Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 64 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
coin's amnesty proclamation, but he replied that he
would not permit his adjutant to administer the oath,
but out of consideration for me he would permit my
friend to return to Mexico with his mare. He went, but
the following day I wrote out the proper paper for
Dowell and he swore to it before Henry J. Cunniffe,
United States Consul at Juarez, and I took my friend
and introduced him to Colonel Bowie as a fully fledged
The Colonel gracefully acknowledged that he was
beaten, and Dowell remained with us. Dowell owned
some desirable town lots in El Paso, which were saved
from confiscation by his timely oath of allegiance. These
lots were of little value at the time, but he managed to
hold them till the advent of the railroads and the first
El Paso boom, so that he lived poor and died wealthy.
The Dowell race mare proved useful; and here I state
some facts of which I am neither proud nor ashamed.
Uncle Ben assured me that she could outrun any quarter
nag that would come to El Paso, and we formed a
partnership under which he furnished the animal and
the "horse sense" and I the money for the stakes. The
race track was nearly along the line of West Overland
street, the outcome being at its junction with El Paso
street. Race animals were brought from California,
New Mexico and Colorado to contest with us, and in
four years we won several thousand dollars without losing
I withdrew from the partnership and quit all such
business after my marriage in I869.
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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/m1/64/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed May 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .