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RECONSTRUCTION IN TEXAS. 13
white people of the county. As the sequel proved, he must have become
greatly alarmed about his personal safety, though no violence
had been done him or was threatened towards him. One night
about midnight, a short time after Conroy had been declared
elected sheriff, and before he had qualified as such, the writer was
aroused by some one hailing at his front gate. The person proved
to be his law partner, Mr. Johnson, who informed him that Sheriff
Conroy was in an alley back of a storehouse on the public square
of the town awaiting his return, and had told him if he could get
$100 he would now leave the county and State never to return.
Dressing as speedily as possible, the writer and Mr. Johnson went
to their law office, where the writer happened to have one hundred
dollars in gold, got the money, found Conroy in the alley and gave
it to him, and he disappeared in the darkness, and the writer has
never seen him since.
There lived in Centreville at that time a good old Freedman by
the name of Harry Mattison, who had a nice pony, bridle and
saddle, which old Harry loved next to his freedom. Next morning
great was old Harry's grief, for during the shadows of the night
pony, bridle and saddle had disappeared. Conroy had stolen them
and made his way to the nearest railroad station, Bryan, Brazos
county, and had there sold them. Conroy stayed in Bryan a day
or so gambling, and left, going by rail towards Houston. Some
three weeks afterwards a citizen of Leon was in Galveston, and
found there Conroy, who was penniless, and for fear he would, by
some means, get back to Leon county to plague the people, he put
him on board a steamship, paid his passage to New Orleans, and
saw the ship with Conroy aboard sail away. The one hundred dollars
was well spent. In place of Conroy, fortunately, a competent,
respectable citizen of the county was appointed sheriff.
Soon after Gen. Reynolds took command of the district, a company
of soldiers, under the command of Capt. Bradford, a native
of South Carolina, was sent to Leon county and stationed near Centreville,
the county seat. The business of the soldiers was to furnish
squads to assist the Bureau Agent in arresting whites, and
generally in upholding and enforcing the decisions of the agent in
settling matters between the negroes and the whites. Capt. Brad-
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Wood, William D. Reminiscences of reconstruction in Texas ; and, Reminiscences of Texas and Texans fifty years ago, book, 1902; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth14387/m1/13/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .