Manuscripts/Mixed Material [William Blevins]
“We lived in the open most of the time away from headquarters. We had to carry drinking water and tried to carry a sufficient supply but frequently we would run short and get mighty thirsty. Each man did his own cooking of course two or more could and did join in cooking their food together. Our main chuck was white beans and white bacon. We also had all the wild game we cared for. There was an abundance of wild turkey, antelope, deer and other game and we had all the beef we cared for. We could go to any ranch and get [a?] supply without paying. In fact it was an insult to offer a ranchman pay for beef. If we drove up to a ranch headquarters and found no one at home we would take what beef was wanted and leave a not stating that we had called. Our bread was of the sourdough kind such as we could make. All the cooking was done over camp fires using buffalo chips for fuel as a rule.
“Bathing took place when we came to a water hole and had time. As a rule the boys wore [?] and wore their hair long. At times we did not have the appearance of gentlemen and would cause a child to run with fear that would suddenly meet one of us. The Comanche Indians were our worst customers. They had given so much trouble and had committed so many beastly acts against the white folks that we had no mercy on them.
“It is now over with and I may tell of the feeling most of us had towards the Comanches. We delighted in having a chance to shoot them and did so if there was a plausible excuse. We were not supposed to do so but did vent our feelings for revenge. I look back now and know we did wrong many times. The Indians were no match for us Rangers. First