The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933 Page: 12
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was about ten o'clock at night when they departed and before
daybreak they spied the hostile camp. The next morning at sun-
rise they, in turn, were spied by the enemy. Both parties now
prepared for battle. Being outnumbered, Manuel's defenders
were seized with fear. At this point in his narrative Manuel de-
scribes a truly remarkable scene. "I told them not to fear," he
writes, "since God would surely come to their aid. Taking out
my Crucifix, I showed it to them and said that they should not
lose heart; that they were defending the law of God which their
enemies refused to accept and instead, deceived by the devil whom
they call their god, were persecuting this Master who died for us
on the Cross." Being Christians, some of the Indians with their
captains evidently grasped the import of these words. The
Brother having retired from the scene of the coming conflict, his
Indian warriors "prepared their bows and with a horrible yell
attacked the enemy so valorously that the enemy, unable to resist
them, took to flight and sought refuge in the aforesaid Dacate
mountain range." Seven of the hostile band were killed in the
skirmish, while many others, among them four women, were taken
prisoner. "Coming back to me," writes Manuel, "victorious and
happy, they kissed the Crucifix and, passing their hands over
head and face, said in their language: Y taoque Dios, which is
their way of saying: 0 Father God." Needless to add, at the
request of Manuel, the Indian prisoners were not put to death.
There was great rejoicing in the camp of the Boboles when the
warriors returned and related how they had routed the enemy.
On the following day, Manuel and all the Indians-men, women,
and children-set out for the rancheria of the Guyquechales,
guided by their captain who with his warriors had come to pro-
tect the missionary and the friendly Boboles. The rancheria, it
seems, lay toward the southeast and nearer the Rio Grande. They
reached it after traveling two days. Here, too, the arrival of
the Brother and the news of the recent victory caused great joy.
All told, six hundred and seventy-three Indians were now assem-
bled at the rancheria. Agreeing to return to the lands which
had been assigned to them three months before on the Rio de las
Sabinas, they departed the next day with Brother Manuel who
at this point in his report is careful to note that he had spent
twenty-one days in the region north of the Rio Grande, i. e. in
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