Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas on February 1, 1935 · Page 13
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Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas · Page 13

Pampa, Texas
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Friday, February 1, 1935
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3PA61 m (THE FAMPA EAtLY ttEWS, PaMpB, f «Oi STORY OF STEPHEN F. AUSTIN'S FIRST VISITS TO TEXAS AND OLD MEXICO TOLD IN BEXAR ARCHIVES First Colonists Came To Wilderness' 113 Years Ago (Note: The following !fl one of n prries of weekly articles taken from the Rexflr Archives at the University of Texas. This collection, considered the Efentest single historical treasure nn the North American continent, has boon cntaloKUed and is now being translated by the University of Texas. It consists of 400,000 pages of original Spanish handwritten documents comprising the official archives of the Mexican Rovernment for the department of Bexar, which covered almost the whole of what is now the State of Texas, for the period from 1781, [soon after Tejas became a separate province of Mexico, to 1836, to the Ilnltlc of Snn Jacinto, This series of articles will consist principally of quotations from the documents, many of whirli have heretofore been unpublished, and will reveal for the first tinii' whnt actually transpired during file centu.ry in which Texas was transformed from n wildernead inhabited only tiy savage Indian tribes to an Inde- ilcpcmlent American republic.) ®- AUSTIN, Feb. 1.—The record of Moses Austin and his family was written more fully by Stephen F. Austin than by his father, Moses Austin. In fact, while the family record was kept by the older man, the entries were little more than genealogical notes, with brief notations of purchases of property and removals from one part of the country to the other. It was in 1820, when Moses Austin left Missouri en route to Texas, that Stephen began writing. It was he who entered the account of -his father's .Journey, quoted in the lost article. His records present more than the bare outline of the trip; they intersperse bare facts with details of hardships encountered, shortages of supplies, availability of game, illnesses, etc. When he began to trace down his wanderings, he again entered briefly items which cast light on the various aspects of his journeys. He indicated some of the considerations involved in endeavoring- to colonize a new country, the legal complications, the physical problems of transporting his colonists, ; a few references to the geographical features of the region, and other interesting data Left In 1820. . _ : "Stephen Fuller Austin, son of Moses Austin, left the territory of Arkansas in 1820 and descended to New Orleans where he remained until his father returned from St. Antonio — he then proceeded to Natchitoches to meet his father and share with the dangers and fatigues of the enterprise he was about commencing in the Province of Texas," he wrote. . "When he arrived at Natchitoches he met the commissioners (Don Erasmo Seguin and Don Juan Berimendi) dispatched by the Government of New Spain with a confirmation of the grant and orders to conduct Moses Austin to the district allotted to him to form his colony, but receiving 1 intelligence Of the sudden death of his father he proceeded on to San Antonio in company with the commissioners and sixteen Americans who attended him on the expedition. On his arrival at San Antonio he was immediately acknowledged as the Jegal heir and representative of his father Moses Austin by Don Antonio Martinez, then Governor and political chief of that province, and fully empowered to carry Into effect the original design of his father. "Accordingly he left San Antonio with his party of Americans and proceeded to explore the country and select the part he might deem most desirable to form his colony—after having explored the country bordering on the sea or Gulph of Mexico from the Bay MatSgorda to the Colorado and Brazos riverp, he selected Hie country lying on and between those rivers extending from the San Antonio road leading to Nacog- douhes down to the sea as the most desirable for the formation of a nourishing colony. He then returned lo the United States to complete his enterprise and introduce the number of families stipulated, he proceeded to New QrteaTUi and by the assistance of a friend he fitted out a schooner (called the Lively) and embarked on board of her 18 men with provisions, arms, amunl- tion, and fanning tools with directions to proceed to the mouth of the Colorado and ascend that river un- till a suitable place offered where they were to plant corn, erect a stockade, and put up dwellipg houses, etc. 'Reduced in Flesh.' "The Lively left N. Orleans about the 20th of November 1821 and Stephen F. Austin left there the day after by land to meet her at the mouth of the Colorado. In Natchitoches he collected a party of ten men to accompany him and proceed through the wilderness to the of the Colorado where he arrived sometime in the month of January—after waiting nearly three weeks at that place and vicinity subsisting on catfish and wild onions —without bread or salt he despaired of meeting his vessel and ascended the river to the la BaWa Crossing- there he met his brother Jas. E. B. Austin and they proceeded on together with twenty men to San 15th of March, 1822, much fatigued and reduced in flesh. The Governor received him with a cordial welcome and advised him (as a material change had taken place in the political aspect of the country) to proceed on to the city of Monterrey where the Governor General resided and if he could not get his business satisfactorily arranged to continue on to Mexico and lay his business before Congress, He left Been Antonio pn the 3tOh of March, 182?, in company with an Interpreter and Dr. Bob Andrews and arrived in Mexico pn the ?9(h of April following—immediately on his arrival he presented a memorial to Con*- gress, praying that the grant made to his father by the former government might h£ confirmed. After nearly £ year In Mexico , with TOUCh labor and ejc- he succeeded in obtaining a .. te confirmation pf his grant Congress, 8J«t returned to San ' spjnelJnig In July after an period when some of the most important events transpired in the Mexicon history. Immediately after his arrival at San Antonio he pro- .ceeded on to his colony where he found about one hundred families already settled and commenced are organization of the colony which he has nearly completed. The government commissioned him lieutenant colonel and supreme judge of his colony. He settled himself on the River Brazos where he now resides, July, 1824. James Leaves, Returns. "James E. B. Austin, second son of Moses Austin, returned from Kentucky about the first of October, 1821, and remained in Missouri until December following when he left It and went on to join his brother in the Province of Texas, he remained at the city of San Antonio de Bexar until his brother returned from the city of Mexico. He returned with him to the colony where he remained until May, 1824, then returned to Missouri to remove his mother and sister to that province, but the death of his mother (who had died previous to his return) and the marriage of his sister with Mr. James Perry compelled him to return to the province without her—accordingly he left Herculanium, Missouri, on the third day of November following 1824." From this point, the family records were kept by Mr. and Mrs. James F. Perry. James F. Perry was the second husband of Emily M. B. Austin, Stephen F. Austin's sister. She was married to James Bryan in 1813; several children were born to this union; James Bryan died in 1822. Emily Austin Bryan was married to James F. Perry in 1824; several children were born to this union. After Stephen F. Austin's death, several entries in the family records are as follows: "James E. B Austin died in New Orleans on the 24th of August, 1829, with yellow fever after 63 hours sickness. "Stephen F. Austin, son of James E. B. Austin, died at Col. Hills near Columbia, Texas, on the 2nd of February, 1837. "General Stephen F. Austin died at Judge McKinstry near Columbia, Texas, on the 27th of December, 1836, and was intered at James F. Perry's Peach Point place on the 29th—aged 43 years, 1 month, 24 days. Moses Austin departed this life 10th of June, 1821, in the 57th year of his age at Hazel Run, St. Francis County, Missouri. "Mary (Maria) Austin departed this life the 8th of January, 1824, in the 53rd year of her age at Hazel Run, St. Francis County, State of Missouri, 5 o'clock, in the morning. "James F. Perry started from Potosi, state of Missouri, to view the Province of Texas, March 21, 1830. "James Elijah Brown Perry, bom 7th of May, 1830, at Potosi, departed this life on the 14th of February, 1831, at 9 o'clock a. m., aged 9 months and 7 days. "June 7th, 1831, James F. Perry and family left Potosi, Missouri, for the Province of Texas and arrived at San Felipe de Austin, the capital of Austin's colonies on the 14th of August." Four Thousand Sheep Exported At Eale Pass EAGLH PASS, Feb. 1 — Approximately 4,000 sheep have been exported to Mexico through this port, according to an estimate of local brokerage firms. The sheep were, part of the 6,000 bought recently in the San Angelo country by representatives of the Mexican government. Most of the animals are registered Rambouillet lambs and yearling ewes and rams. They were brought by double- deck trucks to Eagle Pass and unloaded for train shipment to San Luis Potosi where they will be sold to Mexican ranchmen for Improvement of livestock production in the republic. The livestock purchases in the United States are being made by Roberto Morales, Prof. M. Garibay, and Dr. Alfredo Uzeta, veterinarian, of Mexico City. 8 Conventions To Be Held at Plainview Soon PLAINVIEW, Feb. 1 — The Plainview chamber of commerce is preparing for eight conventions and district meetings here this year. The Texas AAU girls' basketball tournament will be March 20 to 23, the Panhandle-Plains Dairy show, April 15 to 18, a district 2-T Lions convention, May 13 to 15. Other meetings, dates of which have not been set, are district firemen, district federated women's clubs, district P.-T. A. congress of Mothers, and the Methodist church conference. Use News classified advertising. PHONE 36 BeltaUe tre»tment, Kidding Around for Treasure' The lonesome keys of southern Florida are reputed to have been the last stronghold ot buccaneers, BO the "Pieces of Eight" Club has been started at Miami to provide a night-time rendezvous for 1 would-be treasure hunters. Nancy Johnstons and a one-eyed member are shown in costume making merry at the pirate stock* ade. The Idea seems to be to kid the ghost of Captain Kldd into thinking they are members ot his crew. A RAPID-FIRE ROMANCE BY EVAN EVANS Chapter 1 OUTLAW'S DEN The strides of Brother Pascual were long and swift, but the day strode longer and swifter by far to its ending. Shadows as blue as water were flowing through the ravines, rising higher and higher, and the naked summits of the San Carlos range began to burn with rose and with golden flame against that Mexican sky; but the friar, taking a stronger hold on the staff which was his companion in the wilderness, gave little heed to the beauty around him. He hjad only one eye for it, after all; over the other he wore a big shield of black leather. A plaster patch made a big white cross on the opposite cheek and a bandage circled his head. To give his stride greater freedom he had pulled up his long gray robe so thjat a fold hung over the cord that girdled him and the edge of his garment kicked in and out around his knees. In the calf or each brown and hairy leg 'there was a mighty fist of muscle needed for the support of this towering bulk of a man, yet the only provision he carried with him on his journey was a pouch of dry corn meal. He was dark as an Indian, but his broad face was marked with the pain and doubt of some high endeavor. The sun bulged its cheeks in the west and blew radiant color all across the sky; the heavens darkened to green and amber, then yellow-green and blue, with the green fading rapidly into night as Brother Pascual came to the narrow mouth of a gorge over which leaned pillars of lofty rock. A jack rabbit darted from behind a stone and fled, leaving the whisper of its speed in the air. And In the mouth of the ravine the friar paused and shouted: "Oh- hol Oh-ho! i am Brother Pascual! Hal! Do you hear? I am Brother Pascual!" After a moment, while the echoes were still dimly flying, a voice almost at his elbow said: "Well, toother, who's hungry now? Whose bellyache are you -to tell- us about now?" "Is it Luis?" asked the friar. "Luis went spying once too often into the stockyards at Chihau- hua. They killed him In the slaughterhouse. Maybe they made rjim into sausage." •"What is your name? Ah, you are Carlos!" 'You've only seen me once; and it's too dark for seeing now, unless you're a cat. How do you remember people, Brother?" "I remember them by their need of mercy," said the friar. "Poor Luis! Is he gone? He had a need of mercy, also." "So has every man with Rubriz," answered Carlos. "So have I. So have all mortals," declared Brother Pascual, humbly. "I am going on to the house.". "There's plenty of noise in th,e house," said Carlos. "Yesterday we caught a mule train loaded with— " "I don't want to hear it," broke in Pascual. "We are all sinners Carlos. But good may come out of evil. Good may come out of evil. Saint Nicholas, be large in the eye of my mind!" With that, he stalked on through the thick blackness of the ravine, which, rapidly widened. Trees choked the way. With his long staff he fended his course through them until he came out on a level valley floor, with a stippling of lights near by giving a vague outline of a house. He heard singing and shouting and the beat of running feet while he was still in the distance, and, though he once pledged to love good and hate evil, he- could not help smiling a little. For Pascual was in many respects a true peon and therefore he had to forgive a true bandido like Mateo Rubriz. A thief steals from all alike; a bandido harries the rich only; and in Mexico there is a belief that grows out of the very soil that all rich men are evil. When he came to the door of the house he beat on it three times with his staff. Then he threw the door open on the smoky light of the inner hall, and shouted: "I, Brother Pascual, am coming! It is I, Brother Pascual!" The thlunder of his voice rumbled through the house, and then a door flung open to his right and let a rush of sound flow out about him. "Bring in Pascual!" shouted the familial 1 , strident tones of Mateo Rubriz. Half a dozen wild young fellows leaped through the doorway and seized on the burly friar and drew him into thje room. It was the kitchen, dlning-hall, and reception- chamber of Mateo Rubriz. As a course of welcome rose to greet Brother Pascual, he snuffed up at the fragrance of roasting kid —most delicious of all meat in this world; and the savor of frijoles cooked with peppers, and the pungency of coffee, and the thin scent of beer and the sour of wine—all were in that air. At the long table some of the men were still eating; others looked on with a careless interest as Mateo Rubriz, equipped with a small balance-scale, measured out lumps of shining white metal and small heaps of heavy yellow dust. Brother Pascual refused to call It silver and gold because money is the root of all evil, and he loved these men in spite of himself. So he fastened his gaze only on the huge squat figure of .Mateo Rubriz, who ANNOUNCEMENT! New Service Between \ Pampa, Te|cas and Oklahoma City, Okla. r ,, I Thrft Busses Now |^»ve at / / 12:40 p. m. aft^tffSO p. |i. / / 1 Making Jf ' /Direct Connections for AH Points fNorth, South and East Bus FaresAre! Now \ f i 5ave TJnSe r/Same Money - More Convenient Pall your local Ticket Agent At PAMPA BUS TERMINAL US So, Russell Phone 8?J wore common cotton trousers, furled tip to his knees,, and cheap huarachcs on his feet. The sleeves of his shirt were cut off near the armpit so as to leave unhampered that vast sft-ength, which, men said, was unrivaled in all the San Carlos range, in all Mexico, perhaps, and therefore In the world! So thought Pascual. And he rejoiced in the might of that fellow peon in his ragged, dirty clothes; he rejoiced in the red silk cap that Rubriz preferred to all the sombreros of cloth or of straw. And the heart of Pascual was touched with sympathy when he marked, diagonally across the flushed face of Mateo, the long white scar which the whiplash had left on the flesh. Men said that no single whip-stroke could have left such a broad and deep scar, but that Mateo Rubriz, In the passion of his shame and hate, had rubbed salt into his wound to freshen and keep it burning on his face as rage burned in his heart. At any rate, there was the sign clearly visible whenever his face reddened, which was often. "Come here, little old Pascual!" Rubriz was thundering. "What have you been doing to yourself? I've told you-that If you keep taking your short cuts through the mountains, up the cliffs and down the Devil's Slides, you'd have a fall one of these days. Well, if you've had a fall like that, t^ank God that your head was battered but not broken. "Come here and dip your hands into that sack—all gold—and take out the-fill of your big hands. You can weight down your pockets and spend It all on your poor. Dip In your hands as deep as the wrists and pull out what your fingers will hold. Come, Pascual I Hal, my children! We shall all be a thousand leagues nearer to heaven whfen Brother Pascual has prayed for us." Brother Fascual stood by the bandit and .looked down at the buckskin sack which held such treasure. He was aware, too, of the gleam of white metal and of yellow up and down the table. He took a deep breath and looked up to the smoke-blackened rafters of the room. "Father, forgive them!"'he said from his heart. Then he added: "Not even for my poor, Mateo. Give me something to eat, as soon as I have washed. But stolen money poisons even the poor." Mateo caught him by the wrists and looked him up and down, half savage and half fond. "Listen to me! Be silent, everyone. Mateo Rubriz is speaking. Do you hear? One day I shall give up thjs life and go into a desert with this good man. I shall scratch up roots with my bare hands and feed on them. I shall drink nothing but clear spring water.—Give me a cup of that wine, one of you!—And I shall spend the rest of my days praying and doing penance." He seized a great jeweled cup which was handed to him, brimming wlthi sour red wine, anc poured half the contents down his throat. "When I do penance," he roared, it shall be the greatest penance that ever was done by a Mexican,. and Mexicans are the only men." He made a gesture, and some of the wine slopped out of the cup and splashed from the floor onto the bare calves of his legs. "Do you hear me, Pascual? I shiall be such a saint one day that they'll have to shift in their chairs and crowd their halos closer together to make room for Mateo Rubriz!" (Copyright, 1!)34, Harper A Brothers) Brother Fascual becomes a peacemaker, tomorrow. Light and. Water Plant at Timpson Shows a' Profit TIMPSON, Feb. 1 W)—The annual statement of the Timpson municipally-owned light and water departments for 1934, as published by Mayor J. D. Harrison and W. H. Ingram, superintendent of utilities, show an increase of $5,091.99 in revenue as compared with 1933. Receipts for 1934 were $20,992.05 and $17,904.78 in 1933. Operating expenses for 1934 were $12,078.741 which Included approximately $1,500 worth of permanent repairs. Equipment and other creditable disbursements total $6,825.49, which included $4,000 transferred to the general fund and $2,388.31 to the general city fund. New; construction for Ithe year totals $511,92. In this connection more than $11,000 was spent during 1933 on a new distribution system for which cash was paid. Manager Ingram states that the street lighting expense has been greatly reduced since the new system was installed, new globes and other material In 1933 costing $336.02 compared With $122.92 in 1934. Disbursements for 1934 were $19,415.15 the statement shows, leaving a cash balance of $3,640.62 on hand as of January 1, 1935. Timpson boasts being one of the best lighted towns in East Texas and without Its own light plant, Manager Ingram states the cost of current for the street lights would total approximately $2,000 a year, Residential streets also are well lighted^ THAT'LL 'LARN 1 'EM ST. LOUIS—A group of. Washington university students constructed a dark room in the physics building. They discovered they had left a 12-foot ladder inside. Unable to remove It through the small door, the students had to tear down a section of the wall to extricate the ladder. George M. Coffey, student who directed the work, said: "We just didn't think about getting the ladder out until we had built around it. But that's what we go to school for—to learn." Prize Offered For Destroying Hawks, Terrapins Every year hawks, eagles, and terrapins destrpy thbusands of game birds or their eggs in this section of the Panhandle. The Pampa Hardware and Implement compahy will do its part in destroying the menaces this year. The contest will be conducted from now until September 1 with the winner receiving his choice of a 12-gauge, a 16-gauge, or a 20- gauge Remington 31A shotgun valued at $47.90. Every person interested in killing the marauders should ergister at once. The contest will be conducted 1 on a point basis. For each right foot of the bird or animal listed that is brought to the Pampa Hardware & Implement store on North Cuyler street, the entrant will be credited with the set number of points which are as follows: _, Eagle 100 points; Blue Darter 75 points; Road Runner 75 points; Chicken hawk 50 points; Sparrow hawk 50 points; Dry Land terrapin 50 points. The person having the most points at the close of the contest will be 5 given the gun. . ^ • FIREMEN, SAVE OtJB HOUSE SPOKANE, Wash. — Three fire companies rushed on a call to an outlying district; but found plenty of help there to fight the blaze. Trie roof of fire station No.. 6 was oh fire. " ' PIONEER QUANAH, Feb. Putnam, one at "the of pioneers who sTpttl tion mire Ihfc n jBO Jan. 21 HefwaVfBoi berg, Bichl <)4 yet tied hire iK 187*, COLDS And FEVER f lilt day Headache* In ,30 mlnntM Wmch for/them BURROW'S BAKERY I HAS AMOVED TO NEW LOCATIO!^ « AT 112 WEST FOSTER. / A.;' We Have a Larger Retail Front for tOur/CUstomer BUY BURROW' S AT U R 7 ' Chocblatrf / PEPPERMINT J V«-' ' BpJE Burrow's E OfA L S ,., ;>—$e GJJfcTTONpldkD, Per Loaf. 30C We have GIuton L Brerf4fall the time nowVt Burrow's Bakery l< I • \ ' • ' Burrow's Bakery FRED BURROW, Mgr. WE INVITE YOU TO TRY A POUND OF QUALITY BUTTER Well Deserving of Its Namg^-f Truly Quality Unsurpassed, I Churned jFRES^Dally FrdfiaC, DOUBJ.EtRjgH CREAM i I ' j ! •$ •!•' / Ev^rtf Jfou^tti Fully Guaranteed (Never allowed to become ' * . i- ' • i -**'**=•*'*''"' | stale or rancijju-"* 7 ""*" '., ; \ ,,*0f1f Try "C • The Aristocrat FOR HEALTH SEE WHAT YOU BUY! Insist Upon ! 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