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INDIAN IWARS 1AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
Jones, Jr., formerly of Washington County, Missouri,
and others whose names cannot be recalled.
With Cooke, on a lhealth-seeking trip, was Mr.
Joseph S. Pease, a noted hardware merchant of
St. Louis, and an old friend of the writer, who
bitterly denounced Cooke and defended the cause
of the Texians on reaching St. Louis.
Col. Snively hastily dispatched a courier adviQing
Capt. Chandler of these events and asking him to
halt. He did so and on the 2d of July the two
parties re-united. On the 4th the Indians stampeded
sixty of their horses, but in the fight lost
twelve warriors, while one Texian was killed and
On the 6th the scouts reported that the caravan
had crossed the Arkansas. Some wanted to pursue
and attack it-others opposed. Snively resigned
on the 9th. Sixty-five men selected Chas. A. Warfield
as leader (not the Charles A. Warfield afterwards
representative of Hunt County, and more
recently of California, but another man of the
same name who, it is believed, died before the Civil
War.). Col. Snively adhered to this party. They
pursued the caravan till the 13th, when they found
the Mexican escort to be too strong and abandoned
the enterprise and started home. Warfield resigned
and Snively was re-elected. On the 20th they were
assaulted by a band of Indians, but repulsed them,
and after the usual privations of such a trip in
mid-summer, they arrived at Bird's Fort, on the
West Fork of the Trinity, pending the efforts to
negotiate a treaty at that place, as elsewhere set
forth in this work. Chandler and party, including
Capt. S. P. Ross, lhad already gotten in.
Besides those already named as in this expedition
was the now venerable and honorable ex-Senator
Stewart A. Miller, of Crockett, who kept a daily
diary of the trip, which was in my possession for
several years and to which Yoakum also ha(l access.
The late founder of the flourishing town bearing
his name, Robert A. Terrell, was also one of the
party, and a number of others who are scattered
over the country, but their names cannot be
When this news reached St. Louis, the writer
was on a visit to that city, the guest of Col. A. B.
Chambers, editor of the Republican, in whose
family six years of his boyhood had been passed.
The press of the country went wild in bitter denunciation
of the Texians as robbers and pirates.
The Republican alone of the St. Louis press
seemed willing to hear both sides. Capt. Myers
F. Jones and party published a short defensive card,
supplemented by a friendly one from Mr. Joseph
S. Pease. That was nearly forty-five years ago,
when the writer had just graduated from contests
with Mexican freebooters, runningfor the ten months
next prior to the battle of Mier. He could not
submit in silence, and published in the Republican
a complete recapitulation of the outrages, robberies
and murders committed in 1841 and 1842 by the
Mexicans upon the people of Texas, closing with a
denunciation of the conduct of Capt. Philip St.
The Thrilling Mission of Commissioner Joseph C. Eldridge to
the Wild Tribes in 1843, by Authority of President
Hamilton P. Bee, Thomas Torrey The
Three Delawares, Jim Shaw, John
Connor and Jim Second Eye The
When the year 1843 opened, Gen. Sam. Houston
was serving his second term as President of the
Republic of Texas, and the seat of government was
temporarily at the town of Washington-on-the
Brazos. He had uniformly favored a peace policy
toward the Indians, whenever it might become
practicable to conclude a general treaty with the
numerous wild and generally hostile tribes inhabiting
all the western and northwestern territory of
the republic. On this policy the country was
divided in opinion, and the question was often
discussed with more or less bitterness. Nothing
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