A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas Page: 88
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HISTORY OF NAVARRO, HENDERSON, ANDERSON,
and I could ride to the settlement. Henderson
indignantly refused, and I told
Burton that rather than betray confidence,
I would walk in on one leg. Five minutes
later I heard a gun fired to the right.
We asked the Indian what it meant. He
replied, 'Cosette, Kickapoo chief, camp
there.' So, if' we had shot the Indian, we
would have brought down a hundred on us
to see what the shot meant. He then told
me, May-be so you get down. Yonderis
Parker's Fort. Me go to Cosette's camp.'
I did so. We struck the Navasota below
the fort, and waded down stream a
mile, fearing the Indians would follow us.
We crossed in the night and went out
some three miles in the prairie and slept.
The Indians that morning had given us so
much dried buffalo meat as we could carry:
so we had plenty to eat on our way. We
traveled all next day and part of the night,
having got on the trail that led to Franklin.
We started the next morning before
day. Going along the path, I in the
lead, we were hailed, ordered to halt and
tell who we were. I looked up and saw
two men with their guns leveled on us,
about forty yards off. 1 answered, 'We
are friends; white men.' I didn't blame
them much for the question, for I was in
my shirt and drawers, with a handkerchief
tied round my head, having lost my
hat in the fight, and they thought we were
"They proved to be my old friends,
William Love and Jackson, who had left
our party some six days before for the
settlements, to get us another compass.
They were horrified when we told them of
the massacre. They put us on their
horses and returned with us to Franklin, a
distance of some fifteen miles. The news
spread over the neighborhood like wildfire.
By the next Inorning fifty men were
raised, and, piloted by Love, started for
the scene of our disaster. I had been
placed in comfortable quarters at Franklin,
and kindly nursed and attended by
sympathetic ladies. Hetiderson and Burton
bade me good bye and went to their
"( We told Love's party where we had
left Violet with his thigh broken, and
asked them to try and find him. The
party got to Tehuacana Springs, and being
very thirsty threw down their guns to get
a drink. Violet, who had seen them coming
across the prairie, thought they were
Indians, and secreted himself in the brush
close by; but when he heard them talk and
found out they were white men, he gave a
yell and hobbled out, saying, Boys, I'm
mighty glad you have come.' He came
near stampeding the whole party, they
thinking it was an Indian ambuscade.
" Poor Violet, after we left him in Richland
creek bottom, stayed there three days,
subsisting on green haws and plums. Getting
tired, he concluded to make for
Tehuacana hills, as he knew the course.
He splinted and bandaged his thigh as
best he could, then struck out and got there
after a day and a night's travel. Being
nearly famished, he looked around for
something to eat. In the spring, which
was six feet across, he saw a big bullfrog
swimming around. Failing to capture
him, he concluded to shoot him. He
pulled down on him with a holster pistol
loaded with twelve buckshot and the pro
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Lewis Publishing Company. A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas, book, 1893; Chicago, Illinois. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46827/m1/90/: accessed May 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Palestine Public Library.