Books [Dee Cook]
Wm. V. Ervin, P. W.
McLennan County, Texas.
District No. 8
AUG 23 1937
No. of words 855
File No. 240
Page No. 1 Reference
Interview with Dee Cook, early day peace officer of McLennan County, South Fifth Street, Waco, Texas.
“A good many years ago there was a newspaper man here by the name of A. B. Davis who wrote for the local papers and the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. I'd often give him news. He never did publish anything I asked him not to, or didn't until I told him he could. He didn't publish things without knowing the facts. One of the biggest fights I ever saw came up over things he published.
“One time I was called to go down on the river and arrest a nigger who had badly beaten his little stepson. I went to get the nigger. I found the boy out in a cornfield where he had run away to hide, and he had built him a hut of cornstalks and was eating roasting ears to live on. His back was one solid scab. When I got back to town with his stepdaddy Davis met me, as he had been told where I had gone, and he wanted the story. I told him all about it, and he wrote it up and sent it to the Globe-Democrat. He showed me a check for nine dollars, they had sent to him for it. The paper got letters from all over the country about that, and I got some, too, and so did Davis.
“The fight was made by John Magee, who was jailer at that time, which while Pete Ross was sheriff in the late seventies, I was deputy then. John was a big man strong as a horse, and he was a mighty good man. somebody for a joke had given some of the prisoners some food that had moulded, and the prisoners showed it to a preacher who had come to the jail to preach a sermon for them; and they told him that was the kind of food they had to eat. I guess they did it for a joke as Magee always fed the prisoners good food. I had eaten some of it, and it was good. The preacher believed them, and he told Jere Hutchings, who was reporter for the paper,