The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957 Page: 423
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In 1731, a settler in Bejar and San Fernando, speaking of the
Comanches, said that to compare an East Texas timber Indian
with a plains Indian was like comparing dish water to whiskey.
The first European marriage in Texas was in June, 1686, when
Sieur Barbier and a young maiden who came to Texas with La
Salle were married at Fort St. Louis.
An item from San Felipe de Austin in October, 1833, gives an
intriguing bit of news about the funeral of James Briton Bailey,
one of the Old Three Hundred, who died at his home at Bailey's
Prairie at the age of fifty-four. At his own request he was buried
standing up, with his rifle and a jug of whiskey at his feet.
Another news item from San Felipe de Austin in August, 1833,
announces the engagement of Rebecca Cummings to William
Barret Travis. The reader wonders what became of this engage-
ment and turns to the Handbook of Texas for information. The
marriage did not materialize, but on March 3, 1836, Travis sent
Miss Cummings a letter from the Alamo. On December 28,
1843, she was married to David Y. Portis.
An Austin item dated December 14, 1841, states that critics of
President Houston claimed that he signs his name in such a way
that the "S" looks like an "I" and that his signature really reads:
"I am Houston."
We learn that the first military draft law effective in Texas was
enacted by the Convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos on March
6, 1836. The Homestead Law was passed by the Congress of the
Republic in Houston on January 27, 1839. The law making
dueling a capital offense was passed by the Congress in Austin
on January 28, 1840.
Dr. Steen has announced that the purpose of his book is to re-
capture some of the headlines of Texas history, providing a mis-
cellany of interesting material, "to be read for pleasure and to
give the reader an insight into the many facets of life in Texas
that cannot be covered in the usual history book."
The Texas News is the sort of book to keep handy near easy
chair or bedside and to be picked up and read in whatever time is
available, from three minutes to three hours. It is a browseable
book, wherein the reader can move leisurely about, pausing here
and there to note and ponder whatever catches his interest or
fillips his imagination.
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