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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY.
arson and murder within fifty miles of the capital
of the state.
Mr. and Mrs. Phelps left their home and walked
down on Cypress creek to enjoy a few hour's fishing.
Mrs. White, who was Mrs. Phelps' mother, was left
at home to take. care of the children. A short while
after Mr. and Mrs. Phelps left the house Mrs. White
heard the firing of guns in the direction of the creek.
She knew only too well the terrible significanceoT'
these sounds. A negro boy scared almost out of his
wits, hastened to the house of the nearest neighbor
and gave the alarm. The "pony" telephone rapidly
spread the report and friends hurried to the scene
of the killing. The bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Phelps
were found on the bank of the creek, where they had
been murdered and scalped. The Indians then had
a start of several hours, which was too big a lead
to overcome, even if an armed posse had been ready to
take the trail.
On the following Sunday several of the young
men of the neighborhood gathered at the home of my
father, Alexander (Buck) Roberts. Repairing to the
shade of a little grove nearby, we held a council of
war. The situation was too plain to admit of a misunderstanding.
The issue involved a matter of life and
death and we faced it fairly and squarely.> The one
resolution introduced and unanimously carried was
that the next time the Indians came into our neighborhood,
we would follow and fight. There was notb
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Roberts, Dan W. Rangers and sovereignty, book, 1914; San Antonio, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5833/m1/17/: accessed January 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .