The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 59
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Reminiscences of Early Texans.
to the spot where I had seen the Indian--but nothing was visible.
York was then satisfied that I was mistaken, and we travelled on.
After a fruitless search for York's horses, we returned, in the
evening, to our camp. At nightfall, as the mosquitoes were some-
what troublesome at the camp, Mr. Wepler went to Ernst's house
to sleep. Late in the night we were awakened by the discharge of
fire-arms in the direction of the house, andp resently Mr. Wapler
came to the camp and stated that a party of Indians had fired into
the house-apparently at random, and then disappeared.
In a little while it was ascertained that Pettus's horse and one
belonging to Frells, were missing.
Ere an hour had elapsed we again heard guns at a distance south-
ward, and in a short time a Mr. Jeorgen,1 who resided about three
miles distant from Ernst's, ran into our camp nearly naked and
bleedingly profusely from an arrow-wound in the arm. He stated
'that the Indians had forced open the front door of his cabin and
fired into it-and that being without arms and consequently unable
to make any defence, he had, after being wounded, escaped through
a back door and left his family (a wife and two children) to their
fate. To ascertain, if possible, what that fate had been, York, Pet-
tus, Frells and myself-the former alone being mounted-instantly
set out for Jeorgen's house, where we arrived a little after daylight
-but found nobody either living or dead-about -the premises, and
the presumption was unavoidable that the family had been captured
and carried away by the savages. We found the trail of about twenty
Indians leading from the house. After following this trail two or
three miles we gave up the pursuit as hopeless, and returned to our
camp. These exciting occurrences "put life and mettle in the
heels" of men, women and children, and in a few hours we were
all on the way to the Brazos, the few effects we were able to take
with us being hauled in an ox-cart of Mr. Frells.
One of the men whom Mr. Amsler found murdered on the waters
of the Lavaca was named Hibbins. The name of the other is not
recollected. He was said to have been brother-inlaw of Hibbins.
Hibbins's family-a wife and two children-were made prisoners
and borne away by the Indians.-Another Hibbins and his wife
were, two or three years afterwards, murdered by Indians west of
1See note 2 at the end of this paper.-EDITOR QUARTERLY.
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