The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 36
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weeks; since Meusebach, the general agent of the Adelsverein, had
seen to everything. In addition, he there bought two wagons of six
yokes of oxen each, and two mule teams of eight mules each, for we
had an immense amount of baggage. In addition to what we had
brought from home and had purchased at Darmstadt, we had laid
in a big supply at Hamburg and Galveston. We had supplies of
every kind imaginable; for instance, complete machinery for a
mill, a number of barrels of whiskey, and a great many dogs of
whom Morro was the largest, being three feet high. We came pre-
pared to conquer the world.
In Indianola $10,000 in American gold was paid to us as a pre-
mium for settling Fisher's grant by Consul Lee. After a journey
of four weeks, our train reached New Braunfels in August. Our
trip was comparatively uneventful. We camped on the prairie and
sang, drank, and enjoyed ourselves the whole way as only the Ger-
man student knows how to do. We lived like the gods on Olympus
and our favorite song on this tour was
Ein freies Leben fuehren wir
Ein Leben roller Wonne, &c.
In New Braunfels, Schenk and I fell sick with typhoid, while
Deichert had the misfortune of being thrown from a horse and
breaking his leg. Thus we were unable to move for nearly five
weeks; but the whole company waited for us, having no thought
of leaving the sick. In New Braunfels on the Vereinshuegel
(Union Hill) a treaty was made between Meusebach, Spies, and
Von Koll representing the Colony, and the Comanches by which
the Indians agreed to vacate to our party the tract lying between
the Llano and San Saba, and known as Fisher's Grant. The In-
dians were here represented by their chief Santana (also written
Santa Anna) and two others accompanied by Baron v. Kriewitz,
Santana's squaws, and his doctor.
Kriewitz had been among the Comanches several months as com-
mercial agent of the colonists at New Braunfels and Fredericks-
burg according to the wish of the savages themselves. But the
Indians did not trust him, looking upon him as a spy; and it is
said that his life was thrice saved by Santana's daughter. Kriewitz
at the making of the treaty was dressed like an Indian; but at last
one of our party recognized him and gazed intently at him. Here-
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