The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 73
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Escape of Karnes and .Teal.
knew 'to be a fools errand. I was struck by the appearance of
Karnes, whose robust frame, re.d hair, and bold Scottish cast ,of
features -offered, I thought, 'a good personation of Rob Roy in his
youth. Teal, though of less notable individuality, was as wiry, and
more handsome, 'and of genteel bearing for a lad of frontier breed-
ing. 'They were soon greeted by (a brother officer, then a prisoner
at large in Maitamolros, Major Miller, who had been captured with
his men at Copano, and had narrowly ,escaped the fate of Fannin.
He had been brought thither with the retreating army, 'and was
allowed the freedom lof the city bounds. From him and other
friends who called the -commissioners soon learned that Filisola's
pledges were ,certain to meet with no recognition; and they expressed
their readiness 'to accept 'whatever ill luck duty had brought upon
To the Mexican officers, smarting under recent disaster, the sight
of Texan officers and soldiers wearing 'outward and visible signs of
their class and quality was a galling sight, and roused antipathy
which 'the diplomatic position -of the commissioners could hardly
restrain; but its 'manifestation did not go beyond muttered threats
and hostile but half covert gestures. There wais, however, one class
of persons to whom the new comers, were apparitions of terrible
import. 'The fugitive slaves, 'of 'whom there were between fifty and
a hundred in the city, soon learned 'on what errand these Texans had
come; and, 'as they had no longing for the hearth 'and home of
Uncle Tom's oabin, they quakeld with fear. 'Slome skulked out of
sight; others, I think, bolted to the bush; 'and one, at least, ran 'to
'the nearest barrack and decorated (his ragged felt with a borrowed
military hat-band. Under the protection of this talisman, which
represented the sovereignty of his 'adopted land, he ventured to walk
The Mexican officers lost no time in protesting at headquarters
'against the toleration of any tokens of rank 'or soldiership in rebels,
and advised the prompt 'suppression 'of such ,displays, though it
should be only for the ,safety ,of 'the wearers. General Urrea acted
on the suggestion. The commissioners had notified hihn of their
arrival; 'and his first recognition of their presence was an order
to doff all military insignia, from the persons of themselves and
their attendants. It 'was done; and the Mexican bull became less
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