Desperate Combat with Indians in Texas.
--A Brave Man.
--George W. Kendall
, formerly of the N. O. Picayune
, who now resides on his estate in Texas
, writes to the Houston Almanac
of the murders being perpetrated in Gillespie
and neighboring counties in that State.
Among those murdered was H. Anheiger
, who, while out hunting cattle with a companion, was surprised by the savages.--The letter says:
Anheiger, being on a mule, was compelled to dismount and take to a tree; his companion, on a fast horse, made his escape into town.
We shall never learn the particulars of the brave Anheiger
's fight, but we have the results, and they toil the story of a fearful conflict.
The next morning a party of rangers were conducted to the spot, and on searching the tree they found it stuck full of arrows, while a pool of blood at the foot showed that the unfortunate man had been desperately wounded.--Following the blood track the distance of some three hundred yards, they found the body of poor Anheiger, stiff and cold, laying with his face downward, his right hand shattered and crippled by arrows, and his left clutching with an iron grip the six-shooter with which he had kept his foes at bay.
On searching around, the body of one Indian, stone dead, was found, while two blood trails in the track on which they had retreated showed that a number of his enemies had been wounded. --Searching still further, the party discovered no less than eighty three arrows on the tree, on the ground, and in the person of Anheiger, who had been hit over forty times in the hand, arm, right shoulder, leg, and body.
Few have ever heard or read of such a conflict, and it would seem that the lone man was in the end victorious.
The trail of the savages was followed until dark, but a shower in the night unfortunately obliterated all traces of it; yet, on looking for it in the morning, they fell upon the trail of ten Indians
, three on horseback and seven on foot.
This was followed until the savages were caught, charged upon, three of their number killed, and two or three others wounded, but who escaped.
Whether it was the party beaten off by Anheiger can never be known.