Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 20 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
were powerful men, and in their prime, one moved by
hatred and revenge, and the other by the instinct of selfpreservation.
It was some seconds after they grappled
before that strange sound ceased. Massie strove to bring
his cocked pistol to bear on Schutz, and Schutz to move
it in any other direction. Shocked and alarmed, and
remembering my teaching about law and order, I stepped
forward and said, "Gentlemen, would you see the man
murdered?" Not a nian mloved. Massie finally let fall
his pistol, drew a knife and drove it into Schutz's shoulder.
Schutz fled, but Massie recovered his pistol and
fired two shots at him as he ran out through the front
door. It was dark outside. Immediately after the shots
Schutz stumbled over a water barrel and fell, and Massie,
thinking him dead, crossed to Mexico in that canoe
which Clown had "fixed." Schutz was untouched by the
bullets, and the knife wound was not serious.
The next day "Uncle Ben" Dowell gave me this
advice: "My young friend, when you see anything of
that kind going on in El Paso, don't interfere. It is not
considered good manners here." The advice was well
intended and worthy of careful consideration. Tom Massie
returned to El Paso, but was not prosecuted.
Not long after the above occurrence, I saw a certain
gambler shooting at another member of the profession
in this same postoffice. A stray bullet killed an inoffensive
by-stander. The coroner's jury exonerated the killer,
as they said the killing was clearly "accidental." There
was, of course, some sympathy for the innocent dead
man, but most of it appeared to go to the gambler who
had been so "unfortunate" as to kill the wrong man.
Of the Americans then at El Paso, some had left wives,
or debts, or crimes behind them in "the States," and had
not come to the frontier to teach Sunday school. But
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/20/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .