A historical mystery in western
The time is 1905. Texas oil is
not yet a big industry. Spindletop blew in 1901 generating interest
in the Beaumont area of East Texas and inspiring oil speculators
to hunt for petroleum elsewhere in the state. For most of those
living in Texas sour ponds, salt domes, and paraffin soil do
not yet portend to much other than bad grazing land for their
cattle. Many of the former Confederates, or children of Confederates
have come to Texas in search of a better life than that being
offered in the ravaged South. Yankees and their ideas are not
held in much respect by these independent hardy folk.
Photography is beginning to be
used to record crime scenes, fingerprints have been recognized
since the 1850s as useful to identify criminals and lands and
grooves are used to prove a bullet came from a particular weapon.