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Navon. The editorial begins: "Respecting the fall of the Alamo:
That event, so lamentable, and yet so glorious to Texas, is of such
deep interest and excites so much our feelings that we shall never
cease to celebrate it, and regret that we are not acquainted with
the names of all those who fell in that fort, that we might publish
them, and thus consecrate to future ages the memory of our heroes
who perished at the Thermopylae of Texas. Such examples are
bright ones, and should be held up as mirrors, that by reflection,
we may catch the spirit and learn to fashion our own behaviors."
3. The General Council of Texas passed an ordinance and de-
cree, approved by Gov. Smith Jan. 9, 1836, appointing and com-
missioning Thomas Jefferson Chambers to raise an army of Re-
serve.'
In carrying out this work Chambers published, just after
the fall of the Alamo, a stirring appeal to the people in which he
uses the following language: "Brave, chivalrous, heroic, patriotic
band ! ye sleep in death but 'still are free.' Your names shall be
inscribed in the proudest and the brightest pages of history with
those of Leonidas, Warren and others, who have offered themselves
as sacrifices upon the altar of their country. . . It is ex-
pected that the despot will attempt to advance immediately into
tho heart of the country to murder and butcher our families, and
devastate our homes. Let him come! If he has made for our in-
trepid brethren and countrymen a Thermopylae at Bexar, he shall
also find in the plains of Texas a Marathon and a Plataea. The
bones of the barbarians shall bleach upon the fields they desolate."2
ALEX. DIENST,
Temple, Texas.
MR. WINDsoR's REQUEST FOR FILES OF LOCAL NEWSPAPERS.
-Mr. P. L. Windsor, Librarian of The University of Texas, has
addressed to the press of the State a circular letter, asking for con-
tributions to the library of files of local newspapers and other
printed matter. Readers of THE QUARTERLY need not be informed
of the importance to future historical research of the preservation
'Original proclamation in Dienst Collection of Documents, Vol. II 15.
'Original in Dienst Collection of Documents, Vol. II 59.

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