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Savages Wound John Raybourne O’Neill

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Erath County, Texas

    About 1872, while John O'Neill was herding cattle, some distance from the camp, he saw several Indians dashing toward him. O'Neill started his horse toward a distant black jack thicket, but was wounded before he reached this protection. Here O'Neill fell from his steed, and when he failed to report at the camp for dinner, the cowboys made a search and found him in a dangerous condition. Dr. W.W. McNeill, of Stephenville, was summoned, and he extracted three arrows from O'Neill's body. John Raybourne O'Neill successfully recovered from the effects of his wounds.

    Note: Author personally interviewed: Jimmie McNeill; Ike Roberts; and perhaps one or two other early settlers of that section.

    Further Ref.: Incidents in the History of Dublin, by Mrs. F.C. Lattimore.

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

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