The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 223
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The Texas Road to Secession and War
accepted the Confederate paper. Duffau's Drug Store began ac-
cepting the Confederate notes in October, and even gave gold
for them.""1 In November Texas treasury warrants were going at
forty to fifty cents, rising to fifty cents when the legislature met.
The Houston Telegraph criticized Austin for this situation, saying
that the warrants were going at ninety cents in Houston.
Almost everyone was participating in a military organization.
On Wednesday, September 25, Captain H. Willke organized an-
other artillery company for service on the coast, and on the same
day a company for Sibley's Brigade was organized in the vacant
room over Darden and Maynard's. Captain Willke's company,
escorted by the Quitman Rifles, Confederate Guards, Home
Guards, and Mounted Rifles, left Austin on October 8 for San
Antonio. The Confederate Guards were holding regular monthly
meetings over Darden and Maynard's on the Avenue. Captain
Rhodes Fisher was commander of the Travis Rifles in October.
A "preparedness" meeting was held on October 22, and the com-
pany took up the line of march for the coast on Saturday morn-
ing, November 2, being the third company to leave Austin for
Governor Francis R. Lubbock arrived in Austin in November
to assume the governorship. An Inauguration Calico Ball and
Supper was held on Thursday, November 7, 1861, at the capitol.
The women of Austin prepared the food for the event. Admis-
sion to the supper and ball was $3, which went to the Soldiers'
Aid Society. Mrs. Sterling Price, wife of the hero of Lexington,
Missouri, her son, and Mrs. Sibley, wife of General Sibley, were
among the notables present."7 Five companies of mounted rang-
ers under Captain Thomas O. Moody of Tarrant County went
through Austin on Sunday morning, November io, on their way
to join Sibley's Brigade at San Antonio.
An "Examination of Deaf and Dumb Pupils" was held on
Tuesday night, November 1g, in the House of Representatives.
Professor J. Van Nostrand, principal of the Institution for the
Deaf and Dumb, spoke. The audience tested the students to see
bow much they had learned. The students were given words on
I5albid., October 5, 1861, p. 2.
11Ilbid., Novembe 2, 1861, p. 2.
117Ibid., November 9, 1861, p. 2.
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