A Texas Ranger by N. A. Jennings

By N. A. Jennings

Eighteen-year-old Napoleon Augustus Jennings got here to Rexas in 1874 and joined a distinct strength of Texas ranger charged with border patrol lower than the command of L.H. McNelly. at the present the South Texas zone used to be domestic to enormous quantities of outlaws and riffraff, and a few 3 thousand Mexican guerrillas less than Juan Cortina and others have been raiding settlers on each side of the Rio Grande. McNelly’s Rangers stormed into this lawless region for 2 purposes, in keeping with Jennings: "Two celebrate, and to hold out a collection coverage of terrorizing the Mexicans at each opportunity," which might achieve them the recognition as "fire-eating, quarrelsome daredevils" and make their activity of subduing the guerrillas a better prospect.Within a short while the Rangers had arrested greater than 11 hundred males and apparently killed many extra. Jennings files many a struggle with the Mexican guerrillas, together with the time whilst McNelly defied the USA govt, crossed the Rio Grande, and fought Cortina and his raiders at Las Cuevas. Jennings additionally offers money owed of scrapes with King Fisher’s outlaw band, John Wesley Hardin, and the households considering the Taylor-Sutton feud.Originally released in 1899, A Texas Ranger used to be reprinted in 1930 with a foreword through J. Frank Dobie, who defends the veracity of the account although Jennings was once now not, as his tale claims, a member of the corporate in its earliest years. In a brand new advent of this variation, Stephen L. Hardin explores the authenticity of Jennings account and imparts the tale of the feud that erupted among Dobie and Walter Prescott Webb over the e-book of A Texas ranger.

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Page 1 Chapter I Public Opinion in Texas In the following story of those years of my life which were passed on the broad tablelands of Western Texas, I have endeavored to set down, plainly and truthfully, events as they actually occurred. I have always given the correct names of places, but in some instances have thought it proper to change the names of persons. During a recent visit to Texas, for the purpose of going over the scenes of the adventures of earlier days, I found a number of highly respected citizens, living exemplary lives, who had formerly been eagerly hunted by the officers of the law.

A. First printing of the University of Oklahoma Press edition, 1997. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Page iii Contents Foreword by J. Frank Dobie v Introduction by Stephen L. Hardin xi Chapter I Public Opinion in Texas 1 Chapter II Cattlemen and Their Cheery Customs 7 Chapter III I Become a Quartermaster's Clerk for a Brief Season 17 Chapter IV Off on a Surveying Trip 25 Chapter V I Join the Mexican Revolutionists 35 Chapter VI McNelly's Rangers 44 Chapter VII The Texas Desperado and His Reign of Terror 51 Chapter VIII Personal History of the Officers and Men of McNelly's Troop 57 Chapter IX Roving Vigilance Committee Disbanded by McNelly 65 Page iv Chapter X Getting a Reputation as Daredevils 71 Chapter XI The Command Crosses the Rio Grande 80 Chapter XII Abandoned by the Army 91 Chapter XIII Result of the Los Cuevos Fight 102 Chapter XIV Capture of King Fisher and His Band 108 Chapter XV Women Armed with Derringers 116 Chapter XVI Two Hundred Shots in Four Minutes 122 Chapter XVII Drawing Lots for Dangerous Service 129 Chapter XVIII The Great Feud Between the Suttons and the Taylors 136 Chapter XIX John Wesley Hardin, the Worst of the "Bad Men" 145 Chapter XX Hardin a PrisonerThe Old Band Disbanded 153 Page v Foreword ".

We arrived in Laredo, at night, about ten days after we had started, and found the little town in gala attire. The annual fiesta, or fair, was in progress in Nueva Laredo, just across the Rio Grande, in Mexico. The Mexicans of both towns had given themselves up to the enjoyment of the holiday season, and only monte, mescal, fandangos, bull-fights, and general hilarity were in order. Mescal, by the way, is a liquor made from the century-plant, and is about as strong as "moonshine" corn whiskey. It has a smoky taste which, to the American palate, is not very agreeable.

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