Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 45 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
have satisfied him of the truth of my representations to
him that night on the Jornado del Muerto.
But I am running ahead of my story. I procured a
horse from my friend, Dr. Knour, and rode to Paso del
Norte (Jaurez, Mexico), fifty miles in six hours, to watch
Colonel Baylor, keeping off the road. While en route,
at Canntilla, I met a deserter from Baylor's command,
Sergeant Kemp, whom I knew to be a Union man who
had been forced by circumstances to join the Texans. I
gave him a letter of credence to Major Lynde, and he reported
the exact strength of Baylor's command, but
Lynde moved not. Several efforts were made to decoy
me off the streets of Juarez, so as to kidnap me, but I
saw thrQugh the design and avoided them.
One morning I met three acquaintances near the
bridge on the main street, and as I had a letter for one
of them I saluted them with "Good morning, gentlemen."
One of them, Kelly, secession editor of the
Mesilla newspaper, said: "So you are a spy." I replied:
"No, who says I am?" He said: "I do." "Then you
are a liar." He struck at me, but I avoided the blow
and placed a cocked pistol at his breast. He threw up
his arms and said, "Don't fire," and I put up my pistol.
Kelly was soon after killed by Colonel Baylor in a
street fight at Mesilla. (Kelly was from Michigan.)
There was at that time, at El Paso, a German named
Kuhn, whom I knew, and who had the reputation of
being a bad man. He professed to hate the Texans,
and I did not suspect him of any connection with them.
I was ready to return to New Mexico when one day
about noon, when walking on the sidewalk near the
corner of the plaza in front of the store of Mr. Duchene,
I saw that Dutchman Kuhn on horseback in front of
me, apparently drunk. I wished to avoid him, but as
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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/m1/45/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed June 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .