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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY
further he was at his best speed again; within one mile
I was in the lead again. Private George Bryant was
riding the shabbiest looking horse in the company,
but he had the blood of a "stayer" and he kept by my
side until we reached gunshot of the two rear Indians,
both riding one horse. Bryant checked up enough to
steady himself and fired at them, striking the hind
rider in the back of his head, which needs no further
explanation. The front rider still plied his quirt,
but his horse was failing and I soon got to him. He
jumped off his horse and threw up his hands in surrender,
telling me in Spanish that he was a friend.
Notwithstanding I had sworn "vengeance" and sworn
that a Comanche could not surrender to me, this fellow,
standing before me in human shape, begging for his
life, was more than I could stand. I took his arms
and held him there until help came to me. Thurlor
Weed was one of the first men to me again. I
hastily left the Indian in Weed's charge, telling him
to let no one hurt him. I resumed the chase quickly,
having several men with me then. (But before I proceed
further, I will say that this Corporal Thurlow
Weed was a nephew of the noted Thurlow Weed of
Within two miles further we were up again and exchanging
"hot compliments" with them. We made
two more "good Indians" in that round. Our horses
being exhausted, and my horse having cooled a little
by the'check, could go no further. Just at this junc
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