The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 35, July 1931 - April, 1932 Page: 47
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Diary of Fray Gaspar Jose De Solis, in the Year 1767-68 47
three hundred more or less, thirty armed with guns and thirty-
five with bows and arrows, lances and boomerangs. These In-
dians are more civilized and cleanly than those of the Mission of
Rosario. They do not eat horse-flesh nor that of any other ani-
mal except beef, deer, bison, bear, turkey, duck, quail, geese, fresh
water fish and other fish. But they have the same customs, in-
clinations and vices as those of the Mission of Rosario and of
the rest of the Province of Texas.
In order to draw these Indians away, and make them forget
their feasts and diabolical mitotes the ministers have taught them
(as well as to those of the Mission of Rosario) some dances
danced in the country outside. These dances are accompanied
by the music of the violin and guitar, and they have learned them
very well. For them they have appropriate dresses, good and
showy with crowns of palm, mask and ayacastles [sic]. Since they
are interested in these they have somewhat forgotten the mitotes
and other barbarous dances. I say somewhat because when the
ministers are careless they go off to the woods and dance them
even though they are punished for it. The punishment is mod-
erate and temperate.
This mission was founded by the Minister Reverend Father
Margil in the year 1717. The number of baptisms since it was
founded amounts to six hundred and twenty-three, the burials
two hundred and seventy-eight. The Mission of Rosario was
founded in the year 1754. About two hundred have been bap-
tized, little more or less. About one hundred and ten have been
buried. About thirty-five marriages in Face Eclesie. I shall
proceed with my Diary. 2.
On the 12th I returned to the Mission of Rosario in order to
take the road from there to S. S. Joseph. 2.
On the 13th I remained in said Mission of Rosario. 2.
On the 14th in the morning I went to the royal presidio, and
in the evening I left and went to the ranch of the Mission of
Rosario. From this place the Honorable Captain sent eight sol-
diers to accompany me, and the minister of the Mission of La
Bahia sent six Indians armed with guns. 7.
On the 15th I passed through the ranch of the S. S. Joseph,
which belongs to the captain of La Bahia. I journeyed almost to
the River of San Antonio de V6jar going upstream among groves
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