The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905

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accept such teaching as true, and point to the tablets that have been
hung in the old chapel, to contradict authentic historical state-
ments recorded soon after the revolution. It is, however, gratify-
ing to know that there is an enlightened public in Texas and be-
yond its borders, who sympathize with the objects of the Daugh-
ters of the Republic of Texas in the establishment of the truth of
history, and are willing to aid them in acquiring that part of the
old mission and square which by a rare good fortune has been
placed within their reach.
In order to make plain the progressive steps which have been
taken toward the accomplishment of this purpose, I quote from
Mrs. C. B. Stone, Second Vice President of the Daughters of
the Republic of Texas, and acting President, in her annual address
at the meeting of the organization at the city of Fort Worth on
April 20, 1904:
"The great work that has absorbed our time and effort during
the year, has been the raising of funds for the purchase of the
Alamo Mission and the available grounds of the Mission. It is
gratifying to tell you that the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs
has co-operated with us in this laudable undertaking, and a deep
interest is being manifested in this work by the press and people of
our State, and we feel that the Alamo will soon stand unfettered
and unburdened by the surroundings that now shame and dese-
crate its glorious history. Through the patriotism, zeal and unself-
ish devotion of Miss Clara Driscoll, of San Antonio, nobly aided
by the De Zavala Chapter, D. R. T., of that city, inspired by Miss
Adina De Zavala, the grand-daughter of that patriot Lorenzo De
Zavala, collections for this fund have been made, amounting to a
little more than seven thousand dollars ($7,000). To secure the
purchase it was necessary to pay by February, 1904, the sum of
twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000). Miss Driscoll, with a rare
disregard of self-interest, advanced a little more than seventeen
thousand dollars, to make this payment. The Daughters of the
Republic of Texas, through their Executive Board, have recognized
this as a debt of honor, and pledged themselves to work unceasingly
for the repayment of this sum to Miss Driscoll, and to meet an an-
nual payment of ten thousand [dollars] ($10,000), for the term of
five years, until the full sum of seventy-five thousand [dollars]
($75,000) has been paid. With concerted action and energy this

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