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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY
man is not immune from braggadocio. It was not an
hour until he had a test of it. Now, to get them, in
that open plain. The sun was just up good, and put
on his big blaze for an August day; the direction they
were from us, nearly lined them with the sun, and I ordered
my men to line in straight behind me, in single
file, which would only show a breast of one man. They
did, and tracked as plumb as a new wagon. I got nearly
in shooting distance of those fellows before they
saw me. Two of the Indians were loitering along behind
the main squad, who were driving the horses, and
about two hundred yards behind them, and we could
have shot them before they saw us, but we didn't want
to "flush" the main bunch, until we could get near
enough to do business. When the two Indians saw us,
it was a very busy time with them. They plied their
quirts, and yelled to their comrades, and we were not
losing any time or distance on them. When Indians are
driving a herd of stolen horses, they leave drag ropes
to the best horses, as an "emergency clause". In this
case, they barely had time to jump down, grab ropes
and change horses, which some of them did, leaving
their saddles on the horses they had so unceremoniously
quit. They ran out, into line and "squared themselves
for the charge". I played my old ruse on them. We
ran up close enough to do good work, halted, and dismounted.
I always figured that one good man on the
ground, with a gun in his hands was worth three in
the saddle. They stood one good round, and began to
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