The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 57
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A Chapter in the History of Young Territory.
who seemed to be about eight years of age. Nothing could be
learned of her relatives. aid she was adopted by the young captain,
taking the name of Lizzie Ross. She afterwards married a mer-
chant who lived near Los Angeles, California. She died there
two years ago.
Gen. Winfield Scott, commander-in-chief of the U. S. army, on
hearing of this expedition, wrote to Boss, then an unknown Texas
youth, commending his bravery, and offering to help him to a place
in the regular army, but he declined the unusual offer and re-
turned to college.
The severe punishment thus inflicted on the hostile tribe was
easily forgotten and they were soon on the war path again. The
reserves on the Clear Fork and Brazos were located in a region
possessing unexcelled grazing facilities, and the Texan stock rais-
ers, in constantly increasing numbers, braved the dangers of In-
dian attacks and brought their herds hither to fatten upon the
rich pasturage. The reserve Indians were accused of committing
depredations as well as the hostiles, and conflicts ensued in which
a number were killed. The average citizen would not discriminate
between the two classes of Indians. There was in his eyes "no
good Indian save a dead one," and he looked on the "Reserves" as
pampered wards of the government, drawing rations, arms, and
ammunition free of expense to prey upon the helpless settlements.
This was nc, doubt literally true of the Comanches, for many of
the raiders the troops were so often compelled to follow were draw-
ing supplies at the Reserve.
The result was the experiment of domiciling the Texas tribes
within the state, which proved a failure, and in August, 1859, Maj.
Geo. H. Thomas, of the United States army, transferred the tribes
to the Indian Territory. The Indians went away reluctantly and
were so incensed at their removal that they began at once a series of
depredations on the frontier of Texas. 'The annuity paid by the
government to the Kiowas was also withdrawn in this year on ac-
count of their failure to keep their treaty obligation. They at-
tacked the settlements of Texas and enacted some fearful tragedies.
The Comanche tribes formed a confederation with the avowed ob-
ject of driving the Texans from their usurped possession of the
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