Matagorda’s count, countess; A tragic tale pt. 2

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Count Sebastian Carroll Braganza de la Coralla.

 Picking up from last week’s history page story on the Countess and Count of Matagorda...
est daughter of the Genitises.
   They came with two or three cars of household goods, a large automobile and three or four motor boats, contemplating a happy home on a farm, or “estate” as the Chicago paper had printed it in writing up the conclusion of a romance in which the aged Count had wedded the handsome girl of 16. 
   But the farm on the Bay A few miles above Matagorda, which the Count had purchased from Mr. J.T. Bird of Bay City, proved a disappointment to the family, and they stopped in Matagorda, occupying first the old Braman home, and then the cottage fronting the bay next to the home of J. Morgan Smith. 
   Here the writer met them Jan. 1st. The Count received him with all the grace and courtesy any noble could command, and after the business which carried us there was transacted, the Count entertained us with his experiences and his studies along scientific lines which were interesting to say the least. 
   Among others things he expected to soon be able to control electric storms. In reply to some inquiry about his nativity, he said that some 76 years ago his father, who was a Portuguese nobleman came to this country and married a young lady of the Carroll family, descendant of the Carrolls who founded Maryland. They went to the old country, spent a year in Europe, and were enroute to the United States, his mother being every desirous that he should be born on American soil, and that event occurred on the steamer just out of New Orleans. He was reared about Baltimore after the death of his father, and the last dozen years or so has been living in upper Michigan, where he was when a year ago he subscribed for the News and Farmer, a few months prior to their coming to Texas.
   The count admitted to the writer that there were differences between him and his father-in-law; the parental couple wanted to go to California, and he wanted to remain here. However he advertised in the NEWS-FARMER in December his car and boats for sale, and probably would have tried to gratify the parents of his wife.
   The Countess is a very attractive young woman, and, while loving her parents, of course, seemed to follow the biblical injunction to “cling unto her husband,” for it was evident that she was very fond of her husband, although nearly five times her age, 74 years. 
   In his conversation with the writer the Count made no pretense of wealth, but said that he had a title in Portugal if he ever cared to go after it, and had income from some property there which afforded him a modest living.
   He is highly educated, accomplished, and courteous and kindly in his bearing, impressing one with the truth of all he claims for himself. Of course at his age he has lost much of the style and ambition of former more vigorous years, but is yet, with all the adversities, a gentleman.
   Mr. and Mrs. Genetis, the deceased, were about 50 years of age, natives of Russia. Mr. Genetis being yet unable to talk English, they must not have been very long in this country, although the daughter had a very good use of the English.
   Peace to the ashes of the dead and our sympathies to the living.
   After the two deaths, and the effort to shoot the Count, the old gentleman under a high state of excitement became hysterical to the extent of a mad man and declared he would cut out the heart of the dead man and made toward the corpse with his knife, but was restrained, and the body of Mr. Genetis moved down town. The old gentleman was in his normal condition of mind this morning.
   Later report is to the effect that the immediate cause of the tragedy was a quarrel starting with Mr. Genetis’ objection to his wife and daughter going to church on Sunday—Mr. Genetis having strenuously objected.
   The Matagorda County News and Midcoast Farmer, Bay City, March 7, 1916


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