The lost stage coach; or, Buffalo Bill's long search

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SCOUT, CRCUUllING IN THE SHADOW OF TH,". RO'CK S RECOGNIZED THE FIRST RIDER AS CHIEF IRON-FACE, AND THE SECOND AS ----'-'-=:;..;....>-=====-='----------=.......,..-=--.................. .....,__====='--CAPTAIN RED-HAND. L

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) SJ IU ()_ 'a u lheOnfy PublicoJion authorued bY the Hon.Wm.f.Coij a Issued Weekly. By Subscriptio" $z.50 per year. Entered as Second Class 1lfatter at tile N Y. Post Office, by STREET & SMITH, 238 Wiiliam St., N. Y. Entered a ccordin1r to Act of Congress in tlzeyear 1qo1, in tlze Office of' tlze Librarian of Congress, Waslzin1rton. D C. No. H. NEW YORK, July 27, 1901. Price Five Cents. L05T 5TAGE COACH; l .. n '. }\.IO 1l Sll OR, Lce>ng Search. lns By the author of "BUFF ALO BILL." M. a J( rr . CHAPTER I. .I\ll} i t r m a! THE LO T ST.\GE CO.\CH. q+ }I lP a+i Terrible tidings had been brought in lo Colonel Carr, JO e commander of Fort Advance, for Jack Gerrard"s coac h th e Overb:1d Trail had di. appeared as utte. ly as Aa.I' ough it had been swallowed up in some deep stream it ona 'llad to cro;;s on its way to the far military post to which it m1aaJ d 1 l a e se1r.1-111cnt 1 y tnp siq T' I I I \\' 1 a 1 nerr was :-io )C'.ter c nver on t 1e estern stage tra1 !q .oU q+ si' o n e w'.10 was n'c: c ca;cf ul to protect his freight and 1sse11gcrs 1:1<:01 wa Jack ( ;crrard, and all at the fort fe lt aas at it had been something whcliy out of t h e usual dan s of the rcia(J-from and rnclians-which had :>llq ught cl1sar.ter-a camplctc wipe-out,. in fact-upon 1, hi. coach. t eam and one and all,. .'" had an i s hed The worst of it all was that there was a woman in the case, for it was known that Jack had a s passenger a young girl the daughter of Sergeant frank Farrar, who, though onl v a n o n -commissioned officer at t h e fort, was admitted Lo have kno\\"n better days, and was well worthy of a COlllil115SJO n. He was a man of O\'er two-score years, a p erfect type of the soldi e r popuiar \\ith o fficers and m e n and was known as "the man of mystery,'' for n o o ne' seemed to know anything about hi s past life. H e had risked hi s lif e time and again to save other s. had rescued t h e co lonel once from death and many had been m entio n ed officially fo r daring deeds. It was a surprise one clay when it was learned that the sergean t had a s ked the co lonel if he could bring h is dauo-hter to the fort, for 110 one knew whether h e \\as marricrl o r sing-le

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... ..,, ;;o P' E1 i::i ( P' r 2 THE BUFF ALO BiLL STORIES The permission had bee ngranted, a pleasant cabin had been assign ed the se rgea nt, and the wives of the _offi cers had d 0 n e all they could to make it a cheery home for the And it was upon Jack Gerrard's coach that the young girl had been expected, for so her father had written her to come. what a blow it had been to thesergeant, one and all, i n fact, when the coach failed to arrive and a s _earch revealed no trace of it along the trail. Buffalo Bill, then chief of scouts at the fort, had at once gone on a scout to solve the mystery, and what he d i s caused h i m to send back for a troop of cavalry, which were at once sent ol1t under Lieutenant Walter worthington, one of the most dashing and daring young officers at the fort. The report of Buffalo Bill had been that the bridge acrass a canon, through which ran a foaming torrent, had fallen into the stream, and the indications pointed to the coach havinggone down with it. But this Buffalo B ill did not believe was the case for, as the coach had carried a valuable freight in the shape of money for the fort. as well as a fair passenger and a paymaster, the scout placed its compl ete disappearance not to having been engulfed in the seething stream, but to the band of outlaws, whose clever chief had thus tried to cover up his lawless act of robbery, I erhaps of murder. So it was that the scout had sent for aid, and, with Lieutenant Worthington and his troopers, with whom was also Sergeant Frank Farrar, stern, s ilent and anxious regarding the fate of h is daughter:, the sea rch for the missing coacl:i had been .begun. A week had passed away and then the chief of stouts had returned ahead of the command and made his report to Colonel Carr. Far fro m the fallen bridge the ashes of a large camp fire had been found, il) spite of every effort to destroy all traces of a trail leading lo it. In the ashes had been discovered iron work of the stage, which had been burned, though the large pieces had been taken out and thrown into.the stream. Then the trail was taken up from there, faint as it was, and fol\owed to the retreat of the band of outlaws, .where Jack Gerrard, the paymaster and the sergeant's daughter had been fot111d-prisoner of the leader of the lawle band, Red Hanel. as h e was k11 0 '.Yi1. Though up ported by_ the Indians, the outlaws haa Bill, and h e left for his quarters to prepare for the trail wholly unmindful of his having been for days and night on a hard rid e with but littl e rest. Two hours later, in response to Colonel Carr's orden 11.' Captain Taylor and two troops of cavalr y left the for with Buffalo Bill riding ahead as guide and scout-a fare .. that gave perfect co nfid e n ce to officers and men. CHAPTER JI. THJ-: ill 1d pt .. ( rodeo ap't_ain Taylo r felt proud of his men a s he of the fort witih them. seventy-five i 1'! 1'tu111ber. rl T hev were picke d men and ho1 es, With rations for t I rl day., ammunition in plenty, and armed with the 11:c weapons. "I IJalf a r!oze11 pack animal carroicd the outfit in t 1 nt way of camping equipage, and the men were riding li!tnd for fast and hot work. i 111 Ruffalo Bill and 0ten scout.. accopa11iec1 the expe..:,1 tion, bti11ging the force up td C'ighty i. fighters, all l\t v The soout led the and, aft 'r they were well \\' upon Hie trail. Capl'ain Tay l o r rode forn-arcl at'ld joi1e h ] : '11. e.

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THE BUFF f\LO BILL STORIES. 3 f T he captain was a warm friend of the gallan't scout, and had said to hi s lieutenaints and surgeon before starting: "The fact that Buffalo Bill i s to b e our gu=. d e, and we are to carry o u t some pl .an 01f hi'S, makes success certain." \V1hen he joined ithe scout, 1 h e said: "Xow, Bill, tlhe colon e l onl y gave me order s ito get m y e men ready, and star t o n an expedition which you would d explain, and to u se my ow n disc r etio n in regar d to what >f m was best to be clone." "Yes, captain, and I will explain the matter in a few \\'o rds." ve "You are just back from the expedit io n w i t h Lieuten-he W ,,, ant ort.1111gton. b "Yes, siir. n. "And it was a success?" ra1 ght :ier "Oh, yes; for we struck the outlaws' retreat, resn1ed he prisoners they bad, got captives in return among the and of Red Hand. and lots of booty. cattle and horses.' "Good! And the) had there Ja k Gerrard' s coach ant! .. a6senge1 s. "Yes. ''And the srrgea1 :1t's daughter?" 'She's a he'3.L1t.Y, r:iptain, if that 1s vou wish to I n::"w," said BLlff:i.lo Bill, slyly. "h was not what I asLed, Bill, and I am sorry he is a for ,. e:i.utv. fa captain ? said tl1e scrmt. with wrprise. "Yes; for >1he is only a sergeall't's daughter, a 'l d I fear ill for t!lnt rca0on be a sufferer fro m slights given h er, 1d the of a-tteniti::rn from those officers who may t mean too ,,ell by her. "Captain Taylor, you sec Farrar, th e ser-1e o ant's dJ.ug-hter, you "'ill diso::ivrr .that she is just the rl to t:ike care of herself. one no one can snub, ior t i d who ill put hcrse!f "in n o positi c rn to feel a e b k f I .. h:ch ran, may at times o;ce upon 1 er. "I am gl:ld of this, Bill; the sergeant i s a in nt\en13.n, a man of certain p cwer and reserve that com -a Ji "' nds r espect from all hi s office r s and d emands it fron1 inferiors. ":\ly idea of the man is b!nt h e has a t w o uld a1akc a y-::: y entena'.11!:1:; story if k:10wn." 1 he h:is been, s: r, h e keeps a a:1d am joi e his coming to him was a s urp::-ise he had expected ; but he makes the best of iL well, I am anxio u s to see the outcome of it all; but now, Bill, ihat are we to do?'' ''You see, captain, Red Hand was not at his den but off 0 n a visi.t ito old Iron Face; so we him. H e n o doubt disc-overed our raid, and in all prob:ibil ity purs u e d us with the c hief Iro:1 Face and hi-s band. He may have come up with our party after T left them. "I t h o ught, b y s 'triking t his trail fr.o m t h e fort we could head t.he m off, am bush tihem and perhaps captt:rc the outla'W c hi ef, at the same time giving a noth e r severe blow to the redskins." "A s pJendid idea." ''I con ul te d with L i eutenant 'vVort'hi ngton and he told 'to pus' h 011 ahead and suggest i t t o the colonel, hi nting that it ,,m ild b e a g'o : x l idea to send you, captai n, as he knew that you would p u s h har d ... 'Tl! do my best, a n d I'm thankful for the hint H 1at gained me the chance; but it \ 1 ill b reak \Vo r thingiton's heart not t0 also be in the fight. "Yes, for be i a fighter from '.wa y back, and handles troops lik e a veteran. "He has covered himself \Yith glory in .this expedit ion. and will get a captain s tr;:tr for it, or I am greatly mistaken.' "He com:nanded \ 1 ell, captain, and will make a great na;ne fo;him elf a s an Indian fighter, for he would fight than ea,t." ''\Veil. '"e back him up by making a success of our CXi)ecliti n." "We \\' ill.'' "'Ho1A far wi ll 1 ;e have to go; I wish t o ambush them at the forci o f the river, catc h ing them as they corne over and enter the pass, for, with a few men o n the other s hore. \ I e an them off if they retreat and have t-hem in a place 1 \ here we can hit them hard." "And their fo r ce, Cod_ v ?" "As '11 as I ooulcl judge, captain, 111 t heir pursuit and attack. a!)'Ot\>t three hundred warriors, though, o f co u:-se they may have sent for more braves. whid1 w e can look Olllt for.'' ' T hat i s rigi1t." "Yes, it was for that reason I brought so manv of my as they can be o n guard while we are lying in wait, to report fo rce coming from the Ind ian villa g-e;;."

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4 T H E BUFF A LO BILL STOR IESo "Vlei!, with my seventy-four gallant fell ows, and yo u and your brave I do not fear an y force l ess than a thousand, if i t comes to a sq ua re fight. I s u ppose yo u wis1 h to pus h on 1hard ?" "Yes, cap:tain; fo r sho uld th ey come on m o r e rapidl y than I beli eve t:hey will, we will just b e on time, and b e a b]e to get into p os i tion The horses will then have a chance to rest." It was late at n 1ight w ihen the command went int o camp for supper and a few ihours' r est, a nd when dawn broke they 'had been in l'11e sad dle for an hour, aga in o n the maPc!h. At noon t i hc y : lrnd r each ed the pas s and a n hour after were in amibush for the Indians h a d not yet passe d bhere in their pui: ui 1 t of Ueuitenant \i\T ori thington and his pa11ty. T 1 he s i .tuation chosen b y Buffalo Bill as the ri ght spot direction, which was unlikel y, as 1lhe Indian village wa: not on thait s ide of the river. This left Captain Taylor, Buffalo Bill and about si xt) sold ier' to go int o ambusih at bhe mouth of lt'he pass, so a 1 t o comma nd the ford. T he arnbush had not be e n formed a mome111t too soo n for a signal c am e fro m one od' t h e scou t s on the opposiit 1 shore ito be on the lookou 1 t, as the Indians were ap prciaching. T he scout s ignal e d from a hilltop from he ha1 a view of the trail b eyond the ridge for half a doze miles. "They have come up m ore rapidly than I expecte they wmild, sir," said Buffalo Bill. "\,Yell, we arc r eady for t hem or soo n will be," ar swered Captai n Taylor, and he ordered his men into thei to pl ace an ambush for the approaching redskins was 1pos iti o n s of hidin g, scattered among the rock on t)i formed b y Nature in a way to suit the scout's views ex actly. T ihere 1the river was broa1cl, sacldie-girt11 deep he rocks at p point thait gave him a good v ie\ \ of the ford and approa to the pass. a The def eat of the i;cds kin a r my under Chief Iron F2 1< h some time be fo r e ancl again .in 'l1 he attack o f the resc :party unde r Lieutenant Worthington, JJuffalo Bill ft,,. woul d b e two lessons t he y would never forget, W'hile I tc ambu. h t hen laid fo r thcm w o uld really strike a pa al o n g !!h e fr ontier fo r some tim e 1:0 come. d t vVhile t h e chie f of ,\ as th u s musing, the mJ.n a r the hilltop ac r oss the river waved hi s flag ti11 around his' head. ur te1 I t wa.s the expected si(TnaJ. It mea nt, "The Indians are coming. In

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T H E B UFFALO B iLL STORIES o 5 CHAPTER III. A LONE CHASE. Watching the top of the distant ridge s hi elded by a rock and pine bush, Buffalo B ill saw a redskin horseman 1 ride into vie"" h T1.e scouts had already skipped to ti1eir hiding-places. The Indian halted a moment gazi n g at the scene as though enjoying the picturesque beauty sp r ead otit before him. Then he rode quickly on down the trail. Soon after, half a dozen other horsemen app ea red and behind them came a band of t hirty, at their head riding two men whose appearance at once riveted the cout's gaze. "There they are-the chief and Captain Reel Hanel." They were riding side by side, and behind tham came their immediate b ody guard of warriors. Following thi s party were a number of Indian ponies dragging trm.ois. bearing the Indian dead and wounded, e for they had rigged up a means of carryi n g the bo lies a n d ill the injured from the field. At the top of the ridge, the I party having in charge these travois branched off o n another trail which led to the Indian village,. fi The main body of the Indians. h o wever, some two hun dred in numb e r, swept on down th e hill and by the time the last of the se, the rear guard, had crossed the ridge, 1 the advance was in the river. Stopping for their horse to drink those in advance were quickly overtaken by thosC' in the r ear, and the whole Lt party were heaped together. 1a1 When the advance reached the shore where Buffalo Bill and the re t were hidd en, they at once turned off for the l owland bevond the lede-e and willows, as Buffalo Bill a had surmised they would do. SC Vvhen about half the force had crossed and the balance f were in the river, Buffalo Bill decided to gi ve his signal t to Captain Taylor. The Indians had ridden a lon a strangely silent and subdued evidently pondering over their h eavy lo ses of late .n and hoping for ievenge. tin Xot a thought of danger so near ahead disturbed them, until suddenly, ech oing from cliff to cliff, clear, wild and terrible. rang out the well-known warcry of Buffalo Bill. It at once caused a terrible scene of excitement in the Indian ranks, which was added to when Captain Taylor's commanding voice called to hi men to fire, and three sco re carbines rattled forth bowers of leaden hail. Ponies and warriors went down; the redskin braves shrank hack, staggered. bleeding ancl demoralized. ome answered the fire of deat h with d e fiant wareries and shots, ancl those in the river began lo retreat. Again the carbines Jlashe
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J 6 THE B UFFALO BILL S T ORIESo Bill, as he dashed by Captain Taylor, who, with his men, had now come out of ambush and were preparing to mo unt thei r horses a they were brought up by the men in charge of them, to make a show of pursuit of the In dians Captain Taylor made reply, but Buffalo Bill did not hear him as he clashed away, a lone pursuer upon the out' Jaw's trail. The red s kins had been rallied fro m their panic by the skill and cool courage of their chief, Iron Fa ce. He had quickly realized that the ambush had been ahead, that the scattering shots fro m the opposite s h o re showed but a s m all force in their rear for effect, and that hi s course was to recross and strike np the river bank, especially as a mile away there was a place where he could make a stand and beat back the so ldier s on hi s track. Reaching the rocks where they c ould make a tand, they halted and Captain Taylor wiseiy and promptly checked the pursuit, knowing that he would lo se h eavi ly and that t h e Indians wou l d continue their flight. At any rate, thei r pursuit of Lieutenant worthington and hi s 'part)' had be e n effectually stopped, and, n o doubt ,the Indians would br;mch off toward their vi lla ge The captain, hc\\"ever, had seen courier, s ride on ahead, and h e knew thi s meant a rapid run to th e village for aid. and that by m orn ing, or soo n after, a force would b e up o n him which h e could not withs tand. .There was, then, but o n e thing for him to do, and that was to make a show of pursuit until nightfall, and then retreat for th e fort at once. A co uncil wa s quickly held among the officers, and two scouts were ordered, as s oo n as darkness came on, to re cross the river and go back ahead to the fort by the trail He picked up what wounded he could, but felt comthey had come, with dispatches f o r Colonel Carr. It was pelled to leave his dead, and, in solid force, crossed the rive r in s pite of the double fire now poured up on him. He saw that the outlaw c hief had acted wiseiy in the course h e h a d pursued, but, t hen, h e could n o t have ralli ed his warriors to go in that dir ect ion so did the next b est !thing and recrossed the river. It was his intention to hurl hi s wh ole force up on the small party there and wip e them out; but t his h a d be e n :anticipated by Captain TaylQr and Buffalo Bill, and orde rs had been the m e n in charge o f th e h orses to bring them up the mom ent th ey saw the Indians attempt to recross the riv e r. This the y did, and the quic k mounted purs uit saved the soidiers and scouts across the strea m. Forcing his wounded on ah ea d, Iron Face rallied hi s brave s in the rear to retreat lowly and protect them and showers of bullets and arrows we re fired upon the .soldiers as th ey crossed the riv e r in chase But the y did not dare tarry long, for from th e rocks the little band on the ridge poured a hot fire upon them forcing them to quicken their p ace and give up all ide a of dis p lacing them i n th e s h o r t time had to do it in. It was true that the redskins e mptied half a d oze n saddles and brought down twice as many h o r ses as the troopers cross ed the river, but it did not check t h e m, ,and the pursuit was pressed so hotly b y Captain Tay l o r t h a t 1th<: Indians were forced into a run in spite of their chiefs cries for them to make a stand. possible that the Indians would advance by another trail . and attack the for t in th.:ir fr enzy. The r est of th e command, a fter burying their dead comrades would retr eat as fast as they were abl e, carr1 in g their wounded with them. The r e d skins' and wou nd ed would b e left to thi care o f th e brave who would come in the morning tc l ook after them, when they would find the soldier gone "But what ab out rody ?" said Captai n Taylor, whe1 their plans had been "l frar he has plac e d him self in a very p e rilou s poi tion, .. sa id the captain of th e troop that had come wit! Captain Taykr's own command. "He \1 ent off on the track of that outlaw lik e a whirl 1 incl: hut it a dange: ous undertaking, as th e man b.: ing pursued can go into ambush and kill hi s pursuer." ''Ye ca pt ai n and he will cross the upper ford, wit! c out doubt, and try to lead Buffalo Bill in the directio of th e Indian village. So. if h e pur ucs the outlaw fr 1 he will b e b etwee n the redskins comi n g fr om their c amr ;:. and t h ose now in retreat,' said a lieu t e nant. h CHAPTER IV. n MTSS!NG. T he soldiers w e re anxio u s to get awa y. for t11ey h ; tt n o They their w ea kness. a nd were we: aw:i oi the strength the lndi<.:ns could bring against the w within t\\ elve h o u rs fa

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THE BUff f\LO BILL STORIES. 1 e et Sl l t b-1 By a night retreat they could go many mile,s before halting to c::imp re t and f.ood. after ri.clc before dawn 2nd after, by th:: time they halted ior bre::ikfast they would be many mi'!e fie sc:ene of .conAict ju t about t-11e time the In c l"an were arriving there. \\' ith a tart they had nothing to fear for no matter ii !1u11dr cl-; of \\arrior \\ere in the sadd!e against them li!ey \\O uk! not dare venture far ac r ss t he rive ; i n pur.,uit, after the dcacll;.: le1'S.ons they h::i n oo n \Yhen the two who hau been l eft on the ridge arrived They reported the hasty retreat of ehe Indians under 1 ron Face. the arrival of :;evera l hundred warri-ors soon aftt:-r s unri se, but Buffalo Bill had not joined them dur ing th night. A gloom fell upon all, for the dread came that Buffalo Hill hacl met his doom at lasl. Captain 'fo): lor called his officers together and 1 elcl a \YOulr! strain cn:ry nerve ancl take c han ces that at ancot111(il of war. itl other time h e would DOL do. :io These thoughts tbrong-h Capli1i11 Taylor's f mine!, he told hi. officers i' \I he felt th e m ;;afety u f the sco ut. ancl they. t n, hi; anxi ty. And yet lo h ave r ema ined o n t)le river bank awaiting his rClurn would have bC'en 111ad11ess, so the order to march lrncl been given as soon clarknes s fell. and just a the loo, \\ ere pulling out in hot haste for h* their villa"'e. The dead were car ried acros b\ri1e olcliers, to burv w . . th wh n they n.iaJe tl}eir camp,' a.nd the wounded were cared for as well as c;rcu111sta nces \YO\li() ;i.dni:. It was at last decided that as the expedition had be n s imply lo ambush the Indians and administer to them a severe less on, th is having been accomplished, there was not:1ing left to be clone but to return to th e fort and :-e porl re:;ull with the fact that Buffalo Dill was mis ing. and it was feared harm had befallen him. Then s everal of the scouts came up and asked to be a1ilcwecl lo re-main behind anrl search for their chief. This request was granted, Captain Taylor ca lling for y o]untecr!', and Hugh Hardin and four of his scout co-.n racl es \\"C11t back on th e trail in search of Buffalo Bill. .. -iic tlw rrocp ers. c towarrl Fort clvance

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8 THE BU F f l\LO B ILL STORIES. It was a sad marc'h of the troopers back to t'he for t, for anbt:her of the wounded men died on the way, run ning the deatih-roll up to seven men, with twice as many wounclecl. However, they had accomplis hed their purpose, hi t thr redskins a terrible blmY, s l aying many of them, wounding many more and capturing half a hundred ponies. But rhere was gloom upon account of Buffalo Bill's disappearance, more sorro1y felt for the popular scout's fate than for the dead Soldiers could be replaced, there we r e many of theti11. but onl y one Buffalo Bill. t he idol of plainsmen, and one whose fame was earned by deeds oi desperate daring. After an absence of five clays the command came in sio-ht of the fort. All hoped to find Buffalo Bill there, and the first question of Captain Taylor was: "Has Cody arrived?'' "N' o, TaY'lor, and we hoped tha1 t he was you, for his two men returned and reported h im missing," answered t'hc officer of t'he day. Captain Taylor at once went to headc!uarter s to report to Colonel Carr, w110 wa s se'ated upon his piazza, and said, quickly: "Glad to see you back, Captain Taylor, and c ongrat ulate you upon your victory, which the scout's brought news of; but is Cody with you?" "1\o, Colonel Carr, I hoped to find hi
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THE BUFF ALO B ILL STOR iES$ 9 'Five of his scouts a r e searching for him. and if they do no t re1:urn with news to-morl"'O\ the cplonel will senJ out a search party after h i m." .. "I houlcl like to go along, sir, and have a hand in ltis re:>cue, for I owe m ore th:m lif e to him, sir, in r eturning t o me my ch ild I will speak to the col o n e l for you, the n and it will be Lieutenant \\'orthington w h o commands the party." "Then if Duff alo Bill can be found, si r he i s the o n e to do ii," earnegtly sai d the sergeant, and he added: "] will report to :\Irs. Lamar and my daughter. t'hen, that Buffalo Bill i s only missing, fo r they urged me to come to you and ask about him, .sir," and the sergeant rett:rne d to his quarters. CHAPTER V. THE SEARCH: fort was a strong one, with stockade walls and earthen breastworks. It \\'as delightfully s ituat:::d and was surrounded by beautiful scenery, while game 01f all kinds a 'bounded near, rendering it a most desirnble p os t for offo:ers and their families. There were a mu1iber of officers' wi\ es and children at t1he fort. a school fo r the latter, also a chape l in \ hich the chaplai n officiated on S unday. and a dancing hall. ve Colo1:cl Carr was an ideal offi..::er, a perfect discjpJin a r ian. hut counteous and kind to all, and life at Fort Aclth vance, in s,pite o f it s dangerou s s i'tuation, was much en joyed by ail dweller>S t h ere. m. Buffalo Bill, as C'hief of scouts, and o n acC{)unt of his record and personal aHractions a s well, r ocei ved 1 rhe same ar re spe-::t and ccm.iderati o n bestow e d upon a commission e d m officer, and with o n e and all he was a favqrite. Hi_ late brilliant deeds had endear ed him sti ll more to e all. and tihere was a cloud of gbom h o vering about evc,v :e' cabin and camp fire as long as 11is was unknown Ji and it \\'as feared that be had met his death. Particularly were h i co r ps of sco uts anxious ove r him, r apd, thoc1gh .:1e had b een r e ported killed and look e d upon t as dead time an
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10 THE BU ff ALO BILL STORIES. They were then recognized a Hugh Hardin and his four comrades, left behind to find their chief. Buffalo BiH was 11ot among 1thern. Upon arrival at the fort, Hugh Hardin went to head qmnters to make his report. They had scouted u1) and down the river, and discovered that the Ind1ians had placed camps of sentinels at each of rhe three fords, so ithat bhey could not cross to reconnoiter on the other side. They had found no trace of Buffalo Bill. and in vain tried to capture a brave 1o learn, if they could, if he had been killed or captured. That the ou1law chief, aptain Red Hanel, had not 5 e n killed was certain, for all of the sconts iliac! seen him, wibh Chief Iron Face, ride to the redskin camp at the ford and scan the hores acreiss the river wi ,th his glass The dead Iridians and the wounded had all been re moved by their corprades, and no one el e tiha n thernc sel es. the five scouts, hacl been seen on the or.her shor e of the river. Believing and hoping that Buffalo Bill :had escape.cl death or capture. they had returned to the fort, trusting to find him there and to make their report. Colonel Carr listened to bhe report of Soout Hugh Hardin with a clouded brow. I t1 seemed to fore hadow the fate of Buffalo Bill. . ., di tihem: but they thongiht better o f it, a i1tl ne,er ventured more than half way over." . .. .1n tr "I don't lik e the id ea of your seeing the oi:i.tlaw leader."" "No, sir; nor do I, it .that Chief did no't ki ll him." m "That i s certain. Ilacl he clo ne so. otlv miglvt have had to go int o hilling, and be all rig-ht t;ntil he could escape; but seeing the chief leads to the b el ief, knowing how curinir1g and treacherous 1 he is-yes, aud pluck.>:, too. n I must admit-that Cody met death at his hands, for your chief i s n ot o ne ito give up a trail he ha s s.tarted upon. anCI h e was certain!_\' hot UJ)On the heels o f that ti m : a n when he wa s las.t see n by Captain Taylor." IC "He was s ir, as I al so aw: an; o sir; for I would like to have Scouts Palm .er, Har-

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THE BUFF /\LO BILL STORIES. 11 din a:1d four ot1hcrs of their comrades whom these two may select, along with Corporal Kane and eight of m y troop, sir picked tnen and horses a :l of them ... "Tl:"t would give you sixtee n men under your com mand?" ''Yes. sir, six of whom are Buffalo Bill's 0\\':1 men. nine of my 0 \\'11 troop, and Sergeant Farrar, who is a host in hirm-.elf." \'cry trne," said the colonel, and then w a s silen t a m om::nt in th oL1ght. The n he aid: Li en tenant \Vorthington, I have every confide n ce in the world in you. and I also feel that a small fo r ce is bet ter than a large one, so J am .willing you go. but I desire to send with yo u also Surgeon ::\Ic1c1. for you may need his services. "Then too. I w ill send an office r, your inferior in rank, of 'Comse, with thirty men and a light gun to be w 1i.:h;n close call, s h o uld yon need aid, on the trail B u ffalo Bill led Captain Taylor by. and a like m1mber with a gun by the trail Taylor returned by. to camp at certain p oints you may d es ignate where they can be c:illed up on, if n ecessary, or y on ca:1 rerreat 10. "Of co u rse. with each co:11mand I will send seve r:il scouts, and thus aided. by knov. ing you have reli e f at hand, you can venture much m ore than other 1 w i se would be prudent. and you know the Indians are just now in a frem'.cd m oo d at t heir l osses and de fe:its." I t.:1ank you, Co l o nel Carr. fo r your kindness, for this aid you giive will be o f g reat b e nefit, sir. "I \\'ill ta lk over th e matter with Hardin and Palmer, and decide up on the camp s for t h e relief forces t o r e main and inform you. sir: and I would like to make a start to-night. with your l eave. t hey starting at chwn." 'You ca n do so. starting when y u will." ' I will now g o and see t h e se r ge:mt sir, and--" "Had l not ettcr send m y oi-clerly, lieLttenant ? asked the colonel. 1with a s l y twinkle in hi'S eves. ":'.\o, thank sir: I'll not trouble you," was the in no:cnt r espo n se of the young office r. The colo n e l laughed, and Walter \Vorthington's face flushed, while his commander said: ''The orderl y would have clone had not t-he sergeant had a pretty daughter l 1 i eu.te n a n t : but go ahead on the err and yourse lf, t1hough I r eally 1 belien: that you will find the serg-ean t a t armory ... CHAPTER VI. ON THF. TRAIL OF THE SCOUT. A clashing, handsome fellow was vVorthington, with courage that had been se verel y tri ed. Sociall y, or around the camp fire, h e was a genial comrade, e v e r courteous, and with a fine tenor voice, pla ying the g ui tar w e ll. and h e was a splendid conversational ist, the v e r y one to catch the eye of a maiden an d b eco m e a h ero t o h e r. He had half th e younggirls at the fort in love with hi m, was popular with the married ladi es, old and young, and. though lectured frequently b y the fonner, wa s n eve r l ooked upon as a fast man in the real s e n se of the w ord. He wa a favorite also with h is brothe r office r s, while hi s men would follow hi m wherever h e b a de them do so, and they held perfect confide nce in hi s abiiit y as an officer as well. After hi s return with th e stage-coac h passengers, re .. cued from Reel Hanel, with Buffalo Bill, he was regarded a s having again made a hero of himself. Once in the fort, however, and, though courteous, be coul d not b e regarded a s being on vi siting t erms with the sergeant's daughter. Out of respect to Sergeant Farrar the officers had called once upo n his daughter, t o congratulate her upon h e r res c u e and welcome her t o the fort, but that mus t end a U socia l of course. \Valter \Vorth;ngton, however had b ee n to the cabin seve ral times. to see how the o utlaw's wife was conva l esci ng. and hi s brnther office r s began already to gossip over the fact. The sergean t' s home was certainly as attractive a s any in th e fort, after Lu had unpacked h e r traps and beautified i t in various ways, while, a s far as the occupants w ent-save for rank-the diff e r ence b etwee n a commis' sio n ed and non-commis'Si o ned officer-the sergeant, his daughter a nd Mrs. Lamar w e r e as thoroughly refined, educa ted and entertaining as an y other household of the fort, and thi s had been admitted by all the o fficer s a.ncl th e i r wiv es who bad gone th e re. v V h en_ Lieutenant \;\/ orthington now vi site d tlre quarters. he was met by o ld Polly, a negress who was a nurs e for the o u tlaw's wife. \i\'alk in. sah: but de sergean t he a m n o t here, 1,hough \E'.-. i ., .

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12 THC: BUFF ALO B ILL STORit::S. "I would like to see liss Farrar a moment, if agreea ble to her, Aunt Polly," said the young officer. "Yas, sah, it's agreeable, I knows,'' and, ushering him into the little parlor, Aunt Polly, who had the highest admiration for the lieulenant, went to acquaint Lu with his presence. The sergeant's daughter came in just as she was, with a most charming morning gown on. She looked very beaut i ful, and in her sweet, fascinating manner received the lieutenant. She did not offe r her hand, fo r s h e had already learned the difference in rank, but took his when he extended it, and asked: Will you be seated, Lieutenant Worthington, for Mrs. Lamar wishes to see you, sir." "Thank you, I will for a few minutes, but your father is not here ?" "1 o, sir; he is on duty. I will send after l;im, if you desire it." "Please do so, and tell him to come at once.'' Re-entering the room, Lu asked: "'vVill you tell me, Lieutenant Worthington, if the scouts heard of or found out anything of Chief Cody?" ".Nothing, I regret to say." "It will be terrible if harm has befallen him, sir, for he is a man that cannot be replaced." .. o, Cody's match could not be found, that is certain; but I am going to-night in search of him, and your father is to accompany me." "He will be so glad to do so; but--" and, after a moment of hesitatio n she said: "But you are going upon a very dangerous errand, Lieutenant Worthington, an d 1 hope you will not ve nture too much, for, you know, my father will be with you; but "But there is a way of cloing one's duty, sir, that can.T not but impress the one who receives a kindness, and P have felt all your goodness to me; but now let me ask iP there is any news of the chief of scouts?" "None, I regret to say; but I may tell you that.!......that1 your--" e ":My husband. the outlaw, lieutenant, for such he said Mrs. Lamar. bitterly. "Well, l\Irs. Lamar, he was seen by the scout so not dead; and now I am going out to try and find Cody.' "I hope thal you take a large force with you, sir." "On the contrary, I go with Surveon Mead, Sergeant Farrar, a corporal and eight men and six scouts, all being picked men, while I will also be supported, for there is no knowing what may happen--Here is the sergeant5 now," and Sergeant Farrar entered the room, saluting a he did so. The t\\"O then had a conversation the ladies, at the request of the lieutenant, remaining, while the iser geant remained standing, though requesited by the officer to be seated. Later Lieu1tenant vVontliington rode a way from the fort with his command while the sun was yet two hottr5 high. He wished to press on to a camping ground thirty miles away. and, with an early start the following morning, t be able to reach the scene of the late battle. while it wa broad daylight. With his scouts well ahead, they would soon discover if the Indians were still encamped at the ford, and the two other crossings could b e reconnoitered to discover if they were also guarded. If the three crossings of the river were guarded, then there must be some way planned to capture a redskin, or1 here is Mrs. Lamar." get across to the other shore and begin a scout in earch 1 As Lu spoke the beautiful wife of the outlaw came into of Buffalo Bill. the room. She was pale, and looked worn and weak; but she greeted the officer p l easantly and said: "I wish to thank you, Lieutenant \iVorthington, now that I am, I may say, well again, for all your kindness to me in t he dangerou s march here-a brother could not have done more for me, and I will always remember you with gratitude." "Do not speak of it, Mrs. Lamar; for, I assure you, I only did my duty as a soldier and a man." No one doubled for an in tant that he had cros ed the upper ford in pursuit of Red Hand . The camping place was reached in good time. suppef was eaten, guards placed, and the command was soon fast, asleep. But they made an early start, and it was while thef sun was yet an h l1r above the that the halt wai' called within a few mile of the center of the three ford'r to await the reports of the scouts sent to see if they werf! still guarded. (

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THE 'BUFFALO BILL STORIES. 13 The scout ent to the lowet ford first returned and I ported having een the Indians encamped on the othe r ore, for he had seen lialf a hundred ponies staked out, b t no redskin visible. t The r.ext scout to rep ort was Palmer. w h o had gone to e middle ford, the main trail across the river, and the : cn e of Captain Taylor's fight with the Indians. He had surveyed the ot her shore with his glass and 3ad discove red an Indian sentinel among the rocks, but 1i>uld not see others, though he was sure they were 1 ere. t It was just at sunset when the third sicout r eturned. r H e had gone to the upper of the thtee fords, r iding of t he oomma nd slowly in the morning, and he had t i scovered a camp of about half a hundred Indians on the Jher shore. p This proved that the Indians were still guarding the :>rd. eitJher f.rom tihe fa c t rtlhat they expected a raid from soldiers in force, or knew that Buffalo Bill was on eir side of the river and they wished to prevent his r ossing back again, for the banks of the stream were s ttcli e a t only cros ings at the three fords could be made for 8 an y long miles. A he wa now oonVJinced that t h ere was no c hance of s r ossing the r iver save by strateoy, Lieu 1 te1pnt Wortht>1 gton decided to move his comman d to a good camping ace a mile back from the cente r ford, and fr om there s ncl his scouts out to work. The renclezvou for the two commands to come to his r e 1 pp o rt were lo be on the river trail, and the one acro ss f untry, some twenty miles from his cam 1 ing place. The camp was reach ed after nightfall but Hardin n ew it well, and it wa found to be a very secure hiding ce, with fine pasturage for the hor ses, a good stream r h cl w ood in plenty, though cooking cou ld only be done night, as the s m o ke in the daytime would betray th em e the Indians. That night the lieutenant, leaving Sergeant Farrar in mmancl, w ent with Scouts Hardin and Palmer and : r conn o i terecl to the ford. They aw th e glimmer of t h e In d i an camp fires upon 1 e other s i de. a nd the young o fficer aid: l e 15 "I hall see if we cannot trap a redskin for me of them mu t cro s to this side. We will lie in wait e'. them ." So the n x t day the couts and soldiers were i;1 rnL 11 all clay, but no redskins came :-.c;os::; at time s a dozen o r m ore were di coered e n tbe side. "!.fay 1 suggc. t a pbn to 011c. sir:" s aid Ser geant Farrar. "Ce rt ai nly, se r geant." "My horse i s t ra ined. sir, and I \Yill take po s itio n my self to..,morrow before da\'\.'ll ckm n am on g the rocks, and he will st ay about feeding near me. "He will come at my l ow call, and the redskins, seeing him and thinking he is a stray animal, will send across to catch him 'Seeing him he will draw n ear to me, and I can catch him with a la sso, for hardly will more tha.h one come across, but sho uld more co m e I will retreat up the trail, the h or e will follow and h e will draw them into an am bush." "The very thing, sergeant, and yo u shall carry it out as you have planned,'' said the lieutenant. The next morning the sergeant was in position before daybreak and his horse stripped of saddle and bridle was feecting near him. The p osi tion c h osen was a good one, for, from the other s ide no one could see what occurred unles s they were just directly opposite. It was ab o ut an hour after sunrise from his point of observation, Lieutenant Worthington s aw an Indi an horseman ride into view o n the other side CHAPTER VII. A PRISONER AND A TEST Being the se ntin e l on duty the Indian could not be seen from the camp of t'he other Indians, and he was anxious to get pos sess ion of hi s prize b efo re any on e e lse knew of its being there. That the horse had gotten away from tihe sol diers atter the battle, h e believed, and he certainly had the appear ance of being a very fine animal. So, when he got near the horse, which stood caJ.ruly smveyin g him he coi l ed his long lariat and prepared to catch him. His lariat flew from his hand with great force, and straight a a n arrow went toward t'he head 0 1 tthe horse. But the sergeant's horse seemed to avoid the noose, for he quickly ducked his head and the coil struck him on

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THE BUFFALO BILL STORIES. But at the same instant came a whizzing sound from one s\de of the re-dskin, a dark object floated in the ::!ir. a noose encircleJ the body of the Indian, and wiuh a twiang h was dragged from the ba .ck of his pony to the ground. The pony wheeling in fright, the redskin feH heavily with stunning force, and before he could realize what h:td 'happened there bounded a form 'him, a quick turn of the lasso was taken around his neck and he was choked so as to prevent an outcry or resistance. Raising him in his strong arms, the sergeant bore 11irn back into the cafion, where Lieutenant Worthington and Scout Palmer had witnessed the clever capture. ''I'll bring his pony in, too, sir," said Sergeant Farrar, and in a short while he came back with the Indian's pony and suggested that they take the prisoner beyond the hearing of an outcry should he attempt to give warning of danger to his comrades. So the prisoner was taken quickly back to t11e camp, and there, under the care of Surgeon Mead, he rallied from the choking 1he had received from the sergeant. To the surprise Olf the lieutenant anld t'hose about him, vviho did not know that he spoke the Indian tongue, tlhie sergeant addressed his captive in Cheyenne, speaking ftuentiy. The Cheyenne seemed surprised at hearing his n1ative language spoken by a paleface, then glanced fixedly into his face for a moment and responded to w'hat the ser geant had said to him. For a few minutes tlhe two talked together, only Scout Hardin being able now and then to pick up a word. 11hen the sergeant turned to Li.:utenant vVorthington and said: "I 'told him, si:, thc.t we k:ie.v of his camp across the river, and alt the o!iher fords, but t'hat we were searching for and he tcld me t1he truth about him I would sca l p a'1d send him back to 1his people like a disgraced squaw." "And what does he say, sergeant?" "T,hat he onqy knows that the scout pursued the wtrite outlaw chief en the day of the battle, for he was with Iron Face in t1hat fight, belonging to the dhief's band, t 1hat Red Hand stated that he had gone on ac'rnss the upper ford to the Indian village, to bring more warriors to tihe scene, and had not seen the chief of scouts." "Do you be1ieve him, sergeant?" "I do, sir, for he wouad be only t-00 glad to let me know that Buffalo BiJil had been killed or ciaptured. "He says also, sir, tlhat when t'he outlaw captain heaf'd that Buffalo Bill had gone in c11ase of him, he asked Iron Face to send his young warriors on 'his trail and capture him, but all had come in with the same report, fhat tlhey had tracked the soout to a spot on their side of the river bank, where the trail ended, for either t'he ho. had been forced to leap fmm the diff on that side,1 ll' be 'had been thrown off for same purpose, and t Buffalo Bill had taken the chances orf swimming acr rhe stream, where the river was wide and rapid, thm 1 :1 upon the other 'hore it was possible to b111d, i(l. reached it. "Indian scouts had gone up to the spot on the olr shore and searched for some sign of a trail where a ho or man had lefit the water, but none was found, and it 'a the belief of the chief and of Captain Red H; 1 that the great scout had attempted to swim across river and both he and his horse had been drowned.'' "11hen that means that Buffalo Bil i is dead," sadly >,;i Lieutenant Wortihington. ;:,. "On tihe contrary, sir, it looks to me as though Bu Bill was alive and unha11med, knowing the man as I d was the response of Sergeant Farrar. In spite of the sergeant's 'hope of Buffalo Bill's bes all rig' ht, rhough naturally in the greatest danger, men seemed to believe that the scout had at last met fate. He was as cunning as an Indian in all border craft:> \vas true, with undaunted pluck and endurance, added superior intelligence also to aid him, they agreed; he 'had gone off on the trail of the outlaw chief, t crossed to the Indfan side of the river; then 'had mis him, and, completely hemmed in, he had taken chances of crossing t he river by swinning. Had he done so, it was argued, it was on the very 1 of the fight. the night following, or the next morning. H he had gotten across )Je surely, had his 1 h o rse fai in the swim, would have reached the fort on foo1 s time before. Not doing so, it looked bad for the scout. Even his own men were doubtful now of his safi and a general talk was held, the young lieutenant be anxious to discover if some one mig'ht not be able advance a theory which escaped th e scouts' minds, own, and the sergeant's. But the "talk" resulted in no new discoveries. and lieutenant turned again to the sergeant. "You still cling to t'he belief in Cody's saf<'ty, geant ?" "I do, sir." "'Upon what basis?" ''\/Veil, sir, the Indian prisoner there may not have t the trut1h, but he appears to have d o ne s o, and t :1e pt ence of out: : dw chief aliYe proves that he wa s not by the scout and killed. "Had he killed Buffalo Bill the Indians would h< been very triumphant in their bearing, as w ell as agg1

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THE BU ff /\LO BILL STORIES. \ ive. and_ s uch would have been the case had they cap-ured !1:m. "'But, on the contrary, they are quiet at tlhe fords, as 1fough only t guard ag:iinst an advance upon their ).'i!lage. and this India n tells \\lhat appears to me to be very str:iight story." "True. bta the scout i s human and may have b en lrown ed crm. s in!f the river. ) ''Ye<>, sir: hut. Uufb'.o Pili, cbringas he is. wo u ld not 1ave at(c:11pcet rescu myself from, sir." ''Don' t b overnonfidel1't, sergeant." Sergeant Farrar made no immediate reply; but, aft r a momen(s thought, aro e and said: I speak to you apart, sir?" The lieu1tenant walked aside with tihe sergeant, said: "Lieutenant Worthington, I am not a man who is seeking fame through reckless disregard of life. for now, sir, I have much. everything to live for; but I know the frontier thoroughly, better than you know; I have dwelt in Jndian villages, and I assure you, sir, that, should I be captured by the redskins, I have a means of protecting myself which I canll'ot explain to you, sir, but it is nre." Determined to carr y his point, Sergeant Farrar went on: "Buffalo Dill has risked his life hundreds of times for ofhers: he saved my daughter from Red Hand, and he is now in desperate danger from which I may be a.ble to help 'him escape." "But h ow, sergeant?" "I will show you. sir, by having that Indian come here, and talk with him." "You watch closely, thoug.h not appearing t do so, just what I do, and the result o n him, and you will dis cove r that I hold a secret power. w11ich I can and will ex' e rt. if forced to do s o 1 by being captured or brought face to face witJh the Irrclians." "You a l ways were a mystery. sergeant, and you r words bul de epe n the riddle.'' "I have been a mystery at times to myself. sir: but some tim in the fntt1re the cloud s may pass away and l may be better known. "The past with me is buried. or I hope soon \\ill be. in the g:a vc of forgetfulness; memories and heart:i-.:hes

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16 THE BUFF ALO BILL STORIES. will no longer haiint me, and I wi l! live for the future and what it holds in store for me; but, pardon me, li eutenant, for I had no desire to s peak of m yseH, sir, so please forget my words, and now I will give you the test 0 a secret power that I ho l d over the redskins.'' The se rgeant then walked over >to where the redskin was, and, leading apart, but where the lieutenant and 1110 one else could see what was done, h e began to talk to him. The Indian aroused, looked surprised, and the sergeant threw open his uniform jacke t, unfastened his shirt, and exposed -his breast to the gaze of 1t1he prisoner. T!hat there was something t ihere : was evident .from the act' ions of the Indian, though what it was Lieutenant Vv orthington co ul d not see. The redskin gazed an instant, then raised h: s hands to hi s forehead, claspi-ng them there \Vhile he bent his head until it was on a l evel with the sergeant's 1broad chest. His feet were manacled, bt11t his hands were free, and t'he :ad1 !on was one of deep respect, awe and admiration. The sergeant quickl y fastened his shirt again, buttoned up his jacket and then held a long conversation with the Indian, afiter w 1 h1ch the returned him to his place under, guard of a SO'ldier. It' was not until half an hour had passed t'hat he rejoined the lieutenant at a pla ce where the redskin could not see them talking together, for 'he had made a signal which the officer unders tood and so walked away. "May I ask, sir, if you saw anything strange in my interview with that redskin?" ''Yes, I saw t 'hat you made some sign. showed him some mark, a n d that h e at once acknowledged it with signs of perfect respect." "True, sir, and just as he did, others of his tribe, and the Shoshones, will do as well; so I again ask, sir. to be allowed to carry out my plan to go on a scout in sea r c h of Buffalo Bill." ''You are a strange man, sergeant, but I have perfect trust in you, and faith tha.t you know just what you arc about. so I will no longer withhold my consen'., though T feel that yo u take desperate chan ces in what yo u do. itself, ,sir, is a desperate chance," was th e reply of the sergeant, and h e at once began his arrangements for his departure, for night was near at 1 hancl. Vlhen he was ready for hi s ride into the Indian lineii, he appeared bef ore the lieutenant, who started as he sud dc!1ly beheld him before him. for on the i n stant h e posed it was an Indian chief. The sergeant had so s killfull y painted hi s face, neck and hands that he looked the Indian out and out. and this was added t o by a war bonnet of brig.ht reel feathers, such as o nl y a head chief could wear and l\"hich he had brought with 'him from the fort, while hung from his shoulder was a robe of white beaver skins, a dozen bei in it at l east. ''I am re<).dy, sir, and I will take my own horse, riding the pony of vhe redskin mig:ht give me too mu to expl ain, if I am see n. ''You see m to know your business well, sergeant, I have no sugges-tio n s to make, for you are the doctc The sergeant smil ed and r epl ied: I hope to bring the patient back to l ife, sir; but ma ask you to do m e a favor to take charge of this belt me, and should I not return, give it to my daughter open in your presence." "I will guard it safely, sergeant, and do a s you quest," and the officer took the belt, one that was m; of buckskin, and seem d to be well filled with pap neatly placed in so as not to inconvenience t h e wearer "It is of vulue, sir." "I will buckle it on under my fatigue coat and part with it, sergean t, until I place it in your daug1i1t1 hands, whic h 1 sincerel y hope I shall not have to 1 but I see !:'hat yo u have avoided the redskin." I did not wish him to see me in this rig, sir, and n I ask that you put a double guard upon him to prev any p ossi bil ity of escape?" ''I will see to it that h e does not, for if you did into trouble over there, hi s return to hi s p eople mi1 complicate matters." ''Decidedly, sir ; but should I not r eturn in three da you n eed not delay longer here, only do not give either Buffalo Bill or myself as dead until you k:io1 to be a fact," and with a grasp of the li:>utcn:mt's h Sergeant Farrar mounted his horse and rode toward river in the gathering gloom of night. CHAPTER VIII. WHAT B UH'ALO BJI, L SAW. Buffalo Bill was la st seen das.hing a way in hot pur of the lea.cl er of the outla \I'S. Having to ride the Indian pony ihe had captured the corral and there get hi s own matchless horse Luci had delayt>cl him g.o tha.t th e outlaw 1 h:id all of ten n utes start ".)f him. But BuffaJ.o Bill, in his lone scouting expeditions, vcntmed into H1e very neighborhood of the Indian !age, a n d he knew the count ry 1\'eil. He was a1ware that t ,he chief could only retreat by 1 trail up the river for .rniiles, and then by a flank m ment would r each the other ford. After crossing it the trail would lead to the I village, and that would be the way t 'he chief would do less go. As there was no .turning off point, speed was 1

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THE BUFFALO BILL STORIES. 17 '' ould be required to oYertake the outlaw, and the scout 1rns anxious to come u With him 'as soon as possible and c.ncl the affair. Ile felt glad that it \I ould b e a d eatoh shot for the outla\\', than c.'.lpture and b eing tke n to the fort, wliere he YvC-ald be hanged, thus bringing a deeper sor row up c n hi3 unfortur.a te wiie. 'Cncler other cir uw s tance s we1 e it n o t for that poo r wife the s.:ont 11 ould have b e en more than content to let the outlaw suff...:r the pellalty for,.bi s many cr imes as he justly deserved. a t the rope s end. But noll', sh oulcl he come up wi1h him, it 11ould be a duel to the de::ith b e t ween th0111. The trail o f the o utlaw in hi Aigh\ s-110 \\'ecl that he 1Yas his h o rse to his fullest speed. (oming to a place among steep cliffs on either side, the cout saw that there was no trace o f a trail. Dut the ontla1 could n o t have turne d off, and so must have gone n. only ti1e nature of t he ground pre venti n g any hooftracl: s b e ing ma(.le. a:icing ah e ad that there were pla c e s a;-nonoth e r ocks \\'here a horse and nnn could hide, Buffalo Di!! \\'ent more caution:>ly. The outlall" would doubtless expect to be pursued, and, therefo1 e. he would prepare against his fo0 But the <:011t wen 1 t on, though with greater caution. Diel it come to a trial of speed, he knew that Lucifer was more than a match for even the far-famed fleet stee d of Captain Red Hanel. The nature of the ground still prevented any trace o f the trail being see n. until suclclenly t he scout came to where it wa r evealed again. It on ahead aloag a canon for a s hort distance. and then there 1ras a cliff on the one side, and a hundred yards away the bank of the river. The scout halted for a moment, and then a sea rch holl'ed that the trail of the outlaw's horse continued o n around the cliff, here and there revealed where there 11crc patches of earth covering th e rocky ground. It was no1 over three miles to the upper ford, and Buffalo Bill concluded that the outlaw mnst be all of a mile ahead of him. So he clcciclccl to ride on to the upper ford, and if he did not come up with him to eras in pursuit. But he h o ped that the o utlaw wou ld come to a halt o r h e would overtake h i m, and thus bring on a duel between them for there w
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18 THE BUFFALO B ILL STORIES. or his ride r Buffalo Bill ar Ther e was a human cry, too, as the rider went down "If the reciskin s crowd me. I can s wim across, though ( with his horse, S till i n the saddle, :an,d it came from the I would not relish such an undertaking. 'al outlaw's lips. "But the outlaw rode into the river here, for it is.h Over the cliff with a crash went horse and rider, and shallow, and, to have gainc:l the cliff where I s:iw him, he Buffalo Bi.II cried: must have come down the river, so l \\'ill g o up." ou "My God I t Could Buffalo Bill have saved the man's life then he horse, so the scout held on. would have done so, for he feJ.t all the horror that comes A't the mouth of the chasm where he ,had turned in he to the one who looks on helpless to aid, and see a fellowsaw up the river half a mile landmarks that were familiar, being drowned. reveal!no to him the uppe r ford. A moment passed, and horse and rider had disappeared After a r-icle of a quarter of a mile up the chasm it sudforever from sight. denly spread out into a veritable b o wl, for i t was a couple T:he torrent of wa i ters rushed on, and, though the scout I of acre in size, surrounded by precipitous cliff hunturned his glass down the stream, they did not rise again. / dreds .of feet high, and which a squirrel could not c::limb, For a moment Buffalo Bill stood in silence. .. r "-the edge being all fringed with pines. But t he bowl was like a garden of beauty, a bit of Then, with a s-i,gh, he said to his horse; I 1 meadowland dotted 'vl'ith trees, with a deep, clear pool "The end has come, Lucifer, and we ran the out a,w . c:hief to his dea:th. Now to return to the ca mp_cbut wha .fs that?" He paused, for he heard down the river afar off the cries of the Indians. It was probably 1tlhe retreating party, and still it was strange they should come so far up the river before striking out for their camp. They surely could not intend to make for tihe upper ford and start again in pur uit of the soldiers. The cries continued, and from his position they seemed to 1 be on the side of the river w 1 here he was To meet the indian force here meant certain death, so he must hasten back to the upper ford. Mounting, he went along tthe trail of the outlaw's horse, which was visi 1 ble tihere. It led a few lmndred yards to a ravine, and here it was lost. But some impulse caused the 9Cout to ride down into the ravine, and the rocky urface left no trail. He 1 held on, supposing t1hat bhe ravine would lead him out to t he cliff trail again, but he suddenly came upon fae river. I 111 Jt. CHAPTER IX. ON A STRANGE VENTURE. "How on earth d1d that outlaw get off the trail on which I had pursued him, and come clown there on the cliff where he met his doom?" asked Buffalo Bill of him self. Then he saw what surpri eel him more s till. It was a shelter of pine boughs at the head of a dell, and by it were the remains of a camp fire, the ashes still warm. \i\fell, here's a layout for you!" exclaimed Buffalo Bill, in surprise, and he at once staked his horse out and began a further search of the place. There was ev i dence of some one having spent several clays there, at least, as wa revealed by the ashes of the camp .fire a11d the spots fed over by a horse, staked out. Going again to tbe entrance of the canon, Buffalo Bill again made a detour on foot, but with the same resultto find that there was but one entrance and exit. Returning to his horse, he mounted and rode down to the entrance of'the c anon at the river. ;

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THE BUFFALO BILL STOR!ES. 19 There he saw traces of a horse having made a land1t ng on the gravel bar above the mouth of the chasm. rt The tracks were st ill there upon the upper edge of the ar, for there it ended, she lv i n g off into deep water. h Going back down stream the way he had come, Bufalo Bill to ok in t h e whole way car e full y, and, reaching s he little ravine, went up it t o where h e had turne d in. e From that point two trail s were visible, that of the outlaw's horse going down the bank, and hi s own com ing to it. ''Why, this l ooks like the same trail, and would be taken for you r ow n track s, Lucifer, showing, apparently, that yo u had come thi s far, turne d and gone back again. "This i s l ucky, for th e Indian s will see it, will follow my trail to the riv er, then here and then ba ck t o th e cli ff, and their keen eyes will soo n read that the h o r se went over there. ''They will think I lost my head, back e d yo u over, good horse, and struck out afoot. how on earth did the outla w chief r eac h that place from above? 'He conld do it in but o n e way :incl that is in crossing the ford half a mil e ahove, l ose hi s footing and have his horse swept on down by the current to the bar. "But h e was not far enough ahead to do that. ''Then, too, that camp fire ''Ah! I have it. It could not have been the c hief vhom I \\as pu s uin g, but one of hi s men, for che sed alike ancl mounted upon a bl oo d -bay h orse while al.so seeing him just there, I. pe rhap s mistook him for Red Hanel. "Reel Hand hav e escaped. then, and the man 1Yho went over the cliff was one o f h is band. whose ho:sc must have los t his f ooting so me\\ lier e above, and he was s w e pt down the until he gained a footing on the bar. "Then he could n o t go :.:gain st the st r ea m to l e:ive the place. and, nntil he iound that h e could get away by rid ing along the gravel bar, he remained in tbat camp. ''That i s the way I read -t he i g ns, and I b elie ve I am right. "\Veil, I a m in lu ck, for n o Indic.n can find m e in this retreat. ancl I will lo some good by remaining a while and r econnoitering on foot. for I ,.,ill b e ab!e to find o ut if I am right al ou t the outlaw. I hear th e w a rcri es of the redskin s now and the shot of the sold i ers, so they mu t be c omingon up the trail. either o n one side of th e river or the other. '"I will take you back to that littl e vall e y, Lucifer, and then find out what i5 going on." Back to the retreat the sco ut rode, and Lucifer w as tinsaddled and staked oi.:t to feed an d he seemed greatly to e nj oy the chance to crop the green, juicy g ra ss about him T h en Buffalo Bill stripped off his clothing, and, carry in g them in hi s arms, waded along the bar b ac k to t he ravin e th e n up it to the cliff, and thence back to where he had turned off the outlaw c hief's t rail where he had see n the h o r seman riding down th e r iver bank, and w h ose fate had been so sudden. Dressing him self again, Buffa l o Bi ll w ent forward ca ut iously t o reconnoiter. He dar ed not retrace hi s way clown the tr:iil h e Jud come until he knew the r edskins were not the re. Going up the riv er followi n g the trail of the outlaw, hi s experi enced eye toicl him that the rapid pace at which the horse had b ee n kept had been slackened, and the scout w ent wit h greater c auti on. Continu ing on, he t oo k in th e situatio n between him : rnd the river and he as gfad to see that th e re \\as n o 1 ay of scaling th e l o fty cliffs and peaks to get in to a p os i t i o n fr om wh e nce one cou l d l ook d ow n into the little valley whe r e h e h ad left Lucifrr. He lid not believe that a human foo t had ever trod that l ittl e r etreat until the o utlaw had found it from hav in g been swept down the ri ve r Stili p ressin g on, Buffal o Bili soo n came to a point that give him a view of the upper ford. \Vhat h e saw caused an exclama t ion to break from his lip s, for there sat the outlaw chief upon his h o rse, and with him a group of h a!f:l-d oze n Indians. f guess I'd b ette r go into hiding in th e retreat and wa i t until it is safe to leave there, fo r there is n o cha nce to escape now. mounted o r afoot," and, sayi ng, he retraced his 1 \ ay to lh e littl e vailey u p th e c h as m.' Returning to the ret reat, the scout l ooke d over hi s ha versac k and lh e traps he had with him. Fortun ate l y, he b a d carried his blanket r oll and provisio ns on hi s saddle, al ong wit h his ammunition. H e was neYer o n e t o go away unprepared fo r mishaps, ancl he smi l e d grimly as h e muttered, after looking at the co n tent o f his provision bag: '\Vell, w i th economy, I have coffee, baco n and crackers e nough to last me three o r four days; but I'll see what to-rn _orrow has in store for me. ''I si ncerely hope the Indian s were not r e inforced from the village and th a t Captai n Taylor has gained a telling vic t ory over them. ''Then he s h o uld retreat at fuil speed, a n d I hope that h e will do so, feeling s u r e that I can take ca re of my se l f "But it l oo ks n o w as th o ugh I needed some one to take care of m e ''Well, r:n not worry, but get a good night's re s t, after I

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J 20 THE BUFFALO BILL STORIES. a cold supper, and see what I can find out in the morn-. ,. mg. Having made his supper off of cracker s and water the scout spread his blanket in the wicky-up left by the outlaw and turned in for the night, Lucifer being left to stroll at will, for he would never desert his master. During the night the horse heard sounds he did not like, and he moved up quickly and rubbed his nose against the form of his master, as though to warn him of clanger. "I am awake, old fellow, and I hear the sounds," and the scout rubbed the ,nose of the faithful animal. Then he arose and went down to the edge of the chasm. Springing upon the back of Lucifer, who had followed him, he rode down to the entrance of the chasm and! halted on the bar. The souds came from his side of the river, and were distinctly heard in the stillness of the night. They wete the tramping of hoofs and the low murmur of voices. "The Indians are retreating up this shore of the tiver; so Captain Taylor did drive them all across,. after all, and I suppose crossed after them when they stood at bay amo11g the rocks on the river-bank trail. "But they are on the move n ow, that is certain, and: tocmorrow I can retrace my way and join the captain at the lower ford, or follow him if he has retreated. "Well, I'll get w 'hat sleep I can, and the rest will do us good, Lucifer." So saying, the scout' returned1 to his blankets, again turning his horse loose. When he awoke in the morning he not build a fire, so his breakfast agairt consisted of ctackers and cold water. Then he saddled up and started out on the trail. It was fortunate for him that he did not ride up out of the ravine before r econnoitering. But his caution and knowledg;e of Indian nature prevented him from making this mistake, as he was sure that he had been seen to follow the chief in his flight, and, not having been di sco v e r ed returning, the Indians would be certain to follow his trail, once they had no long er fear of the so ldi ers. So he dismounted from his horse, leaving him in the ravine, while he climbed up the rockybank and peered over. "Ah! I thought so." It was all that he said; but he had seen enough to cause him to quickly remount, tnrn Lucifer back toward the retreat and lose no tim e in getting there. What he saw was a number of Indians standing upon a cliff just where the outlaw' s horse had gone backward with him. T h ey were making gestures and talkihg as though e=-re 1 cited. tr de "Now they think I urged my horse over there, anqe that is the end of Buffalo Bill, said he, grimly. hin "But I still live, as they w ill find out if they hit. upo:1e t my retreat, which I do not believe they will." _,ra Having discovered that it was impossible to avoid die:e , tection shou ld he venture forth on horseback or afootard Buffalo Bill determined to r emain in hiding all day, anc ch at night to start out on a tour of inspection, and on foot1g e Should he ride and be discovered, the chances, owing t( th the nature of the rock-locked trail along the river, wer. '0 greatly against him should there be redskins at eitheh ford. ml< But on foot he cou ld readily hide leave no. trail, get as near as he pleased to the Indians. It So all clay long he slept, and, when dal'kness fell, buil,in a small fire and cooked some bacon, toasted some cheeS\s and crackers, a nd boiled a cup of coffee, so that he had 11, a good supper, for he needed it. Tl Then l:e staked Lucifer out, not wishing to leave himhe loose while h e was away from the secret camp, and, wad -. 15 ing along the bar, he soon came out to the cliff where1t the outlaw had lost his life. ill He decided to go fir s t to the upper ford, for, if he it could cross there, he would be safe, as, once over the .. riv er, he knew the country well, and could go in search, ; of Captain Taylor and his command or return to the',, fort. He went along with the greatest caution, having w changed 'his top boots for a pair of mocca s ins, which ahvays carri ed among hi s traps in case of ne ed. He had brought along his rifle als o, and some food, in.is case he should g
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THE BUFFALO BILL S T O RIES. 21 x re was, while naturally the lower ford would also be a rded. e would then have many red kins upon hi s track thin the h o ur. and, unable to e cape inland, he woulcL to return to his retreat. Granting that the y did n ot find him there, hi s pres die ce would be known, and the trail between the lwo fords o t arded and pa.trolled, thus cutting off all escape, unless 111 chose to S\virn the river. and that would be a most >Otlngerous undertaking, with n o knowledge of a landing t the other shore. Xo, he wa doubtle .ss uposed to be dead, having gone er tl:e c liff as the redskins evide ntl y thought, and he ilcl not attract attention to his nre ence there unle ss nd 1111,elled t o do so in defense of hi s lif e . lt was a clear s tarlight night, and the horse men were dtcling siow l y '' hile, as theyclrew near where Buffalo Bill Se a s crouching among the rocks. to his great amazement ad e heard them talking in English Then he di covered that the one in advance was none m her than th e chief, [ron Face, and the o n e following da Captain Reel !land. re It required giant strength of will o n the part of Buffalo ill n ot to pull the tri gge r when h : mad: this discovery; 1t he resisted, and heard the lnd1an ch i e f say : e '"I think there need be no more fear of Buffalo Bill, for h surely went over lhat cliff with his horse." e g "I agree with you, chief, but I regret that it is so, as wished to end the career of Buffalo Bill m yse lf, in my wa .. e "Had I kn ow n that he followed me the clay they amushecl u s at lhe ford, I woulcl then have killed him, J. lit--" s They pas se d out of hearing now, and Buffalo Bill hear d = more. But he heard another sou n d lhal cau eel him to croitch ill closer in h i s hiding place "It is a camp fire," he muttered!. There wa no chance for him to scale the cliff on his left and gain the open country, for the nature of the surroundings prevented; but he crept nearer and nearer until he beheld, in a meadow plot off from the ford, the Indian camp. "There are fifty of them, if there is one. ''They have guarded the three fords, that is certain, but I"ll make sure of the lwo I can reach." So saying, the scout retraced his steps along the trail He walked rapidly, for he had n ea rl y a dozen miles to make to the lower ford, and then return two .-thirds of the distance soo n after midnight, and creeping forward with the greatest caution, he drew near the ford to discover an Indian se ntinel, stand1ng on a rock just where the trail came down to cross the river. He saw the reflection of camp fires against the rocks, and thi s told him very plainly that the ford was guarded also, by a larger force than that at the upper crossi ng. Could he have escaped from the cliff trail he was in, he would have tried to discover if the third ford was also guarded, though he felt assured that it was. By s lipping up on the sentinel he could encl his use fulness very quickly, and thus cro th e river. But h e did not wish to desert hi s splendid horse So he drew back silently into the trail and started upon hi s return to the retreat. He walked rapiclJy and it was not yet dawn when he reached the little camp; and at once he built a fire and cooked a square meal, for he knew he would not dare take another before nightfall again. "\tVell, the r eds kin s have been hit so hard of late that they dread a raid upon their village, and so guard the fords with a force large enough to check an advance and give time for the whole tribe to gel ready to r es ist. "It is a wise scheme, only they need have no fear of a:-: attack. "Now for a long r est," and, fatigued by his night's walk, he threw hims e lf upon his blankets and sank to "Lucky it is I thour,;ht twice before I pulled trigger sleep just as the eastern skies brightened under the ap-For another horse man came in sight, and another and hers unlil a score of waniors rode along the trail in d i an file, si Jent as specters. 'They are the guard of the two chiefs. n Red Hanel and Iron Face," muttered the scout. proach of clay. ,, o they believe m dead. do they? and R ed Hand re\tVhen night came o n again, Buffalo Bill was again ret it, as h e wi heel to encl my lif e in his own p eready to begin r econnoite ring. u liar way? He began to fret under the delay h e was put to, and '..'Well, some day we two will meet, and may the be s t was mo s t anxious to esca p e in some way from the peril l) an win. h e was in, which, however, was not as much dreaded as "1\ ow to see if there is a guard at the upper ford, for was the time he \YOulcl h ave to lose. 1heir presence here almost proves that there is." He well kne\\" that Captain Taylor and the command So saying, the scont o nce more re urn ed his way, and feared that h e had be e n killed o r captured, and he was s he neared the ford be aw the glimmer of a light fearful that hi band of sco u ts might attempt some dest head. perale method of discovering what had been his fate..

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22 THE BUFFALO BBLL STORIES. As soon as he had his supper the naxt night, he prepared to l eave. He hung his saddl e and on a tree, and, with his large bowie k ni fe, had cut a nunlJber of poles, which he put across the narrow entrance to th e little valley thus allowing li:im to e r ect a barrier t hat would keep L ucifer in and g i ve him tbe freedom of the p l ae. "I've got to leave you, old pard, but I hope on l y for a short whi l e, for it would be like giving up my best girl to leave yo u "You can' t eat up all the grass and drink up the water here in a year, if you tried, so you'll be all right, only don't get lonesome and neigh. "You understand, don't neigh, or you'll have redskin astride of yo u for the future if you do. "Good-by, old boy," and the scout affectionately patted the horse, w h o seemed to underst a n d j ust what had bee n said to him and rubbed his head affectionatel y against h i s master's shoulder. Buffalo Bill was a good walker and he drew' near the ford two 1honrs after turning in to the trail. But suddenly his keen hearing detected a sound ahead of him, and, a l ways 'on the alert, he quickly looked about him and saw a large rock near, behind which he took refuge, Buffalo Bill had liardly more than reached there when he saw an Indian horseman comi n g slowly a long, the D1oon reveali n g him d i stinctly, "Now is my chance, for, if I can catch hii11, his ng and horse wiil get me across in the disgu ise of a n In dian," muttered Buffalo BilL CHAPTER XL F \ L S E 0 R T R U E '\ V'lien Sergeant Farrar we n t off on his bold ve nture of deliberately crossing 1the river in the disguise of an Indian, and in the face of t1 he guard there, he r o d e clown the trail without the slighle t hesi tation, as though he did n'Ot dread the consequ ences. H e entered the stream and slowly allowed 1his horse to go toward the obher shore. He kne1w that if t he Indian guard was doing his duty, and Indian gn.arc\s generally do, seldo:n being caught napping, that he would he discovered by the time he got half across. In this discove r y, h e felt, lay his greatest clanger, for he might be fired an at once. But this he must risk, and hoping that as the guard could discover, in the light of the ne'" m oon, that there was o nly one person to fear, ancl \\ould swait his rea c h ing the other shore before he began hostilities, he pushed. o n. -. --- -. I There was the hope, too, tiiat h'is war bonne
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T H E B U Ff ALO BLL STO R i ES 2 3 t m h t I k 1 t dwelling t 1 em, have been abl e to co in I l l good for my reel brot 1ers, anc at t11e ng 1t t1me vill find that th e \\'hite W olf can s trik'e a ter r ibl e Jly hen d f my red brothers now guar agamst a surpnse o r td o n. the other s id e of the river, in hiding, are many .is of the paleface', and they may attempt to cross v time' and S\\ ee p o n up to the villages in the m oun ) ,. -' hev are many in number and my red brothe r s could to b; being w;rneci, dC'fencl their h o m es against t hem w uarding die m ountain p::isses, f o r they have bi g wheel wit h them. n o my brother. hear?" 1 was very evident that the red brot 1 h e r s not o n Iv 1 e 1 l cl. but heeded. too for they were cTm ong 1n every I uttered by the serge ant. t e I u et JTI\ reel brothers first end runners to the other to. them of clanger a s the paleface warriors >f cross t herc, too, and guard the river near them by tim a d o z e n sentinel b r aves. this be clo ne now." :ni'hi was done al once by the chief ordePing half a r n of hi s youp.g men to take p ositions along the river k at sho1it distances apart from the trail a.t the ford couple of hundred yards above it, a .nd this wa s the i e f of sentinels that Buffalo Bill came upo n in hi s effort I\' cape. )ther were di patche d to the o th e r fords, a party of lici 1Jlted warriors tarting, while runners came in .. from ; rother two bands to state, as wa s their custom, ni ght I morning, that n o dangerous signs 'had been cliscov)t aero s the shore in their fr o nt. 1\ I will send a runner to great c hi ef, Iro n Face., .:een nw brothers here have heard whait I have to say, 10 tinu;d the sergeant, after the runners had b ee n di s hed and the extra scn1tinels pla ced o n duty. t Jr would ask the Fighting Bird," h e aid to t h e c hief 1 tommand o f the f r ec at th e ford, "if the scalp of the t t at paleface scout, Pa -c-haslw, th e buffalo and man Ole r +tano-s 1n the tepee of the Iro n ]Ot b ee n able t o trail him?" "Only to the cliff where the trail shows that his horse \Yenl over and my young men all think that the great calp-taker has gone to the happy hunting grounds in the water s of t h e river." "Let the Figihting Bird know tb.ait i t i s to find tihe great scout that the paleface warriors are on the warpath now i it:o avenge him if slain, to rescue him if h e i s a prisoner. That i why the Whi te \Volf i s 1here to-night, to war.n his reel brothers . T he Fighting Bird a'l1CI all eemed to b e muc h pleased with the warning given them by this mysteri ous w fhite man. \\ h o came into t iheir midst, painted and disgui se d as a r eclski n, wearing the wiar bon1ie.t of a c hief, the sacred robes of the white bi-aves, and bearing the title of an honor e d chief in midst, one whom they w elco m ecl wioth joy and r eceive d wi th almost an air of reverence, !Jhr ough som e .::ause. After some further conversation with the c hief and' those about him, tohe sergeant said: "The \Vtt1ite vVol f would now send a runner to ithe Iron Face, telling him of hi coming again among his people. The Fig1hting Bird ait once se l eote d a young warrior, and bade him get hi s pony and b e read')' to go with a message from t h e \ i\ihite \ Volf. "Th e R ed Snake is ready," said t h e young warrior, as h e appe arecl five minutes after, leading his pony, and halte d befor e the s erg ant. "Let the Reel Snake hear t 1 hen t he word of the \Vhite 'Nolf,'' saicl the scrg anrt. impress iv e ly. The sergeant went o n to tell the Reel Snake more that h e "'"as to say to tn1e Iron Face: "Let t1h e [rion l 'ace know that the vVo l f goes back a mong the palefaces, whe n h e has visited the grand camp at the other ford s, and that he will learn all that he can. o as to bring clue warning.'' The young Indian made a s ig;n, u c h as o n ly would be given a great ch ief, threw himself into h is saddle, a n d was off like bhe wincl..

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2 4 THE BUFF ALO Bill STORIES. Then the sergeant again tu.med to Fighhng Bird, :md, leading lhim ap3rt from it.he other 1warriors, who were grouped about the camp fire, he talked lon g and earnestly wjth him. Then the two came to the camp fire again, the sergeant waved hi s hand to the assembled warriors, and, mounting his h o rse, rode slowly away from t he camp. CHAPTER XII. THE SURPRfSE. Arfter riding for some little distance, he half came to a halt, as though he was inclined to turn back. Suddenly over his head circled a coil, a noose settled around his neck and he was dr:-igged backward from his saddle. By the time he had reached ehe ground he was in the grasp of a powerful man whose hand was feeling for his throat. The sergeant was a powerful man him.self. and, standing six feet, he had seldom met his equal in strength. But as the sergeant fdl to the ground, and his captor sprang uopn him and felt for his throat with iron grip, the rrioon, jtAst peering over the mountain top, fen full upon the face and form of the man, revealing the features tlistinctly. ''Buffalo Bill!" At the call of the sergeant, the deep voice, t'he words spoken in perfect English and the call of his own name, Buffalo Bill's hand was stayed as it was near the throat, an'tl he looked fixedly clown upon the fallen man. 'No Indian can speak English like that,'. said the scout. .. I\ o, nor am I an Indian, Buffalo Bill." "Then you are Red Hanel, the outlaw, m disguise, and--" 'I am 'ergeant Farrar," said the soldier. quickly, as h e saw that Buffalo Bill was preparing for a deat' h struggle arrain, believing that he had the outllaw chief to deal with. "Great God! Sergeant Farrar? And to think that I intended to kiLI you," and Buffalo Bilf grasped the hand of the sergeant. ,,ho sprang quickly to his feet. and said: "I recognized yon a you benit over me. so called your name." "Yes, 1 be'lievecl you an Indian, and I laid in wait to catch you. "I dared not fire a shot here, so used my lariat, and had you not spoken, I would have driven my kniie in your heart as soon as I got a grip t pon your throat to prevent an outcry. Thank Gocl. you did speak, sergeant, for I tremble now as I recall ho\\ close was your call from death.'' "I a\\' your knife, and knew if I could not grasie In
  • U "And you speak the red k:n lingo like a na'.ive ?" .. "Yes, I speak it like an T Nlian .'' 'And your disguise is perfect." ' Oh. yes, 1 have ma<;le up before as a redskin."' 'When did you leave the fort. sergeant?" "TIVo nig-hts ago.'' tr; "And came here alone to seek 1ne ?" I came here across he river alone, to seek you, }1 Cody, but there are ether ove;yonder who are wJ:ti for ynnr return.'' "Ah! Captain Taylors comm:incl is str 1 t here. rhe1 "Oh. no, aptain Taylor th<> night foll ow, his ba'rtle .there at th.e ford, an<;! it was well t'hat ile did

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    THE BUFF A.LO BILL STORIES. 25 asph e India115 sent do \ 'n a very large force whic h with u. w men, he ould n o t have wi t h s t cocl. e left five o f your m e n te> try and find you, and f r o returned to the f ort to report that they were unable 1. l'o so, and their fear \\ as that you had been killed b y m outlaw chi f. for th ey rnw hi111 acro 3 the river wi t h i Face and his warri0 : s e ;\. 'hen they cam bac:, w ithout you and t o ld about 1ng t11e outlaw, Lieuten:'l.nt \Vort!1 1ingt: m at nee vol. o eered and asked to go and lo o k you up, t a k ing picked ce \\ ith him. 'The colonel g-ranted his request o n cc:n dition that two 1n er lieutenarnL should follow by each trail, wit11 a IOp and a light gun a nd camp within aiding
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    26 THE BUFF ALO B ILL" STORIES. C\ay in camp, repo.rting to Worthington that I have found you." I undhstand. "Then, after nightfall, I will recross the riv e r. "It will be dangerous." I shall arranae about that with the guards.'' "And then?"' ''I shall tell them that scouts :ire to be sen t across to see if they are camped n ear the ford, and then I'll fake their braves back some dis tance." ''I do not exactly catch your idea." "I will go back with .fh ern. and place them in p ositio n so that they cannot see the ford." "hh "And you having com e out of your hiding-place on borseback, can rid e clown to the ford and cross." "Sergeant, you are a brick. But are you su r e t hat you run no risk in again placing yourself in the ir power?" Non e at all." I hope you know." I du." "What if Iron Fa.ce should have come clown?" ''I'll b e th:it muc h m ore sure of safety .' "Or the outlaw c hief?" ''I'll not mind him." 'He may bring influen ce against yo u r knowing that you dwell at the fort." I do not fear any outside interference that will cause me trouble with Iron Face.'' "Well if you consider yourself safe in coming again, your plot i s the one t o carry out, for [ can sli p down t o the ford and get acros.s. I will hide my horse here, camp near, and when the Tnd ian fall back, will get Lucife r and go to the ford." "That i s just it." "But I must cove r up my tr::til in some way, or it will bl': noticed clown by the. ford ''I w ill ride m y horse all about there, and up this way and back several tirnes. so that i t w ill cove r a n y s u s pici o n of your tracks, w hile o n rhe trail from where you enter this one i t will hardly be noticed eve n by t h ose panthereyed r e d ski ns.'' "You are right, sergeant, and your plan goes. 1\ ow l et us be moving CHAPTER XIII. TAKING CHANCES. The sergeant l eaped in to hi s saddl e and bade Buffalo Bi ll spring up behind him which h e did. T he horse was a large one, long-bodi ed and strong, so did not wince at the double weight h e ca rried At an easy canter h e went along the trail and with in an hour. h;+cl r eac h ed the spot where .Duffal? turn off for bi s retreat. "I leave yo u h e re, sergeant.'-' "All right; your retreat i s near here, then?" ''Yes_ ; ahout a mile away." t "And 1 continue straight on to the. upper ford. ' Yes. se rgeant; you c ould not lose way tried, for the cliff s ri se high o n that side ail and only a bird ca n sca l e them a nywhe e betw two fords-n o t eve n a squirrel cculd escape to t that way .. well, I'll go o n and stay a short \rhile with clian in th e uppe r camp and then go back t o ford and cross in time to get over c!awn. Bi1 vou not hort for food?'' "' "You bet 1 am. and as irnngry a s a bear, for f b ee n o n short rati ns eve r s in ce I crossed the riv'1 "I am g l ad. then to s u pply you. for I came, well s uppli ed, not knowing just what would. tn Take n iy haver sack, as I will not need it 1 "Thanks answered JJuffal o Hill, eagerly, a 1cl l buckled the haversack from the sergeant's saddl6 said : "'You bet I'll feast to-night." After ::: few more 1vords as to t h e time Duffal'\i a s to be at his post. th e sergeant grasped hi \1-a;rnly and rode 011 his wa y through the no\1 fo r the m oo n had set the tars \\e;e hidden br fl . c cl ucls and th e hirrh cliffs haclowecl the wav all al h 1 B uff a l o Bili went at once on the way to his He was deeply impresse d with the sergeant h come after him risking hi lik as he clid, for, in spir hi s o n e-time power among ti e lnclia;1 s, it li been that he \\"Ould be r eceived as a for. 1i The se rgeant had taken big chances, hadpla.unede ancl h:icl carri ed out his plot thus far without a i mistake. e Havi n a r eac' :cl hi s retreat, lhtffalo Bii l gre 1 w i tl1 a l ow whinny of welcome from Li1cifcr, whp tro,.. up to h i m a s h e reached the 1 arrier and prang oyer. "\Ne ll, o l d h o r se, yo n hall see the feasti ng. fort' got grub now to throw to the birds.'"saicl Buffaio he waiked rapidly to\\"ard hi little camp. \ Building a fir e, he put o n his small coffee pot and. am open ed the haversack, said: "Crackers and toasted chee e don"t go Luci,.\, fo r I've got some potatoes h e r e, a nice venison St\1 chipped beef to broil, a hoecake, ham-yes, and s1 and c h eese. -e 'J'1\ just a supper that will make me see i, grandmother's g host; but, s o long a s .I d on't see lndil,.. I d on't m i nd ni g htmares.'' 11 And, sett-ing to work, the SCO\.ll did

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    T H E BUFF ALO BILL STORIE S. 27 ill which, as he looked at his watch and saw that it considerabiy after midnight, cau cd him to say: I don't know whether to call this supper or kfast. ut there's a bit left over for a snack during the day d? n I don't dare to build a fire t o cook dinner by.' Y aving taken a pull at hi s pipe. Buffalo Bill then th t ppecl his blanket s about him and was soon s leeping. e dept on un'l i l n on, a there \\':?S nothing to get up t 1 though it wa s very evident that Lucifer could not der tand s uch lazine s in hi s maste r for he would come a nd gaze al him curiously. now and then, though mak B no attempt to awaken h11n. t la s t the scout arose, took a plunge in the p ool to I 1resb him elf, and then ate the remains of bis supper, rl \\'alked about the nllev for exercise. ver n the afternoo n he loo k a nother nap, but at dark was e ake. and. building a fire, cooked hi s supper. n n The n l:e sadd led up took do\\'n the barrier and led Luh rer out of the valley. die "It's nip and tuck n ow, mg of for we n't y o u forget it." old parcl if we run upon a are on the home trail, and 1 He turned out of the basin. am!, as h e neared the trail. 0 ldcd his t wo blank ets and laid the m end to encl for rk ici fer to walk on. fie This he did until he re ac hed the trail where other 1 acks y;e re. when he strapp:?cl hi s blankets arrain to his 011 ddle, listened attenlivch for awhile, and, m ounting, '.te de on. He was g-lad not t o meet, or be overtaken bv an Indian, P1 r that meant a death struggie, with no place in whi c h he t uid hide his horse until h e cam e to the r ock h ehind cl bich he ha d hidde n \\' he'n he made hi s sortie to rope' in e serf'"tant. s i Leaving Luc i fer tllrre. and making him fast to one of ,c dwarf pine s, he o n toward the fore!. re It \ra s ab out three h ours after Sl:nset, the ti7 1 e when rro r s ergeant had told him it was be t t o come. Creepg to a good point o f lookout he couid find n o traces ; f the Indian sentinels where t he y had stood the night ill efore. \\'hen Buffalo Bill saw that lhe sentinels were not in a osition, h e did not know what lo make of it. After a thorough sea r c h with hi s g lass. taki n g in the c i +ole s h o re "her e the trail led to the water, h e felt ast ured that they were gone. \Vbat it meant h e COL:ld not unc.\er s tancl, for the oer had t oicl him h e \:oulcl not 1r .ov e them b1:::k until m oo n went down b ehind the mo'.mtain range. a: 1 c l he 1 ould watch their clerarturc from I i i:; place of conceal nent. Determined lo make no venture with his horse without being fully convinced that no sentinel was there, he crept to the p lac e h e had reached the night before. Then h e made a la t bold effort and reached the trail. $till anxious to discover t1he exact truth, for 1he knew if h e rode clown to the river and was seen he would have to fight it out, and that might compromise the sergeant if he was among the Indians, he crept over to have a l oo k at the camp beyond the ridge. All was dark there. The camp was, without tjoubt, deserted. Buffalo Bill was even more puzzled, but came to the conclusion that the sergeant had come a ero s 1 sooner than he had expected to, and so had taken the Indians away from their posts without waiting for the moon to disappear Goi n g back to 'his horse, and stilt walking most cautious l y he took up the blanket he had stood on to keep him from making any tracks there, and led the horse to th e trail, so that it would appear as though the rider had simply ridden around the rock once. Mounting, he rode Vf)ry s lowl y down the trail lee.ding to the river. His horse seemed to realize the clanger and trod lightly Buffalo Bill went slowly, and b ent low in his sad' clle, almost l ying down upon the back of hi s horse, for he wished to present n o greater o b s tacl e than was necessary to any keen-eyed lookout who might be watching. the ford. But lie rece ived no challenge, and fieard no sound. l le could not but utter a sigh of relief, after the clan gers and the suspense he had been through for days, and. riding to a point back from the river, h e hitched his horse and returnee! o n fcot to the water' s edge. All dark, and greater g loom was settling the mountain range. H e glanced o u t over the darkly-rolling river, yet saw nothing moving save th e waters. No sound broke the stillness save the murmur of th" :river as it r o lled swiflly 011\1ard. the occasional hoot of an owl or yelp of a coyot e that had fotmd game of some kind. Patienti Y scout waited. Then, as the moon had set, the hours began to lag an,,d drag along .an d he grew impatient. H e wonde1-cd 1\hat had o f tl:e se rgeant. he had been t+ie one t o take the Indians back fro m the river. Had he clone so? Or had they gone back fro:11 some reason of their own ? \Vhere was the sergeant? This que.:;tio n again and agam flitted through the scout's mind.

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    28. \fHE BUFFALO B I LI!. STORIES. He recailed that the sergeant had left him to go to his retreat, whiJ.e he went on to the upper ford. Had harm befallen him there? Had his power over the Indians, through some mysterious past association, been l ess than the sergeant supposed? Then there came upon Buffalo Bill, like a flash of lightning, a suspicion that the sergeant was not playing fair toward the whites, though appearing to do so. His knowledge of the Ind1an language, his splendi d plainscraft, his previous silence as to his having been a dweller in a redskin tribe, all forced the thought of treachery upon the scout. Then came the remembrance of the sergeant's gallant record. How h e had come alone to the fort and e nlisted as a private soldier. How he had made a name for himself by his splendid 'courage and skill, and had won promotion rapidly along the non-commissioned line, and. could he have been still further promoted by his imme tlhe redskins, and yet they arc not aware' that he i ti their power." en "How so, sergeant?" "He is i n hicliwr in their lines, sir, and cannot get ott "That is good news, 100 know that be is alive. Wene' make a dash and rescue him." h' "We can save him without bloodshed, sir." ill "Y.ou saw the J nclians tihere ?" "Yes, sir; I w.as well received, and FightinO' Bi r d brave young dhief, is in command of the band a\:ross s t ford. are three bands, one at each ford, and el under an able chief, and they number from fifity to h enty men in the separate oamps." ''We need n o l mind itha:t number." ii: "Oh, yes, lieu 1 tenarnt, for they are on their guard.'u placed thetn on their guard, as a matter of fact." "You did?'' "Yes s ir. I was an Indian when wj.tih them, tt them I had alway s been their friend, and while with L pal efaces had been held partially in captivity. t< 'I made
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    THE BUFFALO BILL STORI ES. 29 as d heir village to the rescue of Buffalo Bill, who it thought wa their captive." we have a large force, have we, sergeant?" ex.ieut e the nppcr ford and
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    , 30 THE Bllff ALO BILL STORIESo braves and ponies were well rested, h: would ride to attack the so'.diers in camp. The fact was Chief Biting Snake was anxiou to make a g-reat n ame for himself. -ergeant Farrar felt that h e must act quickl y, for Buffalo .Gill was to be r escued and Lieutenant Worthington also to be inrnecl of an attack by daylight. ''I must get C hief Cody across the. river by the way I meant to ti!ke if the plan at lhe ford failed,'' he said, and he crossed the riv er, t.elling Biting Snake he was going on to Chief Fighting Bird's camp. Ile felt certain. if Duffalo Dill came near the ford and observed that the Indians had crossed, he would. expecting his arrival, rel.urn to where they had parted the nigiht before the scout' s retreat. In thts h e was nqt mistaken, for as he neared the pot where they had parteJ, Buffalo Bill recognized the foot-' fall of the large iron-shod horse, and gave a signal. "Ho, ody !" ''Yes.'' ''The Indians crossed to the other side under their fool chief Biting Snake. and spoiled our pbn." ''Ye I found it out just in time, so came back here, feeling you would understand it." "I did, and you were wise; but we must get across, and by a way w have to for that same young chief is going to attack Lieutenant vVorthington's camp at dawn. hoping for glory." "He'll go to glory if we can warn the lieutenant." '"Well, you wail here until I have crossed the river and have given a signal that I have strnck the only bre1k in the cliff where we can land. "I \\"ill stand back in the ere\ ice of the cliff and light a match. which you can ,ec frr,m this spot. "Then go after your horse, return to this spot, and yelp like a coyote, w\1en I ,,;]] again signal you and keep matches burning to guile you straight to me. "If you miss the landing, you are doomed." 'Then why do you mak the atti::mpt, when ou o n cross at the ford in safety." ''But you cannot; and J have made this crossing b e fore, only in daylight; but I can do it. rn do as I s;iy, for .here goes," and the sergeant boldly spurred into the rapid stream. Buffalo Bill watched the form disappear in the d:uk ness, and, waiting in terrible susp nse, be gave an ex clamation of delight when he saw tile flas h of a match across the river. Then he was turning lo go to his retreat when he heard hoof-falls, and, crouching low, be'."leld a hc:se man come into sight. Right by him was a dwarf pine, an l, taking a turn rl it \Yith one end of his lariat, he waited until the horseman had passed within fifteen feet of him a J1 a" \l? the coil with unerring aim. Then came the twang a the lariat was drawn taian k horse bounded forward and the rider ras draggedy G ward from his saddle to the hard earth and half stngea by lhe fall. an.1, < In a few seconds Buffalo Bill had him securely g'ou l and bound, hands and f eet, and, dragging him t \ shadow of the dwarf pine, he left him while he went s. the horse, which had halted a few rods distant. J a The animal was easily caughl and. m'ounting hi Jr. C scout rode into the retreat and quickly had Lt Tl bridled and saddled. d a\\ Back he went then lo where h e had left his pri "Yo11 are a while man all right, I know; but it i' ey dark to know \rho, lhough I half believe I have 'he f no mistake. to\ "Come. get into your addle, and be quick, for1j rn arc only playing 'possum, I know. l to\ "Quick, or I'll help you with the point of my kn fled Thus urged. the prisoner obeyed, and the scout 1 him secure in his saddle wit:1 a turn of his lariat. \\ 'f' f f h l her nen ,1e gave a per cct u111tat1on o t e yep ( c yote. Yo. Quickly came a ilash in ans \er from across the ri-Li Riding into the stream and leading his prisorfld horse, Buffalo Bill started acrcss. w The signal fla shes came brighl and [ten, and heacfe a up and across the stream the scout r eached the ere r k in lhe cliff wit'.1 hardly a couple of yards to pare, anrltt t lariat of the sergeant was thrown to him while there ca it the words: i.th''R11t who han )-ou lhere, i\1r. Cody?" \ Ve will soon know: but I believe that it is R'n Hanel, the outlaw and renegade." "T "If so, you have made the capture f your life." 1e .. And had lhe c!osccl call of my life; but the game 11" l be worth lhc risk. Sergeant Farrar," was t!:.e answer. The scroeant now monntt' d his and led th through the cliff Buffalo Dill f lowi:1g wi t h h:s prison T chokn" so
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    THE BUfff\LO B ILL STORIES. 31 Jlt a few minutes, for I have something to say." an 'ell?" tau r ank do you \\'i h to hang me?'' ed i y Goel! you are my brother, Lamar!'' hoarse ly said stu ergeant. l am, and \vill y u see me hanged?" ga uu, then, are Red Hand?" tto cs, but vou will let me go free, for Mr. Cody will en tm ask i Jcadingly said the man. him. Ir. Cody, I d-0 not ::isk it of yo u and you s hall know Lu This man is my twin brother, and from boyhood id all he could to tuin me, for he was born bad. riso I forgave him everything until he tried to degrade me h eye of the woman I l oved to win her front me. e he found out hi s perfidy and became m y wife. I told you that my wife was n'lurclerecl during the war for h i man was her assassin . I told you that I was accused of being a murdere r, :ni fled to save myself from the hangman. tm 'I was accused as the murdered man my twin D ther and believed I had killed and robbed him. 0 'You rescu ed my daughter from this man's power, you 1 ri 1 d Lieut e nant Worthington, and Lu told me that Red nd wa trongly like me in appearance; and I dreaded t worst then, e peciaily as he sa id that hi s right hand adi re a reel stain, a birthmark, upon it, and that very will clear me now, for it was later known in Texas cJ Qt the man accu eel of murder had a crimson hand, it wa called, for so his victim had slated on his a th-bed. ome years ago a man so marked went to Tc as and on and wedded there a beautiful woman. ''That woman would not believe in his guilt and fol \ecl hi evil fortun es until you freed h e r from him. '' 'ow, you know j usl who your prisoner i and, though have pardon e d much i11 th e past, I wil l never forgive w gain-no, I do not ask his life al your hands." 11 The sergeant spol
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    The only pub;ication authorized by the Hon. Wm. f .. Cod) (BUFFALO BILL) -----TI-IE----Our New Sc. Weekly A Sure Winner tlon. Wm. F. Cody (Buffalo Bill) We were the publishers of the first story ever written of the famous and w or 1 d renowned BUFF ALO BILL, the most daring scout, wonderful rifle shot, expert guide, great est Indian trailer ever known, and a popular hero whose life has been one suc cession of exciting and thrilling incidents combined with great successes and accom plishments, all of which will be told in a series of grand stories which we shall now place before the American Boys. These exciting stories will appear regu larly in our new Sc. weekly to be known as lt1E liUff/\lO BILL READ THE FOLLOWING TITLES lO. Buffalo Bill's Bravos; o r, Trailing l2. Buffalo Bill's Secret Mission; or The Through the L and of Death. Fair Hermit of Mystery Valley. t 1. The Lost Stage Coach; or, Buffalo l3. Buffalo Bill's B:-avo Pard; or, On the Bill's Long Sea1ch. Texan Terror's Trail. LOOK OUT FOR THE INDIAN STORIES STREET & SMITI-I, NE 1! YORK \

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