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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY.
ing heroic in our resolution; on the contrary, we were
simply governed by the law of self-preservation. If
we remained at home and permitted the Indians to
continue unmolested in their raids, there was a strong
probability that, family by family, nearly all of us
would be butchered; while if we engaged them in
battle there was at least a fighting chance that we
could "get" some of them. We could do no worse
than be killed in the fight and that was a better prospect
than being butchered as we slept.
We did not have to wait long after the council of
war was held. Within just a few days the report
was received that the Indians were in the country
to the north of us and were moving south. Again
the "pony" telephone was put in operation and the
news carried from house to house.
There were only six of us who rode out from Round
Mountain to find the trail and run down the Indian
band, whose number we had no means of knowing.
In the party were Thomas Bird, Joe Bird, John 0.
Biggs, Stanton Jolly, George T. Roberts (my
brother), and myself. We struck the trail on Hickory
Creek, about ten miles from Round Mountain.
A short time after we struck the trail we were overtaken
and joined by Captain James Ingram, William
Ingram, Frank Waldrip and "Cam" Davidson. This
unexpected reinforcement brought our squad up to
a fighting strength of ten men.
All of us were young men, but we were seasoned
Here’s what’s next.
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Roberts, Dan W. Rangers and sovereignty, book, 1914; San Antonio, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5833/m1/18/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .