“Drew out manure this forenoon (5 loads) I have out about 40 loads now. This afternoon I went to the Preparatory Lecture. Pleasant day but quite windy.”
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
“I went up town and got a load of coal ashes this morning to put in front of the barn. I drew out manure this afternoon (five loads) the ground is getting thawed out some, not as good drawing as it was for part of the week.”
Thursday, March 29, 2012
“I went up town this morning with the milk. This afternoon, Lettie and I accepted an invitation up to Mr Beadles to spend the afternoon. Pleasant but cold day.”
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin (seated) and Douglas Fairbanks at the signing of the contract establishing United Artists motion picture studio in 1919. Lawyers Albert Banzhaf (left) and Dennis F. O'Brien (right) stand in the background
“Went up Town this morning This afternoon I went over to Isaac Johnsons and got the heifer. Quite a cold disagreeable day.”
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
“Drew out ten loads of manure today. The ground is froze hard on top and it is a good time to draw manure.”
Monday, March 26, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
“I cut wood at the door this forenoon. After dinner I drove over to Isaac Johnsons to look at his cows. He is to have a sale Monday. Pleasant most of the day. A little rainy tonight.”
Friday, March 23, 2012
As a child actress, circa 1942
“I took a log up to Miurt’s Mill this morning to be sawed into a timber. After dinner, I got Will Holmes to help me and we went down and sawed up the bodies of the tree tops. Pleasant but considerable colder today.”
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
| First page of the 1804 original edition|
The Napoleonic Code — or Code Napoléon (originally, the Code civil des français) — is the French civil code, established under Napoléon I in 1804. The code forbade privileges based on birth, allowed freedom of religion, and specified that government jobs go to the most qualified.
It was drafted rapidly by a commission of four eminent jurists and entered into force on March 21, 1804. The Code, with its stress on clearly written and accessible law, was a major step in replacing the previous patchwork of feudal laws. Historian Robert Holtman regards it as one of the few documents that have influenced the whole world.
The Napoleonic Code was not the first legal code to be established in a European country with a civil legal system — it was preceded by the Codex Maximilianeus bavaricus civilis (Bavaria, 1756), the Allgemeines Landrecht (Prussia, 1794) and the West Galician Code (Galicia, then part of Austria, 1797). It was, however, the first modern legal code to be adopted with a pan-European scope and it strongly influenced the law of many of the countries formed during and after the Napoleonic Wars.
“I pulled out some old cherry trees this forenoon. Went down to John McPherson’s this afternoon. Lettie and I went up to Wm Robbins and spent the evening. A little showery this forenoon but cleared off quite pleasant and warm this afternoon.”
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
| Ned Buntline, Bufalo Bill Cody, Giuseppina Morlacchi, Texas Jack Omohundro, 19th c|
“Helped Mr. Holmes butcher their pigs this forenoon. Made a frame for the granary window this afternoon and put it in. Pleasant day though cool with east wind.”
Monday, March 19, 2012
“Helped lettie wash this forenoon. Worked at putting some siding on the south end of the grain barn. Pleasant day. Quite high winds about north-west.”
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
| “I fixed a timer in front of the barn doors this forenoon. Drew some coal ashes from the salt works this afternoon to fill up in front of the doors. Very pleasant day.”|
Friday, March 16, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
“Butchered our pigs this morning (four). Lettie and I went up and took dinner with J.S. Stalker and family. Quite a good deal cooler today. The sow pigged last night but did not have very good luck with the pigs only saved four.”
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
|“Went down to the woods and got a load of wood from the oak tops where the logs were cut. Commenced raining about one o’clock and rained considerable this afternoon.”|
Monday, March 12, 2012
Fairies at St. Cuthbert's Well
“Helped Lettie wash this forenoon. Took our beans up town after dinner to A. B. Keeney & Sons. Price $1.45 very pleasant and warm day.”
Sunday, March 11, 2012
City Marshal Ben Thompson.
Ben Thompson (November 2, 1843 - March 11, 1884) was a gunman, gambler, and sometime lawman of the Old West. He was a contemporary of Wyatt Earp, Buffalo Bill Cody, Doc Holliday, John Wesley Hardin and James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickock, some of whom considered him a trusted friend, others an enemy.
Ben Thompson had a colorful career, fighting with the Confederates during the American Civil War, and in Mexico under the Emperor, before being imprisoned at the age of 25 for the severely injuring his brother-in-law, who had physically abused Thompson's wife. After his release, Thompson made his name as a gunman and a gambler in Texas and Kansas. After he was hired in 1881 as Marshal in Austin, Texas, the crime rate dropped sharply during his term. He was murdered at the age of 40 in San Antonio on March 11, 1884 during the Vaudeville Theater Ambush.
On March 11, 1884 in San Antonio, Thompson ran into gunfighter and rancher King Fisher; they were there on separate business. The two men, who had known one another for several years, decided to attend a show at the Vaudeville Theater. Thompson was aware of threats from friends of Harris, but he did not appear concerned.
Fisher and Thompson attended a play at the Turner Hall Opera House, and later, at around 10:30pm, they went to the Vaudeville Variety Theater. A local lawman named Jacob Coy sat with them. Thompson wanted to see Joe Foster, a theater owner and friend of Harris's, and one of those fueling the ongoing feud. Thompson had already spoken to Billy Simms, another theater owner, and Foster's new partner.
Fisher and Thompson were directed upstairs to meet with Foster. Coy and Simms soon joined them in the theater box. Foster refused to speak with Thompson. Fisher allegedly noticed that something was not right. Simms and Coy stepped aside, and as they did Fisher and Thompson leapt to their feet just as a volley of gunfire erupted from another theater box, with a hail of bullets hitting both Thompson and Fisher. Thompson fell onto his side, and either Coy or Foster ran up to him and shot him in the head with a pistol. Not able to return fire, Thompson died almost immediately. Fisher was shot thirteen times, but fired one round in retaliation, possibly wounding Coy. He was crippled for life, but the shot may have been from friendly fire.
Trying to draw his pistol, Foster shot himself in the leg, which was later amputated. He died soon after the surgery. The description of the events of that night are contradictory. There was a public outcry for a grand jury indictment of those involved, but no action was ever taken. The San Antonio Police and the prosecutor showed little interest in the case.
Fisher was buried on his ranch. His body was later moved to the Pioneer Cemetery in Uvalde, Texas. Thompson's body was returned to Austin, where his funeral was one of the largest the city has ever seen. He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, Texas.