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BATTLE OF THE ALAZAN.
town, took possession of all treasures, rewarded all sol-
diers,* and released all prisoners found in San Antonio.
Would that this were all! But the picture has a darker
side. The soldiers of the conquered army were released,
and the officers paroled. Since reaching San Antonio,
Gutierres had assumed more authority than before. He
announced to his force that he deemed it wise to send
the Spanish officers to New Orleans, to remain until the
war closed. All agreed to this-the Americans never
dreaming of the infamous plot that Gutierres was se-
cretly cherishing. Salcedo and his officers started, un-
der the charge of a party of Mexicans, commanded by
Delgado for the sea-coast. After going a short distance
they were stopped and told to prepare for death. With
fiendish delight the Mexicans then tied all securely,
and cut their throats. t As the Americans considered
their honor pledged for the safety of Salcedo and his
companions, a number of the best men, including Kemper
and Lockett, left the expedition as soon as they heard of
the murder. Gutierres was deprived of his command.
Battle of the Alazan.- Other Atnerioans came in to
take the place of those who left, for the fame of Texas
climate and Texas soil, together with the report of vic-
to General Gutierres. Salcedo's patience was exhausted, nor would his pride brook
further insult. He took his sword, ran it in the ground before Gutierres and left
* The Indians asked as their chief reward two dollars' worth of vermilion.
t The excuse given by Gutierres for the murder was that Captain Delgado had
on bended knees begged that he might thus avenge the murder of his father, who
had met death through Salcedo. A grand excuse for butchering the entire staff of
officers ! Mrs. Holly has well termed Gutierres a Sancho Panza in time of war, but
a person of importance in time of peace.
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Pennybacker, Anna J. Hardwicke. A new history of Texas for schools : also for general reading and for teachers preparing themselves for examination, book, 1895; Palestine, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2388/m1/54/: accessed January 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .