The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 95
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Reminiscenses of Austin and Washington. 95
was a man of gigantic frame, being nearly seven feet in height, and
had courage in proportion to his size. He repeated his announce-
ment and was there on time. He walked leisurely into the hall
and spoke courteously to the men there assembled. Assuming that
they were there to hear him, though he knew that it was not so,
and that they were getting ready for their usual game, he affected
not to notice the cards that he saw them slipping into their seats
behind them, and made preparations to begin his sermon. He
arose, and some of the more determined men in the crowd made
demonstrations as if to rise also, but did not. He opened his Bible
and laid it on the billiard table, then remarked that if there were
those present who did not wish to hear him they could leave. None
left. He said he had come to preach, and he meant to do it. He
again remarked that if any were present who did not desire to hear
the gospel he wished them to leave. Still nobody went. He then
proceeded with a fire and brimstone sermon. Soon after beginning
he discovered a little commotion among his hearers. He paused
and simply said that he wished their attention, and order was re-
stored at once. When he got through the men came forward, shook
his hand and thanked him heartily, made up a purse for him, told
him if he ever needed more money to call on them, and sent him
on his way rejoicing.
Mr. Alexander continued to preach all over Texas to the time
of his death, which occurred at his home in Chappell Hill only a
few years ago; but he never lived outside of Washington county.
He was honored and loved not only by his own church, but by all
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