The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 9
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The Escape of Rose fiom the Alam o.
Antonio; but, so far as he saw, all doors in the town were closed?
The danger of the time was sufficient to cause the people of the
town to keep themselves shut up in their houses. Is it incredible
that, after leaving San Antonio, he saw no person till after cross-
ing the Colorado, and only one family at home between the Colo-
rado and the Brazos? His road down the San Antonio river did
not then lead by any residence; nor did it till more than six years
later. There were then no residences between San Antonio and
the Guadalupe excepting a few ranches on the Cibolo, and avoiding
roads he passed between these. All families on the Guadalupe had
left on the "Runaway Scrape" excepting those of De Leon's Colony,
which was below his route, and the people of Gonzales, which was
above it.: After resting three days on the Guadalupe, and pro-
ceeding slowly, on account of his lameness, to the Colorado, he
arrived at that river after nearly all the people between it and the
Brazos had left home; and only one family remained on his route
between those two rivers. I could name that family; but, for per-
sonal reasons, I prefer not to do so unless it shall become neces-
sary. Is it incredible that, in his haste to get away from danger,
he traveled all the first night out, but was bewildered and made
but little progress ? Is it incredible that, in his attempt to travel
during that night, his legs were gored by hundreds of the large
cactus thorns which abound in that region? Is it incredible that
he did not take leisure to relieve himself of them till they had
worked so deep into his flesh that he could not bear the pain of
drawing them out? My parents drew those thorns from his legs
with nippers. Is it incredible that he crossed rivers by rolling
seasoned logs into the streams, seating himself upon them, and
paddling across with his hands? Other men who could not swim
have done so, and why not he? Is it incredible that, after travel-
ing two days without food and being hungry, sore, lame, and weary,
he rested three days at an abandoned house at which he found
plenty of provisions? Is it incredible that he rested during some
time with the only family that he found at home west of the
Brazos? Is it incredible that two unknown men, professing to live
in Nacogdoches, spent a night with that family, and, when about
'Our little arm,)y was then meeting at Gonzales, and for the time protect-
ing that town.
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