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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY
ture, Lieutenant Best, with two men got to us, and
the Indians being faintly in sight yet, he struck the
"dead run" for them.
To camp, about 15 miles distant was our next move.
I mounted a horse, and with his owner up behind me
we rode "double" into camp. Two men stayed with
my horse and succeeded in getting him to camp late
that night. My horse lived and did good service afterward.
When we arrived at camp, Weed was there with his
Indian, and had him at a big bright guard fire. I will
never forget how that poor devil looked-just as
though he thought that fire had been made to cremate
him. Now to account for the hat taken in the first
skirmish. It was shown to the Indian and he claimed
it and put on his head.
We will now follow Lieut. Best to the wind-up of
the day. After a run of three or four miles, he reached
gunshot of them again, and shots were exchanged
until the Indians reached a safe cover, in a place
that they had evidently been making for. It was a
short canyon, emptying into Las Moras Creek, and
at its head it shelved under, making a big space they
could take their horses under, and no approach to it
except the way they went into it. So Lieutenant Best
would edge around until he could see under the shelving
rocks and give them a fire occasionally, but probably
with no effect. He, however, had wounded one
or two of them before they reached this place. Dark
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