Dillard and a companion were returning from the settlements a few miles below their home, when they were charged by Indians, a few miles west and south of Meridian. Dillard's companion was riding a wild horse. Dillard then suggested that he talk to the Indians, but the bronco-buster said, "___! ___! No!" But the wild horse refused to go. When the Indians were reasonably near, however, the bronco pony became frightened, and ran completely away. Dillard, however, was killed.
Note: Author personally interviewed: Cos Barry; J.M. Robertson; Ole T. Nystel; and others, who were early settlers in that section.
The above story is from the book, The West Texas Frontier, by Joseph Carroll McConnell.