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SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS. 13
drive the oxen farther. They were turned adrift.
Father secured an old, tumbled-down cabin, and
we spread out such clothing and blankets as we had
on the puncheon floor, none feeling able to wait on
the others to hand them a drink of water to quench
their thirst or cool their parched lips.
We were a pitiful looking lot, and were detained
at that place for over two months, and one of my
little brothers died at that place, and my mother was
almost broken-hearted, and as the cold clods fell
upon his coffin the tears streamed down my mother's
cheeks, as she said, "It is hard to give up my darling
boy, and see him buried in a foreign land."
Time rolled on, and we recovered from our sickness
sufficiently to make another start; but the little
money that we had was rapidly slipping away
from us, and my mother became somewhat discouraged,
and I will say that if she ever had a fault it
was this-she seemed sometimes to look on the dark
side of things. But God bless my dear little frail
and weakly mother. She was true and brave, and
stood up under more trials and hardships and difficulties
and troubles than many would that were
physically stronger. She feared that her children
that she loved so much would become the servants
of other people, or slaves, and it pained her very
much. In the Old Country when once a servant, always
a servant; at least, they seldom rose above
that station in life. Before making another start for
the West Mother hung out on the fence such clothing
as we had, to air them, and one of the neighboring
women came to hef and inquired if she had any
domestics for sale, and it seemed to hurt my mother's
feelings as bad as if she had been stabbed in the
heart, and the woman turned away, not knowing
what she had done to offend my mother so. The
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