The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 80
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passing him with a salutation, when he called to me, and I halted.
"HIave you seen Don Henrique and his companion this evening?"
said he, meaning the two Texans. "No, Sefior," I replied, "have
,they no't returned from supper ?" "They went to supper," he said,
"at the usual hour, and then, as usual, to the comun; and the coxr-
poral and soldier who ,escorted them rep-ort that, while they were
lying down bo drink at the water's edge, the two prisoners disap-
pelared. It could nolt have been a mere 'trick of 'the latter, for if 'so
you would probably have met them; it must be an escape." "Yes,"
said I, "they have doubtless bolted for 'the bush." "Seguramente,"
he replied, and bidding him good night, I passed on. I had expected
closer questioning; and it struck me that 'the officer tookk the matter
very coolly, when it was certain 'to, involve an arrest 'and a court-
ma.rtial for 'him. I went to, my room. and 'to bed; but before falling
,asleep I heard the foot-steps of a passing guard;, and from some
stern words thatt reached me I learned that they had one -or more
persons in custody. It might be t'he fugitives, 'or some, one sus-
pected of aiding them; and the thought naturally came up, "It may
be my turn next." But the 'turn did not come; and in the morning
I learned that 'the anan arrested was Victor Loup6, the interpreter
of the ,commissioners, who had not shared 'the imprisonment of his
,employers. .Nothing appeared against him, and he vwas, solon released,
and no 'ather foreigner was arrested. 'Though my 'conversation with
the 'Texans was probably the last 'they had with 'any outsider before
their flight, ,the brevity 'of thlhe conference must have saved me from
being suspected ,oif complicity. It is probable, too, that the safe
retention 'of these men had become a, matter ,of indifference to, Gen-
eral Urrea, now that .there was no, prospect -of speedy operations
'against Texas. Their flitting did not cause 'a tenth of the excite-
ment which, a year later, after I had left Mexico, followed the
escape of Wm. H. Wharton, and led to the ,arrest of several Ameri-
I afterwards learned that Karnes and Teal, ion going out to fhe
lagoon, found there the guide, who 'seemed 'to be watering his horses.
The two prisoners made a show -of sky-larking with each 'other, and
in doing it amused, and got further away from, their unvigilant
guards, ,and then made a sudden rush for the horses, mounted, and
were 'off in a momentt. If 'the soldiers fired, it was 'without effect.
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