Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mrs. J. D. Rylee]
Barnard talked to the Indians a long time, and at last got them to agree to give up the captives, but he had to give them a great deal to get them to do it. Nobody else but him could have got them to do it.
Barnard was a smart business man, and he knew how to get along with the Indians and make them like him. His wife was a Spanish girl named Juana Cavassoo. She and a cousin of hers were captured by the Indians when they were eight, or nine years old, and Mrs. Barnard was kept by them until she was old enough to be married, and was ransomed by Charlie Barnard and his brother. It took the Barnards several months to get the Indians to agree to let them have her.
Mrs. Barnard said the Indian girls abused her and her cousin. Mrs. Barnard said she fought the Indian girl who started mistreating her and her cousin, and knocked the Indian girl down and choked and beat her and tried to kill her. Her cousin, Mrs. Barnard said, was timid and would not fight the Indian girls. The Indians were proud of Mrs. Barnard's spirit, and the chief took her under his care and saw that she was treated right. But they tied her cousin to a tree and burned her to death, Mrs. Barnard tried to get the Indians to spare her cousin.
My brother, Jack McDonald, was in the fight about 1872 when a band of seven Indians were cornered in Robinson Creek and all of them killed. It was the rule among the settlers that when the Indians made a raid for each person whose home was on the route the whie men were taking to follow the Indians to