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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY.
one man who had drawn a white bean, giving him his
liberty offered to swap it to his comrade for a black
one, that he had drawn, which condemned him to death.
The man with the black bean was just as brave and
noble and refused to take the white bean.
We returned to Roma, looked after some little matters
in helping the customs guards, or river guards,
as they were called, and considered the outlook in general.
After having been at Roma about two months
we concluded that the war scare was a chinook wind,
and had gotten back to normal temperature. Being
under a sort of "carte blanche" orders, we moved the
Company back to Laredo. At Laredo, we found the
old conditions of bandit trouble still rampant, and
white men and Mexicans plying their trade, on both
sides of the river. We were not diplomats, and were
not sent there for that purpose, but we formed a sort
of a "Junta" with the Mexican Major, who was commanding
the Mexican soldiers at New Laredo. We
interpreted our junta into international law, but we
fear it would not have looked much like it at Washington
City. I was afraid of our good old Governor
Roberts, for he was certainly a "straight edge" but,
if our doings had been reported to Major Jones, we
think he would have turned his head in a different
direction. I think I had some the best of the Mexican
Major in our treaty.
The Mexican government had what they called a
Zona Libre (free belt) extending back one mile into
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