The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 225
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Obscure Points in the Mission Period.
till the Anglo-Saxon came to desecrate and to destroy. But this
assertion is not in accord with the facts.
Long before the American threatened the province of Texas
the core of the system was decayed. The whole scheme was ground-
ed on misconception and pillared by religious fanaticism, and
doomed from the nature of things to fall. The main fallacy lay,
beyond question, in the fact that the forces predominant in the life
of the savage were wrongly estimated! He was not European. He
was unable to grasp the significance of the Trinity or even the
Parable of the Sower. Generations and centuries were destined to
pass before this wayward child of the forest could ascend to such
sublime heights. Little wonder that he chafed when for hours he
bowed before the Virgin, uttering, like any machine, words which
bore no meaning to him. All this mystery he could not fathom.
But he heard and understood the voice of nature, the songs of the
woods and the camp, and he fled from the presence of the friars.
Other causes there were, to be sure, which conspired to overthrow
the mission system, but for these no time remains.
If the reader's interest in this romantic period of Texas history
has been, in any degree, intensified, it is, for the present, enough.
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