The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915 Page: 118
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think it several centuries old. The only marks on the cross were
the letters "M" and "S," which apepar to have been rudely cut
with a cold chisel. A few old cannon balls have been found near
where the cross was found. However, the only evidence of a fort
was that the dirt seems to have been thrown up in a ridge on the
bank of the river.
While Mr. Dufner concludes that the cross was of French origin,
it would be very difficult to prove that such is the case. The
spot where it was discovered would seem indeed to be in the
neighborhood of the accepted site of La Salle's fort, some three or
four miles up the Lavaca River,' which would be roughly nine
miles from the town of Port Lavaca. The Spanish presidio of
La Bahia, however, was constructed in 1722 upon exactly the same
site as the French fort, and there is no evidence to show that the
cross may not have been of Spanish origin. Further investigation
as to the place of discovery and closer examination of the cross
itself may give some clue as to its identity, but until some con-
clusive evidence is advanced, it will be impossible to say whether
the cross belonged to the French or is a relic of the later Spanish
occupation. W. E. DUNN.
With an appropriation made by the Thirty-third Legislature, the
State of Texas recently purchased a marble bust of General Me-
mucan Hunt, by the famous American sculptor Hiram Powers.
The bust was acquired from the widow of General Hunt, and has
been placed in the State Library.
The "Diary of E. S. Dodd, Company D, Terry's Regiment, Texas
Rangers," is the title of an interesting Civil War relic that recently
came into the possession of the Texas State Library. The diary
covers the year 1863. Dodd was shot as a spy early in January,
"A miracle of faithfulness, being a biography of Mrs. Percy V.
Pennybacker, President of the General Federation of Women's
Clubs," by Peter Molyneaux, was published in The Texas Club-
woman (San Antonio), June 8, 1914.
1See Miss Buckey's article, "The Aguayo Expedition," THE QUARTERLY,
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915, periodical, 1915; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101064/m1/124/: accessed December 11, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.