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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
brother, Augustus C. Allen, than upon the others,
although they too were deeply affected.
Always delicate, Augustus C. Allen's constitution
now became undermined and he determined to
seek surcease of sorrow and restoration to health
amid new and strange scenes in a foreign land.
Accordingly, leaving his family well provided for,
he journeyed into Mexico, where his active mind
found exercise in business ventures no less successful
than those in which he had previously engaged.
Before following him to Mexico, we will refer, in
Passing, to the invasion of Texas by Gen. Woll, who
entered the Republic with the avowed intention of
educing it to subjection. The whole country was
alarmed and patriots hastily armed and hurried to
the front, Augustus C. Allen and three brothers
being among the first to volunteer. At the'beginning
of the campaign he attached himself to Capt.
Nicholas Dawson's company. Shortly thereafter,
however, he and a man named Lindsey became
dissatisfied with what they considered the injudicious
course that Dawson appeared resolved to
follow, and told him that he should seek to effect
a juncture with other Texian troops before meeting
and attacking the force under Woll, provided as it
was with artillery. Upon Dawson flatly refusing
to be guided by this advice, they left the company,
and by doing so they saved their lives. They at
Once joined other commands, under Caldwell or
Rays, and did their full share of fighting, and'did
not return to Houston until Woll recrossed the Rio
Grande into Mexico never to return. On leaving
Texas, Augustus C. Allen went first to British Honduras,
where he remained six months, and then
loaded his goods on a vessel and shipped them to
the Isthmus of Tehauntepec, where for a season he
stayed his wandering steps. In four months' time
he had acquired a sufficient knowledge of Spanish
to transact all his business and keep his books in
that language; established a mercantile house and
employed wood choppers to cut mahogany in the
forests. In addition he shipped goods to all parts
of the isthmus on pack-mules and on the backs of
natives, paying his native employees in goods which
they were eager to procure. Doing a very heavy
business, he took an Englishman, Mr. Welsh, in as a
partner. They entered extensively into the mahogany
trade, bought vessels and shipped many cargoes
of the valuable wood to Europe. Mr. Allen
was United States Consul for the isthmus during
his stay. He and the Mexican President, Juarez,
were personal friends, and he could at all times
secure influence and concessions from that ruler.
Finally his health again failed and, realizing his
condition, he recognized that the inevitable was
near at hand. He closed out his business affairs
and went to Washington, D. C., to surrender the
consulship he was no longer physically able to fill.
This was in 1864. When he arrived in Washington
the weather was severely cold. The sudden change
from an extreme southern climate to one so much
further north affected his lungs (always weak) and
he was stricken down with pneumonia and died
after a few days of intense suffering. Kind friends
from New York City were with him during his last
illness until he breathed his last. " Life's fitful
fever" over, at last the suffering body found
repose. He lies entombed in Greenwood cemetery
on Long Island in the loved soil of his native
State. The sighing winds from the sea sweep
over and birds sing in the branches of the trees
that grow about his grave.
Hon. Robert M. Henderson, of Sulphur Springs,
one of the best known public men in the State and
a man who has always commanded a large political
and personal following, was born in Huntington,
Tenn., February 18, 1842, and educated in the
common schools of Tennessee and Texas.
His parents were Dr. A. A. and Mrs. Agnes P.
(Murray) Henderson, both Tennesseeans by birth,
who came to Texas in 1856 and settled at Paris.
Mrs. Henderson died September 20,1866, in Lamar
County, and is buried there. Her husband died in
November, 1873, at Sulphur Springs, in Hopkins
The subject of this memoir entered the Confederate
army in 1861, before reaching his majority,
as a private soldier in Company A., Ninth Texas
Infantry, and served throughout the war, during
which period he rose to the position of Captain, and
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