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Radford Hughes Captures Indian female tribesperson

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Lampasas County, Texas

    During 1867, Radford Hughes and his sister, Rodie, who lived on Donaldson Creek, about eight miles west of Lampasas, were returning from the home of Wm. Knight, who lived about three miles to the southwest. They saw a lone Indian sitting on a ridge, in the edge of thick and small timber. Radford Hughes took his sister home, and then returned. When he slipped up, he saw the Indian was a lone female tribesperson, whom he captured and turned over to Bill Poe of Lampasas. For a time, she appeared to be contented. But one night, slipped out, rode away on one of Wm. Poe's horses and has not been heard from since.

    Note: Author interviewed R. Kolb, who lived on the Colorado River near Lampasas at the time.

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

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