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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY.
plainsmen inured to the hardships of life on the frontier.
We knew how to ride hard and shoot straight.
The equipment of arms of our squad was very poor,
probably inferior to the equipment of the Indians.
I remember that several of the boys had only sixshooters
and they were not very good ones. I had
an old Spencer saddle-gun which had been in the
army service. It was a big calibre rifle, with a magazine
holding seven shells, and perhaps the best gun
in the squad.
On the trail we found where the Indians had killed
two beeves and carried away practically all of the
meat. The big trail of horses tended to confirm our
suspicion that we were trailing a big band. We
learned later that every horse had a rider.
We followed the trail at a gallop when the lay of the
ground made that speed possible. After following the
trail for fifteen miles we saw an Indian run down
from the top of a little hill, from which vantage point
he had been spying over the back trail. He was
about a quarter of a mile away when we sighted himWe
knew that the band must be near and that the
fight was about to begin. Putting our horses into
a dead run we moved forward and around the little
As we came within range they opened fire and our
answering volley was fired before we dismounted.
With cunning and strategy they had chosen well the
place to be overtaken. As we swept into plain view
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/m1/19/: accessed August 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .