The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 81, July 1977 - April, 1978 Page: 190
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mand, and Siccahoot the chief came every day to associate with the
Col. at his headquarters. One morning the Col. was at his desk and
Siccahoot who had six toes, come in. His buckskin moccasins made no
noise. Col. Price looked under his arm and saw the chief's foot; with-
out looking up said, "Good morning, Siccahoot." The old chief from
behind reached over and felt the Col.'s bald head and said, "Morning,
Col. Price." Proof that the chief is not destitute of wit.
John and I mounted on ponies, started for Texas; crossed the Calif.
desert back to Los Angeles. Being no railroads, we mounted the old
Concord stage pulled by four horses for San Francisco, having given
our ponies to an old friend at San Francisco; cashed our government
vouchers for greenbacks, worth seventy cents on the dollar. I placed
several thousand dollars in a leather money belt, belted it around my
body under my clothes; took the Central Pacific at Ogden, Utah (later
called the Union Pacific, to Omaha); down the river to St. Louis-to
New Orleans. Took the steamer at Brazier City for Galveston; rested a
few days, meeting old man Willard Richardson and Col. A. H. Belo,
editors of the Gal. News. We eyed Mr. Richardson carefully for we
well remembered what Sam Houston said about him in early 61.5 The
old man, every evening, brought out an old shabby looking sorrel
horse, very gentle; while harnessing to the old single buggy for his
evening drive he constantly worked his lips whispering to himself.
The old Washington Hotel burned one night while we were in
Galveston. It is my recollection we landed at Waco about April 7, and
the fifteenth of May, following, was my wedding day.
56In 1855 Sam Houston, in a speech reviewing the battle of San Jacinto "paid his
respects to 'that low, dirty sheet' the Galveston News and its editor, Willard Richardson,
who was 'too mean to steal.' . . ." The Houston-Richardson animosity continued through
1858-1859 as a result of the Texas Almanac articles relative to the battle of San Jacinto;
in at least two instances, severe criticism was heaped on the head of Sam Houston by
the writers of the articles. The approach of secession in 1861 further alienated Houston
in the eyes of many Texans and brought additional criticism in the press. So, it is not
difficult to guess what "Houston said" about Richardson in 1861. Llerena Friend, Sam
Houston, The Great Designer (Austin, 1954), 238, 267, 310o.
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