The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 213
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The Mexican and Indian Raid of '78.
to His Excellency the President, to Congress, and through all to
appeal to the warm and sympathetic hearts of our countrymen.
We are a peaceful, law-abiding and industrious people. We have
come hither from the West, East, North and South to occupy this
wilderness of verdure. We peacefully follow our flocks and herds
which roam over the wide-spreading savannas, through the lovely
valleys, across the hills, or scatter far over the great expanses of
our grander prairies.
Our homes are far apart. Ten and twenty and fifty miles often
intervene between our houses. Again, where streams flow or where
permanent water is abundant, the ranchos or dwellings are nearer,
but seldom, indeed, in sight.
We have been greatly exposed. We have overcome many difficul-
ties. We have prospered. We hoped to give advantages to our
children that have been denied to ourselves. We had in view that
they should become more useful in society, more honorable and dis-
tinguished in our country, and prove our support and crown of
rejoicing in our old age.
The acmes of our expectations often have almost been reached,
and then the labors of years have been swept from us as with a fury
of a hurricane, and many precious lives ruthlessly sacrificed to sate
the hate of the remorseless Mexican bandit, as well as to gratify
his hellish greed and that of his allies, the Indian brutes whom he
gives a shelter and a home in the mountain fastnesses near Santa
Rosa, in the State of Cohahuila, Republic of Mexico, from whence,
jointly-the Indian and Mexican murderers-make rapid, and
owing to intervals determined by malicious and malignant judi-
ciousness, often unexpected raids upon our widely separated homes.
They scatter our sheep far and wide, leaving them for weeks a
prey to wild beasts because their shepherds have been driven off or
killed. They destroy our sheep camps. They plunder our houses.
They drive off our horses; yet these all might be endured until
eventually overcome, were it not for the more fearful horrors which
attend them. They kill and then horribly mutilate all whom they
encounter, old and young, men and women and prattling children
and smiling babes. Our houses are filled with sorrow, and our
hearts with gloom; our hopes, so fondly cherished are blasted for-
ever, and life's anticipations are shrouded in the darkest night.
Without adequate proofs it would be deemed incredible that such
incursions-withou t provocation-could occur; that such incarnate
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