Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 43 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
met Dr. Steck, who avoided recognizing me. I took a
room in the hotel, locked the door and tried to sleep.
About Io o'clock Dr. Steck came by stealth to my room
to advise me of danger. The contents of my letter to
Canby had been unwisely made known, and even United
States officers were threatening vengeance.
Before reaching the fort next morning I met two loyal
friends, Dr. Knour, now of Las Vegas, and Mr. Brady,
who also informed me that I had been threatened. I
rode into the post and met Captain Lane, who angrily
asked me if I had reported him to General Canby as a
traitor. I replied that I had stated facts and left General
Canby to draw his own conclusions. A strange officer
then asked if I had said or written anything about
him. He said whoever called him a traitor was a liar.
That night he ran away from the post and joined the
rebels at Bliss. This was one Captain Garland.
I called on Major Lynde and delivered my dispatches.
He sent for his adjutant, Lieutenant Brooks, who
opened and read them with some remarks, which satisfied
me that he was not anxious to lose much blood in
defense of his country. I believe, though I cannot
know, that a message went that night to Colonel Baylor,
who had arrived at Fort Bliss with his command, informing
him of the contents of these dispatches. There
was an order from Canby to Lynde to recapture Fort
Bliss and the stores there, which he could easily have
After Brooks withdrew Lynde spoke to me of the
feeling among h1s officers against me. He said he believed
I had acted honestly, but unwisely. Many of his
officers, he said, sympathized with the South, but they
had pledged their honors that, as long as they remained
in the service they would stand my him. I pleaded, en
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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/m1/43/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed November 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .