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166 TRUE STORIES OF OLD
Dan" to take a wagon and go over and buy a load of corn from
this old fellow. He gave him the money to pay for it and told
him to avoid all trouble, but to get the corn if possible. After
a very short time "Uncle Dan" came back with the corn and the
"Oh, he didn't raise any objection when I commenced loading
up the wagon," said "Uncle Dan."
"How was that?" inquired the captain.
"Well," said "'Uncle Dan," "as soon as he showed up with his
gun I took it as a declaration of war and I pied him right then
and there. I knew I would have to
do it before our interview
closed, so I didn't waste any time, but plugged him and argued
the matter with myself afterward."
MIXED TEXAS HISTORY.
p'~THE other day I was in a Main Street store making a small
purchase. The young man who waited on me was an
intelligent looking chap and was as talkative as the
proverbial barber. I did not know him but he knew me, and
after discussing the paving question and kindred matters he
made pleasing reference to some of my articles in the Chronicle,
saying he had enjoyed reading them very much.
"I read your article on the battle of San Jacinto," he said. "It
was fine and I enjoyed reading it very much. I was greatly surprised
to find that Col. Hamp Cook was as old as that makes
him out to be. Let's see, the battle of San Jacinto was fought
in 1861, was it not?"
I thought he was joking, of course, but a glance at him convinced
me that he was in dead earnest, so I said: "Oh, no, the
battle was fought in 1873."
"Why, of course. What was I thinking about? It was the
battle of the Alamo that was fought in 1861. Somehow I always
get the two mixed up."
Now, that remarkable interview actually took place just as I
have described it. One marvels at such ignorance of Texas history,
yet that ignorance is more general than anyone imagines.
To the credit of the Texas boys I am glad to be able to record
the fact that the young clerk was not a Texan but had come
to Houston a year or two ago from Chicago. I have never met
a Texas boy who could not tell all about the Alamo and San
Last winter I met with a more remarkable example of ignorance
than my clerk exhibited. It was in San Antonio at the
Gunter Hotel. There was a large party of excursionists going
to California. They stopped over in San Antonio for a day. In
the party was a young man who had just been graduated from
one of the theological schools in Massachusetts. He was on his
way to some place between Los Angeles and San Francisco to
take charge of a church. He was an Episcopalian and was well
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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/m1/166/: accessed September 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .