The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957 Page: 244
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
all the guests called "Aunt Fanny," entertained her boarders with
tales of the "Runaway Scrape," and was gracious and cheerful
in spite of the tragic death of her son, who, when only nineteen,
had been killed with Colonel William B. Travis at the Alamo.
One afternoon, when the young girls and their escorts were danc-
ing after tea, a forbidding looking Indian walked into their midst,
dressed in a breech cloth, feathers, anklets, moccasins, and a long
white shirt. Although the Indian announced that the pretty ladies
in Houston had danced with him, kissed him and given him
rings, and strongly hinted for like favors from Mary Maverick
and Mrs. Sutherland's niece, the young girls were able to keep
their composure and to refuse him with enough tact to avoid any
danger or any conflict between the Indian and the young men
who were their partners.89
Texas, then, even in the inns and boarding houses of the early
days, often exhibited less rowdiness and violence than true com-
panionship, steadfastness, and democratic warmth. It is even prob-
able that, with the coming of the machine age and all its so-called
refinements, there have been lost, along with simple pleasures, a
certain mutual faith and comradeship and an international tol-
erance which were present in the old days and which it would be
well to regain. Certainly there is no doubt that, along with cur-
rent progress and rightful pride in the correction of old abuses,
one can still find, when face to face with the past, many reasons
both for humility and for a strong and lasting admiration.
s8Mary A. Maverick, Memoirs (MS., Archives, University of Texas Library), 1.
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