The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 11, July 1907 - April, 1908 Page: 63
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Reminiscences of Reconstruction in Texas.
Hotel. Cox at first refused to surrender. Captain Wilson in-
formed him that they did not wish to hurt him or any other per-
son, but that they had come after the arms and were going to
have them, whereupon Cox at length gave way. Just before night,
quiet being restored, Governor Davis went out of the executive
office and Governor Coke went in.
In the meantime, some person had filed a complaint against
Hill and the negroes for an aggravated assault on the mayor. The
returns of the election for comptroller and treasurer had been
made to the governor and were then in the possession of Governor
Davis. He refused to deliver those returns unless the complaint
was dismissed. A committee from the Senate, headed by Lieu-
tenant Governor Hubbard and one from the House, headed by the
Honorable Guy M. Bryan, waited on the mayor to learn what he
would do about it, stating that without those returns they could
not declare who was elected treasurer and comptroller, and that
without those officers the administration could not proceed, as
they would have no money to pay expenses. The mayor saw Gov-
ernosr Coke about the matter, who gave him the same information,
but said further that the mayor had been too greatly outraged
for the governor to advise him to dismiss the cases. The mayor
replied that he could not permit his personal feelings or the
fact of his rough treatment to interfere with the inauguration of a
free government for Texas, and he at once sent a note to Governor
Davis saying that if he would send the returns by the bearer the
cases against the negroes would be dismissed. The returns were
sent, the treasurer and comptroller were at once installed, and the
people were again permitted to enjoy the blessings of a free demo-
The "Bull Pen."
During reconstruction, when the military headquarters were at
Austin, there was constructed what was known as the "Bull Pen,"
in which persons arrested by the soldiers were confined.
This Bull Pen was located near the road leading from the city
to where the dam was afterwards constructed. It was circular in
form, from one hundred to one hundred and fifty feet in diameter,
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