Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 82 of 163
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FURNISHING ARMS TO MEXICO-i865.
Early in 1865, when the Mexican patriots, under
President Juarez, were hard pressed by the French
troops and the forces of the usurping Emperor Maximilian,
my friend, Don Juan Zubiran, then collector of customs
at Juarez, brought a gentleman to my office and
introduced him as a confidential agent of the Mexican
This gentleman did not hesitate to confide to me that
his mission was to purchase arms and ammunition for
use against the invaders of his country. This was a
delicate matter because, if United States officials favored
his scheme, it might have involved our government in
difficulty, or even war with France, with which country
we were friendly, although all loyal Americans, from
the President down, sympathized deeply with Mexico
in her struggle for existence. I could not betray this
gentleman's secret, and he proceeded to Santa Fe, New
Mexico, where Gen. James H. Carleton was in command
of the United States troops, and thence to Washington
City; and it was not long before several hundred
stands of arms in New Mexico were condemned as
being "unserviceable" and were moved down to Las
Crues, fifty miles north of El Paso, and advertised for
sale at public auction. These rifles, with ammunition,
were purchased by my friend, Don Juan Zubiran, and
were to be delivered to the Governor of Sonora at Conalitos,
in the State of Chihuahua, near the Sonora line,
and were to be received and paid for there. Sonmehow
these arms found their wav over the boundary line to
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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/m1/82/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .