The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 127
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The Reminiscences of Mrs. Dile Harris.
Colonel Ugartechea to arrest seven Texans and send them to San
Antonio 'to be tried by court martial. This was more than the
people could bear. IThere was great excitement. A convention was
called to meet -at San Felipe the 120 h of Seiptember. There was a
meeting in ;our 'neighborho-od to. elect a ,delegate 'to this convention.
The farmers had 'not much time to spare, but they would not see
the Texans arrested.
,There was a strange Vlexican at 'San Felipe who said he 'was just
from Mexico. He said there was 'a large army marching from Mex-
ico to garrison ,Saan Antonio, Anahuac, Velasco and all towns in
Texas. He said Stephen F. Austin had been liberated and would
soon, be home. He .advised the people to stop holding political meet-
ings ,and give up the .men who 'disarmed the garrison at Anahuac.
I le spoke Engli sh and said he was a friend of Stephen F. Austin
and to Texas. 'Our people did not believe a word the Mexican said.
They thought the Mexican government had sent him to watch the
Texans. Some -of them would have had him arrested., but there was
no jail in Austin's colony, ,and no one had time to guard the man.
At the election in our neighborhood MIr. C. C. Dyer was chosen a
delegate to the convention. Harrisburg 'elected Andrew Briscoe and
William P. Harris. The convention was called to meet at San
Felipe, the capital of 'Texas.
A ,priest, Padre 'Alpuche, Idisappeared. He had been traveling in
Texas and Lotuisitana several years. He was loved by Protestants
as well as C:aiholios. The young people looked for his ,arrival 'with
t'he greatest pleasure. He would marry all those who. had signed
'a certificate Ibefore the Mexioaa alcalde to remarry when the priest
came. He would baptize the ,ohildren, bury the dead, visit the sick
and pray for the dying. He h.ad not been in San Felipe for three
years. When he 'appeared there he was riding a good mule. He
said he had been in Eurolpe and had landed at New Orleans and
gone from there to Nacogdoches. He heard in New Orleans of the
trouble in Texas. He did not take any part in political affairs,
but pretended to be a friend to the Texans. He stayed a week in
San Felipe, stopping at the bo-arding house. He could speak
English and heard all the Texans had to say. He came in the night.
One morning he saddled his mule and went to the river to water the
mule, and that was the last time he was seen.
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