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BtIATOtY OPt TEXAS.
B-, is Spts. Vini Gallici good for snakebites?"
"Yes, sir; it is so considered." "Yes",
replied General Houston, in slow and measured
tones; " and there is Dr. T-, who would
cheerfully consent to be bitten by a rattlesnake
every morning before breakfast in order
to obtain a drink of this Spts. Vini Gallici!"
Having thus delivered himself, he approved
In private life Mr. Houston was affable
and courteous, kind and generous. When
thwarted, however, he became harsh and
sometimes vindictive. He never failed to
repay with compound interest, sooner or later,
any insinuation or coarse attack; and those
who crossed his political pathway were chastised
with a scathing invective which they
never forgot. Acts of friendship and eilnity
were equally retained in his memory, and
met with corresponding return. Majestic in
person, of commanding presence and noble
countenance, lie was a striking figure. Sorrow
for the miseries of his country, poverty in
his household and a broken-down constitution,
saddened his later days. So straitened
were his means that his family were often
stinted for the necessaries of life! He was
married the second time, and at his death left
a widow and seven children, all under age.
LORENZO DE ZAVALA, a prominent champion
of Texan freedom, was born in Merida, Yucatan,
in 1781, where he was educated and
practiced as a physician till 1820, when he
was elected deputy to the Spanish Cortes. On
his return he was first made deputy and then
senator in the Mexican congress. In March,
1827, he was governor of the State of Mexico,
which office le held until the revolution of
Jalapa in 1830, which forced him to leave
the country. In 1833 he was again elected
to congress, and also governor of the State
of Mexico, the house passing a unanimous
resolution permitting him to hold both positions.
During the following year lie was appointed
minister to France. but as soon as lie
saw the direction toward centralism which
the party in power was taking he resigned
that position. He was too liberal a republican
and too honest in his principles to take
part in the overthrow of the federal constitution.
He served his country faithfully, but on
his retirement to Texas he was stigmatized as
a traitor and vagabond. March 6, 1829, lie
acquired a grant in Texas, contracting to colonize
it with 500 families. He was one of
three commissioners to represent Texas and
Coahuila at the Mexican government in 1834;
signed the declaration of independence; was
the second vice president of the Texan Repulblic;
and was entrusted with many other
important public matters. lie died at Lynchburg,
Texas, November 15, 1836.
Of WIrLI Ar B. TKAr.I, a Texan patriot
in the early times of strife and feud, comparatively
little is known. hIis name figures occasionally
in the previous history in this
volunime, his caller winding up at the terrible
battle of the Alamo, where he was killed
early in that short fight. The capital county
of Texas is named in his honor.
RICHARD B. ELLIS, after whom Ellis county
is named, lived in one of the disputed settlements
in the Red river country. He was
a prominent citizen and represented his
municipality in the convention of 1836, being
president of that body. He died in 1840.
Doubt existing as to which government his
section belonged, to be certain of representation
somewhere, his son, who lived in the
same house with him, was elected to the legislature
of Arkansas as a citizen of Miller
county, of that State, and accepted.
JAMES BOWIE, brother of the gentleman
who invented the " bowie knife," was a na
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/118/: accessed April 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .