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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY
distinguished relatives, from "Uncle Sam" to our big
cousins, the States, and he was ordered and disciplined
accordingly. The name, Ranger, was born in the
Republic of Texas when great men were on guard
for the welfare of their young venture. They may
have done some things under emergency, that lent
a little romance to the name, which yet seems to attach
to the name Ranger. When Texas was admitted into
the sisterhood of States, the name Ranger was tactily
incorporated into her constitution, meaning her
As time passed on our neighbors began to think
that the Rangers were decent fellows. Some of the
Rangers were graduates from the best schools in the
country. But their Ranger education was along different
lines. They had learned to cope with the
"Wild Bills" and bad men from "Bitter Creek."
The young ladies and gentlemen began to visit us in
camp and the girls would eat beans with us at the mess
tables. The Rangers viewed them as beautiful messengers
of peace. We could see that social conditions
were improving; in a short time you could see some
of the "boys" with standing collars on. Think of
it, a Ranger with a standing collar on. They began to
name each other "Society Jake, 400 Jim, Ward McAllister,
Oscar Wilde," and the like. When they
were fitting out for a baile (dance) you could see a
fellow rustling all the tents for a suit of clothes and
the other fellows threatening to follow him and tell
Here’s what’s next.
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Roberts, Dan W. Rangers and sovereignty, book, 1914; San Antonio, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5833/m1/59/: accessed June 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .