Panel 1: Caption: “War clouds were moving over the Heartland, and darkened the thoughts of many in Sadie, Mo…” Saul continues to walk east down the main thoroughfare, moving past several strips of wooden patios/walkways of local business that lined the thoroughfare. Here, he begins to pass Sadie’s newspaper office, marked by the lettering “NEWS DEPOT” on the dark windows. Upon the patio/walkway stand a gentleman with top hat and cane moving away, a woman in a silky, dark mauve gown in conversation with a tall man in worn cavalry hat, red shirt and cow-drover slacks. The woman’s saying “Missouri must stand by her Seven Sisters!!”³ The man responds with a blank speech bubble ”… “

(Footnote 3: “Seven Sisters” refers to the seven founding members of the Confederacy (South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas). In the small town of Plattsburg, Missouri during this point in spring 1861, the people held a grand pageant to express their heartfelt sympathy for the plight of the more southern states. “Next to the young ladies marched the seven seceded states, represented by seven little girls… Six of the little seceded states now circled around their leader, South Carolina, who also stood beneath the floral arch, as she spoke to them the following words of counsel: ‘Sisters! Listen to the voice of South Carolina. We are standing here alone. Dangers crowd thick on every side. But we are not afraid. Oh, no! We will watch and pray and keep our house in order; and if from the windows of our beautiful home we see an enemy approach we will say, “Go! tarry with our half-sisters who are married to your own people.”‘“ Porter, Florence May. “Reminiscences of the Women of Missouri During the Sixties.” Our First Flag, 11-12. Jefferson City, MO: Missouri Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy, 1920. Retrieved from – Reminiscences of the Women of Missouri… )

Panel 2: Caption: “But for most that April, normalcy prevailed…” Saul continues walking east, this time passing two women (one in a yellow gown and bonnet, and the other in a red gown and bonnet) window shopping at a boutique; one exclaims to the other, “Oh, what charming crinolines!” and the other queries, “Do you think that one would suit Addie?” Meanwhile, a woman in a red dress walks to exit stage right on the lumber walkway. Caption: “and that made Saul smile.”

Panel 3: The Smiths’ Palace Hotel towers over the town, its whitewashed walls and shining timbers the most impressive in the county. Caption: “The Smiths’ Palace Hotel was a huge building, second only to the massive Missouri Pacific train depot that stood across from it, and thus the thoroughfare betwixt them was the busiest in Sadie…” At right, a worker hefts a sack of steel beams on his shoulder towards the hotel, and a horse-drawn covered wagon begins its exit stage right. Saul is one of three would-be hotel guests approaching the “Palace.” A stack of discarded timber sits near Saul’s feet, and a baby burro moves right, drowsily moseying towards his mother. Caption: “…a young burro wandered sleepily through the town, unimpressed.”

A diminutive burro, en español, would properly be “un burrito.” Try not to think of that if you patronize the local Taco Hell. 😛