Parker County Today September 2016 - Page 89

104 S Main Street • Springtown, Tx • 817- 523-7520 Remember To Shop Local for All Of Your Floral Needs (with us of course) Greene’s Florist Family Owned and Operated Since 1957 701 N. Main ~ Weatherford, TX 76086 817-594-2733 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY Continued on page 93 Tue-Thur Fri- Sat 11am - 8pm 11am - 10pm Sun 12pm - 8pm SEPTEMBER 2016 were occasionally hunted for their furs, they were never eaten or wantonly killed. Post Oak Jim shot one for the fun of it once when out on a cattle raid. Came a cyclone, and Jim thought his horse was spinning on its head; it rained all night, and in the morning it was so cold that he nearly froze. ‘That coyote’s mother probably made medicine,’ said Jim. ‘Coyote has medicine. If we harm one, it will get back on us some way.’” It was the same with dogs. “Post Oak Jim killed a dog once, and ever after he thinks he had bad luck with his children. They all got sick and died.” The Comanches’ shift from dog to horse power had far-reaching consequences for other peoples of the Oklahoma/Texas area. The new symbiosis fed the already decidedly warlike nature of the Comanche whose Ute-derived name meant “anyone who wants to fight me all the time.” Raiding became a way of life, stealing horses an art. On horseback, the Comanche became a terror along the frontier and down into Northern Mexico where horses were plentiful. Because the Spanish and Mexican governments lived in constant fear of revolution, firearms were kept from the general population; they were defenseless against the fierce raiders who whisked away thousands of horses and mules, cattle, and many Mexican children. “Capturing wild horses had its points, but to the Comanche stealing them was better. And the Comanche was the top horse thief of them all,” Wallace and Hoebel wrote. “…Acquisition of horses by plunder appealed to a Comanche, for it enhanced his prestige. Taking horses under difficult conditions provided opportunity for valor and cleverness, and it was in its own right a form of coup: stealing horses from enemies was a distinguishing mark of honor, and those most successful in this enterprise were highly respected.” The Comanches’ prowess in horse thievery reached almost mythical proportions. There are many extant accounts of these daring exploits. In The Plains of the Great West, Col. R.I. Dodge wrote that a Comanche could crawl into “a bivouac where a dozen men were sleeping, each with a horse tied to his wrist by the lariat, cut a rope within six feet of the sleeper, and get away with the horse without waking a soul.” 87