Bonilla's Brief Compendium.
governors of Texas and Coaguila believed it entirely destroyed;
suspicious that the enemy would continue their inroad within the
limits of their respective jurisdictions,' they gave report of this
In consequence they received orders that, keeping the presidios
under their command in a state of defence, and getting ready the
men of their garrisons, and the citizens who could equip them-
selves, they should send all the auxiliaries possible to the captain
of San Antonio de Bexar, so that he might go to help the Presidio
of San Sabas. Before these measures were put into execution,
however, a detailed account was received at the capital of the oc-
currence which had given occasion for their adoption.
On the 22nd day of March, 1758, the aforesaid Northern Indians
dashed boldly upon the Mission of San Sabas; they were all on
horseback, armed with guns, sabres, and pikes, painted with various
colors, decorated with skins [of beasts.] Their war-whoop (alga-
zara y griteria) terrified the religious, who bolted the door of the
mission. Under pretense of peace and friendship, however, they
treacherously took it by surprise; the father president, Fray Ge-
rardo de Terreros, Fray Josef de San Estevan, and three soldiers,
lost their lives at the cruel hands of the infidels; the rest were
freed by a manifestation of the divine mercy. The barbarians
sacked the mission, destroyed the images, profaned the sacred ves-
sels, and burned everything in horrible flames.
Well would they have liked to do the same with the presidio, but
the commandant had had previous warning of the bad faith with
which they had acted in the case of the unfortunate mission; and
the fury of the heathen, when they found him prepared, contented
itself with setting fire to the outposts of the fort, and carrying off
part of the drove of horses. The troops of San Sabas were so de-
moralized by these events that if their captain had not restrained
them they would have deserted him. The request was made that
the presidio should again be removed to the Guadalupe River or to
the San Marcos. It was proposed, also, that it might well be re-
moved to los Chanas,2 forty[-nine] leagues from San Antonio de
1San Savas was independent of Texas and Coahuila. See page 51.
'Los Chamas (M).
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