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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
the curious braves who dropped to the ground but got to their
feet and ran into the adjacent thickets. The Indians, however,
were not to be discouraged by one failure. George Dugan soon
espied a dark figure that crawled and grunted its way across the
cowpen. He was able to detect such irregularities in its motion
as to be convinced that the supine figure was not a hog, as it pur-
ported to be, but an Indian horse thief. His charge of a bullet
and twenty-four buckshot almost cut the prowler in two, although
the wounded savage was able to stagger into the security of the
forest. The remainder of the night was quiet except for the con-
tinual whistling of the Indians which indicated that they were
unable to locate all their dead and wounded fellows.
When morning came George Dugan was dispatched posthaste
to Warren to apprise Green of the death of his son, and to secure
aid. With the bereaved family came a physician and several
rangers. The party was seated at the dinner table when all were
aroused by a shrill whistle. Rushing forth, they discovered an
Indian making his escape into the forest. Further investigation by
the whites disclosed a dead Indian lying west of the barn. The
men carried the body to the house and laid it out in state in the
yard. All were invited to come and view the deceased who was
dressed in light marching order; namely, a pair of leather leggings
and a calico shirt. When Dr. Rowlett, who had been attending to
Hoover's wound, came out, he gazed at the body a moment and
exclaimed, "Why, that's Coushatta Bill; he used to work for me.
My wife made that shirt he has on."10
During the winter of 1841-42 the United States Indians con-
tinued to harass the settlers along the border. From time to time
fences were broken down and horses stolen. Isolated travellers
were murdered and their bodies mutilated. On April 29, 1842,
David Alberty was attacked and killed while on his way from
Warren to Coffee's Station. James Seymore who was accompany-
ing Alberty on horseback made his escape and carried the news to
Warren. A party under the leadership of Mark R. Roberts im-
mediately went out to the scene of the attack and recovered the
body of Alberty who had been scalped and frightfully mangled.11
Incidentally John P. Simpson confused the death of Alberty with
"Wilbarger, Indian Depredations in Texas, 411-418.
""Deposition of Mark R. Roberts before District Judge John T. Mills,
May 7, 1842, Manuscript, "Indian Affairs of the Republic of Texas."
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