The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 33
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Reminiscences of Early Texans.
valuable horse. Our Alcalde, Josiah H. Bell, ordered me to raise a
few men and pursue the thiees[.] The men who went with me
were, Martin Varner, Samuel Kennedy, James Nelson, Oliver
Jones and George Robinson. About midnight of he day we
started we arrived at a creek much swollen by a recent rain. Dark
as it was we swam this stream and about an hour before day, on
the waters of the Trinity, we came upon the camp of the thieves [.]
We remained a short distance from the camp until daylight when
we pounced upon and captured them.* We, however, released one
of the Mexicans, as, from circumstances, we did not believe he had
participated in the theft. We also permitted him to keep such of
the horses as he claimed. The Frenchman and the other Mexican
and their horses (ten or eleven) we brought back to the Brazos.
Though our alcalde (J. H. Bell) considered the guilt of the prison-
ers unquestionable, he 'thought it best to send them to the civil
authorities of San Antonio to be dealt with. Accordingly, in pur-
suance of his order, I set out for San Antonio with the prisoners,
but just after crossing the Colorado, at the La Bahia road, I met
Moses Morrison and one or two other Americans returning from
San Antonio, who dissuaded me [from] proceeding to that place,
assuring me that the Mexican authorities would set the prisoners at
liberty without punishment.
Uncle Robt. Kuykendall resided, at that time, a few miles below
the La Bahia crossing. I went down to consult him-taking the
prisoners with me. At Uncle Robert's I first met with and was
introduced to Samuel M. Williams (then E. Eccles).' The prison-
ers were examined before uncle Robert,* Mr. Williams acting as
interpreter. Each of the prisoners was sentenced 'to receive thirty-
nine lashes-which sentence was duly executed; after which the
Frenchman was released, it appearing that he was only accessory to
the theft. I was advised to take the principal back to Bell for
further proceedings, which I did, and Bell ordered me to whip him
again and release him on the east side of the Brazos with orders to
depart the colony forthwith-all of which was done.
I had had this fellow in charge for some time, and although it
* [line 9] We also recovered Varner's horse.
'I. e., Williams first and Eccles next.-EDITOR QUARTERLY.
*[line 27] See note 2, end of this paper.
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