Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 19 of 163
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INCIDENTS BEFORE THE WAR AND EARLY
On the second night after my arrival in El Paso I had
my first experience of the manner of settling difficulties
there. Samuel Schutz, still of El Paso, and one Tom
Massie had had a misunderstanding about the rent of a
house. My brother and I went across the river that
afternoon, and on the way we met one Garver, a halfwitted
fellow, called "Clown," who said he had been
"fixing a canoe" at the river, and in a friendly way he
advised us to return early because there would be some
fun that night. We asked him what fun, and he replied:
"Oh, killin' a Dutchman!" That night, in front of the
postoffice, I heard Massie say to a friend: "I have taken
half a dozen drinks of straight brandy, but d-n me if
I can get drunk." I went into the postoffice and found
an unusual crowd of men talking in low tones, and Mr.
Schutz, in his shirt sleeves, was playing billiards with a
friend. Presently Massie entered, and saying, "Mr.
Schutz, you told a d-d lie," presented a cocked pistol
at that gentleman. There was no mistaking his intention.
Murder was in his voice and in his face. Then
there came from Mr. Schutz such a sound as I never
heard before or since. It was not a shriek, or an outcry,
for he did not distinctly articulate a single word. It was
not exactly an expression of fear, but was more like a
prolonged wail over some tragedy which had already
occurred. But Schutz did the right thing, and quickly.
He seized the barrel of Massie's pistol and held it
upward. Then commenced a struggle for life. Both
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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/m1/19/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed October 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .