Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 9, Number 3, September, 1999 Page: 172
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to visit her and bring Richard Woodville. It was
not an easy matter to induce Richard to accom-
pany me on this occasion. He pretended to have
urgent business which prevented his compliance,
but I finally succeeded in inducing him to go. I
expected to find Madaline sad and repining over
the disgrace of her intended husband, but was
surprised to see her looking cheerful and happy.
I could not help noticing that, although she was
at that time living in a rude camp, she had man-
aged to array herself in a becoming dress, while
the ribbons and laces, which served to heighten
her beauty, were no doubt suggested by that in-
herent coquetry peculiar to the sex generally. She
colored deeply as her eyes met those of Rich-
ard, but she apparently nerved herself for what
followed. "Richard," she said, in a slightly falter-
ing voice, "you have told me that you loved me.
Can you forgive my having placed my trust in
one who has proved himself so thoroughly a mis-
creant? Will you believe me when I tell you that
I love, and have always loved you inexpressibly
more than I did him, though I did not know my
own heart until I thought that I might never again
behold you. Say, can you not forgive me, Rich-
"Forgive you! dear Madaline, say, rather,
can I ever cease to bless you for the precious
words you have this day spoken?"
I do not wish my lady friends to think
me possessed of the hard-headed stupidity which
characterizes my sex generally, and which is par-
ticularly odious at such delicate moments as those
of which I am telling. I will therefore say that I
had the good sense to see that I was one too
many on that occasion, and accordingly took my
departure for camp.
When I reached there I found two of
Fannin's men who had made their escape from
the massacre at Goliad, and there, for the first
time, we heard the dreadful details of that fear-
ful butchery, which must be the theme of our
next story. And here is our old friend, Dillard
Cooper, one of the few who escaped from the
massacre, who will relate it to us.
Every member of our gallant little com-
pany passed safely through the battle of San
Jacinto, not long after, and when peace was re-
stored, were present at the consummation of an
event which you have no doubt anticipated-the
marriage of Madaline Searcy to Richard
11. Mrs. Darden's Address to the Ladies of
the Exposition Society of Columbus (pub-
lished in Colorado Citizen, August 7, 1884)
12. Extracts from the Manuscript of Moseley
Baker (published in Ella Hutchins Steuart,
ed., Gems from a Texas Quarry (New Orleans:
J S. Rivers, 1885). Though Darden always
spelled her father's name "Mosely, " we have
retained the spelling used in the original.)
13. A Flight into Egypt (dated January 5,
1886, published in Colorado Citizen, January
Having been invited by my friend, Mrs.
Pauline Northington, well known to our citizens
as a daughter of Gen. Augustus Jones, to visit
her, I accompanied her to this place on Tuesday
last. It was raining heavily when we arrived at
New Philadelphia, our stopping point on the Sun-
set, but the subsequent ride of ten miles in an
ambulance was made the more interesting by
the numerous flocks of wild fowls thronging the
prairie, and whose flight, made low and sluggish
by the rain, permitted a near approach, quite
novel to one unaccustomed to such surround-
ings. As we drew near our destination the sun
broke through the lifting clouds with unusual
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