The Romance of Davis Mountains and Big Bend Country; A History
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...in the house. Still the rain fell in increasing torrents. It rained all night; all the next day; and the next. The whole valley was a solid sheet of water; the adobe buildings, which were not built to withstand such storms, began to crumble and to melt away. The Mexican farmers got water aplenty; and there was no fight. CHAPTER XIV The dangers and difficulties attendant to operating a transcontinental mail line is well described in an article written by C. Babock, in the Texas Almanac, published January 1, 1870. Relative to the San Antonio-El Paso mail line, it says, "This line starts from' San Antonio and runs via Boerne, Fredericksburg, Loyal Valley, Fort Concho, Camp Stockton (Fort Stockton), Fort Davis, Fort Quitman, Fort Bliss, to El Paso, a distance of 735 miles, carries the United States mail and passengers weekly.... From Fort Davis to Presidio del Norte, a distance of 100 miles (this distance applies to the old mail road), there is a weekly line carrying mail and passengers. "Entirely along this portion of the line the Comanches and Apaches, the most troublesome and bloodthirsty tribes of Indians, frequently commit severe depredations, not only to the mail line, but to the government trains and droves of cattle passing through the country. They frequently, by their skill (if it may be called such) stampede every hoof of stock belonging to a mail station, and more frequently, by the same means, manage to get possession of a whole cavayard (cavallado) of mules belonging to a government train, thus leaving the train and wagoners at a complete standstill, their train being loaded with stores for the different military posts along the lines, and they in a wild Indian country without food or water. As a matter of...
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