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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY
Enlistment and First Scout
My connection with the Ranger Battalion was
accidental. That is true at least to the extent that
I made no application to enlist in the service.
In May, 1874, I made all my plans and arrangements
to remove to the Territory of New Mexico, to
engage in business. This was just at the time that
the Battalion was being organized. I had previously
spent some time in the territory and was favorably
impressed with the business prospects. I had gone
so far with my arrangements as to write a notice of
my plans to the young lady who has been Mrs. Roberts
for a great many years.
Just before I made the start I received a brief letter
from Captain Rufe Perry, who had been commissioned
a captain and placed in command of Company "D".
The letter read as follows: "Meet me in Austin May
10th." I had not the remotest idea of what he desired,
but the letter had an imperative ring, so I
went to Austin. A few minutes after my arrival at
the Capitol, I met Captain Perry on Congress Avenue
as he was coming down from the capitol building.
After we had exchanged greetings, he handed me a
document without making any comment. The document
was a commission as second lieutenant that had
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