The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 10
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to leave, drew the landlord out where Rose could not hear them and
told him that they knew Rose to be an impostor, who had never
seen the Alamo, and advised him to send him away immediately?
The landlord told many persons that they did so. It is not incred-
ible that honorable men residing at Nacogdoches would then be
traveling in that abandoned region, from which the Texas army
was retreating, and to which the Mexican army was advancing.
I-ad their purpose been, as they professed, to confer a favor upon
the landlord, they would have tendered their advice in Rose's pres-
ence. What could they have intended? The only conceivable
object was to gain the landlord's favor, and thereby to save their
bill for accommodations. Is it incredible that the landlord did as
those tramps advised him to do? It is surprising, yet true. He,
as well as Rose, said that he did so; and he said so boastingly to
many persons. Is it incredible that a man of very tender sensi-
bility was so wounded and discouraged by such treatment that he
resolved never again to say that he had been in the Alamo? Such
a resolve was foolish, and injurious to himself, yet he said that he
had made it, and I believe that generally he had stood to it. Is
is not most <probable that his subsequent reticence on this subject
was what prevented his statement from being inserted in the early
histories of Texas? Is it incredible that, his rash resolve not-
withstanding, when he found friends who had seen his name on a
partial list of the heroes of the Alamo, who believed his report,
and who kindly ministered to his affliction, he, at their request,
narrated to them his escape and journey to their residence?
Finally, is it incredible that, yielding to their importunities, he
repeated his story to them till they knew it by heart?
Now, I have directed attention to about all the notable items of
Rose's narrative. And when they are compared, which one of them
is absurd or incredible? To my mind, every statement therein is
reasonable and credible; yet to some minds his story may seem too
much like truth to be accepted as such.
My writing down of Rose's narrative was incidental to a more
important purpose, which was to preserve the substance of Colonel
Travis's speech to his fellow-heroes of the Alamo, on March 3d,
1836. Rose's disconnected recitals of that speech, my mother's
repetition of them to me, and my many rewritings of the same,
by which I compiled the disconnected parts into a connected dis-
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