Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 95 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
a Waterloo defeat. Two of Davis tools resigned their
seats then and there. Thus was a quorum, under the
standing rules, broken, and fortune for a while declared
"But Hamilton was not thus to be defeated. He
brought all his forces up against the political traitors,
raised a point of order as to whether a quorum consisted
of a majority of ninety members, which the convention
ought to have had, had every delegate been in
his seat, or of a majority of those who, at that time, were
entitled to seats. Plausibility and common sense were
on Hamilton's side. Davis' wrath was terrible. Mills
must be punished. The convention could not see it
through his spectacles, and he ordered the sergeant-atarms
to take Mills in custody. It was a wordy order.
Davis, seeing his inevitable defeat, on his own motion,
declared that the convention, as no quorum was present,
stood adjourned till next day at 10 o'clock, and, with
the mien of a lieutenant of his satanic majesty, left the
"Before he had gotten half way down the aisle, Armstrong
of Lamar had been elected president. Davis
ordered the doorkeeper to open the doors so that members
could go out. The doorkeeper refused.
"Then ensued a scene which cannot be described.
Hamilton arose and spoke under all the excitement of
the evening-spoke as only those can speak who are
orators born-spoke until, if I had been in Davis' place,
I would have prayed that the capitol might crush upon
me and hide my awful shame."
The constitution was then adopted as a whole and this
revolutionary attempt to break up the convention and
prevent the reconstruction of the State and her readmission
into the Union met a humiliating defeat.
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Mills, William W. Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills., book, 1901; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6112/m1/95/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed June 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .