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John Yaws
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0 posted 03-03-2000 09:37 PM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

In a cemetery in Fort Stockton, TX is a gravestone which bears the name
Andrew J. Royal, the date Nov. 19, 1894, and a one word epitaph: "Assassinated". No one was ever brought to trial for the murder of this brave lawman. West Texas legends said that five prominent business men feared that the Sheriff knew too much of their nefarious deeds, and that on the night of November 19, 1894 they drew beans from a hat in which there were placed four white beans and one black. In the late evening hours while Sheriff Royal was doing paperwork at his desk, the murderer crept up to the window of the Sheriff's Office and emptied a shotgun into the back of the unsuspecting Sheriff's head. This poem is my tribute to one of the nameless ones who "won the West", and made America a safe place to live.

Beneath a clear West Texas sky-
There stands a weathered stone…
A lawman, fate decreed must die,
Now rests there all alone.
Murdered by a villain foul-
At night the deed was done….
A shotgun blast, a window smashed
Away the killer run.
“Assassinated”, reads the stone-
What more was there to say?
No killer hung to right the wrong-
Unsolved until this day.
The Pecos County Sheriff, they say-
Knew far too much to live…
They chose a rather novel way…
The dirty job to give.
Five men were gathered late that night-
Each one to draw the lot..
Four of them drew beans of white,
Just one the black bean got.
Sheriff Royal, at his desk-
Looked up, he’d heard a sound-
A silver badge pinned on his vest,
The night they gunned him down.
The law, it holds no terror-
For the honest this is true..
I’ve heard it said the guilty flee
Although no men pursue….
The killer did his dirty deed-
Buckshot in the head….
He killed a better man than he…
And then he turned and fled.
The nineteenth of November
In eighteen ninety four…
A good man slain, the lawless reign
No need to tell you more.
Way out in old Fort Stockton-
In a lonely, unkept grave…
The Pecos County Sheriff sleeps
The slumber of the brave.

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1 posted 03-03-2000 09:52 PM       View Profile for HelmutB   Email HelmutB   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit HelmutB's Home Page   View IP for HelmutB

A very intriguing story you have fortold
History so reach as A pot of gold
Well done i love stories like that especially when it cames in form of a poem.
Thank you

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doreen peri
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2 posted 03-03-2000 10:32 PM       View Profile for doreen peri   Email doreen peri   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for doreen peri

Wonderful! I love it! You have the gift of the ballad...

Member Seraphic
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3 posted 03-04-2000 09:21 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Thank you, GS - for gracing our forums with some wonderfully enlightening work.. We always learn something when we read your poetry..

Keep 'em coming, my friend..
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4 posted 03-04-2000 11:45 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Fabulous writing, as always, Gunslinger! Captivating story.

Danny Holloway
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5 posted 03-04-2000 12:46 PM       View Profile for Danny Holloway   Email Danny Holloway   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Danny Holloway

Gunslinger, I enjoyed this story and the writing.  History is so full of unexplained and interesting happenings.  You help reveal what might otherwise lie unknown forever.
Nice work, as always.
since 03-04-2000
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6 posted 03-04-2000 12:55 PM       View Profile for KimW   Email KimW   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit KimW's Home Page   View IP for KimW

(I know you!) ; )
Another informative and clever writing here!
I always enjoy reading whatever you post.

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7 posted 03-04-2000 01:04 PM       View Profile for RufffRyder   Email RufffRyder   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RufffRyder's Home Page   View IP for RufffRyder

Another bit of knowledge for the learning.
You do seem to have a way with bringing the past(history) to life.
Thanks for the read G.S.
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8 posted 03-05-2000 12:00 AM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

Gunslinger, a well written and intriguing story, to be sure. Thanks for this!

~ Claire
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9 posted 03-05-2000 12:21 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

If our history text books had been written like this, I wouldn't have had so much trouble with the subject. Well done again.
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10 posted 03-05-2000 08:11 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

GS...what an excellent tale you've told here. Perhaps this is my favorite of all of yours. It reads like a song  
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11 posted 03-05-2000 09:40 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Wow! This is wonderful! Great work, GS!
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