The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903 Page: 42
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42 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
of Mission San Juan and Mission Espada. In addition to the cash
contribution there was a note for 100 pesos, given by the company
of Bexar, and one for 75 pesos, by the company of the Alamo. Be-
sides this, the proceeds from fees for the slaughter of animals for
1827 and 1828 contributed enough to raise the total receipts of the
fund for 1828 to 1060 pesos and 6 granos. The fund was to con-
tinue to be made up principally from direct contributions and the
fees paid for the killing of animals. The disbursements for the
year 1828 comprised simply the teacher's salary of 500 pesos.
For the year 1829, the direct contributions dropped down to 91
pesos. Evidently the members of the "Patriotic Junta" were losing
some of their enthusiasm. Other branches of revenue also fell off,
so that the actual cash balance, at the end of the year, was only 76
pesos and 61 reales, although there were notes for 315 pesos and an
unpaid account of 15 pesos, 2 reales. Of the subscription for 1828,
76 pesos, 4 reales remained unpaid. In the month of October the
authorities had been obliged to let their five-hundred-dollar teacher
go, and take one who would serve for 22 pesos a month. During
the early part of the following year there was some trouble with the
former keeper of the school fund, Captain Alejandro Trevifio. He
did not transfer his account to the keeper ad interim until the 27th
of May, although he should have done so on January 1st, and before
that time he reported that, in a case of emergency, he had used
some 50 pesos of the fund for giving presents to the Indians. As a
military man, possibly this necessity appealed more strongly to him
than that of educating the children. At first Captain Treviflo
claimed that he could not be deprived of his office as keeper of the
fund, because he had been appointed by the "Patriotic Junta."
Finally he turned over what he had on hand. The regular keeper
was absent a considerable part of the time, so the fund often
changed hands that year. There were many necessary repairs, and
the twenty-two-dollar man stepped out and a six-dollar one took
his place. This man, however, was only an assistant (ayudante);
the real master was then serving without pay. At the end of the
year the cash on hand amounted to some 39 pesos, with the same
amount in notes as before. Evidently these notes had been given
by the two garrison companies in an outburst of patriotic enthu-
siasm that rapidly cooled. By the end of 1834 these two companies
had paid only 99 pesos on their four notes.
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