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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY.
After we had been in the service about four months
we found that we would be compelled to assist civil
officers in the enforcement of law on the frontier.
Consequently, Major Jones conceived the idea of some
fine constructive work in procuring a list from each
county in the state of their criminals, many of whom
had fled to the frontier to hide from the law. This,
all added up, made a considerable book. A copy of
this book was furnished to each company of the Battalion.
Several times we found our "neighbors"
were wanted on "important business" in the counties
they hailed from. A very accurate description was
given of men charged with crime, and that was what
caught them oftener than names. Every visible scar,
or any peculiar movement, or any peculiarity of
SPeech; taking in the color of the hair, height, age,
and color of the eyes were all given. My men got so
thoroughly trained by observance that a man's name
nly counted for a starter for his true identity. They
all studied the Fugitive List more than the Bible, but
always observed the Bible teaching: "Thou shalt not
steal or commit murder."
Our work was constant; and when we were after
Indians there were generally enough men in camp
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Roberts, Dan W. Rangers and sovereignty, book, 1914; San Antonio, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5833/m1/36/: accessed January 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .