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ing, at an early date in Texas, by one of his men? Mr. Matthew
Dyell, who lives in San Saba county, was one of Col. Bowie's men,
and was with him in all his Indian fights in Texas. I have reference
to the Col. Bowie who perished with the gallant Col. Travis-the
Col. Travis who, when he saw that the Alamo was stormed and the
victory lost, jumped up on the walls and exclaimed, "Hurrah for
Texas," the Mexicans then shooting him. The same Col. Travis,
who, when Santa Anna hoisted in the town opposite the fort, a
blood-red flag, ordered a cannon ball to be shot at it, as much as to
say, "We are no rebels, sir; but freemen, fighting for our Constitu-
tional rights guaranteed to us by the Constitution of 1824, under
which we settled this country!"
Col. Travis proclaimed in the letters, that he wrote daily for aid,
that he would defend the fort to the last, and never surrender. Col.
Travis never did surrender. The cold-blooded Mexicans, after the
taking .of the Alamo, made Travis' negro boy show them his dead
body, which they cut and mangled to their hearts' content. Texas
and Texians can never hold his memory too sacred. Justice and hon-
or would dictate that a monument should be erected to his memory
and that of the brave men who fell with him in the Alamo.
There was a song composed by one Harrison, on the events of
the battle of San Jacinto. It is published in a song book, the name
of which I have forgotten. I think it had a Scottish name. I saw the
song in this book in 1843 or 1845. The name, of the song I have
also forgotten. One verse I recollect, or a portion of one:
"Long may the dark-brow'd maids of Spain Remember San Ja-
cinto's bloody plain;
And weep for those they ne'er again shall meet in reveiry."
I should like very much to have this old song, which we old Texas
soldiers can appreciate better than any one else. I wish to hear
my daughter sing it for me. w. D. TAYLOR
Through the continuing efforts of Earl J. Sheffield III the
Association has received eight additional notebooks of Mrs. Julia
Lee Sinks, one of its charter members. These have been placed in
the Archives of the Eugene C. Barker Texas History Center,
which houses previous contributions of Mrs. Sinks' papers.
Dr. Pat Ireland Nixon, noting the mention of Bishop Laurence
J. FitzSimon in the preface to the Great Hanging pamphlet
reprinted in the annual meeting program, has provided the
following sketch of that fine gentleman and book collector.
Texas has had many collectors of Texana and allied subjects. One
of these was Bishop Laurence J. FitzSimon of Amarillo. He was a
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