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TEXIAN STOMPING GROUNDS
near Buena Vista. On the ranch itself there was never anything
buried; a large and fast-growing family kept every cent well in
use. Don Florencio used to say: "Dicen que donde hay dinero,
arde; pues, donde no hay, arde mas." The play on words loses
its flavor upon translation, but the saying may be rendered thus:
"They say that where money is, it burns; well, where it isn't,
it burns one more."
At the Treviiio ranch in the neighborhood is an old strong
box without a lid that has a history. The box is of heavy wrought
iron, now much rusted, more than one-fourth of an inch in thick-
ness. It is about a foot wide, fourteen inches deep, and nearly
two feet long. In the eighties, the Trevifios, like various other
ranch families, had a town house at Laredo. As they spent most
of their time at the ranch, they left the town house in the care
of servants for months at a time.
On one occasion, after an absence of several months, they went
to town to stay for a few weeks. Upon their arrival, they found
their home closed and the servants gone. After much trouble,
they forced an entrance. What was their surprise to find one
corner of the floor ripped up, earth scattered about, a hole in the
ground, and this iron strong box, rusty as now, lying on the
floor empty. No one ever found any trace of the servants. What
they found can only be conjectured, but the box remains today,
a silent witness that something was there.
When the eldest daughter of Don Florencio grew to woman-
hood, she lived for a time at the Chihuahua Ranch, east of Buena
Vista. While there, she had a shepherd among her servants
called Sim6n Prieto. He came from nowhere, penniless and
without pack. She gave him work at fifteen dollars a month
and board. He told her to save the money for him from month
to month and he would collect it when he wished to go to Laredo
'sometime.' He worked on the ranch for about a year and left
the place not once during the time.
One evening he came to the ranch house and showed Doiia
Simona an old Mexican silver dollar that he said he had found
in the monte. It was tarnished and covered with earth. A few
days later, he brought in another, then a third, and a fourth.
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Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. Texian Stomping Grounds, book, 1941; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc67663/m1/82/: accessed June 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.