Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 28 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
per pound on the hoof-$9o per head. For a year I
delivered beef on the block to the troops at Fort Bliss at
22 cents per pound.
I will now give some items from the other side of my
ledger. Three hundred head of cattle belonging to my
partner, Mr. Norbce, and myself were taken by Indians
in Arizona in 1865, and half of our herders killed. These
cattle were being driven to California, where there was
then a good market. A white man, also a partner, got
away with $II,ooo worth of my cattle at Fort Sumner,
New Mexico, by selling them and running away with
Another partner, an honest man, died my debtor to
the amount of $I4,000. This would not have occurred
had the gentleman not become insane and unable to settle
his large and complicated business.
From the day of my first arrival at El Paso, I determined
to make the place by permanent home, and I have
never had any desire to change that choice. From the
first I foresaw the prospective importance of the place,
and many a still, lonesome night have I listened to the
roaring of the waters over the dam at Harts Mill, a mile
above the village, and tried to fancy it the rumbling of
railroad trains, which were then fifteen hundred
miles away. No, I do not claim to have foreseen that
El Paso would be the center of so many railroads, but
I felt sure that the first road to the Pacific Ocean would
pass through El Paso, and so it would, had it not been
for the Rebellion. I would not claim to have had this
foresight, did not my letters to my friends during those
early years (some of which are still extant) bear out the
statement. I probably wrote more and spoke more
about the certain future of El Paso than any one who
ever lived here. I did more. I proved my faith by my
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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/m1/28/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .