The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 8
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in defense of that fortress, and his name ought to be erased from
Colonel Travis was known to be an apt extemporaneous speaker;
and I judge that all who knew him believed that, if any man
could, under the trying circumstances, deliver such a speech as
Rose affirmed that he delivered in the Alamo on March 3d, 1836,
Travis was the man. I do not doubt that, to one unaware of the
known facts, it would seem a high pitch of absurdity to believe
that, under such circumstances, any man could deliver such a
speech. Yet it would seem more absurd to believe that one hun-
dred and eighty men would stay in a fort, and die fighting in its
defense, rather than surrender or retreat; yet more absurd that
they would die without first mutually pledging their honor to do
so; and equally absurd that any orator could, by a speech, induce
them so to pledge themselves. But it would be far more absurd
to believe that they would make this pledge without being induced
to do so by such a speech. Nevertheless, we know that, whether
such an appeal was made to them or not, and whether they so
pledged themselves or not, they did stay, fight, and die. Knowing
this, we must pronounce Rose's account of that speech and of that
mutual pledge reasonable and credible.
Is it incredible that, when all the other men in that little garri-
son covenaated to stay there and fight to the death, Rose alone
declined to do so, and resolved on an attempt to escape ? I believe
that a majority of men will admit that, if similarly situated, they
might do as Rose professes to have done. Is it incredible that, to
disencumber himself for descending from the top of the wall on
the outside, he threw down his wallet of clothes, which fell into
a puddle of blood, part of which adhered to some of his garments,
and on drying glued them together? My mother saw her black
servant-girl, Maria, take those garments out of the wallet and find
them so glued. On leaving the fort, he did not attempt to go east
through the Mexican army, by which he would have been killed or
captured, but went west, through San Antonio; then south, down
the San Antonio river, about three miles; then east, through the
open prairie, to the Guadalupe river, carefully avoiding roads after
leaving San Antonio, from fear of encountering Mexican scouts.
Is this incredible? Any prudent man would have traveled the
same route. Is it incredible that he saw no person in San
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