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“ [346] secret orders, till the Negroes had majorities of votes in hamlets where the coloured people were not more than two in five. We chafed, you may be sure, and have no wish to see that game played over again at our expense. If we divide, we may have peace; if not, who knows where we shall stand? These Negroes want to rule and reign once more. Do you suppose that men of English blood will stand that sort of thing? We Texans were the last to cave in; we'll be the first to head out. You bet? If Phil Sheridan comes to Austin — we'll divide.”

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