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Joel Nabers and Others Fight About Twelve Miles West of Comanche

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    According to our best information, the same Indians mentioned in the preceding section (Mustang Water Hole) , passed on out through Comanche County and fired at Joel Nabers, Jim and Bob Marshall and T. D. Codile, who were killing hogs about twelve miles west of Comanche. At the time, these citizens had about 1400 pounds of meat and a deer hanging to the trees. The ten Indians recovered the citizens' camp equipage, took their horses and deer, but did not bother the hog meat. The savages were driving about twenty-five or thirty head of stolen horses and here they dropped a colt belonging to Frank Gholson, who lived near Evant. Two arrows were shot into the colt's neck but it recovered and was restored to its owner. The four citizens retreated to a dogwood thicket on Blanket Creek and the Indians would not attempt to dislodge them. The savages then turned their faces toward the wild Northwest.

    Note: Author personally interviewed: B. F. Gholson, Joel Nabers and others.

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

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