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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY.
ican side. They had heard the firing of the Rangers'
guns, but were not alarmed about any war in Mexico,
as they knew what it meant. The Rangers and Mexican
soldiers all came back across to the old ranch,
and the Rangers were armed of course. They rested
there together and had a jolly time. The Rangers
turned over the horses to the Mexican soldiers, that
they had captured in Mexico, and brought the old Mexican
peddler's goods back to Laredo. He was notified
that we had his goods, and came over and got them. I
don't know whether he paid any duty on them or
not. There stood Fort McIntosh bristling with dress
parade, bowed up like a mad bull, waiting for the
enemy to make a lunge at her. But, the officers of
the garrison were not to be blamed, as they were only
machine guns. A few other like incidents made the
bandits "hard to catch" up and down that river, many
miles from Laredo. The business men and citizens
threw their hats in the air over our success. We were
willing to give the Mexican Major more than half the
credit, as we could have done but little without his
help. Thinking our treaty with Mexico will only be
taken as a joke, we give the people of that border the
benefit of the joke. The merchants and business men,
together with a large majority of the citizens wrote and
signed a petition to Governor Roberts to keep us at
Laredo. Also, gave me a copy of the petition which I
have yet. But, there was an intervening order, which
none of us knew of, which reached us at Laredo, order
Here’s what’s next.
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Roberts, Dan W. Rangers and sovereignty, book, 1914; San Antonio, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5833/m1/99/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .