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tation of the charge that the Court was a self-constituted mob,
and convince of their error [those] who had supposed that it was
chosen by partisans in passionate haste and rashness. It was
appointed after careful and mature deliberation and sustained by
the calm and unimpassioned judgment of the people. It was com-
posed of men selected from all portions of the co., not for their
strong southern or secession predilections, or enmity toward
Union men or those who would most likely be brought before
them. But, on the other hand, they were chosen for their known
moderation, intelligence and virtue as men and citizens.
What Texan, who is acquainted with the history of his country,
does not revere the memory of Wm. C. Young, the talented, brave
and generous spirit that presided over the meeting that ap-
pointed this Court? Who can attach to him who was so univer-
sally beloved, the ignoble purpose of attempting to sway its
deliberations in a channel other than that in which a sense of
duty and responsibility would naturally dictate? He offered him-
self a sacrifice to his country and but for the love he bore his
State and his people, the writer would have been spared the
penning of the bloodiest sequel of these pages.
What reader of Texas history is not familiar with the name of
Montague, the chosen president of the Court? His name is asso-
ciated with other scenes in the early history of his adopted State.
And it is perpetuated 8c honored by being given to one of the
counties of his adopted State in memory of his worth.
He was always distinguished whether in public or private life,
his usefulness in the one only being excelled by his virtue in
To show further in what estimation he was held by the people
of Texas we copy the following, reproduced from an editorial
in the Sherman Texas Courier, of date, Feby Ist 1874:'8
"sThe date of this item from the Sherman Texas Courier included in Diamond's
manuscript indicates that he completed it sometime after February 1, 1874. The
newspaper item itself recites that Montague moved to Mexico at the end of the
"late war," with the editor adding, "where we believe he has since died."
Daniel Montague's return to North Texas and Cooke County in 1876 was a matter
of widespread interest and a welcome surprise to the many who thought him dead.
His death on December 2o, 1876, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth
Twitty, at Marysville, Cooke County, was widely reported throughout Cooke and
adjoining counties, including Grayson County. It may be presumed, therefore, that
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101196/. Accessed August 22, 2014.