By Robert K. DeArment
Greater than a century after his demise in 1878, the mere point out of John Larn’s identify can set off robust reactions alongside the transparent Fork of the Brazos River in northern Texas. In Bravo of the Brazos, Robert ok. DeArment tells for the 1st time the full tale of this enigmatic and arguable figure.Larn used to be handsome, well-mannered, and delicate round girls and youngsters. He used to be a winning rancher and popular frontier sheriff. but he was once additionally the charismatic chief of a vigilante committee that liked common aid. sooner than his dying at age 29, Larn had killed or participated in killing at the very least a dozen males.
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1 872: SH OO TOUT AND RAI D 29 Fort Stanton that a “band of notorious horse thieves is now congregated at or near the mouth of the Rio Hondo. . ”13 The Hittson raiders continued to operate throughout the spring and summer of 1872, and, surprisingly, most of the campaign was conducted without bloodshed. There were incidents of violence, however. On July 13 Chunk Colbert and a party of Hittson raiders recovered some stolen cattle near Cimarron and took two suspected thieves into custody. 14 Although a coroner’s jury deemed the actions of the Hittson men justifiable, after this and other deadly clashes New Mexico newspapers grew critical of Hittson and he lost most of his local support.
9 Finally the Castle Mountains loomed ahead. As the herd strung out to enter the narrow, boulder-strewn Castle Gap, Larn and Bush rode ahead to Horsehead Crossing, twelve miles beyond. Bush returned with canteens of water for the drovers. There was no holding the cattle when they smelled the water of the river; they broke and ran. The parched animals poured into the Pecos, those behind forcing the leaders across and up the other bank, where they turned, drove back to the water, and milled, drinking their ﬁll.
We may catch them off their guard, but we will ﬁnd out if they want us or not. You fellows watch me. Let me do the talking, and if I begin shooting, you all shoot too. And if they get the best of us and get me, you who escape make [it] back to Castle Gap and don’t let any of them get through that Gap alive. If they get you and don’t get me that is what I will do for you. 12 Backed by his men with arms at the ready, Larn confronted the cavalrymen. The corporal quickly recognized the gravity of the situation.