The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 11, July 1907 - April, 1908 Page: 60
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erts at once rejoined the Travis Rifles where they were in waiting.
The mayor advanced some distance, meeting Captain Hill and the
negroes, who had their guns presented in his direction. He threw
up his hands and cried "Don't fire," then stood awaiting their ap-
proach. Hill rushed up to the mayor and seized him roughly by
the shirt collar, saying, "I arrest you." The mayor demanded,
"By whose authority?" Hill replied, "By the authority of Gov.
Davis," and said to his men, "Come around him, boys; come around
The negroes in the arsenal had rushed out and met the others
just as Hill had arrested the mayor. They swung their guns over
the mayor's head and said, "Yes, d-n you, you thought you had
us, but we've got you. Hurrah, boys, hurrah !" They seemed as
excited and wild as savages. Hill, who still had his hand in the
mayor's collar, pulled him toward a small gate on the west side
of the avenue, the negroes surrounding him and keeping up a regu-
lar pandemonium with their oaths and yells of exultation. The
mayor, believing the Travis Rifles would try to rescue him and
thereby bring about the dreaded collision, while Hill was pulling
him in one direction, was watching for the company in the
opposite direction, in which it had retired. He saw the Rifles
come around the corner, ready to charge, and at once elevated his
right hand as high as possible and energetically motioned them to
retire. Although the negroes were thick around him, he kept his
hand in motion until the Rifles had retreated.
Hill and his mob took the mayor into the enclosure, down a
very steep hill, into a hollow, out of sight of the streets. The men
were formed in double ranks and the mayor placed in front of
them. As soon as it was somewhat quiet, the mayor said, "No
doubt you think it very brave for thirty or forty armed men to
arrest one unarmed citizen." Hill said, "Let's see if you are
not armed," and began to search the mayor, who remarked, "Search
to your heart's content. I am armed with nothing but a penknife
and the majesty of the law." Addressing the negroes, he continued,
"As mayor of Austin, I command you to disperse and not commit
a breach of the peace. Coke has been elected governor of Texas
by fifty thousand majority. The people are determined he shall be
governor. Your great friend, General Grant, has refused to inter-
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