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page 19 nine March 1834 farming on the Brazos
mother made us study our lesson every day at
noon we recited to uncle or Father. the Spring
opend fine. no cold wether. corn up and growing.
the farmers are planting cotten. Father has two
bushels of corn left. if there is no cold wether at
Easter will have it ground. we have bee with out
bread three weeks. mother makes a chees every
day. Father kills adeer on Saturday. cuts up the
meat dry it over afire. we eat it for bread. Mother
and I have been spining. Father needes plowlines.
not any rope in the Contry. the men make theire
rope out of hides and the haire from the mane
and tail of ahorse. the hare ropes is amexican
product cald acabras. the mexicans only use two
sick of wood to twist the haire. Making ropes
from the hides of cattee and horses was a tedious
process. first they would stretch alarge hide on
the ground. cut out apeace in the center the sise
of adollar. then cut round and round till they had
four long strands. scrape off the hare soak in
ashes. after it is taned wound in four balls hung
up and plated. the name is lariat. amexican word.
I spun thred and mother made the plowlines. I
soon learned to plat straw and ropes. the women
make hats for the men out of palmetto and oat
straw. make bonnets out of a vegetable plant
caled a bonnet squash.
page 20 April 1834 trouble between mr. Bell and
there has been considerable trouble between two
of our neighbors. mr. Joseph Bell accused mr
West of marking and branding his Bell yearlings
Father triede settle the trouble but didnt suc-ceed.
Mr. Bell went to Harris-burg and cmplained to
J. W. More the Mexican Alcalde. the Cort came
to our house and sent for the defendant didnt try
the case that eveing. let Mr. West go home till
next day sent for all the men in the neighborhood.
the Court was composed of Judg. David G.
Burnet John W. More mexican Allcalde and
lawyers were William B. Travis Patrick Jack and
his broter W. H. Jack. R. M. Willamson nic named
three leg Willie.) that eveing Mr. Smith and
Woodruf came with men to gather the Cattle.
mr. Smith brought awagon provisions and anegro
man to cook all so Mother. some flour and coffee.
m. Smith said he Expected to meet m. Cartright
the owner of the land and cattle. Father told him
mr. Cartright had arrived. was at mr. Stafford's.
all-so told him the Judg. lawyers and Alcalde
were presant. that they would lold Court. next
day to trie West for stealing. Mr. Smith knew
the men. had met them in Brazora. they had goin
hunting Mr. Smith said he would butcher two
calves and have a barbecu. Mother said she
would be very moch-obliged if he would as all
the men in the neigh-borhood would bee present.
page 20 continue
the hunters returned with plenty of game. Mr
Smith invited them to his camp. they had lariats
for ropes. drove stakes in the ground and tied
theire horses to feed on the grass. near our house
there was agrove of trees there were four large
trees that all-most formed asquare. Near the
trees there was alarge petrifyed log. it had all-
most turned to stone. we Children built a play
house under the four large trees. we had put
moos on the petrifyed log for a seat. the men
took pos-sesesion of our play house. Spread their
blankets on the ground for beds use theire
Saddles for pillows and sit on the petrifyed log
each man had aknife tin-cup gun and bottle-
Mr. W. B. Travis took Supper with our family.
he and sever-al of the gentlemen from Harris-
burg were going after the trial to San-felipe.
Father decided to go with them. Mr. Travis said
he would assist Father to locate land. the land
office was at that place.
Sanfelipe De Austin was where all public
business was trans-acted. it was situated on the
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