Buffalo Bill's bravos; or, Trailing through the land of death

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Buffalo Bill's bravos; or, Trailing through the land of death

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e onw io aurhorgea fJY the Hon.W.f coqyc Issued ff 'erk!v. By Subscription $2 50 per vear. Entered as Second Class A/alter a t New J'ork Post Office by S T REET & SMI T H 238 William St., Y No. lO. Price, Five Cents. WIT H FLAMING REVOLVERS .A.ND CLUBBED RIFLES,

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. t Issued Wedly. By Subsc,.-ij>tion $2.so per yea 1. Entered a s Second Class ltfatter at tire N. Y. Post Office, by STREET & 238 William St., N. Y. Entered accorditt.Sf to Act of Congress i11 tlze year rqor, i1Z tlze Office of tlze Librarian of Coness, Wasllingto11, D. C. No. rn. NEW YORK, Ju l y .20, 1901. Price Five Cents. BU ff ALO BILL'S BRAVOS: OR T hr ough the Land of Death. B y the author of "BUFF ALO BILL." CHAPTER I. BUI'F'ALO BILL'S WARNING. The night was coming on dark and gloomy, when a man mou111ted on a wearied horse, galloped down a can o n in 1 thc direction of a burning oamp-fire. As he drew near t he light a '.hoarse voice called out a challenge: "Halt! who comes t har ?" Following the w o rds rame the sound of a gun cli c k, click. ''H01ld hard there, comrade, I 'm a friend," said the ''I'v e got somet:hing t o tell you firs 't. How many are there in camp?'' asked the noted scout. "Let's see-thar's just seventeen in al
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2 THE BUFF AL O BILL STORIESe "\Vho's ypur captain?" "Big-F'Oot Wallace." "A better man n evecl lived. Can yo u get him out here without Landers seeh1g you?" "Eas y." With the word, Blu e Jeans uttered a l\\r.his-tle af: pecu lriar call. I1t could easily have be e n taken for tlie cry o f a night bird in i 1 ts flight. A minute pas se d "Thar h e comes," .and a :huge figure was outlined betwe e n tthe fir e and t1hemselves. vVha t's the racket, Blue Jeans?" growl e d a voice. Co.me close r, ole man. Here's a m an a s has come to warn us ag'i n 1ehe r-ecls." "\,Yho kin rec o mm end him?" H e spea ks for himself, Big-Foot Wallace." "Whait I know thait voice-Bill Cody!" '.'No othe r, ol d man. T h e re not so fierce a grip. I do n t forget your s queeze o f old." 'What's up, Bill?" ''Danger in : the a;ir." R eels?" "Ye a nd w 1 hites, t-oo; for there's beien a sort of com bin e between fhe border pests under the half-breed dog, Canadta BiM, a nd ehe C h eyenne dhief, P rairi e D og." "Tha>t's bad. What's th e r na iture o' ther combine.:_ t er "eep ther border?" "'Firnt of all to wipe out your tband. ''That's odd. \!Vhat ut wi1t11 those magnetic eyes holding his will in subjection 1 he could onlv obev and tell the trl!'th. "Ye s," he groa!1ecl. T'he men d1:ew t ,hc rope tighter, bu 1t Buffalo Bill's hand stayed it. "One quesdon-Tom Landers, you are ab out to

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THE BU Ff J\LO B ILL STORIES. 3 die-tell the truth with your last breath. W hat was that you pnt in fhe w .ater bucket?" His nips parted :and he almost w 1 hlispered 1!he one word: "Arsenic!'' From the group of men .arose a cry of fury Buffalo Bill removed his restra-ining hand. T!he rnpe tightened. One groan was heard, and then only the scraping of the hang1man's rope over tbranch of the blasted tr ee a bove. Buffalo Bill looked up. "Not a shot, not a shout," said Big-Foot Wallace, quickly, '''thar ain't no teHin' wthar t her reds may be. Leave ther critter
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4 THE BUFF J\L O BILL STORIES. not gone d o wn before thiat 1hailstorm of bullets fled in Then, iwi h fresh horses, they could set out upon t h t alarm as they found a tband of r.eckl ess border rangers journey regardless of t'he pre se nce of these wily foes.i t bearing upon them wibh flaming revolv ers and rifles.. Alt'hough t'he open a ssault of th e Indians had prO'VI The victor) was only for npo n hearing a failure, n one of the ran ge rs had the least id ea t1ihe, these sounds of warfare the Indians in all directions il:1he matter had be e n given up by their enernies. r a1 turned toward tibat point. The r ed man r esem bles the wolf. He prefers to fig Expecting such a rush, the prairie men, seeking oover, with the o dds in hi s favor. ctr awaited th e onslaught. The moon wh ee l e d higher in the heavens. The light incl'easecl with eaoh passing minute, but, Men n eve r blessed h e r light more fervently than though the 1llumina.tion appeared to 'be c01IDing fro m the tihe braves of the border trail, the rangers who, under w east, couJ.d not mean dawn. lead of Buffa].o Bill and Big-Foot Wallace were Ah, tihe m oo n was about to rise. to accomplish that which t'he y had ct out to perform. Thi would be a blessing to Big-Foot \i\Tallace and "Look! the red fiends a1e at i 1 t, Wallace!" r his men. It would bring about fhe d e ath of many a As h e spoke the buffalo hunte r pointed to w1he r e theto Cheyenne brave. could be. see n sparks o f fire whirlin g around. They From all quarters they rushed toward ehe pile of torches in f h e hands of t he Cheyennes, almost half lo rocks, and a rifle sounded. mile away from the rocks. Buffalo Bill had caug.ht sight of the foremost brave, It was n ot 1to s ignal that these torches were w.avi ait a:nd kno c ked 'him over. this wa y and that, dipping now and then. They left T1lrnt fatal rifle seldom sounded without accomiplis.hing trail of fir e behind Lhem. the result il1'tended. The l1;dians were firing tbc prairie g ra er Kow oeher guns c; himed in, and the 1 battle was on. They hoped to bnrn or s m oke the ir foes out from th a Bullets vihistled and bummed through ithe air or flat].odging place aim o n g t'he rocks. tened against the rocks with dull "spat" t'hait s poke of The 1breeze had become strong with the rising of t murde!'ous designs i balk ed. 1111oon, an? t h e dry prairie grass served as so much ti hi The tactics of the Cheyennes quickl y changed. It wa:s 1
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BUFF ALO BILL STORIES. 5 lstone \\"ere between, for had the blaze spread over them I it :m1 t 1ia\e left death in it s wake. e There was one furious blaze-a shriveling moment of heat-and when it wa done, for the fire had leaped the ravme. T11e wind carried the sparks across th e gully and dropped them amid the dead grass on other side. Away went the new fire, gaining strength a it flew. 1 It ,,onld not go more than a mjle before its course \vould be checked by a new line of rocks, and here the line must die. o sooner had the flaU11es leaped the smal 1 ravine and resumed rnacl whirl than t'he horses w r ere again left 1 to their lariats: something else calling for their attention, r as it wias clouibtless the intentio n of the \\ily r eds to fol low up the bank of fire. Perhaps under its cover they could catch their desper-1 aite enemies napping. They gave Unffalo J ill and 1iis comrades too small credit for sh1 e\\'dnes Expectirw such a thing, each man was on the lookout, 1 as well as his smoke-dimmed eye would admit. oon a rifle sonnclecl. h The redskins learned that t,J1eir enemies had not been ll bar-iPecl bv the fire, and s0eme d to b e in a condition to I handle they were exceedingly cautious. A fe\\' got a lodging among some of the outer rocks, but it did them little g-ood. \\'irh the moon hining o brightly -they could neither advance nor retreat. There they lay, virtually prisoners. Of cour...;c, the presence of these Indian gave som e an noyan.:e. since no one could expo e himself without be > ing-subie:.:t to their fire. Wallace left it with his men. several of whom crept for\\"arcl ancl sought to close wi h vhe hicl
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6 l'HE BUFFJ\L O BILL S T OR I ES. not 'Worth going to any trou'bie over. Bru'Ce Radway and another young man had not so hardened their hearts. W'hen morning ca1I11e and there was n o clanger of being am bushecl by prowling Indians, tihey went out to see what ooulcl he clone. The fipst rman they caJ111e to had been s hot through the hocly and was slow l y dying. Brnce, 1benclin1g over.. sustained : him w ith his arm, while fhe other held a canteen of water to his lips looked parched. Ko cloui bt the fell ow expected to be scalped. This way of treating one's foes was beyond his comprehension. He looked up into the faces of the whites with a stare of w onde r "See eher e,' said Bruce. Another wounded Indian, shot through the hips, la y not thi rty feet away. He had a gun in his hands, and at the moment of ob se rvat1 o n the felJ.ow had -been in the act of firing t'hem. W1hen he realized w'hat ehey were doing the gun fell from his nerveless hands. Such generosity on th e part of enemies was something he could :not under-stand, but it influenced him not to murder one of them. \i\f, hen t'hey handed him the canteen of water he drank fevierish eagerness. Not so a third fellow This man was the last they could see 1 ymg wounded. A s Bruce bent over to give him a drink, this vicious wretch, foaming at the mouth, suddenly reared himself on o n e arm. and, grasping a keen blade, made a savage blow at him. P1:-0vide11ce directed th e knife between hi s arm and body, saving his life. His companion raised his gun, and would have clashed the wretch's brain s out had not Bruce Radway restrained him. "I'm not hurt. L et him alone. He'll die, anyhow. See t here's Blue Jeans beckoning. I reckon breakfast must be r eady Then we 'll mount and away. CHAPTER IV. IN THE LAND OF FOES. Fires had been started and breakfast was ready 'hen the two )'Otmg men rea ched the camp among the rocks. The rangers were not over-merry, for a number had received wou!o.cls. All o f them realized the desperate nature of their strange missio n in to the Indian country. There was a strong c h ance that they wou l d not get back, whether succe sful or not, without ser iou s difficul ties with their enemies These chai:ces had bee n taken into cons id eratio n h ow ever, b efore they started. Although generally grave, they had n o fear. Men of their calLng hard l y know the meaning o f the word. in it s general sense. On one of the highest rocks Buffalo Bill stood with \ Vallace and Blue T eans They were discussing their prospects and laying pians for their future guidance Buffalo Bill had, after some urging, consented to cast his lot with the rest. This pleased them all, for the young buffalo hunter was a great favor i te, and already his name had become famous. T h ey swe pt the horizon w ith a field glass, which had b een presented to Bill b y his pards. It was a fine instrument, and by its aid the) 7 r eadily l oc ated the Indians. Big-Foot Wallace lauo-hed. "By ther hoh smoke, ther fools act as though they meant ter cut off ou r escape he s aid. "Sure enough, they are in two part!es. The question i s, wi ll th ey dart out on us?" ''I hope so \ Ve 'll teach 'em a lesson they never will forgit. Dayl io-ht are better than night for gettin' in work wicl rifles, an' if ther boyees kain't make them reds jest jump I mi ss my guess now." They soon mapped out their course, and the order was: ''To h orse!" Every man sprang into the sad dle Buffalo Bill, on his own h orse, which had entirely re covered from the utter fatigue that had marked it on the preceding night. Around the!1o. la\' the dead Indians. At least seven were in sight, and others must be lying among the rocks or in th e gully. A puff of smoke, a sudden shot. and the bullet cut a lock from the head of Buffalo Bill. All turned in the direction whence th i s sudden and unexpected discharge had come, to see the wounded Cheyenne r aise him self on one arm-knowing hi s la t minute had come-and give a fierce \Yar wi10op. I t was drowned in th e rattle of several guns. The reckless Ind!an rolled over. He would n ever again fire a shot. Death had come with the rush of an electric bolt. Their course was back along the edge of the canon for a time. They had several rea ons for going by this trail, one of which was the fact that by working into the teeth of the wind they vrnuld sooner reach grass for the horses. As they reached a certai n spot, one of the men pulled up. His horse stood lik e a statu e on the very edge of the precipice Leaning forward, the man could look down, and he uttered an exclamation. Bruce Radway, attracted by this, also looked over, and recognized the spot. It was the scene of their previm:s night's camp. Yes, there were the remains of the camp-fire scattered about, and the stakes to which their ho:s es had been fastened. Directly below was the blasted oak, to the knarlec b r anch of which they ha d strung up t h e detected traitor spy, Tom Landers. Part of t he rope still hung there swaying in the breeze, but it held no form. Rel ow, the r ocks could be plainly seen, but there was no sign of the man they had hung. Had the rope broken? Perhaps a knife in the hand of an Indian had cut it or by a mere chance a passing bullet fired in to the can o n it.

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l i :! t e e t. I [ 1, h s. d cl s lt, d. id DI :e a it m THE BUFF f\LO Bi L L 5 T ORI ES. 7 One thing \\as sure-the traitor no longer hung from the bbsted oak. Whether dead or alive he was gone. They rode on after their companions, comparing notes about this strange thing. Remembering his diabolical work in attempting to poi <;on them a ll, they hoped, nnle s it was when a rifle could be brought t o bear upo 1:i him, they vrould not again see him. They had now gone a mile, when again Indians appeared in a threatening manner. "Head fer 'cm. Every man get ready to give tber devil warm lead," crfecl \Vall ace. Hi men sprang out like a fan, and thundered forward. The .Inclian s gc.zecl as if stupefied. ome gre,, restless.' They cculd be seen 1caking around as if to make sure that the coast was cl:::::. A few guns \\ere fired, and the bullets tore up the grapnel in front 9f the on-rnshing rangers, or else whizzed past. All at once a panic took place among the redskins. They turned and fled in all clircclions. each man seem ing to.vie with his fdlo,, in the rapidity with \rhich they urger! their hoses o n. There was no desire to chase lhem, and so all rode on. On: \\arrior disdained t o Ay. Seated on his steed, he folded his arms and awaited the coming of the whites. They him by without firing, for which the oic\ warrior 110 doubt than 1.:ft:I. llc u;-.o,-ed his pony after them \\"hen thC'y hacl gone some dist: : u :cc, shoutin g d e fiance :111cl b rancli shing his gun in the ai:-. \\'hen one of th e ranYer s t\\"isted around in lhe saddle and raised, his rifk, it asto1:ishing h o w quickly the brave fell fornard upon his pony's neck ancl remaine d flat. Having .cattcred the redskins, the little band sped on, heading toward the di tant ft was prnhahly the fir. t tim any considerable number of h e :iest 11 hitc 111cn had ever invaded this lmlian coun try, unl ess cluring the tinie. of the lei trapper brigades. Their presence would soon he signaled from hilltop to hillt on. They -might find some o f the Tnclian s friendly, while other like the braves of Prairie Dog, would hunt them with deadly clesig-ns. ::\Ior e than the .Indians, they had reason to keep a clos e 1rn tch for the cle. peradoes who flocked to this country, cc{:ausc here they wcr-e safe from the law of civilization. Canada Bill h:ld gathered a score or more of the e ras cals under his leader hip, and for a long lime they had bec n the scourge of the frontier. ::\1any terrible crimes were laid at their door., and the half was not told. for there were times when no one was left to tell the story; and their deeds of violence were clone in the of Indians. The strange mi. sion of Big-Foot \,Yallace and his men was connected with these outlaws. During the rnorni11g they rode on, and the Indians fol lowed far in the rear, a though they had been taught a lesson by lhe rough handling already received, and meant to join caution with their future actions. With his glass Buffa-lo Bill located them. He believed they would have future trouble with Prairie Dog and his braves. They were here to fight, and prepared to meet even an -overwh e lming number of J ndians. 'C pon the back of a horse was a small but heavy article wrapped in cloth. This was nothing more nor less than a mall mountain howitzer. which, when loaded properly and fired into a body of foes, must produce something of a panic. At noon a halt was made, a quick dinner was dispatched, and ihe ride was resumed, but s lowly. Just at ch1sk the foothills were reached. They rode along, makinoa meal from dried meats, with which they hacl come well provid ed. Reaching a spring and creek, th e horses were allowed to drink their fill, and every man replenished hi s canteen. Darkness had set in fully, so that one coul d not see ten feel away, and this was what they were waiting for. );ow, it was upo n the back trail along the foot of t h e hills. and trending southwest. A the ground was soft an l spongy. being covered with green turf. they gave no indication of their presence. l'nles ome misfortune brought them into personal co1 tact ,,ith the men they wished to avoid, the latter \\"Otild b e following an imaginary trail into the northwest, nor would th ey be likclv to discover their mistake until some tinc after 111oonrise. Om friehc\s hoped to have accomplished their bold missicn bv that time. As sil ent as so many pectres they rode o n two and two. The hill s arose on the right, their craggy heights outlined against the heave ns. n the other hand, they could look upon a sea of darkness. Once a halt was called to breathe the horses and listen, in rdcr to di cover\vhether any suspiciou sounds could be hrarcl. l\ othing reached their ears, save the wind lip on the hil sides. o r t h e \ reird cry of n i g htbirds in the gulches. A gain they rode on, looking l ike a procession of spectres. for, save an occasional snort from one o f the horses, not a sound came from the double column. Ctg-Foot v;allace and Buffalo Bill rode ahead, and consuf tee! in lo\y tones. All the while they kept their eyes open for a certain canon, which was used as a thoroughfare by the border clespcracloc in going to or from their settlement. ,, as situated in a peculiar basin, in the hear t oi the hills. Terrible were told of the cruelties practicC'd here by 'anacla D ill and hi s elem n crew. Fe\\ had ever seen the place, \': hi c h was appropr'.atcly if roughly called Hell's Kitchen. f e r the reason that its inmales were never allowed to than one man amOn(Y the:;;c border o ilc11lly he;cling for this den the hiils. hacl lost some relative o;-friend at the ha::ds of these and willingly had they jo:ned in the crnsac!c against thci; power when Big-Foot \ i\'allace \\"as hunting for a p:i: t y

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8 THE BUFFALO BiLL STORI ES. to carry out some desperate scheme for which he had been engaged. "Thar it air," he said, suddenly. CHAPTER V. CANADA BILL'S RETREAT. On their right was a peculiar formation-it seemed to be a crooked gulley leading upward. There were certain distinguishing signs about it that tolhe their horses, and had it been daylight, 1 they could have had a view of the prairie for many miles. Now all that could be seen was a dot of fire far away on the plain. "A camp-fire," remarked Buffalo Bill. "I reckon," said Wallace. They turned and once more led the line up the black canon, where one could not even see his hand in front of his face. They had not gone more than twenty lengths further when a signal whist l e was heard. "Halt!" This signal came from one of the two men who had been sent forward in advance. "Captai n,' came a voice just ahead of his horse's head, and a peculiar sound was heard as of some one dragging a heavy body. Hello, tbar Is that you, Blue J cans?" ''Yes." "What's ther row?" "'Ne got him." "Who"s thet?" 'A sentry as was posted here. We seen him a lightin' his pi. pe, an' jest jumped the critter." '"White?" 'Yep.'. Wallace bent over in his saddle. "Diel ye stick him, Jeans?" 'Bob wanted to the worst kind, but I tliort as how you'd like to ask him a few questions afore we'shut off his wind." "'Tain't !'Much use. He'd lie as like as not an' any way we couldn't depend on what he sez. Better use lrnn up." The wretch heard and struggled to free himself in order to beg for his life; but the .iron hand s of Blue Jeans held him flrmly, for the ranger would net risk the chance of the fellow giving the alarm-all their lives might pay the penalty. "] ust as you say. cap. Here, Bob, whar are ye?" The sound of a blow was heard. "That fur my brother Dave,'' gritted the avenger. It was a terrible deed, but seemed necessary for their preservation. Besides, these border no consideration. They had been guilty of eve ry cnme. The men rode on. As yet there had no alarm either from the plain below or the hiils above These grim avengers swept aside all difficulties and made their ooint. Their was not wholly vengea1Ke, for they came also fo save. There were captives in the village of the border des peradoes, whose chains they would break. The crest of the hill was iust before them, and when his men had gathered around, Big-Foot Wallace issued his last orders in a low but stern tone! He glanced down at the black sea of space-away along the foot of the hills "Just as I 'spected, Billy, ther raskils hev lit torches an' air J ookin' up our trail." "Thank Heaven! it's too late, WaUai;;e." "Ter do them any good-yas. Let 'em come on. we'll pounce on ther hou ses hyar like hawks. Readyfoller me." A trail led down into the basin, where the houses of the white refugees, together with a score of Indian tepees, marked the outlaw settlement. Herc a number of lights could be see n, fires burning, and other signs that indi cated the presence of quite a community. The seventeen avengers formed themselves into a bo
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THE BUFF /\LO Bill 9 nncecl upon the doomed v ill age, it looked like doubJe the force that actually existed. At sjght of them the first few men were panic-stricken. They could not even shout, so great was the fear that had ;;wept over them, almost paralyzing th eir muscles. Nothing stayed the rush of the avengers Tow they were at the border of the strange camp. The first shot was fired, and a man shouted out his p:iin Acre than OEce the y we!e fired npon, and without stopping sent back shot for shot, generally with deadly effect. All aroun d were scenes of the wildc description. women shrieking ran through the street" hetween the rows of adobe cabins. Here arid there dogs :l' cl children became mixed up in the confnsion. It was a scene nev e r to be forgotten by those wh o took part in it. "Hyar !" As Big-Foot Wallace spo ke, h e s uddenly drew a tight rein on b is horse, and hi s comrades also pnlled UQ with an abruptness t hat brought their h orses on their haunches. They had halte d before a house that was by far the best ir; the village. It was composed of adobes, after t he sty le of :Mexican dwellings. 'Tll hold these bosses till one o' ther boyees com es said Wallace. Buffalo Bill and young Radway, \rithout a moment's delay, rushed np to the entrance of the h o use It was shut, and they threw their weight against it and still it would not give. Buffalo Bill saw a large stone, weighing fully fifty pmmds, and this h.e raised abo ve his head. Then the stone launcLe d forward, and the 9oor no longer cffered any resistance, since it was cr2shecl to splinters. They kicked the r emnants aside, and pushed into the ad obe h1ilding. to be greeted with a shot so close to their faces that the flash of fire actually singed Buffalo Bill's mustache. The man who had made the unsuccessfu l attempt on their u-.es was ;;;ve1 no cr,
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10 THE BU ff A LO B!Ll STOR IES. He believed he could trace his ancestry back to the times of ::vfontezuma, and the su n wor s hip e rs. That being the case, he had conceived a great project cf founding the o ld system of worship again in the Nor thwest c "' 1'" One of its chief factors was girl pri oners to be each, in turn, a fair priestess of the s un, and, after in that capacity for a certain length of time. to grve her life to the s un god, and be in turn ucceecled by the next in line. Their robe marked their position. The blazing orb upon Lizzi e s told that al present she was the ill-fated victim, and the lovely girl, who e face had attrac ted the eyes of Brnce, was her successor. Soon Lizzie r egai ned her senses, a n d l ooked around her with wilcl fear. "You have not come alone, clear brother?" "No, no, Buffalo Bill and his braves are at my back. You can hea1' them spreading terror and death the village." "You have come i u st in time." "\Vhy do you say that, sister?" ''To-morro\v woi1ld have been too late." "\l\That-\.vould they have dared--" "You know that man's crazy plans?" "Canada Bill's-yes. \Vith the ri ing of the sun in the morning. the first sacrifice was about to be made on the altar. I am the one selected for a victim." "Good Heavens!" "And Nina, my friend, would then be the rroddess of the tm, indicating the figure toward whom Bruce cast many glances. "We are here in the nick of time, then." "I cannot go alone, brother." "Nor do I want you to. V./e have come to save every one who is a captive here. All that we desire is haste in getting ready." Then the looks of fear and wonder changed to ex pressi0ns of great joy. They crowded around, and Bruce was overwhelmed with their thanks. Fortunately, another appeared ju:;t then. It was Buffalo Bill. "Come, Riadway, every minute is precious now. We must get mounts for all. Found your sister?" "Yes." "Looks like you'd found several," with a laugh, for in their gratitude some of the poor captives had sought to embrace their deliverer. All save the one he would have cared most to do so, and she hung back The buffalo hunter's words caused Bruce to remember the danger hovering over them. They were all the captives in the house. T h ere wetie men prisoners in the village, who would b e sacrificed on the morrow, for it was meant t o be a grand holiday-a period of rejoicing Qecause Canada Bill had succeeded in establishing the mysterious religion of his forefathers once more in the Northwest. As t h ey passed out of the sunchamber, Bruce looked around upon the floor. A man lay where be had fallen, but he was the one .,horn the young fellow had knocked out. ,./ Where was Canada Bill? The buffalo hunter n ot iced hi s inqu irin g gaze and shook hi s h ead. "Got away, Bruce." How it happened wa not made known, nor did B ruce inquire. Through some trick or othe r he to give the ranger the slip. \Y ell, his clay o f reckoning \\'Oulcl yef come. Once outside, the girls were placed under tht; care of a ranger, whil e the others j oined in the wild exciteme nt. Few m e n could h e s e n and they were the daring ,in vaders. clashing hither and thither, applying the torch, ferreting o ut enemies. gath e rin g horses, rescuing captives, and carrying on a systematic warfare up on the Already seve ral male prisoners had been released ancl arm cl. Among them were a coupl e of o ld hunters, who had disappeared ii1 a mysferious manoer long months before. The, were no sooner :irmed than they joined in the crusade with all the eagerness of men who had suffered much. By degrees, order wa s coming. The rangers secure d many fine horses, and J)rought them to the cente r of t he town, where the captives also waited. Here they gave mounts to every one who was about to accompany them. BigFoot Wallace had given !:he signal that meant a rally, at'.d as his me_n appeared, eac h leading a horse or carrymg some spoils, he was assigned his position. It \YaS not the intention of the chief to leave any man behind when h e quilt I the place. The fires still burned. Women bricked from the houses that had not been fired, but th ey were th e wives of the o utlaws, and not those in need of succ or. Indian were seen, too, y_et differently they acted, for, tramed to repress their feelmgs, these poor creatures had witnessed the total destruction of their wio-wam s in a s tolid manner. "" The village was virtually it} ruins Canada Bill's rtew venture had already receivetl a killing blow. Should he go und er, the pO\\"er that had held these strange elements together would be lost, and they would fall apart, just as will th e staves of a tub when the hoops are gone. ''All h e re but Dandy Magee," sa id a voice. Who had see n the missing ranger? He wa s in th e thick of the business, and as far as could be learned had been la s t see n entering a house where an o utlaw had taken refuge, firing up o n the invaders through a s mall window above. No doubt Dandy Magee had met his fate in tha t adobe building but those who knew him were quite positive that h e had taken his man with him on the long journey. It was not lik e the desperate Indian fighter to die without killing his slayer. T hey co uld wait n o longer for him, at any rate. Ti. me was exec dingly precious. lf Magee \ms alive, he :would hav e to take bis cha nc es He knew what the captain's orders had been, and it was at his ow n risk he clisobey r ed ca1 str ba Wt Vl th w tl \\ h h n c c

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THE BUFF f\LO BILL STORIES. 11 The order came to mount. There were s ixteen of the rangers, and four rescued captives mounted and armed, so that their force was stronger than ever. They had five women to protect, and that was a drawback, should they meet with enemies, and the chances 1vere ten to one they must. One la t glance they gave around the still burning village. "Fall 1n !" The women were put m the middle, and then away they all wen.t. Before them arose the hill. Once on the cr of the village. CHAPTER VIL THE BLIND CANO.N. Nothi n g now prevented their downward plunge into the caifon Just as they were about to make it, a pec u li?r hissif)g: sound in the air was heard. L ook at the fire serpent!" caJiled a ranger. A rocket had been sent up fr.om the devastated vil lage It deft the air, m ounting to a great height, far above the divide. Then came a faint boom. The rocket had burst. A dozen serpents of the air writhed and twisted ?S they descended. It was a sign.al. Those below must surely see it, for t'he noise of the melee at the village must have rea ched thejr ears and put them o n guard. Canada Bill had some deep signi ficance in thus signaling h is friends. Would .t'he allies ibe in ambush below, and wa1t to overwhe lm them? That might be its meaning. Once out of the defile, they feared naught, but every minute spent between its walls was fraught with exceeding danger. A perilous diescent lay before them with the blackness around them thev dared not advance faster th.an a walk. More than one of them would have gone d?wn had not a tight rein prevented. No more sky signa l s we roe s een. Perhaps tha t one had been enough, for it must have been in plain view all the way down the face of t:he rugged hi.JI. vV1 hen they 1had gone aibont a third of tihe dis tanc;e t'he rangers began to congratulate themselves that a.]] was well. Every precaution was taken against a surprise, a number of the oldest men ridin g in the l eacl, with rifles 'ready for instant work. Their f!ye'S had, in a measure, become accustomed to the gloom, and they could even dis 1 tingu ish objects a head. Thus, it was possible they might di. cover the trap, if such there chanced to be, in time to avoid its force. Without the slightest warning the earth trembled be theim. A horrible roaring, rumbling rush was heard. A blinding glare down the hillside, and then heavy continuous thuds like enormous hailston es falling. The horses stood still, snorting and trembling with abject fear. Their riders had experienced a shock a11'd were not without some feeling of alarm. "An earthouake !" cried one. Buffalo Bifl knew better. ''They've blown up the trail," he said, aloud. .. T'hait's so, an' it war rocks rainin' down as we heard arter," declared vVallace. This was as unexpected as it was .earful. If the canon was blocked -below by the caving 1n of the walls they were trapped. Big-Foot \Vallace was not the man tio be thrown off his base.

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12 THE BUFF l\LO BI L L S T OR I E S He immediately tossed his bridle to one of t'he rangers been a member of Canada Bill's gang, but since then reten near by. formed. ig "Wait hyar. I'll go ahead. If I give ther cry o' ther Every foot of the 'Surrounding country was known to T loon, come down." him, and all this did Buffalo Bill know. eg4 "Good! "T must look at my map," said \ Valla ce, as they neared ''I'm .at yo u r s'ide, \ Valla.ce," sa i d Buffa l o Bi ll also the top. 1de handing his steed over. Ther e was no hreez.e under the high 1,vall o f the canon, 1an Together the two went down to discover what the so t:hat when Duffalo Bill lighted a match it blazed like a worst might be. taper. enj A dense smoke met them ha l f way. Big-Foot vVallace held the rude map, and the two "Powder," said Bil.J. rangers examined it closelv. he This pers u aded tihem that their explanation of the disW 1 hen the match died down Bill ha'Cl another ready, T aster must he the truth. and this was kept up until they had scanned the map he An explosion had occu r red, and could only mean one thoroughly. lou thin g, and this wa s the explanation they had given. "Hyar's the canon, Bill," laying his forefinger on a 1 They des cended the canon as rapidly as the circumline. h o stances wou l d all. ow, and in five minutes came to loose Yes, and this is where we arc. Now, if we descend u g mcks in the passage. part way irnto the valley again, we have a chance of I Beyond them they sa w a great gap in tlhe wall of the striking another pa s sage. See-it is marked here." o canon "Thet' s our plan, Dill-our only hope." Lnc It was beyond al l doubt a fact tJo clou bt the explosion had beien keenly felt in the h SL1ch a thino- would be almost suicidal, and never en:alley, as they were about on the same level or strata of te recl into their calculations. rock. "Turn back!" grunted Wallace. It had al'SO told Canada Bill t'hat his enemie s were Some other plan must 1be set in motion in order to <;hut off from escape, effect their escape Hastily h e had gathered what force c ould be muster::-d Ko signs of the enemy had been seen, buit this was no t the village and prepared t o ambu s cade the range:-s, evi dence that they were not near IJ:Jy, ready to folilo w iip ,f they once mo r e rode in :imong the ruined houses. ta the blow delivered by the explosion. \Vatching the elevation, they could see when the figw The others received 1!he intelligence in deep silence. ,. ures of the horsemen were outlined against the heavens. Eve11y one knew .that it meant a desperate time ahead, 1 they expected war again, and held thems elves in but not by wo r d or aotion did they betray their feelings. read1.ness to pour 111 hot sh o t from the bu s hes n ear by. d If .all'y man 1 ha d a n y fear in his make-up he would :\1111utes b1Hthc .d1d not appe:ir. h ave joi ned the expedition of Big-Foot \Vallace .. :'.ll, sel "' o ut to l earned that mto the land of death e1!cn.11.: Lad ,.,o ne on by_ t1 ad. c The horses were turned and ao-ain they mounted the Seck1110of the d1v1dc. lie i11:ide s ignals \\ith cl canon "' fire ba!ls, 1\hich his men \\'Ould nndcrstand. le"ader had a task before him, for he must de. above. the rnass of m c ks '.'ou!cl hasten to join l i vise some way for taking the expedition out of the wilthe1r chief. ll'hilc the_ me!1 bcl o\\' w1th_ l:o r es _w.: mld t derness But he t u rned to Buffalo Bill and said: at once sta1 t off to 1nte1 cept the fog1t1ves m their new t c. "You are leader here, Bill, for all wi1 l l follow me and It was not long b e fore they b egan to arrive at the I will follow your lead. This is your 'band of bravos." ... small fire he had kindled. "I am with you for li fe or for death, Big-Foot; but the 1 Eager questions were thru t at hhm, and the answers game i s yours to p l ay to the finish, 1 ancl you wii l win, for _received made them growl savagely and grit their teeth. we ll I know yo u," sa i d Cody. lt would go hard with them s hould any of the clarinc; A better man cou ld not have been fou nd for t'he place 'rangers fall into the power of these merciless foes. Ordithan Wallace 11ary measures of revenge would not satisfy tiheir thirst He 1was not o n ly a daring fighter, but at the same time for blood, and the victims w uld, perhaps, be torn limb shrewd in ibis ways, r eady to meet the cunning of the from limb red man with an equa l amount of scheming. i In this case the rangers were dare-devil fighte r s, and D uring this brief t i me he recalled all that had been told 1 not to be easily taken. Ind1 eed. knowing what their fate him conoerning this r egion. would be, they were very apt to fight to the death. The man from w 1 hom he derived his information had When th had g:ithered nearly a score of

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THE BUFF !\LO B ILL STORIES. 13 1en about him he cailled up thos e from the village, mak-ng quite a force. o Then, with burning brands taken from the fire, they egan to follow the trai.J. d W1th more t'han a score of horses trampling over the ide of the hill, a broad track was left behind which a 1, an could follow r ead ily. a There is nothing like impatience and a desire for r eveng e to ru sh thing J Those left in the vililage had quieted down, now that the worst was over. They cou ld be seen gathering around the remnants of ) he fires, as tho ugh seeking courage in numibers, no oubt talk1ng it over. The men trailed along on foot. and at their head were hose bearing tlhe torches, and following the track of the fugitiv es. It was a wonder ho v the rangers had ever managed o make their way along in the tlarkn e s, and in ignor nce of t he route. Snrel some power, h'ig < her than chance must have w:i.tchecl over t hem. Would this same Providence continue to exer ise the care in the future? The pur uers pa sed several openings in the hill, but the trail went on and thev did not halt. Eagerly Canada Rill on. He found the tracks turn into a canon at last, and, with a laugh, to his men. "Quick, boys, hlo k up the entrance! The fools have made a mistake and gone into a blind canon. when they come back we'll mow 'em down like ripe corn." CHAPTER VIII. CORNERED. It was the easies.t thing in the world to make a mis tak e in connu.:tion with the variou canons, especially while the darkne:ss was so den e. Big-Foot V\/allace did what he thought was for the best. He believed 'he was correct when he led the bor-' der rangers int the yawning mouth of a defile. Later on he reaJ.izecl what .trouble meant. Unfortunately, he had stumbled upon the fourth canon instead of the third, having skipped one by acci dent. They plunged into the opening \\ ith co nfr lence, lieving they were on the roacl to liberty, bu t before they had gone a great distance Duff alo Bill noticed several thing that made him fear something was wrong. He sp o ke of his thoug-hts to Wallace, and the big ranger shook h1 head as though he, too, had become dubious with reg-arc! to succes o f their move. By this time the night was growing apace, and it was .fhe hour of moonri e. "Halt!" It was just as well wallace gave this orde r, for fur ther progress wa cut off by a wall of rough r-0cks that ro e before them. The barrier was enough to prevent any ,further move ment with the horses. Chagrined, Lhe party sat on horseback. and looked at ea<'h e,the r in the darkness. What was t-0 be don ? They could hear sounds back in the distance that warned them retreat was useless, as their enemies ha .cl a.Jreacliy set about blocking the pa sage against the horses. hasty examination of t h e walls, at this place, proved that they <;ould be scaled, and he ordered half a dozen men to mount on either side Signals were a.rranged whereby he could direct their movements. It was an o pen question whet'her s hould move down the canon, with these m e n flanking their sides, or attempt. ome other m ove. The men rnounte'd and soon reached .the top. From here they called down regarding the lay of the land. T'he moon. had come up, and they could see quite a distance around, and no enemies appeared in view. Big-Foot "'Wallace had consulted with Buffalo Bill, and decided' on his plan of action. One olution that pre se nted itself was for them to scale t h e heights, assist those who could not clirnib a l one, and rnake off in this way. \Vithout rheir horses, liberty would not be wort'h much. The signal was given, and the wihOlle for ce began to move clown the cano n keeping a sharp lookout for their foes. Already the outlaws had blocked the passage against them and were lying in wait, ready to mow them down wit'h a leaden shower. .. The rangiers drew back. Perhaps those who had been left to their own re sources upon the hills might be a1ble to do someth ing t relieve the strain. They wer:e now overhead. Receiving the signal, t'hey kept on advancing, and finally reached a point over the rocks \\/'here .:1e outlaws were crouching. They could not see the men, but were made aware of their presence by certain sound s. Every ranger began casting rocks of all sives into the canon. They fell in just a sho wer, a n d a lmost imme diately loucl cries arose-a panic seemed to ensue below. It eemed likel y that the enemy hiad been put to flight, 'but in reality they simply hid more securely. As the walls of the canon were wider aipart below than albove, this could 'be readily done hy the men pus'hing up against the wall. \Vhen Wallace started to move upon the works of the enemy, he received a fierce fire that play ed h;;.,:oc in his rank One of the rangers and an escaped pPisoner fell to t'he rocks, and the resrt, realizing that it was madness to advance in, the face of s uch a withering fire, fell back. The utmost confusion existed among them, and it was plain that some other means must ibe employed to gain their encl. They might leave their horses above, and creep down to the barrier, when they could engao-e in a hancl-to hand conflict wifh tJ1e-ir e nemi es They knew not how many foes there \\ere. Perhaps the whole gang under the. Chevenne chief might b::

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t 4 THE BU F f ALO BILL STORIES. If so, such a move would be su icidal, for they must meet with death. Wallace him self sea .Jed the heights in order to scan t11e surroundings, and see if something could not be d o ne. He had a lingering hope that t h ey might be near the real canon, which he had been trying w r each, although, with the hors es to l ook after, it was hard ro tell what go od this would do them. One -thing he learned that gave him uneas iness. This was t'he fact tha t enemies were qdvancing fr o m over the era.gs. The bal a nc e of Prairi-e Dog's gang had come to the assistance o f their corn rad es, advancing in Sl\Varms, having dis carde d their h orses somewhere. A lth ough Big-Foot \i\lallac e was without fear, h e had never been a fool. He had come here with a set o bject, that was, in a mea$ure, accomplished. Now that the captives had beien rescued from the m o untain village of Can .acla Bill, he did n ot desire to see them fall again into the hand s of the enemy, or meet death For him se lf, w ith the true philo sop hy of a border brave, a m an who had l ooke d the grim monster in t he face so often that famiharity had bre d contempt, he did n ot care. Cornered in the cafion, a desperate riesistance was all that could save them. The force of the enemv was limit ed. If a heavy lo ss could. be inflict ed upon Prairie Dog and his w : hite allies, they could n ot readil y gain rein forcements. \i\Tith the aid of the howitzer and t he score of d e ad ly '.ifles he beEeved they co uld h o ld their own until mornmg came. Escorted by the sharpshooter s on the h eights, the party co uld make it s way ba ck to the valley, find the right trail, and by degrees force th e ir way to the prairie. Wallace ha stily lowered him s elf in to the depths once morn. He divided his force, k eeping o n e -t h ir d below and sending the balance a i bove. T.hey were apt to s ee th e hottest work up o n the height Besides, he had the howitzer in the cafion, and that w a s equal to many men. Slowly the retreat was begun. He meant to take up a po s ition against the wall at the encl o f the place. There was a narrow b end just h e fore reaching the end, and they would guard fhis. No foe s hould p ass it while Wall ace had a man lef.t in his band. Meanwhile, Buffa l o Bill took charge of affair s up on the heights. There was need o f a leac!Je r there. He had six me n on 'his side, and there were as many acro ss the canon. The moon shone beautiful and clear, and would enable tlhem to pick their m en and do t e rrible execution. A co de of simple signals was soon arr.anged, whereby he cou.Jd conduct the actions of both parties und e r hi s command. They knew their comrades below were getting reacly to move backward. whe n they had given the enemy a decided check, the rt would he able to follow along the upper line. e d The Indians and outlaws were advancing as ra pidly a1 1 the nature of the ground allO\ ve d, for tbey did n o t seer.bu to kn ow that their foes were l ying in wait l Each ranger h ad picked out a good hi ding place amon(t < the rocks to serve as a fort. Dy the aid of the bright moonlight they could sec th ; forms of their enemies. The Indians were most agile, from rock to rocbe l with the agility of mountain goat s Li" Perhaps the men of Canada Bill's band were quit willing they should take the move, if there was ahead. Closer they cam::: and not a sho t, for Buffalo Bill ha\r c given orders not to fire until he led off, and his mer would :have allo'\vecl the foe to wa lk up and over therru b efore they deviated from this course. 1 The buffalo hunte r was on the same s ide as the enem/c( He had selected this on purpose Waiting until quite a number of the Indians were in'.'v c h h 1 fl lll! s1g .t at once, e et y As the r eport of his rifle awoke the echoes of the sur cl. d s" roun mg crags, 1t seeme as though a thunderbolt bait s uddenly broken l oose. 0 The roar of a dozen guns, hoarse cheers, shrill yell s 1 shrieks, and cries of all kinds united to make a fearful e combinat i o n. Above it all could be heard the clear voice of the great soldier scout a Give it to 'em, boys! Pick your men! Let every shot count! We've got 'em on the run!" c c The allies were d emora lized b y such a hot reception. They made no '!:ttempt to run r be::m 1 se it was dangerous.el At the same tim e they could not fir e or take any part in1 the engagement. for their enemies were unseen. All that r emained for them was to drop down wherevers they ha ppe n ed to be, and crawl away. An Indian does not co n s ider it so, his m e thods of warb fare being entife ly different from thos e of the rangers. e The affair was soo n over, for it had been woefully one s id ed. p A number of the Indians lay upon the rocks, but could not say whether they were dead or not, as som e were undoubtedly playing 'poss um Having temporarily put a check upon the advance of t t h e reds kin s Buffalo Bill now set about following t11e a r etrea t o f his comrades below. His design was to keep directly abov e them, so that he l could guard the plac e and prevent ti e e n emy from throwing rocks down up on the hor ses, causing great damage, and, perhaps, a sta mpede among the animals. When Big-Foot Wallace reached the encl of the cafio n his comrades were alreaclx clustered upon the walls above. CHAPTER IX. THE HOWITZER OPENS. They were now in the position they hoped to maintain until dawn arrived, when they could set about making an effort to leave the blind cafion. Signal fires were bur,ning from the topmost crags of the rocky hijJs.

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THE BUFF ALO BILL STORIES. 1. 5 .e They meant to C'.111 every wandering member of the alThe littl e can n on was carried o n the back of a h orse. icd gang to the s1; ot. but when wanted for us e had to be fastened in positi o n Buffalo Bill eyed th e fire with susp i c i o n but nothing although some time s they are fired fr om the backs of ould be clone. rim l es Cncler such circumstances one's course is ve r y nlain. When it was fired the reo o r t wa te rrific 1 I t onlv remains td wait ai'l'd' \Vatch. a as though the ,\,alls of the cafio n must c o me The enemy's s ignals cou l d b e plainly heard. dc)\\lll, s11ch was the fearful conc u ss i o n in confined space. They \\'ere getting' in r ea cliness fo r some sort of a rash. There \\'ere no Indiai1 s left in th e narrow passage after-Thi s fact Duffalo Bill communicated to his comrades ware!. :. Jclow. They ansv;e r ed that all was in r eadiness for acThey had been swept o u t as though b y a torn. ado. The t ti,_m. force of the discha r ge, together with the missiles thus r.n a more hours, morning :rnulcl at hand, when hurl ed through the r anks, had complete l y demoralized '"" their tactics could be a l terecl to s lll t th e circumstances. them The allies were m oving on and about to op e n the' ball A second a sault was made but in a different manner. L \rery speedi ly Instead of advancing bo l dly, t h e allie s crept al ong the lluffalo Bill guessed their plans. They h ad learned sides of the w alls. th at th e majority the rangers were upon Here. wherever see n, they w e re fired upon by the r e eks. sharpshooters. Y A feint would be made upon them w hil e th e main body To add t o the confusion, a s hower of roc k s both large would attempt to rush upon the camp in the g ulch, hop-. s m all, came tumbling clown from abov e ing to s weep all before the m by m e r e fo r ce of numbe rs. It was too muc h and th ey fle d for the danger that Dig-Foot \\'allace had planted the g u n where h e could surrounded them wa s of the most orornin ent kind. d sweep the naJTO\\ throat of the cafion, and had men r e ady The very air seeniecl to be alive with it and they caught to serve it with powder and shot as fast as it was needed it in the st range s ignals that from tim e to time came He had the h o r ses well out of range so that s tray bul-floa tin g t o the ir ears from thi s or that quarter. l ets would i ot b e apt to stri!\.e 1hcm. That the allies we r e awake a nd not dishearte ned by ti Ominou s was the s ilen ce and foll of sig nifican ce. theit numerous repulses, i t was easy enough to see. Generally, before the corning of a gale, s uch a hush \Vha t they wo ulc,1 do next was the quest i o n .t falls upon all nature. while h e c r o uched th e re, a n ide a came to Buffalo Bill. It mak es w hat follows see m all th e more terrib l e ih This was nothing more or l ess than t o scout around the Y c ontrast. v icinit y 1 Every man r ema ined on the alert, r eady to meet the H e arranged a signal with hi s men whereby they enetny as they came n;:i. would kno w wh e n h e returned, and not fire upo n their oon the roar of battle wou ld be heard where now sibest friend b y mistak e 1 Jenee reigned, and men w ou ld m eet in a li f e-ancl-cleath \i\Then thi 3 had been clone, he stol e away. struggle. It had left Bill"s head that the ca n o n they had r As wa ex pected, the attack began on the h e ights. It intended making use of mus t be n ear by and o f course, being the policy of th e alli es t o keep the rangers there his principal r eason for this scout was to dis cover it. employed while the r ea l bu siness took place below. The horses could not come out of the gully unl ess Shots we r e fired from various points, and had the apthe allies \\'ere dispersed. pearance of a genuine attack, while, by m oving t h e ir p orn r eality Buffa l o Bi ll took the scout just to give sitions, the enemy made it appear as thouo-h they were in him elf some acti o n. far greater numb ers than was r ea ll y the case. L eaving the hidi ng-plac e o f his m e n b e hind he They deceived no one, as the o l d ca m paigners were crawl ed in the direction he beli eve d th e real canon used to all the tricks that w e r e kn ow n to th e i'nind of the to be. average reclma n. The alli es, as he noticed by their signals, we r e pretty .ti.ad it been po ss ibl e at this late h our, suc h was Buffalo much down the other way. Bill' s contempt for the attack, he would have allowed a In fact h e rafher expected h e \YO uld not run a.cross third of his men to slip clown int o the canon to as s ist hi s a n y o f t h e m n ow. fri ends. Of course, th e wish was father to the tho ught for As the alli es we r e below, this might prove rather clana lthough Cody was a born Indian fighter, he never ge ro u s business, for they would b e outlined against the r eve l ed in the h orror. of war. sky, and receive a volley. vVhc n suc h things came and were entirely unavoicl1 The assault b ega n a l ong the whole line, and seemed able, he took th e m as a matte r of course and did hi s par ticula rl y fierce above. but a s not a man s h owed him se lf duty lik e a true border e r ; but he never sought to s la y the fact became very evide n t that tliis was a 11Jere bluff. a human bein g, e ither w hi te or reel for th e m e r e fun A lt hough the caf1on wa s n ot light. the intens e darkness of it. l:z.c\ been dispersed by the corn in g of the mo o n and, as Creeping along in the shadow of the rock s h e foun d tl:cir eyes had gt O\\'n accustome d t o this semi-g l oc m they littl e difficulty in getting o n. ,, ere able t o disc ern the crawling-figure s that began to All the while he kept a sharp l ookout for s ig n s of 111:!.ke the i r appearance in the pas-age. the cxp ec ted cailon. \Va1lace '.rnited, and when the time for act i on came he ro r tiicl h e negl ect hi s c o urs e,..fo r such a thing as h iirself Jet go d1' : hm ;tz er. It had been a:Tanged with getLng lost was entirely \\ ithin the r e alm of possibilia h:ry<>. d and a so that to fire it \\as simple tie s, and it would b e no triflin g affa i r.

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16 THE B U F F ALO BILL STORIES. To wander around tha t region at any time, uncer__ knees. It is the redman that causes a wild beast to S tain where one's camp lay, could not b e a pleasant sit-slink away. a n uation, as the pitfalls were numerous and constant vigStill, the ranger' s eyes 1Ye re fastened upon those o f 1 ilance was the pric e of safety. the beast in a fascinating manner. net Cody had believed and hoped that he would not Cody knew his clange r and that an encotmter witho rr run across any of his enemies during his littl e scout, thi s beast here, :me! n ow, was apt to prove a very se -F but this was a d elus ion rious affair. oc' He fail ed to discover the canon just where he had He had n o t brought hi s gun along, but a revolve r } supposed it lay, and was led to go a litt l P farther, the was in his belt. ve< temptati o n being s trong. The hunting knife in hi s right h and gave some hopne: An opening of some kind lay befor e him. of success in case of an attack, but like most men of>h H e crawled along to examine it determined that hi s class Cody generally preferred t o back his faith I whether it proved to be a s he hoped or not, he would upon the merit s of firearms. 1at go no farther. He continu ed to glare into those yellow eyes, while \ As h e r eac hed the edge he parted the scrubby bushes his left hand, inch by inch, traveled in the dir ection oi ;ye and lo o ked d own. his belt. f It proved to be only a shallow basin. He ha d to grope for the weap o n but at last his I Buffalo Bi!! gave a growl of disgust and was in the hand eagerly clutched it. act of drawing bac k from the edge when a h e avy body The panther seemed gro1 1 ing uneasy, and its whine s 1a was suddenly launched forward and fell partly upon increased in volume. 1 him. Yes, sure enough, it was beginning to move backe n CHAPTER X. A BATTLE OF TH F,YS. Buffalo Bill' s fir st impression was that the weighty object that almost knocked the breath out of his body was an Indian. The failure to entirely connect gave him a sm all chance. He instantly rolled over and h is hand, as quick as a flash fastened onto the handle of his trusty hunting knife, which was drawn almost as soon as the thought ward a little. The constant stare of the h uman ev e t\' 1 was proving too much for it. l Cody began to advance, and the animal growled but .nJ in creased its r etre::it. Suddenly i t sprang to one s ide and was gone. J Discretion had proven more powerful than valor in :!n its case. The human eye had conquered the brute. Cody drew a long breath 0 r elief. 11, He certainly would n o t have enjoyed a scrimmage u t with this wild animal tmcler any circumstances, and just l then it would have b een extreme ly disagreeable as h n o matter which way the affair turned he would be in l a bad fix. 1 e came. At. the same time he started to raise himself upon his knees. Some of his en e mies would doubtless have been atC tractecl to th e spot by the noise, a nd even if Cody had arose from his fierce battle victorious, he must have g Then he d i sco v ered for the first time that he been greatly m istaken. met d eat h at the hands of these furious foes. It was not a n Indian who had descended up o n him in such a clumsy wav, nor could the assault be laid to anv of Canada -Bill's crowd. Bt{ffalo Bill f ound h i mself glaring into a pair of ye l l ow orbs. He could hear a growling so und, a p ec uliar noise as an angry cat m;;i.kes. There \\'as n o mistaking the figure he gazed upon in the moonlight-the long, tan form. and the tai l that ,qvccl to and fro with suc h spas m odic movements. A p-;:r.ther That \\'as what it was. '.f hc a11i:nai had mad(' a poor l ea p and upon r ecovering, found its elf face to face 11ith a human being, eye locki11g into eye A i s c-o1rnrdly in one wa: r It hates to me e t a man face to face. Sne akin g through the for est, it will leap upon a hunter \\'hen his back is turned, jus t as it springs upo n its p;-ey, the deer. Seld o m bas it been known to attack a human being face to face, unl es s rendered frantic by a wound, when it be comes a perf ec t forest devil. The fear ; of a human being was in this case _partly cl by the fact that Cody was on hi s hands and The strain up o n hi s nervous system had been some-g thing tremendous, but men of his ad venturous disposi] tion are not apt to let such things bother them long. :;1 Cody nae! made up his mind that it was foolish to look farther for the lost canon. 11 He had better take the back trail and r ejoi n his brave com r ades who were standin g on guard among the rocks at the t op of the walls surrounding the blind pass into which fate had lured them. 11 William Cody had th e reputat ion of being a cheerful 1L man, and graduall y looked at things from the bright l s i de. i1 True, even the mos t sanguin e could not see just how a they were going to es cape. 1 Buffalo Bill cheris h e d a belief that a way would be n opened up t o the m sooner or later. 5! H e turned and started on the back trail having seen l enough to discourage any idea of their finding and r u sing the ca1i.on. .He had co me almost due west, governing his actions Ly the stars. .c To return, therefore, lie must head east. ( Left to him s elf, h e would have had no trouble m the 1.: least. ; One tl1ing he had not calculated on. j

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THE BUFFALO BQLL STORIES ) Since his pass:ige, enemies had come between the blind : anon and himself. f The Indians, restless as so many wild beasts in confine ment, vvere crav;ling northwa1 cl in the hope of discovering isomcthing that might be used to their advantage Perhaps they even hoped to take the defenders of the ocks by surprise. Having 2.lready suffered so severely from the deadly eapons of Bi.1ffa!o Bill's braves. it was natural that ey shoul l yearn for the hour when they could demolf sh the whole band. 1 Revenge has a prominent place in the heart of the rntive American Indian. \\'hen Cody discovered that there were redskins be reen the and himself, he kne\\' he might do one f several things. In the first place he could make a detour, though seemed he was just as apt to meet hi enemies in at way as by continuing straight along. Then again there was nothing to hinder him from ernaining in hiding, until he had some pretty concluive e\idence that the y;ay in front had become clear. He elected the shady side of a large rock, and siting do\\'n allowed time to pass by. and then he heard signals, but paid little heed o them. Once a couple of redskins passed by within l n feet of his hiding-place, but as he remained per ctly quiet, and the shadow of the large rocks entirely ielded him, they did not discover his presence there, ut passed on. Beina too far a\\'ay from the blind canon to fear the bites "on gnarct' there, .they did not make any effort conceal themselves, but walked boldly forward in e moonlight. Cody criuld have shot them clown easily, and pointed is revolver at them, but without any idea of discharg1g it. Soon he became aware of the fact that some crouch--g form was advancing toward him. In the moonlight he could just discover a moving ure, and that was all. Presently he realized that instead of his late antag> nist in the batt l e with eyes-the panther-as he had at st suspected, this moving form was nothing more less than an Indian brave. The moonbeams clis:lo sed the fe::ithers in his long air. They glistened as they fell upon his greasy, paint ubed back. He would advance a fe\Y yards on his hands and ees, then stop and appear to be rooting. At least 1 at was the idea ody had. Perhaps he hatl received a wound in one of the re -,nt engagements, and was laboriously dragging a help s limb after him. Hark! was that a groan of anguish? A3 he looke I he saw the brave suddenly rise, and, nding at full height, look all around him. :; This did not look as though the feilow was very dh wounded. Could he have been crawling in this manner. be e use he believed himself still within range of those rible rifles that guarded the blind canon fort? he brave must have a pretty exalted idea of the eyes of the white rangers, if he thought they could pierce such a space of deceptive moonlight. Again he dropped to his knees, and once mor e he advanced. Straight toward the crouching white man he came. If his course was kept up, a collision seemed most imminent. Cody drew his knife, for if there was to be an encounter that would prove to be the best weapon. All he wanted was a chance to clutch the brown throat of the fellow with that left hand of his, and the trusty blade would do the rest. Then, as he noticed the actions of the advancing In dian more closely, he became aware of the truth regarding the fello.w's movements. The warrior was following a trail. Although rocks abounded in this region, there was a lso a good sprinkling of earth, and a keen-eyed Chey enne brave, with eyes trained for such business, could follow a trail. As this idea flashed into the mind of Buffalo Bill, he also conceived the very plausible thought that it was his own track the man followed. By some accident, perhaps, the warrior had run across the trail. He may have started to follow it in mere curiosity, :rnd then, finding that it was of recent make, his nature-that of a human slenthhonnd, prompted him to keep it up to see where it would lead him. Having settled this matter, the boirderman began to get himself in readiness. He selectetl the darkest part of the shadow, where even the keen eyes of an Indian would fail to discover his crouching form. If he cou l d encl the business with one swoop of his knife, all would be well. Should the alarm be given, he would have to rid him self of this foe, and then make a rush for the blind canon fort. On the way there was a chance that he might be fired on by enemies. This was a possibility he did not like, and kept hoping it would not come to pass. How he followed those tracks in such a poor light was a marvel to Cody, and he -could not but admire the pertinacity of the fellow, even while he felt like cursing his stupid interference, and mentally doomed him to a sudden death. At the rate he was advancing it would be only five minutes at the outside ere the fellow reached the range of rocks behind >Yhich knelt the mortal enemy of his race. Cody mig'ht have beat a retreat, but was opposed to such a course from several reasons. He did not believe it would be successful, as his movem nts were apt to attract the attention of suah a shar.p-eyecl 11arrior, who would doubtless fire his gun and give th alarm. Thus Cody had early decided that it \rnuld be better for him to rema in just where he was and accept the chances. 011e thing be felt sure of. This reel would not live to tell the tale.

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18 THE !BUFFALO STORiES. It was his own situation that gave the prairie range r the most serious thought. Then, with a grunt of victory, he came on onc e more, confident that he was following some stray member of the white band. Buffa l o Dill, crouching there, felt a small piece of stone strike him on the shoulder, and startled, he looked up. Nothing was to 1 be seen save the outline O'f the rock some e ight feet above his head, clearly cut in silhouette against the sky-nothing-then what was that almost in a lin e above him? Buffalo Bill was compelled to twist his neck severely in order to look up. He concluded he must be mistaken, and once more turned his attention toward the enemy. During this time the Indian had continued to ad vance, and was now not more than twenty-five feet away frnm Cody. The encounter could not long be delayed, and Buffalo Bill clenched his teeth in a nti cipation CHAPTER XI. THE WOOD DEVIL, The unexpected frequently happens. We lay ou r plans, and something, wh ich was hidden from our sight at the time, comes up to seriously disar-1 ange them. So it wa8 with Buffalo Bill. He fully expected t o have a desperate encounter with this keen .. eyed Cheyenne brave, and had his muscular frame awaiting the proper moment for beginning hostili ties. He was sudden l y made conscious of the fact that some body Lael come b etwee n himself and the star-decked heavens. Before he could glance up he heard a heavy thud and a gurgling cry. It came from the direction of the trailer. Looking, B uff a l o Bill saw a sight that had thrilled him in every nerve of his body. It was the panther again. His frrst leap .had been a failure, but this one was more of a success. Buffalo Bill realized that in all probability he would not need his knife The Indian, though taken l;Jy surprise, fought for his life like a demo n. He managed to twist himself around so as to face his an ta gon i st. !here was a whirl of dirt, a few terrific yells and the voice of the brave ceased; his last shout died away in a throttled gurgle a if the fierce animal had beaten clown the puny guard o ffered by the Indian's arms, and had fa sLened his ter6ble t eeth up o n his throat. At anoth e r time and place the prince of plainsmen \\oulcl have been tempted to hav e fired at the panther as soon a s the ani1nal alighted but. under the existing c ir he did n e t feel jus tified in ri sking his own life m order to attempt saving that of an enemy. Besides the prmther got in his work with s uch wonde r ful rapidity that he had accomplished the warrior' s destructio n b e fore Cody had time to give much th.::rnght t( the matter. One thing was sure. The oat<'ries of the dying Chey, enne mu s t reach the ears of his comrades, who woul come hurrying to the s pot from vari o us quarters. r His p os itio n wa s too near the s c e ne of battle to keefr hi m from clis cov en. This thought i1{fluence d him in making a st1dclen re): treat. '' Hardly a minute pas s ed b e fore th e Indians appeare d vi e w, comi n g fro m s Yeral directio n s at th e s a m e Then guns began to s ound, and the r e was quite a corr fusion for a sh ort space of time, and it was evid ent tha the bold pantl :er had a ss aulted his fo e s. The last shout that rang out wa s one of victory, how 1 ever, and it was evident tl1at the red s kin s had finally sue ceeded in demoli shing th e ir fierce antag onist, the woo:a d e vil. B u ffalo Bill was gl::td of this. '.ii H a d the \\ otmdecl animal made an e s cape, he might y c nm across it whde endeavoring to his companio1:\ The one expenence he bad bad with the panther qnit( sa t isfied him. c Cody struck off anew to make a roundabout trail ir order to gain hi end. e : A few friendly clouds were working up in the heavens which fact the borderman observed with considcrabl1c pleasure. When the first of th ese pa s sed over the face of th 0 moon, he took advantage of the interval of and advanced some dis tance in the direction desir ed. Then h e la y flat against a rock and wait e d until a ond floating c loud had come across the moon's face, anta Buffalo Bill made a run of it. He was keeping one eye upon the heavens, to be surrb that the moon did not steal a march upon him, when 111e sudden l y ran s l ap int o a man. The other clasped hi s arms about him. An exclamation he let fall convinced Cody that th( other was a Cheyenne. ) He made n o attempt to struggle, but, on the contra r y addressed a few words in the Cheyenne tongue, of whic' he was a master. The Indian was fooled, believing he had seized upo o n e of Canada Bi ll' s subjects by mistake, he gave a grur 1 of disgust and imm ediately released his hold. H There was heard upon the night air the sharp concus sion of a blow. Buffalo Bill had used his revolver as a cudgel, and i '. served the purpose we ll e n ottgh, since the Indian wer, down without even a murmur. Such promptness in acting. in an emergency was wh; gain e l Cody the envious name he bore along the borde:'. He ran on, stopping again to hide when the moo11 threatened to appear. l The blind canon was now close at hand. Feari n g l e s t he might be fired upon by his own Buffa lo Bill gave the signal that had been agree d upo1 ,, The n when a p e riod of semi-darkness o n ce m o re cit., scended up on the rocky crown of the l e dge, he again a(" vanced. H e had mad e no mi s t a ke, for hi s men were n ear t:e and on the alert. They li stened eagerly to the brief a c c ount of hi s ac

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THE BUFF A.LO BILL STORIES. 1 9 nntures, which explained the strange sounds they had heard. It was decided that until the night had b ee n passed n othing could be done. Their allic J foes c::ontinued to signal to one another fr o m time to time. Whil e the s i ege was maintained during the remainder of tLc night, none of the allies were bold enough to ad vance upon the enemy. .. About an h our before the coming of dawn, Buffal o t. Bill was surprised to hear a signal from below, calling e t hem down. \ Why should they abandon their position on the heights? a Before he would do this he must $ee Big-Foot \Vallace, v and have a personal understanding. To pass down the face of the wall was a perilous underc taking while the moon shone. ) Fortunately, the cloud s pas ed now and then over the ight l uminary, and, by taking advantage of these op ortunities, he mig
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2 0 T H E BUFF ALO BILL STORIES.' li1:1 t i t would be next to impossible to mov e t'hem from the o utside. Thus they believed pursuit wa effectually shut off fro m the rear for a while at least. vVhatever lay bey.ond they were willing to take the risk. T his sort of wor k makes men desperate. T'hey know retreat is cut off, and tha t their only course lies in vic tory or deat'h. CHAPTER XII. 'I'HE UNDERGROUND RIVER. A1.,ound t'hem was darkness. It was not their int ention to proceed in the gloom, ho 1 wever. From a dead tree-'a pine-that at s'Ome time had fallen into the gulch, t h ey had secured many armful s of tor.Ches. TJ1ese w 1 ere fastened to the backs of the horses, to be usecl as needed A strange spectacle rhe hand made when once in marching order. Some of the men rode and led horses, others went as torch bearers, and a few 'brought up the rea r wilh the howitzer, ready for any desperate assault. Of course, Big-Foot Wallace and Duffalo Bill went in the van, holding tore.hes. Their surroundings were weird. T'he cavern at times was simply eno11mous, and again it would dwindle down to a passage w h ere tho e mounted could just get through llwo a!breast and no more. All t he while
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THE BUFFALO BILL STORIES. 2 1 e the latter had entered the underground retreat, and :l'i re in pur uit. S ooner o r later thev would learn thi s l\Vhile in this state of suspense their progress was sucl l v arrested. yawning chasm appeared ahead. he water da s hed into it. ppall ed, they halted, while the leaders went forward examine int o the state of affairs. t was not so bad as it mio-ht have been. ifhc chasm was only a dozen feet deep, and, perhaps, wide: but the ho r es could never jump in that unlStain light. aBeyond, the passage eemecl to go on as before, and 1btless the water meandered into it again further on. uffalo Bill saw their one chance. we must fill up one s id e of it with rocks. See, re arc plenty loose hereabouts ... gve n a s l enclcr bridge in time of sore distress arouses ong hope in the human breast. A drowning man clutches at a straw, whi'ch, in his ,ion, looks like a plank. WA rear guard was sent back with the howitzer to a net where the\ c o uld \\'atch the advance of the foe they came along. lhe remainder set to work, and rocks were rolled e the edge and tos ed over. ts f course, thi sort of work soon made an impres h n. but the pile mounted slowly. \ That a great thing it would have been, could they 0 1e had a bridge to shove across, and take with them : r r passing over the chasm. till, on seconcl thought, Buffalo Bill did not believe ) 1 1rnuld stay the prcgr css of their advancing enen s eing on foot, the outlaws and Indians could clam down into the hole and up the other side, with ease of gym1nsts. ow the chasm was more: than half filled. erhap twenty minutes more would sec the full k accompli hcd. t this momenl 1 rnrcl was brought from the rear that s enemy wa in sight. n eaving the men to work, BuffJlo Bill and the big t ranget hurried back to the bend. Di 'hen they reached the spot they aw a singular spec-e e before them. The incline was rather steep just here, at least ar nty degree number of torches were in view, held above the of Indian braves or some of Canada Bill's select hey formed a weird picture, advancing down the ine without the least sound, the torche flaming d disclosing to view other dim forms near by-their )rad es. th ]though the scene was dramatic in the extreme, it oubtful whether a n y one observing gave it that re ificance. air ey counted on the effect of their ambush. vVould allies be demoralized and flee, or could they show f 1g-h savage desperation to rush forward into the darkness, the torch bearers shot c101rn, and grapple with the unseen foe? At any rate, the duty of the rear guard was plain. They 1rere to h o ld the enemy in check, and they would do it if such a thing lay within the bounds of possibility. 1\lready the advancingfoes had come quite close. A littl e farther and once more the dreadful storm must burst upon them. Those left at ll'Ork made as little noise as possible, in order that their presence arounrl the twist in the underground retreat might not be too readily discovered. But for the lights ll'hich they themselves carried, the Indians might have discovered the dim r eflecti9 n of the illumination arollnd the b end-as it was their eyes were blinded. In a startling m 1nncr the situation would be thrown open to their in-pee ti on, and those in the lead would find themselves gazing into the depths of Hades. The man \\'ho had sighted the howitzer was only waiting until the thick of the e nemy came across the im aginary line he b;:,d drawn. This time came. Again that awful crash rang through the vaulted re treat. Again the talactites trembled above and several fell. Again the allies found themselves hurled back in confusion by the little iron monster that breathed out fire a n d s'hot, maiming or killing all in its track. Rifles began to sound at the same time, and those who carried torcbc and were unhurt, showed a feverish haste to hang them upon the rocks and bring darkness on the scene. A merciful darkness that enabled the unhurt to scamped off. and even som e of the 11ot111dcd to crawl behind outlying rocks, and thus es cape the terrible hail of lea.den balls that continued !o sll"ecp the passage for almost a full minute. The work went on. aft er roe k was tum bled into the hole and by degrees it filled up. .'\t length enough debris had been poure
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22 THE BUfFJ\LO Bill STORIES All lool(ed their intens e wonder. "The underground riv e r, said Cody, solemn ly. CHAPTER XIII. LIGHT AT LAST. 'There had been many stories told around the hunters' camp-fires concerning a mysterious stream that ftowed b'eneath the surface of the ground. Few claimed t o have e ver seen it. there could be no doubt but that th ey were now looking upon this strange stream, whose so urce and destination were eq ual m ys t e ri es. The y could not go back. Was their advance also cut" off? Orie thing caught the eye of Buffalo Bill. The nigh shore did not seem steep, but inclined to be sandy and sloping. Perhaps they might find a way of proceeding along in the shallow water until some outlet was discovered. All entered the stream. The water only came up six inches or so upon the horses' legs, and progress was made Of course, they turned down the river, as their chances seemed best in that quarter. One of the rangers had gone on ahead. They could see him coming along with the torch above his head. All at once he uttered a loud cry. Had some terrible monster of this strange under-ground river se i ze d hold of his horse? The animal was half und e r. Ah, perhaps the water deepen e d! The formation of the shore gave no indication of s ucli a thing. Buffalo Bill jumped at the truth. ''H:e is sinking-the tre acherous quicksand-the sand of d eat h. Q u ick! out of the way, or he is a doomecT man." Li]{'e an arr, ow from the bow s,hot the horse of the soldier scout forward. At the same time exclamatio::is s<&>unded: "Careful, Buffalo Bill!" "There may b e two go under!" "I-lold hard whe r e you are!" The buffalo hunter halted not. He had apparently made up hi s mind as to what he wanted to accomplish. See, as he gallops forward, splashing the shallow water right and left, he has torn from the saddle horn th e lariat that hangs th e re and which in common with all other men of tl1c prairie, he knows how to use so well. This rope h e whirls around his h ead. Never before bas he seen a quicksand ingulf its victim with the ipidity that marks this now before them. Alrea dy the hors e is far under and, altl1ough the man stands on the saddle, his turn will co me n ext. Be fears to jump, no doubt believing that the insatia ble mon ster will suck him in. Standing there on the back of his almo st-sub m erged horse, and still holding the blazing torch above his h ead, the ranger presented a peculiar and ridiculous appearance at the time Buffalo B ill br9ughl his own horse to a sta and prepared to cast hi s lariat.,. c His aim was t ru e u The rope flew in rings t.hrough th e air, and the nodl set tl ed over the blazing torch, the h ead and sho uld ers h the imp er iled ranger. i Buffalo Bill tightened it with a jerk. The n, turning hi s horse, h e urged animal towa t the oth ers of the party. 1 There was a frantic splash, and the luckle ss ranfl was towed hastily along: for, perhaps, ten yards or mol< Then, halting, he allowed th e spluttering man H scramble to his feet, removing th e no ose of the lasso fnh hi s form. By this time, short though the int e rval had been, ste: was the suct ion of the quicksand that the unfortunJ horse had completely vanished. a How were th ey to pass this point? 1 ) An inv estiga tion was mad e b y a man who had a ti ed around hi s body, so that in case of trouble he cod be yanked along out of harm's way before the sand 1t1 a good chance to get its clutches upon him. .a A narrow passage was found where the horses orn:l< a time, could go along. On the other hand were the treacherous sa nds, et c to ingulf them. > O They h oped the e n emy would find them impassible 111 come t o the sensible conclusion that the whole party is. been sucked in. '\ This was too much to hop e for. There were as sfi:h men among th e allies as any they had ever seen, v e would r ead s ign s a s well as the keenest borderer. tl Once b eyo nd the terra el muerta, o r land of dtf e th ey CQntinuecl along their route; but with such an 5 t ample b e fore t heir eyes they were exceedingly cay)P. about send ing a man ahead to watch for this clanger, who was prepared to be saved by his fri[ a s h o uld an eme r gency arise, as he had a rope ; about him, the ot her encl of which was made fast to1c l pommel of a saddle n They co uld n ot see that the nature of th e undergrcf O l river changed much. ; 1 Small streams ran into it. ; a O nc e or twice they were tempted to try and foiled.' creek, in th e hope of findin g an opening thrcw c which the water came, and which they could use in r tl : ing their escape; but the wa y was so rough that a they saw no definite chance for s u ccess, and hence di< at try. preferring to wait until the oppo rtunity bright ly The water was s l ow l y but s urel y growing deeper, fo th e current m o re s \vif t. 1 SL This could mean but one thing. The river was ; a s to reac h a new formation, and ru s h through some 1e and rugged canon, wh ere the water would boil and \f making passage with the ho rses an imp ossi bility. '.>rn It grew wo r se a s they went along. 1 a Even the bold l eaders experienced the deepest ar th over the consequences. )as The minutes were burdened with this s uspens ho1 seem e d as though they were hours. d t Al.ready their horses found ins ecl.lre footinf. and, ght kept o n growing worse, at any moment one o those van might expect to feel his animal carried away tlo ; rising flt>od, now flowing fiercely. ght ass;

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THE BU ff /\LO BILL STOR!ES. 23 1 1 ch an accident meant death. ere could be no telling what horrors lay before them ) at unknown land. s hil e their fears were at' high-water mark, there came dden reaction. alt!" i th some. difficultv the column obcved the order of leader. g-ivcn in :i.high l;ey. n hat was Dig-Fout \ Vallacc about to propose? 10 10 could gue5s \\hat terrible things la y before them 1 1e dare try. fr har's a chance tcr the side hyar, boyecs. It don't extra promisin', but we kin try. All in favor o' it s es.'' 1n thunr\ering answer came. a 11na11imo u s vote the rangers were in favor of try-1ything that might give them the chance th ey crave d. r future. as marked in that black gulf beyond, k:o so black to them that they were onl y too glad of an tl tunity to escape the plunge into nnknown clangers. at \Vallace had discovered was n o t a very promis m le! for investigation, but there wa some hope bac k ea c column had at least a chance to leave the stream. oriousl y they followed a tr nch \\ .here a small rivu-1e me bul.lbling and sparkling along from the upper ty s. y dismounted, and led their bea ts, already wearied s their exertions. e was high within their breasts when they started, the difficulties increased it began to dwindle dmvn. de return almost imposs ible, and yet it began to s though it would soo n be J nst the same tq_advance. an 1,, car P dthis order the command paused. Bill, clo se to the van, took a torch from the sect f a man near him. t to ickcrccJ. ancJ the Oamc kept 1110Vlllg towar.d hnn n un' tea cl I' motion. 1 ar 1ought so/' said Cody, lriumphanlly. r"' u see, th e re' s a current of air passing through. a n opening of some sort beyond. \1V e must push follqd." thrdworcls caused a cheer to arise, anc\ new enthusiasm in them. rt a. all their trials, what if they were to meet with die at la st? lght ly wailing for the word to advance, lhe column eper forward. I urmountecl \\hat difficultie lay in their way. It ras .. as though n othing could lop them 110\\'. me he while they expcrienc cl a feverish anxiety re d what lay ahead. breeze grew stronger; they were drawing near an and a little more of thi s work and success would ar them. )a sage grew smaller. There would be no room horse s oo n, if it continued to diminis h in size. d they abando n the steeds? md, ht come to that yet. as, by some means or other, se JilSl get away from here. ay qlo Bill called the attention of those around hi m 1ght ahead. assage came to an e n d. There was the stream entering through a fissur e in the rocks. Buffalo Dill sprang from his steed, a n d, with a torch hurried forward to examine the place. He found i t po ss ible to crawl through himself. Daylight entered the crack. Once beyond, the soldier scout found himself i n a small gully, th e bed of the stream that entered the fis and so 11ght uni o n with the broader underground river. All that ll.orried them now was how to get the horses OU t. He examined the fissure, to see i f it could be enlarged'. ] f they had had proper tools this might have been done in an h ou r. As it was, the job might take the balance of the day, for all the\' had to work wi t,h was their hatchets. N evert'hcle s, they s;,nv a chance, and that gave them some enthusiasm. A r ea r guard with the howitzer 1n charge wa thrown out loQ protect them against surprise. Then Duffalo with \\'allace and several more, cra \vlccl through the fissur e t o scout around and see what the la\ ofthc Janel 111i"'l.1t b e l\Jen wct:e at \\'Ork knocking off pieces o f the soft stone and carrying il back. They realized that it was only a question of time as to \\'he n the{ must acco'.11plish thei r end, and this spur,red them on. So far a s they could tell, the morning was a lready far advanced. At foe rate th ey were making progress bhc night might. roll ai-01111cl again before their encl wa s accornplio;hed Jhcy had pi-enty to cat. What did it matter? Once in the open, they would make up for lost time, and give th ei r enemies the slip. S o the.Y. labored on. CHAPTER XIV 'l'lIE OF 'l'IIE 'l'RAI'l'OR. Tho e who had era wled out of the fissure found them selves in a gully. They sought the most convenient means of reaching the top, in o rder that they might have a look around the country, and sec what t'h e chances of e cape were. It was s ome time before they found what they were seeking, and the n only after they separated, advancing i n different \\ ays. Brnoc Rael Y av was one of their number. He had a gaocl deal to do \\ith organizing the expedition, and was con ultecl at certain times by B ig-Foot Wallace, although the latter had charge of the men directly When Bruce fin all y drew himself up to t h e top of the sloping wall, h e found himself gazing upon a queer bit of country. The rugged foothills were not far a way, but all around him lay loo se rock interspersed with thicket of s m a ll trees It was a wild scene, an uncanny bit of landscape, a n d seemed b ristling with dangers. Still ihe saw no life, save a skulking wolf.

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2 4 THE B U ff 1\lO Bill STORiESo The young ranger stood there for some time, ende:iv oring to mark out the rnurse they would have to take whei1 once they came o u t of the gully. He knew the direction in which the hills lay. Tire sun shining overhead gave him the points of the compass Sati sfied at last, he turned to retrace his steps clown the side of the gully. A g u n sounded, and a bullet zippe
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THE BUFFALO BiLL STORIES .. 25 u2!1y brought his rifle around, o that he c o uld cover a s before stated, it was plainly only a questio l of time as to when it would be of a size sufficient for their purpose. ow the three crawler-had reached the fissure. He d see them bend their heads to listen, then creep a closer to peer in. Desperate men will do desperate work at times, and they had certainly reached a point where they had eve r y thing a t st ake. e men at work had torches in order to see what .e \rere about. Their foes were still determined, and the res u lt of all was an open question. 1is thre w their figures out into bold relief, and gave pies a plain view. CHAPTER XV. en as he !coked he saw Landers bring-ing his rifle up s shoulder. 1ere could be no mistaking his motive. lt was as B u FF ALO B 1 LL' s RIDE as dav that he meant to shoot one of the toilers un-Thus the day wore on. he rock at his post. As the afternO()n began to war\_e, mor e men were pui: 'to ow \\'as Bruce Radway time. work. They knocked fragments of the ro.ck away wherof-hen the bead o n the end of his rifle covered the ever they had a cliance. en wretch his fing e r touched the trigger. The opepi11g incr eased in size, and began to l ook as ruce instantly dropped his discharged gun, and though a horse might be led through it. apped out a rev olve r. "Try and sec," said Cody. anders had fallen flat on bis face just as though a The sooner they were out of this pla.ce the better, for of lightning had him. their men report.eel the enemy as gathering i n numbers, ;rv'he. brace of Indian had whirled around, believing and it becam e evident that those who had been sign aled s were in an ambuscade, as was in realit y the case. for during the night had come. 1ey sped away like frightened d ee r, l e aiJing rio'ht and They tried the experiment. n to avoid Sure enough, the horse pass!>._d tl1rough, and upon 1eadway accommodated them with a few from his re-reaching the open aii showed signs of great satisfachon, er, which at least had the effect of ha s tening their giving a neigh and immediately starting to nibble grass. t t. One by one the animals were led out. : r hen Buffalo Bill returned from the front to see what It began to look as though they were about to make :his firing in the r ea r meant he \\aS amazed to find a their run at last. )tt lying in a pool of blood at the entrance to the cave. Probably by this time the n e ighborhood was overrun o-iurni ng the bod y over with his foot, his astonishm ent with ho stiles. ascd. "Tom Landers escapccl the rope to meet his Whe n the news went abroad that a band of bor'clermen, here. Who killed him?" he sa id, aloud. under the lead e rship of Buffalo Dill was trapped in t he th ou must lay it to me,., and Bruce appeared from Bad Land the utmost excitement would be stirred up n g the bushes. among these Indians, who hated the whites cordially, a n d was afraid you had shared the fate of poor old Bob we1e always ready for an opportunity to do them mis -re t,., aid Btw:falo Bill. chief. : t as he killed?" At last all the horses ''"ere out, but the rattle of guns -es, during the skirmish a bullet took the poor old could be heard, that the Indians were growing v in the hea r t. He died in my arms. His last efbolder. was to fire his rifle at a reel, and I believe he hit him, The picket s were given a signal to fall back in slow But ,,e'vc avenged him folly." order. too. had a narrow escape." Each man came running up. The re was m ounting y, uce thereupon narrated his adventure with the onein hot haste, the trampling o f horses, and they were d Cheyenne. at last off. t dy nodded. The first thing to be done was to clear the gully and hey're a peculiar people. Got omc very good traits, reach th e prairie beyond. number of mighty bad ones. But I never knew a Among the loose rocks numerm1s tynemies were c o n "' o go back on his word, or forget an act of kindness." cealed, and in pa sing they were subjected to the fire .,. h at shall \.Ve do with this?" touching the body with and two of the range rs fell. ot. Several horses were struck. Indeed, \Yith a cunning 0 ake hold! \V c 'll toss it in among the rocks." that did them credit, the redskins sought to render th ardly had this been done than several men came in their horses u seless, well knowing that this would t bearing the body of poor old Bob Bracket, the doubtless throw the whole party into their power. )01. er. when they final!y reached the prairie, it wa in some e had died jus t as h e expected lo, with his face toward diso;-der. h' i felong foes. Two men had b een lost. ey bore hi s body into the cave, and buried him there s many horses had gone down, but their riders r the rocks. The gurgling stream would be his had escaped on the steeds of those who had been shot 1 'em for all lime. from their saddles. P en work was resumed. A number of the steeds had been wounded for th.e men took the places of those who had begun to bullets had flown in a lively manner during the short )W signs of weariness. The opening was growing, and, engagement. a t lo

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26 THE .BUFFALO BILL STORIES. These woul d soon break clown, and then some of the other s would have to bear clowble weight. From different quarters a c loud of Indians seemed in full chase. .There their horses came from was a mystery, but there they were mounted and cager for the blood of the daringmen who liacl invaded their territory, and snatched captives from the village of their all i es. Canaat the f oe off. Buffalo Bill and \Vallacc kne11 their situatit pcr ilons, s ince they were reall y five horses short number required to gire every one a mount. 1 cl I The re scued girls would have :to )e carne an is no horse so stro11g that he will not feel th, of such a burden. r "1 kno\\" thal "
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THE BUFF ALO BILL STORIES. 2'.i l uffalo Bill decided to go, but he must wait until his e \\'as rested. The sharp run from the ha.I e the ani1l'lal unfit for reliable work, especially sinc:c te his fare had been of such a limited amount. i 1st before moon-up would be a good time to 5tarthe could take his chances. rock fort w:is so garrisoned that it could resist 5 assault from even a larger force than the enemies o ed to them. : \"hi!e these brave men held weapons. they would d up to the work, and beat back the allies. erhaps, feeling that an \\onld be madness on r part, the Indians might agree to some other plan, c not risk further dcfe::it. unger-thirst-these were the force s that could be nded upon in times like this. They would weaken 1 garrison and make them become easy victims. 1 guard was set over the camp, while the remainde r ght sleep, of which they were much in need. uffalo Bill also lay clown. l ye needed rest, a11cl vVallace had promised to wake up at the proper time. hand on the shoulder of the soldier-scout aroused aad he found the old ranger bending over him. time has come, Dill,'' pointing to the e&st, where 1110011 was nearly ready to rise. A faint, silvery gleam ) \ that time was precious just then. uffalo Bill aros e, and stretched himself. I am ready,'' he said, simply. [-Iis horse stood near by, and Big-Foot Wallace held rifle. 'G ood luck ter ye, Bill," was all the other said, but t meant volumes, a ccompanied as it was by the fil'm 'P:ody rode slow ly out of the ro k fortress. after a few rmu red farewells, and he headed his h o rse toward east. uffalo Bill bent fonord in his saddle, a1Yaiting the m which he knew was sure to come sooner or later. here was a yell from o:H! quarter, showing that the I fs-strokes of his horse had been heard. It was anred farther on ires prang up. he al!ies anticipated this move, and were prepared to 1 ive the bold rider who would go for assistance. t was no longer a time for concealment. uffalo Bill had slung his rifle to his back, and a reer was grasped in !the r hand, the bridle held bee11 his teeth. e dug his heels into the sides of his horse, and the ful chestnut respomlecl with a fine burst of speed. Like a rornado the soldier -s cout descended upon the line of enc i rcling foes CHAPTER XVI CONCLUSION._ There was a shock as the scont eame in contact with the line of reds. His revoivers opened up and beat a lively time. No man on the whole b order could excel in the rapidity of pistol-firing this knight of the re V'Olver. The Indians shrank back appalled from such a deathdealing machine. They l ooke d upon him as a demon let loose from the other world. 'vVith a cras' h and a 'blaze the raager was upon t'hem. His revolvers cut a swath in the double line, and another plunge of his horse carried him through. Then away like the wind. _They must have fleet steds who follow such a daring rider. Of course there 'Was pursuit, and as the moon arose, looking back, Cody could see the Indians coming along in a squad. They hardly cherished hopes of him, and yet kept on because it was their business. Perhaps they really did not care much about overhaul ing the man since seeing his work with the revolver. Buffalo Bill had already made a reputation among the Indians, who feared his rifle, knowing the deadly acce. racy of his aim. When he saJw the persiste nc y with w hich they fol lowed, Cody resoived to have some fun with his pursuers. Concealed behind a matte of timber, he allowed them to come close up. Then, firing on them, he had the gl'a'tification of seeing two riderless horses dash away. The Indians were confused at first, but, recovering, once more started in pursuit. He had his horse go lame and ho'biblealong in the most agonizing way possible. The enemy with loud shouts broke into a wild gallop, and hastened to pursue their winged game, meaning to dose in frorn all sides. When Cody ,had them where he wanted, he put another bullet where it would do the most good. Then, uttering a loud and defiant sh1out, he urged his h orse on, amid a shower of bullets, and soon regained his former distance.

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25 BUFF ALO BILL STORIES. These diversio n took the enUrnsia m out of his pursuers. They had n hope of capturing or si.aying s u ch a man. He seemed aided bY.a mysterious power which they could not u nderstancl. Some of them called him lhe Evil O n e All feare d him. Buffal o Bill was making headway all this time, for he had selected 'his course; and \\"ith each mile was shortening the distance 'between him elf and the fork of the rive r. If the !Qldiers were in camp ther e he could depend upon securing their aid. Cody did not rush h is 'hors knowing the Jong ride that lay before 'him. He occasionally turned upon the enemy, and played such seriou s t ri k1s that the redskin gre\ very wear y of the game. B y t\YO and thr ees they dropped out. When men want to give up a cause how easy it is to clo o. This thing continued until -those w'ho kept up the chase 1\ere so small in point of numher that they actually grew alarmed when they cliscov<:>red the tact. They were SIO muc h afraid t hat had the fugitive but turned to Jook at them rhey \YOU icl have fled in alarm. It was well o n toward m o rning when Cody learned th1at h e wa no l onger pursued. H e rode o n at the same eyen pace, as though it re:.tlly made no dffierence to him whether they kept it up or noc. tl1e s-arne -time a grim mile could be see n upon ;-,,.; i":Cc, as tlrnugh it pleased him to cli cover that the reds entertained so much respecl for h is prowess. Clouds .had co m e up a ild hidden the moon from bis observati o n. It was fortunate that Cody was an experi e nced borclerman, fo r w ilh no stars above to guide a traveler, the chances seemed to I e in favor of his ,,a n clering. Generally a man in the da lrness, or making hi way through a \\ood, will bear to t h e left, and often make a ci r cle. Those acquainted 1\ith this fact guard against it successfully. Cody had hi s way of d o in g so, and hi s lin e of trave l was nearly traight. Thus h e came to a small stream \\ater. The trees were s i g'htes into the ribs of hi fa hurs e, and lhe animal leaped forward through the low \\'ater. lk s11spc( bushes. ) l'pon this spot the parly mnst have stood who th<:> cast with the la so. Cody urged his horse up, and S2.\\" dark figure! around him G utteral exclamations betrayed the fact that thet wer e Indians. The siluation was, indeed, a desperate o n e, an/' falo Dill was forced to admit it. H c had no thoughl of anythinCT but the most devil resistance. ( Enough light there was, in spite of the cloud: head coverin g the moon, to see the movements

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THE BUFF 1\LO B ILL STORI ES. 29 ies. They were close at hand, w hereas at twenty distance he could not have discerned them. the first 'brave made a dash for the bridle of hi h o r se, n g out something about w hite man having no of a mount. ill Cody coolly knocked him over with a shot from revolv er. hen the 'battle was on. he red dev ils were all around him, and it would keep 1an busy endeavoring to keep lheir hands away. t uns were discharged, and t !he con't:ents came dangery near Cody's head. t any second he might receive a bit of lead in the n that would end his trail. s 1-ie turnbl ed over the reds he had the fierce satisfiac of knowing the number of hrs antagonists was g gradually decrea ed by suc h action t this rate he would do them all up, if hi revolvers out. !ready he was wounded in several places, but Heaven kind to Bill Cody. Perhaps because his mission nt alvation to the little compan y left among the s. t any rate, no bullet or knife t:ouched him in a vital nor \.\BS his steed injured. dians have great respect for a horse, and dislike e njurc a fine animal. hey did not seem lo realize that the white ranger lid fall into their hands if they slew his steed, until it too late to do so. ie fierce rnatur e of his rush carried him through the ight and left the reel rascals fell back before his 1ing r evolvers that dealt death with such terrible er. I f course, they did nol know who it was against m their united power ll'as but l11e severe 1 011 taught was enough to demonstrnte that they hiad ly-caught a terror. Then Cody found the ope n country before him, he in bent low in the saddle, and let his horse out for all wa 11orth. he intelligent animal seemed to understand, and ed forward a though fresh uffalo Dill, looking back, saw a flash of fire illumin the darkness. e heard lhe r'c1)orl oI guns and the wbistling of bul over his hoad. n such a poor light it would have been mere luck had the prince of marksmen been able to wing him or hi s h orse. Cody believed h e had nothing more to fear from these fellows. Then dismounting, he felt all over his horse to see if the animal had been hurt. He feared the worst, for it hardl y seemed possible that the horse could have passed through s uch a tempest and remain unscathed. To his delight, he could not find a trace of a wound of any sort. This made him t>hink of him se lf. He found there were several. He had bled a little, but none of them were of a serious nature. It impcssible for him to bother with them now, since tim e was precious. He was just about to throw himself upon the back of his horse when he stopped to listen. The night wind was in about a line with his course. He had guided himself by it ever since the moon was ob scured It now ]jrought sounds to his ears. The plain rush of horses' hoofs. "Coming, sure enough,'' he muttered. Then, as he swung himself agam into the saddle, he glanced toward the east. When would clay come? He was pleased to see a faint line of light along the horizon that toicl of corning day. ''Let them keep it up until it gets light enough for Buffalo Cody to l ook along the barrel of his gun, and I r ecko n h e 'll teach 'em a le sson t h ey won't forget." As h e thus muttered, the prairie scout gave his horse the rein. A chorus of fierce yells from the rear told that his pursuers heard him. He sent back a shout of defiance. Cody realized that he did not gain, but he had every rea s on to believe he was holding his own all the while. Gldncing back, he co uld just make out his pursuers. They were riding madly in something of a little clump, and Cody smiled griml y to think what hi s repeating-rifle would do when he once began to use it. He wanled to make sure work of it when once he got hi s hand in. The redskins had sighted him, too, and gave tongue, just lik e a pack of hounds at sight of the quarry just ahead. Several fired their guns, but as both parties were on the jump the bullets wept wild, as was to be expected.

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30 THE BUF F 1\LO STORIES .. Cody had endeavored during the chase to keep in as straight a line as he could It gave him satisfaction to see that he had not varied a great d eal. All the while they wer e rushing on he had been drawing nearer his destination. The time came at last when h e was resolved to brook this pursuit no longer. Suddenly drawing in his h orse, he turned the animal"s head toward the on-rushing pursuers, who gave a howl at the action. With the report of his rifle one brave dropped from hi s horse. The others continued on, doubtl ess believing his gun must now be empty. Again h e fired, and as the third and fourth shots came a panic was notic ed among the Indians Men threw themselves behind their horses, on l y t o have the stee ds bowled over by a shot and thems elv s left unmounted. A hailstorm of bullets appeared to swe ep over the leve1 ground. Buffalo Bi.11 kept pumping away. The shots ran g out _bing, bang, bang, with the regularity of a machine. These ne w fan gle d guns were a great in stitution to a man in s uch a po3ition The game had been won before h e had exhausted the magazir:e of his rifle so that he was n o t forced to r esort to reYolvcrs. \tVhen he sa\v that hi s foes had no longer any se mblance of aggressive force, he wheeled bis horse and calm l y gal l oped away. RidiPg along he filled the magazine of his gun wit h cartridges fro,11 1-:is iit tlc pouch, and th;s task h<.>.cl b e en completed Cody felt a:ble to meet another band o f h 0st;lc s He hul see n enough of hard fightin g, and his one sin cer-e wish was to run across t h e Boys in Blue as soon as Tho:; e w h o been left at b::ty a r:rnng the rocks might need hc;p 1\n enemy fu !l of tricker\' a n d mad with the desi:e fo r vcn:;"<>.ncc surrounded th e m, and if the shades of another night fell upon them in th e same relative posi tio ns it would doubtless go hard with those thus penned up. Soon th ey mnst suffe r from a scarcity of water, and what could b e more terrible? No wonder Cody was eager to find the border blue j ackets and bring them t o the rescue. By the light of early day h e scanned his surrpundings, anxious to discover sign s of the troops. c No smoke was to be seen lazily rising above th$ of some timber patch. nc He could not discover men on horseback racing h the prairie in frolic. a If the so ldi e r s were near b y th ey knew how to c ; quiet. 1t Cody had one sa tisfaction. H e knew his su r rou n0t and if the so ldiers were anywhere ne:ir the spot he c just wher e he could put h i s h and on them. !C So h e h eaded in the right quarter, and again mali the forks of the ri ver. l1E This spot was several mile s away when the sc scout sudde nl y drew up. al Something upon the ground had attracted his re ti o n, and be quickl y exclaimed: iii "Cavalry passed along here last night. Headed f(fa forks, and n o t away from 'em. In luck this time, f sure. ., with new life given him, Cody again rode forwarti.i l owing the cavalry trail. e He kept looking ahead, that at any mes now h e might see the horse and rider that spoke c cl mounted sentinel. u O n ce h e stopped to jump clown and examine th6iC He had a littl e fear that it might prove older than ti please him. To his satisfaction, he found his first surmise 111 right. The marks had certainly been made durinpt early part of t h e p receding night. After that it was push on again. He had a canteen of water with jerked beef. This served to stay his appetite. him, and som e! n About eight o'clock h e s ighted a heavy grO\.vth o r ber, and hi s heart beat high, fo r he knew this 'vat! place whe r e the river forked. n' It was where he wou l d find the so ldiers, hatl departed. c; 'With cons iderabl e anxiety, therefore, he timbe r. OJ O ve r the tops of the trees he could see the lighfe smoke of a fire His noble horse was w e aried, but r esponded gall\-: to his call. 01 A sound came to hi s ear. er Often had h e heard it in the past, but never w1 much rileasure as now. e It was t h e clear bugle cal 1. :s As h e drew near the trees h e saw a sentinel, and '':! hi s hat above hi s head. A few minutes later the so ldier-scout rode inbt: camp of the troopers

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THE B UFFAL O BILL STO R IES. 31 : cavalrymen immediately surrounded him, and a e of que tions were' fired at him. ing Captain Cook just issuing from his tent, he ::. himself to the ground, and walked over to the and hi story was soon told. 0 e cava l rymen beckoned to t h e bugler, and in another nt the latter had sounded : 1 ots and saddles!" : e coming of Buffalo Bill in such haste gave warnin g was work to be clone. t imes had been dull of late, the prairie hard-riders med this break in the monotony with great eagero valr y companies on the border do not travel with r e a t amount of camp stuff, a n d all were ready for rail. ala Bill had secured a new mount, but led his own :, for the animal, after having a rubbing down and seemed in good condition. i ht as the arrow flies or the crow sails through the could lead them back to the rocky fort where his stood at bay. did not fear that any disaster could have overtaken unle s the allies had, in the interim, received such e ions to their ranks as to make them numerically tible. ride was kept up during the balance of the 1 morn nd without halting for a noon rest. :i ut four o'clock they were drawing near the region e the ranger held the combined force of the allies l" plan of action had all been arranged between the n and Buffalo Bill. ey would stop in the timber and rest until near 0 rise. a the time appointe
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