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“Dialogue,” continued from page 2. Larry McMurtry’s great following in his semi-fictitious Lonesome Dove’s telling of the charcoal embalming of the western cowman is straight out of Evetts Haley’s 1936 true story, Charles Goodnight, Cowman and Plainsman. It was Goodnight, who in 1867, true to his promise, brought his partner Oliver Loving’s corpse from New Mexico for burial at Weatherford, Texas. Covered with tar, surrounded by charcoal, it was in a cowboy-soldered container made from tin cans of that early era. Though mention of politically ultraconservative rancher-writer J. Evetts Haley may rankle some writers and readers of the Observer, credit is surely due Mr. Haley’s great literary abilities and achievements. Don Graham will appreciate Haley’s connections over the years with the University of Texas. Evetts Haley continues proud to have had as mentor the late Eugene C. Barker. Marshall E. Surratt Dallas P.S. Not that Oliver Loving was the only person ever given such embalming for transportation. Again referring to West Texas, John Howard Griffin \(Black Like in the 1959 Land of the High Sky, published by the First National Bank of Midland, told of the tender care given the body of young U.S. Army lieutenant M. P. Harrison. His charcoal-encased corpse was brought back from where he was killed on the Colorado River in West Texas, all the way to Fort Smith, Arkansas, in 1849. Lieutenant Harrison, grandson of a U.S. president and whose brother would be inaugurated as president in 1889, was killed by Indians he had tried to befriend. Harrison was a member of the survey team of Captain Randolph B. Marcy, sent to survey the countryside, and to determine the most feasible route for the southern transcontinental railroad across the western states. Shame on Midland My focus is the article entitled “Whose Property Rights?” by Robert Bryce owned four acres and used it as they saw fit and apparently without any problems to their neighbors for forty-five years. In addition they have contributed to the education of the community and have done im measurable work in the cleaning of the environment through their work with open oil pits. The townspeople of Midland were proud of them and supported them. They apparently were law-abiding and supportive citizens…. The Erskines became politically incorrect and their town turned away from them…. The all-mighty dollar seems to have turned our heads away from our strongest support systemsone another and our natural resources. Why do we bury plutonium over a rich water source? Why do we cut down thousand-year-old trees for furniture or houses but throw away wood from packing cases and paper and old furniture? Will there be any old tree stands in 2100? 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