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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY.
other parties. They numbered twenty-seven warriors,
so I was informed by parties who saw them come in.
One of the parties which trailed them out reported
finding the graves of four of the braves who had
been consigned to the happy hunting ground as the
result of the fight with us.
While I lay convalescing, Hon. H. C. King, State
Senator came to pay me a visit. He was deeply stirred
by the report of the fight. He was one of the type of
man made famous by Kipling, with plenty of red
blood in his veins. He went from our home direct to
Austin, where the legislature was then in session,
and introduced a bill which provided for a gun to
be given to each one of us who participated in the
fight, as a testimonial of the State's appreciation of
the services we tried to render. The guns awarded
were repeating Winchesters of the model of 1873,
which had just been perfected and put on the market.
I have my gun yet, and I hardly need to add that it
is among the most treasured of all my possessions.
The oftener I think of the Deer Creek fight, the
greater is my wonder that all of us were not killed.
We were outnumbered by more than three to one, had
arms that were inferior to the enemy's and were compelled
to fight in the open, at close range, while the
Indians had shelter. I can account for the miracle of
our escape only by believing that it was an act of
Captain Rufe Perry, who is mentioned in this chap
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