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HOUSTON AND HOUSTONIANS 108
the nearest barroom. Placing the old pole on the counter was
all that was necessary to "put the drinks on the house" and the
veterans had whatever they called for without money and without
Then would begin a procession that would include every barroom
in town. The veterans were welcomed everywhere, for it
would have been considered as an unfriendly act by the proprietor
had any saloon been overlooked.
After about the fourth or fifth drink the war talk would commence
and the battle of San Jacinto would be fought over and
over in the way that men of only one battle can do. It is a pity
that some live reporter of today could not have been around, for
Texas history would have been much enriched. I have made up
my mind that if there is any truth in the theory of reincarnation,
or whatever it Is called where a fellow lives again in a different
form but with the same surroundings, that I will be certain to
arm myself with a notebook and a sharp pencil, for I see so many
elegant bets the early Houston newspaper men overlooked.
I don't know whatever became of the piece of liberty pole the
veterans used in place of drink checks, but it would be a priceless
relic if it could be found, if still in existence.
Now it must not be supposed from what I have written, that
the veterans were drinkers and roisterers. They were anything
but that. They were the most honored and honorable citizens of
the land, and having given the world a glorious republic they
had a right to celebrate the anniversary of the event in any way
they saw fit. It is singular how time changes a person's ideas
of things. When I was a boy I looked on the veterans as just
plain, ordinary men, who had had an opportunity to do a great
thing and had done it. That was all. Old Tierwester with his
horn, in my eyes was simply a funny old Frenchman who cut
up clownish capers, while some of the others I looked upon with
anything but veneration. Now when I look back on those men
and appreciate the grand and lofty principle that inspired them
and their willingness'to die for the freedom of Texas, I feel like
"Texas Thompson," one of Lewis' characters in the "Woolfville
Tales," said he felt when he met an old gray-haired lady. I feel
like getting down on my knees and asking the pardon of every
one of those heroes for having walked the earth at the same
time that they did.
Speaking of the "Twin Sisters," reminds me of a good story
Otto Erichson told me the other day. He and I were talking
about the two old cannons, and of how often they were fired
when Texas was contemplating secession. His father's gun
shop and residence was on market square and the firing of the
cannon disturbed him greatly. He was disturbed in two direotfons.
Being an ardent Union man he did not like the reason ,
for the salutes and the cannon being so near his house made it
disagreeable for him. He was a high tempered, irascible man
and perfectly fearless in expressing his opinion o any and every
subject. He denounced the secessionists and their nose and
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Young, Samuel Oliver. True stories of old Houston and Houstonians: historical and personal sketches / by S. O. Young., book, 1913; Galveston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24646/m1/103/: accessed April 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .