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SEARCHING FOR JOHN CHISUM
his family here from Cimarron, New Mexico. It was now
The Maxwell family occupied buildings that had
formerly been officers' quarters, a short distance from and
facing the Pecos River, on the bank of which we made
camp. In a short time we had a visitor, a little old
wrinkled chap with a sharp Roman nose, who was curious
to know who we were, for passing travelers were rare. He
was William Betts, called 'Old Betts,' and turned out to
be quite a character. He had been a noted rider and was
Mr. Maxwell's chief jockey when that gentleman kept
an extensive racing stable during his palmy days. Old
Betts was one of the few old retainers left and was treated
almost as one of the family.
Learning that I was a physician, he made a bee line for
the house and in a few minutes I received a call and was
ushered into the bedroom of William Maxwell, the eldest
son of the family and my first patient in New Mexico. I
found him dying with a severe case of malignant smallpox
for which nothing could be done. He was beyond help.
Incidentally, however, I did some vaccinating while at
One relic of former magnificence here was the remains
of a splendid coach made to order in St. Louis and used
in the old days to transport, with an armed and mounted
escort, the Maxwell daughters to and from the Eastern
convents where they were being educated. It was now
parked by the stables and utilized as a favorite roosting
place for poultry.
We rested here for a few days, meeting most of the
people in the vicinity, one of the most interesting being a
very beautiful sefiorita, Lolita by name, who was about
fifteen and as bright and charming as she was beautiful.
She will appear later.
McCune was impatient to get on so we bade farewell
Here’s what’s next.
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