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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
again sought a hiding-place. At dawn next morning
he again went to the river and lay by the water
all day, bathing his wounds with mud. When the
second night came, though scarcely able to stand,
desperation impelled him onward, and he began his
long and apparently hopeless journey, suffering
tortures from the arrow in his shoulder, weakened
by the loss of blood, and harrowed by the dread of
insanity from the sun beaming on his wounded
head. Gentle whispers urged him onwardwhispers
of mother, sister, friends
trust in God. Often sinking prostrate under the
alluring shade of trees, he would sleep sometimes
for hours, at others only through fitful moments,
with the one dread of inflamed and disordered
brain, and therefore inevitable death, ever present.
Thus he toiled, suffered, agonized for six days, his
only nourishment being three prickly pears, till, on
the seventh day, a living skeleton, he staggered
into San Antonio, as one risen from the dead -to
be joyfully embraced by valiant comrades and
those blessed ladies, who at that day, won the love
and the homage of all true soldiers who from time
to time held quarters in and around San Antonio
of whom Mrs. Elliott, Mrs. Jaques and Mrs. Maverick
were conspicuous examples.
Kit Acklin was yet considered among the dead.
But not so.
On the eighth day, in much the same condition
as Perry, Acklin gave renewed joy to all by appearing
among them. His trials had been similar to
those of his comrade. The arrow was still tenaciously
fixed in his cheek.
Both received needful medical treatment and
gentle nursing. The arrow was extracted from
each, and in a few weeks each was restored to fair
health; but Perry never entirely recovered from the
wound in his temple, bearing to this day the external
evidence of its severity.
Of these four gallant men, John Carlton died
long since in San Antonio; James Dunn was killed
in 1864, in a fight between Texas and Union
soldiers at Las Rucias, on the Lower Rio Grande;
Christopher H. Acklin was a Captain in Hays'
regiment in the Mexican war, afterwards went to
California, and died there; Cicero R. Perry, who
was born August 23, 1822 (I think in Alabama),
came to Texas in 1833, was in Col. Moore's Indian
fight and defeat, on the San Saba, February 12,
1839, in the skirmish of Casa Blanca, August 9,
1840, and in many contests with the Indians.
When Gen. Lee surrendered in 1865, Capt. Perry
commanded the advance guard of 183 men, under
my command, in an expedition against the Indians
into the Concho country. Then, as now, he lived
in Hays County, honored as a good citizen and
high-toned gentleman. It was a genuine pleasure
to again grasp his hand at the late semi-centennial
of San Jacinto as one of the Texas Veteran's reunion
in Dallas. Ourfriendship began in accidentally
meeting alone in an exposed wilderness west
of the Colorado, on a gloomy day in October, 1840.
We traveled alone all day and slept together that
stormy night. That friendship has been unbroken
and steadfast, changed only by increased endearment
with the flight of time.
Joseph Landa, who for so long a period has
figured as the chief factor in the development of
the pretty city of New Braunfels, and who is widely
known and esteemed as one of Texas' most prominent
and worthy pioneers, was born in Prussia,
Germany. He came to San Antonio in 1846, as a
general merchant and real estate dealer, both in
San Antonio and New Braunfels. In 1859 he purchased
of Mr. Merriweather his entire water power
and milling interests at New Braunfels; took possession
of the same and commenced developments in
1860, since which time he has given to them his
best thought and energies.
The plants now being operated are a flour mill of
500 barrels capacity, a large electric light plant and
an 80-ton cottonseed oil mill.
At the present time Mr. Landa is busy increasing
the capacity of his oil mill to 100 tons per day and
putting in a late improved water wheel of 260 horsepower,
to operate the oil mill. The company has
also contracted for the erection of a new electric
light station, and, in addition to the new wheel, will
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