Slaying of Bailey and
Narrow Escape of John Stump
The succeeding morning after Spencer Mueller and his son were killed,
as related in the preceding section, it is presumed the same savages came
upon Jno. Stump and Bailey, who had started to Gainesville in an ox-wagon
with grain to be ground. Bailey and Stump lived on Clear Creek, about
seven miles southwest of St. Jo, and had only gone about two miles when
the Indians made their charge. At first the Indians were thought to be
Mexicans. The savages made the citizens strip off their clothing, and
Bailey, a one-armed man, told Stump they were going to be killed. Stump
ran, and in a short time reached Bill Priest, who was clearing land, about
four or five hundred yards away, and was followed by two of the savages.
Priest, however, was armed, and when his weapons were seen by the Indians,
they turned and rode away. Stump fell at Priest's feet, and for a time
thought dead; but a doctor was summoned and in due time he recovered from
wounds sustained from the savages. Bailey was killed.
As usual, the Indians ripped open the sacks of grain, emptied the wheat
on the ground, and took the empty containers away.
Note: Author personally interviewed W. A. (Bud) Morris; Joe Bryant, Charlie
Grant, and his wife, Mrs. Grant; all of whom lived in Montague County
at the time.
The above story is from the book, The West Texas Frontier, by
Joseph Carroll McConnell.