mpudia to the frontier to take charge, but the appointment was not satisfactory on the border, and General Arista was assigned.
There was discord over there between the authorities and the generals, while General Taylor was too far from his government to be bothered.
His army was all that he could wish, except in numbers.
Marauding parties came over occasionally and made trouble about the ranches on the American side.
One party killed Colonel Cross, our chief quartermaster, on the 10th of April.
Scouting parties were sent out to look for the intruders.
Lieutenant Theoderic Porter, in command of one party, and one of his men were caught in ambush and killed.
Captain Walker, of the Texan Rangers, while out on a scout lost his camp guard of five men, surprised and killed, and later Captains Thornton and Hardee, of the dragoons, were met at Rancho Carricitos by a large cavalry force and some infantry under General Torrijon, who took captive or killed the entire party.