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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY
red fox. I left a man with my horse, to get him back
to Lipan Springs, and take care of him. We reached
"Wash" De Long's camp that night, on the head of
South Concho, where he was taking out an irrigation
ditch. "Wash" was an old-timer, and had been shot,
and maimed by the Indians, but still insisted on living
where he pleased. He gave me considerable information,
as to their pass-ways, in and out. Next morning
I bore a little south of west, to catch their trail, after
their passing through the Lipan Mountains. About
18 miles from De Long's camp, I came upon the Indian
camp, where they had left that morning. Then the
race for that day began. They skirted the head brakes
of the Conchos, and night caught me again, where they
had reached a high table land, known as the Staked
Plains. I was very close to them at night.
I pulled a little off of the trail, and wouldn't let
a man strike a match to smoke, as they could see a
light a long distance in that country. By daylight I
Was in the saddle, and going on the trail. I had field
glasses, and occasionally would look for them, but one
Ranger's eyes beat my glasses. He sung out "yonder
they are". I put my glasses on his object, and saw
them plainly. They were just moving out from their
canp, at a big lake of water, which was unknown to
many white men. The Mexicans told me afterwards,
that one of them said, as they moved out from camp,
that no white man would ever come there, and if they
did he could whip ten of them. So, you see, the red
Here’s what’s next.
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