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Killing of Long and Wounding of Others

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Wise County, Texas

    In Wise County during the summer of 1863, approximately twenty-five Indians killed a lone man named Long, on the road, near the present town of Paradise. After scalping their victim, the savages passed the Vernon place, where they charged three little children playing about the premises, and began to shower the little ones with poisonous arrows. Each of them were wounded and according to reports one of their number later died.

    During the same day, the same Indians or a different band shot two arrows into Buck Reynold's back, near the Jesse Kincannon farm. Wm. Kincannon heard the noise, and came out in time to frighten the Indians away.

    Ref: Pioneer History of Wise County by Cliff D. Cates, and old settlers of that section

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

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