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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
foundations of popular government, and they have i
never since become firmly settled. The Constitution
was warped and twisted until it bears little
semblance to what it was, and constructions have
been made and precedents laid that are full of
danger--not immediate, but real for all that, as
under these constructions and precedents a bitter
partisan executive and Congress could do anything
necessary to accomplish their ends, however nefarious.
There are graves from the Potomac to the Rio
Grande, and from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans
filled with the country's brightest and bravest and
best. Mr. Jones truly says all the negroes owned
by the Southern people were not worth such a fearful
price. In justice to that people, however, it is
necessary to repeat the statement (and it can be
made truly) that they are not to be held responsible
for the war. It was thrust upon them. Such will
be the verdict of impartial history in after times.
Mr. Jones returned to Texas by way of New
Orleans, on the first steamer run after the war.
E. J. Davis, afterwards Republican Governor of
Texas, was a passenger on the boat. Mr. Jones
landed at Galveston in May, 1865, andt found that
nearly all of his father's possessions had been
swept away by the war. He repaired to Victoria,
clerked for a short time in a mercantile establishment
at that place, and then engaged in merchandizing
at Gonzales, in copartnership with his
father, but the venture proving unsuccessful, soon
embarked in other pursuits.
October 29th, 1867, he was united in marriage
to Miss Mary F. Braches, daughter of Charles and
Sarah A. Braches, of Peach Creek, Gonzales
County, a lady of much refinement and worth, and
settled in the eastern part of the county, near
Peach Creek, at what is now Dilworth Station.
Mrs. Jones is one of the most accomplished and
queenly of our noble Texas ladies, and her palatial
home is the seat of that elegance, refinement and
hospitality that distinguished the South under the
Mr. and Mrs. Jones have one child, Anna, wife
of Mr. James B. Kennard, of Gonzales, Texas.
Mr. Jones is a business man of rare discernment
and ability, and has met with a large measure
of success in his financial operations. He is %
member of the Democratic party and of the Royal
Arch degree in Masonry.
. . .
Hon. William Clemens, son of Wilhelm and
Wilhemine Clemens, of German ancestry, was born
in Germany on the 8th day of October, 1843. His
father followed the honorable occupation of carpenter
in Germany. His parents emigrated to
Texas in 1849, bringing him with them, and settled
in New Braunfels, Comal County. At the age of
twelve years he suffered an irreparable loss in the
death of his mother, whom he dearly loved. He
passed through youth and into manhood without
her gentle care, but her sainted memory and the
lessons learned at her knee remained with and
cheered him in moments of sadness and trial and
urged him on to be a winner in the battle of life.
He was apprenticed to Hon. John A. Staehely,
who now lives at Darmstadt, Germany. Mr.
Staehely was then doing the largest and most lucrative
business at New Braunfels and to his strictly
honest and methodical business ways and fatherly
advice, Mr. Clemens ascribes a great deal of his
success in life, and has always entertained for him
sentiments of respect and warmest friendship. Mr.
Clemens entered the Confederate army at eighteen
years of age, enlisting in 1862, and participated in
the sharp engagement at Jenkins Ferry in Arkansas.
He was Orderly Sergeant of Capt. Bose's company
of volunteers, of which office he is exceedingly
proud. He was afterwards elected Lieutenant.
After the war he engaged in merchandising, in
which he was quite successful, and then went into
the banking business. After having served four
years as Alderman of the city of New Braunfels and
eight years as trustee and treasurer of the New
Braunfels Academy, he was elected to the House of
Representatives of the Texas Legislature, in 1879,
from the Eighty-ninth District, composed of Bexar
and Comal counties, and also served in the house
of the Twenty-first Legislature, representing Comal,
Blanco and Gillespie counties, each time being
elected without opposition at the polls. In 1890 he
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