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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY
squads, they would agree upon a meeting place generally
remote and always in some direction other than
the one they had been traveling. After some study of
the situation we "called the turn". Our guess was
that they would double back and meet somewhere near
the point where they made the attack. That this guess
hit the mark will be shown in a chapter reporting the
fight which we had with them a few days later. The
band was composed of Comanches, about twelve in
We returned to camp, but we waited in vain for
them to come within sight or hearing.
The cunning of the Indians is well illustrated in
the point of our camp which they selected to attack.
Almost invariably they went for the horses first.
They seemed to have a mania for stealing horses, even
when they did not need them. When they were not
bent upon stealing, they delighted in stampeding the
horses, leaving the campers a-foot.
The squads and companies of Rangers were compelled
to use every precaution to prevent the Indiang
from stampeding the horses. Captain Perry, of Company
"D" introduced the custom of using hobbles
and side lines. The hobbles were short chains, with
a heavy leather strap at each end and fastened to the
horses fore feet; the side lines fastening into one of
the straps of the hobbles and extending backward
and fastening to the hind foot. Horses so secured
could not possibly move faster than a walk and the
Indians never could drive them away from us.
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