History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families

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the log houses within, and the hills around,
the seat of government echoed and re-echoed
to laughter of the most thundering description.
Dogs, pigs, chickens and litcle children
ran away terrified; and men, women and
the youth who did not know what was the
matter poked their heads out of the doors
and windows in wonderment. Soon the bystanders
became infected with the futn of the
thing, joined in the loud smile, and from the
head of Congress avenue to its foot the street
was one astounding roar.
At one moment the star of Sims would appear
to be in the ascendant, but the next
instant Dawson would gather himself for a
mighty effort and roll out a peal that would
drown out the neigh of a horse or bray of an
ass. The umpires gave their decision in
favor of Dawson.
"Well, boys," said Sims, after the result
was announced, "he (pointing to Dawson)
laughs to the tune of half a million, while I
hav'nt got a d--d cent to laugh on." This
was a good hit for Sims, as lie was not a man
of wealth, and tlhe laugh now turned in his
favor, while his antagonist stood t]le treat
with his usual good nature.
TEXAS VETERAN ASSOCIATION.
This association is composed of the survivors
of the Texas revolution, the men who
conquered the armies of Santa Anna and
wrested this vast empire from the dominion
of Mexico.
Its object is to "perpetuate the memories
of men and measures that secured and maintained
liberty and independence to the Republic
of Texas, and for the promotion of
more intimate intercourse and association of
the survivors of that memorable struggle."

Its membership is composed: 1st, of all
survivors of the old 300 soldiers and seamen
of the Republic of Texas who served against
Mexicans and Indians from 1820 to 1845;
2d, all citizens appointed by the government
or elected to and who discharged positions.,
of trust from 1820 to 1836.
Tlhe associationl meets annually at such time
and plae as may bie desigtlated by thle inmem
bears.
SUFFRAGE.
The following classes of persons are prohibited
from voting in this State: 1, All lersons
under twenty-one years of age; 2, idliot.
and lunatics; 3, paupers supported by any
county; 4, persons convicted of any felony;
and 5, soldiers, marines and seamlmen in tlhe
service of tile United States.
Every mnale citizen twenty-one years of age,
subject to none of the foregoing disqualifications,
who has resided in the State one year
next precetdiig the election and thle last six
months within tle district or county where
he offers to vote, is a qualified elector.
EXEMPTIONS FROM TAXATION.
Farm products in the hands of the producer
and family supplies for home and farm
use.
Household and kitchen furniture to the
value of $250, including a sewing machine.
All annual pensions granted by the State.
All public property.
Lands used exclusively for graveyards or
grounds for burying the dead, unless held by
persons or corporations for profit.
Buildings and lands attached thereto be.
longing to charitable or educational institutions
and used exclusively for charitable or
educational purposes.

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HISTORY OF TEXAS.

Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families. Chicago. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/. Accessed July 23, 2014.