14 Jan 2009

And Then There Was Spin.....

I'm sure you are all familiar with 'spin' and the amazing spin that our glorious government, and others, can put on the most dire of situations? Just the other day I ran into this superb use of spin.

A lady had requested some information regarding one Remus Reid for her genealogy research. The answer she received has got to be a true classic of the art of spin.

His Storey With Spin;

Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory. His business empire grew to include the acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and he also had intimate dealings with the Montana railroad.

Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887 he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency.

In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honour when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed.

No Spin;

Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped 1887.

Robbed the Montana Flyer six times.

Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889


"There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it."
George Bernard Shaw

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