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Dawn at the Alamo

Stephen F. Austin, from the "Log Cabin" painting by McArdle,


and explanation

Handbook of Texas article on Stephen F. Austin

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Stephen F. Austin "Log Cabin" painting

Settlement of Austin's Colony

            Interior of Austin's Cabin at San


Felipe de Austin, early morning, A.D., 1824

            Action: Horatio Chriesman, the surveyor, marking


on the puncheon floor the lines of a piece of land for


which Austin is about to issue title.

            Baron de Bastrop, the Land Commissioner, with letter in hand;”

            Ran Foster, the hunter, with pipe in hand, and behind


him Samuel M. Williams, the Colonial Secretary, all aroused


to interest in the report, of an Indian raid, being made by a


Scout who is entering the door. The latter is a newcomer, in-


dicated by his "store clothes". He had a struggle with some of


the advance savages, is wounded in the head and takes with


him a battle ax and bow. The latter tells Austin that the Caranchuas [Karankawas]


are doing the devilish work, indications of which are seen in the


burning cabins in the background. Next is Simon the Cook, who left


his fire to hear the prospect of losing his woolly scalp.

            Austin is seen reading from a book marked "Laws of Mexico." He


wears a sword illustrative of his authority as judge and commander


of all colonial troops. As the announcement is made he instinctively


reaches for his rifle, all suggestive of the Impressario's [sic] many duties an[d]


fearful trials of Colonization.

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Stephen F. Austin, from the "Log Cabin" painting by McArdle, and explanation, The McArdle Notebooks, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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