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of the Texas boys were stored; you may hear how 1E-vans fell inl his last heroic
effort; you may see where Davy Crockett's blood spurted across the door-sill, and
S,,,through,,, an upper window you may catch sight of the sp ot where T'ravis drolpp)ed
e; beside his four cannon.
A short walk brings you to the Main Plaza all San l:ernland(l Cathedral, where the
Napoleon of the West established himself when he and his thousands came up to wage war oin
the 130. The old gray walls still stand intact, though they, too, were built early in the
eighteenth century. Inside, a soft, stained light falls across the prayerful faces of placid
saints, the 1\adonna and Child and the scenes on Calvary. It is a Mexican shrine of worship,
and the soft footfalls of the worshipers, the murmuring of many prayers and the muffled click
of the beads are in quiet keeping with the solemn, brooding peace that now envelops it.
For a visit to the other missions one must inspian and make a day of it. Indeed, the
distance to the first mission and return will monopolize the greater part of one day, and for any
exact notation of the features of interest at each stopping point, several successive visits \wiil
be necessary. The Mission Concepcion is the first en route and the best preserved of all, but
like all the rest, it has suffered complete demolition of its outer walls. The Mission San Jose
is the only one of the missions beautiful as a ruin. It has been pronounced, "by those who
know," the finest ruin this side the water. Its fastidious carving and delicate device are
indeed marvelous achievements when one considers the date of its building and the wilderness
wherein it was built. Huica, the Spanish architect, is given the credit of its design, and the
entire facade, with its cherubs, saints and wreaths, is said to have been brought from ,Spailn
to the City of Mexico, thence through forests, over mI1ountainls, across rivers, to its present site.
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Fisher, C. E. Queer, Quaint Old San Antonio: Its Climate in Throat and Lung Diseases, book, 1895; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143545/m1/40/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.