By Paul N. Spellman
John Harris Rogers (1863-1930) served in Texas legislation enforcement for greater than 4 a long time, as a Texas Ranger, Deputy and U.S. Marshal, urban police leader, and within the inner most region as a safety agent. he's well-known in historical past as one of many mythical "Four Captains" of the Ranger strength that helped make the transition from the Frontier Battalion days into the 20th century. Rogers participated within the Brown County fence-cutting wars, the East Texas Conner struggle, the El Paso/Langtry Prizefight, the riots through the Laredo Quarantine, and the hunts for Hill Loftis and Gregorio Cortez. "[Rogers's] philosophy used to be: `Once you've gotten pulled your weapons use them with absolute resolve.' He definitely did in the course of his profession as a Ranger. . . . a superb addition to Texas Ranger lore."--True West "Spellman bargains a story biography that's tremendously good crafted. . . . it's a needs to learn for students and laymen alike."--Journal of the West
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Now as it slunk away the teenager kicked a chunk of dirt in its general direction, turned and strode calmly but briskly back to the barn. As he walked he pulled the sweaty kerchief from around his neck and wrapped it around his wrist just above the two red marks, pulling it tight with the ends of the cloth in his good hand and clinched between his teeth. When he reached the vicinity of the corral he made his way deliberately into the throng of chickens that pecked away at their morning feed scattered on the hard ground.
Warrants for several Texas fugitives spurred the Rangers to track them across the river. The Apaches and Chickasaws lived along this portion of the Red River and the small Anadarko Reservation lay a hundred miles into Indian Territory north of Fort Sill. Company F rode out of Doan’s Store on December 1 and would not return for nineteen days. The made their way to Fort Sill where they checked in with officers of the U. S. Army stationed there. Receiving the papers that allowed them legal jurisdiction should they find any Texas fugitive, the Rangers pressed on, skirting the sharp rise of the Quartz Mountains and enduring the rough terrain of gulleys and ravines along their way.
The Rangers stepped out from the bushes, spread ten yards wide on either side of their captain, and opened fire in two rapid volleys. Rogers and Carmichael fired through the darkness first, bright orange flame spitting from the barrels of their guns. Lovell dropped his rifle, grabbed at his chest and fell backwards, mortally wounded. Scott and Aten opened fire. Roberts had taken a step toward the Rangers, but was driven back head over heels when bullets slammed into his torso just under his left shoulder blade.
Captain John H. Rogers, Texas Ranger (Frances B. Vick Series, No. 1) by Paul N. Spellman