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which this house stands" (the Doctor's residence on Soledad street) "is entitled
to so many hours of water daily from the San Pedro Acequia. It was formerly
considered to be an inalienable right of the property holder. How the city over-
ruled the privilege I cannot explain. The importance of land was formerly reck-
oned by the hours of water to which it was entitled. One of the rules in the Re-
capitulation was that navigable streams should have reserved for public needs, on
either bank, a strip of land twelve varas wide. The San Antonio River was con-
sidered to be in their sense a navigable stream, and the rule undoubtedly applied
to our River. Giraud was right as to this, but he lacked firmness. He was a
good man, and had he sufficiently insisted, perhaps the city would be able to-day
to boast of a remnant of a splendid possession. Giraud was one of the few who
.saw the right of the matter clearly."

And now what a book might be written from the Doctor's recollection of
the know-nothing movement here, of the great war and of the famous Vigilance

Committee troubles. But as Mr. Kipling would say— that is another story.


On February -J-'Ird Travis wrote to h^rnnin at Goliad, asking for assistance.
Fannin attempted to march to San Antonicj on the •JSth, but failed for want of trans-
portation. This was the last chance apparently available to aid the defenders of
the Alamo.

On March 3rd Tolsa reached San Antonio. General Santa Anna began to pre-
pare for the final a.ssault on the Alamo. On the 5th day of March, Santa Anna
is.sued an order for an assault on the Alamo, naming the officers to take charge of
the four attacking columns, the columns to be in readiness at 4 o'clock a. m., and
to move at the .sound of the bugle at the north battery, where he would i)e sta-

Sergeant Becera thus describes the contest of March (ith, is;',r):

"The troops under General Castrillon moved in silence. They reached the
fort, planted scaling ladders and commenced ascending, some mounted ujion the


shoulders of others. A terrible fire belched from the interior. Men fell from the
scaling ladders by the score, many pierced through the head by balls, others felled
by clubbed guns. The dead and wounded covered the ground. After half an
hour of fierce conflict, after the sacrifice of many lives, the column of General Cas-

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