Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 74 of 163
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ATTEMPT AT ASSASSINATION IN I867-A
In 1867 I lived in my home on San Antonio street,
two blocks west of where the Court House now stands.
There were two rooms opening on the street, one of
which had a spare bed in it for guests and was never
used by me. Back of this room, with a partition door
between and with a door and window giving into the
back yard, vas my own private room-the room in
which I habitually slept. My brother slept in another
part of the house. Of course it was my habit to lock
the door opening into the back yard, around which
yard there was an adobe wall about six feet high.
I had some bitter enemies among the Americans at
that time, some avowed and others secret, as I afterward
On the night in question I retired as usual in my
own room, and, strangely enough, on this night of all
nights, must have neglected to lock the door. I awoke
during the night and for some reason which I have
never been able to explain to myself, a fancy seized
me to sleep in the guest's room. I went there, taking
my pistol and candle, leaving my watch on the table
and all my other belongings handy for any one who
might come to take them, provided theft were the object.
I supposed the back door to be locked, and closed the
partition door between the guest's room and the bedroom
I had left. I awoke again with a consciousness
that some one was in the room. I had not heard any
sound. I could not possibly see anything, yet I was sure
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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/m1/74/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed June 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .