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observable in traveling over the older settled portions of
Texas. Inquisitiveness is a marked characteristic, and
the Yankee might find his privilege of "asking two
questions to any other person asking one," somewhat
infringed upon. But this advantage would be readily
yielded to gratify the curiosity, so evidently manifested
on the part of the Texian, to know all the " 'hys" and
" wherefores," where from and where bound
to which he apparently seems to claim an explanation.
An immediate submission to a Texian tribunal
is much the safest, as a hesitancy in giving an account
of oneself might excite suspicion. A keen penetration,
superinduced by being often imposed upon, leads Texians
to much carefulness in regard to strangers; and no
one need come to Texas with the presumption of practising
the least act of dissimulation, without being set
off to the best advantage in the colors he has assumed.
A "Yankee trick" would meet with its just desert
under Texian inspection; and if some of those false representatives
of New England character wished to " play
off" a little, Texas would afford a suitable stage to act on.
While true worth is acknowledged and appreciated, dissimulation
and dishonesty receive their just retribution.
Texas has suffered greatly in her moral reputation
abroad, by serving formerly as an asylum for refugees
from justice from the United States; but whether she
ought to suffer or the country from which they absconded,
the reader can best judge. That her extensive
wilds were sought as a shelter to screen from retribution
was no evidence that crime was tolerated, or that
Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin.. Boston. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/. Accessed November 28, 2014.