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A FRONTIER DOCTOR
cited, evidently making some demand, but as we did not
understand Spanish there was a deadlock. Two, who
seemed to be leaders, were armed and handled their guns
rather carelessly, or so it appeared to us. The sign lan-
guage was resorted to, and they showed where the mules
had eaten their corn for which they demanded money.
We, in turn, showed that they had driven the mules in
themselves, pointed to the bloody fetlocks, pretended to
be as angry as they, showed our weapons, and plainly
gave them to understand they could get nothing from us
but a fight. Then we started for camp, leading the
animals until we got out of sight, when we mounted and
the incident was closed.
There was game in abundance throughout this journey
and as we had both become first-class camp cooks we
lived like epicures.
Arriving at the Pecos River near Anton Chico we
forded it, finding a very good trail on the east bank which
we followed to Fort Sumner, also called 'Bosque Redondo'
(Round Grove). Going south, about four miles from the
post we entered a beautiful wide avenue of majestic
cottonwoods which we traveled along till we reached the
Bordering on this avenue were orchards of peaches and
apricots loaded with luscious fruit, and vineyards with an
abundance of the famous Mission grapes - all going to
waste as there was no market. There was no railway
south of Trinidad, Colorado, and, except for what the
people at Fort Sumner ate, the only use made of all this
fine fruit was to fatten hogs.
Ten years earlier this had been an important post, with
a large garrison and over nine thousand Navajo and
Apache Indians, who were being fed by the Government.
Later the post was abandoned and sold to Lucien B.
Maxwell, of Maxwell Land Grant fame, who had moved
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