The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 14
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14 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
There were no hoes nor plows in the Colony. I gave him a horse
for twenty bushels and went sixty miles after it with two horses,
and brought eight bushels back. I walked and led my horse. I had
prepared a mortar before I left home to beat it in, and a sieve made
of deer skin stretched over a hoop and with holes punched in it.
1 had always young men about me for protection, and they would
generally beat the corn. Then we would have to be very saving, of
course, and were allowed only one piece of bread around.
During the time I was without bread, a man stayed all night
with us who had just come to the country. He had some crackers
and gave the children some. My son took his out in the yard,
made him a little wagon and used the crackers for wheels.
Our honey we kept in a deer skin, for we had no jars, jugs, nor
cans. I would take the skin off a deer whole, except having to cut
it around the neck and legs, and would tie the holes up very tight.
Then I would hang it up by the fore legs, and we had quite a nice
can, which we always kept pretty well filled.
About this time my oldest daughter's dresses were worn out
before we could get any cotton to spin, and she wore a dress of
dressed buckskin. I never wore a deer skin shirt, though there were
many that did. I had pants and a hunting shirt made of deer skin.
My wife colored the skin brown and fringed the hunting shirt, and
it was considered the nicest suit in the Colony.
At one time while in the camp at Independence, I had but six
loads of powder. A traveler stopped at my camp, and I asked him
if he had any. He said he had. I had a Mexican dollar that
Colonel Groce gave to one of the children for dried buffalo meat.
He asked me if I would sell him some. I told him no, but he could
take as much as he wanted. But, not wishing to accept in that
way, he gave one of the children the dollar. I gave it to the
traveler and told him to give me as much as he could, for I was
nearly out and did not know where to get any. He asked for a
teacup and filled it about two-thirds full. At one time I had twelve
loads and killed eleven deer with them.
You ask me to tell you about taking the man's leg off.' I was
living on the Colorado at that time. His name was Parker, and
he lived on the opposite side of the river. His leg was terribly
'This was doubtless the question of Mr. Burnam's daughter.
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