The Mexicans have a terrible and barbarous weapon—the riata!
"I would not that you should hold the riata," said Consuelo petulantly.
One of them had a riata snatched from a saddle-pommel, and with this they tried to bind him.
He would have taken the riata which she was still holding, but she motioned him to precede her.
His hunting-knife had sheared at a stroke the riata ...