The Autobiography of David Crockett

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C. Scribner's Sons, 1923 - Legislators - 326 pages
 

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Page 312 - Anna, who, having overturned the constitution of his country, now offers us the cruel alternative either to abandon our homes, acquired by so many privations, or submit to the most intolerable of all tyranny, the combined despotism of the sword and the priesthood.
Page 312 - The Mexican government, by its colonization laws, invited and induced the Anglo-American population of Texas to colonize its wilderness, under the pledged faith of a written constitution, that they should continue to enjoy that constitutional liberty and republican form of government to which they had been habituated in the land of their birth, the United States of America.
Page 121 - I would sometimes have to get down and crawl like a varment to get through at all; and a vine had, as I supposed, caught in the handle and pulled it out. While I was standing and studying what to do, my friend came to me. He had followed my trail through the harricane, and had found my knife, which was mighty good news to me; as a hunter hates the worst in the world to lose a good dog, or any part of his hunting-tools.
Page 109 - a branfire new way of doing business, if a caucus is to make a representative for the people!" He now discovered who I was, and cried out," D — n it, Crockett, is that you ?'' — " Be sure it is," said I, " but I don't want it understood that I have come electioneering. I have just crept out of the cane, to see what discoveries I could make among the white folks.
Page 218 - ... found out. The way I got to the blind side of the Yankee merchant was pretty generally known before election day, and the result was that my opponent might as well have whistled jigs to a milestone as attempt to beat up for votes in that district. I beat him out and out, quite back into the old year, and there was scarce enough left of him, after the canvass was over, to make a small grease spot. He disappeared without even leaving a mark behind; and such will be the fate of Adam Huntsman, if...
Page 115 - We then gathered my meat and salted, and scaffled* it, as I had done the other. Night now came on, but no word from my dogs yet. I afterwards found they had treed the bear about five miles off, near to a man's house, and had barked at it the whole enduring night. Poor fellows! many a time they looked for me, and wondered why I didn't come, for they knowed there was no mistake in me, and I know'd they were as good as ever fluttered. In the morning, as soon as it was light enough to see, the man took...
Page 123 - I would climb up to the limbs, and then lock my arms together around it, and slide down to the bottom again. This would make the insides of my legs and arms feel mighty warm and good. I continued this till daylight in the morning, and how often I dumb up my tree and slid down I don't know, but I reckon at least a hundred times.
Page 53 - I didn't think that courage ought to be measured by the beard, for fear a goat would have the preference over a man.
Page 227 - Oh, yes; I'll see you a fair fight, blast my old shoes if I don't!" "That's sufficient, as Tom Haynes said when he saw the elephant. Now let him come ! " Thus they went on, with countless oaths interspersed, which I dare not even hint at, and with much that I could not distinctly hear. In mercy's name, thought I, what band of ruffians has selected this holy season and this heavenly retreat for such pandemoniac riots!

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