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New York Times / January 31, 1886

DURANGO, Col., Jan. 30 - The mail carrier from Farmington, New-Mexico, reports that a protracted fight recently occurred between Carlisle cowboys and some Mexican sheep herders on the Lower San Juan River, near the Navajo Reservation. The trouble grew out of an effort of both parties to occupy the same range. The sheep herders drove their flocks where the cattle were feeding, and the cowboys attempted to drive them off. The Mexicans proved too strong for their assailants, and forced them to take refuge in a cabin. They then burned all the other buildings belonging to the cowboys, and held the latter as prisoners in the cabin for two days, during which time they drove away their sheep and then left. One Mexican was killed during the shooting.



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