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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY.
Mexico, from the Rio Grande River. This may have
been regarding customs duties, but we interpreted it
to mean "catch them if you can, in one mile of the
river." The Mexican Major was a shrewd man, and a
gentleman, and although we had not met each other
many times, our work was done through agencies. We
may be telling too much, but, if Uncle Sam wants to
try us, at this late date, prison life would not cheat
us out of many years. He would find no documentary
evidence, and not many witnesses living. If the Mexican
Major is living, we think his government should
give him a pension.
Now, we will tell you of some of our crimes. The
Mlexican Major made a scout down the river, on his
side and found one of the most noted bandits that
infested that country, and in a running fight with him,
several miles before he reached the river, failed to get
him, but as he was swimming the river he shot him,
wounding him badly, but he reached the Texas side, in
close proximity to his bandit quarters. The Major sent
a messenger to me immediately, telling me where he
had crossed the river and that he had probably reached
the den of bandits on our side. We sent a scout immediately
down the river, and in the settlement, or ranch,
where the Major said he crossed, my men found him,
badly wounded, but brought him up to Laredo, and
put him in jail. There was an arrest made by the
Rangers, without a warrant for arrest and on information
from the Republic of Mexico. But, we knew
Here’s what’s next.
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