"Stephenville, Erath Co., Tex.
On last Wednesday, the 23rd instant (January), there were two persons, Nathan McDow and son, killed. They were engaged in hauling rails, and were attacked by eight or ten Indians. Another son of Mr. McDow heard them firing from the house, and ran to their rescue. He arrived in time to see the Indians making off, and found his father and brother both dead and scalped.
(signed) H.S. Coleman
Mr. McDow and son were buried in the West End Cemetery at Stephenville.
Note: Author found the above letter on file in the Archives at Austin, in the Texas State Library; also interviewed Berry Parr, Ike Roberts, and others who were living in Erath County at the time.
The above story is from the book, The West Texas Frontier, by Joseph Carroll McConnell.
J.W. Wilbarger includes a version of this story in his book, Indian Depredations in Texas.