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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY
Lost Valley Fight
This chapter marks a departure from the general
rule which is followed throughout the remainder of
this little book, in that the facts here set down are
not taken from my experiences, nor did they come
under my observation. My reason for publishing
this chapter is that the story of the fight illustrates
exceptionally well the gallantry and courage of Major
John B. Jones, who was the commander and guiding
spirit of the Battalion of Rangers.
The report which is given was taken from an article
written for the El Paso Morning Times by Sergeant
J. B. Gillette, who was a member of Company "D".
I know from many verbal reports that Sergeant Gillette's
story is correct, and therefore have no hesitancy
in quoting therefrom. His story is as follows:
"Major Jones had made one trip along the line of
his companies to the extreme eastern end, where Captain
Ikard's company was stationed. On the return
trip he camped for the night on the lower edge of
Lost Valley, in Jack County. Early on the next
morning, a small band of Indians raided Loving's
ranch and stole a bunch of horses. The ranchmen
being aware of Major Jones' presence hurried to his
camp and reported the raid and theft.
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