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TEXIAN STOMPING GROUNDS
customary to allow a few at a time to leave the reservations for
the purpose of hunting. These would band together at some
distance from the reservations and make forays to the south,
where there were no soldiers to stop them.
Such bands occasionally made their way into the territory
about Buena Vista Ranch. Don Florencio, in his boyhood, lived
in constant fear of the Indians and often caused his father to
laugh at him because he professed to have heard their whistling
or cries in the brush or to have seen the dust sent up by their
The reports were not always figments of the imagination.
Indians did come sometimes and had to be driven away. The
oldest houses had apertures in the walls, troneras, about four by
twenty inches within the house and about three inches square
on the outside, that gave opportunity for the besieged settler
to fire in several directions without being in danger from Indian
arrows. The whole countryside abounds in arrow heads. In a
morning's walk one may pick up a hundred points of all sizes,
ranging from delicate bird-points to heavy arrowheads three
inches or more in length.
The Indians came, though, chiefly to steal horses. They gen-
erally killed only in case of resistance. Don Florencio and his
brother had worked too hard in getting their horses to stand
idly by while the savages drove them away. So one day when a
band came upon them on the range-it was about 1877--Don
Carmen and Don Florencio fired upon the band. The Indians
had a number of horses with them; in return they fired a volley
of arrows and several pistols, and Don Carmen's horse fell. His
brother leaned down and lifted him to his own mount and then
turned to fire at the Indians again. But the firing had startled
the horses into flight, and the Indians took after them.
The fleeing horses ran toward the Buena Vista ranch house.
From afar off one of the boys saw them coming and recognized
Indians in pursuit. He climbed up on the horse-shed to see better.
On came the horses. Just south of the ranch they swerved away
toward the creek, at the edge of which old Marcos, the pastor,
was herding the goats.
The boy began shouting to the women in the house below:
Here’s what’s next.
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Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. Texian Stomping Grounds, book, 1941; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc67663/m1/72/: accessed April 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.