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32 TEXAS AND TEXANS FIFTY YEARS AGO.
thinly populated, and often in passing from one county seat to
another no place of entertainment would be found, and camping
out then became a necessity. When this happened, a spot affording
water and grass was, if possible, selected for camp. Having
chosen the place the travelers dismounted, unsaddled and staked
their horses, kindled a fire, made and drank coffee, and ate their
lunch. After eating and drinking, they sat around the camp fire,
joked, told anecdotes, discussed the topics of the day, sang a song
or two, and thus pleasantly whiled away the time till they grew
sleepy, when they rolled themselves in their blankets, with saddle
and saddle-bags for pillow, and with easy conscience passed into the
land of dreams. These were the golden days of enjoyment and good
fellowship. With every honest lawyer it was hail fellow well met.
No envy or jealousy, no underbidding nor struggle for fees. Every
member of the profession knew personally, and was known personally
by, nearly every man in his circuit of practice. There was no
great crowd of lawyers, in those early days, and with the settling of
land titles and other matters there was plenty for all to do.
The first Legislature after annexation that assembled in Texas,
by Act of the 11th of April, 1846, divided the State into eight
judicial districts. The counties of Brazos, Robertson, Leon, Limestone,
Navarro, Milam, Burleson and Washington composed the
Third District, R. E. B. Baylor being the judge of the district.l By
Act of February the 8th, 1850, Bell, Falls and McLennan counties
were added to the district. By Act of February the 11th, 1850,
'In an article by the writer, published in The Quarterly of the Teats
State Historiol Association, Vol. V, No. 2, entitled "Reminiscences of
Texas and Texans Fifty Years Ago," it is stated that the counties of Milam,
Burleson, Washington, Robertson, Limestone, Navarro, Freestone and Leon
composed the Eighth Judicial District. This statement is not correct.
These counties, under the act of the Legislature in 1846, constituted the
Third District, with the exception that Freestone county had not then
been created, but was subsequently organized out of the territory of
Navarro county, and became a part of the Third and a part of the Thirteenth
Judicial Districts when the latter was created.
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