Texas State Gazette. (Austin, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 3, Ed. 1, Saturday, September 8, 1849 Page: 2 of 8
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- 4th. Soon after the 2d Division was posted in tho Veramcndi J
House and varus. DeafSotitli was ordered with a low men to us
ootid to tho roof of tho house hy means of a ladder placed f?alusl
the wall. J;JS oi&rgqty iq make u recQUnoigiaiicu til the cue-
roy'0 ffositifftij an report Whether tho root was tenable; und if
so how many men could IbjJ s.afgly and advantageously employ
ed.c$mhh.-soon after rf tiiit bp roo;f received lwp seVerd
wounds winch so disab ed htm that he could not come down tin
.ladder. Soma two orjlueeol his party; were also wounded and
ordered tQ- return. Those that remained with Smith .cut a hole
ij tlfdroof and let him down by moans of blankets into the room
benetuTi (occupied by Oapt. Peacock's company) and returned
themselves. Lieut Hall Was not of tho party. H received Ins
hvbiind bear Iho door of the cast room of tho rant wing of the
. building. If our. Aero was on tho roof at all ho tatrreaily at
jfaqJtiin both tho facts' and details of. ilia roof adventure. But
more of this anon.
u sf? Austin August 12 1849.. TEXIAN.
Tlitf Colorado Raft Meeting of ilic Directors
The. Board of Directors appointed by the several counties to re
ceive proposals and superintend the removal of obstructions to the
navigation of the Coloiodo river met on the 1st instant accord'
CCS A Ball was given at this place last night by the Ollicersof
the Armjyih Commemoration of the Battle of El Mom no dm
IIijy. We regret verv much that circumstances rendered it im
possible forufc .o'iittehd agreeably to fffo.'polftu. request of tim
ing to appointment at La Grange. A report was laid before the Committee of Invitation. .Although we seldom venture to trip.
igng- the light latilaslietoo" in the merry mazes of the dance yet we-
".;:;: TEXAS. STATE G-AZETTE:
'liUl'VIiD IJY R. C. XlATThEWiiON.
.i-AUSTJN SA.TUitDAY SEPTEMUEK. 8 IS-JJ).
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u'A-proliminary meeting of tho Austin Lyceum will-bc'lield
JL)6 feapitol bii Tuesday evening next at Tit o'clock "P; M. A
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vj'i"lenjLuMFl.ut: s " m'"
).' ie 0nnrt 'Martial which has been "engaged for. several days
j(past at Ibis Posfj in investigating certain charges preferred ogaint
rdicjit. .Starr of the i3ccoim.frngooi.s has suspended it delibera-
tions for. tho present owing to the absence of some material wit-
'jiGsV'bn the part of the defense. As soon as the Court will con-
'uhido its investigations in this case wo shall publish the proceed
-rngs ?r at 'e'sl ? much of the.ntos jxipy bo- hud with .propriety
JjOftford tbo public.
'llm-l The EIcYcntli Senatorial District. '
'-' MVlcarP froinJlb CiviliaiKof tbo 25th tilt.that the Chief jus-
girtfoe of Galveston County. has given the certificate of election for
'rMi6&ehntfrinl district oPGalvestoiwind Brazoria to Hon. Jphn B
JomW-iJiaviiiir rejeeiedtho vote pf Brazoria because the rem.
Im'liof c6m through the Chief Justice of that county wjinis'nbw
Mpjjent-at tho Noqth. Separate returns were made by tbo Commis-
sioners and County Cleric of Brazoria. Mr. Pease the compctit-
'-drMtt 'Judge Jones received a majority of seventeen votes in the
!fW.4cou litters at the lulo'electioij. Doubtless the Senate will award
I.ihiitt jiisseat it being tbo practice of both Houses of the rJegisln-
jure in. determining the qualification of their members to look
moro to the will of tho people than to the observance of -mere
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Board by Messrs. Grasnioycr and Carter who have bcenengag
ed in clearing away the raft since the rid nit. from which we learn
that as early at the 10th hey succeeded in clearing away the first
raltabnut41f miles from the monthof the riv'cr niiU 1'fiO yards in
length. Since that timo they have been engaged in clearing
the banks and removing tho snags which they-find a more dill -cult
task than removing the raft iiself; They have cleared the
river in this manner Tor about 3 miles above the first raft with
the exception ofa few snags Wbicli were too firmly fixed to be re-
moved by tbo pul-chases hitherto in use. They expect however.
by on improvement nride in these purchases to be enabl d to re-
move the few remaining snags in a-short time. At this low stage
of water tbo width of tho river dors not exceed 40 yards in some
places ntid they find it necessary to remove every obsi ruction as
they pruceedj.in owler to prevent the loose timber from forming
It appears from lhe report that the sums expended and liabili-
ties incurred up'to tho date of the report exclusive of the services
of Messrs. Gvasmeyer and Carter amount to $1030.95. The
principal part of this urnouur howcver.linsbeen expendi-d in pro-
curing the necessary materials (or carrying on the work and as
these are still on hand the actual amount exhausted frnsony
a portion of the amount above stated. The number of men em-
ployed was at rioime greater .than eleven and their wages as a
general thine amounted to $0 each per mouth From the na-
ture of the case Messrs. Grasmeyer and Curler think it impossi-
ble to statey with any degree of certainty the amount of labor it
would requi'e to clear the rah from one given flrint to another
because the obstacles are various and presLMit thorn-elves i.s the
work progresses. They think themselves however warranted
in saying " without wishing to furs' a 11 or influence the action of
the Directors" that "the sum generally stated as a probable equiv-
alent" would go "a vary considerable way towards rendering
V Colorado river generally navigable." This language is
vogue but those-more intimate with the subject thim we are
may be able to attach a definite uieaniug to it. The Board ex-
pressed itself " well pleased" with' the services of iMessrs. Gr;s
meyer and Carter and as no proposals hud been received those
gentlemen were directed to proceed with Hn-ir hilion- under the
superintendence of Messrs. John Rngely and John Duncan uu
til the next meeting of the Directors which is to be held at Mat-
arorda on the (5th of October next.
arc passionately fond of music and social pleasnies and Wotthl
have been enchanted with the beauty and chivalry assembled and
displayed tipon the occasion. ' i
Removal of flic Texas Indian Agent.
Major Robert S. Neighbors has been supeisedid in the Indian
Agency for Texas) by the appointment of J. II. KolHns a citizen
of Mississippi! What'may be the peculiar qualifications of the new
agept that should have induced the Govcrnmcutvtn import him
into this State from another we know not. In our judgment it
was not an easy matter to find a man anywhere whose qualifica-
tions for this service are comparable to those ofjlaj. Neighbors.
Long experience activity courage and knowlidge o tliecha-
acter of the prairie Indians and t)f their haunts and hunting
grounds we look upon as very necessary aids lo a successful
discharge of the duties of this important agency. "We think no
good wi.l result Irom the change. It is true that Indian dilficul-
ties have for some tiu.e existed on our frontier; but they have
arisen more from.a want of the necessary military loiceand com-
petent sub-agents alopg the line than from any remissness or mis-
conduct of the gentleman to whom the whole duty of controlling
vtho Indians has been entrusted. A just and cnnsideiate govern
ment would have given us more than one ageuj for our thousand
miles of frontier exposed at all points to the incursions of tiuirW-
ous bunds of roving' ludiaus. ..-
The. Texas Indiana.
ritWMhin!$- that She TclcgraplM'rrs inlhe npiion.that the late
ufdpredatinnjuu1he neighborhood of Corpus Chrlp werccomrn.it-
Vftcd'?b'y life iStpnri'nhd Toulcaway Indians exclusively. Wo haye
m' no!-reuipn to doubt that a portion of one. or both oftlutso tribes par-
..tictpate'd in the work ofjdfistructton and slaughter in that region ;
vb.uMho greater probabilitynpt t.osayjcertainty is that the Caujan-.
'cliescanstituted- he. principal audeflicient part of the savage-force.
''TtHs kuown that the fjinonsaild Tonkuways hove for some time
ljk4j fii'pii on 4rmi.rtf friejid.sliip wh thb Cainane.hes; and withr
l4n.tjhe.couuteuaice ind-lipporigfUiat powerful tribe .wa'do not
ipiibclicvo thoy would havnuudertakon on invasion of the seltlemenls.
''I-hb Carnanchos are uodoubt.actingin concert with various oilier
'ijatids including tho Lfpaps aud.Tonkaways; and unless they
ie thwarted in their purposes by .the vigilance and activity of our
jrpop5iwe may judging by the past pxpect. during this fall a
acoucerTed alcltupon-Uie fro.ut.iors at differenl points nnd'-o renow-
nlfof the sceni rfljluuder pud muider of whiclvUte have had so
A'niifch reason" to complain.
'1 r"'jf tlie'Jjipns and Tonka ways wore the only dncrriy we had to
fttar'we cpuldhope for p'ced.y riddance from their annoyances ;
rof ill that casc.oa tho Telegraph reroarks.they could have been
rand could nriw- be conquered. by a biglo company of rangers.
Bnt.ilUj trulh is the Indians on our entire frontier seem to have
riecpjnb disaffected' aiid to Kayo made np their minds to prosecute
1'al best thev may ti savage warfare upon our most exposed fron'
Tlia immediate cause oTlhis unfortunate state of things we are
ffo'Jahlo to specify. It may bo the neglect of the general govern-
"mtmi to fulfil treaty stipulations or to treat. the Indinii.tribes of
4 Fgxas with thc4.6tt.mo liberality it t displnya. towards' oiheVs or to
1 etahlsh and -maintain suitahle agencies Wq are convinced that
4bo'pn.pei'attf.ntion Imsjjot been given to. these important points
' and1hat5vpr since our odmissjinivuito tbeUmon a cold"iind'tlli-
'fSeral anr . heartless pblicy has been pursued towards Tosnj-.in r'-
1 tVre'nco to her Indians the resiiUs ofwhichre seen and felt.al-
The AMuctlon of Juan Francisco llcy Confirmed.
The abduction case is now beginning to assume a more deter-
mincdvand" serious aspect. Prom recent developments there can
scarcely be a doubt that tho charges brought against the Spanish
Consul and his accessories are substantially true. There is a
mass of circumstantial evidence collected in the N. Orleans Pica
yune which we' think must convince ilfejnosl skeptical that Rev
-was kidnapped in New Orleans conveyed with violence tc Cuba
and is now confined in one of the celjls of the Castillo del Prin-
cipe. There can be no doubt that the confessions made by Roy
were extorted from him. through terror as he 'has Written two let-
ter&to Gen. QampbelJHsinco one. staling that he had been abduct-
ed and the other praying. for the protection of the Americau gov-
ernment. These letters and probably oilier documents connected
with the affair were despatched from onMJnusnl at Havana to
Washington and it is rumored that the U'. S. steamer Alleghanv
has been id read y1 ordered to Cuba to take some action in the case.
We think there is from' present appearances a fair prospect for
aijother war. Our Consni Gen. Campbell was p.-remplorily re-
fused an interview wilh.the prisoner audit is not possible that our
goveinuibtircan brook such insults and indignities to the nation-
al honor without demanding satisfaction. If a cr minal seeks re
fiige from justice under our flag we are .willing to deliver him
over to the proper authorities according 'to law ; but we will not
permit a vile foreign police lo poljute our sacred soil by secretly
stealing our citizens and incarcerating them in the glonmv re-
cesses ofa ditngeotf. We now patiently await says the Picayune
(he action of our government fiir a becoming sequel p this strange
drama with a full reliance on its wisdom and public spiriUo ex-
act ample reparation for our wrongs.
Alleged Defalcation. ' .
The.Cincinnati papers of tho I3th ult conflict in their views
relative-to the alleged defalcation in the case of Patrick Collins
late Surveyor of that Port. The Guzettc states that some 23-
000 standing on deposiie in one of the city Banks to the credit
of Mr Collins individually is government money ; that the
Treasury claims upwards of $180000 from Mr. Collins of
which only S03"000 hove been paid f and that the Bank has been
notified of the fact and ordered not to pay the money except to
an authorized agent of tho Treasury. The Commercial on the
other hand says it has learned from high authority that. Mr.
Collins by full and fair examination into his afTairs has proved
himself-no-defaulter; that ho had $(J545S deposited in the safe
at the Post Office and tho balance due the governmentdeposited
in the Commetcial Bank; and that suits again ?t the papers which
published him as a defaulter are commenced.or.in contemplation.
.Mr. Collins was removed from office before anything was heard
ot known about the alleged defalcation-; ami-the whigs bestow.
'the most unbounded panegyric on ha intnitiv.o. sagacity of .Ge-
neral Taylor in. dejecting delinquents. In llhis point of view
ttfp' Uha-Vie!oriri paper mentions that sover?lfarmors jn.xthat our owl) opjnioo-js that the President deserve; just as much cre-
iiiit rtAitfhhorhoadnvoratnrmnffJheir.attenliun to .the rcariugof sheep dit as the Iriskseboolmastcr who made it n ruhjVo whip all his
&3 1 EsQajKJliikPaJhaOi tj use receslveVfiqck'ofl&OO; hoda. sdiglQtsjn&zder tpbQejctaUthat he igltippid. the rightnc.
Father Watliow and the Abolitionists
William Lloyd Garrison and his coadjutors have made a des-
perate at.t-i jut jo entangle Father Malhew in the cause of abo-
litionism. The great apostle of Temperance however bacl Ttoo
much wisdom tobediverled fiom bis mission for partizan pur'j.CEes
When an invitation in behalf of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery
Society was delivered lo linn requesting him to be present aVthe
anniversary of. British West India emancipution he replied : "1.
have as'mucli us lean do to save men from the slavery ol intem-
perance without attempting the overthrow of any other kind of
slavery. Besides it would not be proper for me to commit myself
on a question like this under present circumstances. 1 am a'pa-
tbolic priest ; but being here to promote the cause of temperance
1 should hot bo justified in turning aside from my mission 'for
the purpose of suhserviugcatholicisui." ' n
Whatever Father Mathew's views may be upon the question of
slavery he certainly acted with prudence in resisting the solicita-
tions of those who would narrow his sphere of action and- useful-
ness. The mortification which Garrison felt because he could
not induce Father Mathew to engage in the cause of aboli ionism
is described in lhe last paragraph ofa letter written by'hiin upon
their interview. ' What gave me special surmise and afflicted the
deepest wound upon my spirit" he says "was the apparent-.'lack
of all sympathy for the slave of all interest in tho anti-slavery
movement. Not a syllable fell from his lips expressive of plea-
sure that the American slave bus his faithful and devoted advo-
cates or of joy at the emancipation of eighteen hundred thous-
and bondmen" in the British Isles ! It is with great sorrow of
heart that 1 lay these facts before Amd ica Ireland a1 d the world."
Father Mathew has probably seen enough of the world to con-
vince him that slavery does not exist so much in name ns ifucl..
The paupers of England the. serfs of Russia the peous'nf Mexi-
co and even the negroes of the Northern States are "eiierally
speaking in a much worse condition than the slaves of the South-
ern States so far at least as the comforts and pleasures of lifo
are concerned.. " - '"'."!
The Colorado Raft.
The editor of the Matagorda Tribune in his paper of the27th.
ivesan interesting account of lira visit a lew davs before tot
that portion of the raft now being removed by Messrs. "Crasinoy-
er and Carter. The operating paity were found busily engaged
and considerable progress had been made in the undertaking ;
Jb'tniost daily in tho murd&r apd plunder ofour border citizens. Wve
Vlfave hoped in vain for.a more jirt and humauecourse of conduct
Kpn' .the part of those whose duty it-was to aflj.rd us protection up-
j.il'no.vy no other alternative lettiafntj buHo wagowqr.wUh all our
'.' "might' arid carry ilinjo thc.wigwams and villages of the barhat-
dusfoe. This has became absolutely necessaryjuj.theJ?asis.of
; ; future peace. Onca conquered indviiumbled the lndfans will ap-
preciate tho power andpnergy of the Government ond.leqroto
V.jly upon other sources of subsidence thanibo.sejheyi)ow derive
) dxoxn their continuedydepredations. upon pu? peopls ; otherwise
r vo-may- rest assured that the calamities .we now suffer Avillmat
iY6 aterm'motton forn long timo to come.
and so Jar as t has been completed tho work cani.ot fail to give
satisfaction. rl be depth of water obtained through those portion-
of the stream heretofore obstructed in no instance wasiput)d.to
be Jess than seven feet. Tpu fifteen and twenty feet was tlupre-
vailing depth. The work has been commenced and is now in
successful progress to speedy completion. Whether it-shall be
cariied on under the supervision of commissioner or. by contract
ii cannot now stop . i no people ol tlic. volley have determined
to accomplish it and they will not give it up for slight obstacles.
On Monday last the Directors from the several river coutities
met at La Grange. Their deliberations we doubt not will tend
to concert and vigor of action. Tho people of this county have-
subscribed liberally to the work and thov will ot bo found
wanting when called on to fulfil their promises
H3 The late rains we regret to learn Jin elated much;sick-
ness in the eastern parts of the State. The Houston Telegraph
says that fevers prevail to an unusual exlent-among the settlers
in the Trinity and Brazos valleys. The Victoria Advocate sav
there is a good deal of sickness in the Guadalupe vaHcyh8o
mu mat u is or a muci cr.ara.cter anuVjields readily to medical
S3 The- fish are dying in great number in Galveston bay.
Thfr Telegraph says largo shoals of dead fish were seen from
the steamer on one of. the late trips from Galveston to Houston.
It is supposed that tho .mortality may have been occasioned by
.some poponpiis mi.neralvsybstajpcc.brough5.down by Uiftuhusu.uu
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