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244 INDIAN WARS AND
best given in her own language. She said: " After
masses, offered by Archbishop Byrens, and the
prayers of the congregation for my safety in that
land of war and desperadoes, were said I left my
relatives and friends, some of whom I was never to
see again and others not for many years, and toojk
the steamer bound for New Orleans. At tllat place
I waited thirty days for a vessel sailing for ''exas,
took passage on the bark ' Williaml' in tile latter
part of January and, after beating about a(nd lbeing
driven much out of our way at sea, suffeizin^ two
days for water, we finally put in at aInta,o(!-(la,
where a supply of food and water was oltaain(l.
The vessel then proceede(d lo Jndianola. T'lere
I was fortunate in meeting Mr. V:ln R-lnsnllaul of
PIONEERS OF TEXA S.
we got in. I plrocured a rocking cliair and roll of
carpeting from my baggage and ensconced myself
in the b1ack part of the wagon with my babies.
" The wordl to start was given, the Mexicans
splringing out of tlie way and thle mules, standing
filst on tlJeir hind feet :lnd then plunging forward
in response to a yell from tlie driver and Mexicans,
we starte( on otur way. We faced the north wind
for miles, I, nearly frigltened( to death, could only
]lol(l myself in readiness for anything that might
"' At, last we arri-ved(l at Victoria. ' Limpy ' Brown,
we1ll known in Texas listory, kept the hotel there.
After din,;,er we 1nd,1 a rel:iy of bronchos and started
on, f:leinr t owa1rdl cvtn;i.r. a sleeting nortller. We
MRS. AMANDA J. DI)IGN;(ITY.
New York and Judge Stuart of rexas, I,,w1 flrielnds
of my husband. We chartered a: lizlht,.r antl tlhe
two gentlemen, myself and babics a]ndl thiC calptaliln
left for Port Lavaca, which I was toldl was distant
only a few hours sail, but we hlad gone scarcely a
mile when a norther sprang ul) anld we were (driven
out and battled the storm until tile next evenincr
before we reached Lavaca. I remained over nigllt
at tile hotel. The next mnorning one of tlc geentlemen
asked me to step out antd see the fine United
States mail coach waiting to take us over. Imaogine
my astonishment to see a large wagon without
cover or seats, six Mexican broncho mules attached,
each mule held by a MAexican peon (the
latter as strange-looking to me as the mules) unttil
arrive,( l te at, $s^uin lialf frozen, hungry and
til(red olti, my 1,:ly rinot a ycar old, with the croup,
ouir faces tblistelrel wit.li thle sleet and cold. There
I met for tile first time Capt. Jack Hays on his
way to Wa:shlilngton, D. C., an(d others who were
going to San Antonio, amona them Mr. William
Vance. Calt. Sihaw andl Mr. A. A. Muinsey, all of
wlhomn I well Iknew at home. Our hostess was Mrs.
Calvert and witli her still resi(led her beautiful
daugllters, afterwardls Mrs. Johnston, Mrs. Hays
and TMrs. Jolin Twony. Iler kindness to
me, a stranger, I will never forget. Next
morning with a relay of bronchos, we continued
cur journey, our l)arty laving been increased by
ih:l addlition of Mr. MInnsey and Capt. Shaw.
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Brown, John Henry. Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/275/?rotate=270: accessed December 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .