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 - considerately as prisoners of war. A few days...
considerately as prisoners of war. A few days after the surrender, the prisoners, under a strong guard, were marched out of town and informed that their destination would be the City of Mexico. At a point 100 miles south of Satillo the Texdns overpowered their guards, seized the, Mexican cavalry horses and rode rapidly in the direction of the Texas border. In hope of eluding pursuit, the escaped men left the main road for a route through barren mountains, where they wandered for days, lost, without food or water. When finally overtaken by Mexican troops, they surrendered without resistance. Drawing the 17 Black Beans As punishment for this attempt to escape, Santa Anna decreed that one in ten of the prisoners be executed. The number of prisoners now had been reduced to 170. Accordingly a jar containing 170 beans, 17 black and 153 white, was placed before the prisoners Each prisoner, blind-folded, was ordered to draw a bean from the jar. The 17 men who drew black beans were immediately placed in front of a firms squad and shot dead. The remaining Mier prisoners were sent on to Mexico City by order of Santa Anna and there confined in the Perote prison dungeons. Many died In prison, others escaped, and eventually those that survived were released. The ninth and last congress of' the Texas Republic met in extraordinary session at Washington-on-the-Brazos June 16, 1845, to consider annexation of Texas to the United States. Texas applied for annexation in 1837 and again in 1844, but Northern abolitionists and Northern newspapers had bitterly fought annexing of Texas, claiming it was just a scheme to extend slave territory. No£, untjl March 2, 1845, was (Continued on Page 4, column 6) i

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  1. The Hearne Democrat,
  2. 17 Jul 1936, Fri,
  3. Page 8

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