The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 56
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company, which I at once did, with the permission of Capt. Fisher.
-After the reduction of San Antonio de Bexar an expedition to the
Rio Grande was set on foot by Cols. Grant and Johnson. I volun-
teered for this expedition-which set out from San Antonio about
the first of January 1836. Becoming very sick on the march I was
left in the care of some Mexican rancheros two or three miles west
of the mission of Refugio. Late in the month of February, being
convalescent, I became very anxious to return to my family, but had
no horse to ride, and no means with which to buy one. I made
known my condition to some people living near the rancho who
very kindly furnished me a horse and I set out for home. Late in
the ensuing evening I arrived at Goliad where I procured some pro-
visions and continuing my journey four or five miles farther stopped
in a ravine a short distance from the road, tethered my horse, and
lay down. About two o'clock in the ensuing morning, I awoke,
kindled a fire, and was boiling some coffee when a man rode up and
enquired where I was from. I told him from the mission. "I"
said he "am from San Antonio and am on my way to Goliad with
dispatches for Col. Fannin. I am much fatigued and will rest
awhile with you." So saying, he dismounted and tethered his horse
near mine. My coffee being now ready he joined me in drinking it.
He was a sociable old gentleman and I was much pleased with him.
After resting an hour or more, he said, "Well, my friend, we had
better be traveling"-to which I assented and rose to go after my
horse. "Please bring my horse too" said the stranger-"certainly,"
said I, and walked away. The stranger then picked up my gun,
threw out the priming and poured water in the pan. I did not wit-
ness these acts but was soon afterwards advised of them. When I
led the horses to the camp-fire the agreeable stranger cocked his gun
and presenting it at my breast, said "you are my prisoner !" Never
was countryman of Tell and Winkelreid more amazed than I was at
that moment ! I demanded by what authority and for what offence
I was arrested.-My captor replied-"By authority of Col. Fannin
and for stealing that horse." I assured him of my innocence and
told him how I came in possession of the horse. The stranger then
said-"My friend, I trust you did not steal the horse-I scarcely
believe you did-but you are charged with having done so and I
shall take both you and the horse back to Goliad" [.1 I was com-
pelled to submit and we started back towards Goliad.-After day-
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