TEXAS: Hellbent Sheriff

I am hellbent to keep Beeville cleaned up so a lady can go up the street day or night.

I never take but one shot.

Both statements have lisped from the pale, thin lips of Bee County's Sheriff Robert Vail Ennis. And both statements have been roughly true. Day or night a lady could sashay unmenaced up Beeville's streets, past the cream stuccoed Kohler Hotel, the Blue Bonnet Café, and the two-story buff brick jail where Sheriff Ennis lives with his wife and daughter and keeps evildoers under lock & key.

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