The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 81
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Escape of Karnes and leal.
The ,corporal's atory ,about lying down to drink was no doubt 'a
lame excuse of his own invention. The fugitive group 'swa-m the
river with their horses, 'and took refuge ,a few 'miles from its north-
ern bank in a thicket which had already been picked, out as a safe
hiding place, an d had been stored with 'a hidden supply of food;
for the plan oointenplatebd ian abode there of several 'days till the
first energy ,of puTrsuit should be over.
I am again at a loss for dates, but it was in autumn, I think in
September, when the lesoape occurred. 'Soon after the fugitives took
refuge in the thicket the fall rain's set in; ,and, as their hiding-place
had no other shelter than what they 'could improvise, they found the
trials ,of 'freedom, if more welcome, more of a penance for the pres-
ent than the accommodations of captivity. 'The rains, for a time
so swelled the Arroyo Colorado and so submerged the roads that it
was not thought advisable tio start ,on their journey so, soon as had
been contemplated; and the fugitives had to' continue in their bleak
bivouac more than 'two weeks. Their guide did not keep with them
most ,of the time, but visited 'then daily, to take to them whatever
they needed and to give them information. When their baggage
wais sent over, Mr. Love did not think it advisable to send Captain
'Teals uniform :and sword, for, the accidental discovery of these arti-
cles by scouts 'on -the way might interrupt the plan of escape; but
Teal continued his entreaty for them so earnestly that Love at
length took the risk 'of sending them. Karnes, not being -a regular,
had no uniform, nor would he have given it undue importance if he
had had ,one. I afterwards heard the incident referred to quite sig-
,The time at length came when a start was ,onsidered feasible, and
the 'trio in 'due time ieacheld in safety the camp of the ,army of Texas
east ,of the Nueces, where their arrival called forth great delmonstra-
'tions 'of jloy.
My story is ended, but it is proper 'that I should give a parting
word to the .subsequent lot of the several persons, whom I have
named. Karnels -died 'about three years 'after, 'and was, then, I think,
in command of a small garrison at Sian. Antonio. Though ,of hum-
ble ,origin and .almost illiterate, he was a man 'of large brain, by
nature a gentleman 'as well :as a soldier, :and 'of the kind 'of material
which in Naptoleon's day slo often supplied the great leader with field
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