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TEXIAN STOMPING GROUNDS
way Lola escaped or got cut off from the Indians and grew up
among white people. She never ceased searching for her mother,
but it was many years before she found her.
Meanwhile, the mother, Antonia Hinojosa, had been re-
leased by the Indians because the United States government made
them give up all their captives. She came to La Becerra Creek
and took up a homestead. She lived alone and often had not
even a laborer to help her.
She made bags out of cowhides to carry away the earth she
painstakingly dug out of the burrow pit of her tank; that little
tank is still to be seen on her ranch.
Her ranch house was of stone, brought from the bed of La
Becerra Creek. The stones are now part of a modern house on
the neighboring ranch of Cesario Benavidez.
Once, during the Indian raids, she closed up her horses in
her corral and herself mounted guard upon them day and night.
When the Indians arrived, she stood her ground and talked
them out of countenance so that they left her unmolested.
Through a long life she had many trials and adventures.
But she prospered. One of her laborers was the ill-fated victim
of Justo Manta, the 'bad-man' of the region. At length, when
she was a feeble old woman, her daughter learned of her where-
abouts. Lola was about sixty years old at the time and lived in
Austin. She came alone to her mother's ranch. The old woman
was not proud to acknowledge her half-Indian daughter, but
she felt a tenderness toward her and thus they lived together
for a few years.
The daughter decided to return to Austin, but she left word
with friends and neighbors that they should advise her im-
mediately if Antonia fell ill. Several years passed before the call
came. Upon receiving word of her illness, Lola set out from
Austin post haste. But Antonia, being 105 years old, did not live
till her daughter arrived. Lola heard of her mother's death when
she reached a ranch about five miles away.
The shock was too great for the aged traveler; she was un-
able to continue her journey. Soon she herself died, and the two
are buried side by side on the ranch of 'La Cautiva.'
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Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. Texian Stomping Grounds, book, 1941; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc67663/m1/74/: accessed October 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.