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stuff could have been raised to sustain a thousand immigrants.
Then instead of the tedious and difficult land route, immigration to
Austin's colony would have followed this route by water, and would
have given an impetus to the colony that is incalculable. But
enough of this. Texas passed through it all and is today a demo-
cratic empire, even against the will of Grantism. Would to God
that we of Louisiana were as well out of its clutches.
About the 22nd or 23rd of November we made a start with some
twenty besides the crew on the little schooner. I should have men-
tioned that a second floor had been constructed for immigrants just
above the freight as ballast. We had gotten through the Rigolets
and into the blue gulf. It had been threatening weather for two or
three days. This overtook us about 12 o'clock our first night out,
and for thirty-six hours there blew a terrible gale. We were driven,
it was said, among the Bahamas, or some of the islands in that re-
gion, and when it ceased we were becalmed for a similar length of
time. The wind was nearly all the time contrary, and then came
another storm of wind and rain, and we did not reach the coast for
over four weeks so as to make a landing or learn where we were,
when finally we located ourselves in the neighborhood of the bay of
Sabine. Having then a fine east wind, we sailed west and passed
the opening of the bay of Galveston. We beat back and saw the
mouth of the Brazos, but at the time did not suspect it to be a
river. We returned to the entrance of Galveston bay. The wind
was very cold and from the northwest.
We were now very short of anything fresh, and it was determined
to try our new seine. We proceeded a mile or two above the en-
trance to a cove in the beach. Our seine being not a large one, say,
seventy-five or one hundred yards long, with the aid of our yawl it
was put out, and to the surprise of all we could not bring it in for
the abundance of fish of all sorts. A great many were dressed and
we hung them on the rigging to try to dry them.
We then, it being nearly or quite dark, put into the bay. We
rounded to, and to our surprise here we found a felucca, or schooner
of about our own size. We dropt anchor about eighty or one hun-
dred feet west of her, when we observed a commotion on her. She,
like the Lively, had too many on her to be a trader. By this time
the little Lively's decks were pretty full. A demand from us was
made of the other for her name and nationality, and we asked for
a man to be sent on board our vessel. Her captain said" his boat
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