Yours to Command: The Life and Legend of Texas Ranger by Harold J. Weiss Jr.

By Harold J. Weiss Jr.

Captain invoice McDonald (1852-1918) is the main renowned of the “Four nice Captains” of Texas Ranger background. His occupation straddled the altering scene from the 19th to the 20th centuries. In 1891 McDonald grew to become captain of corporation B of the Frontier Battalion of the Texas Rangers. “Captain invoice” and the Rangers less than his command took half in a few incidents from the Panhandle zone to South Texas: the Fitzsimmons-Maher prizefight in El Paso, the Wichita Falls financial institution theft, the murders via the San Saba Mob, the Reese-Townsend feud at Columbus, the lynching of the Humphries extended family, the Conditt kinfolk murders close to Edna, the Brownsville Raid of 1906, and the shootout with Mexican american citizens close to Rio Grande urban. In a majority of these endeavors, just one Ranger misplaced his lifestyles lower than McDonald’s command. McDonald’s attractiveness as a gunman rested upon his simply proven markmanship, an inherent ability for utilizing his guns to intimidate rivals, and the exposure given his quite a few exploits. His skill to deal with mobs ended in a vintage story advised round campfires: one rebel, one Ranger. His admirers rank him as one of many nice captains of Texas Ranger historical past. His detractors see him as an irresponsible lawman who authorised questionable details, prompted violence, hungered for exposure, and comparable tall stories that forged himself within the hero’s position. Harold J. Weiss, Jr., seeks to discover the real invoice McDonald and kind truth from fantasy. McDonald’s motto says all of it: “No guy within the incorrect can get up opposed to a fellow that’s within the correct and retains on a-comin’.”

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Later Wolforth fired warning shots as Davidson and his followers stalked him. At other times McDonald quickly disarmed Davidson more than once, even after he carried a lawman’s badge from Wilbarger County. Then McDonald and Davidson and his crowd had encounters inside and outside a saloon, with the deputy sheriff hitting one of them with a piece of wood.

Moreover, to many southerners hunting was more than a violent sporting event, more than a feeling of camaraderie with your fellow hunters. It also developed a mindset in McDonald’s day which stressed the danger and excitement of the chase, domination of man over beast, and an appreciation of the place of both humans and animals in an orderly state of nature. 8 One other occurrence in the formative years of Bill Jess affected his later work as a peace officer. He grew up among blacks who worked his father’s plantation.

7 Bill McDonald was reared in the semi-isolation of this plantation society. His formal education, for example, was irregular because the local schoolhouse also served as a church or a meeting {25} YOURS TO COMMAND place when one was needed. His practical education differed little from that of most rural youth of the antebellum era. At an early age he learned to swim, fish, ride, shoot, hunt deer and raccoons, and track game in the woodlands. The wilderness held no fear for him, and the self-reliance so frequently evident among frontier farmers and adventurers of an earlier generation was steadily instilled within him.

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