A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 22, 2007
“You can shoot a man with impunity, but you’d better not steal his cow”

Cows have value in Texas. This saying (not found elsewhere with these words) dramatically illustrates the point.


12 January 1936, Abilene (TX) Morning Reporter-News, pg. 4, col. 1:
It calls to mind the old Texas saying that you could shoot a man with impunity, but you’d better not steal his cow. There is still a large element of truth in that.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Wednesday, August 22, 2007 • Permalink