Army Letters From An Officer's Wife, 1871-1888, By Frances M.A. Roe

 -  He even described the man who
was to do the dreadful work, and he told Faye that if he went - Page 150
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He Even Described The Man Who Was To Do The Dreadful Work, And He Told Faye That If He Went Over Without An Escort He Would Certainly Be Killed.

This was simply maddening, and I begged Faye to ask for a guard, but he would not, insisting that

There was not the least danger, that even a desperado would not dare shoot an army officer in Las Animas in a public place, for he knew he would be hung the next moment. That was all very well, but it seemed to me that it would be better to guard against the murder itself rather than think of what would be done to the murderer. I knew that the corporal would never have come to the house if he had not heard much that was alarming.

So Faye went over without a guard, but did condescend to wear his revolvers. He says that the first thing he saw as he entered the court room were six big, brawny cavalrymen, each one a picked man, selected for bravery and determination. Of course each trooper was armed with large government revolvers and a belt full of cartridges. He also saw that they were sitting near, and where they could watch every move of a man who answered precisely to the corporal's description, and as he passed on up through the crowd he almost touched him. His hair was long and hung down on his shoulders about a face that was villainous, and he was "armed to the teeth." There were other tough-looking men seated near this mart, each one armed also.

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