The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 73
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J. C. Clopper's Journal and Book of Memoranda for 1828, 73
succession of smiles were continually sporting around her mouth
her pouting cherry lips were irresistible and even when closed
seemed to have atterance-her eye-but I have no such language
as seemed to be spoken by it else might I tell how dangerous was
it to meet its lustre and feel its quick thrilling scrutiny of the
heart as tho' the very fire of its expression was conveyed with its
beamings. I felt lonely and sad as a stranger in that place and
a vision so lovely coming so unexpectedly before me could not fail
to awaken tender recollections and altogether make an impression
not soon to be forgotten.
The 16th of Sept. the anniversary of the Declaration of Mexi-
can Independence was celebrated with a great deal of order and
unanimity and considerable enthusiasm of feeling. A stage was
erected in the public Square very much resembling a huge bed-
stead with a tester and curtains reaching down like drapery to
the platform and made fast to the four posts at the tops of which
were flying their own National flag that of The United States,
of Great Britain and of France-while that of Old Spain formed
a carpeting for the stair case ascending to the stage. The Soldiery
and citizens both ladies and gentlemen paraded the streets in the
afternoon in the evening an oration was delivered from the stage
by a Priest-was told it was an excellent and patriotic comlposi-
tion-but I thought badly delivered and apparently with but very
little effect on the multitude-a large table was set covered with
wines and other liquors, sweetmeats etc "pro bono publico." The
Square was then lighted up with lamps and candles and every
thing cleared off for the enjoyment of the "dearly loved fandango"
five or six setts at it at once.-never before did I witness so large
a collection of such happy beings. Thus passed off their day of
Continue to be myself "chief cook and bottle washer" for our
company of Invalids in San Antonio-have some amusements in
teaching the girls A. B. C-and learning their language with
them-old lady no longer afraid to trust them to my discretion-
have opportunities of witnessing their manner of living. Every
family has in the yard an oven built in form of a cone solely for
the purpose of roasting the heads legs and tails of animals-on
such occasions all the connexion round, are invited, skins are
spread on the earth-when these delicacies are thrown down in
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910, periodical, 1910; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101051/m1/81/: accessed May 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.