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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY
horses that could not be protected by shelter were tied
in a small pecan mott near at hand. The Indians
circled repeatedly around the Rangers and made repeated
efforts to rout them, but, the "boys" had become
steady now, and met each charge of the Indians
with a well directed fire. And many a brave warrior
was unhorsed and killed. Old Lone Wolf, in person,
made a "dare devil" charge, to show his prowess, but
he met with a bullet from Johnny Holmes' rifle, which
took his horse from under him. From Johnny Holmes'
delicate appearance, and his Chesterfield manners,
you would not think there was a "man of steel," at
the breech of his rifle. Johnny was enlisted in Company
Lone Wolf seeing that he could not dislodge the
Rangers, drew off, and with a few long range buffalo
guns turned his attention to Major Jones' horses. He
shot down and killed every horse that was exposed,
18 head in all. They had now been fighting most of
the day, and the Rangers were running short of ammunition.
One of the men, Charles Glass, having a
fine race mare, told the Major that he believed he
could break through the Indians, and carry the news
to Jacksboro, where they could get relief. The Major
OPPosed this, but Glass insisted. The Rangers were
without water, and their situation becoming critical.
Finally, Glass was allowed to make the attempt. His
mare had been sheltered by the ravine. He readjusted
his saddle, and as he tightened the cinches, it was
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