Vol 8, No 84
March 25, 1843
Texans Executed; Beans used to select Victims.
Black Beans mean Death
SAN ANTONIO (1843)
Following a Mexican raid on San Antonio in 1842, Texans lined up to volunteer to pursue the offending Mexicans. The trail eventually led the Texans into Mexican territory. Over 175 of the Texans were captured in this, the failed Meir expedition.
On this date in 1843, the captured Texans were forced by their captors to draw beans, a black bean meaning certain execution. Seventeen of the Meir expedition's men drew black beans and were summarily executed. The remaining 159 were placed into prison.
Two years later, Texas joined the United States, triggering the Mexican-American war, and the eventual annexation of the Southwestern part of the current United States.
Hungry Protestors are left Stranded
EL PASO (1894)
A freight train carrying over 700 unemployed men from southern California, bound for Washington DC, where the men planned to plea for relief from their plight, was left uncoupled 70 miles East of El Paso on this date in 1894.
Stranded and without food and water for days in the West Texas desert, the railroad refusing to rescue the men without compensation, they are eventually helped by the citizens of El Paso who raise the money for the train's fuel and crew.
Within a week, the men are back on their way to Washington. Many of the men who tried to hike out of their predicament, had to be left behind as the train eventually departed.
Storm washes away parts of Hwy 71 in Bastrop
On this date in 1926, following several days of heavy rains, Alum Creek in Bastrop flooded. The new Hwy 71 bridge, built so the highway would remain open under most severe weather, was left high and dry, but both approaches to the bridge were washed away.