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Hezekiah Rawhide
(Rebel Without Applause)



Letter in Ozark Echoes Vol. I No. 4

May-June 1984

Now maybe those guys know what theyíre doing, slapping this Springhouse what-ya-may-call-it together, then peddling the final product like so many baby rattles, but between you and me I figure theyíre just stumbling through this valley of tears like the rest of us, only worse. Whatís more, I wouldnít be at all surprised if those "grand ideas" they keep coming up with ainít nothing more wonderful than slight concussions resulting from one too many tumbles down the corporate stairsóor should I say, out of their hayloft?

You see, Iíve been around a long time now, or at least long enough to know when Iím being had. I bet that big shot editor, the one who claims to be a sea captain or some sort, ainít seen no more ocean spray than I have who has never been out of Pope County except when hauled before the federal judge up at Benton on a matter than donít concern nobody but me. Anyway, like I was saying, heís no more a sea captain than I am a tugboat, only just another nobody from the hills dreaming of those ocean waves crashing in on some snow-white island beach thatís complete with grass shacks and a tribe of hula dancers, not to mention zillions of palm tress bent nearly double with coconuts big as watermelons.

As for the big fellow, the one who claims he was a store manager somewhere out West, all I can say about his is WELL, THATíS HIS STORY! Personally, Iím inclined to believe heís never been west of Eddyville, also that he couldnít turn a dime managing a fruit stand in downtown Fairbanks, Alaska. Talk, talk, talkóthatís all those guys are good for.

Ah, but itís the third on the bracelet of misfits thatís the real jewel. Claims to be a practitioner of prose and poetry. So, why donít somebody fetch the red carpet? If heís a writer then Iím the Crown Prince of Golconda and, as everybody knows, that queen city of Pope County has no use for royalty except to ride them out of town on a rail thatís right splintery. Nobody thatís never skinned a deer in a blizzard while his fingers turned blue not only donít know enough about real living to put pen to paper, but ainít worth shooting besides. That goes for the whole lot of themóincluding their contributors and subscribers!

Well, thatís all for now from your old pal, Hezekiah Rawhide, proclaimer of piecemeal profundities Ėknow anybody who needs a good bird dog? Ė also critic-at-large.

Hezekiah Rawhide

Pope County

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