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    High Honor and Tribute Paid To The Noble Character and Services of the Texas Hero


    Representative Tarver's Eloquent Tribute Before the Remains Were Interred - The day's Happenings at Austin.

    Austin, Tex., Feb 25 - A high honor and tribute were paid to the noble character and services of the late "Big Foot" Wallace upon the arrival of that Texas hero's remains here this afternoon from Frio County for interment in the State cemetery. The joint committee of the House and Senate, who had charge of the removal of the body, were at the depot. In addition to this committee a large delegation of Terry Rangers and several hundred Confederate veterans were present and escorted the remains to the State cemetery, where they were laid to their final rest. At the cemetery, Rev. Wright of the First Presbyterian Church, conducted a brief, but impressive service.

    Representative Tarver, the author of the bill providing for the removal of the remains was called upon for a few remarks. He responded as follows:

    "Before us lie the remains of one whose lineage traces directly to the Wallaces and Bruces of Scotland; the remains of one who in response to a message that his elder brother had been killed in the Goliad massacre in 1836, came to Texas and enlisted in the cause of the struggling heroes of that period. The remains of one whose rifle was never placed in the rack until the last savage had been driven from the soil of the Lone Star State; the remains of one of those illustrious heroes who participated in the Mier expedition and by God's grace drew a white bean, and who afterward went through all the horrors of the Perote prison in Mexico. He was one of the immortal band who stormed and captured the bishops palace in Monterey in the Mexican War of 1848.

    "Of one whose whole life was a sacrifice to duty, and who, at the age of 84 years died without a single enemy in the world, The State of Texas had honored itself in having his remains placed in the State cemetery at Austin. His name and fame are indelibly impressed on every page of the earlier history of our Empire State."

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