The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 3
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Adventures of the "Lively" Immigrants.
effect of driving the wild beasts and game to this section, where
they were less hunted and molested, and of course were plenty.
Here a field was opened to me. I soon became expert with the
Rifle, having to assist in attending to and collecting, driving, and
herding our stock. Deer and turkeys were plenty, with a great
deal of smaller game. Our enemies were the panther, the wolf, the
black bear and others of the feline and carnivorous tribe. When
not at school, I was, with rifle in hand, in the woods. My expert-
ness with the rifle and my extended knowledge of the surrounding
country for fifteen or twenty miles, made it an object, when an
expedition was on foot to camp out and hunt, to have me and my
two well taught dogs along. Here, as well as at school, I was said
to be very precocious, and to carry "an old head on young
Up to the time that I was seventeen or eighteen years of age, I
had not been absent from the Academy longer than a week or so
at a time, and my duties were in general the same as at the outset,
except that I had advanced further in orthography, reading, writ-
ing, arithmetic, and geometry. I mentioned in the beginning of
this that many young ladies as well as grown up gentlemen were
attending this school for the sake of review. My father was well
versed in mathematics and was a superior geometrician, and his
knowledge of the science brought a number of young men to get an
insight into this particular branch. His manner of teaching was
by actual demonstration, with chain, compass, and plotting instru-
ments. After learning from the authors how to proceed, the stu-
dents would start out to run off a tract of some twenty or more
acres, and then return, plat the survey, and give the area. It was
here my duty, as it had been five or six years ago with the begin-
ners, to hear and oversee their lessons. I now, for more than three
years, generally went out with these beginners in surveying, to give
them a proper start and correct any error in running the lines.
This continued repetition made me master of the simple science
About this time, two gentlemen, land speculators, a Mr. Joshua
Cates and Mr. Davis, came to see my father. Their business was
to get him to run out a tract of 2300 acres of land which they
had bought jointly. They wished it divided between them, as near
equally as could be, running a nearly north and south line. My
father promptly told them that he could not think of dismissing
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