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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
"t In May, 1872, Col. Loughery was commissioned
consul at Acapulco, Mexico, and at once assumed
the duties of his office. In that city he found a
strong prejudice existing against Americans and
particularly against Texas, the heritage of a bloody
war and his predecessors in office. His geniality
and kind, courteous and business-like manner
soon swept this away, and he succeeded in supplanting
the strong anti-American sentiment with
admiration and respect for America and Americans
as strong. By untiring efforts he succeeded
in giving his government far more information than
it had ever before been able to obtain from this
portion of the Mexican republic. In fact, when he
was recalled at the expiration of President Cleveland's
first term the relations between the United
States and tllis important port and coaling station
were in every way pleasant and the business of
the consulate was in better condition than ever
"Thle death of Col. Loughery at Marshall,
April 26th, 1894, was received here with deep regret
and profound sorrow, and a pall of gloom hangs
over liis old home and around the scenes of his
glorious works and accomplishments during the
dark days of reconstruction. During those trying
times he stood as a champion of civil liberty, and
boldly defended the rights of the people against
usurpation of the powers that were imposing a
tyranny and rule that was abhorred by the civilized
world. The military commission organized in a
time of profound peace, and its inhuman practices,
is a stigma upon the dominant party and a disgrace
to the power that authorized and sanctioned its
outrages. Every means to degrade and oppress
the people were organized and run in conflict and
opposition to the law and order that the best element
here was anxious to prevail. A reign of
terror was imposed, and our innocent people were
incarcerated in a Bastile, and tried by a mock
tribunal for crimes they never committed, to gratify
a pettv tyranny born and nutured in partisan spirit
and sectional hatred. At the beginning of this
stormy period Col. Loughery came to the rescue and
nobly and gallantly wielded the pen and fought for
principles and justice and boldly enunciated a law
and rule to restore common rights and liberty, that
the existing martial law had stultified and sat upon
with impunity. The desired effect was at last
attained, and the commission was dissolved, and the
civil law was permitted to assume its rightful functions
and acknowledged superior to the military.
The gratitude of our people for his efforts along
this perilous line is a silent but eloquent tribute
to the memory of Col. Loughery. He has gone to
his reward, and we join the craftin sincere sorrow,
and mourn in common with the family of our
esteemed old friend." -Jefferson Jimplicute.
The following poem was written by Col. Loughery's
youngest daughter, Miss Fannie L. Loughery:SALEM
Peace be to thy sacred dust,
Cares of earth are ended!
Through life's long and weary day
Grief and joy were blended.
Blessed is that perfect rest,
Free from pain and sorrow,
Death's dark night alone can bring
Sleep with no sad morrow.
Memory's holy censer yields
Fragrance sweet, forever.
Home holds ties, to loving hearts,
Parting can not sever.
Kindly words and noble deeds
Give thy life its beauty.
Brave and patient to the last,
Faithful to each duty.
True as steel to every trust,
Thy aims were selfish never.
Good deeds live when thou art gone,
Thy light shines brighter ever.
Good fight fought, and life work o'er,
Friends and loved ones round thee,
Garnered like the full ripe ear,
Length of days had crowned thee.
Slowly faded like a leaf,
Natural is thy slumber.
Thou livest yet in many hearts,
Thy friends no one can number.
Good night, father, last farewell,
Never we'll behold thee.
May the sod rest light on thee,
Gently earth enfold thee.
Pax vohiscum " (solemn words),
Sadly death bereft us.
Lonely is the hearth and home,
Father, since you left us.
Sheaves of love and peace are thine,
No wrong thou dids't to any.
May thy life's pure earnest zeal
Strength impart to many.
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/205/: accessed April 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .