Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 66 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
fect's house, where lie remained concealed for a x-vwek
or more, only going out at night. He met St. Vrain
and other Union men at the Prefect's house, and he
actually prowled through Fort Bliss of nights disguised
as a Mexican peon, and came away as well informed
about the number of troops and other matters
at that post as the Texas officers themselves. He
brought an unsigned letter which I knew to be in St.
Vrain's handwriting, giving wholesale military information.
This letter, had its contents been known to the
Confederates, would have cost my friend St. Vrain hlis
life. Said letter has been published by the United
States Government in the "Records of the Rebellion."
On his return Daily rode in the dark into a camp of
Indians and came into Fort Craig with an arrowhead
in his shoulder. He was paid $2,500 for his two weeks'
work, which he deposited with the Quartermaster, and
was employed as a guide during the campaign which
This man Daily was at times addicted to drink, and
when intoxicated would gamble. One night an officer
awakened me and informed me that Daily was at the sutler's
store drunk and gambling and being robbed. I went
tothe store and found him in company with some gamblers
(camp followers) vainly trying, with their help, to
sign his name to an order on the Quartermaster for two
thousand dollars. I tore the paper into bits and took
Daily away. The next morning I reported the facts to
General Roberts, and he directed me to take a file of
the guard and destroy all the intoxicating liquor at the
store, place all loafers I found about the store in the
guard house, and lock the store and bring the key to
him. The order was executed. About a dozen "loafers"
were provided with quarters in the guard house;
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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/m1/66/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed May 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .