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The life of Colonel David Crockett: comprising his adventures as backwoodsman and hunter;

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THE LIFE
ColonelDavid Crockett:
COMPRISING
HIS ADVENTURES AS BACKWOODSMAN AND HUNTER; HIS
SERVICES AS SOLDIER AND SCOUT IN THE CREEK
CANVASSESWAR ; HIS ELECTIONEERING ; HIS
CONGRESSMAN HISCAREER AS ; TOUR
THROUGH THE NORTHERN STATES;
AND HIS SERVICES AND DEATH
IN THE TEXAN WAR OF
INDEPENDENCE.
TO WHICH ARE ADDED
SKETCHES OF GENERAL SAM HOUSTON, GENERAL SANTA
ANNA, REZIN P, AND COLONEL JAMES BOWIE.
By EDWARD S. ELLIS,
AUTHOR OF "the LIFE OF COLONEL DANIEL EO<3NE," "NED IN THE BLOCK-
HOUSE," "nED in the woods." ETC.
PHILADELPHIA
PORTER & COATES,Copyright. 1884,
BV
& COATES.POSTERPREFACE.
^*]\ TAKE room for Colonel Crockett!** said
the ushei . t the White House, one even-XVX
the famous Congressmaning, when from the back-
woods presented himself with a number of other
callers.
"Colonel Crockett makes room for himself!**
was the exclamation of the Member as he strode
into the room.
The incident is typical of the man. Gifted by-
nature with an exhaustless fund of humor, born to
privation, hardship and labor, trained, not in the
school of books, but in the severer one of expe-
rience, he exhibited true manliness, honesty and
his words andbravery in all actions.
Crockett lacked the refinementsColonel which a
truer education would have given him : he said and
did things which cannot be held up as models for
the youth of to-day; but a profound sense of just-
ice and of devotion to right permeated his entire
life. Rough and uncultured though he was, his
career contains much that is commendable and
worthy imitation. His moral heroism was dis-of
in defiance the vast powers Presi-played his of of
dent Jackson when political ruin was the almost
inevitable consequence. Of no man can it more—

IV PREFACE.
be said that he preferred being righttruly to being
President. His personal daring was shown on
many a battle-field in the dim woods, when, single-
;
handed, he encountered the savage bear; in the
when struggling against malaria, starva-swamps,
warrior;tion, and the wily Creek when coursing
on his mustang over the Texan prairie and pursued
by the fierce Comanche; and when, day after day
and deadlynight after night, he loaded and fired his
rifle from within the sulphurous walls of the Alamo,,
while Santa Anna and hosts closed about him"his
and his fellow-patriots in a circle of flame and fire,
and when, panting, begrimed and bloody, he stood
handful likewith the of survivors until he saw, a
lightning-flash, the treachery of the Mexican dicta-
tor, and, making a last desperate rush, with his
drawn bowie-knife, he perished when within a pace
of the traitor. Not a defender thelived to tell
story of the sublime defence of the Alamo. Neither
ancient nor modern history affords a grander exhi-
bition of heroism than was shown on that crimson
day when the blood of the Spartan band became
the seed from which sprang Texan independence.
Who has ever stood with bared head, and read
without a quicker heart-throb, those words chiseled
in the cenotaph in the Texan capital, and since
?destroyed by fire
''Thermopyl^ had its Messenger of De-
feat: THE Alamo had None!"

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