Texas Almanac, 1859 Page: 33
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had been selected for that purpose. I communicated the information to the par-
ties interested, and all agreed to be there, but that two should be on the watch.
Some twenty ladies were present, and all was going on right merrily. Col. Mor-
gan was dancing with my wife, when a soldier gave me the hiut to look out; a
wink to the Colonel was enough-he left my wife standing on the floor, gave a
leap from the room, and was off, Lindsey and the others doing the same. There
was, however, no confusion or disorder. Immediately the soldiers were seen enter-
ing, and surrounding the house, and I bid my wife follow me, but the officers came
and begged me not to go, saying, no harm was intended me. As I came to the
outside door a gun was pointed at me by a sentinel, forbidding me to pass; but.
under the impulse of the moment, I knocked the soldier to one side with my fist, and
cleared the passage with a leap; but, finding my wife was not allowed to follow, I
reentered the room a moment after, when I found all in confusion. I agreed to
stay a while longer, and finally quiet being again restored, I passed out with my
wife by another door, guarded by two sentinels who did not venture to molest me.
A day or two afterwards, Bradburn began to suspect Munroe Edwards as the
person addressed by the letter to 0. P. Q.. and who was to provide the horse. Ed-
wards was at the time acting as clerk to Messrs. Morgan & Reed, and, having just
returned from Brazoria, had used imprudent language, that induced me to warn
him to be more circumspect, or his fate would be sealed. The very next night the
store was surrounded by soldiers, who, without hardly allowing him time to put on
his clothes, hurried him a prisoner to the guard-house.
These doings being reported, created much excitement throughout Austin's
Colony, and brought out some of the principal men to propose effectual measures
of resistance. Soon after, Judze Jack came over in a yawl-boat-by way of San
Luis Island; but it was with much dificulty he was allowed to see his brother
and Travis in prison. Although he was threatened by Pacho, (who acted in the
double cpacity of Second in Comm>mnd and State's Attorney,) yet Jack declared he
would not return without a personal interview with his brother. Opposition only
made him the more determined on his purpose, and he at last declared that he
would see his brother at all hazards. Permission was finally granted, probably
from an apprehension that a refuel would occasion some trouble. The next day
we escorted Jack back to his boat, and as he left the shore, he assured us that he
would be back in a few weeks to give us the help we so much needed.
Several of us urged Bradburn to give the prisoners over to the civil authorities,
to be duly tried for any offense they had committed, pledging ourselves that they
should abide the results of a trial. But all our entreaties were unavailing.
Word was finally brought to us that John Austin, Capt. Martin and others,
numbering some ninety men, hal reached Liberty on their way to rescue the pri-
soners, who by this time, had increased to seventeen in number. Winm. H. Jack had
been mainly instrumental in bring these men, in conformity with his promise
when he left. The Liberty boys, always on hand on an emergency, joined Austin's
Company, increasing the number to 130. Bradburn, who was a shrewd Kentuckian
by birth, was apprised of these doings, and immediately sent out his famous cavalry
to scour the county and give us a fight. Our command having left Liberty, con-
cluded to halt on the north prong of Turtle Bayou. A picket-guard of seven men
having been sent out, were advancing through a skirt of timber to have a view of
the prairie beyond, where they saw some horses and men whom they took for Brad-
burn's Cavalry, and being unseen themselves, they left their horses tied, and charg-
ing on them with their rifles while dismounted, they took the whole number (nine-
teen in all) prisoners and conducted them to the camp. Next day about noon our
small company entered Anahuac to demand the surrender of the prisoners. This
was in June, 1832. A day or two previous, the small schooner Martha had ar-
rived from the Rio Grande with Col. Souverm, who had been sent as a political
prisoner for favoring the cause of Santa Anna. On landing he soon learned the
state of affairs, and tendered his services to us as our commander. He was taken
to Win. Hardin's, but his services were declined. Having reported himself to
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