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INDIAN IVAIRS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
Thus this estimable lady lost her third husband two
by red savages andl one by black
again alone, without the ties of kinship, excepting
her child, in all the land. Yet she was still young,
attractive in person and pure of heart, so that, two
years later, she was wooe( and won by Mr. Philip
Howard. Unwisely, in June, 1840, soon after their
marriage, they abandoned their home on the Guadalupe
an(l removed to the ancient Mission of San
Juan, eiglit miles below San Antonio. It was a
hundred, miles through a wilderness often traversed
by hostile savages. Ience they were escorted by
seven young men of the vicinity, consisting of Byrd
Lockhart, Jr. (of that well-known pioneer family),
young McGary, two brothers named Powers (one
of whom was a boy of thirteen and both the sons of
a widow), and tliree others whose names are forgotten.
On arriving at the mission in the forenoon
their horses were hobbled out near hy and
little John McSherry (the ctild of Mrs. IIoward,
recovered from, the Indians in 1836, and at
this time in his eleventh year) was left on
a pony to watchi them; but within half an
hour a bo(ly of Indians suddlenly charged upon
them, captured some of the horses, and little John
barely escaped by dashing into the camp, a vivid
reminder to the mother that her cup of affliction
was not yet full. In a (lay or two the seven young
men starte(l on their return home. About noon
next day, a heavy shower fell, wetting their guns;
hut was soon followed by sunshine, when they all
fred o,ff their guns to clean and dry them. Most
imprudently they all did so at the same time, leaving
no loaded piece. This voley attracted the
keen ear of seventy hostile Comanches who otherwise
would not have discovered them. In a
moment or two they appeared and cried out that
they were friendly Toncahuas. Tte ruse succeeded
and they were allowed to appro.clh and encircle the
now helpless young men. Six of thlem were instantly
slain, scalped and their horses andl (ffects,
with the boy Powers, carried off. During the
secon(d night afterwards, in passing through a
cedar brake at the foot of the Cibolo mountains, he
slid quietly off his horse and escaped. In three or
four (lays he reached the upper settlements on the
Guadulupe, and gave the first information of these
Thus again admonished, Mr. and MIrs. Ilowar(d
removed low down on the San Antonio river, below
the arcient ranch of Don Carlos (le la Garza. in the
lower edge of Goliat County, confident that no hostile
savage wouldl ever visit that secluded locality.
But they were mistaken. Early in the spring of
1842, the hostiles made a niglht raid all around
them, stole a number of their horses, murdered
two of their neigllhors, Mr. and Mrs. Gilleland, and
carried off tlleir little son and (laulghter; but a party
of volunteers, amonc whom were the late Maj.
Alfred S. Thurmond, of Aransas, and the late Col.
Andrew Neill, of Austin, overhauled and defeated
the Indians and recaptured the children. The boy
is now Wmi. M. Gilleland, long of Austin, and the
little girl is the widow of the late R(v. Orseneth
Fisher, a distinguishe(d Methodist preacher.
Follqwing this sixth admnonition, Mr. and Mrs.
Howard at once removed to the present vicinity of
HIallettsville, in Lavaca County, and thencefowar(l
her life encountered no repetition of tlhe horrors
which had so terribly followe(l her footsteps through
the previous thirteen years. Peace and a fair share
of prosperity succeelde(. In 1848 Mr. Howard was
made County .Judle, and some years later they
locatedl in I3Bsqae County.
The Snively Expedition Against the Mexican Santa Fe
Traders in 1843.
The year 1843 was one of the gloomiest, at least
during its first half, ever experienced in Texas.
The perfidious and barbarous treatment given the
"Texian Santa Fe " prisoners of 1841, after they
had capitulated as prisoners of war, preceded by
the treason of one of their number, a wretch named
William P. Lewis, had created throughout Texas a
desire for retaliation. The expeldition so surrendered
to the overwhelming force of Armijo, the
Governor of New Mexico, was both commercial
and peaceful, but of necessity accompanied by a
large armed escort to protect it against the hostile
Indians, covering the entire distance. The wisdom
and the legality of the measure, anthorized by
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