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1'EXAS IN 185.

peculiar, but the liberal minded individual must keep
in view, that the places which are called towns, have
all in prospect;
had they arrived at their highest
point of improvement, and were stationary, their appearance
would be exceedingly dubious; but the appa,
rent evidence of their rapid advancement renders them
objects of interest and admiration. Nothing can exceed
the rapid growth and increase of the towns in Texas.
One or two years, in many instances, has witnessed the
foundation and increase of a town in all the various departments
of business and enterprise.
Twenty-five miles west of Milam, on the stage route
from Sabino to Houston, is San Augustine, a town of
considerable importance. Its settlement was commenced
in the early condition of Texas; hence it has
more of the maxims, principles and sentiment of Texas
" Old style," than towns of more recent origin. Its
history, like other early settled towns, presents a variegated
character. Its frontier situation rendered it a
theatre for scenes and acts which early times could only
excuse.
Many sanguinary deeds there committed, have been,
by the recording angel, registered for future examination.
Though human laws and justice have been evaded
in numerous instances, the voice of blood appeals to
that tribunal, upon whose tablet is engraven the immutable
law, " Thou shalt not kill."
If those deeds could all be charged to the account of
former times, a less melancholy retrospect might be
taken; but within the last few years the infamous stain

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