The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 50
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50 Texas Ristoriccal A ssoiation Quarterly.
convince the settlers, that Austin, who alone was in possession of
the colonization laws, suppressed such as favored the colonists, who,
he contended, were not receiving their rights. Hearing a young
man in the neighborhood sing a doggerel ballad he determined to
adapt it so as to apply to Austin and Williams. Shortly afterwards
copies of Dayton's parody were placed in the hands of various per-
sons. Indeed the song soon became popular in various parts of
the colony. One quatrain is remembered. It ran as follows:
"The first of those villians who came to this State
Was runaway Stephen F. Austin the great;
He applied to the Mexicans as I understand
And from them got permission to settle this land.["]
The mere fact that this scurrilous balad was sung by many per-
sons througout the colony is sufficient evidence of the spread of a
strong and dangerous prejudice against the Empresario and his
Secretary. Happily for the colony Dayton's career was of short
duration. Early in the autumn of 1826 whilst on a visit to Fort
settlement he was arrested by William Hall and others, on the
charge of uttering false and slanderous accusations against the Em-
presario and endeavoring to produce grave disturbances in the Col-
ony. Dayton expected to be tried by a lawful officer. But he was
taken back to San Felipe arraigned before the tribunal of Judge
Lynch and sentenced to be tarred and feathered. This sentence
was instantly carried into effect. His head was besmeared with tar
and the contents of a pillow emptied upon it. He was then released
and ordered to depart the Colony forthwith. He, accordingly, did
leave it immediately and never returned.
Had Dayton possessed as much nerve as venom he would proba-
bly have rallied his friends--of whom he had not a few--and caused
a good deal of commotion in the colony.
At the time of this occurrence Austin was absent from San
Felipe. After his return he expressed regret that Dayton had been
mobbed, and said, had he been at home, it should not have happened.
(Compiled from the recollections of myself and others.)
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