The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 50
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50 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
onist, who, however, struggled manfully for victory, while the con-
gressmen stood around shouting riotously and boisterously, encour-
taging first one gladiator and then the other. .This was rather undig-
nified in them, but we must remember that the congress then was
in its boyhood, and had not forgotten primitive simplicity and
At this stage of the game, however, the president was very excit-
edly and clamorously calling upon the members, to "part them--sep-
arate the combatants;" but both houses ignored his. veto, and yelled
and laughed more vigorously than ever, or contented themselves
,with observing an "attentive neutrality." Now, although Horton
,had the muscle above Judge Waller, yet he was inferior in another
,important ingredient, towit, "wind," and it w'as not long before the
matter's superior endurance enabled him to turn the tide -of battle,
,and Governor Horton 'at the same time, and to give the governor
back his compliments with interest. Seeing this, and perhaps think-
ing he had supported 'the presidential dignity under trying circum-
stances sufficiently long, President Lamar brandished his hat fiercely
in the air and shouted lustily, "Dio. not interrupt. them, let them
'fight, let them arrange it without interference;" from which one
,would conclude that Judge Waller had at least the- ear of the execu-
tive department in the issue.
The uproar had penetrated to the camp of Judge Waller's former
employes, before mentioned, and the rumor reached them that the
'congress was murdering, maiming, tor hanging their old bossss"
They gathered like Clan Alpine, and "fierce 'as ten furies, terrible
,as hell," they poured in 'a stream to. the capitol, in numbers enough
to have "cleaned up" both houses and tihe executive and judiciary
Perhaps the government of Texas was never in such actual danger
lof bouleversement 'as at this critical moment, when this battalion of
,outre .stragglers "rallied on the reserve" to protect the "boss." ,One
,burly son of the Teutonic race leveled an argument a posteriori at
;Governor Horton, and others rushing in, the combatants were for
,the first time effectually separated, and when the judge 'arose from
<the sward, flushed and tattered, and seemingly "bleeding at every
vein," the intervenes raised a war-whoop which made the welkin
ring. They asked to be informed of the names of his persecutors, who
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