Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 72 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
tion. They informed me that one lone thief had entered
my room at the window and packed my property into
a big round bundle, which he had lifted and dragged
through the window. It was, of course, impossible to
follow the thief's tracks through the corral where so
many men had been tramping the previous day, but
the Indians had seen a few of his footprints near the
window, and that was enough.
They started to walk slowly in a circle around my
premises, going in opposite directions with their eyes
fixed on the ground. Presently one of them whistled.
He had found the trail. The Indians, and I with them,
followed this trail for an hour, through many meanderings,
and finally arrived at an old adobe house near
where the Pierson Hotel now stands. The ground was
dry and none but an expert trailer could see a single
track. The Indians walked around the house in a circle,
at some distance from it, and informed me that the thief
was inside, and refused to act further because they
feared they might be assassinated by some of his pals.
I entered the house and found two Mexican women,
who told me that no man was there or had been there.
I searched all the rooms and found no one, and so reported
to the Indians. They said: "He went in. He
did not come out. He is inside." Making a more
thorough search, I found the gentleman concealed in
one of the rooms under a stack of beef hides.
He was a noted thief of Juarez. None of the stolen
articles were found on him or in the house. Our prisons
were insecure and the courts were not much safer,
and I turned the man over to the "boys," who somehow
convinced him that this was not a good locality for
him, and he was heard of no more.
Several weeks later a little Mexican boy came to me
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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/m1/72/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed September 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .