Jack Texas or Texas Jack was a great rascal in every sense of the word. At the time of the Battle of San Jacinto he was twelve years old. When his father, a very daring man, enlisted in the army, Jack wished to follow him, but was not allowed to do so. Desirous of proving that he could fight as well as anyone, he lay in wait for an Indian laborer of theirs, caused him to fall into a trap and killed him by cutting off his head, which he presented to his father when he returned from his campaign.
Texas Jack was in San Francisco in the month of June 1851, in company with a Louisianian named Indian Fred and Bill Flanders, a consummate rascal who had been obliged to leave Maryland suddenly in company with a Mexican known by the name of Montezumito, or Little Montezuma, as it would be in English. The four outlaws had with them a number of horses and mules, which they had stolen in the valleys of San Joaquin and San Jose. They put them in a corral on Mission Street near First Street, and at once set out together toward a saloon situated at the side of an old jail. In this house lived several policemen, among others one named McCarthy, who was confined to his bed with sickness.
From his room the police official heard and recognized the voice of Indian Fred. He sent for him and advised him to leave town immediately for there were heavy charges of robbery against the three; and furthermore he was suspected as the author of a murder which had just been committed in the next county. Fred told Texas what had happened and left for Stockton with his two companions. The three bandits had hardly gone when the best one of the horses was sold to the owner of the canteen; then Texas led the others to the public plaza and sold them at auction.
Then he went fifteen miles from San Francisco on the Santa Clara Road, and broke into the ranch where the saloon-keeper had put the horse which he had just bought. Texas took possession of it