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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
The following are extracts from a speech delivered
by Hon. George Clark, of Waco, before the
Texas Senate, the night of March 21, 1891, presenting
a portrait of Judge Williamson, which has
since adorned the walls of the Senate chamber.
Lieutenant Governor Pendleton's speech in reply
was equally felicitous:"
MR. PRESIDENT AND SENATORS: This picture is
a true and life-like portrait of one of the old
fathers of Texas, a member of Austin's colony,
together in Texas from the four corners of the earth
an array of giants to do His work, for indeed may
it be truly said 'there were giants in those days.'
Few in numbers, but with a resolution of purpose
that recognized no such word as fail, they came upon
this fair land as the vanguard of a mighty civilization.
* * *
"t Soldiers never make States. This is the work
of a different order of men. * * * I have sometimes
thought that we have done an unintentional
injustice to the fathers of Texas. We often think
" THREE-LEGGED WILLIE."
the friend of Houston, the compatriot of Jack and
of Archer and Wharton, the trusted counselor of
Milam, the intimate associate of Travis and of
Johnson; the Mirabeau of our revolution, a man
whom it were base flattery to call ' the noblest
Roman of them all,' for Rome, even in the palmiest
days of her grandeur, never had such a man. This
is a true picture of Three-Legged Willie, painted as
he would have had himself painted in life
" As we gaze upon that face and recall again the
earlier days of our most romantic history, it would
seem that Providence in the exercise of His beneficence
to man had purposely raised up and gathered
of their prowess as soldiers, and never weary in
recounting to our children their. deeds of heroism.
But we are prone to forget that this was the smallest
part of their contribution to civilization and to
humanity. San Jacinto might have been won by
barbarians, for even barbarians love liberty, but
Texas could only have been made by patriots and
statesmen. The men who fought there knew that
victory meant only the beginning of their task, and
the echoes of the ' twin sisters' had scarce died
away before they set themselves to the grand work
of laying the foundations and erecting the framework
of a great State.
"Hitherto the boast of the English-speaking
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/482/: accessed February 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .