The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 74
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irritable when the red flag ,of the matador was put -out of sight.
This was the first official affront they received, and it occurred, I
think, before the first day 'ended. It is worthy of recollection, how-
ever, that ,one mean from the ranks showed a more manly sign of the
freemasonry ,of the sword. Soon after the new group arrived, the
two orderlies met lon the street a battered looking Mexican soldier,
who, after isoanning their baggy uniforms for a moment, accosted
them with sa sufficiency ,of pigeon English in his, speech to make
himself understood. "Solldados Goddammes," he said, "tomorrow
we may have to fire bullets at 'each other; now, while we can, vamos
a drinky whiskly." The invitation 'was frankly accepted; but like
Stanta Anna's truce, it left the 'advantage ,on the Mexican side.
There was then a general vacuum in the military pockets -at Mata-
moros; and the Texans had to pay for the "whiskly." The mag-
nanimity of the veteran may 'have been merely an old soldier trick.
I have no precise recollection ,of 'dates. The commissioners, 1
think, came in May, 'and it was just after the defeated army had
arrived-probably about the time Urrea relieved Filisola. The com-
missioners, 'after a day 'or two, finding themselves unable to obtain
an interview with General Urrea, concluded to address him a note
referring to the 'object 'of their mission, ,and requesting that he
would 'enable them to carry it into effect, 'or give them a definite
answer of some kind 'on the subject. Though they intended to
address himn in English, they requested me 'to. put their letter into
proper shape. I did s'o, to the best of my ability, and then requested
that one of them would ,oopy for their signatures what I had written,
as I did not wish it -to 'appear in my handwriting. Karnes made
the 'copy I suggested, but both ,of the young men had been reared
where the schoolmaster was but little abroad; and the letter was so
badly penned that, for the credit of Texas, I felt unwilling to let it
go in a plight islo illegible; so I wrote ,oust the, body of the documentt
myself, though in a hand which I attempted to, .disguise. This was
a thing in which I was never very skillful. An Irish spy and
striker whom Urrea had picked up recognized my distorted penman-
ship, 'and' soon after took occasion 'to inform me ,of his own smart-
ness and the general's displeasure at the discovery. This incident,
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