Telegraph and Texas Register (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 6, No. 33, Ed. 1, Wednesday, July 14, 1841 Page: 2 of 4
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halted for one moment ffa2ed wildlv round snuffed
the air laid back their large, earsLtocatch the-yell of
their pursuers and utteringga iwild snort, started ''off
again at the top of their speetUtovfard theliills.
Charles, waiting till thf stagf'was directly- abreast of
his positionand. notmore than twenty-yards from him,-
raised his "xifle -andfired. He had already, measured
with loWnir eves the'widepreading antlers of the noble
brute," little" inferior 7n size, to an American moose-deer,
AJ".tl.BiAHl thai tt.aa 1.M. wtlnf miilrn . t li A iHniilin'
UUU iCIl cuiiuucui iiui uia nwi uiua uiaftciuc pii3 mo
own. But whether it was-thathis hand shook from over
anxiety, or whether the consciousness that his fair cousin
was watching hisproceedings, had anything to do with
it, w kno w n& ;yet certain it is,' that the stag, instead of
ialliag, ealy fossed.His head disdainfully,- and making a
'higher; boiraduhan usual, pursued his course with unabated
Kate,- who.Aad watched the effect of the shot with
trembling: anxiety, felt her heart relieved as she saw the
beautiful creatures .hounding away unharmed; her en-
thusiasm completely got the befter-of her; and starting to
her feet, with ad exclamation of joy, she waved hVrpocket-
hand kerchief as if to' cheer on the graceful'fugitives.
eharie37mad wlthvexalion, discharged a second and
a, third shot in' rapid succession; but all with' the same
result..". The bullets, rebounding from the hard ground,
went spinning -and whistling through'the woods, as if in
derision of the unsteady hand that fired them; and the
deer, after afewmore bounds, were lost to view behind
the shoulder of the hill.
. It haa? plaguy atnplehsanttwhng with it, gentle reader,
that samewhisllV. of.a-ttray bullet, whether it be dis-
charged. From'you'r own weapon, or from that of a short-
sighttxTfriend, who happens to fire in your direction.
"So much1 for showing off!" thought Charles, as he
dropped tho discharged weapon into the hollow of his
arhvwltha.bhnk look of disappointment
"You Have ioi hurt any of them have you?" asked
KJate, peeping over the edge of the Tock on which she
was -perched, f . f
"No," replied Charles, in no very cheerful tone ; ''not
R-haiKruffled.Vi I . f ,
'Ohl .1 am so glad!" exclaimed Kale, joyfully. ,vIt
would have-made "me quite' miserable to have seen you
kill one of those heautiful creatures."
-"Thank -you, my gentle cousin," replied Charles,
smiling.. "But I doubt whether your father will be
equally well-pleased with my performance, particularly
if I.allow the hounds to set away after the deer. Hal ,
here they come! I'must manage to stop thenv whatever
happens, else I shall get a proper "roasting." "
So saying, he snatched up a whip which he had fortu-
nately kept by him and rwhich, by the way, he was just
in iheihumorto use with effect and rushing in fronfof
ice hounds, he succeeded, alter some difficulty, in Hogging
them off" the scent.
-.This accomplished.'aod "the sulky pack having been
recalled by the sound of Ishmail's bugle, Charles fell that
he could now. face his uncle with a better grace, and re
turned to his posV determined, if possible, to acquit himself
fetter on the next occasion.
'He had'not to wait Iong.before the hounds were again
.in full cry, and' running indifferent directions the pack
'having divided in1 pursuit of the different sorts of game
with which the valley abounded, s The rifles, too. now
began to play;their parts, an'd several shots were heard in
the'-directiori'oT Mansfield's ass, asvrell as that of old
Lbrfmer. The beatersencouraged by the sound of fire-
arms, and the prospect of a plentiful supply of venison,
redoubled their shouts. The hounds bayed more-savage-ly,
yells' of pain, occasionally mingled with their deep-
toned notes; and the smilinggroves'of that beautiful val-
ley rung with wild discordant sounds, which ill accorded
.with the character of itsscehery.
"(To Kate, whose feelings had been wound up to the
(-highest pitch ot .romantic sensibility, the sudden transition
.from sentimental sdlitude to this scene of rude excitement
was painful; and appeared to her like a profanation of
Charles, on the contrary, felt his blood warm as the
uproar'incr'eased he longed for an opportunity of wip-
' ing out his late disgrace in the blood of some formidable
antagonist,-worthy of his overflowing valor; and, for the
time 'being, all recollection of his late sentimental fit was
lost among thick-coming fancies of desperate encounters
with grizzly bears and brindled tigers.
Oman, hard-hearted maul how different is thy love
t from the love of woman !
Bnfwhat dias-become of the,Doctor all this time? we
'Lave-not jheard the voice of old Meg; he roust surely
have&llen asleep, or'srrioked himself intoa fitof apoplexy.
So thought Charles, as .the, storm of men and dogs swept
down the valley in'ttie direction of the Doctor's pass.
"Haf there she goes at last there is no mistaking
her voice." exclaimed Charles, as a report-was'fieard,
like that of a jsix-pounder, followe'dbv a savage roar, and
desperate shouts for1 aid.
;Now then, Master ChaHesfnow is the time to distin--guish
yourself! Tothe rescue to the rescue, if you be
Charles was noways backward. Starting at once to
his'feet, and calling'"! his" cousin riot on 'any account to
jdeave.her place of safety, he sent beforejiiin a shout of en-
"CQUrlgernenf to 'the"pqor Doctor, who was" evidently in
-urglent,ljeed( of 'Assistance, and rushed , toward thejSpot
from whence theories proceeded) bounding over the rocks
and biahes.Hkea.young stag. ,, . , - v'r
On.iacl)ing the, Doctor' pass, Charles found .poor
:-Macphe'e.verj rauch,outqf breath' aojl'iih.a profuse' per-
pirstipn-b4s hat o.fT.'.'.his clotties" torn and soiled with
dtist, andlnjiis hand iheehattered remains "ofhis favorite
fusee, the stock, of whiejTwasi broken, and the barrel
sadly bruised and dented.1' " rt ,
-"May the;de'eJpii;k",yogr 'hanes, arid make whistles
.-o'-them for hisfUai&s,;yc ojd black-aviied besom," mutter-
ed. iKe Doctor between his clenched teeth, as he carefully
-examlniid ;the, different, fragments ofhis sorely injured
..weapon. " ' '
-'"'Hollo, Doctorl' whoarajjoji maledizingso.fearfully?"
exclaimed Charles, unable to -contain his laughter, on
beholding the -mingled 'expression .of anger and distress'
depicted on the poor, Doctor's.long gallow.ace.
""SheYiusl'Wfecily ruined," growled the Doctor, cori-
itinuiog Jis.suliloqtiy, withqul taking -any notice of
-vuafj?3j'.r"iG.s.qcKja iwa.naives, toe oarrei-ciourea as
'8al as eoy'JpQf, and-lhe lock de'e'l be in"1 her skin the
lock's gone a';hegUherJ 1 Jlech, sTrs! poor auld Meg!
Tra fairly b wi1 you aflast:" hereihe dropped the re-
mains, of his fusee, and shook .his. head juournfuHy.
-"Ye'll neyermajr fire a nieretibujogrii-Bhol, or take the
."Wbatlon" earth'.haa 'happened: to .you. Doctor?" ex-
cktimed Charles, still laughing : immoderately. "You
,look as if jrou had seen the. Brownie." ,
'BrowniewdeedJByrny tioth,.Jad,in Brownie be
fasbiouneiglihbf. as the old deevk-that came my
gat'e,'it'mau!i,'be,iJl Wmg' l.ionsa"wV him." See to
the' way ehe'lelt rny.'firejoftlctbe misjeaf'd liiimer, no' to
mention" the riving o' jinyJcoat, and a terrible 'ill-fa'urd
hole iu my breeks. See to that, Maister jCharies!
Wh'at'ivay can J appear before Wiss.'tCa'te, or any other
lc3dyj sicken1 aJ daft-like 'figure ?"
'Spi Baying, the Dpctor faced round, and exhibited a
;tejibla f ealc)n Jais nether garment, which ,lhe short,
-round 'ja'ck'ef'oich'.ho brefof thesake of coolness,
reMerif pihrullyfoflspicuous.,, "u ,,
here'was'somethip'gfoirreslstibly. ludicrous in, the
poor JtorU appearance,"1 that' Ch'ailes nearly rollejl
upon.ttieTground itt 'ia'ughterj ohd so infectious was
his,' rnihjhajthegobd-humoredDoctor, wh6j'had(,a
strong sense 'oT the ridiculous, and' never,,could resist a"
joke, even at hjs own expense, at length butst forthnnto
one'of his hearty gqfiaws.J. ' ' , " f'"
r'"But, my dear poctar,"gasped Charles, as'poon as he
recovered ircath enough to articulate, "how" did this hap-
pen?' 'ho.or'what.Sas maltreated you iin 'this abomin-
able manner?" -.,.' ,
"There ane o'. her Jcind," nt any rate." reDlfed.'th'e
Do'ctor,''ppinjtrng vfjth father a,triumphant air to the car-
which lay at some lEtamjeamongthejbushca,,.;'! hne
ridhworldo'an'e.p'lthe inischancie deevles": and stn
it be as ill natured acraitenas the mither o't,nt,wasa
"jihlaouogj'iear ecloirnedfCha"res, turning
ein'imal with this foot, "and a't'errible dose of grit
you have gtrtn him, poor thing; he is nearly blown to
..pieces. -But.whathar become of the-old one .'
'he.may hne gane tov Bamf for a' I ken or care,"
fTilied fhe.Doctor"and'n1ad.enoujih I. was to -get quit o'
her. But wherever she be, I'm thinkiu' she's gotten a
. taste o' the-grit-shot that will keep her skin hot enough
for a day or two, and deevle mind her."
'Wounded, is she.' How did that happen ? I heard
but one shot." t i
"I'll tell you that, lad," replied tho Doctor,' deliberately
tapping the lid of his snuff-mull. "You see, I was jus
sitting at my pass, and taking a blow o' my cheroot,"and
basking in the sun, and winking for a' tho world like an
auld tom-cat in the ingle nook; and what wi' the heat,
and the bonny smell o' tho orange flowers, and a' that, I
was just in a kind o' waking dream like, nnc was begin-
ning to think o' sorao o' my old sweethearts, and the bon-
ny simmer days when I hao set nsido them in the sweet
birk woods o' cannicScotlund.and "
"In short, you were half nslecp, Doctor," interrupted
"Asleep, say you I and mo thinking o' my sweet-
hearts 1 0 Maister Charles I Maister Charles! I won-
der to hear you say the like, and your bonny cousin, Miss
Kate, sao near at hand;" here the Doctor took a huge
pinch of snuf olid fitcd his eyes upon the face'of his
youn? companion, with one ofhis most penetrating looks.
'Well, well," replied Charles, becoming rather fidgety
at the turn the conversation had taken, "we shall not dis-
cuss that point a present " But tell me, I pray you, about
the hear, for, if she be wounded, it is high time we were
upon her trail."
'That's true," replied the Doctor. "Well, as I wa'
saying, I was sitting at my p-ss, and thinking o' my old
sweet-hearts, and the like o' that, when a' at ance I heard
a tenible tramash among the bushes, and then a wild
growl, just at my very lug. Up I jumps, wi' the fusee
in my hand, and ray heart in my mouth, and out came
a muckle brute o' a bear, wi' that wpe tovvsie tyke silting
on her back, as conceay as you please, and handin' the
grip, like grim death, wi' hi? ciaws. The auld bear, as
soon as she seed me, she up 'V her birse, and shows her
muckle white teeth, and guns" at me like a perfect canni-
bal f and the wee deevle- he sets up his birse too, and
snaps his bit teeth, and tries to grin like the mither o't,
wi' a queer auld-farrant look that amaistart me laugh;
although, to tell the blessed truth, Maister Charhs, 1
thought it nae laughing sport Well, there was naething
else for it, so I lets drive at them wi' the grit shot, think-
ing to ding them'baith at ance. l'killed the sma' ane
dead enough; but the auld one, she lets a' roar that amaist
deeved me, and at me she comes like a tiger. I was that
frighted, sir, I didna' ken what to do ; but in despair I
just "held out the muzzle o' the fusee to fend her offj and
I believe that saved mv life'; for she gripped it alween
her .teeth, dang me o'er on the braid o' my back, and off'
she set, trai. .ig me through the bushes like a tethered
stick; for some way or othei I never ht go the grip I
had o' the stock. I was that stupifiid I had nae recollec-
tion what happened after this, till I found mysel' sticking
in the middle o' a briar busR; wi' my breeks rived the
way you see, "and poor old Meg smashed in bits: de'el
'be in her skin that did it,
"A most unpleasant adventure, truly," replied Chailes,
"and quite enough, to make a saint swear. But come.
Doctor." Faint heartnever won fair lady, or black bear
either, so let us, to work, and see if we cannot follow her
up.for I perceive the hounds'are not uponher track; she
leaves a pretty conspicuous trail; and see, here is blood
upon it! Hurrah ! we shall make her pay for this yetl"
So saying, Charles, who durinff his late excursion in
the jungle had acquired considerable skill in the art of
iouowing a trail, sianeu in pursuit oi tnc wounueu uear.
The Doctor, with no great stomach for the sport, but fear-
ing to be left alone in his present unarmed slate, followed
close at his ..heels, brandishing the barrel of his fusee, the
only' weapon which now remained to him.
They soon cleared the jungle, and found the track
running along.the side of the hill, in the direction of the
rock upon which Kate had been left.
"I fear she is not so badly wounded as all this blood
would lead one to suppose," remarked Charles, else she
would hardly venture to face the open country in this
"She has na tried to lift the brae, however," replied the
Doctor, "although there's strong cover on the other side
that she would be keen enough to get to, if she were fit
I'm thinkin' she's no far afore us, and that we'll find her
in the first wee bit burn. They aye make for the water
when they're sore hutted,"
"Well, keep your eyes about you," answered Charles,
''whilst I follow the track, and try if you can view her
Ha! what was that? By Heaven ! it is Kate's voice !"
'exclaimed he, as he cast his eyes toward the rock upon
which he had left his cousin, and caught thr graceful
ouiline of her figure against the sky, standing in the alti-
tude of an inspired priestess, and waving a handkerchitf,
as if beckoning them towar'd her.
"1 canna hear what she says," remarked the Doctor,
who had been holding his hands on each.sideof hy head,
to catch the sound more distinctly, "but I'm thinkin' she
'Forward! forward for your life!" shouttd Charles,
making a spring liki' a tiger, as his quick eye detectecf
the shaggy formof the bear, slonly ejnerging from a
small watercourse, within little mure than two hundred
yards of the rock upon which his cousin stood. She is
making for the rock !"
Tbis was indeed the case. The wound, d bear, unable
or unwilling to fice the exunt of open ground which lay
between herund the next wooded ravine, appeared bent
upon dislodging Kate, anJ occupying her position, and
the great start she had of her puisuers, rt-nuY:ed it but
loo piobaule that she would succeed n doing so li now
became a question of speed between Chailes and the
wounded bear, and desp-rate were the tflbrlb he made to
overtake her. But although the animal was so far rrip-
pled 'by her wounds as to t liable Charhs to gain upon
her, yet the farther. they advanced the more evidtm.it be
came that in sp'ite of his utmost exertions, the bear must
reach the goal, not only before him, but almost be.ore bt-
was within shot of her.
-'In the meantime, Kate, unconscious of the dantrer
which threatened her, was watching the chase with in-
tense interest, 'and cheering on her cousin in pursnirof
the flying foe.
Cliarlesi felfa sickness at his heart, as the fearful idta
flushed acros3.his mind, that the sweet voice which now
urged him forward might, a few minutes hence lie gasp-
ing forth its last convulsive s6b in the stangling embrace
of the enraged bear. The very precaution he had taken
to insure the safety of his beloved cousin, would now
prove her destruction He had placed her upon the top
of a high' rock, til which there was' but one" mode of
access.-a narrow and intricate path among the bushes- it
was uunuu proDauie mai mis strongnoid was well known
to the savage brute of which he was in chase; 'and.the
pass'once Occupied by her, all means of retreat were cut
orTto"'podr'Kate. There was madness in the thought
Charlesiground''his teeth together in-'agony; and al-
though the violence of his previous exertion had' already
caused' the blood to gush" from his nostrils, he stillna't-
tempted to'press forward with 'increased speed
But the case wasnow hopeless! The bearwas already
within ten' ya"rds;'of the'foot.of the rock, while the dis
tance between herand'herpiirstler wa's still upward of a
hundred. A well-directed rifleTbulIet now appeared to
Charles the onlylbing that tou Id 'save the lif.- ofhis un-
conscious co'usiii; and Ob! how fervently 'did he ptay,
poor fellow, 'that that hand and eye miht prove true in
this, his hour 'of need.' Halting at once, and dropping
on one knee, he raised the rifle'to his shoulder, took a
long aim, and fired. Is she down? Alas, no! Who
could direct a rifle truly after such a run! The hnnd
which s'upported the long barrel trembled like an aspen
leaf, the' bullet flew far wideo'f the mark; and, ere the
second barrel could be discharged, the bear had disappear-,
ed among the "thick brushwood which covered the side of
the heath. ' ,
,"0, Katel my beloved Kate! exclaimed Charles,
staftmg'tq" his feet and again pushing vvidly forward.
wunoui waning xo rrioau
' Bv the time Charles reached the foot of the rock, ill
I-eaV had all eady, accomplished more than two-thirds of!'i(e. i loriy five feit; the highest point of Galveston
th'e" ascent ; and In a few ieconds'more, poor Kate who 1 only nine feet above low water mark.
was still unconscious of danger, would hare been clasped
in theeadly.embraceoffierjpaws. 4 " t i
"Vhat is the matter.-dear Charles?" exclaimed Kate,
who, havingjrushed eagerly toward the edge of the rock
on the approach of her cousin, now started back in horror
on beholding his exhausted appearance, andthe blood
which, flowing from his nostrils, had 'dyed his clothes in
front, of a crimson color. - ,
""jtand back, dearest, stand back! f Your life depends
uponjt!" exclaimed 'Charles, keeping his eye steadily
fixed upon the bear, and slowly raising his rifle.
Kate, terrified by the wild energy o( her cousin's man-
ner, shrunk back without-uttering a word, and the next
moment the sharp report of the rifle was answered by a
savage roar, which proved that the shot had taken effect
The wounded bear now turned open-mouthed upon her
pursuer, and rushed furiously down the steep pathway to
attack him. .
Charles, who felt a load removed from his heart, now
that the rage of the bear was turned against himself,
ihrew aside his dischared rifle, drew his hunting knife,
and coolly awaited the altack.
So furious was the onset of the bear, that although
Charles drove his hunting knife up to the hilt in her
body, he was borne to the ground with sufficient violence
to be completely stunned, and deprived of the power of
Oh ! how bitterly did poor Kate now repent of havin
taken pait in a sport so ill suited to her sex, and how
solemnly did she vow never more to be guilty of such
foil)', when she beheld her gallant cousin, after having
riskid his life in her defence, lying helpless and insensi-
ble beneath the enormous wtight of thedying bear, who, in
her last efforts at revenge, was savagely gnawing and
lacerating his unresisting arm.
Kate's first impulse was to scream loudly for assist-
ance; her next brave girl to rush wildly down the
rugged path, inliope3 that even her fteble arm might be'
of some avail in rescuing her cousin.
But, fortunately for Charles, there was more efficient,
though not more willing aid at hand. The Doctor, who-
had been left far behind in the chase, now came rushing-
up, panting most fuiiously, and flourishing round his
head the Ion?, heavy barrel ofhis fuse.
"Hurrah! there's a death blow in auld Meg yet!" ex-
claimed he, heaving up his uncouth weapon to the full ,
extent of his musclar arms, and bringing it down upon
the head of the bear, with a crash that made the eyes start,
from their sockets, and sent her roiling over on her back,
with her stiffened limbs quivering in the air.
"Hech ! tak' ye" that, ye deevel's buckie," muttered the
Doctor, as he repeated the blow, to make the work of
death more certain, at the same time inhaling his breath
with a short energi tic hech, "and weel hae ye earned it,
for by my troth ye hae gane near to kill as bonny a lad
as ever stepped in shoe-leather."
.'But there's life -in him yet, and sma' thanks to you
for it," continued the Doctor, as he raised the head ofhis
young companion, and found that he still breathed.
"Is he alive?" exclaimed Kate, who had stood gazing-
on this scene of blood, pale and motionless as a marble
"Indeed is he, Miss Kate, bless your bonny face, and
like to do well enough, after I haetae'n a drap o' blood
fra' him," replied the Doctor, fumbling about in his nu- ,
merous pockets to hnd his lancet w '"' '
"Thank Heaven !" exclaimed the poor girl, fervently,
'thank Heaven !" and clasping her hands together, she
sank down,' faintiqg, by'the side of-lier cousin.
' ' -KOONDAH.
From the Morning Star.
A rumor has reached us that a party of several hundred
Indians has lately been discovered on the Brazos. Col.
Cooke, with the Santa Fe volunteers, has gone to attack
it. He was to be joined by Capt Chandler, with 200
men from Milam and Robertson counties. It is said
these Indians have 1000 or 1500 acres of corn under cul-
tivation, and have about 60 Negroes.
Judge Webb has consented to become a candidate fop
the office of Senator for the district comprising the coun-
ties of Bastrop, Fayette, Gonzales and Travis. He is an
honest man and an able statesman. A better selection
could not be made.
The Address of Major Reily to the citizens of Harris
county, relative to his course in Congress, delivered on
Satuiday evening, was received with loud applause. It '
was pi asing to notice the expression of confidence and
esteem which was manifested by all parties in regard to
him His remarks in explanation of his votes against
the Fianco-Texicnne bill, and the Cherokee bill, were
nciiwd with almost unanimous approbation, and the
shouts of commendation were almost deafening. Those
grovilling souls that have been secretly endeavoring to
utideru.ine the reputation of this gentleman for the noble
and independent stand he took in -Congress, must have
felt a hitter rebuke in the warm and cordial greeting with
which his explanations were received. This speech was
characterised alike by sound reasoning and a felicitous
methoJ of expression. It was decidedly one of his best
efforts,-and did credit to his head and heart.
Exaltation. Virgil A Stewart, notorious through
the South, in connection with the "Murrell plot" for a '
slave uisunecticn, is now a Circuit Judge in Texas. A
soon as Mitchell is out of the State Prison, he will be
ready to take his place. N. Y. Herald.
The above article contains two ichappers: first, there
areno Circuit Judges in Texas; second, no Judge by
the'n line of Stewart. Try again, Mr. Bennett; you will,
eie loiiir, be comptlled tn speak the truth about Texas.
Naval. The schooner of War. Sin Antonio, left
Galveston on the 4th inst for the Sabine Pass, having
Com. E. W. Moore and several officers on board, for the
purpose of commencing the survey of the coast. Col. G.
W. Hockley, was a passenger on board. We are glad
to find this important work commenctd The officers of
our Navy cannot at this season be employed to better ad-
vantage than in this survey.
A oano of Horse Thieves discovered A few
weeks since the citizens of Clarksville, in Bed Biver
County, were alatmed by the cries of a man who came
rushing into the village shouting Indians! Indians! mur-
di r ! murder ! As this fellow had long been suspected
as being a horse thief, the citizens very coolly arrested
him. Hardly had this been done when another fellow
arrived shouting thesamealarm,cry most lustily. Healso
was arrested: and soon after a company of citizens pro-
ceeded to the spot where it was said the Indians had com-
muted the murder, and to their horror found a man named
Brooks, weltering in his blood He had but lately left the
village accompanied by his negro and with a yoke of
oxep, and some articles for his farm. These had evi-
dently bten stolen. Suspicion immediately fell upon the
two individuals arrested, one of whom was named Faulk-
ner, as the murderers. They however most positively
denied having any participation in the crime. Their no-
torious thieving character however confirmed the charge,
and as no other evidence could be procured, the citizens
determined to institute a new method of trial. They ac-
cordingly tied Faull.ner up to n black-jack, and after giv-
ing him 'a few hundred lashes, obtained the confession
that the murderers were a gang of scoundrels that had
long nsidtd at his house. He also was an accomplice.
The same evidence was given by his companion, ft was
further proved that the house of this Furgurson had' long
been the rendezvous of these villains who had for; many
months been engaged in stealing horses and otherpro-
pertyr it was believed nlso that they were connected with
a similar gang in Arkansas. The individuals'belonging
to the rmnsr. are Faulkner and his son Green, Youner
Boon, Craig, Robertson. Hill: ho last three were en
gaged in the murder. 1 ne citizens aiwr oDtainmg this
confession, despatched" a company to Paulkner's house,
to sicure'the renmirider of the gang. 'They, had not
returned to Clarksville when our informant left
Er.FvtTioN of Hovston and Galvest6n. Ac-
oid.n in ricent suiveys, theelevation'oflhe highest por-
tion -f Houston above the surface of'tide water at low
THE T EiL E'GrfcAiEH
Houston, Wednesday, July 1 41841.
Indian Difficulties The information contained
in the letter relative to the Indian difficulties near Fort
Towson, is of great importance, and deserves tho early
attention of government This letter, which will be
found in annthet column, confirms the statements made by
the prisoners captured by Capt Chandler and Gen. Tor-
rent, in the late skirmishes upon the frontiers of Robert-
son and Red River counties. There can be no doubt that
a large body of Kickapoo3, Caddoes, Cherokees, Shawa-
nese, and Delawares an: preparing to make a permanent
settlement on the upper Brazos and the Trinity. The
incursion into the Choctaw reservation of Arkansas is
evidently only an auxiliary measure to effect this purpose
If they are permitted to have a fool hold in the Choctaw
territory, theycan. easily flee.to this whenever they are
hotly pesseary-Sflp-rairgErs,--and find a secure asylum
under the protection of the United States,' from which
they can issue again at their leisure, to commit new
depredations upon our frontiers. ,The United States gov
ernment, agreeably to the provisions of the treaty-with
Mexico, is under obligations to keep her Indians within
the limits of her own territory, and to prevent them from
committing any depredations upon the citizens of our
frontiers. Agreeably to this treaty, that government
should be held responsible for all injuries which these
Indians inflict ; and our Minister at Washington should
be required to call the attention of that government to
this Subject immediately, in order that during the pre
sent Congress of the United States, the requisite measures
should be adopted to prevent any farther evil from this
source. Unless promnt and efficient measures are snnn
adopted to curb and humble the bands of restless and war-
like savages which that government is concentrating unon
our border, we may find ourselves involved in difficulties
from which we can only extricate ourselves by an inf-
mense sacrifice of blood and treasure. The native tribes
of Texas we can easily subdue: their cowardice and im
potence Tender them comparatively harmless: but if we
are to be inundated with Cherokees, Kickapoos, Shawa-
nese, and other .warlike tribes of the United States," we
know- not when our Indian troubles are to end. Band
after band of these desperadoes may be destroyed, and
yet new hordes will come in their places, and spring up
like hydras amid our Northern wilds. We trust our
government will lose no time in calling upon the govern-
ment of the United States to carry out to the fullest extent
the requisitions of the treaty. A suggestion should also
be made to that governmentlhat a larger force should be
stationed upon the frontier of Arkansas, and that the
troops thus stationed should have permission to make ex
cursions within the territory of Texas, for the purpose of
driving back any straggling bands that may attempt to
seUle within our limits. The force now on that frontier
is quite too small. We undersjand that only two or three
companies of dragoons are stationed on the Red River
above Shrievesport: whereas, at least 500 menjare re-
quired to keep these savages at all in check. When that
government shall have stationed this number of troops in
detached cantonments extending from the Kiamishuto
the Western boundary of the United States on Red River,
ihenand not tilLthen, can we hope for an immunity from
this evil. With these precautions,. unless iwe have a
President whose friendship for Indians'may induce'him
to attempt to conciliate their favor by' presents and con
cessions, andthus tempt them to become more bold and
presumptuous, our citizens may expect to enjoy peace.
The maxim of Judge Burnet "kindness to Indians is
cruelty to ourselves," should ever be injhe view of our
government, and should influence its policy with regard
to these ruthless savaees. ' Hatred 10 white, men is im-
planted in their very nature, and kindness rs to them but
a prelude to treachery. They have so. long brooded over
wrongs and injuries,' that they now ..view presents with
suspicion;. and the only method of controlling them or of
securing respeel, is by an array of arms that can move
their fear. , " r "
The friends of Gen. Houston nre beginning to be
quite alarmed at the rapid revulsion of public sentiment
which is everywhere taking place in favor of Judge
Burnet, and are resorting to the most pitiful tricks to
dupe the people into the belief that Sam. Houston is
still gaining popularity. We lately even saw a state
ment published, that a -person had "travelled all the
way from Natchitoches.'La., to Houston, and heard no
one spoken of as a candidate for the Presidency, but
G,en. Houston." Now, it is very easy to account for
this: tbis traveller must have stopped at the grog-shops
on the route, orelse' made 'no inquiry at all relative
to .the election: for. if he had, surely in Nacogdoches
he-'Would have heaj3 some other candidatespoken of.
Possibly, however, he was one of those gentry that
travel by moonlight. Such idle declarations prove noth-
ing, and only show the subterfuges to which the friends
of Sam. Houston are driven." The fact is, as the period
of election draws nearer, the people are examining more
closely into the.characterof the candidates: and already
a large proportion if the nioral and virtuousre" begin-
ning to regard Houston ,pretty much in the same view
th'at we oncVregarded an old soldier, that we accidentally
found lyingdruakin a ditch. Weadmied him for hisgal-
lant achievements in the battle-field ; but wc would as soon
have trusted a maniac, as to have trusted him. with any
important commission. Thus it is with Houston: hun
dreds are willing to accord him all the credit that isdue
to a worn-out broken-down soldier, who has deserved the
admiration of the country; but is no longer worthy'of hs
confidence. iWhile they are willing to accord to him, all
and more than all the credit that is due him for his mili-
tary services, they feel fearful to trust the reins of govern-
ment to bis unsteady hands. It must be asubject-of deep
regret to the friends of this gentleman, that he has paid so
little regaru to tne pledge ne made at the. formation of the
first Temperance Society established in.this city.jduring
the brief visit of the celebrated Dr. Breckenridee 'and
just after he went out of office. Had Houston, with manly
c IU...J .ur- .1 J. i , .
n mines;, uuuciru iu una temperance pieage, made volun
tarily before a large concourse of jhe, citizens of Houston,
his shattered constitution might,long ere this, have been
recruited, and his ele.-tion would have been effected with
ease. We have nover bien in favor of temperance socie-
ties, and never would join one; but when we saw this
gentleman comeYojidndy-b promise and his elo-
quence endeavor, to1rtabishbne'fn this city, we felt a
plifcij'ikfrpl'MttqiaBarweTe-among the foremost to extol
him for this conduct: but alas! we appeal now to his
name oi leiuperuutcris ouirageu jj-j- TQ",
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We notice that thB"reditor-oftheRed-Landeris devot-
a large portioirofhiAtime,and attention defence vf
Gen, Henderson,. anS'Iudge Terrel, under the charges of
-J l-? m V?;
the correspondent of the Austin' Sentinel : we regret,
however, "that thg editor in defending these gentlemen"
from the unwarranted charges1 of Austin, should 'attempt
to calumniate Judge Burnet,' by intimating that the charge
of venality made in the letterofinvitation to Gen. Hous-
ton by some citizens of San.,Augustine,l was intended to
apply to Judge Burnet, the supposed authorof P'dblius
and his ''right bower'' We do not pretend to know pre-
cisely what he intended by the gambling tern 'hir right
bower:" but we presume from the context, that the allu-
sion is to Dr. Branch T.. Archer,' one who, from. the part
he took in the early period of our difficulties with Mexi-
co, has been often toasted as'"the father of the.revolution,"
"Vhe first rebel of Texas," "the old Roman," one who",
whatever may be the opinion of many .''newcomers,"
who are-ignorant-of-his former reputation, will ever
figure in the history of Texas as second to none in nafri-
otism, in courage, and in generous devotion to th'e gieat
cause of freedom. If Mr. Canfield, the editor of the Red-
Lander, who we believe is recently 'from New Jersey,
had personally known either Judge Burnet or Dr. Archer,
he would, not have cast so foul and unjust an aspersion
upon either of those gentlemen. Dr. Archer is a candi-
date for no office. His sacrifices and labors during the
eventful periods of the revolution, should at least shield
him from calumny. . Judge Burnet is a candidate, and
therefore party 'rancour must be exhausted upon him! " '
We demand of the editor of the Red-Lander,, and'in-
decd of the most virulent enemies- of Judge Bu'fnet.'W
show some evidence of his venality. In all his public
life or private, either in Texas or elsewhere, he can deTy
Judge Burnet came to Texas as a settler in 'the spring
of 1826. He practised law in. San Felipe de Austin," and
there obtained, as maybe proved by many living witness-.
es, the appellation of the "honest lawyer." He had been1
in Texas before, eyen as early as 1816, and again in 1818
'19Lbut it was then aTprovince of Spain, and Jie did not,
settle. He came in, pursuit of health : being seriously
threatened with pulmonary consumption; f'and he 'left ir,C
with his health' entirely restored, andas was very natural..
Wnhstrong:prediIections m its favor., 1mW , ,.Jt . &
Col.Austin, the justly entitled "Father of Texas," con&
menced his colonial operations in Texas" two years'aYter
Judge Burnetthadjkft the countryland returned to Olffo.,
Judge Burnet" havfng a vivid "recollection of the benefiti
he derived from the climate of Texas, determined in 1S26,
to make ,it his permanent jresidence, and he accordingly-
emigrated. He was present at' the celebration of the con"?
stitution of the state of Coahuila'and Texas. G4He was (he
intimate friend and ofienth'e confidential adyiserof 'thet
lamentrd Stephen, i;. rAnstfnr.', In th'e.winterjofjlSZe-Tj-he.wentto
Saltillo, and there made 'a contract with the
govemor.'-Victor Blanco; for the colonization1 o'fa'distrist "
beginning at Nacogdoches"and running-north-jf it, as"
designated on the maps, and styled "Burnet'.s Colony."
Judge Burnet. was not wealthy : -Be'has ever beenra little
too liberal to, be so. Findih,g-ttb,athiapec'unfary'means,.
were inadequate to-the fulfilment ofhis contract with the'
government, he p'roceederi to the United Sttfteswithiaj
view-to enlist some'-capitalist in his laudable, enterprise.
In-1830,t he succeeded1 in ellingbut his contract to3aT
company formed inrthe cfty of TSew York:' at the samef
time and to the same company that the firstiVicejEresia
dent. Lorenzo deZavalIa, sold-his .contract for thfr settle.'
menfofZavalla'a Colony. - ---'
' JudgeJBurnet.received 86,500 as ,the proceeds of Jiis,
sale; and still intent on the advancement of Texas, hein-:
vested a portion ofhis funds in a' steam engine returned
to Texas"and unfortunately for'fiimself, by the misrepre-
sentations of others, he .was induced to locate and erect a
steam, saw-mill at Lynchburg on the Sati Jacinto?" This
proved a costly and ruinous bu"sines3to,'himJ"T)ut it'was
clearly calculated to benefit and. advance the interest of
the country. Although beneficial to others, it was
serious loss- to .him. Other personshad erected small1
temporary 'mills in Texas, and had obtained grants! for
five or teh leagues for doing so:. Judge Burnet never re-
ceived a donation of one acre on account of bis large and.
expensive establishment Is there any -evidence of. ve-
nality in all this?
In the year 1833, Judge Burnet was elected a member
of the convention that was called for the purpose of soli-
citing the Federal government to confer upon Texas the
distinctive rights and attributes of a state. His character
and qualifications were well known in the country, and
he was designated to vdraft the'petition to the national Con-
gress on this subject The document he produced on that
occasion has often been applauded, and was unanimously
adopted, without one word, of amendment by the conven.-..
tion. It stands and will ever stand on record, an honor to
the integrity and intellectual power of Texas. For his"
services in that convention, he received no compensation,
but defrayed his own expenses. We claim no exclusive
credit on this account, for all the members did the'same:
but surely there is no evidence of venality here." Dr.
Archer was also an active and efficient member of that
body. ' , "
In 1834, Judge Burnet was appointed without his soli-
citation or knowledge, .municipal judge for (he muniei
pality of San Felipe de Austin, comprising a large territoj
ry. The .office having been imposed upon him, heat-
tended diligently to his'duties. 'Residing fabout eighty'1
miles from the"seat of justice, heha'd'lo ifravel to andlfro
at considerable expense; but he never missed a courtjn
and on one occasion returned ,home ,vith,af violent, fever,.
andwas for a long time dangerously ill-M 'For his.years'
service in this department, he received scarcely1 sufficient
to pay his ferriages going to and from 'the'eourt rWe'
nsk all bonesTmen whether Judge Burnei'has exhibited ,
anything of' venality in these gratuitqus'serricea to the
country of his adoption 7 i ' -
In 1835,' Judge Burnet Was elected toythe-convention
(consultation.) yjbicli met at San Felipe to; deliberate on
thestateof the country,.&c: He left home tn .very infe-
rior health, and being obliged' 'toTgo urBrazorfa where
e money was uue nim, logei me meansof defraying
expenses, he wri taten extremely ill on the way, and
could proceed no mnner.inan' unocoiate tiayou, where
he' lay some time entirely'helpless: in the meantime, Col.
Millard'of Jefferson County,'was deputed to tbejConsulta-
lion in his stead; and when he recovered he felt no diipo
own friends, and ask j his pledge has not been, repeatedly
brokenjjirlamsjjpnaucUso reprehensible, Jhatjhe very
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