The Sentinel

April - May, 1881

Lax Behavior and Missing Members

Sheriff Roland seems most preoccupied these days, it appears. Even the Widow Mortenson cannot keep his attention when her beloved son runs off to places unknown and she seeks his aid in his discovery. Though, according to a well-placed source, the one person who is capable of such a feat is his employee, Miss de la Vega. They go out frequently for meals or under the guise of seeing to a horse she has brought into town to sell.

The rumor is Miss de la Vega used to be a Catholic nun, but the way she cavorts around town in skin tight pants, leaving little to the imagination seems far removed from the pious woman alleged from before. Why even two priests now have been unable to return her to the fold of sanctity, the Sheriff hovering over her like an avenging angel should anyone of the cloth get too close. There is talk of her being attacked by Indians when she was working at a school in Mexico when she still wore the holy raiments.

It may be the Sheriff has taken her under wing and swept his protective mantel over her until such time as she is ready to return. And though her actions have -appeared- nothing if not circumspect, others who are in the know at the Diamond D ranch have confirmed that she lives inside the house. And if not for protection, then the accommodations are most scandalous, especially when the Sheriff has been spending ever more time at his ranch, leaving poor Deputy Dewey to shoulder the burden of keeping the law in town. Of course, not as though the town is inundated with crime and the Sheriff -does- have his duties to oversee on his own ranch.

We will wait to see if Miss de la Vega will resume her holy assignment once she is healed body and mind and if the good Sheriff will also return to his solitary life of a lawman and rancher.

And this is naught but half of the story. Others in the Sheriff's employ are flaunting their positions in a most serious manner. Miss Louise Dennison and Mister Thomas Gatlin have not been seen either around the school or the Circle C Horse Ranch for some time. Miss Louise, as she is known to the children is the school marm, in charge of molding and shaping our children's minds and attitudes. Mister Gatlin is to be selling horses to those coming to our illustrious town. The children are concerned, as are the parents when day after day their teacher is absent, forcing many of the parents to fill in with their studies. This is a travesty in that the school teacher is to keep themselves above all scandal and images of impropriety. We call upon the Sheriff, who owns the school, to take Miss Dennison to task and ask her intentions. A single woman simply should not go with a man of questionable morals and be from her assigned duties.

Sheriff Roland, you must be more vigilant with your employees than in past times. Our children's futures are being compromised by the continued nonappearance of Miss Dennison and it ill-reflects on your here-to-fore sterling character to see the way those in your employ conduct themselves. Though if the rumors are true of Miss de la Vega, we adhere to prior circumstances of her illness and recovery being of a understandable nature in her comportment and extend kindness and aid to return her to the clergy in Mexico, should the time come when she is called back into their arms.

Departure of A Disruptive Influence

Mister John Cochran has confirmed to this writer, the departure of one Lady Teagan Fitzgerald from the Frisco Ranch and the sale of all of her properties to Sheriff Joseph Roland, making him one of the wealthiest and most sought-after bachelors in the entire state of New Mexico. It was rumored the Lady Fitzgerald departed on the new of the death of her father, well-known Supreme Court judge, Farrell O'Murray. The newspapers in Boston and surrounding spoke beatifically towards the late judge.

Evidently, her ranch has been closed up, since being sold to the Sheriff, her cattle and horses moved to his ranch, making him also the largest land owner in the territory.

Although we offer condolences to Lady Fitzgerald on the loss of her father, we heave a sigh of relief that she will no longer be flaunting her hedonistic lifestyle around the town and influencing those of a more sensitive nature to conduct themselves in a similar manner, promulgating her open relationships and inappropriate affairs to the whole of our fair and pious town.

Stories from February - March, 1881
Our Illustrious Sheriff

That Sheriff Joseph Roland remains uncommitted to anyone in the society of Cimarron seems an unconscionable act. A polite man, respectful of women, he is never seen in a compromising position. The only surfeit we can see is that he must also protect that whorish den of iniquity at the south of town.

It is our hope he will find relief of his bachelor life to procure a wife from one of the respectful women within our fair town. He does seem a rather lonely sort at times.

The Other Side of the Coin

And then we have Lady Teagan Fitzgerald, who flaunts her disrespectfulness to all of Cimarron. From her living openly with that outlaw, one William Franklin, who although is polite to the women is a less than savory character, to riding about in the most inappropriate of fashions.

Lady Fitzgerald has proclaimed to any and all who listen of her insistence to remain unwed! Why, except for her wealth, we find her to be as characteristically moral as those women at the Cimarron Rose! Perhaps we should begin questioning if she indeed is or which demon she bargained with to have come by her title and procured her ranch.

The Horsewoman Under a Sheriff's Protection

Any previous article extolling the virtues of Sheriff Joe Roland should be rescinded we believe. It is rumored he bought out the saintly Miss de la Vega at the Circle C to ensconce her as his own breeder and we pray it is strictly limited to horses. Especially what happened to the poor woman at the hands of the Pawnee a year gone by.

However, we must reluctantly admit that if a man did set his sights on the young woman, a better protector could not be found for her virtue than the Sheriff. That could be why he did it. Perhaps seeing himself as a surrogate father to her in hopes of making a pleasing match with a farmer or ranch hand. Our hearts still go out to the young woman who was beset by such foul deeds of the Indians.

The CAC Presents

The CAC is proud to present a lecture from prominent San Francisco author Karrie Harris. She will be presenting her pamphlet “The Way of Sobriety. A discussion of the evils of alcohol on today’s male.” The lecture will be held at the home Alyssa Duvall, and refreshments will be served afterwards. The CAC extends a warm invitation to any good, decent, Christian women that can attend. The lecture will be given this Friday at six o’clock in the evening sharp.

Return Wanted

Mrs. Elizabeth Brannock wanted to urge whomever took the lattice top apple pie from the church social last week to return her pie pan. The pan was evidently her best, and was given to her by her mother. It holds some sentimental value.

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