San Antonio Legacy: Folklore and Legends of a Diverse Peopleby Donald E. Everett, Jose Cisneros (Illustrator)
San Antonio's is an unlikely legacy. The city's remoteness attracted miscreants and adventurers of all kinds, too many of them with short tempers and quick trigger fingers. Yet frontier San Antonio also drew-from a dozen diverse cultures-missionary priests, conservative merchants and proper ladies, who established a polite society amidst all the commotion.
The mix gave rise to the stories, some true, others not-so, in San Antonio Legacy: of disorder in the Bull's Head Saloon, of hiding silver on wagon trains to the Mexican border and why Bob Augustine was lynched in front of the Bishop's house. Then there are tales of San Antonio as the mother-in-law of the Army, of a society matron's drive to save the Texas bluebonnets, of unrequited love at the Alamo. All are told in the words of those who watched these things or participated or who talked with ones who did -- or who just made them up for the entertainment of those who would come later. "I want to have a look at this jury," Bob Augustine told the judge as he stared intently at each member, vowing: "If you convict me, I'll get out of jail and ... I will make every one of you bite the dust." The jury found him not guilty. The mob outside found otherwise. "The Lynching of Bob Augustine" is but one of the tales -- this is one of those that is true, told by an eyewitness -- that make up the rich patchwork of San Antonio Legacy. The initial testing of the barbed wire that fenced the range, the legends of miracles wrought by prayer in an ancient chapel, of battles fought not with bullets but with flowers -- all are part of a once-forgotten heritage with an impact that spreads far beyond the place where these stories were born.
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