tion with a smile, a handshake and an invitation to sit a spell. The cordial reception from his former boss startled W.G. Hill, who acknowledged the gracious greeting with a stiff nod and plopped down in an empty chair. Repeated at- tempts to include him in the conversation were rebuffed with hostile stares or one-word replies. Made uncomfortable by the tension in the room, the minister bid both gentlemen lgOOd,bye and rose to take his eave. He was barely out of the door, when Hill jumped to his feet and handed Love a two-page letter that he insisted the colonel read right then and there. The state comptroller de- cided to humor the high-stnmg intruder and spun around in swivel chair to concentrate on the tedious task. As he sus- pected, the document was the canned clerk's denunciation of . his presumably unfair firing. "The practice of barter- ing department clerkships for private gain is a disgrace to the public service and in the nefarious traffic you are a 'record breaker,'" the out- of-work civil servant had scrawled. 'Although I can not help myself, before laying life's burden down, I shall strike a blow- feeble though it may be - for the good of my deserving fellow man." Hill did not wait for his victim to finish the letter he had spent hours writing. He reached in a coat pocket, pulled out the .38-caliber revolver on loan from his son and shot the comptroller in the small of the back The ear-splitting roar brought bookkeeper LW. Stephens on the run from an adjoining office. But the would- be rescuer arrived too late to stop Hill from putting a second slug in the bleeding colonel, who had turned to face his attacker. The bullet pierced the Sudoku 00;olutio. Te/.al Crosswonl Solution ...... THISW00!N CivilWar veteran's barrel chest, ricocheted off a rib and tore through his lower torso. Hill heard Stephens coming and whirled to welcome him with the business end of the smoking revolver. The broad- shouldered bookkeeper flat- tened him with a flying tackle that knocked the six-shooter out of his hand and sent it skid- ding across the freshly polished wood floor. The reverend reentered the room to see the two men locked in a life-and-death struggle for the weapon. Transfixed by the savage scene, he watched helplessly as an anonymous hand grabbed the gun and ended the wrestling match a split-second later with a third and final shot. For several suspemeful moments, the preacher could not identify the winner of the desperate battle. Finally, to his immense relief, the burly bookkeeper rose to his feet and stood over the motionless murderer. Hill was soon an island in an ocean of his own blood. He rolled over on his back reveal- ing the source of the crimson sea - a bullet wound in the stomach. Retrieving a tiny bottle of poison from his vest pocket, the groaning gunman begged the bookkeeper not to interfere. "Let me take this and die easy," he whimpered. The pitiful plea fell on deaf ears, and Stephens pried the vial from his cold fingers sentencing the assassin to a slow death. Chaos reigned in the capitol as word spread of the shoot- ing. To accommodate the concerned and curious at the crowded crime scene, Hill was carried to the far side of the rotunda and left alone to wait his turn for medical attention. The state health direc- tor examined the conscious comptroller and confirmed his wounds were fatal. Realizing he had only minutes to live, Love called for a stenographer and calmly dictated a deathbed statement. "I have no idea why he shot me. May the Lord bless him and forgive him. I can say no more." The inevitable happened at five minutes past 11 with his loved ones and Gov. S.W.T. Lanham at his side. 'After one unsuccessful effort to give to the world and those around him a last parting word," the Austin American-Statesman reported in the flowery prose of the day, "the soul of R.M. Love plumed its snowy pinions and sailed away to the pearly portals of Paradise." Homicidal Hill died four hours later with his motive still a mystery. The vague reason he gave for the first and last killing in the capitol was, "He didn't treat me right." Lax security was initially blamed for the incredible crime, but turn-of-the-century Texans later came to grips with the disturbing fact of life later faced by their modem- day descendants. There is no bulletproof safeguard against a madman on a mission. "Secession & Civil War" - newest "Best of This Week in Texas History"collection available for $10.95 plus $3.25 postage and handling from Bartee Halle, P.O. Box 152, Friendswood, TX 77549 or order on-line at twith.com. 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