Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 69 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
slandered by Col. Samuel J. Jones (a neighbor) and
that he was determined to malke Jones retract or kill
him. I called on Jones as Lemloll's friend, and lie referred
me to a young frontier lawyer then almost unknown
but who has since become very wealthy and very
prominent in the politics of the nation, attaining the
very highest offices excepting only those of President
and Vice President.
This gentleman acted as Jones' friend, and it was due
to his fairness and firmness tlhat Jones signed a retraction
and a figlht was avoided. I aii proud to say that
this friend of Jones' became nim friend, and remains
so to this day. This was Stephen B. Elkins. Of all
the men of the frontier with whoml I have been associated
I liked John Lemon best, and I think him the
most admirable character of them all. He possessed all
the best qualities of the frontiersman with none of
their vices. He was with us, but not of us. He was
strictly temperate, perfect in habits and morals, and yet
a genial, sympathetic companion and faithful friend,
and behind a manner almost as modest and quiet as a
Quaker's there rested a personal courage and resolution
equal to that of Andrew Jackson. In I870 Mr.
Lemon's party (the Republicans) had gained a county
election, and while he was going to join the procession
which was celebrating he was struck in the head with
a bludgeon from behind and died a few days later.
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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/m1/69/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .