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.


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