The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 93
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Reminiscences of Sion R. Bostick.
him in a gallop. When he discovered us, he squatted in the grass;
but we soon came to the place.' As we rode up we aimed our guns
at him and told him to surrender. He held up his hands,2 and
Miles, Sylvester, Thompson, Vermilion, another whose name I do not
recollect, and myself. From the bridge we started down the bayou. After
traveling about two miles, we saw a man standing on the bank of a ravine,
some five or six hundred yards from us" (Joel W. Robinson in Texas
Almanac for 1859, 166).
Yoakum, who cites as his authority a letter from James A. Sylvester to
the Telegraph of August 2, 1836, says: "On the morning of the 22d,
detachments were sent out to scour the country toward Harrisburg,
* * ". A party of five, having reached Vince's, continued the search
down Buffalo bayou. One of them, James A. Sylvester, while in the act
of shooting a deer, discovered a Mexican pursuing his course toward the
bridge" (Yoakum, II 146).
"Mr. Sylvester related, that he was, with two others, scouting near
Vince's bayou, when, turning out of the road, some few deer were seen
at a distance. 'Boys,' said one, 'stop here till I get a shot at those bucks.'
Then riding cautiously through the skirt of the timber, at a proper dis-
tance from the deer, he dismounts, ties his horse, and, keeping his eyes
on the deer, creeps cautiously towards them. All at once, he observes
their heads and tails up, * ** d and suddenly they leaped off. As
their heads were turned from him, he knew something else had caused their
alarm. He returns, remounts his horse, and, beckoning to his companions
to come up, he tells them that something had frightened off the deer, and
he would see what it was; and, starting off, they soon come to the spot,
when, after looking about, they finally discovered a man lying in the
grass (N. D. Labadie in Tenas Almanac for 1859, 59).
"At eleven o'clock a. m., while I was crossing a large plain, my pursu-
ers overtook me again. Such is the history of my capture."- (Santa
Anna's Report. Translation in QUARTERLY, IV 271).
'Robinson says: "He no doubt saw us first, for when we started towards
him, he sat down on a high place, and waited till we came up"; and
Yoakum: "He [Sylvester] called his companions and they rode up to the
fugitive, who had fallen down in the grass, and thrown a blanket over
his head." See references in note 3, p. 92, which will serve for all the
"'They called to him to rise, but he only uncovered his face. They
repeated the request for him to rise two or three times, when he did so."-
"** * " Riding up to him, they ordered him to get up. Manifesting
fatigue, he appeared unwilling to rise. One of them then said, 'Boys, I'll
make him move,' leveling his gun at the same time. 'Don't shoot, * * ,'
said the others; and, getting down from his horse, one of them gave him
a kick, saying, 'Get up, " * .' The man then slowly arose."-Laba-
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