The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 51
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Reminiscences of Judge Edlzoin Waler.
was the man, and where he was, and in their excitement offered to
pull down the capitol and thrash the congress, jointly and severally,
,as a slight testimonial of their affection for their old, leader. Several
speeches were required to pacify them, and they were not entirely
satisfied that it was not their duty to preserve the "balance of power"
by razing the building they had erected, and thus proiroguing the
;congress until Judge W:aller himself recovered breath enough to
address them and explain the situation. Upon this they retired
anollified, no doubt feeling that they had earned the gratitude of
the members by sparing them. 'The passage-at-arms between Hor-
eton and Waller ended there, and they afterwards became warm per-
eonal friends, in verification of the sentiment of the old general in
the Lady of Lyons, who always felt so much more affection for
a man after fighting with him.
The ballot in the Senate on Waller's nomination resulted in an
even vote, and the President of the Senate, Anson Jones, gave the
casting vote for Waller, who was accordingly declared postmaster-
general of the republic. 'This was a compliment to the ability of
Judge Waller, inasmuch as Anson Jones was one of the Houston
sympathizers, 'and was afterwards elected president through the
influence of Houston and his party. Judge Waller retained his
position of postmaster-general 'but a short time, when he retired
from active political life to seek rural ease and domestic comfort.
In 1840, however, Judge Waller was an active participant in
another of the noted and dangerous scenes of that period, namely,
,the Plum creek fight. 'An army of Comanche Indians, about four
hundred in number, had extended one of their raids coastward, and
reached the town of Linnville. They set fire to and burned down
the town, leaving it in complete ruins, from which it never revived.
First having plundered all the stores and warehouses, murdered sev-
eral of the citizens, and carried others off into, captivity, among
whom was a lady, a Mrs. Watts, who- had but lately become a bride
and whose husband was butchered in her sight.
Edward Burleson, Felix Huston, Ben McCulloch, Edwin Waller
'and others, assembled together what force they could, on hearing of
'this outrage, and started on the war-trail to intercept the marauders.
In all, some seventy men from the vicinity of Austin, Victoria, Gon-
zales, and Seguin were in the company. The Indians were loaded down
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