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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY
He was the Mexican captive that the Indians had had
so long. We passed the Mexican, with the brief words
to Donley to "stay with him, until we returned". We
were making pretty near an even race, in distance, with
those ahead of us, and could see blood running down
one of their backs. A distance of about two miles further,
our own horses began to weaken, and we could
see a little clump of mesquite brush, that the Indians
were making for. One of them was riding a fine horse,
that belonged to Rans Moore, and when we got near
the brush we could see a horse tied in there. We sheared
around, on either side of the brush, but could see
no Indians in there. We looked ahead and saw them
still going. We pursued them, but never could get
much closer. We could see, however, that two of them
were on a big mare mule, that also belonged to John
Bright. We kept up the best lick we could, until they
gradually went out of sight. We could nearly read
what had happened, by their tying Rans Moore's
horse in the brush. The wounded Indian was riding
the big mule, and had to stop, or have help. The other
Indian tied his horse there, jumped up behind him,
presumably to hold him on. Why he tied the horse,
was thinking we might check to reconnoitre the spot,
and give them more distance ahead of us. The little
pack mule I was riding, kept an easy lead all day.
"Don't talk to me about a mule". If he will run at
all, and you give him a starter, you will never catch
Here’s what’s next.
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