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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
captured by the Confederates upon the retaking
of Galveston by Magruder the night of December
31, 1862, and the day following. Besides his
interest in the Harriet Lane he also owned a fleet
of vessels which he used as blockade-runners in
conveying cotton out from Galveston and bringing
return cargoes of clothing and arms. With vast
resources at command, with a credit at home and
abroad excelled by none, with an unimpeachable
integrity, T. W. House did more perhaps during
the war between the States, than any other man in
Texas to maintain her credit abroad and supply the
wants of his fellow-citizens. His services in the
directions indicated were invaluable. When the
war was over he became actively engaged inducing
capital to invest in Texas and was a promoter of
several of the longest railroads in the State.
Among others he induced Commodore Morgan to
make large investments in Texas, and subsequently
to purchase $500,000 of the State's bonds. It was
this purchase that marked the beginning of the
credit which has given Texas bonds rank in the
stock market second to no similar class of securities
in the world. Charitable, without ostentation,
magnetic in manner, democratic in his tastes and
associations, he died beloved by many and honored
by all who knew him.
Leaving his native isle a penniless young man he
made his way into a new country, devastated by a
war marked by the most sanguinary atrocities and
the greater extent of whose territory was an unredeemed
wilderness. Animated by the spirit of
ancient Cresy and Agincourt, like a true Briton, he
was as ready to use a musket as to settle down to
the more peaceful business of laying for himself
the foundation of financial independence. A wise
philosopher has said and said truly that the young
men who left their homes in foreign lands from
1800 to 1860 to come to America and push into its
wildernesses constituted a bold and enterprising
class and as a rule were possessed of more than
usual natural abilities. They were not content
with the hard conditions to which fate had apparently
consigned them. The plodder, the timorous
and the laggard might stay discontentedly
amid such scenes, but, as for these choice spirits, in
very childhood their eyes looked wistfully out to
sea and thoughts arose in their minds of lands
beyond the far-away horizon-bar, and these thoughts
gave birth to resolves, carried in due time into execution,
to try their fortunes under other skies where
courage, self-reliance and ability insured honorable
and useful careers. Such men as these came
to America by hundreds, and many of them to
Texas, among the number the subject of this
memoir, T. W. House. In their veins flowed rich
and ruddy the blood of the old Norman conquerors.
Where armed foes were to be met, they overcame
them. Where the wilderness was to be subdued,
they subdued it. Where cities were to be built,
they built them. Where the genius of commerce
was to be evoked they evoked it with the magic of
their indomitable wills. They were state and
nation builders who occupy a unique position upon
the pages of the history of the country, whose
services to posterity have been incalculable, whose
rugged virtues are worthy of all admiration, and
remembrance of whom should be preserved to
remotest time. Should the nation ever be in danger
of sinking into effeminacy, those to whom is
committed its rejuvenation can turn to these men
as models to be imitated, and rebuild and restore
the vigor of the State.
Long before his death the name of T. W. House
had become a household word in Texas. He was
one of the foremost citizens of the commonwealthone
of the most useful men of his day and generation.
In his career he demonstrated the truth of
the aphorism of the author of Lacon that " while
fortune may be blind, she is by no means invisible,
and he who will seek her determinedly will be sure
to find her."
He has passed from shadow-land to shadow-landfrom
birth to death.
He played his part nobly and well. May others
seek to emulate his example.
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