The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 58
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
An account of the shocking crimes committed by these lawless
tribes on the upper Brazos alone would fill a volume. One of the
most noted is subjoined. In June, 1860, Josephus Browning was
killed and his son Frank severely wounded by a party of Co-
manches on their ranch on the Clear Fork near the mouth of
Hubbard creek. A party was immediately organized by John R.
Baylor, Walt. Reynolds, and other well known citizens to go in
pursuit of the Indians. On the 28th of June, they overtook them
on Paint Creek, and a severe fight ensued, in which 13 Indians
were killed. The victors returned to Weatherford with the scalps
of the slain savages, and also the scalp of a white woman, whom
the Indians had killed in their raid, and which they had in their
possession. Besides these ghastly trophies, the victors had bows
and arrows, darts, quivers, shields, lances, and tomahawks. The
news of the success of the party in avenging the Browning murder
was received with great rejoicing by all classes throughout the set-
tlement; for, besides the attack on the Brownings, the horrible
killing of Mrs. Sherman, and many other outrages were still fresh
in the peoples' memory. The occasion was celebrated by a public
barbecue on the square in Weatherford, at which stirring speeches
were listened to by a vast assemblage from every portion of the
surrounding country. In the evening a dance was given at the
court house, and on a rope stretched diagonally across the large
-oom were hung the arms and equipments captured by the party
and also th, scalp of the white woman, as well as those of the
slain warrors-grewsome decorations for a scene of festivity. Gen-
eral Baker exhibited these trophies of the Paint Creek fight in
many other places, and everywhere among the settlers arose the
cry, "Exterminate the Indians." Governor Houston, though a
life-long advocate of the peace policy in dealing with the native
tribes, was forced, by the terror of the people on the frontier be-
cause of the imminent danger that threatened them from incur-
sions of these powerful and merciless tribes, the Comanches and
Kiowas, to order the enlistment of state troops to assist in pro-
tecting the exposed region. Among those who applied to him for
a commission to raise a company of Rangers was young Sul Ross,
'Smythe, Historical Sketch of Parker County, 138-140.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906, periodical, 1906; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101036/m1/62/: accessed November 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.