and fighters. Lessons were positive.

Dot Babb, Banc’s brother, said he

was never punished for his mistakes.

     At home, the children could look

forward to a lifetime of agricultural

drudgery with little chance of

advancement. In Indian camps, the

boys had an opportunity to become

great chiefs like Quanah Parker,

whose mother, abductee Cynthia

Ann Parker, became a Comanche

bride and preferred Comanche life.

Hair-raising escapades were a way to make a reputation in the tribe.

Adolph Korn and Herman Lehmann,

another child abducted in Central

Texas, were wilder than their fellow

warriors, according to the children’s


     Few of the children stayed with

their captors more than two years.

The State of Texas and the federal

government put aside funds to pay

for their recovery. Traders found a

few children, but the Indians surren-

dered the majority of them. In many

cases tribes were paid “expenses” for their trouble.

     The Indian way of life was dying.

Although the children probably

didn’t comprehend this, Quanah

Parker did. The great chief played a

role in reuniting many of the children

with their families. He knew

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