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 below the command of L.H. McNelly. at the present the South Texas sector was once domestic to hundreds of thousands of outlaws and riffraff, and a few 3 thousand Mexican guerrillas below Juan Cortina and others have been raiding settlers on either side of the Rio Grande. McNelly’s Rangers stormed into this lawless zone for 2 purposes, in keeping with Jennings: "Two celebrate, 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 task of subduing the guerrillas a better prospect.Within a little 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 whilst McNelly defied the USA govt, crossed the Rio Grande, and fought Cortina and his raiders at Las Cuevas. Jennings additionally provides money owed of scrapes with King Fisher’s outlaw band, John Wesley Hardin, and the households interested in 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 was once 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 e-book of A Texas ranger.
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Other reporters presented themselves for the same purpose. But the great humorist was illvery, very ill. He couldn't think of anything to say even if he felt like talking. Then Jennings asked if he might write an interview anyhow. " The interview, which appeared in the New York Evening World next day, told how Mark Twain told about the cat that sat on the red hot stove lidand the yarn is still repeated as one of Mark Twain's "characteristic" clinchings of a bit of philosophy. While Roosevelt was police commissioner of the city of New York, Jennings had satirized him, but the career of the rough rider changed the journalist into an admirer and the two men became good friends.
He calmly told me he had changed his mind about employing me, and went away and left me, taking with him the horse I had so painfully ridden. Page 7 Chapter II Cattlemen And Their Citeery Customs I had been in a sad predicament in San Antonio, but now my situation was indeed desperate. I was not only penniless, but hungry and friendless. The town was full of cattle-men and cowboys, who had come to it to attend the stock-meeting. They were a good-natured, jolly set of fellows, but through my inexperienced young Eastern eyes I saw in them only a lot of rough, loud-talking, swearing ruffians.
The question is bound to be asked. The available muster rolls of McNelly's ranger company, which are by no means complete, show that N. A. Jennings certainly served from May 26, 1876, to February 1, 1877. In a letter written from New York City, dated July 7, 1899, to the widow of Captain McNelly (who married W. T. Wroe and now lives in Austin), Jennings comments on his newly published work thus: "In the book I made myself a member of the company a year before I actually joined. I did this to add interest to the recital and to avoid too much of a hear-say character.
A Texas Ranger by N. A. Jennings