Lone Star Lawmen: The Second Century of the Texas Rangers by Robert M. Utley

By Robert M. Utley

Hailed as "a rip-snortin', six-guns-blazin' saga of excellent men and undesirable men who have been occasionally one and the same," Robert M. Utley's Lone big name Justice captured the colourful first century of Texas Ranger heritage. Now, within the eagerly expected end, Lone superstar Lawmen, Utley once more chronicles the bold exploits of the Rangers, this time as they bring about justice to the twentieth-century West. in keeping with remarkable entry to Ranger files, this fast moving narrative stretches from the times of the Mexican Revolution (where atrocities opposed to Mexican americans marked the nadir of Ranger historical past) to the department Davidian saga close to Waco and the hot bloody standoff with "Republic of Texas" defense force. Readers will locate in those pages 100 years of excessive event. Utley follows the Rangers as they pursue financial institution robbers, bootleggers, moonshiners, and "horsebackers" (smugglers who used mule trains to convey liquor around the border). We see those fearless lawmen taming oil boomtowns, springing the ambush of Bonnie and Clyde, dealing with down offended lynch mobs, and monitoring the "Phantom Killer" of Texarkana. Utley additionally highlights the slow evolution of this celebrated strength, revealing that whereas West Texas Rangers nonetheless sometimes trip the variety on horseback and crack down on smugglers and rustlers, East Texas Rangers--who paintings often in titanic cities--now trip in high-powered autos and deal with kidnappers, forgers, and different city criminals. yet East or West, modern Rangers became subtle execs, sponsored by way of crime labs and forensic technological know-how. Written via the most revered Western historians alive, here's the definitive account of the Texas Rangers, a brilliant portrait of those mythical peace officials and their function in a altering West.

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Kleiber, state quarantine officer Dr. Edgar S. McCain, stockman and former Ranger Harry Wallis, three off-duty soldiers, two in uniform, and several other passengers. ” A fusillade of bullets riddled the coach from both sides. Four gunmen entered and ranged up and down the aisle shouting, cursing, and firing their rifles. A Mexican boy took refuge in the toilet. Dr. McCain quickly followed. Wallis hurried to join him, but a man at the end of the car fired twice, hitting him in the shoulder and carrying away a finger.

Stripping off the mattress, the Rangers riddled the man. What set off the nighttime melee was mere suspicion the three men had been involved in the murder of the Austins. 11 Two days later, on the hot afternoon of August 8, Customs Inspector D. Portus Gay lazed on his front porch near the Brownsville depot. Noting a special train steaming out of the station, he walked over to learn why. The ticket agent replied that the coach bore Adjutant General Hutchings, Captain George Head of the local militia company, Captains Ransom and Fox with their Rangers (number uncertain, but probably a dozen), and several local law officers.

Hutchings himself organized the pursuit, piling Sheriff Vann and Captain Ransom with four Rangers in automobiles and racing north. Believing the marauders would turn back toward Mexico by a favored crossing of Arroyo Colorado, Paso Real, the posse headed there to cut them off, apparently increasing to as many as twenty by the time they reached their destination, well after nightfall. As Vann and Hutchings sat in an auto keeping watch on the crossing, Ransom and the rest of the posse “rounded up” a nearby ranch house.

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