The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921 Page: 42
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42 The Southwestern lHistorical Quarterly
It was made the duty of the commissioners to co-operate at all
times with the local committees of safety.8
At the same time, however, the Permanent Council provided a
system of ranger service to keep, the Indians in check. On Octo-
ber 17 a resolution was adopted authorizing Silas M. Parker to
employ and superintend twenty-five rangers to guard the fron-
tiers between the Brazos and Trinity rivers; Garrison Greenwood
was authorized and required to employ and superintend ten rangers
on the east side of the Trinity; and D. B. Fryar to employ twenty-
five rangers for service between the Brazos and Colorado rivers.
A committee of five men was appointed to report on the details
of this scheme. The committee reported on the same day, and
their report was adopted by the Council. The superintendents
of the rangers from the Colorado to the Brazos and from the
Brazos to the Trinity were to make their place of rendezvous at
the Waco village, on the Brazos; those on the east of the Trinity
were to rendezvous at Houston. The superintendents were to be
vigilant in carrying the provisions of the resolution into effect, and
were to have the authority to contract for ammunition, and to
draw on the general council for payment. The companies were to
select officers, whose duty it was to, make reports to the super-
intendents every fifteen days, and the superintendent was to report
to the General Council every thirty days. The companies ranging
from the Colorado to the Brazos and from the Brazos to the Trinity
were to rendezvous at the Waco village every fifteen days unless
engaged in pursuing Indians, and the companies were to unite
whenever their officers considered it necessary. Finally, the of-
ficers were to be "particular not to interfere with friendly tribes
of Indians on our borders."9
The Consultation, which succeeded the Permanent Council on
November 3, took further steps to secure the good will of the
Indians. On the day before it adjourned a resolution was adopted
in which the claims of the Indians to the lands they occupied in
East Texas was recognized, and the Governor and General Council
were advised to send commissioners to form a treaty with them.
On November 15, Henry Smith, who had been elected provisional
governor, advised the carrying into effect of the recommendation
8Texas Historical Association Quarterly, IX, 288.
"Journal of the Permanent Council," in Texas Historical Association
Quarterly, VII, 260-262.
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