kill them for their own use. This soon brought considerable complaint; and it was afterwards decided to leave the question of the removal of the Indians to a vote of the people. James Clark, together with a good many of the white settlers here, championed the cause of the Indians; but in the end the majority favored the removal of the Indians. Mrs. I. H. Gordon told me of what a scene it was when these Indians prepared to move. They came by Clarksville in Indian style, one behind the other, especially to bid farewell to their old friends, James Clark and his wife. She said she stood for almost three hours shaking hands with these Indians. They moved on up Red River some 75 miles or more. This is somewhat contrary to some reports made by historians that the friendly or semi-civilized Indians of this section of Texas were driven out soon after the Independence of Texas from Mexico. They were not run out, but voluntarily moved as agreed to, they having formerly agreed that if a majority of the whites said for them to move they would do so. This was either in 1837 or 1838.
We spoke of the settlement in this section as early as 1814, which was known in the early days as the Burkham settlement. Finally it extended from what is now the eastern border of Red River diagonally across the county to the southwest. At this time, crime was almost an unheard of thing among the early settlers; but, lo! a horse-thief appeared on the scene and stole a horse from Capt.