The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914 Page: 53
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Extracts from the Diary of W. Y. Allen, 1838-1839
to interrupt us by making a noise in the passage. How much
like a brute is a drunken man !
Monday, July 92nd. Held monthly concert in the Capitol. A
goodly number present. Meeting interesting. Contributions
$18.00, Col. W. giving $10.00.
Wednesday, July 4th. Saw a delegation of Tonkawa Indians,
about twenty-five. Many nearly naked. They stopped at the
President's house, where they were received by .the Secretaries of
State and War. They were treated to whisky punch, noise, drink-
ing and fighting towards evening. And this is the fourth of July.
"Niecate virtute Puer," and what will our Government come to!
Thursday, July 5th. Lectured this evening on Judges 18th,
Micah's idolatry. Small audience. Saw a man this morning, a
victim of intemperance, brought to his death by yesterday's ex-
cesses. A copious rain this afternoon; much needed as there had
been none for a month. How good is the Lord, who "sendeth
his rain on the just and on the unjust." He "filleth the hearts
of His creatures with food and gladness."
The Tonkawa Indians are, many of them, finely formed. Most
of the men of the present delegation to Houston are almost en-
tirely naked. All the costume of some of them is a long narrow
strip of cloth passed between the legs, and held up before and
behind by a string or a band around the lower part of the body.
Some have an old blanket, some an old skirt, others a pair of
leggings, mockasins, etc. Some of the women have a piece of
leather or dressed buffalo skin fastened around the waist. Some,
an additional piece around the shoulders. Some of the younger
females have tinkling ornaments fastened to the lower part of
their leather costumes. The men paint their faces hideously,
wear their hair long, dressed with shining trinkets, some with
large plaits of adscitious hair or cloth hanging down to the knees.
Their language a grunting jargon. They seem cheerful, sing
considerably. Such singing as it is. They seem fond of whis-
key, some of them terribly drunk. They are a much better look-
ing people than the Comanches. They are much demoralized by
intercourse with the whites, learning their worst vices readily.
Sabbath, July 8th. Preached twice, good congregations.
Wednesday, July 11th. Set off on the steamer Correo for Gal-
veston. Intensely hot, felt badly from loss of sleep, having sat
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