The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 58
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58 Texas Historical Associatian Quarterly.
on their way to the latter place. After warming myself well at
their fire and taking some refreshment which they gave me, I again
set out on my solitary march. I had proceeded but a few miles
when I discovered, as I supposed, a number of mounted men mov-
ing rapidly towards me. I did not doubt that they were Indians,
and though escape seemed hopeless, I ran as fast as possible towards
the nearest woods, but soon broke down and stopped in the open
prairie. Death appeared inevitable, yet I was resolved to sell my
life as dearly as possible. Turning towards my pursuers, now near
at hand-I beheld a score or two of horses without riders. They
were mustangs. Having made a circuit around me and viewed me
to their satisfacton, they galloped away. I resumed my journey
and in due time and without further adventure, rejoined my wife on
Mill creek. The tide of invasion had by this time reached our
frontier-the Alamo had fallen-our little army was in full retreat
from Gonzales, and nearly all the families of middle and western
Texas were deserting their homes and moving eastward. A few of
the German settlers on Mill creek not having any means of trans-
portation, resolved to remain at home and take their chances. Mr.
Frederic Ernst, the founder of the Industry settlement, vacated his
house and camped in Mill creek bottom-hoping thereby to avoid
discovery by the enemy. My own effects were no great encumber-
ance, but my wife was enciente and unable to travel on foot. I
therefore camped with Mr. Ernst. Mr. Frells and Mr. Wapler-
neither of whom had a family-did likewise. Here we remained
until our army arrived on the Brazos, when'two of our neighbors,
namely, Capt John York and John F. Pettus, returned from the
Brazos and urged us to leave-saying that if we should not be dis-
covered by the Mexicans the Indians would certainly find and
destroy us. Capt. York said he would walk and let my wife ride
his horse as far as the Brazos, and I willingly agreed-to depart the
ensuing day. Capt York then requested me to accompany him to
his late home-a few miles further up the creek, to assist him to
hunt some horses he had left there. I immediately borrowed a
horse and we set out together. We had 'travelled about three miles
when I discovered an Indian standing in the prairie-but he disap-
peared before I could point him out to Capt. York-who expressed
the opinion that I had mistaken a wolf for an Indian. We galloped
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904, periodical, 1904; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101030/m1/62/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.