The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 212
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
had been chanted with all solemnity, the governor, in accordance
with the decision of the day before, set out with the sixty soldiers,
well equipped. The whole force (el real) set out at the same time.
After travelling about three leagues1 with the sixty men, the rear
guard caught sight of an Indian in the timber. When he was
taken to the governor and examined-through a poor interpreter-
he declared that his rancheria was near by, and that four French-
men were there.2 We quickened our pace, under the guidance of
our Indian; after we had sent word to the main body to stay in
the place whence they had sent the Indian. Before we came to the
rancheria all the people left. We sighted them, however, as they
were entering some motts; and after them came eight or ten dogs
loaded with buffalo hides. We sent the same Indian who had
guided us to call them; with the result that the most of them
came. It was ascertained that the four Frenchmen were not there,
but that they had gone on to the Tejas four days before. In this
rancheria we found two Indians who told us that we should find
them in a rancheria two days' journey further.3 We gave (hicimos
"'Soine four leagues." (Letter.)
2"The rear-guard saw an Indian come out of a dense wood, and called to
him, whereupon he went toward them without any show of resistance.
They sent us word of the occurrence, and we halted. On the arrival of
the Indian the two we had along asked him whether there were, there-
abouts, any of the white people who dwelt further on. He said that, as to
those living further on, they used to inhabit houses, which now no longer
existed, for two moons previous, the Indians of the coast had killed all
but a, few boys whom they had carried off; that he himself lived in the
'rancherfa' of the Emet and Lavas Indians, which was about three leagues
out of the route which we were following towards the bay of Espiritu
"'We went with this Indian to the 'rancheria' of which he spoke, and
reached it at about three in the afternoon. As soon as the Indians became
aware of our presence, they made for the wood, leaving to us the 'rancherfa'
and the laden dogs, which they had not been able to drive fast enough when
they fled. The Indian who served as our guide himself entered the wood,
and called to the others, declaring that we were friends, and that they
should have no fear. Some of them-and among them was their captain
--came out and embraced us, saying, 'thechas! techas!' which means
'friends! friends!' One of them who came out first was a big young fellow
about twenty years old, who wore a monk's cloak, and when we saw that it
was the habit of a friar, we gave him a blanket and I took the robe from
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