Indian wars and pioneers of Texas / by John Henry Brown. Page: 313 of 894
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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
retired from the practice of his profession a number
of years prior to his entrance into the Legislature,
his exceptional learning and abilities as a lawyer
were well known to and recognized by his colleagues
and this fact, combined with his reputation as a
financier, sound Democrat and man of sturdy and
unbending patriotic purpose, caused them to accord
him the position of a leader in their deliberations
and won for him their sincere esteem and friendship.
Mr. Jarvis has been a liberal giver to public and
private charities and has been an active spirit in
the promotion of every worthy movement inaugurated
in Fort Worth during his long residence
there, designed for the upbuilding of the city. He
is, and has been for many years, a member of the
Christian Church and is now president of the Board
of Trustees of Add Ran (Christian) University
(located at Thorp Springs, in Hood County, Texas),
to which institution he has donated $10,000 during
the past five years.
Kind, genial, active in every good work, few
men in Forth Worth exercise so wide an influence
or are so generally liked.
THE REMARKABLE ESCAPE OF CICERO R. PERRY AND
KIT ACKLIN, IN 1844.
In the summer of 1844 Capt. John C. Hays,
of San Antonio, commanded a company of Texas
rangers, doing duty on both the Indian and
Mexican line of frontier north and west of that
town. That region, throughout the American
settlement of Texas, down to the close of the Civil
War in 1865, abounds in incidents of blood, daring
and personal heroism. At present it is proposed
to narrate the facts connected with one of them.
From his camp at San Antonio Hays dispatched
four men on a scout towards the Rio Grande,
whose mission was to ascertain if the Mexicans
were again menacing the country. The party consisted
of Christopher H. Acklin (commonly called
Kit Acklin), Cicero Rufus Perry (almost universally
known as Rufe Perry), John Carlton and
James Dunn. After a week in the wilderness they
halted at noon about a hundred yards east of the
Nueces river, and about fifteen miles above the
"Gen. Woll" crossing of that stream. After
dinner Carlton and Dunn, without saddles, rode
to the river, stripped and were taking a bath, when
Perry and Acklin were suddenly and furiously
attacked by about thirty Indians, yelling as they
charged upon the surprised couple. But though
surprised, they were both men of iron nerve, experienced
and at home in the perils of their occupation.
Seizing their arms, they fought and slowly
retreated towards Carlton and Dunn at the river.
Perry was shot three times with arrows, one
entering his temple, one in the shoulder and one
passing through his body from the right to the left
side. From excruciating pain he fainted, and was
evidently considered dead by the Indians, but
quickly revived, and seeing the enemy busy in
plundering the camp, he arose and reached the
river bank, when one of the naked bathers, on
bareback, rode across to him and endeavored to
take him up behind; but being too weak to mount,
Perry seized the horse by the tail, crossed the
river, and ascended the west bank, when he again
fainted. Believing him to be dead, his wounded
companion took charge of his gun and pistols.
While this was transpiring, Acklin, partly shielded
by a tree, was wounded in six or eight places, the
most serious being an arrow in his cheek, which he
was unable to extract. A moment, probably,
after Dunn and Carlton, both naked and bareback,
left, consciousness again returned to Perry,
and he staggered into a dense thicket, from which,
at the same time, he saw Acklin pass, and supposed
he would seek the same refuge-but he
saw him no more.
It was 110 miles through the wilderness to San
Antonio, the nearest habitation. On the third day
Dunn and Carlton, their flesh almost roasted and
their skins peeling from their bodies, reached that
place, and reported Perry and Acklin as unquestionably
dead. Good nursing soon restored them to
While in the thicket, Perry drew the arrows from
his temple and body, but could not withdraw the
one embedded in his shoulder. Finding his life
blood flowing, he staunched the wounds with
powdered leaves and dust. Crawling to the river,
driven by thirst, he filled his shoes with water, and
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