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ADVENTURES OF ELLIS P. BEAN.
the sentinel who at regular intervals passed the door of his cell; but
he had one friend, a white lizard, that he treated daily to a dainty
feast of flies I Questioning the guard he learned that one of his com-
panions becoming ill had been taken to the hospital. Here was an
ideal Why could not he by pretending to be sick be sent to the
hospital, and thus escape his chains and this terrible solitude? A few
days later he groaned for hours, and complained so bitterly that a
doctor was called; just before the physician entered Bean struck his
elbows vigorously against the stone floor, thus making his pulse beat
faster; the doctor said he had fever and must go at once to the hos-
pital. But alas for Bean's hopes! Instead of being freed from his
chains, he was forced to wear them in bed and also to have his feet
fastened in stocks; his food was scant, and meat being considered un-
healthy for feverish patients, he was allowed each day only the head
or neck of a chicken. One day, when even more hungry than usual, he
angrily asked the priest who brought him his dinner: " Why is it that
I never get any part of the fowl but the head and neck ? " " You are
hard to please, prisoner; either eat this or go without," replied the
priest. Bean threw the plate at the priest, severely wounding him
in the head. The hospital officers now put Bean's head in the stocks,
and as this was kept up for fifteen days the suffering made him ill
indeed. On being taken back to prison, he made his escape, hid in
a water-cask of an outgoing vessel, but was, at the last moment, be-
trayed by the ship's cook and led back to his cell. The Repub-
licans, soon after this time, rebelled against the Royalist government,
and the prisoners in the various Mexican prisons were released provided
they were willing to fight for the king. Bean made manypromises, was
liberated, and given arms. For two weeks he fought well, but as soon as
an opportunity came, he, with all the men he could influence, deserted
and went over to the Republicans. Here, under General Morelos, Bean
distinguished himself for skill and courage. In 1814, he was sent to the
United States to secure aid for the Republicans; on his way he visited
Lafitte, who accompanied him to New Orleans, where both men fought
bravely in the battle of New Orleans. When Mexico became a repub-
lic Bean was made an officer in the army. He married a rich Mexican
senorita and enjoyed much domestic happiness. He died in 1864.
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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/m1/74/: accessed December 15, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .