The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 11, July 1907 - April, 1908 Page: 57
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Reminiscences of Reconstruction in Texas.
partment of Texas, arrived in Austin and stated that he had been
sent there by General Augur on a mission of observation. Major
Russell said that President Grant had instructed General Augur
that if there should be a collision between the contending parties
and should be any bloodshed he (Augur) should take charge of
the state government, and appoint a military governor.
As soon as the news brought by Major Russell spread, there was
a concerted determination by the men at the head of the Coke
party to use every available means-if necessary, to submit to insult,
and even to risk their own lives-to prevent the calamity of having
another military government in Texas. This determination domi-
nated every act of the Coke leaders throughout that memorable
contest. In pursuance of the policy of avoiding bloodshed, the
mayor informed Governor Coke that there was a large lot of arms
and ammunition in a storehouse on West Avenue; that there was
no one in possession of said house; and that, if the governor would
authorize it, the arms and ammunition would be removed at once
to the city and placed where neither of the contending parties
could get possession of them. Governor Coke said that he would
see about it, and the matter was postponed until next morning.
During that evening and night there was an immense crowd of
the Coke followers assembled in the upper part of the Capitol.
Many of them were excited and made more than one determined
effort to get to the Davis men in the lower story; and nothing
but the persuasions of the cool-headed, conservative Coke men,
aided by the determined stand taken by the gallant Travis Rifles
and the police force, saved the Davis men from destruction. It
is necessary to recite only one or two incidents to show the attitude
and excitement of the crowd and to exhibit fully the determination
of the Coke leaders to prevent a collision, although they could have
overpowered the Davis men with no great danger. During the day
the Coke followers had been permitted to go down the inside steps
which led to the north of the building. After dark, the mayor and
a friend of his, Joe Denton, who resided north of the Capitol,
thinking they would still be permitted to, go out this way, started
down the steps. Before they had gone far they were ordered to
halt. They continued to descend until they were told that if they
came farther they would be killed. They then observed by the
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