The Evolution of a State: Or, Recollections of Old Texas Days

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Gammel Book Company, 1900 - Frontier and pioneer life - 346 pages
 

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Excellent reference material! Thank heavens Noah was still alive to share these stories with the Galveston newspaper. How many Texans have been to many of these very sites he describes; whether it's the Buffalo Bayou in Houston, the Colorado River in Bastrop, Smithwick Tx under Lake Travis, or Symphony Square along Waller Creek in Austin. There is a lot of wealth in these stories.  

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Outstanding book. Excellent read about the early days of Texas.

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Page 341 - When I remember all The friends, so linked together, I've seen around me fall, Like leaves in wintry weather, I feel like one Who treads alone Some banquet hall deserted, Whose lights are fled, Whose garlands dead, And all but he departed.
Page 90 - Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow : for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God.
Page 15 - The rude long cabins, windowless and floorless, have been so often described as the abode of the pioneer as to require no repetition here; suffice it to say that save as a partial protection against rain and sun they were absolutely devoid of comfort. DeWitt had at first established his headquarters at Gonzales, and the colonists had located their land in that vicinity, but the Indians stole their horses and otherwise annoyed them so much, notwithstanding the soldiers, that they abandoned the colony...
Page 16 - There was no poultry, no dairy, no garden, no books, or papers as nowadays — and, if there had been, many of them could not read — no schools, no churches — nothing to break the dull monotony of their lives, save an occasional wrangle among the children and dogs.
Page 110 - In lieu of a canteen, each man carried a Spanish gourd, a curious specimen of the gourd family, having two round bowls, each holding near a quart, connected by a short neck, apparently designed for adjusting a strap about.
Page 81 - The verses as a whole I do not recall, nor would their publication be admissible; the following couplets will be sufficient to establish their character. They were headed 'Mrs. W s' Lament.' The United States, as we understand, Took sick and did vomit the dregs of the land, Her murderers, bankrupts and rogues you may see, All congregated in San Felipe.
Page 56 - Austin's house was a double log cabin with a wide "passage" through the center, a porch with dirt floor on the front with windows opening upon it, and chimney at each end of the building. In this vicinity the Ingram brothers, Seth and Ira, had a store, with them being associated Hosea N.
Page 14 - ... families, were living — if such existence could be called living — huddled together for security against the Karankawas, who, though not openly hostile, were not friendly. The rude log cabins, windowless and floorless, have been so often described as the abode of the pioneer as to require no repetition here ; suffice it to say that save as a partial protection against rain and sun they were absolutely devoid of comfort. Dewitt had at first established his headquarters at Gonzales, and the...
Page 126 - Houses were standing open, the beds unmade, the breakfast things still on the tables, pans of milk moulding in the dairies. There were cribs full of corn, smokehouses full of bacon, yards full of chickens that ran after us for food, nests of eggs in every fence corner, young corn and garden truck rejoicing in the rain, cattle cropping the luxuriant grass, hogs, fat and lazy, wallowing in the mud, all abandoned. Forlorn dogs roamed around the deserted homes, their doleful howls adding to the general...
Page 102 - I cannot remember that there was any distinct understanding as to the position we were to assume toward Mexico. Some were for independence, some for the Constitution of 1824 and some for anything, just so it was a row. But we were all ready to fight.

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