The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 270
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and Dalrymple. It was then proposed that three of us should
hurry on foot to the nearest ranch, where Frank Tankersley was
living on the South Concho, about seventy-five miles distant.
Tom Jones, Abe Hunter, and I volunteered to go. We left our
comrades and struck out, taking tied to our belts some buffalo meat,
of which we would eat a morsel occasionally. We traveled all that
day and until four o'clock the next morning, when we met old Rich.
Coffey on his way to the Pecos for salt. We heard the sound of
his ox-bells about day-light, and found him camped on Spring
Creek. His intention had been to overtake us on the Concho at our
buffalo camp. We were delighted when we heard the sound of the
ox-bells, as we knew that Uncle Rich. would be supplied with bread
and coffee, of which we had not had a taste for two days and a half.
We related our defeat to Uncle Rich., and after we had breakfast
he hitched up his ox teams and went with us on the back trail to
meet our companions. We met them jogging along about thirty
miles back. We put our wounded on the wagon and made our way
to Frank Tankersley's about thirty-five miles distant. Frank re-
ceived the crowd very cordially and hospitably and gave us each
food enough to last until we reached home.
Before disbanding Colonel Dalrymple and Schnively told us to
go home and prepare for another trip in the spring. We all agreed
to meet on the Concho on the first of May with a company of one
hundred men, which we did. Some of the company were very dis-
tinguished men from different portions of the State. Among them
was General Hardeman, of Austin, Colonel Lane and Captain Cun-
ningham, of Comanche, and Captain Carrington, of Bosque. We
also had several mineralogists and geologists in the crowd.
We met on the Concho at the specified time with one hundred
men, all well equipped, and made the trip across the Staked Plains,
following the Pecos River. At Horsehead Crossing, on the Pecos
River, we relieved a party of emigrants who were surrounded by
Indians. The Indians had captured all of their horses and cattle,
and burned their wagons. One lady, Mrs. Hoyett, whose
husband was a photographer, was wounded, having been shot
through the thigh. Several others were slightly wounded. The In-
dians had besieged them, trying to starve them out. The emigrants
were about to take chances on slipping out, when we rescued them.
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