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66 ANOTHER MISFORTUNE. [1821.
await the coming of the colonists; soon after the "Lively"
had sailed back to New Orleans a band of Indians found
and took possession of all the hidden stores, much
to Austin's disappointment. In November, 1821, the
"Lively," with eighteen colonists on board, sailed for
Matagorda Bay. Austin and other immigrants started
on the same day overland to Texas. Austin waited for
weeks, expecting the "Lively" each day, but she never
came, nor were any tidings ever received from her.
Though much inconvenienced by this loss, Austin and
his men did not despair. The few colonists who had
come with him settled the fertile lands on the Brazos
and Colorado, and bravely began the work of changing
Texas from a wilderness to the grand "Lone Star"
State of our Union.*
Another Misfortune befell Austin: after a short
time a revolution took place in Mexico. As his colony
was now established, he thought it best to go to San
Antonio and report to the proper officers what he had
done. Imagine his surprise when he learned that on ac-
count of a revolutiont in Mexico it would be absolutely
*The following from Mrs. Holly will give some idea of the hardships borne
by the early Texas pioneers: " They were compelled to obtain their corn overland,
and with much trouble, from Sabine or Bexar (ba har'). For months they were
totally destitute of bread. Sugar and coffee were luxuries enjoyed only in re-
membrance or anticipation. Their only dependence for meat was upon wild
game. To range the country for buffaloes was dangerous on account of the In-
dians. The mustangs, or wild horses, fortunately, were abundant and fat, and it
ii estimated that over one hundred of them were eaten during the first two
years of the colony."
tThe thoughtful student will better understand Austin's troubles when he
learns that from 1821 to 1824 Mexico had four different kinds of government.
In August, 1821, she became independent of Spain, but was still a monarchy: the
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