The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953 Page: 33
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The Surveyors Fight
and allowing Lane to ride a pony. Henderson says that the
Indian accepted the offer and faithfully carried out his contract.
Lane says that as he started to mount the pony, a squaw came up
and led it away, mumbling that it was her pony. The party
arrived at the site of Parker's Fort on the morning of October
12. The surveyors struck the Navasota River below the fort,
walked down the stream for one mile, crossed the river that
night, and went out into the prairie about three miles to sleep.
They had plenty to eat as the Indians had given them a supply
of dried buffalo meat.
At the site of Parker's Fort they had taken the trail that led to
Old Franklin and traveled all the next day, the thirteenth of
October, and part of the night. As they were walking along on
the morning of the fourteenth, they were hailed, ordered to halt
and to identify themselves. Two men were standing with their
rifles levelled at them at about forty yards distance. These men
proved to be Love and Jackson, who were returning with the
magnet. The newcomers put the three on their horses and took
them to Old Franklin about fifteen miles away.
A company of about fifty men, organized at Old Franklin
and piloted by William Love, proceeded to the scene of the
fight to bury the dead. En route the party stopped at Tehuacana
Springs, where they found Violet who, with a broken thigh, had
crawled on his hands and knees a distance of twenty-five miles by
air line, much more by the actual route he had taken. He had
gone six days with little food and water.
General Lane tells the following story about Violet: When
Henderson, Lane, and Burton left him on Richmond Creek, he
stayed there three days, eating green haws and green plums.
Becoming tired of waiting, he decided to crawl to Tehuacana
Springs. He splinted and bandaged his thigh as best he could
and set out. After traveling a day and a night, he reached a small
stream where he spied a bullfrog. Being unable to catch the
frog, he decided to shoot it. As he was quite hungry, he wanted
to be certain that his first shot killed the frog; so he loaded his
pistol with twelve buckshot and a large charge of powder. When
he pulled the trigger, he was braced against an embankment; the
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