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Philip of Texas - James Otis



This is one of a seris of twelve book in a series by James Otis that features dramatic stories of American pioneer children. It is written in an easy-to-read style and tells the story of a young man who homesteads with his parents in North Texas during the 1840's. His family raises sheep and deals with a number of difficulties including a severe flood, an attack by wild boars, and complicated relations with suspected smugglers. Events in Texas leading up to the Mexican-American War are portrayed from the point of view of an American pioneer family and are told with personality and passion that will hold the interest of younger children.

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The author of this series of stories for children has endeavored simply to show why and how the descendants of the early colonists fought their way through the wilderness in search of new homes. The several narratives deal with the struggles of those adventurous people who forced their way westward, ever westward, whether in hope of gain or in answer to "the call of the wild," and who, in so doing, wrote their names with their blood across this country of ours from the Ohio to the Columbia.

To excite in the hearts of the young people of this land a desire to know more regarding the building up of this great nation, and at the same time to entertain in such a manner as may stimulate to noble deeds, is the real aim of these stories. In them there is nothing of romance, but only a careful, truthful record of the part played by children in the great battles with those forces, human as well as natural, which, for so long a time, held a vast portion of this broad ,land against the advance of home seekers.

With the knowledge of what has been done by our own people in our own land, surely there is no reason why one should resort to fiction in order to depict scenes of heroism, daring, and sublime disregard of suffering in nearly every form.

JAMES OTIS.

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Books Consulted in Writing
Philip of Texas



BAKE, D. W. C.: A Texas Scrap Book. A. S. Barnes & Co.
BOLTON & BARKER : Makers of Texas. American Book Co.
BOND, OCTAVIA ZOLLICOFFER : Old Tales Retold. Smith & Lamar.
BRAMAN, D. E. E.: Information about Texas. J. B. Lippincott & Co.
BROWN, JOHN HENRY: History of Texas. Daniell, St. Louis.
DEWEES, W. B.: Letter from an Early Settler of Texas. Compiled by Cara Cardelle. Hull, 1854.
FOOT, HENRY STUART: Texas and the Texans. Thomas Cowperthwait & Co.
GARRISON, GEORGE P.: Texas. Houghton, Mifflin and Company.
LUBBOCK, FRANCIS RICHARD: Six Decades in Texas. Gammel Book Co.
MAILLARD, N. DORAN: The History of the Republic of Texas. Smith, Elder & Co.
SANTLEBEN, AUGUST: A Texas Pioneer. Neale Publishing Co.
SMITH, ASHBEL: Reminiscences of the Texas Republic. Historical Society of Galveston.
YOAKUM, HENDERSON: History of Texas. Redfield, New York.




Contents

Front Matter
Review

Dreams of a Sheep Ranch
Sheep Raising
Herding Sheep
Something About Texas
Land Grants
The "Texas Fever"
Why I wanted to Go
Hunting in Texas
Father Spys the Land
Our Plantation
Father Comes Home
The Bigness of Texas
Where We were Going
What I Hoped to Do
Cattle Driving
How We Set Out
A Laborious Journey
Comanche Indians
Father to the Rescue
Arrival at Fort Towson
Preparing for a Storm
A Dry "Norther"
Two Kinds of Northers
How Turkeys Kill Snakes
Deer and Rattlesnakes
A Corral of Wagons
On the Trail Again
Mesquite
A Texas Sheep Ranch
Profits from Sheep
Father's Land Claim
Spanish Measurements
The Chaparral Cock
Night on the Trinity
Standing Guard
A Turkey Buzzard
Plans for Building a House
The Cook Shanty
A Storm of Rain
A Day of Discomfort
Thinking of the Old Home
Waiting for the Sun
Too Much Water
The Stream Rising
Trying to Save the Stock
The Animals Stampeded
Saving Our Own Lives
A Raging Torrent
A Time of Disaster
The Flood Subsiding
A Jack Rabbit
Reparing Damages
Rounding up the Stock
FAfter the Flood
Waiting for Father
Recovering Our Goods
Setting to Work
Sawing Out Lumber
In the Saw Pit
Wild Cattle
A Disagreeable Intruder
Odd Hunting
A Supply of Fresh Meat
"Jerking" Beef
Searching for the Cattle
Our New Home
Planting and Building
Bar-O Ranch
An Odd Cart
The Visitors
Zeba's Curiosity
Possible Treachery
Suspicious Behavior
Gyp's Fight With a Cougar
In a Dangerous Position
Hunting Wild Hogs
Treed by Peccaries
Gyp's Obedience
My Carelessness
Vicious Little Animals
Father Comes to the Rescue
Increase in my Flock
Unrest of the Indians
Texas Joins the Union
War with Mexico
Selling Wool
Peace on the Trinity
My Dream Fulfilled