De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, March 14, 1924

Mad Dog Killed After Two Children Bitten, War on Dogs

Two children were bitten by a bull terrier dog on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons of last week. The head of the animal was sent to the Pasteur Institution at Austin and on Friday a telegram from the management of the Institute announced that the dog was unmistakably afflicted with rabies. Immediately the news spread by means of a circular printed and distributed in town, and the children, Little Miss Edna Earle COZBY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.O. COZBY, and little Mary Evelyn SHAFFER, aged 3 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. SHAFFER of Lowe-Carter Co., who had been bitten, were hurried to Austin and are now taking the treatment at the Institute. The dog was the property of the COZBY family.

The success of the Pasteur Institute has been so marked in the treatment of those subject to rabies that only one case in thousands fails of a successful cure, or rather prevention of the development of the dread disease, where the cases reach the Institute in the early stages. The treatment is said to be severe, but the result practically assured.

The city officers immediately after the tragedy started a war on the stray dogs about town. They have killed many dogs, citizens have killed many more. No accurate figure is obtainable as to the number destroyed, but it is safe to say that a majority of the canine tribe remaining consists of dogs which their owners value sufficiently to keep them confined. Any citizen is entirely within his rights to kill any stray dog found running at large as it is a well known fact that the COZBY dogs – there were two – bit numerous other dogs as they ran at large over town for two days.

Information from Austin is to the effect that the unfortunate children are taking the treatment and getting along nicely.

Editor Cockrill’s Father is Dead

Friends of Editor J.W. COCKRILL of the Gorman Progress will hear with regret of the death of Mr. COCKRILL’s father, which occurred this week at the old home in Illinois. Mr. COCKRILL left immediately after the receipt of the news. Mrs. COCKRILL is continuing the publication of the paper in his absence. Sympathy is extended.

Tarleton College Honors De Leon Young Men

On March 6th, at John Tarleton Agricultural College, Stephenville, three of the students from De Leon received honors that are worthy of mention. At the chapel exercises on that day, sweaters were awarded to the football men who had won them during the season last fall. Joe WILLIAMS, Carroll STOVER, and Otho BELL were among those who received these awards. WILLIAMS played guard, STOVER center, and BELL tackle. WILLIAMS is also Second Lieutenant of Co. A., and STOVER is Sergeant Co. C.,, and business manager of the College Annual.

De Leon has a number of boys and girls attending Tarleton this near, among whom are: Maurice NANCE, Leila JENKINS, Lorene IRVIN, Kathleen HARVEY, Ruth HARVEY, Mattie COAN, Finis BELL, Letha SHORT, Ila B. MILLER, Maurine MILLER and Dannye WILLIAMS. Miss WILLIAMS has won distinction for herself in the department of home economics because of her ability to make hats. Her work in the millinery class has been very creditable.

Shakespeare Club

The Shakespeare Club met February 13th with Mrs. R.R. HARVEY in the study of Vanity Fair.

Roll Call answered by current events.

Mrs. Z.C. STEAKLEY, leader.

Reading Assignment – Mrs. STEAKLEY. Vanity Fair, second half.

Topic for discussion: Structure of Vanity Fair – Mrs. NUNNELLEY.

Do you know of any other novel with a twin plot? Mrs. ROLLINS.

Essay: An Opinion of Dobbin – Mrs. W.H. WILLIAMS

Former De Leon Girl Married at Haskel

Information has come from Stamford of the marriage of Miss Lillie MEDFORD to Mr. Henry TSUJI, the wedding occurring at Haskel on last Saturday, we presume at the home of the bride’s parents, S.A. MEDFORD, who resides there. Miss MEDFORD has been making her home in Stamford for some months past. The happy young couple will make their home in Stamford, where Mr. TSUJI is owner and manager of a laundry.

Miss MEDFORD is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.A. MEDFORD, and grew to womanhood in the Duster and Rock Bluff communities. She has been in the west for several years. Mr. TSUJI was born of Japanese parentage in San Francisco and is a Texan by adoption, having lived for a number of years in Stamford, where he is highly a respected prosperous citizen. Best wishes are extended Mr. and Mrs. TSUJI.

Miscellaneous Local News

[Duster] Mr. HAMLIN was trying to start his car Sunday morning when it kicked him on the leg just below the knee. The bone is thought to be fractured.

[Robinson Springs] Mrs. J.M. BLACK, who has been ill the past week is greatly improved.

Carl MACON has been out of school at De Leon for some time on account of sickness was able to return Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. B.H. MACON spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.L. CLIFTON of Victor.

Misses L.C. and Opal CLARK spent Sunday with their sister, Mrs. Thelma GUTHRIE.

[Rock Bluff] Lonnie SINGLETON of Comanche spent the week end with his brother, Bill SINGLETON.

Henry FRANKS made a business trip to Cisco Wednesday. He was accompanied by his mother-in-law, Mrs. F.D. GARDNER, who will visit her brother, S.S. SMITH and family, the remainder of the week.

[Comyn] Oswald DAVIS is suffering from a sprained instep.

Hardy HAZZARD has gone to Corsicana to work in the oil fields.

Mrs. H.L. LIGHTFOOT and children of Desdemona have been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. FARROW.

Mr. BARTON, county agent, assisted in terracing two farms in this community last week, Mr. G.R. SWANNER’s and Mr. C.M. CARAWAY’s. The agriculture class spent one quarter of a day learning about the work.

©2004 Judith Michaels.  This transcription is the generous work of Judy Michaels taken from microfilm held by the Newspaper Collection of the University of Texas at Austin with a microfilm copy at Comanche Public Library.  The information may be used for personal research only and not for commercial purposes without specific permission.