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234 TRUE STORIES OF OLD
the detail got there old man Bache had changed his mind and
had become so well pleased with his performance that he concluded
to keep the bodies himself. The argument he used was
that he had killed them and that they were his personal property,
just as a deer or bear would have been. Finally his friends
persuaded him to give them up and the bodies were turned over
to the soldiers.
When the bodies were searched some of Mrs. Rogers' jewelry
was found on them, showing that they were the same scoundrels
who had robbed her house.
When I heard Captain Hunter mention Davis' name, memory
of this outlaw regiment came back to me, and I thought of the
last fight some of its members ever made and of what a proper
and fitting ending it would have been for the whole regiment.
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UNCLE DAN AND UNCLE DICK.
W xrHEN the Republicans and scalawags were manipulating
the ballots and ballot boxes in the early 70's they little
dreamed that they were giving object lessons and introducing
methods that were later to be used with telling effect
against themselves. And that is just exactly what they were
doing, and wherever the Democrats secured a foothold they took
pains to insure against it falling into Republican hands again by
doing a little manipulating themselves. Occasionally it was
necessary to overcome a Republican majority by such crude and
violent methods as carrying off-a ballot box by stealth or force,
thus destroying the vote of an entire precinct which was known
to be largely Republican and which held the balance of power
in the election. Such things did occur, however, but the gentlemanly
and clean way was to stuff the ballot box by removing the
genuine ballots and substituting others. The present generation
would hold up their hands in genuine horror if such a thing were
proposed now and would cry out that tampering with the purity
of the ballot box is striking at the very root of our government.
That is eminently correct, too, for this day, but it must be borne
in mind that at that day the ballot box had little or no purity
about it and that the form of government the carpetbaggers and
scalawags were trying to establish had such roots that it became
the patriotic duty of every lover of his country to destroy them.
It may have been a technical and nominally legal offense to
suppress or destroy the ballots, but the circumstances under
which they were cast and the conditions they aimed to perpetuate
made it a crime against good government not to destroy them.
That is the way the white people felt then and I don't think
there is one still living who passed through those trying days,
but who feels something of pride in having taken part in the
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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/m1/234/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .