The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 358
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
No Texas municipality ever took greater precautions to insure
a safe and sane Fourth of July than did Governor Manuel de
Salcedo to preserve the peace of the holiday season connected
with the observance and feasts of Concepci6n and Guadalupe, on
December 8 and 12 respectively, in the disturbed revolutionary
year of 1810, as revealed by the following original document
from the Nacogdoches Archives of The University of Texas
Justly wishing to afford this settlement the annual
diversion of the feasts they customarily celebrate dur-
ing the days of Our Lady of the Concepci6n and Our
Lady of Guadalupe, and to see to it that the celebrations
are held in a most decorous manner because of the criti-
cal circumstances of these days, I shall dictate the fol-
lowing provisions designed to furnish amusement for
everyone with peace and the prevention of the evil
intentions of disturbers of the public peace.
For these reasons the following rules shall be ob-
1st. The bazar booths and the bull-ring shall be
located in one of the plazas to be selected by the feast-
day committee and the city attorney. They shall be
placed in the best order possible, and shall leave ample
room for the traffic and recreation of the public.
2nd. During the days when no festivities or sanc-
tioned games are being held, the bazar shall be closed at
the sound of retreat, as ordered by article 6 of the proc-
lamation dated November 18, under the penalty set
forth in the same article.
3rd. From tonight forward taps shall be sounded
from the parish church of this villa one hour after
retreat. This signal will indicate that no one shall be
about in the streets without a legitimate reason, as
provided in article 1 of the aforesaid proclamation.
4th. The days of public festivities and sanctioned
games shall be the following:
The 7th, from vespers in the evening until 12 o'clock
that night, at which time the bell will be rung for taps
in order that everyone may retire to his home and all
the bazar booths may be closed. Every night that simi-
lar festivities are held the same hours shall be observed.
The 8th, the 9th, the 10th, the 11th, and the 12th
until the afore-cited hour.
The 15th celebrations shall begin at vespers and con-
tinue all day Sunday until the sound of taps.
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