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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY
I was then encamped on the Las Moras, about 50
miles north of where they were raiding. A messenger
came to my camp, from Mason County and informed
me of the raid, and told me where they were last seen,
and the way they were "headed" coming out. I had
no time to lose, as I knew they would travel at night.
I started east with eight men and within 12 miles came
upon their trail. I had no trouble to follow it, as they
had stolen a big lot of horses. I pushed ahead on their
trail, hoping to catch them before night, but they had
too much time on me, and nightfall caught me, just
where they crossed the Fort McKavett and Concho
road. I looked ahead, in their direction, and could see
the little Lipan Mountains on the head of the South
Concho, and I "figured" they would rest there, where
they could spy back on their trail. I turned north, on
the Concho road, and traveled that night to Kickapoo
Springs, where I could get horses' shoes, my horse
having cast two of his shoes that day, and broken his
hoofs, so that he was almost past shoeing. We shod up,
by firelight, and was riding by daylight, north, on
the Concho road, with flankers on either side, so we
would cross no trails without seeing them. We came
to Lipan Springs, 15 or 20 miles from Kickapoo, and
from Lipan, we bore northwest completely surrounding
the Lipan Mountains. On that day's march I rode
upon a "rattler" and got my horse snake-bitten. I
changed off to a pack mule, but I knew the mule and
and knew she was a "dandy", and could run like a
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