The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944 Page: 306
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Probably any person having even the least interest in Texas
history will find the piece of cartography on the opposite page
intriguing. The map was furnished Professor Webb by Mr.
E. N. Noyes, 2204 Tower Petroleum Building, Dallas, Texas.
Mr. Noyes, however, had only a photostat and had no knowledge
of the original source of the photostat. The map is dated Sep-
tember 23, 1851, and the title shows it to be, "Map of the Coun-
try from Austin to El Paso: Sketch and Observations taken
by F. B. E. Browne." Internal evidence on the map, however,
brings up questions as to whether the trip was made in 1849
or in 1851. Several persons have thought the map might possibly
have been made by a member of the Robert S. Neighbors-John
S. Ford party. Captain Roy F. Hall of McKinney leans to this
position and sends the following note on this expedition:
In 1849 the citizens of Austin, in conjunction with the U. S. Government,
organized an expedition to explore a route from Austin to El Paso for a
proposed trade route. It left Austin March 23, under joint command of
Maj. Robert S. Neighbors and Dr. John S. Ford, going via the Concho-
Horsehead Crossing-Pecos upper watershed, thru the Carrizo Pass to El
Paso, where it arrived May 2. On May 6 started back, coming by way
of the Guadalupe Mountains to the Pecos at Horsehead arriving there
on June 2, 1849. No difficulties experienced on the whole march.
Circulation through The Quarterly will probably find the
person who knows all the answers to the questions raised by
the map. Who was F. B. E. Browne? What are the facts re-
garding his travel? Who was Glanton? Has anyone found the
gold indicated as positive on the map? What of Thompson and
party? The map invites possibly a full-length article on identi-
The latest addition to Judge O. W. Williams' remarkable
collection of pamphlets on Texas and the Southwest is entitled
Alsate: The Last of the Chisos Apaches. This pamphlet gives
the story of the capture of the last of the wild untrammeled
Indian tribes of Texas. Living principally in the Trans-Pecos
triangle of Texas, the Chisos Apaches, pressed from time to
time by Rangers in Texas or Rurales in Mexico, moved back
and forth from the Chisos Mountains in Texas to the Carmel
Mountains in Mexico.
Oddly enough it was the Mexican government which struck
the last blow at these Texas Indians. In 1882 the Apaches were
in Mexico, and Diaz, motivated more strongly by a desire to
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