The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903 Page: 46
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46 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
acceptance is noted above, was Jos6 Antonio Gama y Fonseca, who
contracted himself to serve four years from January 1, 1828, at the
promised salary of 500 pesos per annum. He served until the
ninth of October, 1829. He was succeeded by Victoriano Zepeda,
who served for a monthly stipend of 22 pesos, until January 31,
1830, when he begged to be excused to accept other employment
bringing him in greater returns. A committee, appointed by the
ayuntamiento, then tried to secure the services of Domingo Bus-
tillos, but he wished 25 pesos a month, so they could come to no
agreement with him. At this juncture Francisco Rojo offered to
fulfill the duties of the position without pay as long as he should
remain in the community. The ayuntamiento accepted with heart-
felt thanks this unselfishly patriotic offer, without, however, bind-
ing themselves not to 'give him some remuneration for his services.
Senior Rojo probably estimated this proviso at its true value. The
assistant, Bruno Huizar, received the only salary paid for the time
being, and this amounted to six pesos a month. Upon representa-
tion of the preceptor Rojo, this was increased, in July, to eleven
pesos, two reales. By the end of the year this was again raised,
this time to fifteen pesos a month. He had previously asked per-
mission to act as sacristan of the parish church, but the ayunta-
miento preferred to raise his salary and retain him wholly in the
service of the school. It is not at all strange, with such salaries
for teachers, that the visiting committee from the aywntamiento
should report, in May, that they found a very small number of
pupils in the schools. The teachers evidently did not wish to work
any harder than necessary for their meagre pay.
By January, 1831, the ayuntamiento was again under the neces-
sity of looking for a new school-master. Senior Rojo had evidently
tired of his unselfish labors, or had taken his departure from the
community. The committee appointed to consider the matter
reported that they had advertised for a teacher, offering as a salary
the endowment of 500 pesos promised by the State ; but that to this
offer they had received no response, for prospective pedagogues evi-
dently did not fully trust the ability of the State to pay. The com-
mittee favored making an application to their representatives in
congress, to select for them a teacher in Saltillo from among the
number that presented themselves in that city. By the following
1Decree No. 129, April 13, 1830. See above, p. 38.
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