The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903 Page: 33
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Educational Eforts in San Fernando.
of five hundred pesos, to pay the annual salary of a teacher. This
suggestion seemed to present little difficulty; for they appeared to
believe that the money would be contributed with great pleasure,
in order that the children might not lack so useful and profitable
a thing as an educational establishment.
For the accomplishment of this purpose they needed the approval
of the governor, and the latter was, requested also to ask the com-
manding general to assign for the use of the school the house of
one of the insurgents of the recent invasion; since neither the
cabildo nor the community could raise the two thousand pesos nec-
essary for such a structure.'
The last request again brings to mind the "job" in connection
with the construction of a school-house by Bicente Travieso, for
why' should a school-house be lacking, if built three years before,
unless destroyed by some special calamity. If the latter had been
the case some mention would surely have been made of the fact.
In reading further in the records for that year, one learns that the
province was in such a deplorable state, owing to Indian depreda-
tions, that there was remote prospect, indeed, of raising even the
modest salary for the teacher. While the soldiers of the garrison
were without meat for the body, it was not at all likely that the
children's intellectual needs would receive attention.
Two years later the same matter was again brought up in the
cabildo. The parents of children were to be solicited to contribute
graciously, in order to pay promptly the teacher's salary.2 We have
a list of the contributors from the south ward in 1819.3 The total
money contributed was fifty-five pesos, four reales, and a fanega
(about two bushels) of Indian corn. Let us hope, for the sake of
the teacher, that the other three wards contributed more liberally.
But even if they did, it is not at all likely that the whole contri-
bution amounted to the five hundred pesos, which, in 1815, they
talked so lightly of raising.
'Act of cabildo, February 23, 1815. MS. in city clerk's office, San
Antonio. In a later letter the commanding general assigns for the use of
the ayuntamiento the house formerly belonging to the "traitor Vizente
Travieso." Evidently Travieso belonged to the wrong party in the revolu-
tionary days of 1813, despite his vigorous "pull" of the previous year.
"Act of cabildo, January 9, 1817. MS. in city clerk's office, San Antonio.
8In the Bexar Archives.
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