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That was right hard luck. Mac
was the best shot of all of us, and
anything he pulled down on was
"So we went into the holls, an'
found an abandoned mine, an'
rested there for three or four
''Then we hit for the border,
but when we got our glasses on
the line, there was as tine a lot
of American soldiers as you
could sec anywhere, standin'
shoulder to shoulder just wait
in'. "So we hung out till dark, an'
then over we went and down the
Rio Grande valley.
"There's a ranch house up
there over to Young's, seven
miles from anywhere, an' a lady
from Vermont in it that is there
for her health. We hit for
"The owner of the ranch was
away, when the four of us rode
up, hungry as bears, an' our lips
all puffed out with thirst, an' this
here lady from Vermont was all
alone an' acted kinda timid.
"So we rode away a bit, an'
elected Mahoney to go in an'
calm the lady. But first we car
ried him a bit.
"Now Mahoney, bein' original
ly from County Cor-rk, is a great
man around the ladies, and before
you could speak, that Vermont
one had us inside the ranch to a
sit-down of bacon, pancakes and
coffee. My, that was some feed!
"But the way that lady looked
at us all the time, kinda made it
sink into our heads that we didn't
Jook like human bein's no more.
So I voted we report to Consul
Llorente, an' the next day we
went down to El Paso.
"Llorente didn't act hospital,
none at all. He was real arbit
rary, refusin' to talk, an' savin'
he had called off the deal anyhow.
Then I says: 'How about pay?'
" 'I don't think you have any
comin' to you !' says he.
" 'What !' says I and. with
that Charpentier, who always
was a cool one got hold of me and
dragged me outside.
" 'Let me get at him,' "says I,
struggling with Charpentier, me
that should ha' known better.
" 'We'll take him down the line
later says Charpentier, 'But not