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Indians Kill Wylie Everetts Mexican

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Llano County, Texas

    During 1874, while Wylie Everetts and his men, who were running the Al Robert cow outfit, were moving camp from the Six Mile Creek west of Llano, to the Live Oak near the Short Mountain, Everetts sent some of his men to Llano for supplies. He also sent a Mexican called "Umbre", to Flag Creek to see about fifty horses, more or less, that had been turned out to graze. When the Mexican cowboy was a short distance from Llano, he was charged by Indians and killed about three-fourths of a mile from the Llano courthouse. Signs seemed to disclose his horse bogged in the quicksand on Flag Creek and although he reached the other bank, nevertheless, the delay enabled the Indians to overtake him. The Mexican, however, succeeded in shooting a large Indian in the forehead. The remaining Indians wrapped the savage in a blanket and laid him by a log for, perhaps, the remaining Indians were scared and afraid to carry the dead Indian away. This was the last Indian raid in Llano County.

    Note: Author interviewed Wylie Everetts, mentioned above, and Will Roberts.

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

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