By Mike Cox
Trip deeper into the Texas outback with writer-historian Mike Cox as he recounts the lesser-known tales from Alpine, castle Davis and Marfa. Revisit the grandeur of Alpine's Holland inn, peer during the telescope on the McDonald Observatory and dip your ft within the water gap at Ernst Tinaja, for those who dare. go back and forth again to a time whilst the Comanche path stretched a thousand miles from Kansas to Mexico, making the massive Bend tough to shield and irresistible attempting. rejoice Cinco de Mayo, the anniversary of Benito Juarez's decisive defeat of the French at Pueblo in 1867. If not anything else, come for the lore and background that's as broad within the huge Bend zone because the mountain passes and wasteland stretches themselves.
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She keep one or two teaching books,” Dad recalled. “We all use de same one, and den when I got done, de next one, he use it, and so we all learn de book. Den she say a word and she say, ‘Okay, now, you spell dat,’ and so I spell dat word, and den she do anoder word and anoder. ” Dad borrowed a book when he could, traced his finger over the letters, and memorized the curves and angles. He took extra care not to bend the yellowed pages. He did not know the old nun’s name. Anonymity offered safety.
If He had infused all creatures, from the greatest kings and queens to the smallest ants, with His infinite glory, then nothing could be small nor rendered insignificant by an act of man. The church conveyed that sentiment to me. Only man’s failing in the art of engineering prevented churches from rising ever higher to touch heaven and honor His divine countenance. A Catholic Mass was in progress, so we did not enter, though we listened to the priest offer a sermon in Basque with Latin sprinkles to fill rhetorical holes.
Fifteen days after the bombing, Franco pierced the Iron Ring surrounding Bilbao. The Basques still claimed to hold Plencia, Mungia, and Amorebieta, large enclaves outside the city, but optimism about victory had disappeared. The Basques gathered nearly four thousand of their children, wrote names and vital statistics on pieces of paper, and pinned them to their jackets. Then they put the children on boats bound for England, where they arrived in May 1937, less than one month after Gernika’s destruction.