Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 10, Number 2, July, 2000 Page: 97
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Reminiscences of Dilue Rose Harris
west bank of the Brazos river about 30 thirty
miles above fro where we live.
page 21 April 1834 Court under the live oaks
the next day the men be-gan to ariv early. Sevr-
al ladis came with their husbands to visit mother.
mr. West the accused was the first man on the
ground. by 10 oclock there were 25 or 30 people
present. Mr. Moeses Shipma came early he lived
five miles below our house had four grown sons.
they came with theire Father. mr Shipman was
horrifide that one of the neigbors should be
accused of stealing. Said if West was found guilty
he would be sent to Anahuac or Sanantonio and
probably be sent to mexico to work in the silver
mines. said he would much rather have paid mr.
Bell fr the yearling then have a family left
destitute in the neigborhood. Mr. Smith prepared
dinner for the crowd. the trial began at 11 eleven
oclock. the defendant pled not guilty. Bell proofed
that ayearling with Wests mark and brand was
sucking his - Bells) cow. W. B. Travis attorney
for West. Patrick Jack for Bell. after argument
on both sides the Jury pronounced the defendant
guilty. W. B. Travis gave notices of an appeal.
Judeg Burnet granted the accused a second
hearing. Mr Ben Fort Smith proposed for the
Court to ad-jorn till evey-body present should
have diner. he got Bell to one side bought the
cou and yearling. sent Bell home. when the case
was cald agane there were no evidence aginst
West. mr. Smith Claimed the cow yearling
page 21 coninued
said the branding had been done through
amistake. the defendant was discharged. Judge
Burnet admoish him to be more car ful in the
future. mr Smith and Father had a good laugh.
after the trial Father said it was the most per-
fect farce he had ever Seen. all the men in the
neighborhood were re-joiced at the way the trial
ter-min-ated. his was the first act in the West
and Bell tragedy.) two of the young men pro-
posed to mother to have adance. said they would
go and fetch some young ladies. Mother ob-
jected. said as there was apreacher she would
as him to preach. said she had been in texas
nearly ayear and hadnt heard asermon. one
young man said he neve had heard asermon.
Mother asked Mr. Woodroffto preach. he agreed
but didnt have abible. Mothers Bible was lost
when we were Shipwreck the year before. no-
one-offerd to go for a Bible. Mr. Travis said he
would send Mother a Bible if he could find one
in San felipe. Mr. Woodroff praid and exhorted
the people to lead pure lives. Mrs. Stafford and
Mother sang the hymn. on Jordens stormy banks.
I stand and cast awishful lye.) the preacher sang
come though fount of every blessing. mr. West
was not present at the Beligous exercise in the
evening. the neighbors went home. nex morning
Father mr. Travis and R. M. Williamson started
for San-felipe. the alcalde and lawyers returned
to Harris-burg. David G. Burnet went to
page 22 twenty two April 8 1834 going to aball
Mr. Smith Woodruff gatherd half the cattle will
return in May for the balace. be fore the
gentlemen left they thanked sister and I for the
use of our thay-house. Mr. Travis said he would
send us some side comes. Mr. Smith said he wold
giv sister one of his nephews named Dave Terry.
she said she didnt want him if he was as ugly as
Frank. Mr. Smith laughed at her. said if she
wouldnot have Dave he would giv her acow and
Calf. I was very much mortifyed at what she
said. I was nine years old. She seven. we were
very lonsom after the men had gone. Sister and
I cleared-up our play house. the prairie was
coverd with flowers. wild horses and deer would
feed near the house. if the horses becamed
frightend they forme in ahalf circle. then in astrait
line. then one horse would gallop up and down
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