Early Times in Texas, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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H. P. N. Gammel & Company, 1892 - Frontier and pioneer life - 388 pages
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The Early Times in Texas
This book is really easy to read, it moves along at a decent pace and one gets an incite into the life at that time I read this on Kindle.

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Page 78 - Well may the ruffians quake to tell How Travis and his hundred fell Amid a thousand foemen slain! They died the Spartan's death, But not in hopeless strife Like brothers died, and their expiring breath Was Freedom's breath of life!
Page 54 - I did not get up for a moment, and when I rose to my feet I found that the whole Mexican line had charged over me, and were in hot pursuit of those who had not been shot and who were fleeing towards the river about five hundred yards distant. I followed on after them, for I knew that escape in any other direction (all open prairie) would be impossible, and I had nearly reached the river before it became necessary to make my way through the Mexican line ahead. As I did so, one of the soldiers charged...
Page 191 - O Woman ! in our hours of ease, Uncertain, coy, and hard to please, And variable as the shade By the light quivering aspen made, When pain and anguish wring the brow, A ministering angel thou ! Scarce were the piteous accents said, When, with the Baron's casque, the maid To the nigh streamlet ran.
Page 100 - I AM monarch of all I survey, My right there is none to dispute ; From the centre all round to the sea I am lord of the fowl and the brute.
Page 85 - I tumbled back on the bed, was asleep in a few moments, and did not awake until the sun was high in the heavens.
Page 54 - A strong guard accompanied us, marching in double files on both sides of our columnIt occurred to me that this division of our men into three' squads, and marching us off in three directions, was rather a singular maneuver, but still I had no suspicion of the foul play intended us.
Page 53 - pobrecitos" (poor fellows), but the incident at the time made but little impression on my mind. One of our divisions was taken down the road leading to the lower ford of the river, one upon the road to San Patricio and the division to which my company was attached along the road leading to San Antonio. A strong guard accompanied us, marching in double files on both sides of our column.
Page 54 - We were in double file and I was in the rear rank. The man in front of me was shot dead, and in falling he knocked me down. I did not get up for a moment, and when I rose to my feet, I found that the whole Mexican line had charged over me, and were in hot pursuit of those who had not been shot and who were fleeing towards the river about five hundred yards distant. I followed on after them, for I knew that escape in any other direction (all open prairie...
Page 77 - Von trumpet's clang and cannon's peal, And storming shout and clash of steel Is ours, but not our country's knell. Welcome the Spartan's death ! 'Tis no despairing strife We fall, we die but our expiring breath Is freedom's breath of life!
Page 53 - On the morning of the 27th of March, a Mexican officer came to us and ordered us to get ready for a march. He told us we were to be liberated on "parole," and that arrangements had been made to send us to New Orleans on board of vessels then at Copano. This, you may be sure, was joyful news to us, and we lost no time in making preparations to leave our uncomfortable quarters. When all was ready we were formed into three divisions and marched out under a strong guard.

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