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THE FALL OF THE ALAMO

Houston.

I take it as a pledge, that nevermore
That foe of Texas will invade her shore,

[Other volunteers bring in Col. Almonte as prisoner.]

A Volunteer.

To thee we bring, made captive on our raid,
Colonel Almonte, Santa Anna's aid.

Houston.

He shall bear witness, that our arms' success
Is equaled only by our gentleness.

[Cheer's in the rear of the stage. Gen. Burleson comes in haste, followed by Texan volunteers.]

Burleson.

Hail, Chief ! e'en now a gallant volunteer
Brings Santa Anna self as prisoner here.

Houston.

[Rising.]

Has been to us that precious hostage given,
Then Free is Texas! Thank the Lord in Heaven!

[At the announcement of the last report Bradburn makes signs to the Surgeon and Deaf Smiith to raise him up. This done, he speaks with ever-rising voice, while the volunteers form a semi-circle around him.]

Bradburn.

Yes, thank the Lord! whose mighty arm has wrought