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Two Indians were stalking me !
OUTSIDE AUSTIN - CHAPTER 1
Much of Texas’s history revolves around the city of Austin. There have been
many books written about how the name came about, and the man from whom the
name was taken.
of Guadalupe Hidalgo was the act that solidified the claims the U.S.A. had on the lands belonging to Mexico
and the ratification of the act for the most part settled where the border
between the countries would be.
of something less than 20 million dollars secured all the land above the Rio Grande including California
for the United States.
While all of
this stuff was taking place, we that is my family was living on a ranch raising
a few cattle and farming. It was a live and let live proposition. I seldom saw
anyone other than my mother and father and an occasional trader who came by
selling his wares and gave us all the news.
We lived on
hope; hope that the weather would be favorable and the Indians wouldn’t go on
the warpath and kill us. The Coushatta’s were the ones nearest to us and for
the most part, friendly but you never knew when a raiding party from some other
tribe might come by and reap havoc on us.
I did most
of the hunting for our family and could hit anything I could see clearly.
from the ranch one day (farther than I usually went) I shot a deer and it was
still tracking so I lit out after it.
was focused on the deer I didn’t see the two Indians stalking me.
my shot and came to investigate and saw what was going on. They grabbed me and
tied me to a young sapling. My deer had fallen a short distance away and one of
them retrieved it for themselves while the other stood guard over me.
understand enough of their language to know they were arguing about whether to
kill me or not. Finally they agreed to take me to their camp a half a day away
and let the Chief decide. I didn’t like either of the options they put forth,
one to kill me and the other to make me a slave.
They took my
gun and put me on the back of a pony one of them was riding while the other
took the deer with him. I could hardly stay on the horse for my hands were tied
A half day
later we arrived at the Indian’s camp and my knees were so sore from trying to
grip the horse’s sides I could hardly walk. As we rode into the camp all the
people gathered around and looked at the deer and then at me.
The men who
captured me told a couple of the women to take the deer and skin it and cut it
up for the tribes evening meal. I was both hungry and thirsty but kept my mouth
closed for I didn’t want to do anything that would draw any more attention to
stripped off my clothes and kept poking at the parts of me that was not tanned
and I feared for my manhood.
Since I was
only ten years old I wasn’t completely developed as of yet and the women made
fun of me. I guess they didn’t take age into consideration when examining me.
going into all the details let me say I was treated badly and humiliated while
the women enjoyed themselves. The Chief came out some time later and stopped
the women from whipping me and he had decided the camp needed the equivalent of
a dog for the camp.
For the next
four years I was considered to be the camps dog. During the four years I learned much about
Indians: How they thought and reasoned things out, how to hunt their style, and
another thing, how to wrestle.
Soon I was
ignored much like the dogs in camp were and was expected to be treated like the
dogs. In spite of that after the first year they allowed me to mingle with kids
my age and pretty much do what they did.I learned to use their weapons and went hunting with the braves when
often the camp would move further up river for the game would play out and also
for sanitation reasons.
much about the women anatomy for I went swimming and bathing with them all
without clothes on. Since it was such a normal thing no one thought about it
except I had been raised where modesty was a way of life and I on occasion
found myself staring at the young ladies.
Once in a
while I would see them looking at me for I was white where my loin cloth
covered me. I suppose I looked strange being two colored.
They let it
be known that I wasn’t to have anything with the young girls. A violation of
that law would result in losing some of my vital parts. As we grew up together
some of the girls my age were friendly with me and it made me uncomfortable for
the Indians could misunderstand things on occasion.
As time went
by I could do many things better than my captors such as hunting, wrestling
fishing. I found it was very important not to best them in any way.
Oft times I
would shoot a deer and would tell one of them it was their arrow that killed
the animal. And when it came to wrestling I could whip almost everybody in camp
but always managed to lose the match for if they lost face to the camp dog it
could have resulted in my demise.
They knew I
was doing those things but as long as they saved face they didn’t care. This
went on for four years and I had planned to escape the next time they planned
be so busy they wouldn’t have time to chase after me.The time came and was a week away, I was