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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY
This was just what the Major wanted. Here was
a fresh Indian trail, within a few miles of his camp.
He took with him his entire escort of 30 men, picked
up the trail and followed it rapidly. From the signs,
there appeared to be 10 or 12 Indians in the party,
and as the trail was only a few hours old, the mounts
of his command fresh and his men eager for fight,
they pushed on at a full gallop, not dreaming that old
Lone Wolf, a celebrated Kiowa chief, with 250 warriors,
was concealed in a little mott of timber, in the
upper edge of Lost Valley, eagerly watching the approach
of the Rangers. As Major Jones hurried on,
all of a sudden he found himself completely surrounded
by this fierce band of savages. The Kiowas, and
Comanches, are given up to be the best riders, and
most expert horsemen of any Indians on the American
Those Indians, on their gaily bedecked ponies, circled
around and around this command of 30 men,
pouring in a perfect fusilade of bullets, being armed
with the most improved rifles. Major Jones seeing
that it would be impossible to escape, steadied his men,
the best he could. Many of the Rangers never having
been under fire before, became somewhat panicky, and
it is said, that it was all Major Jones could do, to
keep them from trying to break through the Indian
line, which would have caused the entire command
to have been massacred. The Rangers were quickly
dismounted and took shelter in a. small ravine. The
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