Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 75 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
that I was not alone. I was wide awake, was not
alarmed; my feeling was rather one of wonder.
I said aloud: "Wait a moment; I will strike a light."
I did so, and saw a man, in his shirt sleeves, going
through the partition door into the bedroom, and closing
it after him. I did not see his face. I seized my pistol
and followed through my bedroom and heard some one
scramble over the wall and into the street. Rain had
fallen that night, and any man, in climbing into the back
yard, must have soiled his hands with mud and dirt
from the wall.
I called my brother and we found that no article of
my belongings had been disturbed, but my pillow and
bed clothes were smeared and blackened, and we distinctly
saw the prints of a man's fingers! The object
was clearly not theft. It is not usual to awaken a man
to steal his property. That man's hand surely held a
knife and he was feeling for my heart! I have always
felt sure that the man who entered my room was not
an enemy, but a hireling. But who was the instigator,
and what the motive? That remains a mystery to this
day. But to me a greater mystery still is why did I
change my room that night? How did I know that
there was some one in the room where I was sleeping,
when I could neither see him nor hear him? "Quein
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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/m1/75/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed April 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .