28 May 2009

Political Chicanery

The sort of political spin we can expect from the Beehive under the present Government. After all their PR machine has had experience in the USA political campaigning so a lesson learnt there will be used in New Zealand.
Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California,
was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that
Congressman Harry Reid's great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for
horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. Both Judy and Harry
Reid share this common ancestor. The only known photograph of Remus
shows him standing on the gallows in Montana territory. On the back of the
picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription: '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.' So Judy recently e-mailed Congressman Harry Reid for
information about their great-great uncle.
Believe it or not, Harry Reid's staff sent back the following biographical sketch
for her genealogy research:

"Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory. His business empire grew to
include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and 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."


THAT's how it's done, Folks!

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