Celebrating Texan Independence

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Legal Holiday.

By joint resolution of the Thirteenth Legislature, to-day, the anniversary of Texas independence, has been made a legal holiday. The resolution reads:

Section 1. Be it resolved by the Legislature of the State of Texas,  That the 2d day of March, the anniversary of Texas independence, and the 21st day of April, the anniversary of the battle of San Jacinto, be and they are hereby declared Texas holidays, and all the exemptions and requirements usual on legal holidays may be observed on these days.

Sec. 2. That this resolution shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved, March 2, 1874.

Galveston Daily News (Galveston, Texas) Mar 2, 1875

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THE VETERANS’ RE-UNION.

1S56—MARCH 2—1375.

A BAND of patriots tried and true,
Whose locks are turning gray,
Among these old historic scenes,
Gather themselves today.

My fancy steals into their midst,
With step so hushed and low;
I seem to hear their speaking hearts,
Beside the Alamo.

The tide of years sweeps by unfelt,
With all life’s care and pain;
Texas belongs to Mexico
And they are boys again.

The proud desire, the dreams of youth,
Stir all their veins once more,
As memory proudly points her hand
To valiant deeds of yore.

Again they see a mighty host,
From out the distance loom;
‘Tis Santa Anna and his men,
And nearer still they come.

They watch the sun still lower sink,
The field all dyed in blood;
They plant their proud, victorious feet
Where late their foes had stood.

Texas is now a Mother State,
Her sons are statesmen, too;
No fields are half so fair as hers,
No skies are half so blue.”

Yet still I see a softened shade
Upon their features spread,
They lower their voices, for they fell
‘Tis hallowed ground they tread.

They pause above the sleeping dead,
Our heroes lying low;
The men who fought and bled and died,
To save the Alamo.

I do not call one deathless name,
Of all that gallant band;
Each one a hero proudly died,
Fearless in heart and hand.

I feel their proud fire in my veins,
My heart throbs fierce and high!
My pulses thrill like those of men,
Who do not fear to die.

I learn to yearn as they have yearned,
For dreams that could not last;
I almost feel as they have felt,
The glory of the Past.

That was a day worth living for, boys!
‘Twas April—let me see—
Yes, ’twas the glorious twenty-first
That made our country free!

We fought half-fed, we fought half-clad;
But oh! we fought like men!
And, comrades, it was grand
To be a soldier then!

The San Jacinto river told
The story to the sea,
And Europe, listening from afar,
Proclaimed young Texas free.

And over sea and over land,
Her beauty shone afar,
And lords and princes came to view
The young Republic’s star.

And now, it is so long ago!
And after all our stars,
The star we placed upon her brow,
Is one of many stars.

Our boys themselves are bearded men,
The dream all fades away,
And yet but yesterday it seems
We were as young as they.

Texas, my own, my native State,
Would I could see thee now
In all thy pristine beauty bright—
The Lone Star on thy brow!

A band of heroes, on whose brows
Time’s touch has turned to snow—
God bless them all!—are met to-day
Beside the Alamo.

Title: The Poets and Poetry of Texas
Author: Sam Houston Dixon
Publisher:S. H. Dixon & co., 1885
Pages 155-157

The thirty-ninth anniversary of Texan Independence was celebrated for the first time in the Alamo City, under the auspices of the old Texas veterans, and nobly seconded by the various associations of San Antonio, civil and military. A grand procession paraded the streets, which halted at the Alamo Literary Hall, where the Declaration of Texas Independence was read by Captain Edward Miles, one of the veterans. Then a poem by Miss Nettie Power Houston, received here by telegraph from Austin, was recited by Dr. Cupples, and an eloquent address was delivered by Mr. M.G. Anderson; many ladies were present. The procession again formed and proceeded to Alamo plaza, and there dismissed.

San Antonio wears to-day a look of happiness over the glorious news of the International settlement, and all are anxiously awaiting the Governor’s action, not without considerable distrust, as the impression prevails that he will veto it, but that can hardly be possible.

The Mayor of Jefferson telegraphed to the Mayor of San Antonio congratulating him on the passage of the International Compromise bill, stating that Jefferson “was illuminated and generally rejoicing.”

Our worthy Mayor, Mr. French, replied: “San Antonio will rejoice with you when the Governor signs the bill.”

The Governor’s action is most anxiously looked for, and all hope he will not consign San Antonio and Western Texas to general despair and gloom.

The weather is cool, clear and bright. A norther is blowing.

Galveston Daily News (Galveston, Texas) Mar 3, 1875

Intelligencer-Echo (Austin, Texas) Mar 15, 1875

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