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Texas - have you seen this one?
email | 10/14 | anonymous

Posted on 10/14/2005 3:43:58 PM PDT by phatoldphart

When you're from Texas, people that you meet ask you questions like, Do you have any cows?" "Do you have horses?" "Bet you got a bunch of guns, eh?"

They all want to know if you've been to Southfork. They watched Dallas.

Have you ever looked at a map of the world? Look at Texas with me just for a second. That picture, with the Panhandle and the Gulf Coast, and the Red River and the Rio Grande is as much a part of you as anything ever will be.. As soon as anyone anywhere in the world looks at it they know what it is. It's Texas. Pick any kid off the street in Japan and draw him a picture of Texas in the dirt and he'll know what it is. What happens if I show you a picture of any other state? You might get it maybe after a second or two, but who else would? And even if you do, does it ever stir any feelings in you?

In every man, woman and child on this planet, there is a person who wishes just once he could be a real live Texan and get up on a horse or ride off in a pickup. There is some little bit of Texas in everyone.

Did you ever hear anyone in a bar go, "Wow...so you're from Iowa? Cool, tell me about it?" Do you know why? Because there's no place like Texas.

Texas is the Alamo. Texas is 183 men standing in a church, facing thousands of Mexican nationals, fighting for freedom, who had the chance to walk out and save themselves, but stayed instead to fight and die for the cause of freedom. We send our kids to schools named William B. Travis and James Bowie and Crockett and do you know why? Because those men saw a line in the sand and they decided to cross it and be heroes. John Wayne paid to do the movie himself. That is the Spirit of Texas.

Texas is Sam Houston capturing Santa Ana at San Jacinto.

Texas is "Juneteenth" and Texas Independence Day.

Texas is huge forests of Piney Woods like the Davy Crockett National Forest.

Texas is breathtaking mountains in the Big Bend.

Texas is the unparalleled beauty of bluebonnet fields in the Texas Hill Country.

Texas is the beautiful, warm beaches of the Gulf Coast of South Texas.

Texas is the shiny skyscrapers in Houston and Dallas.

Texas is world record bass from places like Lake Fork.

Texas is Mexican food like nowhere else, not even Mexico.

Texas is the Fort Worth Stockyards, Bass Hall, the Ballpark in Arlington and the Astrodome.

Texas is larger-than-life legends like Michael DeBakey, Denton Cooley, Willie Nelson, Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Janis Joplin, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Landry, Darrell Royal, Rick Husband, Eric Dickerson, Earl Campbell, Nolan Ryan, Sam Rayburn, Lyndon B.Johnson.

Texas is great companies like Dell Computer, Texas Instruments and Compaq. And LOCKHEED MARTIN AEROSPACE, Home of the F-16 Jet Fighter and the JSF Fighter.

Texas is NASA.

Texas is huge herds of cattle and miles of crops.

Texas is skies blackened with doves, and fields full of deer.

Texas is a place where towns and cities shut down to watch the local High School Football game on Friday nights and for the Cowboys on Monday Night Football, and for the Night In Old San Antonio River Parade in San Antonio. Texas is ocean beaches, deserts, lakes and rivers, mountains and prairies, and modern cities.

If it isn't in Texas, you probably don't need it.

NO ONE DOES ANYTHING BIGGER OR BETTER THAN IT'S DONE IN TEXAS.

By federal law, Texas is the only state in the U.S. that can fly its flag at the same height as the U.S. flag. Think about that for a second. You fly the Stars and Stripes at 20 feet in Maryland, California, or Maine and your state flag, whatever it is, goes at 17 feet. You fly the Stars and Stripes in front of Pine Tree High in Longview or anyplace else at 20 feet, the Lone Star flies at the same height - 20 feet. Do you know why? Because it is the only state that was a republic before it became a state.

Also, being a Texan is as high as being an American down here. Our capitol is the only one in the country that is taller than the capitol building in Washington, D.C. and we can divide our state into five states at any time if we wanted to! We included these things as part of the deal when we came on. That's the best part, right there.

Texas even has its own power grid!!

If you are a REAL TEXAN you won't even need to be told to pass this on!"


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1 posted on 10/14/2005 3:44:02 PM PDT by phatoldphart
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To: phatoldphart
There is some little bit of Texas in everyone.

Prune juice will help that problem I hear :-)
2 posted on 10/14/2005 3:46:11 PM PDT by Arkinsaw
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To: phatoldphart

I may not be a Native Texas, but like many others, I got here as fast as I could.


3 posted on 10/14/2005 3:46:52 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: phatoldphart

I've a great respect for Texas, though not to the point of idolatry.


4 posted on 10/14/2005 3:47:05 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: phatoldphart

for later


5 posted on 10/14/2005 3:47:37 PM PDT by pa mom
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Must be you've never been here!!!!!


6 posted on 10/14/2005 3:50:09 PM PDT by phatoldphart (Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate)
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To: phatoldphart

Our capital, topped with Lady Liberty, is taller than D.C.'s.

Yee haw! Don't mess with Texas!


7 posted on 10/14/2005 3:51:17 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: phatoldphart
That's Right (You're Not from Texas)
by Lyle Lovett

You say you’re not from Texas
Man as if I couldn't tell
You think you pull your boots on right
And wear your hat so well

So pardon me my laughter
’Cause I sure do understand
Even Moses got excited
When he saw the promised land

Chorus:
That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
But Texas wants you anyway



See I was born and raised in Texas
And it means so much to me
Though my girl comes from down in Georgia
We were up in Tennessee

And as we were driving down the highway
She asked me baby what’s so great
How come you’re always going on
About your Lone Star State

I said that’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
But Texas wants you anyway

Chorus

Oh the road it looked so lovely
As she stood there on the side
And she grew smaller in my mirror
As I watched her wave goodbye

Those boys from Carolina
They sure enough could sing
But when they came on down to Texas
We all showed them how to swing

Now David’s on the radio
And old Champ’s still on the guitar
And Uncle Walt he’s home with Heidi
Hiding in her loving arms



Chorus

They’re OK in Oklahoma
Up in Arkansas they’re fair
But those old folks in Missouri
They don’t even know you’re there

But at a dance hall down in Texas
That’s the finest place to be
The women they all look beautiful
And their men will buy your beer for free

And they’ll say that’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
But Texas wants you anyway

Chorus

So won’t you let me help you Mister
Just pull your hat down the way I do
And buy your pants just a little longer
And next time somebody laughs at you

You just tell ’em you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
But Texas wants you anyway

8 posted on 10/14/2005 3:52:30 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (If you decide to kick the tiger in the ass...you'd better be prepared to deal with the teeth.)
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To: phatoldphart
Texas is a place where towns and cities shut down to watch the local High School Football game on Friday nights and for the Cowboys on Monday Night Football, and for the Night In Old San Antonio River Parade in San Antonio. Texas is ocean beaches, deserts, lakes and rivers, mountains and prairies, and modern cities.

Thanks for the outstanding post!!!

As for shutting down for Friday night football, You bet.

Coleman is playing Bangs tonight. Promises to be a great game....

Coleman is about as close as being "Deep in the Heart of Texas" as you can get, cept maybe Brady.
LOL

Thanks again.
9 posted on 10/14/2005 3:52:57 PM PDT by 76834 (There's nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.)
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To: phatoldphart

I live about 2 miles from Southfork, and I've never even been there!


10 posted on 10/14/2005 3:52:59 PM PDT by Republic of Texas
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To: tutstar; phatoldphart

I'm proud to be






























married to a Texan!


11 posted on 10/14/2005 3:53:33 PM PDT by Nightshift (Faith is something everyone has. The question is faith in what?)
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To: pa mom

Texas is humble.


12 posted on 10/14/2005 3:57:14 PM PDT by The Worthless Miracle
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To: phatoldphart

"In every man, woman and child on this planet, there is a person who wishes just once he could be a real live Texan and get up on a horse or ride off in a pickup."


Uhhh....it's a nice place, but the writer has obviously never spoken with a Montanan.


13 posted on 10/14/2005 3:59:39 PM PDT by George Stupidnopolis
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To: phatoldphart

Few people know that George Washington origally came from Texas. When he was young, he lived near Fort Davis. Up in Cherry Canyon, he cut down a 110-cherry tree. When his father asked about it, George replied, "I cannot tell a lie. I cut down the tree with my little hatchet." George's father replied, "Well then, Son, as you cannot tell a lie, we'll have to move from Texas." And that's why the Washingtons moved to Virginia.


14 posted on 10/14/2005 4:00:23 PM PDT by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch ist der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: phatoldphart
The Absolute Best Thing About Texas
15 posted on 10/14/2005 4:02:35 PM PDT by Ranald S. MacKenzie (Its the philosophy, stupid.)
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To: The Worthless Miracle

When I used to go to ballgames in Perryton, TX years ago, before the start of the game, they played the TEXAS ANTHEM~~The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You.


16 posted on 10/14/2005 4:02:35 PM PDT by Concho
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To: The Worthless Miracle

It's hard to be humble when you're perfect in every way..


17 posted on 10/14/2005 4:05:35 PM PDT by 76834 (There's nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.)
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To: Doctor Stochastic

ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


18 posted on 10/14/2005 4:07:38 PM PDT by phatoldphart (do not fold, spindle or mutilate)
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To: phatoldphart

Nice. But for some reason, your list of great Texans did not include Ann Richards and Sheila Jackson Lee.


19 posted on 10/14/2005 4:08:39 PM PDT by Rocky (Air America: Robbing the poor to feed the Left)
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To: phatoldphart
TEXAS FOREVER!


20 posted on 10/14/2005 4:08:42 PM PDT by w_over_w (GO ASTROS!!! Make it to the big one . . . this time?)
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To: phatoldphart
I think Houston is a sprawling sh-thole and that Port Arthur is a pit. Outside of that, Texas truly is a great state with friendly people to boot. Love the Hill Country (cool German Churches), San Antonio, Austin, and even places like Del Rio have their charm (such as that city's museaum, with the largest creche display in North America).

A Shiner Bock to the Lone Star State and its people.

21 posted on 10/14/2005 4:09:51 PM PDT by Clemenza (Gentlemen, Behold!)
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To: TexasCajun
Same here, TexasCajun...giddyup!
22 posted on 10/14/2005 4:09:54 PM PDT by hummingbird (21st Century Newsreporting - "Don't get me started!")
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To: Rocky

Sheila Jackson Lee is from New York, Ann Richards now lives in New York.


23 posted on 10/14/2005 4:10:23 PM PDT by Clemenza (Gentlemen, Behold!)
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To: hispanarepublicana; HoustonCurmudgeon

Ping!


24 posted on 10/14/2005 4:11:46 PM PDT by Clemenza (Gentlemen, Behold!)
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To: 76834

Brady's BBQ Goat Cook-Off is the best.


25 posted on 10/14/2005 4:11:59 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: hummingbird

TexasCajun --> All Hat, No Cattle. :)


26 posted on 10/14/2005 4:13:27 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Clemenza
A Shiner Bock to the Lone Star State and its people.

Well, bless your heart, Clemenza.....ummmmm...Shiner Bock.
27 posted on 10/14/2005 4:13:35 PM PDT by hummingbird (21st Century Newsreporting - "Don't get me started!")
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To: phatoldphart

Die Sterne am Nacht
Sind gross und klar...

28 posted on 10/14/2005 4:14:30 PM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: phatoldphart

Texas is honestly the greatest place I've ever lived in, and I have now lived in the northeast, the midwest and the south. People here are laidback and friendly. I mean, the first day I stepped into the local church the folks there welcomed me with open arms. Frankly, if it wasn't for family(I'm a college student), I'd be happy to live here forever.


29 posted on 10/14/2005 4:14:40 PM PDT by PalestrinaGal0317 (We should invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to Christianity-Ann Coulter)
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To: phatoldphart

Texas is a great place, folks in West Texas are the greatest people on earth. Having said that I moved when I was 30 to the beachs of California and have missed only Lake Travis since I left (well Whataburgers too). Oh I miss those 100degree July - Aug days too but not much, although it is funny to watch people in San Francisco complain when the heat gets up to 80.


30 posted on 10/14/2005 4:15:06 PM PDT by SF Republican
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To: TexasCajun
TexasCajun --> All Hat, No Cattle. :)

Wouldn't mind a few wells on a huge spread, but we take what we can get, right?!
31 posted on 10/14/2005 4:15:07 PM PDT by hummingbird (21st Century Newsreporting - "Don't get me started!")
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To: phatoldphart

No offense, but Texas weather is so %#* hot and humid I about died from drowning in my own sweat when there. It was like being on the scorched surface of Venus, except with dripping humidity.


32 posted on 10/14/2005 4:15:57 PM PDT by Black Tooth (The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.)
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To: phatoldphart
"Night In Old San Antonio River Parade"

The River Parade and NIOSA are two different things. And, not even on the same evenings. The River Parade is Monday night, NIOSA is Tuesday - Friday night.

Overall though, a good piece.

33 posted on 10/14/2005 4:16:23 PM PDT by DaGman
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To: Rocky

Also left out Audy Murphy.


34 posted on 10/14/2005 4:16:35 PM PDT by csmusaret (Urban Sprawl is an oxymoron)
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To: B-Chan
Die Sterne am Nacht Sind gross und klar...

clap, clap, clap, clap

Tief im Herzen von Texas....
35 posted on 10/14/2005 4:18:09 PM PDT by hummingbird (21st Century Newsreporting - "Don't get me started!")
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Artist/Band: Clark Guy
Lyrics for Song: Texas Cookin'

I'm going down to Austin, Texas
I'm going down to save my soul
Get that bar-b-que and chili
Eat my fill then come back home

I'm gonna take my baby with me
We gonna have a high ol' time
We gonna eat till we get silly
Sho' do make a beer taste fine

Chorus

Oh my, momma ain't that Texas Cookin' something
Oh my, momma it'll stop yo' belly and backbone bumpin'
Oh my, momma ain't that Texas Cookin' good
Oh my, momma eat it everyday if I could

I know a man that cook armadillo
tastes so sweet he calls it pie
I know a woman makes pan dulce
tastes so good it gets you high

Get them enchiladas greasy
get them steaks chicken fried
Sho' do make a man feel happy
to see white gravy on the side

Chorus

I know a place that got fried okra
beat anything I ever saw
I know a man that cook cabrito
it must be against the law

We gonna get a big ol' sausage
a big ol' plate of ranch style beans
I could eat the heart of Texas
we gonna need some brand new jeans

Chorus

Guy Clark........... One of the finest song writer's, ever.

36 posted on 10/14/2005 4:18:39 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ('That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together,' Cindy Sheehan")
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To: csmusaret
Also left out Audy Murphy.

While on this topic:

Adm Nimitz and Gen Eisenhower
Both from Texas
37 posted on 10/14/2005 4:20:06 PM PDT by 76834 (There's nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.)
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To: hummingbird; Clemenza
Spring is the season for bock beer. Shiner's fine, but a really good Texas beer you should try is that produced by Rahr Brewing in Fort Worth. Their strictly Reinheitsgebot blonde lager and black lager ("Ugly Pug") are perfect for Oktoberfest quaffing. Plus thay have a free Saturday afternoon tasting (100% draft!) at the brewery that can't be beat.

The Lone Star State is indeed a great place to live. I wouldn't make my permanent home anywhere else -- and I've been all over the world. As we say down here, como Texas, es no hay otro.

38 posted on 10/14/2005 4:22:37 PM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: phatoldphart

I've been to Southfork.


39 posted on 10/14/2005 4:23:05 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: phatoldphart

My mom told me never to ask people if they were from Texas. If so, they would tell you; if not, you wouldn't want to embarass them.


40 posted on 10/14/2005 4:23:45 PM PDT by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch ist der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: Clemenza
Sheila Jackson Lee is from New York, Ann Richards now lives in New York.

Unfortunately, they have both left their mark on us.

41 posted on 10/14/2005 4:23:48 PM PDT by Rocky (Air America: Robbing the poor to feed the Left)
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To: 76834

...and don't forget Bob Wills, Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly...


42 posted on 10/14/2005 4:24:36 PM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: B-Chan
"If I owned Hell and Texas, I'd live in Hell and rent out Texas" - General William Tecumseh Sherman (Attrib)
43 posted on 10/14/2005 4:28:52 PM PDT by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch ist der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: phatoldphart

I think this was written by Bum Phillips. He has written a couple of essays about Texas and this sounds a lot like one of his.


44 posted on 10/14/2005 4:29:19 PM PDT by SwatTeam
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To: Clemenza
and that Port Arthur is a pit

But gave us Janis Joplin.

45 posted on 10/14/2005 4:31:03 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: TexasCajun

Me, too!
I love this state!!



(Park in Crawford, Texas)

The beauty and diversity of this state are breathtaking!



(Great Blue Heron in our favorite camps site)

My husband is a native, as are our two children and 5 of our 6 grand kids!
(somehow our daughter happened to be in Kansas when she gave birth to the 'odd one') <.i>
But, of course, we try not to bring that fact up ....
no sense making the boy feel bad.



I will be forever grateful if the good Lord sees fit to let me spend the rest of my days
"Waltzing across this truly incredible State!

46 posted on 10/14/2005 4:32:02 PM PDT by Zacs Mom (Proud wife of a Marine! ... and purveyor of "rampant, unedited dialogue")
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To: SF Republican

You are obviously in the wrong part of CA if you miss 100+ degree days. Get away from those wimps in SF and come toward the Sierras, Northern CA is the only place to live in CA.


47 posted on 10/14/2005 4:33:29 PM PDT by calex59
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To: yall
Miles and Miles of Texas


A bit of Texas "mood music" for yall
48 posted on 10/14/2005 4:33:38 PM PDT by 76834 (There's nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.)
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To: phatoldphart
Texas is Sam Houston capturing Santa Ana at San Jacinto.

WRONG on two counts!!! First, it's "Anna". Second, Houston didn't capture Santa Anna. Mr. M's great-great grandfather, Sion Record Bostick along with his cousin Joel Robinson and another scout captured Santa Anna and brought him to Houston. Houston let the weasel live and sent him back to Mexico. The famous painting that hangs in the capital and is featured in all Texas history books of Houston wounded under the tree with the Texan army shows Sion and Joel. The problem however, is the artist painted Sion as he was when the artist visited with him - as an old man with a white beard, rather than a boy of 16. Sion is the old white bearded man wearing a black hat standing on the top back row on the mid-left. A more age appropriate Joel is wearing a white shirt with a red scarf (IIRC) and is centered in the portrait. This excerpt of Sion's recollections of the capture of Santa Anna after the Battle of San Jacinto is from the Texas Handbook Online. I have the more colorful story but the language of what he really wanted to do to the prisoner wouldn't have been proper for Handbook. Actually, Santa Anna gave Joel the Masonic handshake which saved his skin or his death would have been a mystery to this day. The Masonic brotherhood played a huge part in Texas history. Susannah Dickinson survived the Alamo because her husband wrapped their baby in his Masonic apron and later Houston let Santa Anna live because they both were Masons.

"Capt. Moseley Baker told me on the morning of the 22nd to scout around on the prairie and see if I could find any escaping Mexicans. I went and fell in with two other scouts, one of whom was named Joel Robinson, and the other Henry Sylvester. We had horses that we had captured from the Mexicans. When we were about eight miles from the battle field, about one o'clock, we saw the head and shoulders of a man above the tall sedge grass, walking through the prairie. As soon as we saw him we started towards him in a gallop. When he discovered us, he squatted in the grass; but we soon came to the place. As we rode up we aimed our guns at him and told him to surrender. He held up his hands, and spoke in Spanish, but I could not understand him. He was dressed like a common soldier with dingy looking white uniform. Under the uniform he had on a fine shirt. As we went back to camp the prisoner rode behind Robinson a while and then rode behind Sylvester. I was the youngest and smallest of the party, and I would not agree to let him ride behind me. I wanted to shoot him. We did not know who he was. He was tolerably dark skinned, weighed about one hundred and forty-five pounds, and wore side whiskers. When we got to camp, the Mexican soldiers, then prisoners, saluted him and said, “el presidente.” We knew then that we had made a big haul. All three of us who had captured him were angry at ourselves for not killing him out on the prairie, to be consumed by the wolves and buzzards. We took him to General Houston, who was wounded and lying under a big oak tree."

49 posted on 10/14/2005 4:35:19 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: Lancey Howard

I forgot to mention I live a couple miles from Southfork.


50 posted on 10/14/2005 4:36:20 PM PDT by phatoldphart (Do not fold, spindle or mutilate)
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