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Eighteen-year-old Napoleon Augustus Jennings got here to Rexas in 1874 and joined a unique strength of Texas ranger charged with border patrol lower than the command of L.H. McNelly. at the present the South Texas zone was once domestic to enormous quantities of outlaws and riffraff, and a few 3 thousand Mexican guerrillas lower than Juan Cortina and others have been raiding settlers on each side of the Rio Grande. McNelly’s Rangers stormed into this lawless quarter for 2 purposes, in accordance with Jennings: "Two rejoice, and to hold out a suite coverage of terrorizing the Mexicans at each opportunity," which might achieve them the recognition as "fire-eating, quarrelsome daredevils" and make their activity of subduing the guerrillas a better prospect.Within a little while the Rangers had arrested greater than 11 hundred males and apparently killed many extra. Jennings files many a struggle with the Mexican guerrillas, together with the time while McNelly defied the USA executive, crossed the Rio Grande, and fought Cortina and his raiders at Las Cuevas. Jennings additionally provides debts of scrapes with King Fisher’s outlaw band, John Wesley Hardin, and the households fascinated about the Taylor-Sutton feud.Originally released in 1899, A Texas Ranger was once reprinted in 1930 with a foreword via J. Frank Dobie, who defends the veracity of the account although Jennings used to be now not, as his tale claims, a member of the corporate in its earliest years. In a brand new creation of this variation, 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 booklet of A Texas ranger.

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A Texas Ranger had its season and lapsed into relative obscurity, known to only a few specialists. , a cofounder of the Texas Folklore Society and English professor at the University of Texas, cited Jennings in A Survey of Texas Literature, along with the work of a colleague: "Professor Walter P. " Dr. "3 By then, Jennings's book had been out of print for years and had become quite scarce. It would have remained so had not Southwest Press of Dallas reprinted it in 1930 with a new foreword by an up-and-coming folklorist named J.

Barker, however, did not intend to ignore the situation. He acquainted Payne with the circumstances of the breach. " Payne summoned his protégé and strongly suggested that he mend fences with Webb. On the morning of February 25, Dobie met with his disgruntled colleague. Webb attempted to "make the best of it," but Dobie's indifference cut him even deeper. " Webb was far from mollified, but realized he could do little but grit his teeth. "I followed Dr. " Even so, Webb concluded his notes of the meeting with a poignant reproach.

During the first decade of the century Jennings toured Europe and the United States as press agent and manager for his wife, Page vii Madam Edith Helena, operatic and vaudeville singer. The Madero Revolution, however, was too good for him to miss, and in 1910 he went to Mexico City on the Herald staff. During the World War his energies, like Roosevelt's, flared up once moreinto words. He died December 15, 1919, in New York City. Jennings belonged to the age of Roosevelt and Richard Harding Davis, and although he did not attain anything like an eminence comparable to that attained by either of those life-loving celebrities, it is hardly too much to say that the Strenuous One never wrote a history nor the great war correspondent a romance surpassing in sheer readableness A TEXAS RANGER.

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