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RANCHO BUENA VISTA
This task his present mount refused to perform. Time after
time he forced the animal into the water, only to have it turn
back. At length, he returned to his own ranch for a fresh mount.
This horse, too, refused to venture out into the flood. So Florencio
was forced to flounder at the edge of the current and watch
those faraway forms, fearing to see them disappear from sight.
But, towards evening, the waters began to recede, and the next
day he was able to go out and rescue the exhausted old people
from their predicament.
The flood of 1903 was unusual in that no rain accompanied
it. One hot, sunny morning Don Florencio noticed what ap-
peared to be a cloud of mist rising rapidly from the bushes south
of the house along the creek. It was coming fast, with a rushing
sound. Suddenly, he realized that a wall of water, far wider
than the creek banks, was bearing down upon him. One of his
laborers was down the creek bed driving some goats to higher
ground. Racing his horse, he hurried to get within calling dis-
tance of the man, Carlos. The laborer saw Don Florencio and
heard his call, but, not realizing that the danger was so close,
went leisurely on with his work. Suddenly the turbulent water
was upon him, and he was borne along with it as it swirled
among the bushes. Fortunately, after his first fright, he was able
to collect his wits sufficiently to grasp at an overhanging limb
and so save his life.
The flood of 1937 was more prosaic; the creek itself did no
particular damage, but the water destroyed all but three tanks
in a radius of twenty miles and left the range worse off than
before the rain.
Such is the life of the ranchmen of Southwest Texas; drouth
and flood; too much water or not enough; then, now, and
Indians were not regular residents of the country, and no
one knew from what tribe they came. It was generally believed
that they were runaways from the Indian Territory far to the
North, for they were often dressed as white men and, at first,
deceived their victims. By 1875 nearly all the Indians had been
gathered into reservations by the U. S. government, but it was
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Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. Texian Stomping Grounds, book, 1941; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc67663/m1/71/: accessed December 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.