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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1850 Excerpt: ... own telling, not devoid of deep interest. Since his location in the Onestar Republic he had tried various things, but all had failed with him. His family, who followed him, died off by the dreadful intermittents of the Bush, leaving him alone, to doze through the remainder of existence between the half-consciousness of his fall, and the stupid insensibility of debauch. There was but one theme could stir the dark embers of his nature, and when he had quitted that, the interest of life seemed to have passed away, and he relapsed into his dreamy indifference to both present and future. How he contrived to eke out subsistence was difficult to conceive. To the tavern he succession consumed the little stores his poor wife had managed to accumulate. He appeared to feel a kind of semi-consciousness that if " bears did not fall iu his way," during the winter. it might go hard with him, and he pointed to four mounds of earth behind the log-hut, and said that " the biggest would soon be alongside of 'em." As the heat of mid-day was too great to proceed in, l learned frorn him thus much of his own story, and some particulars of the road to Bexar, whither I had now resolved on proceeding, since, according to his opinion, that afforded me a far better chance of coming up with the Expedition than by following their steps to Austin. "Had you come a few hours earlier today," said he, " you could have joined company with a Friar who is travelling to Bexar; but you'll easily overtake him, as he travels with a little wagon and a sick woman. They are making a pilgrimage to the saints there for her health. They have two lazy mules and a half-breed driver, that won't work miracles, on the roads, whatever the Virgin may ...
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