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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY
Third Saline Fight
About the last of November, in 1874, I moved camp
south 15 or 20 miles, to the Little Saline Creek in
aason County and made winter quarters there.
Early one morning in December, Mr. Moore, a
ranchman, came to my camp and informed me that
the night just past the Indians had stolen all their
horses, passing out in a northerly direction. I was
not well that morning, but quickly detailed a scout
to follow them, Sergeant N. O. Reynolds in charge
of scout. Sergeant Reynolds struck west to get the
trail and in eight miles from camp he came upon the
trail, going north.
On account of the very heavy rains just before this
he had no trouble to follow the trail. Within ten miles
from where they struck the trail they came in sight
of the Indians. The Indians numbered about ten and
the scouts about eight. The Indians were hard to beat
in management and were very quick to act. They
Were some distance from the scout, and the ground
being very boggy, they started on a retreat but at
slow speed. The distance between the scout and the
Indians was about a mile. The Indians no doubt
expected the scout would cover the distance as quickly
as possible and break down their horses in doing so.
And that was practically the result.
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