Indian Relations in Texas

Account of Engagement with Comanche Indians,
February 16, 1875

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Account of Engagement with Comanche Indians, February 1875

Sometime during the past year, brought two children to this
village, previous to taking them to Ft Arbuckle, and asked
Dr. John Shirley what should be done with them, wether
he should claim pay before giving them up. Dr. Shirley
reminded him of the treaty recently made with his
people, in which they promised to live in peace, with
the people of Texas, told him it was not only his duty
to give them up without pay, but also to punish the Indian
who captured them--he very readily acknowledged the jus-
tice of this & offered to turn them over to him, but was
advised to give them into the hands of the Agent who
was at Ft Arbuckle-- He immediately proceeded to the
Fort, & although not claiming any recompense here,
he was paid at Arbuckle according to his statement
for the two boys-- One old mexican saddle one black
coat & a few other articles of small value--for the
girl delivered up subsequently-- one Officers Saddle
one Bridle Coat & Pants and a Poney-- All of which could
not amount to twenty five hundred dollars, even with
the board added, at the rate of ten dollars per week per child
In regard to the condition of the Reserve Indians in
which you desired a report, we have to state it is most ...

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Account of Engagement with Comanche Indians, February 16, 1875. Texas Indian Papers Volume 4, #233, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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