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distant, with Lane resting an arm on each of his companions.
While traveling at night the party got off its course through
following buffalo trails which they thought would lead them to
water and which did not. The country was so dry that the earth
On October 11, the third day after the fight, Henderson,
Lane, and Burton suddenly came upon six Kickapoo Indians.
The clothing of the surveyors was torn and in shreds, their
emaciated bodies were covered with blood, and Lane could not
talk. Together they presented a sorry sight.20
Five of the Indians looked on them with frowns of disapproval
and asked how they came to be in such a condition. The men
replied that they had been fighting Ionies. Henderson says
that he discovered an expression of compassion in the eyes of
the sixth Indian and offered him his Bowie knife if he would lead
them to water. The Indian lit his pipe, handed it to Henderson,
and said, "Kickapoo good Indian, smoke with Kickapoo." He
then led the thirsty men to Tehuacana Springs, which was only
about five hundred yards away.
After the three had quenched their thirst, Lane was placed on
a horse for the trip to the camp of the Indians. There his wound
was bathed and dressed, and the three men were fed. The Indians
prepared them a dish consisting of dried buffalo meat, pumpkins,
and corn-all boiled together. Since the men were in a starved
condition, they were fed only a small amount at a time; at
intervals during the night the Indians would wake them up
and feed them again.
The surveyors were anxious to leave early the next morning,
for they knew at any moment a runner might arrive at the
camp and tell their Indian friends that it was the Kickapoos,
their own tribe, which had attacked the surveyors. Their lives
would then be in peril.
Henderson presented his fine rifle, all that he had, to a Kick-
apoo in exchange for guiding the three men to Parker's Fort
2OThe accounts of General Lane and Colonel Henderson covering the remainder
of the journey to the settlements differ slightly. The writer has followed Hender-
son's account in the main, because he was in much better physical condition than
Lane who was severely wounded, at times unable to talk, and thus in no condition
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953, periodical, 1953; Austin, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101145/m1/50/: accessed April 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.