Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 86 of 163
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A VISIT TO WASHINGTON-POLITICAL CONTESTS.
This journey was made by stage coach via Santa Fe
as far as Kansas City, thirteen hundred miles, in nmidwinter,
and was not without interesting incidents, one
of which I will relate. We left Santa Fe with six passengers,
Judge S. Watts, two young ladies, two merchants
and myself. There was also the stage driver and
the driver of a wagon which carried our provisions and
baggage. The weather, for the greater portion of the
time, was intensely cold, the ground being covered with
snow. We slept under a roof only twice during the
journey of twelve days.
My brother, Anson Mills, was then a cavalry captain
in the army, but I had not heard from him for many
months, and had not the slightest idea in what part of
the country he might be. One very cold day, about
noon, when approaching the Arkansas River, we met a
train of wagons bound for Santa Fe, and the wagonmaster
informed us that he had the day before been
attacked by a party of Indians at the crossing of the
Arkansas, but had stood them off, and had moved on,
uninjured. He advised us to return to Santa Fe, but,
incredible as it may seem, we decided to proceed on our
journey. I do not call this courage; to me, after so
many years, it appears more like foolhardiness!
Nearing the river, but before we could see down into
the valley, we saw, far to our right, and apparently flanking
us, two men with rifles, whom we supposed might
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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/m1/86/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .