This Week In Texas History


June 2015 - Week 5                                                        AUDIO VERSION 

                                                                                                                

This Week In Texas History...

THE POLISH COWBOY


JUNE 1895 AND IT’S A TALE OF LOVE AND BULLETS.


THIS WEEK IN TEXAS HISTORY, BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE ANSWER, ALAMO CITY REPUBLICAN WOMEN, AND THE SAVE TEXAS HISTORY PROGRAM OF THE GENERAL LAND OFFICE.


JUNE 29, 1895. EL PASO. KNOWN AS THE POLISH COWBOY, MARTIN M’ROZ IS A CATTLE RUSTLER AND KILLER. CHASED INTO MEXICO, M’ROZ AVOIDS ARREST, BUT LONGS TO RETURN TO HIS WIFE BEULAH.


BUT BEULAH, A FORMER PROSTITUTE, HAS FALLEN FOR THE ATTORNEY SHE HIRED TO HELP HER HUSBAND – FAMOUS WILD WEST GUNMAN, JOHN WESLEY HARDIN. SOON THEY ARE LOVERS.


LEARNING OF THE AFFAIR, M’ROZ DECIDES TO RETURN TO EL PASO. CROSSING THE BRIDGE BY MOONLIGHT, HE IS AMBUSHED BY LAWMEN, REFUSES ARREST, AND DIES IN A HAIL OF BULLETS.


SOON, BEULAH MOVES IN WITH HARDIN. A MONTH LATER HE IS SHOT BY THE MAN HE SUPPOSEDLY HIRED TO KILL M’ROZ, BUT APPARENTLY FAILED TO PAY.


A LOVE-STRUCK POLISH COWBOY DIED, THIS WEEK IN TEXAS HISTORY.


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Hobart Huson, "HORSE MARINES," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qjh01), accessed May 21, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on March 31, 2011. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.