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An intensely own and intimate autobiographical portrait of the Baptist minister and journalist.

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Mother acquiesced, a little reluctant to renounce cotton and leave her kinfolk, but wiped away her tears. On the Denver train out of Fort Worth we realized there were just grounds for anxiety. Texas Rangers climbed aboard to protect against a recurrence of a spectacular train robbery on that route shortly before. When we arrived in Bowie there was not a house to let. Father built a one-room log cabin. Before the cracks could be closed little brother Ed endeavored to mount to the roof. A creature of some sort stung himMother thought a centipede, more probably a spider.

Its direct tendency is to reproduce the excellence it records. " There is a profound sense in which this is true, for biography has formed the very basis of the literature of religions, folklore, and chronicles of civilizations throughout the world. There is, moreover, always something extremely personal about biography by the very nature of the literary form itself. When well done, this personal quality is even more apparent in the form known as autobiography. " The autobiography of Joseph Martin Dawson mirrors more than eighty richly rewarding years of life from the Blacklands of Texas to the nation's capital.

Garfield. " 2 The shared output of rented land did not satisfy him. In the midst of heated discussion far beyond my comprehension, Father determined in 1882 upon a bold adventure. A friend had invited him to manage a restaurant in Bowie, Montague County. In the hope of laying hold of enough cash to make a down payment on the purchase of a farm, or else try a business career, he accepted. The departure in January 1883 aroused tremendous commotion among the relatives. Montague County was on the rough and Page 9 rowdy border of the Indian Territory.

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