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The Texan 1861

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1 The Texan 1861 on Mon May 31, 2010 1:08 pm

Copied from Texas Civilian Yahoo list. Posted August 2007 by Annette Bethke

This is the descrïption of Texans by Thomas North in Five Years in Texas, published in 1871. He is a northern and was in Texas between 1861 and 1866.

The masses of them [Texans] wore spurs on their heels, generally the immense wheel-spur, and though they were not born with them on, yet they might as well have been, for they not only rode in them, but walked in the, ate in them, and slept in them. Their clanking as they walked was like a man in chains. They wore belts around the waist, suspending one or two revolvers and a bowie knife; were experts in the saddle, had a reckless dare-evil look, and were always ready for whiskey and a big chew of tobacco, and the handwriting of passion and appetite was all over them. They were cow-boys from the wild woods and
prairies, and sons of the low class planters, with a strong sprinkling of the low white trash, clayeaters, so plentiful in the Atlantic Southern States.

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