The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 318
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known to the travelers, came up with rain and sleet, wetting and
chilling most thoroughly the little party, in which were two
young babes. Next morning the oxen could not be found; fright-
ened and driven by the storm they had wandered away. The men
went in search of them, leaving the women and children alone
on the cold wet prairie, where they were detained two days until
the searching party returned with most of the missing animals.
The tired, discouraged travelers hurried on, leaving one man to
guard the wagon left behind until the men could return and re-
new the search.
They pitched their tents on the San Antonio River, the waters
of which must have the same influence in entrancing strangers
as that of the Guadalupe, for they have never left the country of
their adoption. In this new home they found but one white-a
man named Shaw, who, though quiet and inoffensive, was forced
by the Mexican authorities to leave, as no Protestant was allowed
to live in the country. It was the plan of the Mexican govern-
ment to get three hundred families from Ireland and settle an
Irish Catholic colony. Only those who brought papers from the
civil authorities and priests of their former homes, certifying to
their good character as citizens and Roman Catholics, were al-
lowed to remain over twenty-four hours in the country. The Irish
emigrants were on their way out when cholera broke out among
them; many died on board the vessel, and others succumbed after
landing. So rapidly did the dreadful disease spread, and so many
of the wealthy Spaniards died, that the colonization idea was
given up. Carlos, a rich Mexican of the well-known Carlos ranch,
sold a herd of cattle, and his son, a young man, met the buyers
at Mrs. Teal's home to receive the purchase money. While en-
gaged in counting the money a messenger rushed into the room
with news of the epidemic, causing the people to flee in alarm.
Young Carlos hurried out of the house and hastily buried the
money. He, with fourteen others of his family, died with cholera
and the hiding place of the money was never known. As is so
often the case, the richest and most beautiful were among the vic-
tims. So few people were left in the country that the govern-
ment was petitioned to allow any and all to settle there.
Mrs. Teal's father was a cousin of Sir Edward Pakenham.
When a boy of fifteen years of age, full of the Pakenham fight-
ing blood, he wanted to go aboard a man-o'-war; opposed by his
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931, periodical, 1931; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101091/m1/340/: accessed October 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.