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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Farm had a good location, but its purchase was sheer nonsense,
in the prince's opinion. No doubt existed any longer in his
mind that the Society would get from the Texan Congress
whatever it asked. He had been unable to see Sam Houston,
but he had seen Anson Jones again. He anticipated that
the hardest task of all would be to reach an agreement with
the Indians, but he assured Count Castell that he would accom-
plish that, too, even if it were the last thing he did. He
remembered the services rendered to the Society by Captain Jack
Hays of the Spy Company and the soldier Johann Rahm when
he requested that the rifle for Captain Hays be inscribed: "The
German Association to Col. John C. Hays," and that the rifle for
Rahm be marked with the words: "Der Verein zum Schutze
deutscher Einwanderer in Texas als Anerkennung dem Schweizer
Prince Solms wrote from San Antonio on July 29 in part as
The country which I have visited is in places very beautiful and
well watered; there are some hills, but they are not worth men-
tioning. The rivers are good, and the Guadalupe and San An-
tonio can be made navigable. San Antonio de Bexar looks like
a single great ruin from Spanish times-the Alamo, all the splen-
did monuments of Spanish architecture, the missions of San Jose,
La Concepcion, San Juan, and La Espada lie in ruins-I feel
here like Scipio on the ruins of Carthage. And in all these ruins
there is nothing but misery-all these poor Alsatians and Ger-
mans from the Rhine country whom Castro sent over have my
Two weeks before Prince Solms wrote his last personal letter
to Count Castell he sent his first official report from Nassau Farm.
He stated that he agreed with the suggestion of the colonial di-
rector, Alexander Bourgeois, to parcel out and sell Nassau Farm,
since it was about one hundred and forty miles from the Bour-
geois - Ducos grant and too difficult to reach from there.
21S-B A., XLIX, 153-156. Rahm, a native of the Swiss canton of Schaff-
hausen, had persuaded his commanding officer, Captain Hays, to come to
the aid of a number of Germans from the Palatinate, Baden, and Wuert-
temberg who had come to Texas in the early spring of 1844 as settlers for
Castro's colony on the Medina and had himself done much to relieve their
sufferings and to find work for them. See Kalender der Neu Braunfelser
Zeitung fiir 1916, p. 28.
"Ibid., XLIX, 157-159.
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