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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY
Moved Camp to Las Moras
About the first of June in 1875, I moved camp to
Las MIoras Creek, being north of my little Saline
camp about twenty miles, and four miles east of the
town, Menardville. By this time the citizens had
learned that we were good neighbors and began to
fall into line. They could see the gleam of hope and
our presence cheered them. They could see that they
would become the rightful lords of that beautiful
country. They would ride to the camp from many
miles away no matter how dark the night, to give me
information regarding Indians or outlaws. I had
become acquainted with some young men in the
country there that wanted to help us and when opportunity
offered I would enlist them in the service.
They were mostly cattle men and their range riding
was many miles around the ranches. This gave me a
prestige in their knowing of every water hole and
spring of water in all the arid region adjoining the
Staked Plains. The people began to find out that
this was a citizen soldiery, organized under the same
power that puts our militia in the field and the
Ranger felt that his backing was from the State of
Maine to California and from Canada to the most
Southern point in Texas. He felt that he had very
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Roberts, Dan W. Rangers and sovereignty, book, 1914; San Antonio, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5833/m1/58/: accessed October 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .