Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1 Page: 402 of 432
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348 TEXAS. [BOOK II.
portion of aged persons that are fbund in the nation.
language consists of about 400 words,
many of which have been borrowed from the Spanish,
and some from the English. In introducing
a foreign word, they pay but little attention to the
correct pronunciation, and the vocable undergoes a
change calculated to render it alien to the ears of
its original parents. The primitive terms of the
Comanches are short, and several are combined for
the expression of complex ideas. The language is
very barren of verbs, the functions of which are
frequently performed by the aid of gestures and
The Towacanies, or Tahuacanos, an off-shoot from
the Comanche nation, maintained themselves above
the falls of the Colorado. Horse-stealing formed
the principal occupation or pastime of the Towacanies,
who, in their thieving and other Indian propensities,
have in no degree degenerated from the
ancestral stock. The Wacoes, another branch of
the Comanches, inhabited the country bordering
on the Upper Brazos, ranging as far west as the
* The following are their
some idea of the language:
numerals to 20-they will convey
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Kennedy, William. Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1, book, January 1, 1841; London. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2389/m1/402/: accessed April 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .