The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957 Page: 230
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there on. They promptly did so by tying the culprit to a stake
and whipping him until a physician standing by said he had had
enough, whereupon the party rowed the prisoner across the river
and ordered him to leave the country. When he had disappeared,
the chief officer of the group took the man's knife with which
the murder had been committed and hurled it into the river.
At once this gesture was followed by the more dramatic one of
every man in the boat taking his knife from his belt and flinging
it into the water.41
While Alcalde Smith does not recount a detailed description of
Brazoria at this time, it is known from other accounts what the
place looked like a few years later. According to one writer, it
consisted of thirty houses, the majority being built of logs, with
three of brick and two or three of wood frame. At this time,
which must have been after Mrs. Long's departure, the principal
hotel was the house of William Austin. This hotel had the appear-
ance of many of the early dwellings in that it consisted of two
square, log houses "built about fifteen feet apart," each with a
"door in the middle facing inward; the space between being cov-
ered by a roof, making a broad passage sheltered above and open
at the ends."42 The hotel could take care of thirty boarders and
served excellent food, considering the disadvantages of the place
in a day when the transportation of supplies by river boat was
almost as uncertain as the ox-drawn wagon since the streams were,
at times, too shallow to be navigable. The table for dinner was
set in the open passage. The apartment on the south of this
passage was used as sleeping quarters for the guests, the other
wing doubtless being reserved for the family. As the sleeping
quarters were only twenty feet square, it required some ingenuity
to place thirty men "in a horizontal position and each on a
separate mattress."43 Even so, it was something not to have to
share one's bed, as guests later had to do in the still more crowded
conditions in Houston.
On November 30o, 1836, the Congress at Columbia announced
that the proposed town of Houston should become the temporary
seat of government for the budding Republic of Texas.44 At the
42Fiske, A Visit To Texas, 31.
44American Guide Series, Houston (Houston, 1942), 40o.
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