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SEARCHING FOR JOHN CHISUM
AFTER reaching Santa F6 our quartet broke up, the
Germans deciding to go to Arizona, while McCune and I
struck out in a southeasterly direction toward Anton
Chico on the Pecos River. My companion had what
would be called at this period a cow-complex, and he had
it bad. He learned at Santa F6 there was a man down
the Pecos Valley, John Chisum by name, commonly
known there as 'The Cattle King of New Mexico,' who
would round up nearly one hundred thousand head. It
was reported that he would let out cattle on shares to a
reliable man, so John Chisum was McCune's objective.
MIine was a promising location to begin again the practice
I had disposed of my mount and McCune and I were
both traveling in the covered wagon. The route lay
through a perfectly wild country with only an occasional
habitation, many times without even a trail. In several
instances the grade was so steep that we were compelled
to tie up all four wheels.
At night the mules were hobbled and turned loose to
graze. One morning they were missing. Finding their
trail, we soon discovered they were being driven by some
one on foot. With our weapons ready we trailed them for
about two miles to a small clearing where stood an adobe
house on the edge of a small patch of growing corn in
which our mules were busy at breakfast.
We removed the hobbles, which had rubbed the
mules' legs until they were bleeding. We were just start-
ing back bareback for camp when five Mexicans rushed
from the shack and halted us. All were very much ex-
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