The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933 Page: 11
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Forerunners of De Leon's Expedition to Texas
quote the Brother's report, "knowing of my arrival26 and of the
danger I was in, set out to see me so hastily that before sunset
he was in my company, bringing in his own for my protection
ninety-eight archers arrayed in their war paint." The appear-
ance of these warriors must have been terrifying. "All came,"
says the report, "prepared for battle, well provided with arrows,
with only a breechcloth of shammy skin over their privy parts
and a large one of hide, over arms and chest many stripes of red
and yellow and white; on their head some had wreaths of mesquite
leaves, others wreaths of estofiate silvestre;27 and over these
wreaths some beautiful feathers." Having embraced the captain,
Manuel told him that, being worried over the failure of the Guy-
quechales to return to Santa Rosa at the appointed time, he had
come to find them and, if they desired, bring them back to the
settlement. The captain, in turn, assured the Brother that he
and all his people earnestly wished to be Christians and that con-
sequently they would now go wherever the Brother would lead
Meanwhile Indian scouts reported that hostile Indians, one hun-
dred and eighty in number, were coming to carry out their mur-
derous design. At this the Bobole and Guyquechale captains, in
their solicitude for the safety of Manuel, advised him to remain
at the camp with the women and children, while they would go
out with their warriors and meet the enemy. But Manuel was
made of sterner stuff. "I told them," he writes, "that under no
circumstances would I do this; that now I had none who were
more sons and brothers to me than they; and that consequently
I would not desert them even unto death. Happy over my re-
solve," he adds, "they said: Now we can see that you love us;
and you may rest assured that we would rather die than desert
you." Evidently, like Father Larios, Brother Manuel had gained
the love and confidence of the Indians.
Encouraged by these mutual avowals of friendship, Manuel and
the combined force of Bobole and Guyquechale warriors, one hun-
dred and forty-seven strong, set out to encounter the enemy. It
"BPerhaps it was a Guyquechale Indian of this camp who had previously
warned Manuel and his companions. Naturally, on returning to the camp,
he informed his captain of the Brother's arrival.
"This is a medicinal herb which is found in Mexico and is used as a
remedy against cholic.
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