Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 61 of 163
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A STORY WITHOUT A MORAL.
On my return journey from Washington City in
1863, when traveling in the stage coach with driver and
two other passengers, we halted for supper and a
change of animals at a village seventy miles north of
Fort Craig, where, falling in with some officers who had
served with me during the then recent campaign, I accompanied
them to their tents and there became so interested
in telling and hearing stories that I forgot all
about time and the stage went forward without me. I
was the more to blame for this thoughtlessness because
I was at the time bearing important official dispatches.
With many regrets and self-reproaches and good resolutions
for the future, I procured a Government horse
and started alone for Fort Craig, riding all night. I
arrived at Fort Craig in due time safe and well, but
learned that the stage coach had been attacked by Indians
and that the driver and two passengers had been
killed. It is certainly right to teach schoolboys (as I
did forty years ago) that promptness, perseverance, diligence
and watchfulness will greatly increase their
chances for success, but is it right to teach them that
by these means or by any other means they can conmand
success? But I am not writing moral philosophy
or solving riddles.
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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/m1/61/?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; .