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Hays Free Press July 6, 2011 NEGHGORS Page 3C + .( AnMfter blowing the safe on a New e~co train on July 11, 1899, utch Cassidy and the'Cftld Bunch high-tailed it for Texas. As lawmen of every description and an army of Pinkerton detectives searched high and low, the surviving members of the notorious gang were the guests of a San Antonio madam. Fanny Porter operated a house of ill repute in Hell's Half Acre, an infa- mous red-light district where sanctu- ary was always for sale. By the time the Pinkertons tracked the outlaws to the Alamo Butch Cassidy and his cohorts were long gone. Farmy's employees did confess, however, that Butch had entertained them with daredevil tricks on his new bicycle. But for M-year-old Cassidy the criminal life had gone stale. Except for two years in the Wyoming state penitentiary, he had been a desperado on the dodge for more than a decade. The subject of a massive manhunt, he knew it was only a matter of time until he was captured or killed. So in 1900 Cassidy secretly pe- titioned the governor of Utah for a pardon. In turning down the unusual Under their real names, Robert LeRoy a mechanical engineer, he wooed a Parker and Harry Longabangh, the ,,~mman in a small Michigan town. e~les bought a ranch in Argentina The newlyweds moved to Globe, with the intention of spending the Arizona, where the groom worked on rest of their days quietly raising cattle, local ranches and in construction. But in time Butch and Sundance The hand-scrawled story told how were bored to tears and in 1906 Pldlllps took a mercenary sabbatical resumed their robbing way Sketchy as a sharpshooter for Pancho V'dla. reports two years later had the gringo This claim coincided with a rash of request, the politician countered with bandits surrounded bytroops in a Be- a novel suggestion of his own. The Union Pacific, Butch's favorite target, might drop all charges if the badman promised to be a model citizen and hire on as an express guard. A clandestine conference was scheduled, but the company repre- sentatives happened to be running late that afternoon. Smelling a trap, Butch bolted and held up the first Union Pacific train he could find. After pulling their last job in the summer of 1901, the Wild Bunch went their separate ways. To throw off his pursuers, Cassidy took a round- about route to South America byway of Canada, England and the Canary Islands. A year later at Montevideo, Uru- guay, Butch met up with the Sun- dance Kid and his wife, Etta Place. livian village. Cassidy supposedly put his mortally wounded sidekick out of his misery before taking his own life. Not so according to "The Bandit invincible, the True Story of Butch Cassidy" written nearly 30 years later by a Spokane, Washington business- man. In the thinly disguised autobi- ography, W'flllam I". Phillips divulged the sensational details of a miracu- lous escape. Sundance did die from multiple gunshot wounds on that bloody night in Bolivia, but Butch crawled to his horse under the cover of darkness. He managed to reach Brazil and caught an ocean liner to England. After minor facial surgery to alter his appearance, Butch slipped back into the United States. Assuming the identity of Phillips, tmmlated sightings of Butch Cassidy during the Mexican Revolution. im~nedhiS wife in Spokane, Phil- for nuggets in Alaska, re in an Anchorage casino he allegedly made the acquaintance of wyatt Earp. The frontier legend 0id, in fact, swear he encountered Cassidy during the gold rush. On a visit to his oldWyoming haunts, Phillips called upon many former friends. Years later, a score of old-timers convincingly claimed that Butch Cassidy, alias W'flliam I". Phillips, had come back from the dead. As pmof positive they cited the opal ring sported by Phillips, which was exactly like the finger ornament Cassidy always wore. Failing to find buried loot on an- other trip, Phillips wrote his memoirs in 1934. Publishers passed on the poorly written manuscript, and the author abandoned the project. After Phillips' business went belly up, his health deteriorated rapidly. He died in a charity hospital on July 20, 1937 at the age of 71 assuming, that is, he really was Butch Cassidy. When the movie version of her brother's exploits turned him into a modem folk hero, Cassidy's 86 year old sister granted a rare interview. She revealed in 1970 the closely guarded family secret that Butch had visited his kin 45 years earlier. "The law thought he was dead, and he was happy to leave it that way. He made us promise not to tell anyone he was alive, and we never did." Butch Cassidy joined that long list of outlaws some think short-changed fate. For an admiring public, it is somehow easier to believe six-gun Robin Hoods were bullet-proof in- stead of simply dead. Bartee Halle welcomes your com- ments, questions and suggestions at or 17.0. Box 152, Friend- swood, TX 77549. Come on by wun . for a visit and follow Bartee on Facebook! Wnmualen g/trdeners think of arigolds, they think of an- color that lasts from the spring to the fall. This versatile family of plants also has two notable species that are wonderful perennials in our Central Texas gardens: Mexican mint marigold (Tagetes ludda), and Copper Canyon Daisy (Tagetes lemonli ). Me~dcan mint marigold, known also as yerba anise in Spanish, has an enchanting anise fragrance to its leaves, and pretty button-size yellow fowers 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 IT'SABOUT 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 3 feet and spreads out to a width of 4 feet. The foliage has a strong scent and you can expect a show ofyel- low flowers 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. Here are some gardening acavltles for July:. 1. Renew your ve~'table garden. The timing always feels a bit strange, but this is actually the month to renew your vegetable garden for the fall harvest season. From seed, plant snap and lima beans, sweet corn, Swiss chard, cucumbers, summer and win- ter squash (my favorite), black-eyed peas, okra, cantaloupe, pumpkin and watermelon. For transplants, it's the right time for tomatoes and peppers. 2. Plant tomatoes. Be sure to plant determinate varieties with reputa- tions for heat survival. (Spot the dues in their names.) My favorites are surefire, solar fire, solar flare, celebrity, heatwave, sunmaster, and BHN444 (healthy surprise). 3. Water. Your plants will need this to survive. Net just a splash on the sur- face.., but rather a profound watering. This will give them a more established root system and a better reservoir to draw from.. Try to water on a 4 to 5 day schedule. Don't run automatic sprinkler systems during the day floss to evaporation is too great). 4. Mulch. Keep all flowerbeds, vegetable gardens and trees mulched. This will conserve water, cool the mot zone and generally relieve heat stress. 5. Maw Id~gh. Choose the highest setting for your mower. Longer grass blades wig help shade the roots and conserve water. 6. Survlcel Want to avoid heat- stroke? Three rules for central Texas gardeners: Wear effective sunscreen and a large brimmed hat; garden early in the morning; and drink gal- lens upon gallons of water! Happy gardening, everyone. Buda Library is a to learn, volunteer, grow "y husband, daugh- ters, and myself are .voracious readers, so the Buda Public Library was our family's first stop when we moved to Buds in September 2010. We were impressed that despite its small size, there was so much the library had to offer. The friendliness and the knowledge of the library staff prompted my young- est daughter to exclaim, "No wonder they call Texas 'The Friendship State.'" Melinda Hedges, the library director, took the time to listen and recommend books that my daughters and I would enjoy reading. I told her that I had read James Michener's "Texas" and was interested in learning more about Texas history. She told me about James L. Haley's "Passionate Nation: The Epic History of Texas'." Comparing Michener's historical fiction to Haley's accurate repre- sentation was exactly what I wanted. In addition, I recent- ly finished "True Women" by ff Ianice Woods W'mdle, another Texas historical fiction novel, this time, from a feminine perspective. My craving for Texas history continues. The Buda Library provides free classes for children, teens and adults in subjects like art, gardening and com- puter applications. My oldest daughter was thrilled to discover that she could vol- unteer to teach craft-making for children's activities. She continues to share her pas- sion and make new friends. Through volunteering and participation in these classes, my family has learned so much and felt welcome in our new community. For library events listings visit www.friendsofthebuda-, or call 295-5899. Buda Bits Continued from pg. 1C Come downtown Buda for "first Thursday" oftbe month on July 7, from 5 to 9 p.m. and enjoy the offerings of our historical district, if you are looking for a good meal, try out one of the restaurants in the downtown area Just a note that Buda Grocery & Grill will not have dinners under the stars for the months of July and August. Theywill be back in September when hopefully the weather will be a little bit cooler. The free wine tasting is still on from 6 to 8 p.n at the store. Also from 6 to 8 p.m., Art Around Town will present"Splatteffest" under thd oaks on Main Street. See you Thursday on Main Street. 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