The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 203
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The Texas Road to Secession and War
pected to have a merry time, but were dreadfully disappointed
at the expressions of popular feeling which they heard on that
day." The Union speaker was hooted down, and when W. W.
Apperson of Austin was introduced, wild cheers ensued. Apperson
gave an "able and beautiful address" on secession rights. Roger
Q. Mills, Captain John R. Baylor, and R. T. Brownrigg also
By December the Gazette was filling its editorial pages with
articles advocating secession. One article, entitled "Pluck the
Flower From the Nettle Danger," said: "Shall we degrade our-
selves by craving for forbearance and licking the hand of so base
and detestable an enemy?" Another article titled "To Armsl
Forewarned Forearmed!" stated: "We trust that every good citizen
of Texas who can conveniently do so will join a military com-
pany. Every one of us should learn a soldier's duty."4
Another December article, entitled "The Voice of the People,"
It is clear that the people of Texas have come to the conclusion
that her honor and safety render it necessary that she should with-
draw the powers she has delegated to the Federal Government, and
resume her original independence. .. If there was ever a critical
period in the history of any people, we have reached it.44
A secession meeting was held on December 1 in the state cap-
itol, with Judge O. M. Roberts delivering the principal address.
The Gazette printed the full address on sovereignty and states'
rights in three consecutive issues. W. S. Oldham, former partner
of John Marshall, spoke on the "grave issues before the people"
at another secession meeting held on December 8 at the court-
A unique form of political rally, the "serenade," became pop-
ular in Austin in December. The serenades were merely marches
around town by groups of people, usually accompanied by a band
of some sort. The serenaders marched to the homes of city and
state officials to "serenade," and were rewarded with political
and patriotic speeches. A serenade was held on Saturday, Decem-
45Ibid., December 8, 186o, p. 2.
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