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him that they lived in Nacogdoches and knew this Frenchman, Rose;
that he was a man of very bad character, that he was an impostor, and
had never seen the Alamo, and that he (the landlord), for the honor
of his family, ought to ship him immediately. I judged that they,
themselves, were bad men, and tendered this pretended friendly advice
to their landlord, hoping, thereby, to induce him not to charge them
for their lodging. After their departure, the landlord told Rose what
the men had said of him, and said that he believed them; and that
the best thing Rose could do for himself was to leave immediately.
Rose returned not a word, but immediately departed. His sensibility
was deeply wounded, and he determined never again to tell that he
had been in the Alamo. This was during Houston's retreat from the
Colorado, and several squads of deserters from the army overtook
and passed Rose. The first of these told him that an impostor by
the name of Rose had imposed himself upon an old gentleman as
having escaped from the Alamo, but that two men from Rose's
home had informed the old gentleman of the imposition, and he had
promptly driven the impostor from his premises. Succeeding squads
told the same story, and before reaching the Brazos, Rose heard this
caricature of part of his own history four times, but he did not tell
any of his informants that he was the man, nor that his name was
Rose. Years later, I learned that the report of his reputed imposi-
tion preceded him to Nacogdoches, and that several malicious per-
sons there circulated the slander. I further learned that, not able
to disprove it by eye-witnesses, he was ever averse to talking on the
subject. This reticence, though natural to a slandered man who could
not positively prove his innocence, was imprudent. The people of
Nacogdoches knew that he had been in the Alamo, but his sullenness
excited a suspicion that he was not merely an impostor, but a de-
serter and traitor. As I shall yet show, he at one place exhibited
conclusive evidence of his innocence, yet his stubborn reticence caused
his adventures to be forgotten, and this, I judge, was what prevented
his escape from being recorded in the early histories of Texas.
"After crossing the Brazos Rose found several families at home,
and from them obtained direction to my father's residence. My pa-
rents had seen in the "Telegraph and Texas Register" the name "---
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