Do you remember the movie, Ghost, with the late Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore?  You might recall that before Swayze is killed off in the movie, we find out that Demi Moore’s character works with pottery – on a clay spinning wheel where she fashions and shapes the works of art with her wet and dripping hands.  I’ve never tried to do that, but I’ve always thought it would be fun to try.  (Of course, I think that sculpture would be fun to try, too, but I know I could never out-sculpt Michelangelo!!!!)

I know very little about making pottery, but I’m assuming that all the clay pots that we see all over are made in pretty much the same way.  At least the artistic ones.

Today’s photo is another example of the potter’s art that I saw in Gallup, NM.  The variety of sizes, shapes and colors in the shop where I shot this photo was vast!  I loved wandering the aisle-ways and snapping away!  Fortunately, I didn’t back into any displays and/or knock any of the pottery to the ground, breaking it into shards!

I don’t know who made this pottery, but I’d be willing to bet it wasn’t Demi Moore!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY:  Two years after Arizona Deputy Sheriff William Daniels apprehended three of the five outlaws responsible for the Bisbee Massacre, Apache Indians killed him on this day in 1885.

Billy Daniels was one thousands of courageous young men and women who helped tame the Wild West but whose names and stories have since been largely forgotten. For every Wild Bill Hickok or Wyatt Earp, the West had dozens of men like Billy Daniels, who quietly did their duty with little fanfare, celebration, or thanks.

On December 8, 1883, five desperadoes rode into the booming mining town of Bisbee, Arizona. Their leader, Daniel “Big Dan” Dowd, had heard that the $7,000 payroll of the Copper Queen Mine would be in the vault at the Bisbee General Store. The outlaws barged into the store with their guns drawn and demanded the payroll. To Big Dan’s disappointment, the payroll had not yet arrived. The outlaws gathered up what money there was (between $900 to $3,000), and took valuable rings and watches from the unlucky customers.

For reasons unclear, the robbery then turned into a slaughter. When the five desperadoes rode away, they left behind four dead or dying people, including Deputy Sheriff Tom Smith and a Bisbee woman named Anna Roberts.

The people of Arizona were shocked by the senseless brutality of the killings. The newspapers called it the “Bisbee Massacre.” The sheriff quickly organized citizen posses to track down the killers, placing Deputy Sheriff Billy Daniels at the head of one. The posses, though, soon ran out of clues and the trail grew cold. Most of the citizen members gave up. Daniels, however, stubbornly continued the pursuit alone. He eventually learned the identities of the five men from area ranchers and began to track them down one by one.

Daniels found one of the killers in Deming, New Mexico, and arrested him. He then learned from a Mexican informant that the gang leader, Big Dan Dowd, had fled to a hideout at Sabinal, Chihuahua. Disguising himself as an ore buyer, Daniels tricked Dowd into a meeting and took him prisoner. A few weeks later, Daniels returned and arrested another of the outlaws. Other law officers apprehended the remaining two members of the gang.  A Tombstone, AZ, jury quickly convicted all five and sentenced them to be hanged.  As the noose was fitted around his neck on the five-man gallows, Big Dan muttered, “This is a regular killing machine.”

The next year, Daniels ran for sheriff but lost. He found a new position as an inspector of customs that required him to travel all around the vast and often isolated Arizona countryside, where various bands of hostile Apache Indians were a serious danger. Early on the morning of this day in 1885, Daniels and two companions were riding up a narrow canyon trail in the Mule Mountains east of Bisbee. Daniels, who was in the lead, rode into an Apache ambush. The first bullets killed his horse, and the animal collapsed, pinning Daniels to the ground. Trapped, Daniels used his rifle to defend himself as best he could, but the Apache quickly overwhelmed him and cut his throat.

His two companions escaped with their lives and returned the next day with a posse. They found Daniel’s badly mutilated corpse but were unable to track the Apache Indians who murdered him.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:  Tortoises in the Mojave Desert store up to 1/3 of their body weight in urine. When they need water, the water in their urine flows back into their bodies while the waste remains and expels.


2 thoughts on “Ghostly….

  1. Sure enough. I don’t think I’d have cared to live then, either! But there is an appeal to being out in the wide open spaces of Montana or Wyoming on a horse!!!

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