The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903 Page: 56
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56 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
In order to be President it is at least necessary to be already
writing [de delgado] ;1 to know the first four rules of counting;
two-thirds of the catechism, the same of the lessons of Spanish
Grammar, and some others concerning the constitution which may
be taught them. The Captains must present a half of these quali-
fications, and the corporals a third of them, all of these being under
the judgment of the Director, upon the supposition that the instruc-
tion which is demanded shall be perfect.
The bands shall be divided amongst themselves into three depart-
ments; the 1st shall be composed of the captains and the corpo-
rals, and shall be called the Department of officers, and shall be
immediately subject to its respective President; all those who are
already writing shall form the second and it shall be under the
immediate orders of the captains; and the third shall be composed
of readers only, and the corporals shall have charge of it; the num-
ber of children composing it being distributed among them in equal
parts, the same being done in the 2nd for the captains.
The daily device that the officers shall wear, within and outside
the school, shall be three fluted ribbons placed crosswise upon the
left breast and a bar of white metal which crosses the three bands
in the middle, commencing in the 1st and terminating in the
3rd, for the president; two arranged similarly for the captains,
and one for the corporals, both without bars, the Romans being
distinguished from the Carthaginians in that the device of the first
shall be sky-blue, and scarlet that of the second; the Presidents
shall carry in addition, for all public occasions, in the hand the
most suitable cane possible. Each Band shall have a white Banner
with the inscription in the middle of Rome or Carthage, in con-
formity with the model which shall be given, and these shall be
placed in the school at the head of the party to which each one
corresponds; it being the duty of the corporals of the sixth rank
to bear these banners whenever they have to go in regular order
outside the School, occupying the position which belongs to the
In addition there shall be a place of opprobrium for the Children
of both bands, designated by the Teacher and destined for the indo-
lent or those who have relapsed into shortcomings in their respec-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903, periodical, 1903; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101028/m1/60/: accessed March 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.