The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 58
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keep alive the fears of the frontier inhabitants, especially as small
raiding parties continued to appear. In the middle of December
the Comanches surprised a party of thirty-four Apaches, killing
all but thirteen of them. These survivors had seen the enemy
heading toward San Saba. For several days the presidio remained
in a state of fear. On the night of the twenty-second the raiders
hovered around the presidio but departed without making an
attack. The Apaches said that the enemy force was comprised
of members from eleven nations and was armed with muskets."
On the thirtieth of the same month Cortinas, in temporary charge
of the presidio, again wrote Parrilla, telling him of the arrival of
an Apache woman who had escaped from the Comanches. She had
stolen a horse and after five days was able to get to San Saba.
She reported that the Comanches were travelling in two large
groups. With this news Cortinas had sent messengers to warn
the guard at the horse herd, but his messengers had been met
by one from the guard coming to report that the herd had already
been raided. A small rancheria of Apaches who had moved back
to the San SabA now camped close to the presidio in order to avail
itself of its protection. In spite of their fears, nothing further
happened. In east Texas there had also been some minor incidents.
In January, 1759, Barrios, governor of Texas, received a letter
from Father Calahorra stating that the Indians of east Texas
were preparing to join a large body of different nations in order
to attack San Saba and San Antonio. All these things showed
the need of a vigorous policy in order to assure the safety of
Parrilla had gone to San Antonio in the early part of October,
but the junta was not finally assembled until the third of January,
1759. Barrios presided, the meeting being within his jurisdiction.
The members included Martos y Navarrete, soon to be governor
of Texas, and several commanders of presidios of the frontier.
The junta continued in session till the thirtieth of January, when
it made a report of its decisions.
One of the first acts of the junta was to send a request to Nuevo
liCortinas to Parrilla, Dec. 24, 1758, Asalto, pp. 338-9.
12Blanc to Tello, Oct. 22, 1758, Asalto, 341-2. Calahorra to Barrios,
Dec. 30, 1758, Asalto, pp. 340-1. Cortinas to Parrilla, Dec. 30, 1758,
Asalto, pp. 339-40.
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