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Eighteen-year-old Napoleon Augustus Jennings got here to Rexas in 1874 and joined a different strength of Texas ranger charged with border patrol less than the command of L.H. McNelly. at present the South Texas area used to be domestic to enormous quantities of outlaws and riffraff, and a few 3 thousand Mexican guerrillas lower than Juan Cortina and others have been raiding settlers on each side of the Rio Grande. McNelly’s Rangers stormed into this lawless sector for 2 purposes, in keeping with Jennings: "Two rejoice, and to hold out a suite coverage of terrorizing the Mexicans at each opportunity," which might achieve them the popularity 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 files many a struggle with the Mexican guerrillas, together with the time while McNelly defied the U.S. 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 concerned with the Taylor-Sutton feud.Originally released in 1899, A Texas Ranger used to be 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 no longer, as his tale claims, a member of the corporate in its earliest years. In a brand new creation 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 book of A Texas ranger.

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McNelly had little patience with failure to get an outlaw because of caution. At the same time he saw little use of risking a good ranger's life to arrest a moronic bad manand a majority of the bad men were mental as well as moral degeneratesonly to see him later released by an intimidated jury. Yet it was his duty to rid the country of the cut-throat element. There was a way. "Take no chances," he once said to Sergeant Armstrong. '' On this particular occasion Armstrong and his detail of rangers took no chances; as a result either five or eightauthorities vary as to the numberoutlaws awoke in the dead of night in their camp beside the Espantosa Lake to bite the dust.

Adams believed the Jennings book to be an 11 J. Frank Dobie, Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest, With a Few Observations (Dallas: Southern Methodist University, 1943), 40. , Three Men in Texas: Bedichek, Webb, and Dobie (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1975). 12Fifty Texas Rarities (Ann Arbor: The William L. Clements Library, 1946), 40; and Jenkins, Basic Texas Books, 280-84. 13 Walter S. Campbell (Stanley Vestal), The Book Lover's Southwest: A Guide to Good Reading (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1955), 78.

Page 8 The chances were that both men were lying outrageously as to the number of cattle each had sold belonging to the other, but as all were doing the same thing, it was pretty thoroughly understood that the smartest man in gathering stock was the one to come out ahead. Under no circumstances would a cattle-man ever kill any of his own stock for beef. He invariably hunted up for that purpose some brand which did not belong to him, and it was an unwritten law that cattle killed for beef should not be accounted for at the stock meetings.

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