The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 11, July 1907 - April, 1908 Page: 62
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closed and the people assembled en masse, with such arms as they
could secure, near the red brick building occupied by the Tobins as
a drug store.' Major Mart Royston, who had been treasurer un-
der the Throckmorton administration, was in command, and was
trying to get order out of the confusion. As soon as the mayor ar-
rived one of the men seized him and rushed him to the front of
the crowd, saying, "Here he is, boys." Just then a long-haired,
frontier-looking fellow said in a loud, drawling voice, "Come on,
boys, let's go and take 'em; we've been fooling about it long
The mayor stepped into better view of the crowd and answered
in the same drawling voice, "Hold on, boys, let's talk about it
before we go. I am safe and have not been hurt. Do not be ex-
cited about my arrest." A voice in the crowd asked, "What kind
of a writ did they arrest you with?" The mayor placed his hand
in his shirt collar and replied, "By a collar writ." At this the
crowd laughed; and, taking advantage of their temporary good
humor, the mayor recited the message which President Grant had
sent to General Augur, and entreated them for their own security
and happiness and for their love of Texas not to do anything that
would afford an excuse for placing the State again under military
government. He begged them to keep quiet, to do nothing rash,
to go to their homes, and assured them that if they would do so
the contest would end satisfactorily, the Coke administration would
rule Texas, and they would again be a free and independent people.
Just as the mayor stopped speaking a note was handed to him
from Judge Ireland, who was then a State senator, suggesting that
the saloons be closed. The mayor at once sent requests to the
saloons to close until 12 o'clock next day. No men ever responded
to a request more promptly, and nothing did more to give quiet
and peace than that note from Judge Ireland and the general com-
pliance with his suggestion by the saloon men of Austin.
About this time Hill and his men were seen going in the direc-
tion of the Capitol. Gradually the crowd dispersed, going to their
homes and places of business. Later in the day the arms and am-
munition were taken from the arsenal and stored in a house in
town by men led by Captain Dave Wilson, now of the Avenue
1About half a mile east of the arsenal building.
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