Texian Stomping Grounds Page: 73
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RANCHO BUENA VISTA
CURES AND INCANTATIONS
All ranches have their favorite cures and remedies, and so has
Buena Vista. Chief among the remedies have always been those
for snakebite. One remedy was to put cuajo (rennet) in milk and
immerse the bitten place in the liquid. The cuajo was supposed
to draw out the poison. Another method of treating snakebite
was to immerse the limb in a hole of thin mud, also supposed to
draw out the poison.
In old days rabies was prevalent in coyotes, just as now. Once
Don Florencio lassoed a rabid coyote and found himself in a
predicament, for the animal endeavored to attack the horse on
which he was mounted. He was forced to outrun the animal
and drag it to death.
In those days the only remedy for the bite of a rabid animal
was a prompt burning out of the wound with a red-hot iron.
The treatment left a deep and serious burn, but it saved the life
of the individual. One person, Victor Flores, bitten by a rabid
coyote, was thus treated by a man named Paz Benavidez who
had been a captive among the Indians.
In old times, too, there lived on a neighboring ranch a negress
noted for her powers as a curandera. She cured one of the chil-
dren of fits, another of ojo (evil eye) and others of many kinds
of illnesses. She was a midwife and in later years moved to
Laredo, where she was well and favorably known as a practical
nurse among even the wealthiest American and Mexican families.
She is still living and is estimated to be 115 years old.
Once a great cloud rose in the south and threatened the ranch.
It was black, and boiling up the sky at a terrific rate. A young
girl who was present at the house cried out that she knew an
incantation that would part the cloud and save the ranch from
destruction. She ran into the kitchen and grasped a huge knife.
Rushing into the yard, she pointed it toward the heavens and
began to form a huge cross. As she brought the knife down-
ward, the cloud parted, half going to the east and half to the
west, leaving the ranch untouched.
There are many tales of buried treasure told of the ranches
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/m1/81/: accessed June 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.