The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 8
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8 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
heard about the grant of land in Texas ?" "Some little," I said.
"I am not the least interested in the matter. Let me ask you if one
of the other two is the man that has the claim." "The small gentle-
man," he answered, "is Col. S. F. Austin." "You are Mr. Little ?"
"Yes, sir." He was on the eve of propounding another question,
when I interposed and said to him, "I am at present very busy, but
at his convenience should be pleased to talk a little to Colonel
Austin." With that I turned to my papers, and he withdrew.
A short time after this they went up to town, and in a few min-
utes the Captain and three or four "young bloods" came in. They
went directly to the after, or ladies' cabin. In a little while the
Captain inquired for the bar keeper. I said he had gone to re-
plenish his bar, but that I had the key. The Captain wanted cards
and checks, I suppose for bragg, or euchre, or some other short card
game. While I was in the bar the Captain had turned to the Regis-
ter, and immediately bawled out at the top of his voice, "Whoop !
hurra! hello there, come here boys, come quick !" They asked
what it was. "Look," said he, pointing to the name, "We have as
passenger to the city the Emperor of Texas." Turning to me he
asked what kind of a looking man he was. I said that he was one
of the most retiring, quiet gentlemen one would meet in a month,
a small, quite handsome gentleman.
The following morning, immediately after breakfast, I was stand-
ing in the office door as they came from the table, and through the
cabin door I caught Colonel Austin's eye. He advanced direct to
me. I gave back a little and he walked in. I closed the door and
pointed him to a seat. He first remarked that Mr. Little had in-
formed him of my wish to converse with him. I assented to his
remark by a nod. "Your object is in relation to my colony ?" was
his inquiry. "It is," I said. "I shall be pleased," said he, "to ren-
der you any information I can on the subject." I thanked him,
and continued, "I have an apology to offer for a breach as an eaves-
dropper. I was here in my office at work, while you three were out
there. You had been some time in conversation, of the subject
of which I knew nothing, when an allusion was made, as I thought
to myself. The conversation ended, as I thought, with a wish that
I would join you." He gave me another of those pleasant approv-
ing smiles, that were so natural for him, and said the fault was
theirs and not mine. "May I ask," he inquired, "what conclusion
you have come to ?" I told him that to the time of hearing the
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