Buffalo Bill's pards in gray; or, On the death trails of the wild west

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Buffalo Bill's pards in gray; or, On the death trails of the wild west

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:me Only Publication authorged by the issued Weekly By Subscription $2 50 per year Entered as Sec ond Clas s Matter at New York Post Office by STREET & SMITH, :zy8 W11liam St., N. Y. No. 16. Price, Five Cents. ANSWERING THE REBEL YELL OF THE TEXAN CAME THE WILD WAR cr\v OF BUFFALO BILL, WHILE THE WHOOPS OF THE INDIANS MADE UP A FEARFUL CHORUS.

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Issued 1Vull:ly. By Subscripfiott t_z.so /Jt!Y year Enh-red as Second Matter at tM N. Y. Post 0.f/iu, by STREET & SMITH, 2.J8 w,lliam St., N. Y. ET1tered accordml/" lo Act of Co11pes s m tlzeyear lQOl, "'tlu: Office oftlte Librarian of Congress, Wasluiigtoll. D. C. No. 16. NEW YORK, August 3 1 1901. Price Five Cents BUFFALO BILL'S P ARDS IN fiRAY; OR, On the Death TraHs of the Wild West. By the author of "BUFF ALO BILL." CHAPTBR I. ON THE TRAIJ, OF .\LO BILL. \Vhen the Civil \Var came to a close, and the country, Torth and S o uth, was at peace once more, there was still more fighting to be done in the far Borderland for the gallant Boys in Blue. Men who had won fame in rt:he Union Army and who remained professiona l soldi ers, found themselves still on duty in the great West and Southwe st, for, disturbed by the fighting between :'.'forth and South, the Indians began their warfape upon the new setllements, the mining camps anto duty in Borderland was \Vilii;:m F. Cody, betiter known as the famous scout, Buffal o Bill. Hi.; sce ne of duty 1 was on the far frontier, where danger was g r eatest, and w h ere he could render the best se rvice to 1 the army arrd 1to the emigrant who sought a home in the land of the Setting Sun. In his service in the Northern Army in Dixie-land Buffalo Bill had met, under strange circumstances, a no ted T exan scout who had. rendered him service, and though foes, those wo men of rt:he had pledged a pers 1 onal regard for eac h other that death only C'Juld sev er. T 'hat scout of the Southland was Johl1' B. O m oh umdro a nativ : e of Virginia, a man of da:ring deeds and who. going to the Lone Star State, had become a ranger of the Rio Grande, a1l'd 'WOn fame as "Texas Jack." It was soon ,after the close of the war that a horseman was crossing a T 'exa:s prairie and came upon a g11oup o f his old c o mrades.

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2 THE BUffl\t. O BilL STORIES. "What, Jack, are you going bo l eave us?" The speaker was a Texan, and he had halted u pon1 the p ra1.rie, 1with a score of oth er Rangers, as t hey met there, t h e horn eman riding s l owly northward, and wit h a led h orse car r ying all hi s ea r t hl y possessions. The captain of the Rangers wa s known as Buckskin Sam, and he was a small, s l ende r man, with an eagle eye and face devoid of fear. As captain of the Texas Rangers of the Rio Grande he had won an e n via blt> name, a nd it was with sincere ..regr et that he was ca l led upo n to bid farewell to 011e who had 1b een hi s right-hand man, Texa.s Jack. T h e la tter was a chcery-facccl, fear l ess fel low, i-eacly for anything that came h i s way, b e it fight or sport. H e was equipped for a long journey, and in answer to Buckskin question, answered : "Yes, major, 1 have decided to go." "Well, I didn't wish to beli eve you when you told me so; !but the 1boys sa i d y10n had d ecided, and I knew ,!{hat that meant, and we rode by your ranch to say good-by, and fimlin g yon had oome bythis trail, headed yo u off." "Yes, I went down by the l owe 1 camp to say goo
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THE BUFF }\LO B I L L STORIES. 3 mg ovcr rough trails, and climbing and c1'escending mountains on foot. He 1 camped o nl y where he could get the best of graz ing for hi s h o r ses, an'd sta:rting early, with the break of da!Wn, h e h a lted from ten o 'clock until four in the hot hours of t he day, 1:hu s sparing his h orses. Once the re was a h o ld-up by two Mexican outlaws, but it r esulbed in Texas Jac k adding to his arsenal, and increasing hi s horses b y 1:'\YO, 1 while two graves by the wayside s howed that the road agents had made a in attacking t)1e wrong man. Again it was a chase b y r e d s kins, a stand off for a few hiOurs and an escape by night, for Texas Jack knew t he "tricks of th e trade'' where Indians were concerned, and gave them the slip. Ater being on the trail Texas Jack felt that he was draiwing toward the en d of his journey, for he kn ew that there was a military outpost bu1: an easy day's journey away. He camped t ha t night upo n the summit of a high ri'Clge, and when the mornin g dawn e d he wa s startled by the sight tha.t met his vi s i on. Far below, in a beautiful valley, wa s e n c amped a band of redskin hor seme n. The Texan h ad his fie ld glass with him, and quickly seeking s hel te r h e t urned it upon the Indians, who 'W! ere 5ome 1bwo miles disfant from him. "Sioux, and on the warpath. "Th ey came in 1bo t h e valley last night, and are waiting for their sco ut s t 10 come in and t ell t h e m when and where to strike. "Of icou rse the military outpost is their desti11'a1 tion. "\.Viell, they hav e not seen me, and SQ I'll get out as quickly and safel y as I can. "Then it is a ride for the fort to give the alarm, fur there are all of a thousand brave s in the r eds kin army, and lhat rnea
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r BU ff i\LO STORIESo as he allow them to come before he fired, for he ished a chacnce to throw in a few other shots 1 before should get out of rnnge. n e had his own two rifles and the guns of the
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a. y l t lt : k at ad ed :he not ies. THE B U ff ALO BnLL STORIES. 5 CHAPTER IlI. A D 0 U B L E G \ M E. The sombrero scheme upon the other icle again worked well, for lhoug: h Texas J a: :k gG1t another bu'11et h o le in hi hat he managed to be avenged upo n the one who fired the shot. The bullet he sent so qu':kly at the spot from whence came the Indian's shot, struck the rocks and filled the warrior's face full of little pieces of s ha.titerecl sitone. But the othe r redskins were too close on the watch for Texas Jac k Lo da1e risk it ao-ain. ''l s ec tXJ cha. nee for me except to make a clash tonight, and I believe 1'11 get through all right," sa id Texas Jack to himself. nut a 1 s 1,c s1:okc, far acros ithc plain he a 1\\' another pa1ty of braves cominrr. These. too, were on foot, and were five in number. "That sctt!es it. for if all my shots have counted, they fill the gap and ['vc sbill got a score o f them to fight," h e muttered, in a disconso late one. "Y e5. I see how iit i the three bal1'cls went ou1 t as scouts to reconnoi te r. and arc r eturning to the main force, 1rhich has evidently jus t come down from their village. ''One fore wen.t to the nor
the left a hundred yards are h\' O m-ore braves, so .they have )'Onder ride1 right wher e they want him, or will have unle ss I ohip in
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6 TtiE B U Ff f\LO B l LL STORHE S. So he ch:i.nged his plan for another. "They are afoot, he is on horseback, so he is safe if he k eeps ot11t of range. "Now to wa:rn him by a shot, and rthen call to him that there is a large for ce in the mountains, ready to raid the fort, and he can ride for aid, whiJ.e I 'll have to stand the siege until help comes. "Pa rd, are .\'OU Buffal o Bill?" Ay, a y I am! Who are you?" ''Your old Rebel pa rd Texas Jack, and I am corraled here. "There are a sc o re of dismounted Indian scouts, who are r t u .rning to the mountains. At the base of y onder peak, twenty irniles aiwa:y, there are a thousand mounted "H they cr o wd me rtoo close, why I must rbr.eak out Sioux in hiding. Ride rto .the rort and giv
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THE BUff f\LO BILL STOR I ES. 7 "Y:::\, Drag n. g::.i, and l ooe no time. Off to the fort, ''IIe ha s gone to bring u:) the large force, and that sir!" mea n s that they will s\\eep over me, Buffalo Bill next, S0 a 1\ay the cbedieDt animal hacl cla hed, whil e the fodians yelled v:ilh delight, m 1 d a p aPty m o v e d off t o aidva111c e upon itln man. "That i s too bad,' muttered Texas Jack. and he ma1 .tec : the p:i sition where he vrnulcl dash through, d rew a r"' volver in each hand and the n rode slol' ; l y fro:1. the ; Ot!'k:.. JJ e got fur-th er th:rn h e expected d;scc )\ cry,

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THE BUffl\LO B ILL S T ORIES. and fearful of a trap, he gave ia yell and drove the spurs into the flanks of his horse. A'Way vent the four animals at a bound, rushing along d'0\\'11 ithe rise at a 1br eakneck pace, while scattering shots \rere turned upon them from the various positions of the Indians. Had the Texan known just where the line was thin nest he could not have chosen a better place to break through, for 'there 'Were but a o.;uple of fodian 1 s in. his immedia 1 te front. The others, however seeing game escaping them, made a ru h lt'o aid their companions, an!d their orifles ratttled v iciously. One of the horses ,was hit hard and went down, but the rein broke and on d raished the others. An'ather of the horses, 1 tbe one on the other side was 51truck, yet nlQit seriously wounded, and a bullet cut through the Texan's flesh on his right shoulder, inflicting, however, but a slight wound. His revolvers never ceased to do execution, and! witih the wild Rebel yell he knew so well how to utter, he 1 broke thl1ough the redskin line :anld rearched the plain be yond, now lighted up by the moon. As he did so he saw the flashes of the rifles far away, where the other s 1eou
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THE B U ff ALO Bill S TORIE S 9 would rush upon Buffalo Bill and have his s calp also to triumph over. J?ut Texas Jack had learned to ride a1rn;mg the Co man c hes, and he s u specte d that h e would have to face a volley, so, as he drew n ea r the hase of the ri se where the Indian were grouped among the rocks there, he sud denly threw himself on the side of his horse, and over him swept a hail of bullets But one of his horses got a death-wound and fell, and as he dashed on through the Indians another went down, and then down went the animal he was riding. All the while, howev e r, h e had kept up a rapid fire with his revolv e rs, and not an aigiless one either, for one redskin had fallen dead and another wounded. Then there was heard again the wild war cry of Buffalo Bill, as he dashed upon the scene. There was a rattle of revolvers, shouts of rage and pain, a shor t struggle, and the remaining r edskins ran for cover, while Buffalo Bill and Texas Jack, hastily cutting the packs addle and riding-saddle from the her es, ran back to the top of tJ:ie hill to stand at bay and fight off the whole force must soon be upon them. CHAPTER V BUFFALO :BlLL AND HIS REBEL PARO A v e ry close call, pardne r, bttit here we are," cried Buffalo Bill, as, with the saddles, they ran up to their position where the scout had been With their united st rength they mov e d several r ocks int o a position to form a barrier, the s addle s were placed on top, the blankets also, and then th ey sat down with their weapons ready t o meet the redskins attack. In bringing the thin gs from th e falle n h orses, Texas Jack had not forgott e n th e rifle s and revolver s of the two outlaws he had s lain, and so they were well sup plied with weap ons "\\'e are two but let them come on," sa!d Buffalo Bill, as the yells of the redskins told that they had r ached the spot where their comrades had fallen. "Let us give them a few shots, fi'ring at the crowd, s aid Texas J ack, and the repeating rifle s flas hed out sev eral time s The yell s that followe d told that the Indians were at least s urpri se d if not hurt, and they hastened t o cover with wonderful alacrity. "We are lucky not to have been hurt, pard,'' said Buf falo Bill, as they sat in position, each one on the watch to prevent a surprise by the redskins. "I got nipp e d on my shoulder, but it does not amount to much, and I'm in luck it is no worse; but rm gla d to see you once more, Buffalo Bill. "As I am to meet you again, Texas Jack, and especially when there is no longer a war ravaging our land, and we can be openly friends." "Here' s my hand upon it that we will be friends, pard." "And mine; but what are you doing away up here, and alone?" "I was looking for your trail." -" "My trail?" Yes." "How so?" "Well, I got wiped out twice ranching in Texas since th e war, once by Mexicans, and then b y Indians, and< so I concluded to hunt the forts and see if I could get in as a scout, for I knew that you would give me a lift." "I will, indeed; but have you come alone from Texas?" "I have played a lone hand right through, pard. "I started with a first-class outfit, upon a good pack horse and I increased the layout hy two horses, some weapons and some odds and ends I R"Ot from two out law s who had held me up." You were in luck." "They were not quick enough, and trusted too much to Texas human nature, so I played my trumps and won "I got upon yonder ridge last night and camped, a :: l at daylight I saw in the valley a th o usand Sioux braves and their p o nies, and I knew th ey were waiting for something to turn :ip. "So I backed out and was riding for the post to gi ve warning, when I got corraled by nine redsl.,,in scouts afoot. "Two other parties dropped in on me, an
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iO THE BU ff ALO Bill be mighty glad to have you with me. There will be for many an unfortunate driver had lost his life)here troops here before dawn." and trav e lers had teen murdered and robbed in a mQst "How did they know about the Indians?" "I sent word to. Colonel Godfrey Granger about the massing of the redskins in the mountains, and while the cavalry from Fort Famine will ride rapidly around to the head of th e valley, the troopers from Fort Rest will strike them here, or rather up at the ridge." "The very idea, to catch them b e tween two fires; but what force can you send from the forts?"' "Three troops fr.om Fort Rest, and as many more from Fort Famine, in all about four hundred men." "That will fix them; but may I ask you how you sept word, for I saw no one with you?" "I sent word by my horse, for he carried a note to Colonel Granger, and we may expect the paroty from Fort Rest very soon, while Colonel Armes will himself lead the men from Fort Famine, and that means they will be o n time -to head off the red ski ns, for he is a hard rider, and a fierce fighter as well." Buffalo Bill then explained about the forts to Texas Jack. Fort Rest was the headquart ers post, with Fort Famihe sixty miles to the southward, and Fort Protection fifty miles to the northward. The latt er was a small post, guarding a settlemei1t, and with a garrison of but two cornpai1ies of infantry, a troop of cavalry, and two guns. Fort Rest, being the hea d quarte rs for the three garrisons, was under the command of Colonel Granger. It mysterious manner. .. So frequently had the murde rs b ee n c o mmitted that the drive had been known as the Death Drive, and as all the crimes had been commiUed in nearly the san1e .si::ot, the scene of th e tragedies was called the Death's Canyon. Fort Rest wa s a most desirable frontier post, as far as its strength of position and comfort was concerned, and its commander, Colonel Godfrey Granger, was a favorite with the garrison generally. A skilled though a volunteer office1;; the hero of many battle-fields; an o ld veteran, though young i111 years, and reputed to be very rich, he was a man to be admired. Young girls and des!gning moth ers regretted that was a married man, and many wondered why his beauti ful wife did not join him upon the frontier, for his quarters were of the m<;>ist lu xtffious kind for al). army post far from civi lization. It was late on the afternoon of the day when the two scouts were corraled that a sent inel bn the watch-tower at Fort Rest descried a horse coming over the plains at full speed. It was announced that he had no rider, but was saddled and bridled, and a short while after an of ficer cried : "It is Buffalo Bill's horse," Dragon !'1 All was at once excitement now at the folrt, for the question arose as to what had happened to the famous chief of sco uts. was the largest and strongest garrison, having five com-As the horse came along lik e the wind, his flanks were panies of infantry, three troops of cavalry, and a six-gun seen to be white with foam. battery of light a11tillery, besides a ni.1mber of scouts, cow-He neighed wild! y as he ran, and as he dashed into boys, and hangers-on, while many"of the officers had their the stockade gate he was caught 1Jy a soldier and bro11ght families with them. to a standstill. A weekly stage of the Overland ran from Fort Fam-His hide was dripping, his nostrils extended, and he ine by way of Fort Rest, to Trail End City, a settlement panted lik e a hound after a long run. from which diverged several coach trails. The rein was around the saddle-horn, his stirrups \Vith the forts and Trail End City a triangle was lashed together with the stakerope, and tied to the pom formed, Forts Famine and Protection being the two. mel was seen to be a piece of paper. outer corners, Fort Rest i being between them, and the This was quickly taken off, and it was f.und to be a stage-station the inner point. leaf from a note-book, and it was addressed to-The Overland .going from Trail .End City to Fort Famine, and especially I:etwe en the two forts, was kno.w. n as .the most on fr,ontieri COLONEL GODFREY Commandat, .fort Rest.

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THE BUFFALO BILL STORllES. 11 At 0-'1C e the office r o f t h e d a y ha s ten e d to h eadquar ter. with th e pap e r and hande d i t t o Colonel Grange r. A very yoting m a n s till. p a rticul a rl y so for one of hi s rank, C o lonel had th e trace o f a hard and dis sipa t ed life imprint e d u po n hi s handsome face, and his mann e r wa s st e rn c y nic a l and severe, for he wa s a stickler for th e s trictest dis ciplin e and though cour teou s to his office r s there wa s y e t a c o ldn e ss in hi s man tha t forbade int imac y. Taking the pap e r from th e offic e r of the day he un folded it and read as follow s : COLONEL GRANGER: Sir :-I l ea rn from a scout corral e d on Rock Hill by a s cor e of red s kins, that a thou and mounte d Sioux are in hiding in the valley at the ba s e of Round Top, evidently int ending t o raid upon the fort wh e n the ir s c outs return. l h ave found trails of India n s on fo o t n ear the fort, :i.nd verg ing toward R o t:nd T o p aud I s end thi by my horse, while I re main so a s n o t to g i v e the alarm. A couri e r sent to Fort Famine could orde r a force of ca valry to fla nk Round T op, thu s cutting off the Indians, wh e n y o n at tack them with cavalry fr o m Fort Res t. I will b e on th e trail to m ee t any force from Fort Rest. With respect, B UFFALO BILL. CHAPTER VI. A DEADLY BLOW. Though Colonel Granger and Buffalo Bill had no great friendship for each other, the colonel knew Buffalo Bill too well to neglect a warning from him, and he was too good a soldier to delay. He at once sent for a courier, had a letter written to Colon e l Armes stating the situation and the man r o de away at full speed, with orde rs to change horses at the two s tage r e l a y station s, and make the ride in t.Jie v e ry short e st possible time. Then four tro ops of cavalry and two light guns were order e d to s tart at onc e and so half an hour after the arrival of the s c out's h o rse, two hundred and fi' fty m e n wer e on the move, s plendidly mounted and armed. They went al ong :it a bri s k trot, and were well on th e ir way b y the time the s un went down. But it wa s a ride of ov e r twenty miles to the scene at once halted and sent a part y of scouts ahead to flank t o e ith e r s id e and discover jus t what number of redskins w e re there, and he halted his troopers until he knew. The s cout s w e nt cantiou s ly forward on foo t, deploy ing to th<' right and left, and soon came to the conclu sion that Buffalo Bill, perhaps others, were corraled upon the hilltop. and were firing at the redskins who had hemmed them in. A s the red s kin s fir e d back again from time to time, it r e vealed to the scouts that their force was a small one, and so a man \Vas dispatched back to the command for reinforcements that they could b e s urrounded and thus caught in a trap. To do this to o k half an hour, and suddenly the scouts aclyanced upo n the hill. and the Indians, completely surpri s ed, were fairly caught, whichever way they ran it was only to dash upon a paleface who appeared to rise fro m th e earth to confront them. Of the party besieging th e two scouts there was not one who e s cap e d and the rescuers saw that the besieged had rendered a good account of themselves, for half a dozen red s kin s lay dead about the hill. As the cavalry drew up at the point where the scouts had taken r e fuge, Buffalo Bill exclaimed: Captain Dean, you got here sooner than I thqught you could, sir, and you helped us out of a tight place, for those reds were determined to get our hair. "But this is my pard, Texas Jack, sir, to whom we ow e the warni n g of danger, and as game a man as it was ever my pleasure to meet," and Buffalo Bill prc his comrade to the Texan. Captain Dean gave Texas Jack a warm welcome, and heard from him just what he had discovered and what had been clone. It was then decided to camp for a shert rest and sup per, and then push on to me et the band of redskins who must soon be along. "If you will give us a mount, captain, Texas Jack and I will go-ahead a t once, and see if we cannot arrange :i. plan of ambu s h for you, as I am sure those Indians do not expect to find a force here, and will push on to the where the sco u ts w e r e c orraled, and it was nearing midfort, expecting only to meet their dismounted scouts at night when the c ommanding offic e r s aw flas h es far ahead Rock Hill said Buffalo Bill. that told that the y v.r,er e nearing th e s pot where the y Two led horses were at once brought forward, and could be of service. i : leaving his traps the artillery, T exas Jack mounted ) A skillful fronti e t s man the commander of the force and witl: lkff;<-b rode to the frnnt.

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12 THE BUF F f\LO BILL STORlt::S. They reached Rock Hill, and it was decided that the ing in close order, reached the hill to suddenly behold artillery conld be masked there, and the cavalry held in t1 red Rashes like lightning and hear the terrific roar O f position behind it, to charge at the proper time, and so two guns, the shrieking of the shells, and the bursting Texas Jack remained there to halt Captain Dean as he, right in their midst. came up, and Bt ffalo Bill rode on still further to recon noiter. Captain Dean was not long in coming up, and he at once acted upon the suggestion of Buffalo Bill, so the two guns were placed upon the hill, just where Texas Jack had held at bay the redskin and the troopers were put in position where they could not be seen. The Texan then rode on ahead after Buffalo Bill, and a little over a mile further on came up with him. Buffalo Bill was standing in the trail by the side of his hor e, and sa id quickly: "Hark! do you not hear them?" Ye they are coming." "Quick! 'vVe must return to the command and re port." Back they sped to the little command. ''Do you think the Fort Famine cavalry have had time to get into position yet, Buffalo Bill?" asked the captain, when they had returned. ''Yes, captain, for the courier must have reached the fort in four hours, and they will have until dawn to get into the head of Round Top Valley, and it w ill be long after that befor e the redskins retreat through there, SIL "vVe ll, I am ready to strike, and if the other force heads them off, we will give them a severe blow. Attention, for I hear them coming now." The heav y co lumn of mounted warriors came along at a slow trot, all anticipating the blow they were to strik e upon the fort, they were confident of surprising. 111e Indian runner had reached the valley where they were waiting just after dark, and had told them how the three bands of sco uts had found the fort wholly un suspecting any attack from the Sioux, and upon their return they had come upon a couple of paleface scouts, whom they had surrounded, with no chance to escape. It was about Rock Hill that the chief expected to come upon his dismounted scouts, b t : that he would find there foes he had not the shadow of suspicion. It was a complete and appalling surprise to the red skins w hen the head of their column, which was marchvVarriors and ponies went down beneath those terrible shells, and while t h e frightened men surged backward oth e r shots cam to demoralize them more. Then came the ringing command: "Charge!'' There were lhe wild war cries of the scouts, the pierc ing rebel yell of Texas Jack, and the cheers of the boy in blue, and like an avalanche the cavalry came around lhe base of the hill and were upon the Sioux warriors. The s h ock was appalling. Both red man and white went down, ponies and horses were rolled in the dust, while the rattle of the firearms and the clash of the sabers rang out l oud and deafening. \ I Nothin g could withstand that gallant charge, and though one-fourth the force of their foes, the boys in blue hurled the redskins back, and a wild \ stampede followed, for the Sioux knew not how many 0 they had to contend with. Back toward the mountain they fled, and it became r1 a running fight, the Sioux nuking a stand where they q could do so for only a few minutes. Dawn came, and the Sioux saw that they were flying from o ne-fourth their number. Quickly they prepared to rally where their position gave them every advantage, J i when sudden l y in their rear was heard a wild cheer, and n there dashed into view three troops of cava lr y from Fort H Famine, l ed by the gaflant commander him se lf. "I told you so, fo r I knew Col onel Armes wou ld not >i allow his men to go into a fight unless he l ed them," 1e cried Buffalo Bill to Texas Jack, as the two rode side by 1( side after the Indians. This attack upon their rear utterly demoralized the Indians, and they broke for the steep hillsides, where, unable to force their ponies up them, they sprang from r their sadd l es and safely by climbing the moun tain steeps. 1 e Carbines c ra cked and revolve r s rattled as the Sioux e fled in dismay, and the battle was won, while half a thou-t c sand ponies fell into the hands of the victors. j "A g l orious victory, Buffalo Bill, and the credit belongs to you," cried Colonel Armes, as he rode back from ie the chase. uJ

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THE BUFFALO BILL STORB.ESo "1\ o, colonel, to my pa rd h e r e Texas Jack, whose capture of me in Tennessee I told you about, s ir, at the ti111e, for h e was a rebel scout, but has n ow come t o j oin the boys in blue." "Good for you. Texas Jack, and T bid you welcome. "Yes. l have heard of you, and, as Buffalo Bill says, the credit of this surprise b elo n gs to you You will find every man in both fort s you r friend, and most willing to gre et one who wore the g ra y," and Colonel Armes offered hi hand to the Texan, w h o was delighted at his very cordial rec eptio n. \Vhile a c ompany of troopers, di mounted, pulled on after the redskins, and th e two guns tossed shells far up into the mountains, the rest o f the command 1rent into camp t o get breakfast and gather up the dead and wounded. The so ldier s had by n o means escaped easily, for a number had fallen, and a sco re were more or less wounded, while the redskin dead lay all alongthe trail of flight. It was lat e in the aft.ernoon before the pursuing troop returned, and a s the redskins were reported sti ll in full ight, it was decided to camp where they were until the following morning, and then r turn to the fort. Buffalo Bill had pointed out Texas Jack's Fort, as the ill was called and told ho w he had &iven the warnng, so that the Texan found himself a hero among eroes, and he was greeted on e very side most cord iall y. As he had l os t his horses, Co lonel Armes told him to t pick out four of the best of the Indian ponies and this 1e did putting upon them hi s traps, which the artillery-y nen had safely kept for him. The next morning th e victorious soldiers started upon .hei r return for their respective forts, while Colonel e rn rmes said: CHAPTER VII. AN UNKNOWN PASSENGER. Felix Finn, the driver of the Overland coach from Trail E n d City to Fort Rest, felt hi s importance to an alarming extent, for he had orders to prepare to take as passenger from the fort, and b::ck ag-ain, no les s a personage than the commandant of the 1nilitary district, Colonel Godfrey Granger. The colonel bad decided to go to Fort Protecti o n on an inspecting toL;r, and he willed to go by coac h instead of on horseback with a cavalry escort. Then, too, the colonel wished to meet a person at Trail End City w h om he had bu s ine ss with, and had no desire to have him seen at the for-t. F or rea so ns best known to himself, Colonel Granger desired to no escort, and without even an escort or an aide-de-camp, he started for Trail Encl City. This wa strange. but it was not the o nl y strange thing Colone l Granger did. He went on from there to Fort Protection, and, after a stay of a few days, returned by coach to Trail End City. For some reason Co lon e l Granger decided to remain a couple of days at the Wayside Hotel, in Trail End City, and the landlord, Pete Porter, who was also the stage-coach boss at that place, gave him the best room -in the house, and was proud to have his company. There was a stranger at the Wayside who had come from the East a couple of days before, and who asked to be presented to th e colonel, stating that he had known him in the past. Pete Porter neadily consented to introduce him, and the two became quite intimate during the colonel's stay at Trail End Oty. When the day came for the coach to start for Fort Rest again, Felix Finn, the driver, had as passengers the colone l and a stranger who had just come in from the ri-"Se-e here, Texas Jack, I am go111g to you with East in the morning coach. lX u)e)ID ne, and though Buffalo Bill will be you r chief, yo u will captain of the scouts at Fort Rest, for I need ju. st 1ch a man as Cody reports yo n to be." And thus it was that Texas Jack became a scout upon e plains of the Wild \i\ T est, and the lifelong friend oi uffalo Bill. "Do you know that man, sir?" asked the colonel's new found friend at the \i\! ayside, alluding to the stranger. "I do n ot-do you?" "I may be wrong, but he looks strangely like the man wh o robbed me when I came West to see you, six months ago, colonel." "I hope he is not the man, I dio not wish to be

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14 THE BUFFALO BiLL STORIES. robbed of the money you brought me, as it is too hard to get auy extra allowan oe from my wife now, and from what you tell me, it will be still more so." "Yes, for she told me that she would not, under any ci rcumstances, advance you another dollar b.eyond what she gave me for you this time and the time before, as she says that she will seek a divorce soo n e r than be robbed of her fortune to pay your debts." "That was what s h e said?" "Yes, colonel." "And the ten thou sa n d you jus t brought me is all I n eed expect from her?" "It is, colone l excep t your income which she allows." '"And your fee and expenses take two thousand of that." "You could not have gotten it without llJY aid." "I hardly believe that I could; but you must think up some other scheme to get money from her if you want another large fee." "vVell, the two we tried, the one six months ago, and this last one, will do no good to try again, for your wife is a very determined lady, Colonel Granger, and can ne ithe r be bullied or frightened." \ 1 Vell, if I need more money, I must get it in same way, so try and think of a plan to accomplish it, and write me word, though I dare not meet you h e r e next time, as I wish no one to suspect that I have anything to hide." "As you please colonel; but there comes the coach from the nor.th." "Yes, and I expect the paymaster upon it with a large su m of money to pay off at the three forts under my command. I hop e we will not meet a road agent on the run." I hope n ot, colonel; but good-by." The colonel parted w ith his secre t agent, and then entered Felix Finn's coach just as the n o-rthern stage drove up wi-th a passe ngier for Fort Rest. "It is the paymaster," muttered: the colonel as the pas senger sprang out of the ooa:.ch just arrived, and hela tight to a leather satchel he carniae "All reacly !" callie:d out Felixi BifW', .an" the n4W-arrival sprang in and tooffi ithe -back).,4>eat !by; the side of Col0nel Granger, tho stmn&er oc:cupying tl1o The unknown1 passenge.t1 iwa a..man and large frame, dressed in bla ck, and might be mistake n for an itinerant parson. The upon entering saluted the colonel po litely and bowed to the stranger, but the latter paid no J attention ,to the courtesy. < The paymaster's bag was placed on the floor between h i s feet, and he entered into conversation with the colonel, t who was unable to make out just who and what the] strange passenger was. e Felix Finn felt his importance in having the colonel in his coac h, and also the paymaster, for he knew him,1: and was very sure that he carried with him a large sumti of mon ey in that leather satchel. \' Who the third pass.enger was h e did not know, buts; supposed that the colonel did, as he was going to Fort Rest, or Fort Famine, these being the two destinationS;:, of the coach. J' As they r o lled on their way and .got further into th t mountains, the stranger seemed to take great interes in looking out the wi ndow, all efforts to draw him ints, conversation being fruitless, as he appeared to be VeI))< deaf, and carried an ear-trumpet ;;,vith him, a circum sfance which caused the colonel and the paymaster to h< very willing to allow him to remain silent n SudderiJy there came a loud voice ahead calling a halt!r and Felix Finn obeyed with a suddenness that showe< he was surprised and startled. h Before the co l onel and paymaster could utter a won ]( as to the cause, the strange passenger's hands flew up each with a revolver and they covered the two soldiers I ta The hands were as firm as a rock, the weapons weri t cocked, the eyes of the stranger glanced along the sights and for the nrst time he spoke. What h e said was decidedly to the point. a r "Colonel Granger and Paymaster Herbert, you ar dead men i f you make any resistance, for I am Crimso n, the road agent, and you know my record, s bewar e !" The colonel was a brave man, and Paymaster Herbe no coward, while each officer had much at stake. i e But as they looked squarely into the muzzles of the r 1 velvers, not two feet a:Way, they saw that they We\a i cocked, that the forefinger s of the' self-confessed outl a "' .was upon the triggers, and they dared not make a mov T Then, t(i)o, they knew whe Captain Crimson wa

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THE .. BUFF ALO Bill STORIES. 15 though both had believed him d ead, or fled frm11 the Paymaster Herbert did so, and quick as a Rash irons co_imtry. were slipped upon him by the man on his side of the _Six rn011ths before he had b ee n car.itured by Duffalo coach. > Bill. .and was se nten ced, without trial, by Colonel Granger, to I e hanged. 1 The very d:iy appointed for his e _xecution, when he was I, being l'ed to the scene to die, he broke from his guard, e killed one soldier, leaped upo n an officer's h o r se, and escaped He was fired upon. and it was sL1ppose d that he had 1, been fatally vvotrnded, though, as darkness w a s near at n hand, he escaped and reached the river. where his horse was found, and all believed that he ha cl fallen from the .l saddle and been drowned in the t orrent. r Since then nothing had been heard of Captain Crimson 11s or his men, and il \ a s o"iieved that the road agents had been driven from t he Overland trails h Xow the dreaded outlaw leader appeared befo r e Col one l Granger and th e paymaster, and held them at it his mC'rcy, while there was no doubt tha t the coach had been held 11p by his men. Col o nel Granger was fairly caught, for hi s sworcl h elt, with hi s revolvers in the holster, la y upon the seat in front of him, and the paymaster dared not move to alt Ira w his pistol. \Vi thout, Felix Finn was evidently in trouble, for hrough the coach windows a man could be seen on either ide covering the driver with his rifle. ':Now, Colone l Granger, Y .ou also get out." "For whai.: reason?" "You will discover when you obey me. Refuse, and you are a dead IT!an." CH APTER VIIL FOR LOVE OF RE\lENGE. "Do you intend to put manacles upon me?" asked Colonel Granger, white with rage at the indignities he had to suffer. "See here, colonel, you lov e life, you are young, hold hi g h rank and are rich, so you do not wish to die, but die you do at once obey me and get oi.1t of this c0ach." Godfrey Granger looked straight into the eyes of th e outlaw captain, and he saw that he mean t just what he said. So h e ca l m l y obeyed. As his feet touched the ground the man standing there quickly slipped the n1anacles upon his wrists. The colonel 'was clriv ento desperation, almost to the point of l osing his lif e .by reS:istance, but h'e saw that the outlaw captain had four men with him, that the paymaster and Felix were helpless, and he heard the low As alJ remained quiet within the coach, Felix Finn warning: ad an idea that the passengers had not awakened to the "Beware!" rer\it1iation, so he called out: An' oath came from hi s lips but he submitted, and ht "Par don, colonel but I'm held up outside here." was manacled. "And the colonel i s held up within here, Felix Finn," Instantly the outlaw captain sprang out of the coach me the startling reply of the stranger, who then gave a shrill whistle, whei1 ihstantly men appeared at the inclO\\S On eacrr side of the coach. l, "Yes, captain," said one, while the other remarked: "Your orders, captain." rbe "Paymaster Herbert, get out of this coa ch!" ordered h e outlaw captain. 1e r The payma ster hesitated, and sternl y came the com-we and: '' Lltla 'Do as I order you or die!" no The paymaster at Colone l Granger.-. who said: w "Yon ca n do nothing', so c])ey l
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16 THE BU ff i\LO BILL STOR!ESo And you shall be for the work yo u do this day," sa id Colonel Granger, savagely. ';My dear colonel, I am sure you do not yet see what my i11tention is." "I see enoug h ." <;l'-io; you think that I only intend to rob the pay master." "Yon will get little from me," and: the colone l spoke wit h anxiety of tone. "I shall get my revenge." "Revenge for "Revenge against you for having had my brother hanged a year ago, and sentencing me to death by hang ing." "And I will yet see you strung up." "No, you will not; for the sentence you imposed upon me I shall now carry out upon you." "In God's name, what do you mean?" cried Paymaster Herbert, excitedly. "Just what I say, sir; that Colonel Granger having sentenced me to be hanged, I shall now condemn him to death, though, as he is a soldier with a gallant record, I shall mitigate the sentence, and let him die by t'he bul let instead of at the end of a rope, a. mercy he never would have shown me." "Do you mean tha t you would dare put me to death?" asked the colone l haf'dly believing : that he heard the out law aright. "It is just what I mean, sir, for I shall place you ten paces away, and I will myself send a bullet through your heart. "Then I'll rob the ooach, and send Paymaster He1; bert on with your body to the fort, that your soldiers may see what the revenge of Captain Crimson is." "You will not dare carry out your threat," said Colonel Granger, yet something in the man's face told him that he would do so. The outlaw laughed and re.plied: "You shall see, sir, and you have just five minutes to live." As he spoke, he took out a handsome gold watch and held it in his hand. "See here, yer red-headed villain, does yer kuow what yer is going ter do?" called out Felix Finn, now joining in when he saw that matters looked bad for the c&lenel. "I know perfe ct ly well, Felix." v "If you <.Jares to carry out your threat, there will noLc be one of yer alive in twenty-four hours, an cl I'll gamble high on it." a "I'll take all chances, Felix Finn, and do you not chipe in this game, or I'll play a card you wont like, and the outlaw leader tapped his rev o lv e r significantly. "I knows when I hain't invited, so I says no more," was Felix Finn's respon se, and he added: "Lord, colonel, but I wishes I could save yer, but I can't, though I'll promise you thet I'll be round ter see these gents strung up." I "You have but a couple of minutes more colonel sdn say your prayers if you know any ." "See here, man, I am no coward, and would not beg for life if there was reason for me to die; but I do notla wish to be shot down like a dog, and I'll buy my life from you; so name your price." "No, Colonel Granger, you cannot buy your life from me, for I love my revenge more than I do your gold. l "You must die; so take your stand there, for I about tc be your executioner." Brought face to face with death, Godfrey Granger though a strange man, proved his courage and nerve (] for he did not flinch. is He saw that the outlaw leader was revengeful, arn knew that he well deserved the name he had won, o rei Captain Crimson, from his merciless nature and deeds. 1y Godfrey Granger recalled, too, the fact that he had hais the outlaw 's brother hanged, and also had sentenced hir;r later to di e the same dea1th, from 'Which only his darinle escape had saved him. ill A man leading a double life, Colonel Granger was yrt a soldier, and would die game. He made up his mind to that, at least; still he te find s0:me means of escape, and said: "Your revenge may be sweet, yet you can gain fl t more satisfaction hy sparing my life for a price tha" killing me." a1 "You are mistaken; your death is what I S'hall insi ho on. There were three brothers of us. One of those y(S ordered hanged, and sentenced me to t h e same fate. O brother is yet living. Were I to die by violence, he would

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THE BU Ff A LO B ILL S T O RIES. 1 7 venge me, for we are bound b y our brotherh ood to pro ect each other, and to kill the slayer of any one of u s ';.Jo, you shall die, and if yo u are the brave man yo u ave the reputati o n of being, yo u will die lik e a soldi er, earlessly." "}.fay I hav e time to write a few lin es, which I will ive to Paymaster Herbert to deliver?" "Yes. How long do you wish?" I wish to w rit e t wo short letters .'' "Do so, then, at o n ce." The colonel asked to hav e hi s hands freed of the mana e T'hese h e h anded to the paymaster with the words: "Send them as addressed, Mr. Herbert, when you have laced them in envelopes "I will, s ir. "You will bear witness that I did not flinch from m y te ?" I will, col onel, most gladly," and the voice of the pay aste r trembl ed, while Felix Finn call e d out: 'As I will, God bl ess you, co lon el!" Godfrey Granger then turned to the outlaw and said : "I am ready, so do your worst." Captain Crimso n stepped off ten paces, wheeled, drew is revolver and ca!led out: l 'l\ow face me, sir!" o Colonel Granger obeyed e "Now I will hav e my r evengeu po n th e murderer of >iy poor brother," and th e outlaw captain slowly raised at is revolver until he brought it upon a level with Colone l ir1rancer"s heart, while his four men, Felix finn, from n e coach box, a nd Paymaster Herbert, with t h e irons ill upon his wrists, stood breathlessly gazing upon the ten ded execution. The finger of the outlaw was almost pressing the tri g er of his r evolve r when sudden l y there came a rifle"s arp rep ort, a whirring sound, a d ull thud and a bullet f tered the forehead of Captajn Crimson. 1 "Xow, men, follow me!" came in a v oice of comand, and in':o view around a bend in the road dashed s" horseman, while the four robbers, their chief slain, \ ( hed away in terror. ) "Hold o n pards cried Felix Fin n and, no longer co;rer, he brought dO\ \'n one of the outlaws with a shot just as the horseman dashed up, and at long ran ge with hi s revolver dropped another outlaw as he was flyin g for s h e lter among the rocks. "Pard, you is a dandy! But, whar is yer men? cried Felix Finn. I am alone," was the qui et resp o nse of the horseman as h e glanced calmly ab o ut him. Then, as he heard the clatt e r of hoofs in the timb er, h e gave a touch of his spurs to his h o rse and was away like a flash. He had been gone but a couple of minutes when several s h o t s were fired in quick s u ccess ion; th e n all was s ilent. "Quick, Finn; get the keys from thi s dead outlaw and unl oc k those manacles, for I must go to the aid of that n oble fellow !" cried Colonel Granger. The driver hastened to obey, and sear ched: for the keys of the hand cuffs, but in va in; they were not founJ. "Who i s that splendid 1 f ellow, Finn?" asked the colonel. "I do not know, sir; never saw him before; but I'll go after him, for I ain't tied up as you and the paymaste1: is, co l o n el," and Felix Fi1m dashed away int o the timber i n the direction in which the stranger had gone, and where they had heard the firing "Well, H erocr t, this is a most remarkable adventure ," the colonel r e marked. "It is ind eed, sir; but, thank Heaven that you escaped a s you did." 1'It was th e closest call of my l ife, for the shot of that stranger fired off th e revolver of the o utlaw, and his bull et w hi stled by m:r .ear. "Yes, but for th at man, I wo uld now be dead." "And you n eve r saw him b efore, sir? "Xever. and I hope with all my heart no harm has befallen him,'' was Colo n el Granger's earnest response. CHAPTER XI. STRANGERS. "Here they come As the paymaster s p o ke, there came i nto sight an oclcll ooking party, for acros s the back o f o ne of the horses lay the dead form of an outlaw, and upon anoth e r animal rode a wounded man, the one who had been. brought down as h e ra n away the scene. Behind them walked another outla\v, a prisoner, with

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1 8 THE B U ff ALO B ILL STOR I ES. the stranger's la r iat abput hi s n eck. The l atte r r ode close "You ihave a lso saved to the Government a very. brg sum of money, whic h Paymaster Herbert has with hin to pay off the tro ops at the fort. b e hind r e v o lve r in hand. Bringing up t h e r ear was Finn the driver. leading two hor ses that b e lorig e o to t h e o utlaws. He was "We've go t 'em, colonel, th ough o n e of 'em got away!" s h o uted Finn. "Yes, they h ave a d ead o utlaw a second one wound ed, and a third a prisoner, and th e r e were but four besides their l e ad e r, who lies th e r e the colonel obse rv ed, and he turned hi s gaze up o n the stranger. He beheld a ma n six fee t in h eig ht wit h broad, mas sive shoulders, an upright, splendid form, clothed in buck s kin leggings, top-bo ots, and a Mexican jac k e t and sa s h while he also wo re an embroid e red sombrero, in which shone a gold star. His h o rs e was a fine-l ooking anim a l a n d the trappings, saddle bridle and o u tfit, were all :Mexican. A l ong lariat wa s fastened to the saddle-horn, the othe r e n d o f w'hich wa s ab o ut th e pris o n e r' s neck. The trappings o f th e strange r showed that h e wa s fitt e d out for a lon g journey, fo r he had a roll o f blank e t s and a camping eq uip age His face was darkly bronzed, fro m l ong exp osure in a Southe rn latitude and his face wa s bearded, t he brown, silke n beard falling far down upon his broad breast, while his hair in waving mas ses hung down almost to the Mexican sas h about his wa i st. Fro m hi s saddle hung a repeating rifle, and in his be l t were a coup l e o f r evolvers and a l ong-bladed bowie knife A s th e stranger halt ed he said polit e ly, giving the colonel a military salute: I am sorry t o s ir that one of the o u tlaws esca ped, as the driver tells me that with the leader, who was a passenger in the coach, th e r e were fi've. "Two o f them are dead, two wound ed, and they ne ed attention as soon a s it c an be given th e m ." The voice was low and p erfect l y unmoved by the ex citing scenes through which he h ad jus t pa ssed, a nd h e looked jus t what h e was-every in c h a man. The colonel at o n ce ad v a nc ed toward th e stranger a nd, holding up hi s manacled harid'S, said : "As we are str angers to eac h o th e r permit me to sa1 to yo u tha t I am Colo n e l Godfrey Granger, commandart of thi s m i litary d istrict, and I shall consider yon my as long as y o u ca re t6 remain s u c h ." The stranger l and replied: "I am particula d y glad to have r esc ued y::in. Colon G r anger, a nd I thank you for your kind hospitality 'er tend ed to me; but I was o n my way to the for t to see I c o uld secure a position there as a scout, for, as a Texa' sco ut l ha ve had con s id erab l e exper i ence in border life. "You s hall h :ive a position at once. s ir, for I know th: Buffa l o Bill needs just snch men as you have prov yourself to be. What is you r name, may I ask?" Di c k Dash wood, sir; bnt let me suggest that I do a I ca n for the se men, a n d that you th en push c' as rapidly as po sible for th e fort." The colo n e l was more than willing to accept this a1 vice, a n d when th e st ranger had dre ss ed th e wounds < w ell as h e could, of the wounded o utlaws, they we. hu stled i n to the coach, the bodies of the dead !Tlf!n thro\\ on top, and while the two office r s mounted with t! driver Dick Dashwood, the rescuer, followed on behin, l eading t h e captured horses. Urged to do his b est, Finn willing l y obeye d and tl coach r attled a l o n g at a g r eat rate for the rest of the jou ne y to Fort Rest. As he dro ve a long Felix Finn e nt ertai ned the colon and Paymaster Herbert with a recita l of how he foU1 the strang'er and the outlaw s "You see, colonel, I fu 'st come upon the pilgrim stranger had drnpped at long range. and he were with a bullet i n his l eg, and were glad ter call out th. he surrend ered. "He had tumbled off his h orse yer see. \i\Taal, I seen h e was not dangerous, so I jist j ump1 o n top s i de o' hi critter, and rid o n arter ther fothersn "I seen at a glance thet thar was nothin fer m e ter / for thar were the stranger seated serene like on hi horp and he had h i s lariat around ther neck o' a outlaw. ] "Yer see h e had j ist las sooed hi m on ther run, a l "My dear sif, I w oulcli like to grasp your h o n est hand, fo r you have saved me from ce rtain death at th e hand s of the out law, and your courage I n e ver saw surpassed. 1 yanked him out o' ther sadd le. 11

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THE BUFFALO B L'L S T OR I ES. 19 "He wasn't hurted much, but he were bruised a bit, t d mad as a settin' hen. "'Pard, jist git ther bosses,' he calls out ter me, and so collected ther critters of whic'h there was four, one of m hitched, and three as were loose, which 'last belonged ther wounded outlaw, a dead one as Jay near by, r ther stranger had got in his beautiful work on one f em. "The one critter as was hitched belonged to ther chief, d had been lead thar by t'others. "Ther strange pard then said as how he'd freight ther e a d outlaw back to ther coach on a horse, and give the i ounded outlaw a free ticket -in the saddle also, seeing his l eg was in bad shape; but ther other one had ter 0 alk, and he went along with a rope about his neck, "I helped, as yer seen, but thar was nothin' fer me ter as yer now knows, colonel, fer ther stranger had did er work up prime, and if rhe hain't a dandy, I'm off ther ail o' truth, and he reminds me o' ther way Buffalo ill attends ter business when it has ter be did, don't see?" "Yes he is not unlike Buffalo Bill, and has begun his \\ 1 ontier work iby making a record for himself. I helieve, t I l' he soug:ht it, the Government would give mn a 1eu-n ancy in the army. I'll speak to him about it, Her-rt, and urge his claim." t "Yes, sir, and he deserves it, and he appears to be dead u ite." "Yes; some Texan who doubtles s served in the Conn aerate army, and is in reduced circumstances now. I u slike to be under obligations to any man, but some W he did not seem to make us feel the debt of gratitude )\ "No, sir, and a debt of gratitude I can never repay or get," the paymas ter said, while the driver chimed in ith: "Now, I observed thet same thing, colonel, thet he took 1P all as a matter of course, and didn't seem ter think he'd s m e anything." "How did he happen to be upon the scene?" asked the r yma ter. "He told me, as he was binding up the wounds of a se outlaw s and which, by the way he die! with the 11 of a surgeon, that he saw a trail of the outlaws, followed it, and found that they halted near the stage trail, which he saw in the distance. "They had a led horse, and hitched a11 of t h eir ani mals a couple of hundred yards off t he trail. "Feeling that they meant mischief, he rode around to head off who ev.er they were lying in ambush for, but got into the trail after the. coach had passed, so he fol lowed it. He came upon the scene just as I was writing those letters, and1 a glance showed him what was the matter. "He knew the force of the outlaws, but decided to at tack, and, seeing that I was to be murdered", fired at long range, and then charg;ed upon the scene." As the colonel referred to the two letters he had written, the paymaster handed them over to him. "Do you see how he rides, sir?" "Splendidly." "You bet he does, colonel." "All Texans ride well; but what a sensation this will create at the fort, Herbert, for us to g-o In with our h ands manacled!" "It will, sir, indeed." "And the dead and l ive freight I carries, too. "But, colonel?" "Yes, Finn." "Hain't thar money on the head o' Captain Crimson?" "You are right, for there was a reward offered for him by the Overland Company of five thousand dollars." "Then the stranger gits it, I'm thinking." "He certainly does and I'll see that it is paid to him at once for that may enable him to refuse to take the posi tion as a scout, though I should hate now to lose him." CHAPTER X. THE MYSTERIOUS GUEST. It did, indeed, create a sensation at Fort Rest, when Felix Finn s coach rol l ed up to headquarters, with Colonel Granger and Paymaster Herbert in irons, two dead out lc...v;s on the top of the stage, and a couple of wounded ones in the inside, while a stranger followed, leading sev eral horses that were saddled and bridled, but riderless. There was a sc e ne o f excitement at onoe, and all eyes turned upon the distinguished-looking stranger, who, they felt hid so m ething to do with the strange situation of affairs.

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20 THE BUFFALO BIL L STORIES. The colonel and the payma ste r h ast ily entered hea d quarters, accompanied by th e stranger, while Buffalo Bill was sent for, and also the armorer, to r e m ove the manacles from the w r ists of the two officers. Wor d was returned that Buffalo Bill was away, having been sent to Fort Fainine by the officer commanding in the absence of Colon e l Granger, and then Dick Dashwood was invited to remain at headquarters .as a g u est. This, however, he refus ed t o do, and he was assigned to quarters near Buffalo Bill, and at once departed to make himself c o mfortabl e there. After some troubl e th e armorer rem oved the manacles from Colonel Granger a n d Paymaster Hetbert, and the latter departed for the quarters he a l ways occupied w : hen at the fort, and he wa s not l ong in being surrounde d b y th e officers, who w i shed to l earn jus t what had happ e ned. H e quickly told them, and h e be t owed the greatest praise upon the gaHant res c uer. "Who i s he, H e rb ert?" a sco r e of voices ask ed, and the reply w as: "He gave h i s name a s Di ck Dashwood and s aid t hat he had been a scout in Texas "That is all we kn ow o f him but the colonel thinks he He rec eived them courteously when they introdu<:i themselves, and, thanking th em, said: 3. "I appreciate your kindn ess, gentl e m e n, for the hon1 clo n e me; but I am here a s a sco ut a n d the r efo re cot; hardly accept yo ur invit ali on." "Bah! Buffalo B ill ofte n dines with u s, as doe Te:l Jack also, w h en he i here fr om Fort Famine. and yl are n o t yet enlisted for duty, if y o u r eally wi h to rr it up o n that plea. "No, yo u m u t come," said the spokesma n and rL othe r s urged also, until Di ck Dashwoo d finally th e m again and accepted th e ir invitati on. q A n d so that ni v ht the stranger was the honored of the Bachelors' lub, while all th e marri ed officer 1 the fort were invit ed to me et him. He went in his border dress, and many an admir i glance wa s cast u pon him. wh i le it was at once discce ered that, whatever hi s calling, however rough the li'fe may have led, h e was a gent l e man, refined and courtly He talked well, told a good slo ry, a nd lent his help! th e ente rt ain m e n t by s h o wing them so me fqncy shot the shooting gallery o f the. club, and h ow expert CJ could become in throwi n g a la so. J i s some outhern er wlio h as been r ed u cd in ci r cumstances He would ha ve ret i red early had he been allowed; J'1 by the war, and, being in the Co nf ederate Army, ha s it wa s long after midnight before h e went to hi s quartc?i g-one to sc ou t ing for a living ." a nd had th e satisfact i o n of knowing that he had ht e \ / 0 "He loo k s t h e soldier, certainly," said o n e unanimously mad e an h o n ora r y member of the Bachelc a "Every inch h e d oes." C lu h. !S The n ex t morninoa n o r derh: came to t h e quarters "Well, gent l e men, after the se r vice h e has rendetecl o u r colonel, th e proper thing for us to do, we who are bachelors is to invite him to dine at our club t onight. "What do yo u say?" This propo s iti o n was r ece ived with a hout and three officers were appointed to call upo n the stranger at his quarters, and invite him to dine at the club that night at e i ght. They at once went t o th e n ea t littl e cabin which had been given th e st rang er, and found that h e had already made himself at h ome, as though he was used to taking matters as they came. He had spread hi s blankets up o n hi s cot, hun g up his cl ot hes, tak e n fr o m hi s sa ddl e bags. gotten his cooking out upon the h earth, and was cleaning his weap o ns w hen the officers arri ved. J J> Dick Das hw ood with th e comp lim e nt s of Colo 1 ar Grange r who se n t word that he would expect to see t J scout at d inn er that day, and then they would di c-. certai n aff air s which h e desired t o talk with him ab-Out i s "Th e co l o n e l's inv itati on, o rderly, i s quest and h e n ce J accept. i tl lik e a king's a 1e 1 P l ease say to Colo n e l Grang r that I thank him h the h ono r do ne me," said Dick Dashwood. W e At the designated h o ur Das hwood appeared at hfan quarte rs dressed, as at the club di nn e r in his border 1 cl r tume t i Co l onel Granger greeted him cordially and told that he was the o nl y g u est that clay. as h e wished t o t with him a l o ne. s, "After dinner, however, I expect some visitors d

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THE BUFFALO BILL STORIES. 21 : nxious to meet yot., Mr. Dashwood, so yo u see true age i s app r eciated out here in the wild West." n Jmood bo\\'ed, and the colone l went on to say: ow I am goin g to make a c h a nge in th e couting ie, for Texas Ja k is to go up to lort Protection, I will name you a s chief of scouts .at Fort Famine in pla ce. and you will have some twenty buckskin h eroes ;i 1 r you '' e scout bowed, and Colonel G ranger continu ed : uffalo Bill is, of cour. e, chief of scouts for my milidi trict, embracin g the three forts, t hi s o n e being quart ers, and yo u will serve under his orders, but be e command of Co l one l Armes, an officer of ability and ction." ain the scout responded wi th a bow, after wh i c h he es, Col onel Granger, I have heard of Col o n e l Armes : most able soldier and gallant man. e i s both; but may I ask if you were a Confec\erate r in the late war?" p was, sir. o what command were you attached?" Forrest's cavalry, s ir. h then you saw servi ce in Tennessee?" did, sir." ell, I honor all good soldiers of the Sonth, and am o have you now in my command, for I am sure that ave seen considerable servi .ce." es, s ir, I have," was the rnodesl response. s ow, let m e say to you, M r Dashwood, thal th e r e i s K> ard for the body, dead o r alive, of Captain Crimson tlaw, and the amount is five thousand dollars." !Cl '11 d i s strange that he was not taken or k1 e long ago, .it I 1 h d 1th sue 1 a price on 11s ea e was as cunning as a fox, and \\'hc11 we had him a er, six months ago, he made hi s escape the very had set for his executi o n ; but yo u are entitl ed to ward, and I will so notify the Overland Stage Com-t e and have it fo rwarded to me here for you." 9.rdon me, Colonel Granger, bul I must decline to the reward." 1 cline to accept it?" asked the colone l m amaze-s, s ir ." d why, may I ask?" "I am not o ne, sir, to take a reward upon. a )luman life, n o matter what the man may have been upon whom the price i s se t." "But, s i r, consider that it is a most generous sum, five thousand dollars, and that you are in every way entitled to it, as Driver Finn will be most happy to vouch for. "Then, s ir as th e Overland drive r s have been sufferers, !el the company set the sum aside for those who may be woundeg and out of work, for I will not touch a dollar of it." "You are firm in this refusal?" "Perfectly, ir." Remembei, your pay as a captain of scouts will only be ninety d o llar s a month and rations!'' "lt will be ample for my n eeds, sir, as I am neither a gambler nor a dissipated man." "You are a ve r y remarkable man, Da hwood," said G o dfrey Granger, and he meant it for the stranger was an en igma h e co u ld not solve. For a man to refuse five thousand dollars he had justly earned was an unheard of thing to Co lon el Granger. But Dash wood was fi'rm in hi s refus al, and at la st said: "I shall leave for Fort Famine in the morning-, sir, to a sume my duties." "Yes, (will give yo u the n ecessa r y orders and you can relieve Texas Jack, who will report at once a t Fort Pro tection. "Now, Dashwood, I must make a lion of yo u as the ladi es of the fort have demanded it, and I have t o o bey. Come into the parlors and meet those who have come to be int ro duced "" T here was n o retreat for Dick Dashwood, and he obeyed; but at dawn he was off on his ride to Fort Famine carrying with him the horses of th e outlawi, for t h ese we r e turned over to him as hi s property, and good animals t h ey were. CHAPTER XI. TIU: NEW SCOUT ON DUTY. "There is something in that man' s face that s hows he does not like me-a look I cannot fathom. "Somewhere I have met him before, yet for the life of me I cannot recall the time or place nor t he circumstances, "I don't believe Dashwood is hi s right name."

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22 l'HE BU f f A LO B I L L STO RIES. So mused Colonel Godfrey Granger to himself after the scout had left his quarters that night. The scout was far out on the prairi e now, on his way to Fort Famine. 1Behincl him trotted the fouir hor s e s capture d from the outlaws, so that h e was we11 supplied in that way. He took the stage trail for Fort Famine, and not many mile s out met Felix Finn: on hi s r eturn to Trail End City Felix Finn had an empty coach and dre w up for a talk; but had the coach been crowd e d he would have don e the same He :had spi read the news at Fort Famine of the heroi c rescue, and no one there seem e d to know who the strange scout could be. Buffalo Bill had taken a short scout up the Indian '\Vay from Famine, so I did not s ee him hut I gues s es you :wm, pard; but n o w about that money." "What money?'' "Ther reward. I have refused it." "Yer hev what?" Refused it." S ee h e re, pard, i s yer in godd health?" "Oh, yes." "And ye r refuses ter fake the r eward ? "I have and the colonel knows what t o do w i th it i f the stage c ompany desire s to give it. I "Waal, thet just upsets me entire; but w h a t may be your motive 'in doing so? Simply that I would not touch a dollar o f b l o o d meney." "'Na al, I g u esses you knows best, and F e lix Finn was "And l et m e tell ye r the t t hi s be a ver y onsartin fc ter t r avel for thar has been r ed deed s done a long i t yer mus t k ee p a eye o n a amb u s h see?" 111 e1 "I'll t r y and not b e c aught asl eep, Pard Finn; bff mus t b e g o in g now," a n d t h e sco u t ro d e on his way 11 ) more w hil e Felix F inn gazed aft er h i m w it h t mdisgu m admirat i o n u The t r ail l e d aroun d a mountai n spur, which \ .. mande d a mos t ext e n sive v i ew of t h e vall ey b etweel\1 mountains, J ook in g fo r many m i l es o v e r a vast e xp1a o f country r t Halting upo n the spur, charme d with the m agnifs] view he wa s gazing with rap t adm i rati o n when his., fell upo n a h o rseman fa r awa y i n t h e valley, and co r;a t oward him From the w h e r e h e s t ood h e k n ew that he ct! not b e see n that h e wa s s hi e l de d fr o m v i ew by the fr0 of tre e s al ong t h e borde r of the t r a il. 'JI His h o r ses w e r e some di stance off, crop pin g the kl near a s p r in g, fo r h e ha:d halte d fo r his n oonday meaJ Going to hi s sa dd i e h e go t hi s fie l d g la ss an d tuma upon t h e di stant h o r se man The g la ss wa s a p o werful o n e anJ he ha d a of t h e m an for h e s a id afoud: a "If I am not m i s ta ke n t h a t h o r se m a n is Buffal o comi n g thi s w ay 01 Buffa l o Bill see m e d to h a v e d iscovered hi m at t he w i f in stant. s a w that the s tranger was a white man with o u t h es itati o n he rode rapid l y fo r ward. :I 3.n A f ew minutes l a t e r the king of t h e b o rd e r was to fa ce w i t h the l one r i de r. 01 )n The c hi e f o f sco ut s rega rded the stranger with s ur evidently greatly surprised that the stranger r e fused the for h e be h e ld o n e who was u nknown to him. g Ov. e r land Company's reward for the bod y, dead o r alive, of Ca:1>tain Cri mson See here, pard, that outlaw has got a brother, and they w a s pledged t o av enge each other, so just ke e p yer ey e ope fer him. I will do so, thank you. ;01 But the stranger steppe d quick l y fo r wa rd, and sa i "You are B u ffa l o B ill?" 1 S o l 2m c all ed h e r e o n t h e b o r der. A nd you?" : I "My n ame i s Dick Dashwood," answered the rl( then h e ad ded : d I ha ve h e ard of you oft en, a n d I v;as h o ping t o 0.

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THE BU ff ALO BILL STORIES. 23 or I am ju t from Fort Rest, and am going to Fort ne to report for duty. ere are my orde rs, sir." ) ffalo Bill t o ok the paper, and glan cing over it, said ly: met a sco ut fro m the fort last niglit, and he told me ur plendid rescue of the colon el, for Felix Finn, yerland fkiver, had told him about it. I congratulate 1r. Dashwood." 1ank you Captain Cody; but are you. to return now rt Re t ?" shall accompany you to Famine, and return with Jack. I had scouted off toward the mountains, aw some ignal fires and wished to see what they ,, the wo s couts talked they rode back to a mountain f o camp f v r h e n;ght. and iIO on tb Fort Famine the ing morning, for it was getting late. ching' the spur, they went into camp," and, seated a cheerful campfire, they talked together as though ht and early the next morning they started for mine and w hen Buffalo Bill was seen coming in stranger, quite a gathering a s sembled to greet ng the first to greet the chief of scouts was Texas who was at once presented to Dick Dashwood, and >f his being relieved of duty at Fort Famine by n ,., I Granger and s ent to F ort Protection to a ume nd of the s c outs there. ope I do n o t cau s e you any regret or inconvenience, mohunc.lro, b y relieving you of duty here, for go to Fort Protec ti o n jus t as willingly," s aid Dick ood. indeed for I like Fort Protec tion equally a s well, h I do not know the commandant s o well as I do e l Armes, wh o m y ou will fi'ncl a fine officer and a .riend ." 1 d vou will find Major Dean the same, Jack," said t o o Bill, and then he added: "No\\ ; come, Mr. Dash wood, I will present yo u to Col onel Armes, and my word for it you will 'get along splendid l y together, for if there iS anything he does .ad mire, it is pluck and go in a man." The news had alread'y gone to Colonel Ai'iries of how Colonel Granger had been rescued,' fol he had held a long conversation with Felix Finn. Colonel Armes was quite anxious to see the stranger,' and when he entered with Buffalo Bill and Texas Jack, he fixed his piercing tipon him as though he would' look into his very soul. Buffalo Bill presente? Dick Dashwood in a few wellchosen w ords, and the colonel offered his hand at once and said: "Your deeds, sir, would command a welcome for yot.t under a n y circumstances, Mr. pashwood, and I am glad to have you under my command, though sorry to lose Texas Jack, of course; but what will be my l oss, M;ajo r Dean will fi'nd his gain. "Buffalo Bill, I congratulat e you that you have here at Fort Famine Mr. Dashwood as captain of scouts, so thank Colonel Granger for for s ending him here." Then he turned to the scout again, and continued: "Mr. Dash wood, we have surely met before, sir; when and where was it?'; "I can give you no ass istance, Colonel Armes, in find-ing out, sir." ''Then I am mistaken; but your face, though not familiar, I admit, haunts me like a memory of the past." "And I Col o nel A r mes, have s ai d the same to Mr. Dashwoocl, and it must be only a resemb)ance to so111e whom I cannot recall, said Buffa l o Bill. Di k Dashwoo d made no reply to this, but said: "I am ready td' report for duty at once, Colonel Armes ." 'You are prbmpt; but Buffalo Bill and Texas Jack will initiate you into your duties here, :\fr. Dashwood, and introduce you to your men, twenty i n numb' e r,"

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24 THE BUFF ALO BILL STOR I ES. And the next morning, when Buffalo Bill and Texas Jack rode away from the fort, Dick Das hwood went on duty there ---CHAPTER xrf. A DYING CONFESSION. A year passed away 1;1J?On t i he border, and it hadi been an eventful one, for there had been a number of hard fights with the Indians, raids upon the redskin villages, settlements saved from ruin and death, and trouble with overland road agents, who from time to time 1 held up the coaches, and often killed as well as robbed the drivers and passengers. Through all scenes D1ck Dashwood had held a conspicuous part. He had brought in most valuable information of the Indians preparingfor the warpath, had fought most valiantly in every battle, had severnl times saved the coaches from robbery, and won the admiration and re spect of his superior officers. Colonels Granger and Armes and Major Dean were all loud in his praise, and with Buffalo Bill and Texas Jack he was one of the heroes of the plains. A man who kept to himself, :ret was ever courteous and kind to those under 11is command, and respectful to his superiors, he was looked upon as a man with a hi s tory. Though a Texan, Texas Jack had never heard of him, and yet he knew the State and people there well. To Buffalo Bill he was the same unfathomable mystery tha f he was to the others. He was never khown t o receive a letter or write one, and he shuqned social intercourse, though beyond all doubt reared in refinement. His c abin quarters were an example of n eatness, and sketclies and paintings were upon the walls, his own work. He had been given the freedom of the fort library, and the books he read s howed a mind of superior intelli g ence and cultiva tion. frc A better scout, Buffalo Bill said, was not to be so upon the iborder, and yet why such a man as h could content himself with such a life no one5J understand. :> r4 He was WDnt to read medicine and law, as. ,1 I book s of history, travel, and science, and the surg,i.ej the fort said that he was no mean doctor. :ii Colonel Granger had made a request that he l [ pointed a second lieuteuant in the army, for ices and conspicuous courage, and Armes and Major Dean with all the other officer :I three forts, had indorsed the recommendation. e But when he was told that it was to be favorably: upon he at once put a stop to the movement in f half by stating that he would not, under any ci' stances, accept the honor. e Why he rnfused he gave no reasons, but his r h was decided, and all felt that he meant it. One day he went to Trail End City, on special r; to carry important papers through, which were no ). trusted to the coach, as the road-agents had been a great deal of trouble of late Arriving at Trail End City, he delivered his the outgoing coach from there eastward, and b is return the next morning, going by. way of ForP The coach had started a co upl e of hours a'head < for Fort Rest and Fort Famine, and, being mountl traveled more rapidly than it did. Suddenly. up.on the very spot where h e had re Colonel Granger and the payma ste r, he came UJ?li coach, halted up n the trail. k There s t ooq the horses, and the coach lay ti\_ driver a bullet through hi s brain. Near him was a passenger, and the coach doc. open. \ As he bent over the pa ssenge r h e heard a low u th e eyes opened and met his, while an appeal faintly: D : m 't kill me!"

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THE BUFF ALO BILL STORIES. 26 y dear fellow I am no murderer or robber, but a from the fort, and I jus t came upon thi s sad sce ne." i e scout from the fort?" asked the man, quickly. es, so let me see what I can do .for you. Where are uncled. ere, i!ll the side, and s av e me, for the lo ve of God, v T e, for I am not fit to die." will do all in my power for you," and the scout tenexamine'd the wound, while the man said: e were fired upon by road -agents and then rnbb 'ed; l did not get some important papers I have for s 1 Granger." y o u an officer(" "And so did I." "What is your name?" "He was my: mother's brother. Dick was his name, and mine is Varney Beal." "Varney Bea1, I know you now. I remember that y o u ran away from your home in the South and it was said that you went to i!:he bad, and that your evil conduct ihad broken your mother's heart. Yes, I know you now, Varney, for you are ;JlY cousin, and H eaVIC11 kn GWS I pity y ou." The sce>ut spoke most imp11essively, anti the man said, faintly: "Yes, J ; was1 all ith'at was bad, and I am still. "But yOIU' said that my 1WGund was fatal, that I am ly. courier?" /..eying so I must plead for forgivenes s for the past, aye, I am a friend of Colonel Granger, a particular and I wiil make an atonelllf!nt which ypu can help me C l and it is most important for me to see him." fort i s thirty miles from here, and you can hardl y r he ride, for duty compels me to t ell you, m y friend ur wound is fatal." eath wound?' gasped the man. 1ot ,, $. ] "rs n o h elp for me?" sorr y to say that I have no h ope to give yo u ." carry out. "Y
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26 1"HE BUFF ALO BILL STORIES. CHAPTER XIII. D A S H W 0 0 D S R 1 P 0 R T There was a stir at Fort Res t when the coach came in !\vith Dick Dashwood upon the box. Fortunately for Felix Finn, he had not been on duty that run, so the driver who took his place was the one t o meet death. The manner in the scout brought the coach and six horses into the fort showed that he knew how to 'drive as well as to ride and shoot. He .at once went to headquarters to make hi s report t o Colonel G ranger. The colone l listened to hi s s .tory of how he found the "Yes. "See Pete Porte r and get him to change the r 1 hi s passeuge r--or no, it would b l;ie t for y ou a mistak e in wr.itin g the name .;f th e dead JT1an killed for the c o l o n e l w ants it." "The co l o n e l ? Yes, h e s ai d h e was going to se nd a couri e r End Cit y to fin d out wh o tht> p assenge r was, 'c' t ell him yo u w ish t o go an d l ook ove r the trail, ge t yo u t o secure t h e name." "And you s a y I must change t h e name ? Y es "But w hy?' coach, wi t h the driver and a pas senger dead and that "See h e re, Cody. yo u know me we ll en o ugh; he had buried the bodies and then brought the s tage o n me, e v e n if Co l o n e l G ranger i s th e o n e I wi sh jr to the fort. "Po y ou kno w ,, ho the pa senger was, Das h wo o d ?'' a s k e d Colonel Granger. "The stage list might tell sir was th e e va s ive reply I was expe cti n g a friend t o se e m e ab out thi s time, and I s incer e l y h o pe that he was n o t th e unfortunate man. \Vbat abo ut h is lugga g e ? 'The roa d -a g ents, s ir, had r o bbed the drive r and his pa s s engei: befor e J came up.'.' "Ab yes."' .'I .wil l have to a\\ 1 ait th e r eturn o f the c o a c h i n a w ee k t o kn o w who h e was: Y o u will ple ase rcp orl thi s affair to-C o lonel Armes, so that h e ma y se e t o it that w e g e t r id of those road -age nt s."' "I will, sir.". "'vVhen d o you startfor Fort Famine, D a sh w o o d ?"' "To-n1orrow at daybr e ak sir. After a few more word s togethe r Di c k Das hw ood took his l eave and went to l oo k up Buffalo Bill at hi s quarte rs. "Ho; Dashw o od, the r e has b ee n tro uble on the road, I 1.: ?". uear. "Yes, Buffalo Bill and I wish you would go back o ver the trail, and do me the favor to go on toTrail End -City." I : .. t o lhrow o ff l he tr<>.il. 5 "The co l o nel a sked m e the n a m e a n d I avoided 3.. in g, for I d o n o t wis h him to k n o w i t "'vV ell ?" v I hav e r e a so n s w hi ch 1 cannot nov.: expl a in b yo u h a v e returned fr om T rail E n d City I 1\:i. h co m e to For t F a m i ne, an d t he n yo u shall know jt H I h ave to yo u "Th e man's n ame i s \ a rn ey Bea l : cha nge it. H arry B ell, a n d i f i t i s di sco v e r e d l ay i t to bad o n the m a nif es t. I I will trus t _you D as hwoocl, 111 thi s, fo r yo u lC o n e t o a c t we ig hin g just wh at yo u do. l "And I h<;1.v e weighed t h is matter m o t thOi : Cody. Now, please see th e co l o n e l so yo u will l1 o n e t o g-o t o Trail E n d i ty, for th ere mus t b e take." e T h e of sco u ts a t o n ce went up to h eadt and afte r a st a y o f half an h our a n d ff thal he wa s t o s tart fo r T rail E nd Ci t y a t o n ce. : 0 This h e did w o n dering what it w as t h a t Dht c w oo d wa s up to, and ye t fee lin g perfect confi. him. e 1 He w ent on rapi d l y going thro u g h to Trail I t

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THE BUFF !\LO BILL STORIES. 27 it n ight, determi n ed to do hi s scouting on his way back \V e will talk of that later, chief, but now please give m _e! followi n g day. me your autograph to that paper, and then I shall get it daybreak the next morning Dashwood left for Fort also from Colonel Armes, while ther, e is really no need I 0 and he made his report to Colonel Armes, as of havin.g Colonel Grang,er sign it. 1lonel Grang er had o rdered. "No, as you are a scout in my command, and Colonel Then 11e sought his quarters, took out a lot of papers Armes is sufficient went carefully to work ove r them. "I am glad of that. Now, after Colonel Armes signs f )He took a n otebook from hi s pocket, glant":ed over its it, I have something to say to him to-morrow which I ''ges and jotted down some items. wish yo u to hear." It was very l ate when he retired and t h e next morn" All right, Dashwo od. Y o u are pla ying some deep g he arose and went off on a scout. game, I am certain." When he returned in the evening he found that Buf"You are right, chief; it is a deeper game than you fo Bill had just arrived, and' wa s then with Colonel think," was the r eply, and the s ubj ect was dropped be-tnr mes. tween them for the night. nc Just a s supp e r was ready Buffa l o Bill came to DashAfter breakfa st the next m orning Dash wood said: ood's quarters and wa& cordially welcomed. Com e n ow, Cody, and we will seek Colonel Armes, "Glad to see yo u chief, and your coming shows that Wt ou have done some hard riding." "I did not wait to see the grass grow upon my trail, )ashwood, as I felt that yo u had an important co1nr I' I l 1Unication to make to me, aifter what you sa id at Fort u I l est." \" "I have several ini,portant communicatio n s to make, hief; but what ab o u t you r trip to Trail End City?" t '"I found the name as yo u said, a n d Pete Porter told< m e II o cop y it for the colo n el. "I wrote it a s yo u said, and he made n o comment." n '"Had you given h im the real name h e would have done o. But did he l ook surpri sed?" hl "Ko; it struck me that h e l ooked pleased when h e saw I I uie name gave 11111. ni b I b I 1 I ff ou t ess; ut now iave t n s paper to o er yo u a s ny chief.., e r ''What!'" gl an cing ha sti l y at it. '' Do you mean to say tc a ,., rou 011, e r your res1gnat1on: "About that, for I e nlist ed for one yea r and the tim e 5\s up to-morrow so I \Yishecl to have an honorabl e dis charge you know, signed by Co lo11el Am1es atl!d Colonel Granger." '.i ''But I shall not allow you to go." and you shall hear what I have to say as soon as he puts his autograph to that paper," and the tw o started for he a dquarters CHAPTER XIV. UNMASKED. Colo nel Armes received the two scouts in his pleasant way, for he a:drnired and liked them both immensely. Well Cody, what is up for to-day?" he a ske d "Th a t is for Dashwo o d to s ay, colonel for h e ha s a paper he wishes you to approve, w11ich is ihis resignation though h is time of enlistment, one yea r is up to-d ay." "You sure l y do not intend to leave us, Dash wood?" a ske d Colmel Armes. "Yes, sir, after a while; but I desir e to make known a sec ret to you, si r, a n d to have Buffalo Bill a s a witness, but first I wish your approval of that paper, that I may not be considered an enli s ted ma n, or scout, w hen I say, what I do." Co lonel Armes s21.w by the manner of the scout that he had something imp ortant to communicate, so he took the paper, read it over, and, turning to his table, wrote as follows: The res i gnation of Scout Capta in Dick Dashwood s hereby

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28 THE BUFFALO BILL STORIES. approved, but with sincere regret that he deems it nece sary to leave the service of the United States, in which he has rendered iar more than efficient service, and time and again distingui s hed himself on the trail, in ba ttle, and in the discharge of his dangerous and ardllo u s dutie s GEORGE A. ARMES, Comm.anding. "I thank you most kind l y, Colonel Armes. But now, sir, as I am n o longer in service, I have a charge to make against Colonel Godfrey Granger, and I shall present it, sir, through you, a conduct umYorthy of an officer, and which no man of honor would be guilty of." "Such i s not my case.tt d "I did not for a minute think o.'' "?\or did I, Dashwood," added Armes. Dick Dasbwoo d i s n ow my n ame, not Richard. you would suppose, hut Dick. "But that i s not the name you knew me under, gen men." e ''Ah!" said the colonel "b 1t for o n e thing I belie 1 y could place you.'' C0dy had hi penetrating eyes upon the man be[ 1 e "Whew! trong words these, Dashwood, against an him. n officer of the army," said Colonel Armes, while Buffa.Jo "What i s th<>.t?'' Bill was boo amazed to speak. "I utter nothing that is untrue, sir, and whic h I cannot give the pwof of.., "Indeed?" "Yes, sir.'' "But !rt me no longer hid e under a false na1111e. "You, Cody, and Colone l Granger have all aid that yo u thought t hat you had met me before, but could not pl ace me I do not wonder at that, when Texas Jack failed to recognize me, and he saw much more of me than you did. "But some years of a wanuer in g life long ; hai r a n d a foll beard upon a formerly beardless face, added to a d if ierent name and no expectation of seeing me here a scout, are th cause." ''Let me tell you that Texas Jack as once my chief of scouts when I command e d a r egiment o f cavalry in the Confederate army. "And yet I am so changed that Jack Omohurndro ha s even failed to r ecognize m e." Co l one l Armes a nd Buffalo Bill gazed at the man be fore them in a bewild ered way. It wa s very certain that they could not recall their meeting him, if they had done so, before he came out upo n the frontier. Colo nel Am1 es shook hi s head. Buffalo Bill was lost i n deep thought. Dash wood smiled, and said : "Chief Cody?" "Yes, Dashwood." "Many men upon thi s frontie r dare not let their real name be known "Very true." ''The one you now remind me of is not living." re you su re?" "He wa s reported lost at sea." \i\Then ?" "The last of the war." "I see that you are on the right track, Cody.'' "Th e n you are o l o1?cl 'eld o n," and Buffalo poke qu i ckly. "Ye,, I was "olonel Seldon.'' "Then T owe to you my life more it:han one time .'' r Bnffalo Bill sprang t.o hi feet. r "Yes, you have a good mcmory, and, with Texas Ja you have two Rebel parcls in your command-two par in gray," sa i d Dashwoocl. with a mile. And Buffalo Dill \Vrung his hand in a way that wou 1 h ave crus h e d th hones in o n e who had not him self ;i iron grip. p "Yes, T recall you now, Colonel el don, and your fact\ comes vividly back lo me, though we met but once, an under a flag of truce during the war," aid Colon10 Armes. "Can 1 forget it ever, for 11as it not on m y tlw t the flag of truce as brought," said Cody, speakin a rapid l y and with far more earnestness than was his cu! l tom. "It comes back lo me. now as though it was yesterday, t he continued, "when Texas Jack, then your scout, tured me within the rebel lin es j 'He did it neatly, too, with a la so, which I did nc then know how to u e. I was forced to yield, and it nearly b rok e ;-ny heart. "Then came the bitte r blow that I was accused of b in g a spy, and I would be hanged as s uch. "But Jack learned from a Confederate officer how

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BUF F A.LO BILL STORIES. 29 d befriended his family a few weeks before, and he de hard to reach the home where the wife and dau-gh s o f the Confederate colonel lived, and one of them 1ard.me back with him to try and save nre. "It was before you that I was taken, Colonel Seldon, o-e111d your father, an old army officer, had known me in ie L'tah war against Brigham Young, and begged for life. "The result was that you dismissed all charges against b ef!e as a spy, and yet dreading they might be revived, you !nt in a flag of truce to then Major Armes here, and :m met, e changing me for one of your officers. "Do you recall it all now, Colonel Armes, for I can ever forget it?" arnd Buffalo Bill's fine face showed his m o tion. "Yes Cody now I can recall how and when I met I I :olonel Seldon, and I remer111her that you later told me hat the colonel was dead-had been lost at sea." E "It was so reported." "I was sent officially to England for the Confederate rovernment, and the blockade runner I sailed in was rippled by a United States ve&sel of war in escaping rom Mobile, and later went down at sea in a storm, and J alill we r e l ost save tlwee of us in a lifeboat. par "Yiy two companions died of hardships, but I lived to :ie picked up by a China-bound vessel, and when I again rn u1eard of the S o uth the war had ended, the one woman If j. loved had married a Northern officer, urged by her :rarents to do so and believing me dead, so I had nothing fa,O return for and went into foreign service. ar "Later I drifted to Mexico, then to Texas lo the home l o n)f my uncle, Dick Dashwood, my mother's brother. "He was dying, but knew me, bade me welcome, and, O lllhaving left his fortune to charity, for our family were kirf!ll gorte he made a new will, and I became his heir, at cuJiis appeal taking the name of Dick Dashwood. R eturning to m y old home in Tennes s ee, I learned that it wa s known that I was not dead, and also that the ay, .hu.s'band of th e w oman I loved ha d kn o wn of my es c ape c ar fro m death, but had kept it from her, and so won her c o nsent und e r fal s e pre t e nses, and, to save her aged nc parent fr o m p o verty, she became his wife t. "Later s o m e land investments of her father's m i ew b t York turned out immensely valuable and she was left a fortune ab o ul the time that I got mine. v '"But, leami'l1g how her husband had deceived her, and never 'loving him, for she liad discovered now he led a double life, she separated from him, going t-0 her old home in Tennessee. "T hen it was that I drifted up this way and bec a me a scout." "And a remarkable life you have had, sir," said Buffalo Bill. "Indeed you have," Colonel Armes a dded. "Yes, but as I have told of myself, I now have mor e to make known. "I came here for a purpose. and I intend to accomplish it, for I am revengeful," said Dashwood. From his worocl'S and manner both Colonel Armes and Buffalo BiH knew ithat there W'as more to tell .. And they waited for him to speak. CHAPTER XV. FORCED TO THE \\"ALL. After a silence of some minutes, Dash wood resum ed: "I intended to s e ek revenge in my own way agai nst the one who bad wronged flle and the woman I l oved. "I knew that he h
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30 THE BUFFALO B!LL STORIES. "I found that he had an agent who twice had gone to Riverside Rest, in Tennessee, and obtained money from Mrs. Granger. "Upon my return, the other day, from Trail End City, I came upon that agent of Colonel Granger, dying by the wayside. "It was he whose name I got you to misrepresent, Buffalo Bill. "His name was Varney Beal, and let me tell you that "Very well, colonel." ''I "I also wish not to 'be lmo"m except ias a scout, sa fr to Colonel Granger. per 1ffa "But I wish you and Buffalo Bill to go with me 'Y see him, and I shall make the demand of his resignatio "I under pain of exposure. mrt "You can then make a similar demand, Colon 'VI Armes, as a Uni.ted States officer, and when he is fore "I out of the service I will be avenged, and his wife an tl before he died he made a confession and gave me papers child will be saved." Y :which I wish to place before you. It was with the most intense interest that Colon "I found in Varney Beal an erring cousin of mine, and when he heard my name the secret came O(frt:, fo1r he, of course, knew our uncle 1who died iin Texias, Dick Dashwood. "Now this cousin, Varney Beal, Godfrey Granger also knew as a boy, and he met him in New York during the war. "He knew his career, and found in him a willing tool, and so plotted with him to get money from Mrs. Granger. "As further money was refused, Beal concoted a plot by letter with Godfrey Granger, which was to kidnap his child_, and demand ransom for it, which, as Mrs. Granger is worth a million, they h'llew would be paid. "Nor is this all, for the villain Beal was to forge cer tain letters to him, compromising Mrs. Granger, have her meet him under pretense of exposing a plot to in jure her, and then give those seeming proofs of her wrongdoing into the hand of her husband, who was to demand a secret divorce from her, which he knew, rather than be defamed publicly, for her child's sake, she would allow. "Then there was to follow the kidnapping cherne, and when Granger got the money the ransom, he was to marry a rich California girl, who visited at th e post here last year. "These pape rs I have in my possession, and I shall force Colonel Granger to resign from the army, for no such a man as he is should hold a commission in the service of the Un.ited States.'' ") Armes and Buffalo Bill heard the story told by Colon Seldon, unearthing the villainy of a man who was livin n a double life, who was honored, and yet was plottin ruin upon those he should love and protect. The colonel was deeply moved at the disgrace of r brother officer, but he intended to be governed by Dash pw wood"s en.treaty and keep his sin a secret. He also wished, for the sake of the beautiful wife, t sav e her and her child from the shame of an exposure. o r For a long while the matter was talked over. and th if o papers held were shown to Colonel Armes and Buffa! 1 Bill who saw for themselves that the proofs were mosl damning. The next morning the party left Fort Famine for For 01 Rest. Buffalo Bill and Dick Dashwood rode in advance, an h Colonel Am1es followed, while a cavalry escort of a dozer o men brought up the rear. Colonel Armes went to the quarters he always occupied a when visiting Fort Rest, for, as has been said, a cool-fr ness existed between the two officers. But late in the evening, accompanied by Da s hwood and c Buffal 1 0 Biil, h e went to headquarters. "I desire to see you, colonel, upon a most importantu matter, so see to it that we are n ot disturbed and you rs1 orderly is not within hearing." ''Is it as serious as that, Colonel Arn1es ?'' II "It is, sir." 0 The colonel left the room for a minute, and upon his return said coidly: f "By Heaven, but you are right and I will aid you in "vVe!l, sir?'' 1 it." ''I will allow Scout Dick Da hwood to be spokesman, "But, Colonel Armes, for the sake of the wife's good and then I have somethinPto say.'' said Colonel Armes. 1 name, for the sake of the little girl, this must not be Colonel Granger turned to the scout and said: known to any one but us three." "What is it, Dash wood, that all this mystery is about?"

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l'HE BUFF ALO BILL STOR I ES. 31 'I will tell y ou, s ir in a few word ; but first let me sai that my time of enlislmcnt e nded yesterday, _and my per s of discharge are signed by Co lon e l Armes and 1ffalo Bill." n1e I 1 I ?" "You are sure y not gomg to eave t 1e serv i ce iat10"I have left it, sir: and as I am no longe r under your mmancl, I ca n speak freely, sir." :>Ion"Well, what e lse liave you to say?" orce'r wish to say, sir, that the passenger who was killed a n the coach the ot her day 'was not Harry Bell, but Var!y Beal." 1lom "What!" and the co lon el turned deathly pale. fo n "Yes, it was your secret agent, whom you met at TraiL .. nd C it y o n two occasions, and who was not killed at !Vlll l I f d h' 1ce, as be was wounded and dy m g w 1en oun im ttm 1 ?" "Did you have anything to say to 11111. 'Yes, sir, muc h, and h e had verything to say to me, of )r he made a full confession o f your c rime s, and bi s, as11iward yonr wife. and child, and--" "Hold! How dare you s p eak to me t hus? I will--" : ti "You will be ca lm, for we are h e r e t o your e c ret, e or the h onor of th e service, from sympathy for your rife, not from any feeling for you, unl ess you force us th bl" p make 1t pu ic IYY exposmg yo u fal r "J .11 ,, WI -lOS "Keep ca lm, s ir, for if it bec o mes known that there is 1 sce ne h e re, yo u w ill find i t ve r y difficu l t to explain be 'or:or e a court-martial as to the proofs T hold of your g u i lt. "If yo u are sens ibl e, and make n o sce ne, then the mercy m hown you w ill be that you are allowed to resign without crimes being made known, and go your way. "If yo u c r eate a scene, then nothing under h eave n will dave yo u from being brande d as yo u de e r ve 1e 1 ":My God! That I should listen to s u c h lan g uage 0 I .m m you. "Take vour choice, Colonel Granger, of expos ure o r in t h e matter." "Take my advice, Granger, and resign at once,'1 spo k e ntu p Colonel Armes, "for you are in a ve ry dangerous po Ltlsitio n. "By re s ignation from th e army, and going your w ay in life, yo u can save you r disho n o r fro m being known. R e.fuse, and I'll see that you are treat e d b y all hon arabl e men as yo u deserve." 15 "\?\Th e re arc those proofs you speak of?" and G o dfrey Granger grasped at a straw of h ope llk e a drowning m a n. 1 '"They are safe in my kee ping, and no one save Buf;. falo Bill and your accuser h e re has seen them." "You will swea r to thi Armes?" ., "I will." "And you demand that I resign?" "Most emphatically, and at once, was the decided r e ply. "And you will keep my secret?" "As long as you refrain from persecution of your wife, I will. "And if you do persecute her, if you do see k to kidnap your c hild, Godfrey G ranger, you shall have me to an s wer to, and bitter will be the answering. "Do you know m e n ow, Godfrey Granger? man who was o nce your friend, but am now unti l death Cecil Seldon !" I'm the your foe Colorie l Granger had ri se n as the wronged man faced him but now realizing who it was that had thwarted his wicked sc h emes, who i 1 t was t hat he had to face he sank down in 'his c h a ir again with a low moan, as though at la st eve n h e was crushed with despair. "Now, Colonel Granger, write your r es i g nation, and the clay it is accept e d, l eave this fort." The r es ignati o n was writte n and th e comm and turned ove r to Col o n e l Armes unti l it was accepted. Claiming that he was called at once away upon important bu s in ess matters, Colonel Granger d eparted upon Felix F inn 's coac h the very next day. By a strange jous tice it seemed t h e coach was held up, and by t he third brother who had borne the name of Captain C rims o n. If robbed of hi s m o n ey, th e ex-colo n e l knew he was utterl y ruin e d, a nd he resisted the o utlaw leader and his two m en, w ith the r es ult that they fir ed up o n th e coach, and Godfrey Granger was sh o t through the heart. A m oment a fte r Buffalo B ill dashed up to the re sc ue, and Captain C rim son rTumber Three f ell b y the hand of th e great sco ut, while hi s two comrade s surrender ed. T'hus the out law band was wholly broken up. A week la ter Das hw oo d departed fo r California, and from there wrote the whole story t o Mrs. Grange r. vVith o u t a r .egret s h e l earned that she was .free from the man who had almost wrecke d h e r life and happi1'less; but s h e s tiil kept her sec r et, and lef t for Europe with her littl e daughter. One year after, she r eturne d to her b ea utiful Southern home, and lat e r Di c k Dashwood visit ed her th e re and a sked her t o become his wife. She did nat refuse, and one of the l etters received was from Buffalo Bill, congrat ulat ing most warmly upon the great good fortun e that had come at last to his old pa1;d who had worn the gray. THE END. Next week,s BUFFALO BILL STO.RIES (No. 17) wil l contain "Buffal o Bill' s Death Deal; or, the Queen of Go l d Canyon."

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The publication authorized by the-Hon. Wm. F. Cody (BUFFALO BILL) Our New Sc. Weekly A Sure Winner Hon. Wm. F. Cody (Buffalo Bill) We were the publishers of the first story ever written of the famous an d w or 1 d renowned BUFF ALO BILL, the most daring scout, wonderful rifle shot, expert guide, greatest Indian trailer ever known, and a popular hero whose life has been one suc cession of exciting and thrilHng incidents con1bined with great sucs e sses and accom plishments, all of which will be told in a series of grand stories which we shall now place before the Atnerican Boys These exciting stories will appear regularly in our new Sc. weekly to be known as ll1E BUFf t\LO Bill STOFtlES READ THE FOLLOWING TITLES 12. Buffalo Bill's Secret Mission; or, The 14. Buffalo Bill's Saddle Sharps; or, The Fair Hermit of Mystery Valley. Pledged Pards of the Pdny Express. 13. Buffalo Bill's Bravo Pa:d; or, On the 15. Buff alo Bill's Unknown Ally; or, The Texan Terror's Trail. Brand of the Red Arrow. LOOK OUT FOR THE CREAT STORIES STREET Br. SMITI-I, Publist1ers, YORK

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[J--1 t L I I I ,,,, 'f .' .f 1 "iJ I f.i 1 1 ;1 ;1' -; ) -. r The: WorkH J I. ..A-.F (HON. \ VM CODY) One of hi s l:!test phnto -by "!..'(! Buffalo Bill 1s the onl y p ubli catio n aut:-, orized by \Ni\L F. Coi > --------------L ... -.......... if({ t.i E were the publis hers o the first storv ever \ vrit ten of the r -1 mo us an cl orld ren own e d Buffalo Bil l, the h ero whose life has been om successio n of exciting a nd tii ril lin g in cident com bi ncd \.Vitl g r eat successt ; s and Jee m p li .'.:J;. rrie n ts, all of hi c h \ v ii! be tole in a series of g rand storie which we arc nov_: placing be-fore the American Boys. ThE popularity they Juv e already obtaine d shovvs wha t t he boy! want, and is ver y gratifying tc the publi s hers. STREET & PUB!JS!-IERS NEW YORI


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