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William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 8: brigands. (search)
must sit his saddle as he sits a chair. All Mexicans ride well, but even for a Mexican ranger, Capitan Soto was a dasher; going like a gale of wind; yet able, in his rapid flight, to twist himself round his horse's belly, and to cling unseen about his horse's neck. The charms of an adventurous life drew many riders, not less daring than himself, to Soto's camp. One day they were rioting with senforitas at Los Angeles; another, they were flying for their necks before such hunters as Sheriff Rowland and Sheriff Morse. Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and San Diego are the favourite scenes of brigand warfare, as the frontier offers them a ready market and a safe retreat. From Soto to Vasquez, every brigand in California has found his base of operations in Mexico. Los Angeles county is a mountain region, with a dozen trackless canons, opening into fertile plains. The soil was owned by half-breeds, children of the disbanded soldiers and their stolen squaws; but from the moment when
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 10: brigand life. (search)
lse friend, until he heard that Adams, sheriff of Santa Clara, and Rowland, sheriff of Los Angeles, were in the field, scouring the country ir had as yet been near the creek, for Leiva had not fallen in with Rowland; and even after his flight, the brigand hardly thought his lieuten in the neighbourhood watching the White rangers, now came in, and Rowland, after listening to his tale, engaged his services as scout and gu of dragging him to a felon's cell. Guided by Leiva's messages, Rowland was often in his track and always on his trail. Not once but manye day, while he was flying up a hill near San Gabriel, followed by Rowland and a dozen rangers, he met John Osborne, Charley Miles, and two o'll take them both. Good-bye! Unable to ride the brigand down, Rowland, acting on Leiva's hints, affected to renounce the chase. Vasquezatting lazily with anyone who called, the scouts imagined that Sheriff Rowland had given up the game, and that the mystery of Tres Pinos, lik