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its head down grazing, and you see it give its tail a little shake,
you stop and stand as fixed as a statue, with both arms placed
close down by your side, so that no light can be seen between
them and your body, and your legs also placed so close together
that no light can be seen between them. "Then," the Indian says,
"deer look, see you, and say, 'Danger here, must get away; but
he so still, he may be-Indian may be-stump'; and deer moves
his head first to one side and then to the other side, and deer
peeps and peeps and peeps, and says, 'That's no man; that's a
stump; no danger here'; so deer give his tail a little shake, drop
his head down and goes to eating grass again. Then the Indian
shoots, kills the deer and' takes it to the camp."
Now I will give you the second method to get in gunshot of
game when out on open ground. He goes just as close to the deer
as he dares without being discovered. He then finds a secluded
hiding place. He then pulls out his gun stick or rod (an article
all Indians love) and ties a red handkerchief to one end of it,
and then waves it in the air until he gets the attention of the
animal; and instead of running off, the animal becomes interested
with the novelty of the handkerchief and comes up right close to
it, so that meat is almost a certainty on this last method.
I have already said that General Houston crossed Red River
at Pecan Point, December 10, 1832 (Thrall's History). My mother
died the 20th of January following. Houston spent ten days
immediately after December 10, 1832, at my father's house at Pecan
Point. In the early fi ties, in the regular course of my appoint-
ments as a Methodist pastor, r was assigned to Huntsville station.
Huntsville was the home of General Houston. I was often at
his hospitable home during a full pastoral term in the city.
When General Houston found out I was a native-born Texan and
that I was born at Pecan Point, or Jonesborough, as the place
was then called, he said, "Why, are you a son of Daniel Davis ?"
I told him I was. He then said that, after crossing Red River,
he met an old Negro man and asked him how far (it was) to
a house where he could rest his horse a few days and find feed
for him. The old Negro, pointing up the road, said, "Just on
thar a mile or so you will find Mr. Dan Davis' house; he always
has plenty of feed." Houston said he found it all just as the old
colored man told him. It was at this time General Houston made
the acquaintance of my mother. He said, "Your mother was full
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