White Horse's Last Victory
Lieutenant Pratt was ordered to transport the prisoners
and assumed command of the Florida prison. Being the ranking officer,
he was invited to the social events held by the prominent citizens of
St. Augustine, many of whom traced their lineage back to Spanish nobility.
Pratt delighted in bragging about his wild Indians and their great abilities
in riding and fighting. Once he was asked if he thought these Indians
could fight a Spanish bull. He gladly agreed to bring some Indians to
the bull ring on Sunday.
Four of the Indians mounted on horseback and armed
with knives, lances and bows and arrows entered the ring. At first
the movements of the fighting bull confused the Indians. They had
never seen this type of animal and weren't familiar with his behavior.
Finally, White Horse rode up beside the charging bull and leaped
on his back as it gored another Indian and his pony. He cut its
spinal cord with his knife and brought it down, then he slit the
bull open and pulled out his liver and held it high over his head,
showing it to the startled crowd. He then downed the liver in several
large bites vividly confirming the authenticity of Pratt's claims
about his wild Indians. Pratt later established Carlisle Indian
School, the famous institution that produced Jim Thorpe.
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