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In the Pecos Country
Lieutenant R.H. Jayne

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IN THE PECOS COUNTRY
Lieutenant R.  H.  Jayne
[pseudonym of Edward Sylvester Ellis (1840-1916)] 

CHAPTER I
A WARNING 

In the valley of the Rio Pecos, years ago, an attempt at founding a
settlement was made by a number of hardy and daring New Englanders,
whose leader was a sort of Don Quixote, who traveled hundreds of
miles, passing by the richest land, the most balmy climate, where all
were protected by the strong arm of law, for the sake of locating
where the soil was only moderate, the climate no better, and where, it
may be said, the great American government was as powerless to protect
its citizens as was a child itself.  The Rio Pecos, running through
New Mexico and Texas, drains a territory which at that time was one of
the most dangerous in the whole Indian country; and why these score or
more of families should have hit upon this spot of all others, was a
problem which could never be clearly solved.

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