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HOUSTON AND HOUSTONIANS 158
before they had bought every roman candle to be found within
blocks of the battlefield. Dr. Bryan and I were wearing stovepipe
hats, and, of course, we received marked attention. .Our
hats were something wonderful to look at within a few minutes
after the fight got under headway.
Finally, just as we received a fresh supply of ammunition,
that of Waldo's party gave out and the fun commenced in
earnest. We charged them and they fled towards Main Street.
It was intensely funny and I remember seeing Sandy Ewing
chasing Mr. W. R. Baker up ihe middle of Main Street, shooting
him in the back at almost every jump. There were more
hats and clothes destroyed that night than on any other occasion
in the history of Houston. Fortunately there were no
serious casualties. Several of the combatants on each side
received severe burns, and many Aost mustaches, beards and
heads of hair, but no eyes were put out, and only temporary disfigurement
Now, when you consider that nearly every man engaged in
that battle was a leading and prominent citizen, that nearly all
of them were prominent merchants, bankers, railroad officials
or professional men, it will be seen what a remarkable fight
it was. Had it been a lot of boys ft would have been quite
natural, but it was nothing of the kind. It was a spontaneous
determination on the part of a lot of grown men to be boys
again, and the battle was the result. I can remember only a
few, but the mention of their names will show the character of
the crowd, for they were all of the same class. There was Dr.
Louis A. Bryan, Captain J. Waldo, Captain A. Faulkner, Mr.
Fred Stanley, right hand and confidential adviser of T. W.
House, Sr., Sandy Ewing, Andrew Hutcheson, Judge George
Goldthwaite, Dr. Alva Connell, Dr. James Blake, Charley Gentry
and a score of others whose names escape me.
Just imagine the general officers of the railroads, the leading
merchants, bankers, doctors and lawyers of today getting up
such a racket as that. Why, the mere idea is preposterous! I
was talking to Dr. George McDonnald, the only one of the old
crowd left, the other day, and he remarked that the people
of Houston do not know what fun is, and I believe he is right.
I don't remember whether Dr. McDonald was in the roman
candle battle or not, but if he was, he and I are the only survivors,
for all those I have named have crossed over the river.
That is the one sad feature about recalling the happy days of
the past. There are so many sad thoughts connected with the
subjects I write about.
HOW .THEY BEAT FARO.
IF CAPTAIN JOHN STEEL, Jim Martin, Jack Martin or Lay
of the old time sports could come back to life and see their
former gambling "palaces" being used today as moving
picture places, shoe shops and for other unworthy purpose they
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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/m1/153/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .