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Rio Pecos Compound: Chapter 9.

11 Jun
Cover for Rio Pecos Compound, Book Six of The Clint Mason Series by William F. Martin.

Rio Pecos Compound

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Chapter 9.

Joe Black was aptly named. He was a blacksmith, as big as a barn and of African descent. His family had been transported from Spain to Mexico City by the Spanish Army when he was a very small boy. His life in Mexico had mirrored his father’s. The skills of the forge seemed to come naturally. Although his family had been slaves to the Spanish Army and later the Mexican Army, the skillset of a blacksmith provided them a certain independence. When the Mexican Army moved up the Rio Grande Valley to Santa Fe, Joe Black’s family was taken along to care for the horses, wagons and guns. When the Mexican Army pulled back out of New Mexico Territory, many of the Mexican and Spanish families stayed.

The fairly rapid retreat of the Mexican Army had left a lot behind. This included this blacksmith family and their whole set up and tools. Since ownership was mostly determined by force and grit, for several years Joe’s dad ran an independent stable. However, within a few years, one of the powerful families took over their stable and blacksmith holdings and they were once again working for a landholder. This new master had become more and more cruel and demanding. Joe’s nights were constantly interrupted with orders to repair wagons, saddle horses and even deliver mounts before sun up.

After three of the most abusive gun hands were found with their throats cut, gossip had it that these men had harassed the wrong people. Since Joe was in an ideal position to observe the comings and goings of most people in Santa Fe, he began to see a pattern developing with the Pecos River compound people. Read the rest of this entry »

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