The Alamo Star (San Antonio, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 4, Ed. 1 Saturday, September 23, 1854 Page: 1 of 4
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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, SEPTEMBER 23,
THE ALAMO STAR, ! thru ugh, until old age cuines tottering on, and
is published on gvfiKY saturo* Y by j wc 'uU^ back and cry "all is vanity and vcxa-
J.u. P. NEWCOMB 4. Rou'r J. LAMBERT. : lion 01 «T ' -"
Office &AiUd Siftel. i Such indeed U life upon iu false and ireacU-
| erous bosom, 'midst storuis and whirlpools
j cares and strife it bears us onward, to eternity
¡where the wicked cease to trouble" and that
! wearied spirit finds at last oblivion.
f Passing on down the stream 1 discovered the
dead body of an old Mexican woman laying
! upon the bank, her sex had proved no protec-
j tion, she had hobbled to the river to procure a'
TUB TEXAS REVOLUTION.
storming of San Antonio de Jtexar, &<%
BY A LATH oFFfCKR OF THK ARMY.
It may appear sitante, but nevertheless it i> bucket of water when she was shot by her own
'ic, that men, who. a few hours piev ions,%ere countrymen supposing her to be one oí our men
veekhig each others lives, should apparently in iu disguise „or perhaps furnishing it for our
a short time become frb-nds, the anieles o« cap- : partv; water the first two days of our entrance
itulation had hardly been signed, when the , Mng warct, |bat it fiüM foF a dollar a tin
Texiaii* and Meixcans were mixing and con- (,Uj> and five for a backot fl|Hvwe soon, bowev-
versing together, endeavoring to understand j t,r opeMd dilcheg which ft# been stopped up
each ether as ii nothing had oecmred to make ? ^ enerilyj anj had. that necessary article
liddle of the streets,
♦iiem otherwise. In the uu
and at «very corner upon old boxes, and barels
«hey opened their favorite game ^donteyfor the
purpose of obtaining any suiáll change they
might possess; but they soon found it was as
hard to win at thai, as the- one tl.f^y had-been , p,;u:t, wab yeiiow, wrniKicu ana parcnea *
engaged in the last few yki\s, the bo)s being i yCt *he, pérhaps, was once young, loyely, ami
most too cute lor them./ j a<jnnfed, throwing mirth and joy around her,
My curiosity being excited, and wishing to ! the.bclle of the gay. Fandango, the aáore/í oí
see m ire of this far-famed place, 1 roamed about j the s!eniei age and misfortune had ¿ver-
the town until I arrived at the Church, upon ! taken her, and death, by the hand, of her fi/ends,
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running through the streets in profusion.
She appeared to be about «evenly or eighty^
years old; and instead of the liright beaming
eyes of youth and beauty were ray less orbs;
the rosy hue of health was gone ard in its
place was yellow, wrinkled and pafefeed íkiñ/
fVho must bear the blame oí that deed, onr boys
having too good eyesla mistake a poor old wo-
man for an enemy. She was decentíy intered
and considerable gflei manifested tof her faith.
entering, the first^object that met my view, was
an image of the/virgin Mary "half as latge as
life, and twice' as natarul," she had on an old
dirty cotton petticoat, ever which, was a faded
and tattered silk gown, that ju*t leached to her | depart i ng from this sad scene' 1/joined
knees, le,riug her delicate lege, I forgot, Judie ¡ culnpan¡!,ns, my reflections being^n dispelled
lid* e no leg-, limbs 1 nii'an, exposed iu vulga1 | |,y the nes«t, ary cares, and duties of a soldier.
Sfaae; on her neck was a large string of glass ¡ It..„,;iillinK hew bllt a few «lay's, being under
head*, placedth-re by way of ornament, and ou . , prcMllHI lhat lhe ft,;1,tin| was at
least, for a time, I procured, with several others
her tica I, an ol«l nightcap, but that, I believe,
was a trick of some of the volunteers, who fear-
ing perhaps, her ladyship might catch cold, had
placed it there for the special purpose of pro-
tecting it from the severity of the weather. She
bad also Iom her nose, some, disrespectful bullet
my discharge, our time of service having ex-
pired. The balance of our party not having
seen enough, were ordered to join Col. Fannin
at La Fíalua, for my part, 1 was very well sat-
,i- , . % . i . . i i-died, forced marches, sorefeet, cracked corn*
m Un winding wav having deprived her of \ . tl . I - . , „ ' i M"
i , . i , ' t>ull licet- ns| es for salt, digging ditches and
hat very useful member, , , «.«<. .tmi
n./• . , , , , , plenty narrow chances for one s life is' not under
Winding mv way to the banks of the river, ^ , , .
, 1/ ; all cireumstances v^ry agreeable. 1 had e-M
the pure ami transparent water like the stream ! , , , , , / . . ,
, ,, . - out whole and sound from one tight plat e, and
oí lile, was ripplinfr and caroling away sport- 1 , . r , t ...w 6 ' '
t j- ,1 ,, , ,i , , " . . devil take tne, 1 thought, it I get eatched in an
mg and displacing the pebbles that lay in its j s 6 1 1
silvery bosom bearing them onward, until the
were engulphed ami lost to^^vie w*
Contentment that ne-plus ultra of this life so
much talked of but seldom met with, is the
goal to which wc are ail in chase, but to which
fewj wjr 5fenr ever arrive* la childhood, #e
play wuh ^>ur tops, untTl becoiniiñí^ tlfWl, we
we were still in dan^r of being shot, such is
the effect of habit, besides tjiere are very few
men unused^to such things who can stand per-
fectly still, and hear a bullet whistling by their
ears. 1 have seen many brave men dodge in
the commencement of an action, although it is
perfectly futile, for th* dagger is orer with the
sound of the ball, wbith is not heard until it has
Amused at the Circumstance, we rode on un-
til náfcr sun dpwh, when it became necessary to
look out for a tamping place, with a soldiers
two great requisites, wood an^l water. Having
selected a sijitable situation, we dismounted and
commenced making arragements for night's
lodging. Roascr, one of our party, "w*r¡ns
started cvtit to procure some venison, returned
in a shvvvt time bringing in two, when we feast-
ed plentifully, there not being a particle left
after breafast next morning, with the exception
of the hides and bones, etc.,. pretty fair eating
lov four men, being just half a deer apieCe.
''-Honest Bob,"* however appropriating to him-
self the Lion's share.
Hiding through our'long prairies all clay with
all a keen norttr wind blowing seldom fails
giving a man a good appetite. Many a time,
have 1 spread my blanket upon the soft green*
grass, Nature's own carpet, her blue expansive
mantle over my head, with simple venison and
water from my canteen or some curling brook,
have I *at and enjoyed my plain but wholesome
ure and peater relish*
of the rich could «fe r
at last ■.would iaiahtve
I lain me dowá, the
saddle for a pillow,
the moon, n igUi'sgoááess,
y over we, the clouds
by, as if they wo a «not cast a
gloom over their queen, but has^n on
might shed her light on earth'sjkirest jpo:
Ah! 'tis true that man with no other one bv hit
side leeb the ionesomeness of his situation, tne
weight of solitude,'the immensity and silenccof
creation, thu deep, dead unutterable stillness®4'
the tomb; nut a sound to be Ward not e'en the
chirping of the cricket, the sighing of tjie bfeete
nor thexvaving of grass, none, l.one, save
he makes himself as he iv;m his wearl4P(j Ht^bg4
thus I lay and mo.^ until I fell 'mtü [Ua, avee't
j nother; notwithstanding thefíe reflections, in a rep«>se, and ^CefuJ slumber the reward of a
few Short days, I was eager ^toseek the bubble J wearing any, pleasant dreams southl mv
reputation e'en at the cannon's mouth" as ever, I Couch, imagfn niton soared aloft th^
and was plaofd t^ a situation which made my '
ñ beat ^h¡gride and pleasu
hors«. fdmr frietuL
IhapfTaten, having made- Un f^ape u> Ute -iáei
dásh themto piece and cry more. In youth
the tedious hoars 0Í school the prieklin§r of a
thorn and the lesser* ills, to which Ware é*-
poncd, repderns stiít unhappy. In mai
our troubles increase with msir i
^Airie#, where be CVttU gttie npon Iu luimp
on* herb#¿c without meleglAtfon, aud jjerform
nittí,l#ní «nauouever will lapo*
We were «ooi onsnr way to Ihigsettlements,
cieation filled m^ soul, the eitmsents
war, the lightning darted its ficrjf
the>>y, the clouds opened their
and shrieked through the air. one se*$r<
th^n ^ll caught me up in its rude
whir** «e.wittly ouwmrd, iu r«f
^reeV , u«Jieetliuift
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Newcomb & Lambert. The Alamo Star (San Antonio, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 4, Ed. 1 Saturday, September 23, 1854, newspaper, September 23, 1854; San Antonio, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth176990/m1/1/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.