The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 34
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
salaries very low, and the practice of rigid economy, the finances
of Texas rose to a healthy state. The very attempt of moving
the government was made a pretext to keep from paying out
money; with the offices away from Austin and the records and
archives at Austin Houston could avoid settlements by the excuse
that the departments were separated from their books. ; Money
was scarce; there was no circulating medium in the country.
Commerce and trade was by way of exchange of produce, goods,
and chattels. A note for ten dollars had to have expressed in
it that property could be received instead.
I had but little surveying to do, so I opened a farm on some
land I owned on Little River. I engaged men, to be paid in
property, who were to live with me and work; they were young
men and soon tired of a life with no neighbors, and left after
we had got in a field and planted some corn. It was a very dry
year and the corn made little. I, too, deserted the farm the
greater part of the time. Later I got a family to come and stay
who remained for three years, and the place was much improved.
With my stock collected on the farm, I later settled on it as
The president succeeded in making treaties with the more
formidable tribes of Indians, and at last with all. Those treaties
were of great benefit to Texas, and highly creditable to Sam
Houston's policy. But small parties of renegades, or outlaws from
tribes, still committed depredations now and then. That fall
four Indians stole some horses from Monroe's settlement, six
miles from my farm, and being more careless than usual in get-
ting away they were easily overtaken by ten or twelve whites.
The fight took place during a big gust of rain, which prevented
the Indians seeing the men approach until they were right on
them. They rushed for their horses but these were beyond con-
trol in the storm so they rallied around two mesquite trees and,
having no guns, they drew their bows and arrows. Their bow-
strings were wet and could not be used to advantage. Neither
would the guns of the whites fire, so they used them as clubs,
beating the Indians to death.
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