November 28, 1845
The Frontiers of Texas. — Indian Troubles.
— We stated, in our edition of yesterday, that all was quiet on the
frontiers of Texas, but we have since conversed with a gentleman who left
San Antonio a few days since, from whom we learn that a few parties of
marauders — Wacoes and renegade Camanches, probably – are prowling on the
frontiers, ready to rob or kill any unfortunates who may fall into their
power. It is now thought that the two Germans, recently killed at the
Live Oak Springs near Austin, were murdered by Wacoes, some of the arrows
found in their bodies being known to belong to that tribe from their
information. A detachment of Rangers had gone out from Austin and buried
the bodies. The third man, who escaped, suffered much before he got in.
He was pursued by two Indians one of whom he shot, and then, favored by
the darkness which set in, eluded pursuit.
Fears are now entertained that six
surveyors, who have recently been locating lands on the Perdinales, have
been killed by Indians. Two parties had been sent out in search of them,
yet the first had returned without learning any tidings.
Major Hays recently killed two Camanches not
far from the Lipan camp, and pursued several ojthrs who escaped. They had
articles in their possession known to have been stolen from the whites,
and it is thought they had killed two American near Corpus Christi. Would
it not be well to empower Hays, who is well acquainted with all their
haunts, with full authority to hunt down and break up these lawless bands
of frontier depredators? Give him the men and means and in six months we
should hear of no more Indian depredations on the borders of Texas.
Source: The Daily Picayune, November
28, 1845, p. 2, col. 2.