Raw hide-texas shoes.
--Capt. Clark Owens
of Texans, Jackson county, Texas
, has a company of eighty men, now stationed at Houston, Texas
, defending the coast and city of Galveston
; many of these gallant soldiers are well shod with the raw hide shoes, which in symmetry and utility are not behind the beat shoes used in our Southern Confederacy.
The beef hide is placed in water and ashes and remains there until the hair will come off, the hide is then soaked in fresh water and rubbed until the lye is extracted; it is then soaked from 48 to 90 hours in strong said and water, this prevents the hide from ever be coming hard and horny.
It is then dried in the open air, not in the sun, and then beat with a maul or mallet until it becomes palable on leather, it is then made into shoes as shoe makers make other shoes; upper part and soles are all of this prepared raw hide, and made by sewing or pegging on the soles.
The shoes are then well greased with oil, hogs, lard or fallow, greased all over the outside both upper and bottom parts; this renders the shoes water proof and in every way as valuable as the beat leather shoes.
These shoes are made with the grain or hair side outside, and in every respect are a cheap and valuable shoe.