Indian Experience of Bill Hollis

Jack County, Texas

    Bill Hollis, who was sometimes called Bill Clark, and who lived alone on the Clark Ranch, about twelve miles west of Jacksboro, saw seven or eight Indians about five or six hundred yards from his house, and in the edge of the timber. Hollis closed the door, and watched the movements of the Indians through the cracks. These Indians slowly crept toward the house; and when reasonably close, galloped and circled the house two or three times. Finally when they saw no one, the Indians stopped and lined up in front of the door, and dismounted. They then slowly felt their way toward the house and in a short time were attempting to break on the inside, when Bill Hollis, who had remained quiet, suddenly jerked open the door and shot an Indian in the stomach. This caused the savages to fall back like wild wolves. One Indian ran into a stable adjoining the house, and after Hollis shot his steed, this Indian ran away. This episode occurred about eleven o'clock in the morning, about 1873.

    Note: Author interviewed: A.M. Lasater; James Wood; and one or two others.

The above story is from the book, The West Texas Frontier, by Joseph Carroll McConnell.

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