Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 100 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
at night like a berth in a Pullman palace car. My pair of
fine, large Kentucky mules, "Seymour" and "Blair,"
which were mine for ten years, hauled us over this
long route four different times without fault or accident.
"Johnnie," my faithful, watchful driver and companion,
was on hand, and also a "Mozo" (Mexican servant) and
a saddle horse. My other team of four horses awaited
us at Fort Stockton, midway of the route, where the
mules were to be left, to follow later to El Paso. The
ambulance was a little arsenal. I had a repeating rifle,
a shotgun and a pistol, and Johnnie a rifle and pistol.
The day after the wedding, I called on General Canby
and asked for an escort of ten infantrymen and a Government
wagon and team. The soldiers and our baggage
and provisions were to ride in the wagon and the team
was to be changed at each military post. The General
at first suggested that I might take advantage of the
escort of a certain army officer, Captain
we had both known in New Mexico, and whom I had
once reported to the General as being unfaithful to his
country. (I would not have objected to an out and out
Confederate.) When I declined to travel with this gentleman,
Canby replied: "Yes, I remember. You shall
have an escort of your own."
And now we started westward over the long road of
more than seven hundred miles to our El Paso home,
where my wife was to see no familiar face except my
own. But we had youth, and health, and hope, and selfreliance,
and a faith in human nature, which, I regret to
say, subsequent experience did not justify. But enough
During the whole journey of twenty-three days we
slept under a roof only three nights, and usually made
our camp away from the mail stations (which could
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Mills, William W. Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills., book, 1901; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6112/m1/100/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed January 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .