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THE FALL OF THE ALAMO

J. Travis.

We Anglo-Saxons give our free esteem
To honest men, however poor and low;
But such as thee we hate and loathe the more,
The greater might they have to do us harm.

Santa Anna.

Enough I have already heard and borne
Of thy bravado. Tell us now thy name.

J. Travis.

James Travis I am called.

Santa Anna.

James Travis? what?
Art thou related to that demagogue
Who, Colonel now, commands the Alamo?

J. Travis.

My highest boast is that I am his brother,
Yea, brother to the best, the bravest man
That ever breathed the air. No human heart
Beats so for all that noble is and good.

Santa Anna.

Thou art his brother, hem! that pleases me.
Yea, pleases me more than a thousand captives.

[Abruptly.]

How many men defend the Alamo?