Items (Russell, Charles M.) (F)
Like most cowboys, Russell had a lively and sometimes obstreperous sense of humor. This was most obviously revealed in the "tall tales" that were told around the campfire, like those of Pecos Bill that many of us recall from our childhood. This scene is probably the visual version of a Russell tall tale, as most preachers were at least nominally respected by even the "woolliest" cowboy. However, Russell was also making a barbed comment on the venality he perceived in many practitioners of organized religion. As his cowboy thief declares: If coin is the root of all evil Your reverence is going...