The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 77
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Esccape of iarnes and Teal.
came back, and would have been glad if the signer of it and his
companions had -truthfully receipted for "one whipping." The
receipt was not 'the ,only voucher which returned; for in a short
time, I think little more than two weeks, Teal's letter came to us
in 'the columns .of a New Orleans newspaper. I know not by what
exceptional forbearance it was that Howell's oammunioation was not
published also,. Teal 'said in this, "We have met with many friends
here," but luckily he 'did not name them; still the incident was a
terrible damper to all who had expected ordinary discretion in the
people 'they were endeavoring, ,at no little risk, io serve.
The whip handle news had 'the ill effect, I had apprehended.
Texas for a time ways pervaded by panic, and many o'f the frontier
settlers were frightened from their homes, which they had to leave
at great sacrifice.
About the time above referred to, a friend who had called on
business at headquarters, informed me that he hald seen lying on
General Urrea's 'office table the number ,of the Picayune which oon-
tained Teal's letter, and lying beside it a manuscript translation of
the letter into Spanish. It 'was 'about this 'time that Karnes and
Teal were suddenly ,arrested and put into close confinement in one
'of the regimental barracks. As well as I recollect, this occurred
just after Teal's letter came to light through the press, which, if I
am right as .to time, gave Urrea, to say the least, a plausible justi-
fication of his strep. In a few days, however, the commission rs were
permitted to rent their -own prison; 'that is, they were allowed to
hire private quarters, such ,as could be 'easily guarded, where they
could be confined under the charge 'of a special 'detail. Such a
,squad, under a commissioned 'officer, was sent each morning to the
private quarters to relieve its predecessor,-the two prisoners being
permitted to go thrice a day in charge of a file 'of soldiers to take
their meals at the hotel where they had before boarded. Their
friends were 'also allowed to visit and converse 'with them at any hour
of the day. Thus their imprisonment, however irksome, was not
very rigid; and I think they were generally treated with courtesy
and consideration by the officer 'of their guard. Their two, order-
lies, who had been arrested at the same time 'with themselves, were
confined with the Sian Patricio prisoners in the principal barrack,
and remained there till the whole body 'was released by General
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