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Title: The Texan Star

The Story of a Great Fight for Liberty

Author: Joseph A. Altsheler

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THE TEXAN STAR

THE STORY OF A GREAT FIGHT FOR LIBERTY

BY

JOSEPH A. ALTSHELER

AUTHOR OF
THE QUEST OF THE FOUR, THE BORDER WATCH,
THE SCOUTS OF THE VALLEY, ETC.

 

 

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PREFACE

"The Texan Star," while a complete story in itself, is the first of three, projected by the author, and based upon the Texan struggle for liberty against the power of Mexico. This revolution, epic in its nature, and crowded with heroism and great events, divides itself naturally into three parts.

The first phase begins in Mexico with the treacherous imprisonment of Austin, the Texan leader, the rise of Santa Anna and his attempt, through bad faith, to disarm the Texans and leave them powerless before the Indians. It culminates in the rebellion of the Texans, and their capture, in the face of great odds, of San Antonio, the seat of the Mexican power in the north.

The second phase is the coming of Santa Anna with an overwhelming force, the fall of the Alamo, the massacre of Goliad and the dark days of Texas. Yet the period of gloom is relieved by the last stand of Crockett, Bowie, and their famous comrades.

The third phase is the coming of light in the darkness, Houston's crowning victory at San Jacinto, and the complete victory of the Texans.

The story of the Texan fight for freedom has always appealed to the author, as one of the most remarkable of modern times.


CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE
I THE PRISONERS 1
II A HAIR-CUT 16
III SANCTUARY 31
IV THE PALM 48
V IN THE PYRAMID 62
VI THE MARCH WITH COS 73
VII THE DUNGEON UNDER THE SEA 91
VIII THE BLACK JAGUAR 114
IX THE RUINED TEMPLES 130
X CACTUS AND MEXICANS 145
XI THE LONG CHASE 164
XII THE TRIAL OF PATIENCE 182
XIII THE TEXANS 198
XIV THE RING TAILED PANTHER 212
XV THE FIRST GUN 228
XVI THE COMING OF URREA 247
XVII THE OLD CONVENT 269
XVIII IN SAN ANTONIO 285
XIX THE BATTLE BY THE RIVER 301
XX THE WHEEL OF FIRE 316
XXI THE TEXAN STAR 342
XXII THE TAKING OF THE TOWN 359

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