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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY
trail led me directly to where one of the Indians lay
dead, and I could see along the trail and nearby this
dead Indian where he had tried to catch the mule, but
failed; every track showed plainly in the mud. The
trail of the mule led north from there, and within
five miles, came to the Las Moras Creek which led
east to Menardville and landed in one of my old
camps safely with her pack. The people there were
uneasy, as they knew the mule and thought something
serious had happened to us. We hurried to
catch up with the mule, but knew she was safe from
the lead of her trail. I had been reported killed once
before that, "but I knew it was not true when I
heard it." Our pack mules in the service displayed
almost human intelligence and were our faithful
friends. When we lost our pack mule in the Staked
Plains fight, it was not regretted as merely the loss
of a mule, but with sorrow for the poor mule's sake.
It was late when we got our mule, at Menardville,
and slushy snow and mud being bad we camped
there that night and returned to camp on the Saline
the next day, the distance being 25 miles.
Old Company D turned out five captains of companies,
who served in the Frontier Battalion after
Captain Perry who was its first commander. They
were respectively, Captain D. W. Roberts, Captain
L. P. Seiker, Captain N. O. Reynolds, Captain C. L.
Neville and Captain Frank Jones. Captain Roberts
gave the last four named their first non-commissioned
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