This heart-warming story appeared in a Houston newspaper 180 years ago, and it reminds us that Love does indeed Conquer All. This was a decidedly Tough Love, but I believe it illustrates what people nowadays mean when they tell us that Love Wins.
A party of six Indians, supposed to be Kenchies,* recently ventured near Franklin in Robertson county,** and stole several horses; they were immediately pursued by five citizens, and four of them were killed and the horses recaptured. Two of the Indians were overtaken by Mr. Love, who after shooting down one Indian, was fired upon by the other, but the ball missed him, and he rushed upon the Indian (who fought with his clubbed musket), drew him from his horse, and killed him with his Bowie knife. If our frontiers were lined with a few such heroes as this Mr. Love, we should need no military posts.”***
This affray near Franklin might seem to cast doubt on St. Paul’s assertion that Love is “patient,” “kind,” and “not easily angered,” but this is only because we have been trained to read Paul’s lines through the maudlin gauze of a bridal veil.† In this same passage, St. Paul also tells us that “love does not envy [other men’s horses], it does not boast [that it will pillage the property of other men], it is not proud [of living by theft instead of work].” Indeed, he tells us, perhaps inspired to prophesy this affray at Franklin, that Love “always protects . . . always perseveres.”
*) The Keechi or Kichai, a tribe of the southern Great Plains.
**) About twenty miles from here, where the east Texas timbers give way to the natural grassland of the Black Prairie (and also close to Aunt Jemimah’s Grave).
***) The Morning Star [Houston] (Nov. 10, 1840, p. 2).
†) 1 Corinthians 1, 13: 4-7.