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HISTORY 0OF TEXAS..
Mr. IIoltzelaw filled the usual number of thle unanimous testimony of those amoIng
local offices, and was a volunteer in the Cont- whom lie lhas so lon. i live, l and lablrdt1.
federate army, serving from M[ay, 1S62, until An incident of a ,,cal interLt tand illitl.trathe
surrender as a member of Company B, tive somewhat of tlhe cl;iracter of tlhe man, is
Brown's regiment, with which lie did duty told of 5Mr. IIHoltzclaw by onet ot lhi.. Hiciglhalong
the coast and at interior points in tlhe bo)rs. In the summer of 1865, whil:.a at um,~State.
bel of regiments of Unitted States troops Wt1vere
Mrs. Holtzclaw, like her husband, is a na- on their way to San Antonio as an amny f
tive of Tennessee, bornl in Williamnson county, occupation, one of the regiments halted for
in 1834. Her maiden name was Elizabeth refreshments one day on thle San alhriel
T. Sanford, she being a daughter of Ruben river near 'Mr. lHoltzelaw's place. Mr. II.
and Mary Sanford, who moved to Texas ini happening to pass that way at tlhe time
1854. She was reared in Williamson county. noticed their colors (a splendid flag sail to
Tennessee. Mr. and Mrs. IIoltzclaw are tlhe have been presented to them by tlie la li.-'
parents of three children: John E. of Belton, of thle town in New York where tlhe regi:.i at
Bell county, this State; Martha 11. wife of was raised) standing in tlhe bed of tlie river
Lewis Davis, of Port Town.-end, Wa.hiing- at some distance unproteete(l, but in full
ton; and Jamles, a farmer of Milam county. viewV of the camp. Slipping down unseen
Mrs. lHoltzclaw is a member of the Ch'listian to where tle ttlag stood lie hurriedly
Church. Mr. IIoltzelaw is a Universalist. took off the large silver spear-ihead and
In politics he is an independent. Both, as cord aid made away with then, leavinLg
might be expected, are greatly devoted to tlhe staff and flag. As soon as tle loss
Texas and all its interests and institutions. was discovered there was consternation in
Mr. Holtzelaw's life is suggestive of a his- the camp. An immediate search was intorical
perspective that is full of interest, a stituted; several citizens were arrested and
perspective that is crowded with stirring in- threats of severe punishment indulged in.
cidents and events of surpassing moment. Among others arrested was a tenant on Mr.
It really embraces all of tlhe history-mnaking HIoltzelaw's place, Alexander 'Phillips, whlomi
period of the State's existence,-five different it was reported the soldiers were treating
governments, three wars of national conse- with considerable indignity. Seeing that his
quence, besides numerous Indian forays and I neighbors were suffering unjustly and tiat
expeditions, the expulsion of the red man, the the search then going on was liable to develop
era of railway development, urban develop- into a sort of persecution, Mr. Holtzclaw
ment, internal improvement, and all the concluded to - make a clean breast of it"
wonders wrought by steam and electricity, and face the consequences whatever they
brains energy and money. In this marvel- might be. lie therefore went down to the
ous change, which seems more like the work camp and asked to see the officer in comof
the enchanter's wand than the steady prog- nmand. This at first was denied him, but
ress of human events, he has performed, in after some parleying he was conducted into
his humble and unpretentious way, the part the presence of this gentleman. lie informed
which time and chance have assigned to him; the officer that lie had come to say that none
and that he has done it faithfully and well is of the citizens whom he had caused to be
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