The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 129
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Mexican Raid on Corpus Christi. 129
city. There were in this band fifty men, heavily armed. They
stopped all persons, coming to or from the city, took their property,
and made them prisoners. Some of the most prominent people of
Corpus Chris'ti were .captured, among them being S. G. B.orden,'
George Franks, George Reynolds, Judge Gilpin, P. II. 1McManigle,
Mrs. E. D. 'Sidbury, Mrs. R. R,. Savage, ,and Mrs. Laura Allen, all
but two orf Whom? are still living. It is 'said that Judige Borden,
who was going to Sint;on, ,a small settlement near Corpus Christi,
was riding quietly along, when suddenly Jim Hunter, a friend of his,
came dashing from a thicket beside the ro-ad, on horseback, and
cried: "You had better turn back, Judge, for ,an old Mexican just
told me that the treacherous Cortina and a band of cut-throats 'are
holding up a part of the road." Borden, insisting 'that the Mexican
had lied, started ;again on his way. )Thereupon Hunter remarked,
"Well, if you go on, I'll be hanged if I'm afraid tlo go"'; so he turned
and .went with the Judge. They rode along for some distance, when,
on turning a sharp corner in 'the road, they found themselves within
a few yards of the .enemy. Borden, being in a wagon, 'was unable
to escape, and was immediately taken prisoner, but Hunter, being
on a good, 'hardy mustang, got away. He hurried to Corpus Christi,
,and like Paul Revere of a hundred years before, he aroused the city
by galloping through the streets ,and shouting with every breath,
"The Mexicans, the raiders ,are coming!" A mass meeting was
being held at the town (hall that nighht, and a guard for tihe pro-
tection of the city was immediately formed; but arms and amimu-
nition wer lacking, and it rwas impossible to. supply the large number
of volunteers. At last, however, 'a .detachment was organized and
dispatched to attack the Mexicans on the main roadd.
'At this time the Morgan steamers were running between Gallves-
ton land Corpus Christi, and ,one of them, the Aransas, was then
in port. Women and children flocked to, the pier and rushed in
uncontrollable excitement on board the vessel, and in a few minutess
it was crowded to its utmost capacity. Luckily, 'a large lumber
schooner 'was also in the harbor, having 'arrived the night before
from Lake Charles, La.. This, too, was soon crowded'. The schooner
'A cousin of Gail Borden, originator of the famous condensed milk.
'P. H. MdManigle and Judge Gilpin.
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