The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 71
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J. C. Copper's Journal and Book of Memoranda for 1828. 71
pose do the ruins of an earth-shaken or sacked and burnt City
after the buildings had been battered down to the last story by a
destroying and victorious enemy-these walls are about 18 or 20
ft in height the roof is invisible from the outside-is formed of
huge cedar logs as rafters on which are laid small boards-these
beams have a descending inclination from the back walls out-
wardly so as to rest upon the front walls about 2 ft below their
height. the roof is then covered with a cement from 8 inches
to a foot in thickness from off which the rain is conducted by
wooden troughs passing thro' the walls and projecting 3 or 4 ft
into the Square. Thro' this square and the heart of the town
runs a canal for the purpose of watering the garden lots, as the
water by small outlets may be conducted from this to all parts
of the place-the traveller hears around him a confusion of un-
known tongues, the red natives of the forests in their different
guttural dialects-the swarthy Spaniard of a scarce brighter hue-
the voluble Frenchman-a small number of the sons of Green
Erin-and a goodly few of Uncle Sam's Nephews or half expa-
triated sons-he feels himself now for the first time in his life
a stranger truly in a foreign land and enters a door for a short
residence that he may discover something more of this people-
but what he has seen we will let him make known in his own
proper person. I find that Father has obtained a house and
opened his goods. Mr. Gregg is convalescent, tho' like Lyndsay
and Patrick continues in a very debilitated state-business toler-
ably brisk profits moderate-some difficulty in dealing with the
Mexicans, not understanding their language-form an acquaint-
ance with two or three families-become some what a favourite
with our landlady who has two pretty daughters-accompany them
several times to the fandangos-waltzes and reels the principal
forms of dance among them-always performed in the streets.
Men do not select their partners-this is more gallantly left to
the ladies-the former placing themselves in a line on the floor
and when the latter arise and face the object of their choice-it
sometimes happens that two or more make the same selection and
then there is a good deal of elbowing among the fair ones-there
are always managers to regulate matters-often solicited but never
participate in the intricacies and mazes of their figures-delicacy
forms but a small part of female character in San Antonio-their
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