Part 5, Note 61
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Colorado Citizen, August 18, 1860; Machann and Mendl, trans. and
ed., Czech Voices, pp. 17-18, wherein the brief autobiography of one of
the four representatives, Josef L. Lesikar, is presented in English translation.
Lesikar was said to be the newspaper's representative at Industry. The fourth
representative, at New Ulm, was C. Silar. Reymershoffer was listed as the
paper's representative at Cat Spring, though by 1860 he was living in Alleyton.
It has been reported that to defer suspicion about his reading habits,
Reymershoffer "actually purchased a slave for nine hundred dollars." Perhaps so,
but, if the tax rolls are to be believed, Reymershoffer did not own a slave
until 1864, four years after the controversy. Then, however, he owned only one,
which was valued at $200 (see Clinton Machann and James W. Mendl, Jr., Krásná
Amerika (Austin: Eakin Press, 1983), pp. 216-217; Colorado County Tax Rolls,
1861, 1862, 1864 (Reymershoffer's name is absent from the 1863 tax roll)).
Pisscacek, like nearly every other Czech name, is spelled in a variety of ways. The spelling used here is taken from a signature on a document in Colorado County District Court Records, Civil Cause File No. 1271: Frantisek Branecky v. Franz Prechectil.