The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 336
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
by nightfall Angelina became thoroughly alarmed, and called
in some of her neighbors. The next morning a searching party
found the judge's body as it had fallen.
What became of the Indians? Pursuing a northwesterly
direction, they had joined another twenty of their tribesmen.
The next morning the group set out on their usual course to the
northwest. Time meant little to them; they moved along slowly,
making only ten or twelve miles a day. For camp, they stopped
near a stream if it was to be found, and for food they lived off
the country-wild turkey, rabbit, deer, and buffalo.
At the end of about a month, the Indians fell in with the
main body of their tribe, including a number of squaws. By
this time they were well out on the higher country. Fayette
said the squaws treated him with great cruelty, throwing him
into bunches of prickly pears. The object of this treatment,
he afterwards learned, was to toughen him, or make "a good
Indian" out of him.
In the meantime, William Smith, a brother of Grandfather
James Smith, set out on horseback to look for his nephew.
After several days he met a group of Tonkawa Indians, re-
maining with them several weeks. They were sedentary In-
dians, not as bloodthirsty as the Comanches.
Reaching Santa Fe, William explained his mission to the
alcalde and to several American traders who were in town.
He then took the Santa Fe trail, went to St. Louis, thence down
the Mississippi to New Orleans and thence back to his home
in Texas. He probably passed the Comanches and his nephew
somewhere in Texas, where they had been following their weary
way, reaching at the end of three or four months the country
near the Texas-New Mexico border. But this apparently futile
trip served a useful purpose, as we shall see later on.
Now the squaws had found a new method of discipline for
their recently acquired boy. It was to make him wade through
the slush and slime and mud of a pond where the buffalo had
been accustomed to come for water and to lie in to cool them-
selves. Fayette later declared this was easy compared to his
experiences with prickly pears. The treatment, however, was
kept up until a number of sores broke out on his body, and
the Indians, thinking he would never be of any use to them,
started to leave him.
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