The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920 Page: 62
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time, after they had made away with the cattle, horses, and other
property of the inhabitants within the space of a few days, kill-
ing and capturing a considerable number of persons of all ages,
conditions, and sexes, they continued menacing the interior of
Coahuila, the colony of Nueva Santander, and a portion of the
kingdom of Nuevo Reyno de Le6n, in such a manner that the
first of these and the four northern villas of the second suffered
the same fate as Texas in regard to their property, although,
without doubt, they have had a greater number murdered and
captured among their citizens. And what nations are those who
have occasioned such unheard of evils? They are no other than
the Comanches and Lipanes. And we do not know the reason for
such neglect and tolerance by the government in not suppressing
them; because, if it is true that the Province of Texas needs for
its security and that of the other Interior Provinces the total
force of four or five thousand troops to guard the frontier of the
United States, the coasts of the Bay of San Bernardo, and to
repress the hostile nations which continue still to threaten it and
who will frequent it again in the future for the same purpose, it
seems an urgent necessity that it be given the following aid at
1st. By means of a respectable and well-organized campaign,
the two nations, the Comanches and the Lipanes, who have occa-
sioned so many evils in the province during these last years, should
be followed until they are exterminated or forced to an inviolable
and lasting peace, managing, if possible, to intrust the expedi-
tion to officials hardened to an active life, familiar with the coun-
try, and experienced in the methods of making war against this
lind of an enemy. There is no doubt that this would serve as
an example to restrain the other nations who, in imitation of
these or in union with them, have contributed to the destruction
of the province.
2d. The campaign concluded with the happy ending that we
promise ourselves and have a right to expect if the troops assigned
to it set out mounted, equipped, and supplied with every neces-
sity, it is fitting that there be established a line of presidios to
guard this frontier, extending from the old presidio of San Saba
to that of Nacogdoches, establishing them with the necessary force
-one at the above mentioned point, San Saba, another at San
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