Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 71 of 163
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ROBBERY OF MY HOUSE IN I865-INDIAN
In 1865 I lived, a bachelor, in a house which is still
standing on the lot at the corner of San Francisco and
Chihuahua streets. My sleeping room was in the
southeast corner of the house with a window opening
on the back yard (corral) to the south. My brother, E.
A. Mills, and a negro servant slept in the back rooms of
One day a number of Mexicans were carrying and
stacking adobes in that back yard and of course had
left five thousand foot tracks. That night I locked the
front door of my room as usual and went to visit some
friends. On my return to my room about midnight I
unlocked the door and struck a light, to find that everything
movable which I had left in the room had been
removed. Every article of clothing, bric-a-brac, a
Mexican blanket worth $Ioo, and all such articles as
a gentleman keeps in his private room were gone. If
any reader has had a similar experience he knows what
a foolish, puzzled feeling comes over him on making the
discovery.; he first thinks he has gotten into the wrong
room, then that somebody has played a practical joke on
him, and must be at that moment watching and laughing
at him. Suddenly the unpleasant truth flashes upon
him that he has been robbed. Such was my experience.
Well, I awakened my brother, started him over the
river for some Indian trailers, and then went to sleep.
Two Indians came and lay down before my door till
daybreak, and then called me and made an examina74
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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/m1/71/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed January 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .