Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 185 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
one mediator between God and man, they might become
a very important acquisition to the population of
Texas. This town presents an important field for evangelical
laborers. Ministers and teachers are greatly
needed to counteract the influence of Catholicism.
Some three miles from New Braunfels is situated
Comal Town. The settlement of this town was commenced
in 1846, and, for more than twelve months, but
two individuals dared to reside there, it being the great
resort of the Camanches. Causes of fear became
dissipated, and a town of about one hundred families
has rapidly sprung up, in which has settled a Presbyterian
clergyman, who thus writes, " here, where four
years ago was a large Camanche settlement, is a flourishing
Sabbath School, and the regular preaching of the
Population is fast settling the opposite side of the
farms are becoming opened, so
that the prairie looks almost like one plantation. Farmers
are also settling on the valley of Comal, a small,
rapid, and beautiful stream, bursting from a rocky
source at the distance of but a few miles, and emptying
into the Gaudaloupe at Comal Town.
Castroville, an interesting town, is situated on the
west bank of the Aedina river. This town, which, but
a very few years since, was inhabited by the wild Camanches
or the wild beasts of the forest,contains two hundred
and eighty houses and twelve hundred inhabitants,
mostly French and German, who have emigrated within
the last four or five years. The extensive improvements
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