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pers anid is destined in time to Amereanmize that timent in healthy channels, to crush out veniality
fertile and wonderful country. and corruption and to exalt public and private virIn
1867, he wrote a small book on Mexico of tue. lHe spent sleepless nights in helping induce
which ten thousantl copies were speedily sold. the 13th Legislature to reform the registration and
In 1869, he visited New York, and made an election laws, to rid the country of a vicious police,
arrangement with the Mexican Government to sup- to stop frauds in regard to land titles, to reduce
ply it with certain improved implements of wvar, taxation, and finally to vote itself out of office in
which was but partially effected. Returning froni order to, secure to the people a full, free and fair
New York to the city of Mexico, hlie remained election in 1873; and justly feels that lie couldi
there ten months trying to serve Texas by urging, have no higlier title to the respect and confidence
with a gentleman of New Orleans, the Mexican of every man witho is in favor of an honest, economCongress
to aid in establishing a line of steamers icaLt just tild free g'overnmient.
along the whole gulf coast, fromi New Orle'ans to Major LBrown, from IS142, to the present time, has
Sisal, touching at Galveston, Brazos, Santiago, written alnd publised imuclth iof the pioneer history
Tampico, Tuxpan, Yera Cruz, Tabasco, El Carmen of Texas--his articles teeming with matters of
and Oampeche, and was successful, though owing thrilling interest, and written with a scrupulous
to delays of our own government the grand enter- regard to truth. tle contrilbuttel mIuchl to DeBoro's
prise so important to Texas, is not yet in opiera- Review on Early Life in the South-west, but most
tion. He also, in the interest of Texas, exerted all of his chiapters have reached the pulblic through
his powers (withi others), witht the Mexican Coi- the Victoria Adnivrmt, Galveston ("iv'ilia, Galvesgress,
in favor of a railroad charter from (Guaylmats, toin X\It,, Belton Jhmttc1'r , IHouston 7}Tlegraph,
on the Gulf of California, to connect with the South- Dallas tIDr'li, anidl tt Texas ulwmntit'w, It is his
ern 'Pacific Road, on the boundary line ibetween intenition t.o collett and arrange them, add many
Sonora and Arizona, andt in this was successful, others and Mpublish thell ill a IUthndsotne volume at
the ultimate benefit of which to Texas, no man limtl early .tty-a: comisiimation greatlv desired by
can estimate, Guaymas, is one of the best harblors tholusands of t'he people.
and Sonora (natually) one of the richest States in
the world. .. .
Traveling over the north for nearly a year, Major
Brown, with his family, returned to Texas early in "The broken 'ildier :' *:
1871, and as soon as practicable, permanently sat Ity his fire and talked the night away,
located in Dallas in July of that year, with lieilth Wept oer hii wouds, or tales ofsorow done,
Shculder'd his ctrutch, tand show'd how fields were won."
entirely restored, but entirely bereft of fortune.
Even while laboring for that railway charter in -OLSMT.
Mexico, he had resolved to make DallhIs his final :home,
believing it, or some point leiar it, would .LIC , EIWIN. Exactions by the governbecome
a great railway centre and theim seat eof n~ i.eut in tlte shatpe of duties alnd taxes
manufactories, wealth, refinement and a happ!y | ' from the govvernted, have ever been seed
people. .ftort revolt and revt'oltintm. We need not
Of his career in Dallas, crippled as lie hlas been go lbveyond the Aterica contiient for authority to
by the losses growing out of the war, it is super- sustain this assertion. l'ne1i;.tl taxation and tinfluous
to say more than a word. Within the length just dutits germitnated the. revolution of 177, the
r, ~ ~ ~ ~ '" I t'v tti' ,'i 775 h
of his "cable-toe,'' while seeking support by legit- ' first budding (if whilvt was (le flin.oIs Tea Riot in
mate business, he hlas allowed no opportimity t. |1 BDos'tt I tarbIr. 'To tois there is a striking analogy
pass unheeded calculated to build up and b.eIneht, in the cnceptimi of tlhat revolution whicith septarthe
coimmunity, the county and the State. As a ated Texas fron .texi.o t--a revolution which,
member of the 13th Legislature ani of the Con comparinngr the mInt alnd means engaged, with the
stitutional Convention of 1875, as (for a time) grand results, is atiost without a parallel, and
editor of the tHerald, an(i as a citizen, he has co- whict, by a kind of (i .sariani operation, as it were,
operated in every honorable means to restore good tore front the boly o tihe effete maternal nationalgovernment
to the State, peace and fellowship itty, Mexico, the blooming child Trexas, and placed
among the people, to encourage immigration from it as a voung y t, epubhic in the Western World.
all parts of the Union and Europe, to foster useful Velasco was the Boston Harbor of tIle Texan Revimprovements,
reform all abuses, unify public sen- oluion and the scene of the first chapter in its
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