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Rose, Nacogdoches," on the earliest published list of part of the men
who had fallen in the Alamo; therefore when Rose came in, my father
was frightened. Rose arrived in a pitiable condition. The thorns had
worked very deep into his flesh, and rendered him so lame that he
walked in much pain, and his steps were short and slow. Of course,
he was feverish and sick. Moreover he had not changed his apparel
since-leaving the Alamo. My father supplied him with a clean suit,
and my mother had his clothes washed. When the servant, in my
mother's presence, opened the wallet, the first garments that she took
out were those which had fallen out into the puddle of blood when
thrown from the wall of the Alamo, and the clotted blood having dried
in the wallet had glued them together. My parents occupied parts of
two or three days picking the thorns from his legs with a pair of nip-
pers. My mother made a supply of salve which, being daily applied
to his sores, healed them rapidly. After resting a few days, and be-
coming easy, Rose dispensed for the time with his premeditated reti-
cence and freely related to my parents the history of his escape, the
circumstances connected therewith, and his travel from the Alamo to
their house. At their request he repeated it often, till my mother
could have repeated it as well as he. Rose stayed with my parents
a week or two,-I think two,--and then resumed his journey to Nacog-
doches. I was then in the army, and, of course, did not see Rose. But
after my return my mother repeated his story to me, and I, like her
and my father, wished to know it well. At my request she repeated
it often to me, till I became familiar with it. God had endowed my
mother with close observation and extraordinary memory and I had
inherited them. Hence what Rose had stated became stamped upon
her memory and mine. I admired the sentiments of Travis's speech
even as they had come to me third-handed, and not in the speaker's
own language. I regretted the apparent impossibility of the speech
being preserved for posterity. In 1871 I determined to commit it to
paper, and try by rearrangement of its disconnected parts to restore
its form as a speech. I had enjoyed a slight personal acquaintance with
Colonel Travis, had heard repetitions of some of his remarks as a lawyer
before the courts, and had read printed copies of some of his despatches
from the Alamo. After refreshing my memory by repeated conversa-

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