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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY
who the clothes belonged to. About that time the
racket dance was introduced and they practiced it in
camp, in the literal sense of the word. The Rangers
made up an amateur troupe and secured some of DeWitt's
light draft plays, which they could execute
with credit before any kind of an audience. We had
a very good string band. Such were the pleasure
hours of Ranger life. They nearly all became good
cooks and when dinner was ready you could hear some
fellow sing out from his mess table, Delmonico "walloping
good truck." We had fish when we wanted
them, and all kinds of wild game. When we packed
a mule for a scout we invariably tied a chopping axe
on the pack to cut bee trees, and had all the honey
We could "say grace over." Where is the country
on this continent that Texas once was ? Echo answers
-where? The answer maj come that agriculture
and other great improvements makes her first. But,
shorn of nature's wealth, she only becomes a competitor
with other states.
A little while after I had moved camp to Las Moras
I got a telegram from Adjutant-general Steele, from
headquarters at Austin, "To go to Colorado City as
quickly as the stage could take me there; travel day
and night." The meaning of this was that Captain
Marsh's Rangers had killed a "cattle man" by the
name of Patterson and telegrams were flying to Austin,
" That a citizen had been shot down in cold blood."
Colorado City was then a town of tents at the end of
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