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The Texan Star The Story of a Great Fight for Liberty   By: (1862-1919)

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THE TEXAN STAR

The Story of a Great Fight for Liberty

by

JOSEPH A. ALTSHELER

Author of The Quest of the Four , The Border Watch , The Scouts of the Valley , etc.

Appleton Century Crofts, Inc. New York

1912

PREFACE

"The Texan Star," while a complete story in itself, is the first of three, projected by the author, and based upon the Texan struggle for liberty against the power of Mexico. This revolution, epic in its nature, and crowded with heroism and great events, divides itself naturally into three parts.

The first phase begins in Mexico with the treacherous imprisonment of Austin, the Texan leader, the rise of Santa Anna and his attempt, through bad faith, to disarm the Texans and leave them powerless before the Indians. It culminates in the rebellion of the Texans, and their capture, in the face of great odds, of San Antonio, the seat of the Mexican power in the north.

The second phase is the coming of Santa Anna with an overwhelming force, the fall of the Alamo, the massacre of Goliad and the dark days of Texas. Yet the period of gloom is relieved by the last stand of Crockett, Bowie, and their famous comrades.

The third phase is the coming of light in the darkness, Houston's crowning victory at San Jacinto, and the complete victory of the Texans.

The story of the Texan fight for freedom has always appealed to the author, as one of the most remarkable of modern times.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I THE PRISONERS II A HAIR CUT III SANCTUARY IV THE PALM V IN THE PYRAMID VI THE MARCH WITH COS VII THE DUNGEON UNDER THE SEA VIII THE BLACK JAGUAR IX THE RUINED TEMPLES X CACTUS AND MEXICANS XI THE LONG CHASE XII THE TRIAL OF PATIENCE XIII THE TEXANS XIV THE RING TAILED PANTHER XV THE FIRST GUN XVI THE COMING OF URREA XVII THE OLD CONVENT XVIII IN SAN ANTONIO XIX THE BATTLE BY THE RIVER XX THE WHEEL OF FIRE XXI THE TEXAN STAR XXII THE TAKING OF THE TOWN

THE TEXAN STAR

CHAPTER I

THE PRISONERS

A boy and a man sat in a room of a stone house in the ancient City of Mexico, capital in turn of Aztec, Spaniard and Mexican. They could see through the narrow windows masses of low buildings and tile roofs, and beyond, the swelling shape of great mountains, standing clear against the blue sky. But they had looked upon them so often that the mind took no note of the luminous spectacle. The cry of a water seller or the occasional jingle of a spur came from the street below, but these, too, were familiar sounds, and they were no longer regarded.

The room contained but little furniture and the door was of heavy oak. Its whole aspect indicated that it was a prison. The man was of middle years, and his face showed a singular blend of kindness and firmness. The pallor of imprisonment had replaced his usual color. The boy was tall and strong and his cheeks were yet ruddy. His features bore some resemblance to those of his older comrade.

"Ned," said the man at last, "it has been good of you to stay with me here, but a prison is no place for a boy. You must secure a release and go back to our people."

The boy smiled, and his face, in repose rather stern for one so young, was illumined in a wonderful manner.

"I don't want to leave you, Uncle Steve," he said, "and if I did it's not likely that I could. This house is strong, and it's a long way from here to Texas."

"Perhaps I can induce them to let you go," said the man. "Why should they wish to hold one so young?"

Edward Fulton did not reply because he saw that Stephen Austin was speaking to himself rather than his companion... Continue reading book >>




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