By N. A. Jennings
Eighteen-year-old Napoleon Augustus Jennings got here to Rexas in 1874 and joined a unique strength of Texas ranger charged with border patrol lower than the command of L.H. McNelly. at the moment the South Texas zone was once domestic to 1000s 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 zone for 2 purposes, in response to Jennings: "Two have a good time, and to hold out a suite 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 neater prospect.Within a short while the Rangers had arrested greater than 11 hundred males and seemingly killed many extra. Jennings documents many a struggle with the Mexican guerrillas, together with the time while McNelly defied the USA govt, crossed the Rio Grande, and fought Cortina and his raiders at Las Cuevas. Jennings additionally provides debts of scrapes with King Fisher’s outlaw band, John Wesley Hardin, and the households fascinated about the Taylor-Sutton feud.Originally released in 1899, A Texas Ranger was once reprinted in 1930 with a foreword by means of J. Frank Dobie, who defends the veracity of the account even though Jennings used to be now not, as his tale claims, a member of the corporate in its earliest years. In a brand new creation of this version, 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 booklet of A Texas ranger.
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About the first of September, then, I told my father that I had decided to try life in Texas, if he would give his permission. I said I knew that a fortune awaited me there, and I wanted to go and get it before someone else gobbled it up. To my vast astonishment, my father gave his consent, but said that if I went I must depend on my own exertions for a living. He suggested that my enthusiasm had obtained the upper hand of my judgment, but said that he would not stand in the way of my following my inclination to try a little out-door life and shifting for myself.
What was I to do? What would become of me? I was in my first serious predicament, and as unhappy a youth as could well be imagined. I thought with longing of the safety of my father's house, in Philadelphia, and heartily wished myself back there again. My mind was not a bit relieved by an incident which occurred at the hotel, three or four days after my arrival. I was sitting in the hotel office, wondering what I should do to get out of my trouble, when the proprietor, Bakera big, heavy, broad-shouldered man, with a long, gray beard, which gave him a patriarchal appearancewalked in.
This is a veracious tale, however, and I am in duty bound to tell exactly what became of that money. We started for Laredo early one morning in January, 1875. In the big covered farm-wagon were Mrs. Ross and "Tommy," the baby, the same who lately won distinction in a Texas Ranger company by hunting down desperate characters near Corpus Christi. Will Ross, John's brother, rode on horseback, as did I. I had about all the money in the outfit. We were fairly well armed, for the country was not free from Indians at that time and their raids from Mexico were quite frequent.