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of heavy manacles upon his arms and erally decorated with a wide band of legs struck me most unpleasantly. He parti-colored beads, while the serapé is was a young, stout, athletic-looking fel. à thick blanket curiously interwoven low, and after rubbing his eyes in aston- with angular zig-zag figures, having a ishment, received the quiet and scornful hole in the centre through which the greeting of his master with that stolid, head is thrust. This falling down to the heavy look of insensibility, which al waist, over the ordinary American dress, ways had enraged and made me forget and exhibitimg the gleam of pistols and any sympathy for negroes. In a mo- knife in the belt underneath, made up a ment afterwards, I was listening and very picturesque costume. inquiring of the merchant, with full as Our arrival was noticed with nothing much interest as even Taney exhibited, like the ill-bred and hard-staring manner concerning all the details of his capture common in American villages; but we and the present circumstances which in- were greeted with a manly and straightsured his safe durance till my friend forward courtesy, that at once placed us should call for him in the morning. at ease with ourselves and with ther, The arrangements for his close keeping Indeel, I was forthwith irresistibly imseemed, at a glance, so perfectly se- pressed by the perfect bonhomme, yet cure, that there was no probabiliiy of man-of-the-world expression which charhis escaping. His chains were of the acterized the bearing of these persons. heaviest cast, and he had worn them for There was nothing of familiarity, but months under the eye of the merchant; rather a degree of touch-me-not-ism, he was sleeping in the same room with which it would be difficult to give an half a dozen men--the room lit by the idea of in words, tempering the almost blazc of a large fire—its two doors mas- boyish and boisterous frankness with sive and well securel by bolt and bar. which we were questioned and bantered What occasion was there to doubt of his upon the incidents of our journey, presafe keeping? We could see no possi. cisely as though we had been old familiar bility of any; and inquiring for the local. friends since time began. This pleasant ity of the American Tavern, which we cordiality, I have noticed is very apt to had understood was kept in the town, be a trait of our frontiersmen of any we took our leave.

grade, but it was specially agreeable This street led us into a large square. coming from these men, with a certain Precisely in its centre, towered a massive touch of polish and good taste in it, cathedral, in the usual century-defying which reminded one strongly of the wild style of Jesuit architecture all over the blades and eccentrics of college life. Inworld. Lights in the windows of a long, deed, if by any magic one could have low, stone building, which faced the dropped suddenly into the circle without square, designated to us the place we the attendant and explanatory circum. were in search of. We dismounted and stances, it would have been the first im. entered a well lighted apartment, furnish- pression that it was a party of merryed very much as American bar-rooms masking Collegiates. These are the sort usua are, and, late as it was, fully of men who are never taken by surprise tenanted. My first impression was, that at any thing. Though young, their ex. we had entered amongst a crowd of perience embraces the whole round of Mexicans, but I quickly saw that their the passions. They are prepared for all complexions were not at all consistent that can come. Their personal familiarwith their costumes. Eight or ten very ity with “imminent perils” of every young-looking persons, evidently Amer- stamp, and with all the exigences and icans or Europeans, were promenading excesses to which the life of humanity the room, back and forth, puffing away, is liable, gives to their port and regard every man of them, most earnestly at a of all circumstances alike, an air of cool. Mexican cigariita," and all dressed in ness and indifference, as if-however a costume singularly blended of Mexican startling they might be—they came as and American tastes. Most of them wore matters of course, which were to be exthe “sombrero," or Mexican hat, and pected and certainly not wondered at. the many-hued “serapé," thrown care- This same familiarity with danger, gives lessly over the national suit of cloth. to their appreciation of the social, or The sombrero is a high sugar-loaf rather the convivial virtues, a high tonecrowned, and broad-brimmed hat, gen- though the habit of self-reliance, engen

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dered in scenes of solitary daring, infuses distinguished for tempered skill and gal. a tinge of individual reserve which char- lantry in the Mexican and Indian wars, acterizes their open good fellowship. than any man who had yet figured in

I was particularly struck with the the history of that frontier. There was youthful appearance of the whole party: yet another man who specially deceived my impression on glancing around, was, my preconceptions of his character. This that there was not a man in the room was a tall, heavy-boned, heavy-featured, over twenty-two.

There was not a gawky Irishman, who was lolling about single commonplace physiognomy among with rather an excessive expression of them-all were decidedly expressive, one abandon and jollity. I took him at first way or another ; but I was greatly for a decided “flat,” but I soon observed amused afterwards, in recollecting how a deep, rich current of the quaintest and incongruous my first hasty conceptions most spicy humor conceivable, under were with what I afterwards ascertained the surface of this careless mannerism. to be the true character of each ;--my Indeed, Fitzgerald, the brother of the unfaith in my own sagacity was no little fortunate Santa Fé prisoner, was the diminished! The personage who earliest finest impersonation of the best and most arrested my notice, was the most boyish racy traits of Irish wit and Irish gallantry looking of them all. His person, though that I have met with. The remainder of scarce the average height, was stout and the party looked like men of severe, or, moulded with remarkable symmetry- at least decided tempers. But such as his hands and feet were womanishly they were, these were the Rangers, and delicate, while the Grecian features were this was my first impression of them. I almost severely beautiful in their classic announced my wish to Capt. Hays to bechisseling. The rich, brunette com- come one of them, and share the rough plexion and sharp, black eye, indicative and tumble as well as their jollities with of Italian blood, would have made the them, and risks as well as pleasures. I fortune of a city beile. The softness of was welcomed with frank enthusiasm into his voice, and his caressing manner, in- the ranks, and called for a number of creased the attraction of his appearance; bottles of “noyau,” at the bar to comand, but for a certain cold flash from memorate and seal our fellowship. These those brilliant eyes, I should have been were drank merrily enough-Fitzgerald entirely in love with him at once. I giving an especially rich and hantering thought him some wild and petted scape- toast before we separated.—“Here's to old grace from a southern family, who had Kentuck! may he get the green out of run away from his friends, and fallen his eyes, and eat his sallad as soon as posupon such a locality, and such society, sible, in preparation for the close shooting by accident. Yet as I afterwards learned, and tough chawing, we the free Brotherthis man, of all others in the room, was hood of Rangers indulge in.” The last reputed most dangerous. The quick, phrase I did not fully understand until unscrupulous vindictiveness of his pas- my after experience in dried or “jerked” sions had become proverbial, and the beef, as it is called, enlightened me. soubriquet of “the Bravo,” had been un- It was past two o'clock before we iversally applied to him. The man on parted for bed; and with a brain dizzied whom he seemed to lavish the most at- by the exciteinent of the day, the novelty tention, and who, indeed, appeared to be and originality of the scenes and characregarded with particular deference by ters I had fallen upon, it was some time all, was a slight, raw-boned figure, with before I got to sleep. It seemed to me a lean but bold Roman face, and an ex- that it had lasted only a few moments, pression of modest simplicity that struck when a loud thumping at the door of the me at once as peculiar; there was some- hostelry awakened me. It was a mesthing, absolutely shrinking, and hoy- senger from the merchant, post haste, denish in his bearing, and I remember announcing to Taney that the boy had feeling some surprise, that so unsophisti- made his escape! We rose hastily, and cated, easy, good-natured looking a per. found that day was just breaking. The sonage should be treated with so much messenger said that the negro was off, respect by men necessarily of so hardy and had taken with him a quantity of cast as those around; yet ihis individual valuable property; that his chains were was the celebrated Captain, now Colonel left upon the hearth, the back door was Hays, the leader and foremost spirit of open, a splendid horse, the very finest in the Rangers—a mere youth-yet more the town, was gone, and a fine silver

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mounted saddle with it; that the picket this individual on waking in the morning fence of the back yard, which was set and finding himself minus to such an eswith very heavy posts, and they very tent, may be better conceived than told. deep in the ground, had been torn up to After ascertaining these details for ourafford him a passage ; that he had taken, selves, by personal observation, in comin addition to the horse and saddle, seve- pany with the restless and excited mer. ral costly “serapés,” a brace of pistols, chant, we returned to the front door, and a rifle, and was gone, evidently and where, greatly to my astonishment, we beyond a doubt, for the Rio Grande. This found Hays and several of his Rangers news created no little confusion, and the already collected; two of them mounted Rangers were forthwith astir. Taney on swift horses, and armed for the purand myself hurried to the house of the suit, waiting for us in the street. We merchant, to ascertain for ourselves, if were too inexperienced of course to have these statements could possibly be true. thought, in our hurry and confusion of this Whatever had been the causeless and prompt preparation, and as there was petulant prejudices I had indulged in to- no time to be lost, could not accompany ward this boy on the night before for his them, One of them, I observed, was the stupid looks, they gave way now to “ Bravo,” the other was a swarthy comalmost the opposite extreme of admiration plected, handsome looking young fellow, for the cunning and resolute skill he had named Littell. He was mounted on the displayed in the manner of his escape! horse of Hays, the most fleet and best It appeared that he must have had his trained animal in the company. All the chains filed for some time before, in ef- speed that could be brought to bear was fecting which, we ascertained he had obviously necessary for overtaking the been assisted by a Mexican blacksmith, boy, so well mounted as he was, and whose shop bordered upon the back yard, with such a start as he had gained. The the liberty of which he had enjoyed.

horse of the Bravo was also a very game But the prudent daring of his measures animal. Fifty dollars for the boy!” had been so consumate as to elicit ex- shouted Taney to them, and just as they pressions of astonishment from every were bending forward to apply the body. He had managed to conceal the “quirt” and spur, the hoarse voice of fact of his chains being filed from the the enraged trader rung out from over vigilance of the merchant, and had pa- our shoulders--“ And fifty dollars n.ore tiently waited his time till the arrival of for the horse and saddle." his master, who would take him in They were off at full speed, clattering charge the next morning, rendered it ne- over the stone pavement, while sparks cessary that decisive steps should be flew from the iron hoofs of their receding taken. He had then-after we left animals. It would be a severe chase, him, and a sufficient time bad elapsed for every one was aware, and the possibility the innates of the room to get to sleep of recapturing the Boy seemed most proagain--quietly divested his limbs of the blematical. I could not help, in my chains which he left upon the hearth; own heart, wishing that what seemed so then noiselessly possessing himself of unlikely, might not by any accident be the holsters, rifle, and saddle, (which last brought about; for, apart from all abarticle was plated with 100 dollars worth stractions, the coolness and daring the of silver), belonging to one of the sleep, fellow exhibited showed him worthy to ers, he unfastened the back door and be a freeman. The day opened bright passed out to the stable. This was in- and pleasantly. About ten o'clock that side the yard, and enclosed by a high morning we were all collected, grouped picket fence. By a wonderful exertion in the sunshine, in front of “ Johnson's,” of strength, he had torn up a number of on the square, when pistol shooting bethe posts, sufficient to afford a passage came the accidental topic, growing out for himself and the splendid horse he of the inspection of my beautiful rifleselected from among a number of others, barrels. Hays was said to be a wonderand reached the street by a back lane. ful shot, and gave us a proof that the In addition, he had provided himself with report did justice to his skill. He held a valise of clothing and provision for one of my pistols in his hand, when he several days. All of these items be- observed a chicken-cock some thirty longed to the same person-a rich trader paces off in the square, which was just who had lately arrived from the Rio straightening its neck to crow.

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served as he levelled and fired quickly placed so bunglingly. Let's show 'em at it; and, sure enough, the half enounced the clean thing with our rifles.” clarion-note of Chanticleer was lost in In a short time we were mounted and the explosion, and it fluttered over dead collected before the door of the tavern with a ball through its head. Our ex- ready to start, when Johnson came out clamations of astonishment and admira- bareheaded, and told us that the wounded tion were interrupted by the voice of one man had so far recovered as to be able to of the party,“ Hays! yonder comes your speak. He could only understand of horse and Littell full tilt up the street.” what he feebly uttered, “ The Bravo was “ Yes," observed another, “he rides very before me when I got it from a thicket !" stiff. He looks like a dead man.” At This gave us some cue as to how the that moment the panting animal dashed thing had happened, and we set off inup among us, and stopped by the side stantly at full speed. It was evident of his master. Never, in my life did I enough, that either the negro or his Mexlook upon a more terrible object than his can friends had made this murderous atrider. "With both hands clasped convul- tempt from ambuscade to arrest pursuit, sively around the high pummel of the and whether the Bravo had not fallen a Mexican saddle, his eyes closed, his face positive victim was left in painful uncerashy and rigid, a clotted tide of gore is. tainty. It seemed probable that the Mex. suing from his side and streaming down icans had a hand in it, from the fact, that the yellow skirt of his buckskin hunting, the ball was too large for the rifle the Boy shiri, his reins on the neck of the horse, had taken with him, and apparently had his gun missing, his whole figure stiffened been sent from the wide muzzle of a clumand erect-he looked, indeed, a spectre sy Mexican musket. I observed that horseman! a riding corpse ! “He's groups of Mexicans, with their “

seradead !" exclaimed several, in awed, low pés” folded around them, were standing voices, as we were recovering from the at every corner of the streets as we passed shock of this singular apparition. “ He's through the town. They were grinning warm yet,” said Hays, as he placed his and looking unpleasantly cheerful at us hand upon his chalky fingers, “ let's as we went by. take him down. He may not be dead We soon reached the wide level of for all.” We sprang to his assistance, the extended plain on which the town and the body at the first effort fell over stands, and for several hours galloped heavily into our arms. I shuddered at along its yast, monotonous expanse

with the cold, earthy weight, and that horrid nothing ahead to relieve the eye. After smell of fresh blood, which once expe- we were thoroughly fatigued by this rienced can never be forgotten. We sameness, a dim, dark line loomed on bore him into the bar-room and laid him the horizon before us, which, as we apupon a bench. I observed that his pulse proached it, opened up into broken, irwas still faintly beating, and on the ap- regular masses of timber, some of them plication of strong restoratives, after a heavy and tall, stretching for miles; barrowing interval of suspense, it began others—low, brushy,and dense-ranged, to rise. We now stripped him and as- like black shaded islands of ragged and certained that be had received a large angular outlines, on either side of the musket ball just above the ribs, and trac- old trail we followed. Just where it led ing the blue line, its track had left, half us within a few paces of the edge of one round the body to the opposite side, we of these “ motts,” or islands, we saw a were induced to hope that it had glanced rifle lying upon the ground.

It was under the flesh and not penetrated the Littell's, and had the usual charge in it, chest. Gradually his pulse heightened, showing that it had been dropped suddenand the color began to return to his pal- ly from the effect of an unexpected shot lid face.“ Boys ! to horse! The Bravo from the “ chaporal,or thicket, which must be shot. This is the work of these was an unusually close one of stiff, cursed Mexicans,” exclaimed Hays, as scrubby brush. We separated to ride soon as our suspense had been relieved around it and look for the trail of the somewhat by these favorable symptoms. assassin. On coming together, Hays “ Yes, d-n them !” muttered Fitzgerald, announced that he had found it; both as we separated to get our horses, leav- the trampled spot where a horse had ing Littell in charge of Johnson. " That's evidently stood for some time, and the a Mexican ball, or it wouldn't have been single trace of its flight leading off in the direction of the Rio Grande. After fol- does seem most outré and unnatural, that lowing this for a quarter of a mile, an- the outlines, which of all others ought other trail of a single horse leading from to be most agreeable, should be producthe main track was observed running tive of the most unpleasant excitementparallel with it. This was that of a while we can look upon thousands and shod horse, and Hays exclaimed as soon multiplied thousands of brutes with a as he saw it, “Ha! the ravo is after negative feeling, if not one of pleasant him. He'll get him. He was ahead companionship. I have been particularly and saw the scoundrel running.”

struck with this while travelling alone, The sharp experienced eyes of these when any thing the imagination could men at once recognized the trail of their conjure into a resemblance of the human comrade and the main features of the form would produce the most uncomoccurrence. We followed these two fortable sensations. There is nothing trails until nearly sundown at the same to fear from the animals, but from that headlong, rapid pace we had held since likeness to yourself everything of hate starting. Though they continued on the and treachery is to be dreaded. same general course with the old beaten We instantly headed our horses toroad, yet they did not lead into it again, wards these distant riders, who seemed but diverged in an irregular line, dodging to be jogging on very sociably at a lei. around amongst the “motts,” with all surely gate in the direction of San Antothe evidences of a desperate flight and nio. As we neared them, every moment chase. I was greatly astonished at the made it more probable that the man's skill with which they unerringly traced first conjecture was right. They soon this devious trail, though we were going observed us and stopped with some flur. at a fast gallop. This hard running had ry and hesitation of manner,

but after a very greatly fagged both ourselves and long and deliberate survey they started horses. We had begun to fear that the to meet us. I thought at first that they night would close around and prevent intended to wheel and make off, but the us from following up the chase to any assured recognition was simultaneous, satisfactory termination; a wide and and with a loud cheer we increased our seemingly interminable plain, too, was speed. The Bravo waved his sombrero opening before us, whose bare undulat- in the air and answered us. In a little ing surface offered little of either pleasure while more we crowded around him and or encouragement to our perspective. his prisoner, eagerly asking a multitude Suddenly, however, and most unexpects of questions. The man was tied with a edly, one of the men in front shouted, lariat about his feet, which was passed while he pointed with his gun over to under the belly of his horse. His hands the right “ Look! that must be the were also tied behind him, and their apBravo. He's got him.” We looked, and pearance of sociability at the distance, the figures of two horsemen were just was fully explained when we saw that rising into view over the ridge of an un- the Bravo was leading his horse by andulation far away across the plain.

other lariat. He was a Mexican of spare The figure of a man heaving in sight figure, with a lean Roman face, sharp amidst these wide solitudes, always black eyes, and a vivid expression of causes a startle and thrill of expectation bold knavery, not at all cowed by our and doubt, similar to the feeling produced numbers and wrathful looks. His whole by the announcement of “ a strange sail appearance was altogether unlike the ahead" on shipboard, during a long voy- usual downward-eyed, sneaking, wolfish age. The eye glances with careless look, common to Mexicans in circumindifference over great herds of deer, buf- stances of such peril as those surroundfalo, or mustangs, dotted on the distance; ing him. The audacity of the fellow's but a glimpse of any shape, even remote- bearing at once attracted comment. ly resembling a brother man, makes the “Why, Bravo,” said Fitzgerald,“what pulse leap sharp and fast, and the blood the deuce are you doing with that saucy. rush back to the heart; for in this law. looking fellow alive? You are the last less region it is impossible to conjecture, man I should have suspected of having whether, what should naturally be an the vice of mercy in you.?.” Ha, ha!" auspicious event, may not result in a laughed he, “ the best of the joke is, mortal struggle and death to one party that I kept him alive, simply because he or the other. This distorted condition gave me so much trouble in catching of things causes strange emotions, for it him. He's a regular curiosity; and

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