TEXAS: The Call of the Wild

Outside the cities in East Texas, there are roughly two kinds of people—men who love the sound of a bugle hound and plenty of foxes to chase,* and the farmer-rancher kind, who would rather see all foxes dead. Feeling ran hot in Henderson County when some foxes got rabies, bit cattle, dogs, children; one jumped on a man's neck. A dozen rabid cows were reported, and many more had died under suspicious circumstances; 47 people had had to take anti-rabies shots. Anti-fox petitions poured in on County Judge James ("Turkey") Spencer.

Turkey...