The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 34
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34 Tewas Historical Associaticn Quarterly.
had been my unpleasant duty to punish him, I always treated him
with as much leniency as was consistent with his safe custody. He
appeared to like me and when I gave him a wallet of provisions and
told him he was at liberty he seemed a good deal affected and begged
me, in broken English, should I ever visit Louisiana to call on him.
He said he was a householder, and, to cap the climax of his respect-
ability, had (to use his own words) "a nigger to wife."
As these thieves had given me and others a good deal of trouble,
Mr. Bell caused their ponies 'to be sold to remunerate us.
A still greater outrage was perpetrated this summer by another
party of Mexicans from the border of Louisiana. They were en
route to the Rio Grande and finding a small party of Mexicans on
Scull creek with a cavallada which they were driving east, the Lou-
isianians camped with them. The ensuing night they fell upon
their Rio Grande brethren and after murdering two or three and
dispersing the rest, took possession of the cavallada. Carrasco, the
owner of the horses, though wounded escaped to the settlement on
the Colorado; whereupon uncle Robt. Kuykendall with a few men,
started in pursuit of the thieves, who, it was soon discovered had
separated into two parties (having divided the horses) one of which
had crossed the Colorado a short distance below the Labahia road
and the other many miles above it,-The latter party after crossing
the river fell into and followed the San Antonio road and escaped
to Louisiana-bt the former was pursued by uncle Robert and
overtaken on the west bank of the Brazos at the Coshattie crossing.
Two of them were killed and their [heads (?) ] stuck on poles at the
roadside. The horses were also retaken and restored to the owner.
After these examples the "border ruffians" ceased their depredations
within the bounds of Austin's colony.
In November 1823, my father moved about thirty miles farther
down the Brazos and settled on its right bank eight miles above San
Felipe. Here he opened a farm in the river bottom and next sea-
son raised a good crop of corn. In the spring of 1824 a party of
Mexicans stole some horses from the Wacoes and brought them
into our neighborhood. 'The Indians followed them down and to
indemnify themselves stole the first horses they found, which
chanced to be ours. We 'thus lost thirteen head of valuable horses
-everything of the horse kind we possessed, except one mule, which
escaped from the Indians and returned home.
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