On December 7, 1835, Santa Anna issued his chilling order that any rebellious Texan taken prisoner must be executed or, in other words, shown no quarter. Three weeks later, the National Congress of Mexico made the death decree law.
The Alamo defenders did not awake the last morning of the siege and impulsively decide to fight to the last man. To surrender meant a sure death, so why not perish in battle?
When Mexico City came into view on December 5, 1842, five dozen exhausted and starving Texans dared to hope their three-month march was over at last.
The poor wretches, who crowded into the rat-infested cells of infamous Perote prison, were the human trophies of a surprise raid on San Antonio. The Mexicans might not be able to reclaim the land lost at San Jacinto, but they could still make life miserable for the winners.
So goes the story told in the Wednesday, December 4 through Tuesday, December 10 installment of “This Week in Texas HIstory.” Be sure to read it in your local newspaper or with a private email subscription available on this web site.
Paul Tyson’s Waco Tigers scored 19 touchdowns in 124-0 rout of Houston Jeff Davis in the quarter finals of high school playoffs on December 3, 1927. Whipped Sherman 59-0 in the semi’s, beat Abilene 21-14 in the finals for fourth state championship in six seasons and won unofficial national title with 44-12 victory over Latin HIgh of Cleveland, Ohio.
Tyson, who turned down many college offers to stay in Waco, coached 27 consecutive teams with winning records. But in 1942 the school board voted unanimously to fire him after a disappointing 8-2 showing.