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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY
not required to work and only held there for safe
keeping. He found company there in the person of
old Santana, who was sent there for some horrible
murders on our frontier. The old chief recognized
him readily and said he was 23 years old and his name
was Little Bull of the Comanche tribe.
Little Bull got fat and saucy, but two years of confinement
was too much for him and he died of consumption.
He was held with a view of a probable
exchange for some of our own unfortunate prisoners.
This ends that raid by the Indians.
The conditions on the frontier of Texas at that time
is why the Frontier Battalion was put in the service of
the State. The Indian Bureau was put into the hands
and management of a Quaker policy, as it was called
and sentiment ruled it, more than proper executive
ability. Fennimore Cooper's "noble red man" seemed
to be the leading spirit of sympathy and the dastardly
murders of our people were readily forgiven, on that
There was a bill introduced in Congress to turn over
the Indian Bureau to the War Department or to the
Army. Senator Coke of Texas spoke in favor of the
measure, saying in part: "You may treat with the
Indian, and he accepts your gifts, but he takes them
as a concession to his prowess, and asks for more powder
and lead to kill our people." He added that the
only thing you can teach an Indian is fear. But Senator
Coke did not stop there; he pleaded with "Uncle
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Roberts, Dan W. Rangers and sovereignty, book, 1914; San Antonio, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5833/m1/52/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .