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SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS. 83
had quite a sum of money. My father thought he
might be waiting for an opportunity to get it, and
skip the country. Mr. Warner had it sewed up in a
belt, a thousand or twelve hundred dollars in gold,
that he wore around him. My father was so uneasy
about it that he went to Warner's camp just after
they reached the neighborhood and called him out
to talk with him, and put him on guard, and when
he mentioned his fears the old gentleman laughed
heartily and told my father that he had lost his belt
of money as they came along. He had taken the belt
off and put it under his head at night, and in the
morning there was some haste in getting away and
their blankets were thrown in the wagon, and the
money left in the grass. Reed, that morning very
early, left the camp to try to kill a deer, and when he
returned to the camp they were all gone. He picked
up the belt of money and buckled it around him,
and started after them, and about ten or eleven
o'clock overtook the wagon. The old gentleman had
not yet missed his money. George Reed delivered
him the belt of gold and advised him to be more careful
with his money in the future.
Mr. Warner thanked my father very much and
told him that George was perfectly honest.
The early settlers of Dallas County were honest,
generous and brave. They were a class of people
that any country might be proud of, and a very few
countries can boast of such a people as the early
settlers of this country, and many of their descendants
have become the prominent men of the county
and State, and we never heard of any dishonesty
from the time of the early settlement until near the
close of the Civil War.
Mr. John Warner married Miss Mollie Johnson,
a sister of H. B. Johnson, of the City of Dallas.
They were a fine looking couple, both of them over
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Jackson, George. Sixty years in Texas, book, 1908; Dallas, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20205/m1/97/: accessed May 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .