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2 THE BU ff J\LO BBlL STORIES .. song in a way that would have moved deeply, rougher men than Frank Fox. He had forgotten where he was, his horses went slowly along the trall, and in the words of the song, it had "made him a child again." "Halt! you are my game!" ''Hands up, Frank Fox!" The last note of the song was dying on the lips of the young girl, as the rude, threatening voice of the road agent broke in so sharply and startlingly. Recalled to himself, and seeing but one horseman in sight, Frank Fox, with a fair passenger in the coach and a rich freight along, determined to attempt to run the gantlet. Shouting to his horses, he at once dr. cw a revolver to fire, but the act was fatal, as a shot came from behiud a large tree, piercing his brain, and he pitched forward, falling upon the heavy brake on which his foot rested, thus checking the horses by locking the coach wheels. The girl uttered no outcry, though she felt that harm bad befal\en the driver, and she saw a horseman, revolver in hand, riding toward the coach, while a man on foot advanced on the other side. ''Ah! the sweet singer-and handsome, too,'' rudely cried the horseman. But he said no more, as a clear, manly voice cried: ''Hands up, or die, Devil Dan!" 'the passenger's first thought was that it must be -_..,F'ratik Fox, but she Sil.W a l10rseman dash up over th ridge of the hill, an
THE BUFFALO Bil.L STORIES. 3 ''For she is as pretty as red shoes." All knew that sol'llell1i11g serious had happened, for Buffalo Bill's right arm reste d in a handkerchief fastened arou11d lii.s 11eck, and his face wore a seriou s look. All eyes, too, were upon his co111pm1ion. She was dresse d in a gray traveling dress, that fitted a perfect form, a:1d s h e wore a slonch hat of the same hue as the dress, while her face, flu shed with excitement, was certainly beantiful. ''Colonel Dandridge, this is Miss Kate Hughes, si r, and to her pluck is due that the stage and treasure comes in, for she sa\ed my life and poor Frank Fox is dead, sir, and with Devil Dau and oue of bis gang, is iu the coach." Such \Yas Buffalo Bill's rapid introduction of the young girl, and explanation of the tragedy back 011 the O verland trail. C olone l Dandridge at once warmly gree ted the fair pas.;e!1ger and led her to where bis \\'ife stood, while he ordered the surgeon to be at once sent to his where he told Buffalo Bill to accompany him. "I hope you are iwt severely hurt, Scout Cody," he said. ''No, sir, though the bullet struck the bone and my arm for a while." and .cl poor Fox was killed?" capt b l d "''"' H1Y, another good man gene; ut ie ha com-rany, for I killed D eYil Dan as I came up, and 11ot see i1ii::-Iris p01rd on the other side of the coach, he fired on me. giYing me this wound, and it knocked my revolver out of my hand; but before he co11ld fire again that plucky girl shot him through tlt c heart, tints saving my life. and the third rnan got a'irny." "All exciti11g scene \rhile it lasted." ''Indeed it \ms, sir, but that girl is the best I know, for she dressed rny wounded arm, and theu helped me l the bodies of Fox and the two outlaws in the coach, afte r which she said she \\oulcl take the reins, as she had ofte n clri,en her father's four-in-hand coach over the Te11ncssee mountains." ''She is a gem, and I am g lad we have got such a one for tcac11er of our children here. nut how was Fox killed?" ''I heard a Yoicc in song, sir, as I approached the trail, and Miss Hughes '\Vas s ingiug-just wait until you hear her, sir, for s h e can beat any bird I ever heard. "Then there came a shot, and it was the death of poor Frank Fox. ''I spurred forward, and I was just iu time to take a band in tli e pow-wow, and I've told you the rest, sir." ''Yes, and the co::ich came i11 serving as a hearse, the treasure safe a11d a hero and heroine on the box-but here is Surgeon Powell to look after your wo1111d," and the colo11el turned to Dr. Frank PO\Yei!, the surgeon of the fort. CHAPTER III. BUFFALO BILL'S SECRET '!RAIL. The skill of Surgeon Powell soou extracted the bullet in the scout's arm and the wound was dressed, with the assurance that a couple of weeks would bring Buffalo Bill rou11a all right agaiu. A great d e al of praise was showered upon the chief of scouts for his having killed Devil Dan, the worst road agent that haunted the trails, and upon whose life a price had been set by the Government. ''Now, tell me, Cody, just what brings you to Fort Fetterman at this time?" asked the colo11el, wheu the two were again alone together. "Well, sir, I am ou a secret mission, and one on which I am first goin g alone, but if I need aid, I am to return, and ask you for some of your scouts, and, perhaps, for a troop of cavalry.'' "They will be at your service, Cody; but you had better take them along with yott in tbe first place, though, of course yon are uot goiug for a couple of w eeks yet, until your wound gets w ell." ''That wiil be all right iu a fe,1 days, sir, so I ca11 Jt:ut, and, if you say so, I ,.,jlJ take John Burke awl !i:>. U a dozen scout s along with me to lrnve at a cerlniu pqint, where I can reach them-if I ueed them i11 a hurry. ''The truth is, sir, the general has orders to allO\'' no gold to enter the Big Horn cou::try, for they ex cite the Indians and cause others to go there, while the lands "ill n o t be open to settler.-; for loll g years yet." ''That is v e r y true, aud these Gold Sneaks, as \\'C call them, give 110 encl of trouble, and the Indians arc kept on the warpath all the time, and I f ee l sure sollle of the ba11cls of \\'hite men haye bee n utterly done a1rny with." "Ves, sir, but they kne w they were breaking the laws, and took big chances t o go 011 their hunt to steal gold, which many belieYe the country is full of. ''J311t I am sure that there arc one or !!ore gangs of lawless men lll the J3ig Horn, sir, and in clanger of getting wiped out, or else they are \dtli the Indians, and tlrnt mea11s they are renegades, so the gene ral bas gi, e11 me permission to go 011 a secret trail and find out." "Yes, and about the most da11gerous trail of your life, Cody." ''It i s a tough proposition, Colonel Dandridge, but I belieYe I can make it, and with a band of scouts camped wLcre I can fall back on tl1e111 in time of need, h:i send for more help I believe I can work it ::ill sir.'' "Deller ha Ye! a troop alollg \Yi th the scouts)"
THE 3Uff ALO BULL STORIES. "Xo,, sir, the did not wisli to send soldiers in, u:ilcss ne e d e d, as it would cause the Indians to rise." "It JJJay be so, a1:d you and yonr scouts can go through a country li ke spooks. ", 11 right, pick your meu, aud start when you feel able to do so. '' B11t 11ow, t el l me, did yoL; learn anything from Miss Hughes about herse lf, for all I know is that she an swered my advertisement i11 the New York Gazette for a teacher of the officers' children here, and of all the letters I got I I iked hers the best. "She said that she had been well educated in music also, a11cl, through the death of her father a year ago, l1ad to teach for her support-that was all, save the references she named.'' "She told rne she had been born on a plantation in '1\;>1rncssee, sir, not far from Nashville, aud had ridden and driven horses from earliest childhood, while she also was a good shot, and I can well be li eve it." "Yes, that she proved, and she certainly is very tiful, though young for a teacher." "Age don't always make the man or woman, colonel." "That is Y ery tme, Cody, for if I recall aright, you killed your first Indian when you were but ten, and when a boy in years were a veteran plainsman. I congratulate you upon Miss Hughes' being the all-round girl she is." i','s, sir, for I owe 1'.ny life to her nern:: qnic' aim and doi1ig the right thing at the right time. ''I shall not forget her, sir, never!" and the famous scout spoke with deep feeling. ''She will be Yery popular here," said the colonel. And he was right, for from the moment of her coming, Kate Hughes, the "Girl in Gray," as the soldiers called 11er, from the fact that she always dressed in gray, be came the idol of the fort with one and all. One week after his arrival, Buffalo Bill left the fort on his secret trail, and alone. But the day after, Arizona John and half a dozen picked scouts slipped away to join him on the trail at a certain camp. CHAPTER IV. THE GOLD GUARD. The scouts who left Fort Fetterman to meet Buffalo Bill, the chief of the men in buckskin at the frontier military posts along that far advanced line in the Indian country, were, one and all, picked men. They were seven in number, and under the leadership of John M. Burke, a Delaware boy who had drifted West and made a name for himself as'' Arizona John." If there was any one who did not like Arizona John, save outlaws who feared him, the man was not known to Burke's comrades. Gentle as a woman iu his manners to one and all, 1 age as a panther when aroused to anger and act Arizona J o hu was a splendid specimen of he was proud of the fac;t that Buffalo Bill, his cl: trusted him under any and all circumstances. "Pick your best men, John, and you'll suit me, ani is needless to say that I want only those who will c, the dead line when called upon." ''You shall have them, chief." i ''And double arm the outfit, too, carrying two hci for each man, so, if we get cornered we can do don work." "I will, and that means the same for provisions?" "Yes, for I do not know how long we will be out will tell you frankly that our trail is a secret one, fo1 go as a gold guard, to run out the gold miners who l' sneaked into the Big Horn country to steal the yei n1etal." i "We will get there all right, chief, if we are b1 handful of men," was the determined answer. The other scouts who formed the daring band u Texas Jack, an ex-Confederate scout; Pony Bob, a s11 man full of grit who had been a pony express r with Buffalo Bill several years before. Nebraska]' Hank Hutchins, Kansas Kit and Buck Nelson. 1 ; 1 All were giants in stre11gth, of great enduranct a1 shots, and h ence fit comrades for followers of t .;' king of bordermen, Buffalo Bill. nv, Arizona John had his orders, and he rode off 10, trail that would take him to where he was to join Bu Bill. The extra horses brought along served as pack i mals, and the m e n were ready for any work they m be called upon to do. They had slipped away from the fort by night, s not to attract attention to their going, and rode steai through the darkness a11d all the following day, '"! out rest, stopping only for their meals. It was sunset when they came to the appointed It was a fertile spot in a deep canyon, with water aud grass plentiful. Buffalo Bill was there, and greeted them in bis he' way. "This is a boss hiding-place, Arizona John, and within a day's call, by good riding, of the fort, i have to send for a troop. "Then, too, one end of the canyon is blocked, the other end can be defended by your outfit agait couple of hundred Indians. "I am going on a lone trail first, but I don't thi1 1 will be long before you see me coming back for 1 and, perhaps, we may want some soldiers, for I am o
THE BU ff lilO BILL STORIES. 5 )nt t:1ere are gold thieves in this country, though in ct 1 hat force I do 11ot know. That we mnst find ont. dt' 'If they are too many for us, why, then we must huut 1rner and send for aid." ''We are with you chief, but I was told to hand you 1 is letter." c "From the colouel ?" "He gave it to me, with a number of good wishes for ou, but the writing is a woman's, and it has a look and 1c vor about it of a feminine kind," aud Arizona John o 1iled. Buffalo Bill fairly flushed, b11t took the letter, and, 'bile the others were busy makiug themselves comforta1t 1 e in camp, he read it. It read: "MY DEAR MR. Cony: You slipped from the t rt before I could see you again and thank you for your lindness to me, for, had you 11ot come tu the .rescue of e coach that d?.y what would have beeu my fate? 1 "As Colonel Dandridge saw how badly I felt at not aYiug the opportunity to wish you good fortune, he ld me I could \Hite you, and I now do so to show you s at I appreciate yonr goodness to me, and express the pe that I may see you again some day. ''It is to you, I l.Jelicve, for Major Colfax told me. that owe my border title of the 'Girl in Gray,' one that I j!.::c especially, as my father \Tas a Confederate officer and wore the gray, while no\"'' I have become a willing capbve of the lloys in Blue, and .like the wild life of a 'ntier forl. 'Again, with every good wish, "Sincerely your frieud, 'KATE HUGHES.'' ''The solders named her from my saying that the little i irl in gray n as a trump; and she is, while it was kind f her to write to me. ''If I don' t mi:::take from all I heard, there are a 1rn111er of, Boys in Blne \Viti! shoulder straps on who would aike to capture the little rebel,' and Bllffalo Bill put the ighly prized letter away carefully f0r future refere n c e. The night i11 camp passed l]Uietly, and after breakfas t he next morning Buffalo Bill explaine d to his meu just by they had been brought there, and then set off alone pon his rnissiou to look up the gold thieves and also to eep out of sight of the hostile redskins who dwelt in hat country. CHAPTER V. THE UNKNOWN FORT. Taking out his compass, after he bad left the canyon, hich he did by riding down the sti-eam flowing from he spring, so as not to leave any trail.up to the camp, 1 be scout took his bearings and turned the head of his 10rse toward the by a little south. The morning. had 11early passed away, and his well-rested horse had 111:1de good time, when suddenly l:e came upon a fresh trail heading across his way, and toward a range of wild and rugged mountains on bis left. The hoofs of the horse were shod, and the trail i1::d not been made over a few hours, the scout saw, aud h e once determined to follow it. Giving up his intention to halt for the noon rest and meal, he pushed rapidly on along the trail. Miles were gone over, and it led him into the deepest recesses of tile mountains, and then up toward the sn111-mit of a range. Still on he followed, and ascending the range, to his great amazement he suddnly came upon a strongly built !Ock fort there in an unktiown wilderness, and the existence of which he had not had the remotest idea. Buffalo Bill halted and gazed with wouder at his strange find. The trail he h a d been following branched off just where he tli e n was, and did uot lead up to the old fort. Neither did the scout go ou at once, either on the trail, or up to the rock fort. He s e em eel lost in am azem en t. It was a rock cabiu, he saw, as he the more attentively regarded it, rathe r than a fort, though it had narrow wiudows and a flat roof. It was about thirty feet square, and very solidly built, b eiBg about twe h e f ee t ju, height. The rocks were Jar ge-. .:qnare ones had been selected -and it was we.II bnilt. Sitnated upon the apex of a hill, it commanded an extensive \ iew all about it, and could be well defended. As be dre w uearer, the s cout saw that it had the ap1 pearance of havrng been Jong deserted. Yet the trail he had followed led within a quarter of a mile of it. But who had built it? Where were those who had erected it t!1ere iu the wilderness ? These were the qnestions Buffalo Bill asked himself, yet co\1ld not ausner them. "My idea is," he said, at last, to himself, "that it was built as a strougliold by men who camped down in the valley, bnt retreated here in time of need." Dismounting, he hid his horse iu a cedar thicket, and, rifle in hand, slowly ascended the hill. As he reached the rock stronghold there seemed desolation and :lesertion alone to rest there. He stepped close np to the door, which had been built of hewn logs, and was hung upon hi11gcs made from ,... horseshoes. He looked in cantiously,. and saw that there wns a ceiling of logs, some seyen fe e t high, and a ladder up to a loft.
I THE BU ff /\LO BILL STORIES. "Yes; hors es could be kept below in time of Clanger, and th e mcn could fight from t he roof. "I can t understa11d about it, though, for I 11eve r knew of a white man coming up into this country so long ago ''I \\'ill take a l ook above.'' With this, Buffalo Bill walked toward the rude ladder a nd began the ascent. But s udd eu l y he was struck a violent blow that threw him dow n 011 his back upon the hard dirt floor, and ri g !Jt on top of hi m came the form s of three m e n. Stunned by the blow and fall, it was several seconds before h e co ul d recover himse lf, and by that time his revoher a n d knife had been taken from him, while his rifle had been knocked from his hand in hi s fall. But B u ffalo Bill was n o t a man to submit tamely to capture, and, by an exertion of bis wonderful strength, be rose with th e three me11 clinging to him. One of them be hurled from him, another was dealt a blow that put him out of the fight, and th e third was tluow u against the wall with a force that stuuned him. 1'heu it l oo k e d as thoug h the scout was master of the situation, in spite of being disarmed. His first thought was to regain bis weapons, but as he stooped a rifle barrel w'as thrust through the trap aud covered him : "Hand s up, Buffalo Bill or I pull the trigger!" It 1 5 doubtful whether tlte scout would have obeyed this threatening command, for he saw at a glance that tli e man was not visible, and >;\'Ould fire at random; but as he medita t e d a spring toward the door the man he bad hurled from him l e aped upon him like a panther. The n th e others rushed upon hinr, whiie the one in 1 e l of t dropped down, revolv e r in hand. ''You are a d ead man if you resist furthe r, Buff alo B ill, cried the latter, and hi s revolver \Va s thrust into the scout's face. Seeing that there was now no chance for him, Bnffalo Bill submitted in his indifferent sort of way to the force of circumstances. 1 All right, pards; what is your game?" Though shak en up by the b10w o n the head and fall from the lad de r, the scout w as in fair condition, had not the odds of pistols b ee n against him, and h e glanced from one to tbe other of his captors with a cool searchi n g glance. He saw that his blow in the face of the one had told l .. seyere y, the one thrown against the wall was badly bruised, and the third m a n ap peared m ore than satisfied with what he had felt of the scoul's grip. The on e who had dropped lrtst from the loft was all right, and appeared to b e the leader. And, mo re, the scout recoguizec1 the fad that IJe was )O in the hands of a s dangerous a lot of men as i t had H t his n1isfoftune to 111eet in many a l o n g day. '' Casting, howeve r, another glance at the man who r peared to be the l eader, Buffalo Bill at once saw" the r e was a marked diff e r e nc e between him and the otr men. av T he re was something refin ed about his face thalld not at a ll fit in with the desperat e charact e r he appem to be. '' Bnffalo Bill had ca use to r e member this in a s tri!o. ma11ner later on. CHAPTER VI. ,, ,, THE GOLD THIEVES. nd Buffalo Bill was securel y b onnd with lari a t s, tw:as the m e n keeping h im covered a s though dreading strnggl e. He saw in the four men the r eal types of the borb e m e n an d felt sure that they w e r e go ld bunte rs. 'rhe le ade r was a we ll-formed handsome mau, 'I' blond hair and beard, and was well-dres s ed. "I think I know you," said the scout, addressing l eade r.. Indeed?" ''Yes; we have met before:" '' V/ben and w her!'! ?'' ''Yon are a man I knew in Denver as Don Milner,, you are doing here what yo u were there.'' 01 "What is that?" "You are a gold thief." "Ah!" ''You have led m e n into Government lands h nnt for gold, and k eep the In
THE Bllff f\lO BALL STORIES. '1 ow that my pard h ere, I ro u Ike, was following ha1f a : ad e behind me. "No, I didn't know that. I should have been more vho refol." aw I Iron Ike saw you, though, and he at once set out for 1e ir camp by a short trail that took off miles that you aveled followiug me, and h e headed me off on foot and ld rne, so I rode on around to our camp, and then we pe m e here to bag you. ''Had you uot come here we would have shot you ril om the roof." ( "Tliat m ea n s tha t all of your band are here." "We are enough." "You did uot build this ruck cabin?" I "Oh, n o. '' Jt was built by a band of gold boomer s years ag-o, nd one o nl y escaped and h e told me about it when he tw as dying fron1 a b ullet wouud he got in a fight in P0theyenne, and I \\as kind to him. ''The others, he said, were killed in their fort and or heir bones I had decently buried." I ''He t o ld you, too, there \ms gold here?" "Ob, yes, or I would not 11a,e come. ''He int,rnded to get up a party and r eturn here, but eath checke d him, and we came." "How l o n g ha\"e you been here?" "Nearly a ycnr." ':J>,fost ha,e been s u ccessful." Yes, 1>e 1iave done well, a nd a re all ready to start or the settleme!lts with our find." "Iudians have 11ot troub l ed you?" "When do you start?'' "Iron Ike and I were returning from gathering up t s01ne gold pockets we had hiddeu away, when we saw I\' you, and we arc to s tart at dawn .to-morrow, so you came I just iu time." 1 ''In time to fi11d you breaking the laws in cornfug h ere s gold thieves." r "Yes; and that is not all," said Iron Ike. "What e lse?'' "You have com e to find yom: gr: : \\e here." "Tha t means tlwt yciu inteud to kill me?" "You are cool about it, certai11ly ., "I take things as the y COllle. "Yes you've got to
THE BUFFALO Bil!L STORIES. j us t a s much at stake as 'you have-ye s, more, for it was rny se c ret that you h e re, and I get oue-third of l he cl ust, as you all agr e e d. 'Now, this is no ordinary man that yon would kill, but one rliat is doing bis duty as an army officer. ''You all know who Buff a lo Bill is; tha t he has won a grea t name, and h a s risked his life a thousand times for o tli e rs. "He !Jas saved hundre ds of lives, has s tood between the India ns and the settlers, bas put down lavYlessness, a n d is the king of bordermen. ''I ask you, therefore, to accept his pledged word that he will not betray us if we will spare his life, and not h a ve it upon our consciences that you cruelly killed a m a n who was at your mercy, and that man, Buffalo Bill. "You will f e el better for it after and enjoy the more the gold yon have risked so much to get. "Now, pards, prove yomselves men and do as I a s k you-for this man will never beg for bis life; he is not built that way. The words of the leader were a strong appeal for the life of the scout, and they were earnestly uttered. But there was no relenting in the stern faces of the gold thieves. They were gold mad; they had made their fortune, and it should not be taken from them. They would take no chances Though adrnittinl the truth of their leader's argument in favor of Buffalo Bill ; though sorry, indeed, that he happened to be the man who had fallen into their power, they would not allow him to go free and thus have the chance to betray them. "No, cap'n, he may mean to keep his word now, when his life's at but when we Jet him go, then he'll forget it, and make for the fort to betray ns, and we can't travel fast, you know, as we only has two horses left," said Nick Morgan. "Then he wants his horse, too, and his outfit, cap," added Black Jack Dunn. "Yes, he's got to die," put in Iron Ike, savagely. The leader seemed deeply pained, aud looked at Buffalo Bill, who still showed an iron nerve. ''I am awfully sorry, Buffalo Bill, and I Dean it. "Why, pards, I'll give up half of my find if you spare him," said Don Milne r. ''Indeed, I thank you, sir, and appreciate your kindness, but if you gave up, all these men would not yield, for it's blood they want now." "That's. it, and your life we are going to have," said Iron Ike. ''Allow me to suggest a compromise,' said Buffalo Bill, with a smile. "What is it?" eagerly asked tl1e leader. "These men fear that I will betray them, they say, aud that is why they wish my life. ''As I do not care to go out of life at the will of several d esperadoes, I suggest that you put it out of my power to do you harm-that is, take my horse and leave me afoot, and b y the time I can get to a fort you can have reached safety." ''Good! I accept the compromise,'' cried the leader, Don Milner. CHAPTER VIII. A CRUEL ALTERNATIVE. Buffalo Bill's plan for saving his life was not well received by Iron Ike and the othe rs. They did not seem to trnst the scout, if even left on foot. "I say 110," said one. "I am w ith you." ''He's like a gun-dangerous, if loaded." "Your men wish my life, I see," Buffalo Bill re marked calmly to the leader. The face of Don Milner became a study. It grew stern all(l determined, and the scout saw that he was making up his mind to some act, aud his men saw it, too Handsome as a picture, he had that in his face that denoted nerve aud strong will. He had come to the :11ines to rnake a fortune, had gone agaiust him in g o ld -digging. Going alone into the mouutains, he had strnck it rich, as he supposed, but after piling up a fortune ht! went to the camp for help to get his metal to market. It was 11ot gold. It had the l ook of it, but was worth nothing. Then he had beguu to practice medicine, and it had paid him poorly, as he coll ected but little of the money he earned. Next had come the secret of the fatal expedition and the rock fort, told by the sole survivor when he was dying. Dou Mil11er, 1Vith companions, had then started for the gold country. It would be hard for him to be ruined now by a kiud act-releasiug Buffalo Bill. Still, he would do so, and he bad so made up his mind. ''Pards, yoll appear to wish the life of Bllffalo Billnot to escape with our gold, he said, quietly. ''\Ve intend to make sure we get \Yhat w e've earned, cap'u,'' said Iron Ike. ''I have offered you half of my gold, and the scout has said we could take his horse, leaving him nfoot, and now I tell you right here tbat the compromise he offers goes.
THE BU ff A.LO Ball STORIES. 9 "Does that mean that you go against us, Don Milner?" "Yes, Ike, for yon shall uot kill Buffalo Bill without cause, when it is in your power to escape witbout liis doing you harm." "I think we'll take issne with you, cap'n; for, having got the gold, I take no chances." "Ike is right." "Yes, I say the same." The face of Don Milner did not change as he said: ''It \Nas my secret that got yon the gold, and I brought you here. "I put up the money for all of )'ou, your horses and outfit and I have m o r e to los e than any of you. "For over two years I have struggled hard in this country, and I can see r es t a11d luxury ahea d of me now; when I return to rny home; but I tell you right here, and I am in deadly earnest, that I will kill the man who attempts to take the life of Buffalo Bill. ''Yes, leave him on foot, if you will, 1.iere in this wilderness, a lon e, and far from help, aud with his horse we can make good time and escape before he can put the soldiers on our trail; but, again I tell you, if rny life is the forfeit, the man who attempts to kill him dies by my bullet." There was no mistaking the '\\lords of the man. r meant just 'IVhat he said, aud was ready to sacr i fice his i1fe in defe11se of the scout. The me11 knew him a11cl sa'\V that he quietly stepped before the scont, to shield him. They looked at each other, tben at their bold l eader, then at the scout. ''Say, pards, if some of us dies, there remains yet the more gold. ''Shall we take the chauces to see who goes and stays?" asked Iron Ike. The other two men did not answer, but Buffalo Bill remarked, dryly: ''It is my idea that it will be the man iu your camp that gets the boodle, for your captain has got the draw on you, and ca11 drop two of yo11, anyhow, before h e goes unde r -perhaps three-and itwonlcl not stlrprise me, with 111y u s ual good luck, to escape free aud fall heir t o the gold myse lf. The men look ed a t him in amazement, a11d Don Mil ner said, adliliri11gly. "You are certainly a cool one, Buffalo Bill." 'l'lie others thought so, too but, as Iro11 Ike '\\as not back ed up iu hi s iutention to let the one who remai11ed aliv e get tlic gold, he wavered alld said: "\Vell, cap'n, I'm not the ntnll to wish to turn against yo11, and I'll o ffer a compromise." "Name it." '' .\11d I mean it, aml say take I3u.ffalo Bill's horse, outfit, weapons, aud all, and give hilll his life, while '\\e go Oll.'' "And leav e him t o die of :-tarrntio11, without covering at night, or a '\\eapon to defend hirnself with-no!" in dignantly said Don Milner. ''f accept tli e terms!'' said Buffalo Bill. CHAPTER IX. A SECRET FRIEKD. ''Do you mean that yon are williug to be left here in this wild country alone, miarmed, without food?" "Yes, Captain Niiluer." ''Why, it will serve the purpose qiese men desire your de at !1." ''No; for I c a n go days without food, and can reach the fort in three or four days." "But at night?" ''I can build a fire to keep warm.'' "But yon are not to have a match,'' said Irou Ike. "All right; I won t build a fire." "But you will have nothi11g to prot ect you from wild beasts.'' "I'll risk them." "Say, cap'n, we've given him his d1anet-he accept s -so what's the use Of your chipping in auy more?" said Iron Ike. With a bound, Don Milner confronted the man, and liis eyes were ablaze as he said: "You .utter another word, aud I will kill you if it's the last act of my life. "Buffalo Bill bas accepted the compromise, a one for yotl to offer; but I tell him right here-if l:e refus es I will stand by him." Iron Ike was cowed He felt he had goue too far. A quick glance at his two pards told hirn that the act of their captain had also subdued them, so he simpiy held up his hands in token of surreuder. He was really afraid to risk reply with those burning ey es before hi111. ''Buffalo Bill, I would sec you better treated, bnt rather thall ha, e a deadly scene h ere, I yield to the compromise which yo11 a ccept. ''We are all ready to start, or soo n will be, so h e r e you are to remain nutil we pack up and get off, but you an: t o r eu1ai11 bonucl 11J1tii the la.-t rno111eut." "I accept the. situation as it is." ''Jack, go after the scout's hor se, and bri1;g !IiE1 h ere, and you. Nick, go to the ca111p :rnd tell Jones \, e starL within half an hour npo11 the trail. "Ike, yon go over tht rnngc to the saclc11P our t-,...-n 11orscs allll \.;rinz ltcc, anci, \ritli Dllffalo Bill's hu1se, we can travel aloug well, r-
10 THE BUFFALO BILL carrying otir gold ::::Jtl outG ; and k1Yi11g one anin1al to ride by turns and r est u s .'' Iron Ike looked a s though h e iuleudecl to r e s ent the 1rder, but the two companio11s had already started off to 1bey, and he sulleuly w ent bis wa y "Well, sir, I owe you my lif e, a11d that I am on e to appreciate a favor I beli e ve y ou know,'' said Buff a lo Bill, when the l eader remaine d alon e with him. ''I hav e don e 110 more tha11 humanity d e manded, and let me tell you right now, that I happe n to have a little food in m y po c k e t a nd s h a ll place it for you in the o l d fort h e r e, along with one of m y r e volver s a few rouu ds o f ammunition, au d a k11ife.". ''Yo u are cer ta i n l y a fri e11d. ''vVheu I leav e th e ca mp, I will, if I can do s o with out b e in g see11-for I do uot wi s h ,trodble-Jeave you a bl anke t so you will have t b cov e r you b y I ni ght." I will not forget y ou Ca ptain .M l ner,'1 said the scout, ean1 es tl y 'l'he gold thie f the n did as he s ai d';'Ii 1j1 $ome br e ad and boiled \ eni so n hi d d e n away, with a revolver and a h e avy cla spknife, c alling to Buffal o Bill to see where he put them. By this time the man had returne d with Buffalo Bill's h o r se and s o 911 nft et up came Ike, with the two : anima ls b elonging to the g old hunters, aud the o1rly ones left of the dozen they had brought with them. "Say, Buffalo Bill, we want your coat an
THE BU ff ALO BILL STORiES. Descending from the roof of the rock fort, he went to where the.captain liad hidden the things for him. There was a piece of hoecake, a broi l ed venisou steak, som e ma'tches, a revolver, several rounds of ammunition, and a jackknife. 'fhen h e muse d aloud: ''I am not so badly off after all, for there is food enough to last a day, and I can reach camp early to morro w morning. I am luc k y to have the scouts there, and get another outfit for the trail. ''It will be a delay of a couple of
12 THE BU ff !}.LO BILL STOR:ES. The Hills were reached before sunset, and the scout c ::uiped for supper on the river, but, after a couple of hours' rest, mounted and pushed on again, for he had made the discovery, duriug the afternoon, that the gold thieves had uot only not traveled fast, but their trail was leadillg them up the North Fork of the Nebraska, doubtl ess intending to strike the stage trail at Cheyenne. Feeling that he would not be able to travel fast in his supposed half-starved condition, and doubtless would fall a prey to wild beasts in his unprotected conditiou, as four of them believed him to be, they concluded that he would go back to the nearest point, if, indeed, he got there at all. They therefore felt little dread of pursuit, if any. "They are. traveling slow, and I can head them off." His intention was to push through the afternoon and night, strike a certain point upon the Nebraska lZi\'er ahead of the gold thieves, and there await their coming. If there was a trail to show that they had gained that point, then he would pusll on in pursuit and hold them up. "I'll make them think I've got wings on my feet," he said to h i rnself, and he greatly enjoyed the surprise he \ht iil gi e the gold thieves at sight of him. XII. > l -l' Con fideu t of the nail gold thieves would take after reachiug a certain pass in the mountains, Buffalo Bill wrole a note to Arizona John as soou as he fonnd be was right. This h e left in the trail on a stick, and it told the scouts to push or. for a certain point ahead, where h e would join the m. He knew that the thieves had two days' start of him, but he had lost uo time in his walk back to camp, bad ridde n steadily on the trail, and felt that he now should be able to head them off. "We will keep a very steady pace, boys, for I wish to strike a gold trail to-morrow that will pan out rich, I think," the chief of scouts said when they came up and joined him, and his men knew that their leader ha
THE BUFFALO STORIES. 13 on foot, and the dead and wounded braves they had gathered np from the field. Watching the last charge of comrades, they had not seen the scouts until they were within a few hundred yards of them. Then they turned in wild dismay and their cries gave warning to their comrades in the moment of their victory. The Indians for a moment were dumb with amazement and fear. Then they saw that there were about h alf a dozen scouts, and they still had forty able-bodied braves. But Buffalo Bill was not counting odds, and h e ranged hi s men iu line, advanced at a canter and all fired as they went. Their fire was first upon the little group in the valley. So deadl y was it that the few who escaped leap ed upon their ponies a11d flecl. But the scout s moved on, giviug the Iudi:rns no time to rally among the rocks, a11d thtir terrible fire drove the hand in full retreat d own along the river bank, where they kept in the shadow of the timber. A chief and a dozen braves rallied for a short fight, and Buffalo Bill sboute
t4 THE BUFFALO BILL STORIES "I had h elp not so very far away, and so decided to head you off." ''The Indians got Dou, didu't they?" "Yes, but I trust he can be rescued." "I can't la st long, ca n I?" Ike now said, with a frighteuecl look in his eyes. "I'm afraid not, poor fellow, for you have some cruel wounds. Diel the Iudians surprise you?" Buffalo Bill added, trying to get the gold thief's mind away from his desperate predican1ent. ''Yes, we w e re breaking camp when we saw -them coming. We fou ght them hard, but they broke in on u s. ''I ft:! l and pretended to be d ea d, as I saw you comi11g, so t hey swep t ou. carrying the captain with them, though he fought like a devil at bay. ''A 11cl they go t our gol d, too, but that pleases me, for, you'll ne ver have it, so I have some little revenge against you, afrer all, Buffalo Bill, and--" His y o ice choked up suddenly, h e writhed for a moment i11 agony and then the lif es triDgs snapped-the man was dead. Buffalo Bil l a rose from the side of the dead body, by which h e had kuelt with uncovered head, and turned away. "Boys. stake the horses out to feed and rest, for there is sad \iu r k for us to do here. ''.HQQ.: arc the wounded, .\rizona John?" "}\I! riglit, chief, for their wounds are not bad, and I liaYe just dresse(l them." ''Collec t the
THE BU ff ALO BILL STORIES 1 5 "Went off don btless soon after they got possession of their dead?'' "About that time, chief, we judged." "Then they have twenty miles' s tart of us?" "All o f that, sir." ''And as they have a number of extra ponies along, iu spite of killed aud which we captured, they have enough to give every brave oi1e, and their deacj, too. ''It would be useless for us to follow t heru with our force, I think." This the scants all decided was true, so they moved ou to the Indian camp to stop for the night. The Indian pony across the river was brought over by one of the men, and a guard being placed, the rest wrapped their blankets about them and were soon fast asleep. But at midnight they were suddenly awakened by Buffalo Bi 11. "Boys, these reqskins will not travel after nightfall, and they do not expect us to discover their going until after dark, if then. c "Tl1 ey will not th ink we dare follow them, and they cannot be camped more than twenty miles from here ''Of course they will follow the river, and I will go ahead alone, and at a good pace, so you follow, and by a into their camp at dawn we 111ay be able to rescue that poor 'fe1low, Don Milner." The scouts were 111ore than willin g, and a quarter of au hour after, Buffalo Bill rode away in the darkness, and they followed. Keeping up a good pace for several hours, they yet did not mertake their chief, and they were beginning to wonder if they had followed on his trail, when they sudden l y saw him riding toward them. '' Pards, they are camped just half a mile from here, and arc gettin g ready to move. 'Leave of tlie woun
16 THE BUFF ALO BILL STORIES. first flight, for the horses bearing it bad been both wounded and drowned in coming over. Buffalo Bill then said, sternly: "I am sorry, for now we will have to kill your red brothers and scalp the dead, so they will be only squaws in the Happy Hunting Grounds.'' The eye of every scout was upon the Indian, for they kuew what this dire threat of Buffalo Bill's meant to them. But the brave did not wince and even change a muscle of his face. If he had been telling a about Don Milner and the loss of the gold his countenance in no wise revealed the fact. He did not even glance at his fellow prisoners, but after a moment of silence began to s lowly chant his death song. In this the others joined him. This appeared to be proof to the scouts that the Indian messenger had told the truth, that their prisoner had been killed, as stated, and the gold lost. ''Why did not my red brother tell me this when I sent him to bis comrades?" asked Buffalo Bill. He had been on sentinel duty and did not know, was the quick reply. ... A s the other Indians had 11ow heard the report of the messenger, it was useless to ask them, and the chief said, in a disappointed tone: cc I fear we have overeached ourselves, pards; but we can do nothing, though, somehow, I do not believe this redskin messenger's story." Bnt the other scouts thought differently, and so Buffalo Bill turned to the redskin and said: "Let my red brother know that we will not kill our foes or mutilate the dead. "He is wounded and needs rest, so can remain here, while his brother who is unhurt can return to the band and tell them to come back after their comrades and their dead; but some of their ponies we will keep. c 'I will take my young men across the river and let niy red brothers return at once to their village. "If they refuse, I will send the braves from the fort upon tbei r trail." The death song had ceased quickly, and the prisoners seemed happy at the mercy shown them. The brave whom Buffalo Bill had lassoed was given a pony and told to go after his comrades and bring them back, and tLe scouts left the dead and wounded in camp to await their coming, while they recrossed the river and went into camp. This time the messenger was gone but an hour, and the redskins came back by twos and threes, as though dreading a trap. But their wounded companions called to them that H the scouts were uot iu ambush, and the braves rapidly it came up, and lost no ti111e iu getting avvay. As they filed away in tlie distance, Bllffalo Bill said: er "Well, pards, we have not done so badly, for we have killed more Indians than we had men, wounded as many '' more, and broken the spirit of the band, while their chief is among the dead. cc '"rhough we did not capture the gold thieves, 'l know that they did not escape with their treasure. ] "Now, I have more work for you to do." Arizona John and Pony Bob were the two who crossed the river and kept watch upon the Indians. There was no telling just what u,ey would do. e ) Still outnumbering the scouts over three to one, they e might halt on their trail, return by night, and make an attack upon their foes, whom they would expect to sur>J prise. But toward sunset Pony Bob returned lo say tbat the Indians had kept steadily on in their retreat, and Ari5 zona John would follow them until dark and then get near enough to try and hear what their plans were. He would also try and do what the chie f had particu larly requested, to see if they still had their prisoner, Don Milner, and the fwo large horses that had carrying the gold, for Buffalo Bill was ven dot1btfn l of the story of the drowning of the two auimals iu the in crossing. Feeling assured that the Indians, if honest in thei: retreat, would keep on to the junction of the two rivers to the north, and hold on to the head waters of the Pow der River, where their villages were, Buffalo Bill was anxious to get on his way. To get an early start, he decided to cross the river and camp several miles further on the Indian trail, which the scouts would have to follow until they branched off toward the Sweetwater. This would also cause Arizona John to meet them on his return trail, whatever were the tidings he brollght, and if the redskins did intend to come back and attack them, in the hope of gett1'ig revenge, could ambush them on the way. So the river was recrossed, and a march of several miles made along the trail, when a good camping place was found just as darkness set in. The horses had become rested, and if there was no disturbance tllat night they wollld all, both meu and ani mals, be in fine condition on the morrow to resume their way. Supper was over, a guard had been set, and the horses were feeding, while the scouts were lolling about the camp-fire chatting, when there came the sound of hoofs. It was Arizona John, and he was coming at a gallop.
, THE BU Ff ALO STORilE5o Ile bad caught sight of the camp-fire, and, riding up it, threw himself from his saddle and said: "Chief, tha t s the honorest gang of red cut-throats I er ran a gainst." ''What's up, John?" ''They are coming back." "Ah, we must meet them." "That's jus t it, and I know the very spot. "I saw it in daylight as I foll01ved them, and noted it I came back to-11ight." ''\\"hat have the reds decided upon?" "They dropped out jus t before dark, about thirty of eir gang, and I tell you they haven't got many more. "They picked their best pouies, and, while the onnded were in charge of the d ea d and the outfit, ey wai tt:d to come back on the trail and tackle ns, ping to give us a little surprise." "Thanks to y ou, the y won't smprise us a little bit." "No t much, chie f; but w e have not got muc h time to -;e, and we wa11t eve r y man, for this time it must be a ssou iu rnauuers they won't forget." ''It shall be.'' ''I will l eave the cam p Ji.ere, and oue man in charge, hil e the ride for the place of ambush and get into sition." 'l'his was the plan, and it w::is quickly acted upon. The .rlace of ambt:::>h was not two 111iles from the ca1up, 1
18 THE BUFFALO BILL STORRES. Doing what they could for the wounded, the scouts then fell back, Buffalo Bill and Arizona John remaining to watch what the redskins would do. They had not long to wait before a peculiar cry was heard out on the plain. It was answered by one of the wounded braves. Soon after a voice was heard nearer and a question was asked and answered. Then first one, then two, and other horsemen appeared in sight coming toward the hill. They came with the greatest caution, although expecting to be greeted with a volley, until one of the wounded braves called to them that the palefaces were gone. Even then they were not overbolci. But, after a while, they bad gathered up their put them on ponies, mounted the wounded warriors, an
THE BUlff ALO BILL STORIES. 19 rhence had they come, for their trail led from an un wu country, as Buffolo Bill believed, save to a few. i n e thing Buffalo Bill was particularly glad of, and twas the direction the trail led was northward, the 'he intend e d to take to the Big Horn country. 1\ft er followi11g the trail for several hours, and seting 1 tit still held its northward trend, the scout decided eturn to bis camp at the rock fort. f the six meu were foes, they were odds he must not t alone. h f they were scouts from some of the forts, why were y on foot? o h e set out at a good pace to reach camp early and e all ready for an early start in the morning. uckskin, therefore, was kept at a brisk pace, and besnnset Buffalo Bill rode up to his camp and was eted with a cheer. 11 ismounting, the chief told his men the result of his 's work, and added: '\V e will start l.ore dawn; as they are on foot, we catch them by to-morrow night or noon the next at auy rate. 'But we must go prepared for our journey northward, first intended." CHAPTER XVI. ON 'rlllt FRESII TRAIL. arrangements were made that night for a start in morning, and an hour before dawn the men rode out c amp. twas noon when the trail of the six men was struck. fteu the.11ature of the country was such that no trail 1 Id be seen, a11d the plainsmen's skill showed itself in a essing at the way those they were following had gone. he trail was collle across a score of miles northward t where Buffalo B.ill had branched off from it the day iore, for he had au idea of the way it led, and took the bnc e of crossing it for beyond; while, if he did not, he Id return to where he bud left it and keep ou from 0 t point. ot to l ose the time and distance to be gained, how a r, he ventured, and the result prove d his wisdom. s the pace had been a good one all day, the trnil ked very fresh when the night camp was made, aud, cul a ting the speed of those on foot, the chief said: 'We'll catch them early to-morrow, boys." 'The next morning all was ready for a move as soon as was light e110ugh to see the trail, and they were uot y long in coming upou the camp where the party had sed the night. he fire had b ee n put ot1' t, to prevent its smoke from u met ing the altentiu11 of ro'ing bands of reclski11s, uld auy be al.Jout, but the ash e s were yet warm. "Another hour "ill bring them in sight," said Buffalo Bill. And in this he was right. But, unfortunately for the scouts, the country had changed somewhat. There was a large p:Lain, miles across, before them, broken only here and there by timber matter growing amid groups of rocks. The plaiu was barren, too, and if the party had not been sighted it would have been very difficult to follow them from their trail, for it would hardly have beeu visible. It. looked to the scouts as though they had determined to cover up their retreat, and so had sought that very plain, which they knew. But, as the scouts came out upon the range that over look ed the plains, there they were in full sight. There were six white men and also one other; also a horse. They were a couple of miles out upon the plain when seen. 'l'aking his gla!>'S, the chief looked long and attentively at them, while his men stood by, eagerly awaiting for hirn to report. ''Pards, I don't know but one of them as far as I can now judge," he said. Theu he continued, talking slowly: '' 'l'hat one is Dou Milner, who the Iudiaus said was "He escaped with his gold-laden horse, and those men evidently just came up with him, and he is made to carry their packs." "That means that they are not his friends, pards; and, seeing what I do, I bei"ieve they are gold thieves making their way out from I he country; but where on earth are they going in this direction?" None of the :.couts seemed able to answer this, and then Buffalo Bill said: "Well, we have got them in sight, and it will never do to. them in this plain, for we could not pick up their trail perhaps for days. ''If they are good men and true, recognizing us to be white men, they will be all right. "If the y are outlaws, then they will show fight." The chi ef's ideas regarding the party they pursued was shared by the men. If the six men were not outlaws, seeing white men following, they would feel that they must be friends. If outlaws, they would fear capture and show fight. It certainly looked bad for them to see the way they were making l\Iilner carry a lead. This showed that he at l e ast was not in league with them, had not apparently go.11e willingiy with them, aud their meeting had been accid e ntal.
20 THE BUFF A LO B ILL STORIES. They were trudging slowly along over the plain wholly unmindful of what \YaS behind the m. "Pards, that looks like a waterless plain, so we'll give 0om: horses a goo:i drink at that little brook, fill our canteens, and be prepared for what is b efore us. "If those fellows do not look behind them, we may get well up b e fore we are discovered." The men dismounted at the brook, threw off their saddles for a quarter of an hour'.s rest, filled their canteens, and their horses havjng had a bunch of grass, they mountep and rode off on the plain. The men in advance had gotten all of three miles away, meanwhile. But the canter that Buffalo Bill set soon reduced the distance, and it was kept up until the party ahead were 1i ttle over a mile a way. "They see us, pards." It was true, as all coul d see b y the excited movements of the men. Some one had looked behind and had seen the scouts Instantly they turned square off from the way they bad been traveling and went rapidly toward oue of the timber wastes, already referred to. It was about an acre in si ze, rose in a slight mound, and was a pile of rocks overgrown with a thicket. "They've got a strong fort right at hand. ''\Ve were uufortuuate to strike them so near it," said Buffalo Bill. The scouts were walking their horses now, and were watching the others clos ely. They saw them reach the waste, disappearing from sight, and what followed they could only guess. After a while two of the men appe ared upon a rock that rose above the thicket and one was seen t o turn a glass' upon the scouts. The two alternative l y lo .oked through the field glasses for quite a while, talked excitedly, and disappeared. Buffalo Bill still led on as before. Be had raised his fie ld-glass to his eyes, and made the remark that six dcteo11ine c 1 men could, in that waste, stand off a large attacking force. When they r eac h ed the spot frorn whence the men had looke d back a n d discovered them, Buffalo Bill kept straight on. H e seemed to wish to give tli e iaste were co11gratulating them selves that they had not been seen, their joy was shortlived; for, after getting \Yell by, Buffalo Bill turned t o the left and began to circle tutirely around the thicket. He w as about four hundred yards away from the waste, and he knew what his rifl e conld do, so wanted e find out what the weapons of the six men could accoir p lish a t that range. L Out in the open plain as they were, the scouts wolf< be at a terrible disadvantage, for they could not ev 1 see their foes. V The men in the waste, not counting the prisoner, wl six; the scouts were eight in number, but this little al vantage di'd not weigh against the others' position. V But were they friends or foes? ;c That question was to be decided. Having circl ed e11tire l y around the waste, Buffalo B called a halt. Then they all dismounted, the horses were unsaddlfV and the chief, with a white handkerchief in his liaL stepped out from the others. :a No one could be seen at the matte. All was as silent as death there. 11 Walking a few paces, the chief laid his rifle upon t V ground, took off his belt, and, hotling 11p his hanGV with the white signal of peace flutteriug above his he began his walk toward the waste. He knew that his every movement was seen. i e ''Don't go too far, chief," called out Pony Bob. "Le t me go, for 1'111 no good if I get plugged," at Arizona J oh n started toward the chief. "Go back!" was the stern comniaucl, and B\ walked on. I A dozen lllOre paces bad h e gon e wlJen there sharp report a bulle t bit the hard earth to one sider the scout. It \ ms a.n unmistakable co111111and to Ii.alt. CHAPTER XVII. AT BAY. Buffalo Bill promptly halted, wheeled and called ouf 'How far did that bullet go, b1)ys ?'' "It fell just yonder, sir!" and Arizo11a John ran the spot wher e the piece of lead had hit the ground. "I wouder if that was fired by their best gun," ai \\ith this .lhrffolo Bill held his flag of truce higher ai once more rnoved on. 'Don't go 1 came in a chorns from the scouts. "'l'bey \\'ill kill you," cried Arizol1a John. "If they do kill me, protected by a flag of truce, y men know that it means 110 quarter to murderers!" cri Buffalo Bill, iu to1Jes h e kuew mnst reach the ears tltose who bad fired upon a white flag. "We know' \Ve'!! avenge you, Buffalo Bill!" ca in a savage roar from the scouts. 'l'hat those iu the waste heard their threat there no doubt. 1
THE BUFF/\LO BILL STORIES. 21 t 'hen Buffalo Bill moved on again, and a dozen paces he went, wheu there came the stern command: 'Halt!" obeyed. s 110 more was said, Buffalo Bill called out: 1\Yell, I have halted." r'If you value your life, go yonr way with your men, dffalo Bill.'' 'Who are you?" 'l'lever miud who we are; but you leave this coun" i I have a right here, as au officer attached to the 1y, and you have not." We have the right to protect ourselves." 1d1 I have come to you under a flag of truce, and which I failed to respect.'' 1 We respect nothing. Go your way and leave us to trnrs.'' 1 h Will you surrender your prisoned" t1 What prisoner?'' a You know well who I mean." f I do not." here was a silence of over a minute. t was evident that the words of the scout had sut111 d the111; that they had not suspected he knew that with them. your answer?" called out the scout, tired of ling f. t a reply. 1 e We have uo prisoner." = 'I'he man with you?" He is a comrade, uot a prisoner." luffalo Bill was slightly taken aback at this. 1ould it be true? ut, no; if a comrade, would lie be carryiug a pack?" o; it was a game to deceive him, and he I kuow who and what the man is, and demand "his 'ou won't get him.'' et l1im a11swe> tf h e prefers to remain with you or with us." He will not answer." ai ave you killed him?" a 1 Ne wou d not kill a comrade." are you?'' hat is none of your business, Buffalo Bill." You kuow me, as I do you, and I demand, as an offi the Government, that you surrender and save yours s further trouble." :If you know us, we are not men likely to surrender u an
22 THE BU Ff ALO BILL STORIES. At th e moment he had fired, Arizona John dashed for ward with Buffalo Bill's horse, at.the same time telli11g the s couts to fall back out df rau ge. ''Wei 1 doue, J ohu," cried the chief, and, leaping into the saddle, he dashed back with Arizona John to get ont of range. They had hardly done so wheu there came several shots from the timber, hut the bullets did 110 harm. Buffalo Bill was too wise a mau to stand unprotected on the plain and argue with men who had shown that they would be merciless. Keeping at a gallop for a short distauce, the scouts halted, and they were glad to see that the shots of their foes fell short, while they knew that their rifles would throw a b11llet far beyond the motte. '' Pards, I thank you, for that volley saved me, as it kept thos e other fellows from firing. "I onl y hope it did 11ot kill Milner," said the chief. ''The D enver Devils, as I understand, John, are a gang of desperadoe3 who secretly di
---...--..-- 1'HE BUFF ALO BILL STORIES. was gathered up for fires 011 the plain for a :\1 at night, and, tied in bundles, was swung across se. 1 ole was taken along for a flag by day wheu needed sigual, aud, \Vith his bag of provisions, the chief 11ted aud started upon his return. e made the rounds of his men, giving each his sup1 and then put the wood at the camp on the plain ready to light. a also erected the pole for the flag, and his position to be at the camp there. other men wishing to signal to him for aid were matches, and all were so placed that he could see e eping by day, the scouts could watch by night, and man had mentally vowed that there was no escape lie Den\'er Devils. l t Buffalo Bill was worried about one thing. did not uuderstand about Milner. had felt assured that he was in no way allied with ang, yet why had he not spoken, for he certainly 1 eard all that was said. d they killed him? 1 the fire of the scouts killed him? t thoughts troubled the chief of scouts. \ras a Illystery that must be fathomed. e sun was now setting, and Buffalo Bill to pace to and fro upon his post. quietly v i e other scouts did the same, and the ho rses kept out the plain stood silent and discontented, for their ct told them that there was water and grass where companions had been taken. seemed beyond them to reason that their time l come 11ext. re on the plain the soi l was bard and dry, there wt a blade of grass or a thing that was alive and ug. ht came ou, the further scouts faded from view, thos e nearer, aud soon all was darkness npou the and a silence that was intense could almost be felt e watchers. w at must be the feeling of the besieged, thought o Bill. ai re in that waste, besieged as they were, brought 1f e cud of their trail, they must have crnel, bitter hts. e their firing they had not been heard from. t their eyes were upon the scouts the latter well e they plotting escape? \Vere there any dead in midst? darkness shut all secrets out. Silence still upon the besieged outlaws, with the dawn. 'l'here had been no fire at night, no smoke was seen now by day to show that they were cooking their meals. Could it be that they were out of provisions, save what they had killed along the trail in the way of game? Far over toward the ridge oue of the scouts in the camp there was seen coming out with the horses and breakfast. He came straight to the camp, and Buffalo Bill signaled for two of the men to come in, which they did The supply of food was for the day and plentiful. The lHnses brought out were left at the camp; the others, thirsty and hungry, were taken back. "Any sign of the chief?" asked the scout, from the ridge. "Not a sign or a sound all .night." So each scout reported as he came in for his breakfast. Noon had come and gone, and Buffalo Bill raised a white flag on the pole and advanced toward the waste as far as 11e dared. The silence was oppressi,e. A shot halted him, the bullet falling spent at his feet. He the flag and he was surprised at the result. A man stepped out of the thicket and waved soruethi11g meant to be white, but which was dirt color. "Ho, there!" shouted the chief, and the scout further off heard his clear to11es. "I'll meet you half way," cried the outlaw. '' Ay, ay, come along!'' Buffalo Bill at once walked forward, carrying his flag with him. The man also advanced, but s lowly. At last Buffalo Bill halted. He had gotten to where the scouts had halted the day before when he had advanced towHrd the waste. "You mus t come here, Serpent Sam." "I'll come half way." I "I'll go you," and Buffalo Bill boldly walked the distance. The outlaw advanced with evident dread. "\Veil?" '' What do you want, Buffalo Bill?" ''Your surrender.'' "We won't." ''Then we can't trade.'' "\Ve can." "What have you to offer?" "'l'he prisoner." ''Ah! you wish to trade him?" "Yes, for you want him." "I might and I might "What do you mean?"
24 THE BUFF 1\LO BILL STORIES. "I don't want a dead man." The scout watched the face of Serpent Sam closely as he spoke. "He's not dead." ''Voll are sure?" ''He's all right, for we are not fools to destroy our stock in ''All right; what do you want?'' and Buffalo Bill eyed the man from head to foot. He saw a well-built man, a perfect athlete, with clothes terribly worn and soiled, boots run down at the heel and full of holes long, nukempt hair and beard, a ragged hat, a1.1d a face that was a study-it was snaky iu appearance. The weapons of the man were good ones and light, but the rifle was not of recent manufacture. The face looked haggard, and Buffalo Bill felt that it had a half-starved look. ''If you'll allow us to go our way we'll leave the man safe and sound." "No, we ll wait and take him." ''No, you won't." "Why not, for you are as safe as rats in a cage?" 'If you don't accept our terms we'll kill him before your eyes, and then fight it out with yo u." The scout did not allow an expression on his face to change as he replied: ''What good is he to us, for he is simply a border wanderer whom you found and have since subsisted upon the provisions he had, for yours were about run out?" The man looked surprised, while he asked: ''Is not he your pa rd?' ''He is just what I told you. I will feel sorry to have you kill him, but then his life must not weigh in the balance against you and your band, when I 11ave you all in my power." "That settles it; Ile must die." "I can't 11elp that, but I will say that if you kill him in reyenge, because you cannot escape through him, I'll turn you over to one of my men who is very anxious to burn you all at the stake, and he will do it if we find that man dead.'' ''Who is it you speak of?" "Arizona John, a scout from the Southwest, 011 your trai !. "My God! is he here?" "Y l f es, 1 e i s one o my men, and it is strange you did 11ot recognize him." "\'es I know him n ow, so we can't come to t erms; can t trade," and the outlaw turned on his 11ee l aud walked back toward the waste. CHAPTER XIX. TRB: q .. PTIVE. Buffalo Bill stood watchiug the mau as away, while a strange expression came over his I He had mad e the threat he did, in connecti Arizona John's name, to note its effect. It had been wonderful, for the face of the shown strange emotions. A rizoua J olrn was certainly well known to him H e was a scout with a splendid record in the west, and when be came up north and had wis!Jed: Buffalo Bill s company of scouts, the latter ha:i most willing. 1 That the outlaws had had reason to fear Arizon; there was 110 doubt in Buffalo Bill's mind, for tc tion of his name bad shut out all possibility of 1 terms from Serpent Sam's standpoint. As for the chief of scouts, he knew that lk power to make terms with these six men. They had placed themselves far beyond the pah1 mercy. Already they had been tried and senteuced to
THE BUFF i\lO BILL STORIES. 25 y'll 11ever surrender alive, sir, never! en they are good aud hu11gry and see that there ope they'll end it all." II theruselves ?'' o:come out and kill and be killed-Serpent a clead game ma11, chief.' l ll, I believe we can save time by ending it for )l w so, sir?'' a e nights are very dark, and by creeping in from sts upon the 1raste we can locate and attack them e quarters. ill go in first, then make the rounds of the line t the men and we can wiu." believe we can, though we wi 11 lose some of our or they are game, those devils.'' e may have to remain here for a week, perhaps for they must have a little food on hand. 1 e cannot spare the time, and then it is the only can see to save Milner, for they'll starve him f uot kill him." u are right, chief. all I put the boys on to it?" o, for the outlaws might suspect somethiug, seeing th e rounds. ey will not expect us to attack and risk a fight m e n as loug as we have them sure by g, so they will keep poor w a tch, I am certain." 11 right, chief; count on me to be there," and na Johu weut b ac k to his post. men came in for their supper one by one, and ess again fell. eral hours passed away, and then Buffalo Bill 1 to prepare for his dangero u s approach to the posif th e outlaws. rolled up several. blankets very clo se, tied stirrup rs and stirrups to them, and bound them to a of the h eav i es t saddl es en completed, this made a cumbersome but very hiel
26 1'HE BUFFALO BILL STORIES. That Ms captors would kill him if they had to desert him, he felt assured. So he said: ''There is somebody coming on our trail.'' A cry broke from the lip& of each man, and their eyes told them that whoever they were, that they outnumbered them, were mounted and would not be long in overtaking them. ''Pards, we are in bard luck, and just as we thought all was well. ''Push for it, push! "You saw them just in time. We'll make for yonder rock hill, pards." Then Serpent Sam led the way to the motte, and, reaching it, l)e at once began t see what the advantages ef the situation were. '!'be horse was hiclden among the rocks, a camp placed where would not intrude, and then Serpent Sam and one of his men ascended a rock to reconnoitre. What they saw did not reassure them, and he said in a low tone: ''That is Buffalo Bill in the lead. ''It has been a long time since I saw him, and I only m.?t him once then, but he's a man not to forget. ''It is to be a death struggle right here, pards, s o ve'll get ready for it as best we can.'' C:IInF1'ER XX. 'l'IIE FATAL OATH. Wheu the scouts halted and Buffalo Bill rode forward alone, Milner made the mistake of allowing his face to reveal his pleasure. Serpent Sani saw it and at once said: "I'm on to you, aud I believe you are glad those scouts are there. I'll just check your joy." was raising his revolver to fire, when one of his meu called out quickly: ''Don't kill him, for h e may be worth liis weight ia gold. "Gag him aud rope him, so can do no harm." It was a Y ery close call, for the revoJyer was lowere d just as Serpent Sam was about to pull the trigger. "Yon are right. \\'e'll see what he is worth to us. 'I'ie him a11d put a gag iu his J11outh." Milner made n o resistance. He was securely botrnd and a stick was stuck into his mouth as a gag. What followed has already beeu told. When 11iglit ca m e 011 the ontl a''-'S gathered togethe r about a Sllla!l fire, built among the rocks and where 110 gleam of it could be seen by the scouts. In the arc of light lay the bound lllan s uffering greatly, with hi s bonds and his gagged month. Yet his ears heard all that was said, and either release or death was near; but he feare chances were in favor of the latte r. "Pards, you know what's before us," b leader. A silence that was deep gave consent. "Buffalo Bill is on our trail, he has hemrn and we might as well thiuk of escapiug frod hound as from t!Jat man." The men groaned. "We are cornered beyond escape, and captu death by hanging. "It seemed that luck had come to u s, for w from the lower country to this, which is rich only had to cac!te our gold when we could ca further. "Then we struck that man; he gave us a big would have savej us only we have got Buffa! our trail, a11d you know what that means. "\Veil, h e re we are, aud to-morrow will e: we are starving for wate r. J ''If taken we hang, so I say keep our oath tli> and at the word send a bullet through our Again a groan came from the men. I "Don't be cowards, parcls. "We took all chances and are doomed. ''We took oath what we would do, and le comes terriuly hard, it lias to be done. ''There is a big price 011 our heads to be tak1 that we may be hanglCl. "We'll cut the figure dmYn and be taken dead "What do you say?" A moment of silence followed, and then 011e s1 "\Ve are six, Sam, and a dash might save om1 three of us, and we get a1rny. '' Reui1.:111bc r, we ha\'c got gold, aud it's ha 11ow with life before us." ''Yes, but do you mean that we could get ave' dash?" ''Yes." '' l t could not be done. "\\"e might kill some of the.scouts, but sor \YOtlld be takeu a]i,e; 11out would escape. "So, \\"e mus t k eep our oath and die like ti rnen Wl.! are, 110\\' tha t \\"e have come to the en, rope. ''If any man here r ef us es lo keep that se n d a 1.iullet throug h 11is IJrain." '' \\"e won't refuse, Sarn. "Gi,e t he \Yore!," all(! all repeated the but ca ru e t tone. i: l\l il11er scarcely ureat!ied.
THE BUFF ALO BILL STOR I ES k:i d ad begun to believe that the men had forgotten e ext Serpent Sam saicl: '11 each oue of us put a bulle t iu him, pards, a f the baud all rouud, aud then we'll turn the muz-1 ur guns against our heads, I'll give the word, and II trig ger together.'' will," was the firm rejoinder. appeal for mercy from Milner would hav e been IT ds, we'll hide the gold we have so that accursed e an't fiud it, and that which we have caclied will 1 e found." 1 gold was bidde n by Serpent Sam among the and then the outlaws returned to the :fire and each w hi s revolver as he faced the prostrate prisoner. outlaws were so taken up with their own doom, und to die togethe r, as they were at the comn f their leader, that they did not keep watch. one of the m supposed the scouts would take any 1i s of an attack, and they had them so snrely by s g. uffalo Bi II reached their stronghold and began to oitre: aw the reflection of the fire and he gained a rock 11ere h e could look clown upon the group. counted the s ix, anr. felt relieved. one \\'as upon guard, as he had feared. light of the fire revealed every face distinctly. so reYealed 1l'lil11er, lying bound uear the group elt that the man must be released quickly. t til e outlaws were talking about Buffalo Bill 11ot disti11guish, but their faces showed that they 11 deadly earnes t in a ll they said. ll1S t lose no tillle. Now we can all reach the motte 1 e11 we can act.'' ayi11g, the chief of scouts retraced his way. 1 did not h eed his shield 11ow, so it was l ef t at the r t e thicket. i dly he walked out upon the plain to his first as Po:1 y Bob. was a l ert, and recognizing the scout, said: hat' s up, c hief?" b go round the circle and bring the boys all here. ose no time, k eep out ou the circle line in coming, 1 ake 110 sound to show outlaws where we are." 11 right, s ir. a y Po11y Bob went at a trot, as n o i seless as a er's tread. alo Dill 11ow saw a form advancing. id n ot take a second glance t o recognize the form ro a d shoulders of Arizona Johu. ''John, I have been to the outlaws' camp." "Just like you, chief." ''They were keeping no watch, but are holding a pow wow, and something is up." "Good!" 'They are around a small fire and the prisoner is lying near. "I shall return to the timber, but you wait here and bring the men when they have all come." ''I will." With this Buffalo Bill again crept toward the thicket. He reached the rocks and looked down toward tlie fire. The men were all there, but standing up now. Milner still lay where he bad been befor e. Serpent Sam was talking louder than before, and B u ffalo Bill caught a few words. What he heard caused him to quickly retrace his way to the edge of the thicket. Just as he reached there he saw his scouts coming. They were stooping low, coming on a line, and not thirty feet away. ''Ho, pards !'' "All ready, sir." "Follow me in Indian file "Ay,ay." ''Haye your rifl es ready for quick work, and I'll show you a thrilling picture." The chief of scouts led the way to the thicket, and close behind him followed his men in single file. They climbed n oiseless l y over the rocks, and at last reached a point where they saw a glimmer of light. "In line. They silently obeyed. From where they stood now they could see the six outlaws. The could also see Milner. The outlm\'s were standing up in a line. They had their revolvers drawn. The m e n s t oo d with bowed heads, and the light o f tbe fir e falling upon their faces showed that they were livid, had thrown aside their hats and were strangely nenous. "Pards, we get what comfort we can in killing that m a n first. ''He is the one Buff a lo Bill is afte : "Fire at the word as I give it and fill him full of lead. "Then we'll grasp hands across, look each other square in the face to show that not one of us shrinks from keeping an oath, ?ndthen when I give the word 'Fire!' pull the trigger." "We will!" Every word titte r ed was heard by the scouts. "Are you ready, pards ?"
28 THE BUFF J\LO B I L L STORI E S Serpen t Sam's voice rang out distinctly and without a tremor. But it was Buffalo Bill's voice that uttered the com mand: "Fire!" The scouts :fired at the word of their chief. The roar of the rifle.s was t errible, breaking 'in as they did upon the stillness of the night. The six outlaws had sunk in their tracks as one man. All lay motionless save one. That one was Serpent Sam. The horse among the rocks snorted wildly and plunged about iu a vain effort to get away. Down toward the camp, over rocks and rough rushes, revolvers in hand, the scouts followed their leader. The loud tones of their chief were heard: "Ho! J\lilner we :fired those shots." Reaching tbe fire, more nood was thronn on it by some, others pulled 11ilner apart from the ghastly group, and Buffalo Bill cut the bonds that h e ld the gag, while Pony Bob began to untie the lariat from his feet, another doing the sa m e to release his hands. "Here's rny cauteen," nnd the ;;cont poured irater i11tu lhe dry and inflame:! mouth of the captive. It n ea rly choked him, hut s lowly be revived, though h e could not speak. Seeing that he wa s recovering, Buffalo Bill turned to Arizona John who bad called him. ''Well, John?" ''.The head devil still lives." "Yes.'' ''But mortally wounded, surely?" "Ile must be; but you look at him." Another fire had been lighted, \Vbere was more room. Lying near it was the leader of the Denver De, ils. He was breathing hard, and his breast was stained tvi tll blood. But his eyes nere opeu and he was conscious. He had recog n ized Arizona John, who bad placed him in as co mfortable a position as possible, and had said: "Beyon d your reac h n ow, John Burke." As B u ffalo B ill k n elt by his side, there was only sympathy i n tlie scout's look and tone: I am sorry you are suffering, pan:f, and wish you had been as for t unate as your comrades. 1 'Froru yo u r lips I believe that, Buffalo Bill." Buff a lo Bill made no reply, and tbe scouh silence looking 011. The chief had removed his hat, for he s t o presence of dea t h. The others had followed his example, Milu far away, sipping water fro m a cantt::en to cool i and get back his voice. It was a strange, ghastly scene, one n o t t gotten. After a short silence the outlaw leader spoke "You gave the order to fire when it was lips, Buffalo Bill." ''Yes." "You saved him." "vVe were just in time." ''When he was dead my men iutended to k selves." I heard the words of your fatal oath.'' "But I did not intend to kill myself.'.' ''Yon did not?" asked Buff a lo Bill, in surpri "Oh, no, born a de\'il, I would have been f tbe last.'' ''How do yon 111ea11 ?" "I did uot intel!ll to ki11 myself, but the oth '''l'he men liad given me the gold to hide d but I left it right mer there. '' \\7hen that lllan was dead and my men, tended to grab up that gold, run to theed thicket, and when you a11d your scouts came he jump I would hav e slipped ont, reached your ci taking the horses yon had there and the outfit run of it for where our treasure is hidden. ''I wou .ld ha\'e had a long start, a number of ride, while you could not easily track me, ac: plain, and ueyer could hav e caught me. ''Yes, I intended to be P de\'il nutil the last, i gone my way alone; but you thwarted me, aud die with the secret untold of where that forturn is hid den. '1'hat will be your punishment, Buffalo I ha! ha!" The laugh was one fu11 of fiendish trium Buffalo Bill looked at the man in actual horror. He had seen many a man die, but never one so hardened as th is one was. He uttered word, simply placed the cai
'THE BUFF ALO BILL STORIES. 29 the lips of the man, and did what he could to his intense suffering, for though he uttered no no groan, all saw that he was quivering with 0 And this was the verdict of each of the daring men who stood with uncovered heads gazing down upon the body. l1 anguish. he dying man seemed to desire to remain silent, Hill did not disturb bis last moments by asking stions. imply ordered Pony Bob to go out to the camp ng the horses to the motte, and Texas Jack ac ied him. er was getting better, but yet spoke no word. as busy gargling his throat and watching the outlaw. s half au hour passed away. The souud of hoofs approaching at a run out on the plain told the scouts that their comrades were coming from the camp by the ridge, for, though no signal had been given them, they had doubtless heard the firing and thought they were needed. The next minute one of the two men dashed up and bad with him all the horses. This decided Buffalo Bill upon going to the ridge right off, carrying the outfit of the with them, the bedies as well, for there the soil was too bard ta dig a grave in. Bob and Texas Jack returned with the horses tfit, made them fast in the thicket and came back I The start was soon after made, Milner mounting his horse. fire. dying outlaw had not spoken si11ce they bad been 'as breathing harder and more rapidly now. he y joined the circle again, the eyes of Serpent ened. e he made an effort before be spoke, and then in y tone came the words: hile I can, I'll say good-by, Buffalo Bill, and you, ys." t chief of scouts saw him try to raise his hand, and ort proved vai 11. trugglcd to speak again, but could not. eemed that be wished to say with bis eyes what gue refused to utter. he going to reveal the secret of his life? be lryiug to tell where that hidden gold could be He could not yet speak, so swollen and inflamed the gag had made his throat and mouth, and the bonds had caused his ankles and wrists to swell up and be painful. Once in the camp by the ridge, however, be was kindly cared for, and at once dropped off to sleep, the scouts soon after following his example. Sunrise showed a pleasant camping place in a meadow under a cliff, ai1d upon the banks of a small stream, and Buffalo Bill determined to remain there until the following morniug and allow the men and horses to fully recuperate. Then, too, he wished Milner to get in trim again. He was glad to find that he could speak once more, and the swelling in his limbs had gone down. The scouts gazed at him with decided interest. Breakfast over, the scouts .set to work to dig a large grave for the outlaws, and, as a pick and shovel can been brought along, it was not a difficult task. ruggle, a gasp, and the body of the man writhed The bags of gold which Serpent Sam had decided to 11y as the life spark went out like the flame of a appropriate were found, and this was to go into the scouts' treasury to be equally divided, while Milner was allowed his share CHAPTER XXI. The wish of the .scou t s was that the large treasure of THE H 1 o o EN Go L n. t1ie outlaws could be found, and of which the leader alo Bill bent over, clasped the hands above the would not tell, and they believed that if they kept right breast, closed the eyes, a short time before so full 0n there they might be able to follow the trail to the defiance a11d pluck, alld then said: hiding-place. rds, be his sins what they may, I never saw a The de a d outlaws were laid to rest in one grave, and er mau." then the scouts devoted themselves to cleaniug their fire
30 THE BUFFALO BiLL STOR!ES .. arms, patching up bridles and all else that needed it, and getting ready for the start on the morrow. A bath in the stream and the dressin g of his wounds afterward greatly refreshed Milner, and he said that h e So the 11ext morning the tart 'lvas made, the1I outlaws had been followiug. their own, was every man had his eyes open for the tracks oft o for thi!y were not easily found or followed. would be all right f,.9r the march on the morrow. Milner was mounted, and said that he fel t all Going to where Don Milner was lying upon his At uoon the p l ain had been crossed am! the ta blanket, Buffalo Bill sat down by him and said: t ered the mountaius. ''You have had a hard time of it, pard. I will tell you now frankly that I capie up into this country looking fc5r lawless gold hU1Jters we call sneak thie\' es I believed Serpent Sam had a large force and was allied with the Indians, but in that I was mistaken. I also be lieved there were other bands, but I guess the Deuver Devils and yours were all. 11 "Yes, though others have oeen here and have been killed by the Indians or have perished. My party w:
THE BUff/\lO BILL STORIES. 31 if I h:id uer met, or heard ont here of a Dr. il:ier?" 1 A young J,1dy asked you?' t ne who \\as the11 on li<;>r way to Fort Fettert eacher of the children of the officers stationed c clier, yo11 s:iy ?" and I left her there wheu I came o!I on this il to hunt clown the gold thieves." ou rec;:i 11 her name?'' es, it is Kate Hughes, and--" t God! Kate Hughes in this wild land, and a c c uf DoualJ Milner had turned strangely white. and tlic entire fort, from colonel to drnmmcr en and all, are in lo\e with h er, and \\ ith good r she showed what she.was made of the day I and \\hich I'll t ell yon ahout." e do," and Donald spoke pleadingly. Bill tolcl the story of Kate Ilnghes coming to how she had sayecJ his life, and how she ha I aged ;:is teacher throt:gh an advertisement in a k paper, \Yhich she had answered. u1 not see me when I left and 1notf' this little ood-uy ,'' and he took ont lhe note. her writing I thought there must he some mis t there is none-it is Rate Hughes. I ha\" e 11ot om her for more than a year; but wily is she ? Can her father IJe dead, and he ha\'e left her hope so, for I can take good care of her now. Mr. Cocly, she 1s the girl I t old you of, the one nt here to seek a fortune for." n nd yon \Jet ) on'll 'find such a girl true as lid hear t11 .. t hlr father wns dead, a11d instead uf ta fortune, slit: was forced to earn her Ji,ing. '' Cocly, when \\"e reach the fort I am in your h Go to her and t ell her \Yhom you fotlncl, a law in the Indian country, and upon her answer y hope of happiness." not nrncli npon squaring love affairs, doctor, ess I cau fix this one up ali right,'' \ms Btlffa l o J!-iwer, aud lie looked really 11appy O\'er the J..lIOSand his scouts by Colou el Dandridge and others in the secret of their going, a t Fort Fettermen, whe n one night tlie dariug rough riders arrived. The chief of scouts sent his men to their quarters, aud then, as Colonel Daudridge had not retired, he t old Dr. Milner to accompany him. He was most vvannly welcomed back and introduced Dr. Milner. Then h e told his strange story, the colonel giving the yon11g golJ hunter a cordial greeting and adding: ''We will not hold it agaiust you, doctor, your lawless gold hunt, nnder the circumstances, and \Ye who know Miss IInghes, the Girl in Gray, as we c-all her, can hardly blame you for taking big chances to win her. ''She lias a likeuess of you in her study, \Thich she seems to prize highly, aud I guess ;you are the obstacle that has caused her to say nay to so many of hand souie young officers, for out here one falls in love qnickly. ''I cong:atulate you, I assure you, 11nd in the morning will tell the Girl in Gray of your coming, and expect you both to breakfast with Mrs. Dandridge aud myself, Scout Cody ueing the only other guest.'' The coming o.f Donald : : viilnc.r w a s a seyere lJlO\V to the ll0pe'3 of many, bu all' ote d 111 i: a >plencid fellow, and wished him happiness, for 11011e conld doubt that he held the heart of the beautiful Girl in Gray. Kate Hughes \Nould not gi\e np her positi011 as teacher uutil tlie colonel had some one in IJer place, aud then, as all urged it, her marriage to Dr. Donald Uilncr took place at the fort, after which the happy couple started eastward to seek a home, Buffalo Bill and his scouts being the escort of tlie coach durillg the first fom clays' journey 011 the trai 1. Jt was hut a few weeks after their departure that Bnffalo Bill and hi,; faithful scouts receiyed a remembrance from the doctor in the shape of a complete scout ing outfit, with weapons and all, and also acceptabl e gifts from his lovely wife, wh o was long remembered in 13orderln11cl :
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