The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 12, July 1908 - April, 1909 Page: 78
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
tized us in twenty-two minutes. There were men there thirty years
old who had never seen any one baptized. Some came twenty-five
miles to witness it.
From that time churches began to, be organized, and revivals
were held. We would take our wives and children on Spanish
ponies to preaching six or eight miles from our homes. We did
not know but that we should be attacked by the Indians on the
way, or at the house where the services were held, so we always
took our guns with us.. We would stack our guns in one corner of
the house, and put a guard on the outside, to prevent a rush on
the house before we were aware of it. We went to church in our
shirtsleeves, and wore our moccasins when the weather was warm,
and no one ever fainted or became insulted in those days. They
did not have an instrument to grind the music out, but everybody
sang. As soon as two or three got to the meeting place they com-
menced to sing. There was ndt so much formality then as now,
but there was a great deal more spirit. I sometimes think that if
an old-timer were to go to one of our churches now and commence
singing one of those old-time hymns that our mothers and grand-
mothers used to sing that there would be some fainting from fear
that there was a crazy man in the house.
We used to pay our preacher then, too, but we did it by divid-
ing our meat and bread with him, and the sisters would spin and
weave him a nice suit of jeans to wear to his appointments. The
men would take their deer skins to town and barter them for a
hat and shoes for the preacher to wear, while we wore our home-
spun pants and shirts and moccasins to church. Our women would
spin and weave their own dresses.
The habits and customs of the people at that time were few and
simple. The hospitality of the people could scarcely be equaled.
At every house there was always a pot of coffee, and no matter at
what hour of the day you happened to call you would be handed
a cup. You could travel all over the country, and it would cost
you nothing. You could stay a month with a family, and it would
cost you no board.
Well, let us come back to the revivals. They had union camp
grounds, and held union prayer-meetings, in which Baptists, Meth-
odiosts, and Presbyterians would all take part. The terms by which
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