The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 52
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52 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
with spoils and booty, to which they clung with great tenacity of
purpose. Among other articles many -of them had bought off blocks
;of gay and gaudy colored ribbon, and in the hurry of pursuit one end
of the ribbon would 'become loosened and it would gradually unroll
from the block and trail out behind the fleeing savages. It was
indeed a ludicruous scene, the painted savages scouring across the
prairies in terror, on their wild ponies, bloodyy with spurring, fiery
-red with speed," and the lengths of glaring ribbons trailing behind
them like the tail of a comet .and hanging out as, signals to the
pursuers of the track of the Indians, and -as proofs of their hellish
mission lately consummated. When the whites came up with the
,Indians, the contest was short. Many of the latter were killed--
nine in one slough where they had "bogged down," and all of their
plunder, including dry goods and quite a number 'of mules and
horses, was recaptured. Among the captives, released by this victory
were two white ladies, the 'Mrs. Watts spoken -of and another lady
whose name is forgotten, and a negro woman.
After the battle, the conquerors slept on the field, and with them
eight or ten friendly Indians. 'These had busied themselves in
their own fashion in looking after commissary supplies, and brought
into camp quite a fine lot of "Comanche beef," towit : Indian flesh.
They attached especial importance to roast hands, one of which,
nicely "browned" and done to a "crackling," they offered to Judge
Waller, but he modestly yet firmly declined the savory morsel. The
savages evidently pitied his ignorance -of the virtues of roast Indian
'and devoured their whole supply with infinite gusto. One would
'think there could hardly be a doubt of the disputed assertion that
the 'Carancahuas were cannibals after this dejeine a la fourchette,
made of "hot hand," so positively proved on them.
Although Judge Waller was solicited by the people of Travis
county to allow his name to go before the people of that district as a
candidate for 'congress, yet remaining firm in his, intention of aban-
,doning public life, and honors, 'he declined the nomination. Not-
withstanding this, however, he came very near being elected by the
voluntary votes of the district, which was a much more pleasant
compliment than if he had been, after the annoyances and labor of
p hard canvass, really elected.
:After his retirement from the stirring scenes of his younger days,
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