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BEXAR SCRIP NO. Q692

[From The Rolling Stone, Saturday, March 5, 1894 ]
W HENEVER you visit Austin you should by all means
go to see the General Land Office.
As you pass up the avenue you turn sharp round the
corner of the court house, and on a steep hill before you
you see a medieval castle.
You think of the Rhine; the "castled crag of Dracllen-
fels"; the Lorelei; and the vine-clad slopes of Germany.
And German it is in every line of its architecture and
design.
The plan was drawn by an old draftsman from the
"Vaterland," whose heart still loved the scenes of hi>
native land, and it is said he reproduced the design of
a certain castle near his birthplace, with remarkable
fidelity.
Under the present administration a new coat of paint
has vulgarized its ancient and venerable walls. Modern
tiles have replaced the limestone slabs of its floors, worn
in hollows by the tread of thousands of feet, and smart
and gaudy fixtures have usurped the place of the time-
worn furniture that has been consecrated by the touch of
hands that Texas will never cease to honor.
But even now, when you enter the building, you lower
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Henry, O., 1862-1910. Rolling Stones, book, 1912; Garden City, New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139359/m1/263/ocr/: accessed July 27, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.