Buffalo Bill and the surgeon scout, or, The brave dumb messenger

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issued Weekly. By S!tbscription $2.JO per rear. Entered as Second Class Matter at New York Post Office by STREET & SMITH, 238 William St., N. Y. No. 57. Price, Five Cents. BUFFALO BILL DEALT THE OUTLAW CHIEF A BLOW THAT MADE HIM REEL FROM HIS SADDLE, JUST AS SURGEON POW'ELL GRASPE' THE REIN OF HIS HORSE.

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. : A WEEKLY PUBLICATION DeVOTeD TO BORDER HI 5TORY f,nad Weelly. By Sdm:riptilJn la.so P"" yetU. Etttered as Second Clas.r JFaite1 at t!te N. Y. Post Offic,, hy STREET &: SMl1'H, 238 William St. N. Y. Entered to Act of Conp-ess in tu year /Qoa, (n tlle Office oj tlu Libraria" of Co"KYess, IVas!ting-ton, D. C No. 57 NEW YORK, June 14, 19oz. Price Five Cents. Buffalo Bill and the Surgeon Scout; OR' THE 8R1\VB DUMB I / -I By the author of "BUFFALO BILL. CHAPTER I. ... A P ;-'>RD IN DANGER. It \-Vas long af ter dark, but the borseruau who was moving rnpidly in the direction of the I,ittle Colorado River kne1V that it was often safest to travel by night. Buffalo Bill-for it was the great scout who was spurting his horse across the plain-bad no wish to with any bands of marauding Indians, He had just r eturned from a lone journey into Death Valley and bad from it with bis life. 1'70 man had ever entered Death Valley and returned before Buffalo Bill bad ridden 1nto it. A !though beautiful and fertile, it was shunned even by tlie Indians, and was shut off from the rest of tbe world b y a desert which Buffalo Bill had crossed. 'I'he scout bad found that there were people living in Death Valley and that it was their custoru to put all intr:.iders t9 death. He himself bad been captured and ch aim: o in a ca\ e t:specting to be put to death. I He was freed, however, and guided out of the vaUey by a mysterious woman, who lived there. Who she was or how she had come there Buffalo Bill did uot know. He called her his '' :.\fascot" and prom ised her, at her request, not to return to Death Valley until six months had elapsed. And now be was hurrying to the neares t fort -to report bis strange adventures to the commandant there when he espied a glimmer of light through the darkness He linew that it came from a camp upon the Little Colora?o R.iver : Losing sight of the light almost immediately, he halted and began to investigate. It might be a couple of bis scouts, or a scouting party of cavalry, b .ut most likely it was a baud of redskins. ''The chances are ten to one that it is a band of red1skins," be muttered. As he no longer saw the light of the campfire, he rode back to where it bad first caught his eye, and soon got a glimpse of it again.

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THE BU{F Turning his glass u pon it, h e managed to make out that" it was ove r a m ile awa) and was a campfire in a s mall canyon, where the light would not be visible except from the position be was then i11. Riding slowly forward, the scout guided his way b y keeping the campfire in sight. After riding for some distance, he halted again and investigated with bis field glass. He saw several forms moving to auJ fro and said: 'Indians!" Then.he dismounted anJ staked his hors e out to feed while be cautious ly went forward on foot neare r he s a w tha t the camp w as a cross the river, in a small canyo n of the hill country on the other side. There was timber there, aud som e m eadow laud, aud the scout thought tha t be saw some hors es feeding upon the latter: As be looked he sa w an Indian' s form plainly defined between him and the firelight. Confident that there were a number o f them there, and with' his horse a n d himse lf \ veil worn out, be concluded to simply reconnoite r sufficiently to se e what tijeir force was then go_ ou t o the fort and report the facL To do this be must a pproach much n earer. As the cauip was ou tbe other side of the stream b e was in no immediate clanger of running upon them, and yet the-.seout was most cautious in h is approach. At last he gained a po sition among a Clump of cotton wood trees and not three hundred yards from tf1e ca mp fire. It was built u p in a ca11y o n a n d the r e were s o m e.half dozen of Indians about it ea th1 g their s n p p er. That there w a s a guard o ver "their p onie s feedin g upon the m eadow, uf a c o n p l e or mor e braves the s cout was satisfied, while upon the hil1 aboYe the c amp there would naturally be a sentinel 011 duty "About t e u a ll t o ld muttered the scout, and h e leveled his glass upon the camp to take a d eliberate survey of it and its surroundings. Hardly had he g azed h alf a minute thr on g b the fie: ld gla,.ss when be tittered an: exclamation o f Sl11'pti se which ended in a muttered imprecatio n. This wa s c a u s ed b'' a di sco v e r y which he h a d mad e, and it was one that s ee m ed to mov e him m o r e than his own danger in the Valley of De ath had done. What be saw was a wbite 111an s eated b y the l ittle campfir e and tha t he was a prisoner was certain as his bands were bound behind him, and more, the scout recognized the man who was in the power of the r e d skins. The little fire iu the canyon was br ight enongb to reveal all uear it with distinctness, aud Buffalo Bill bad a good view through his field-glass of thd Indiaus add their prisoner: .: -': This prisoner was a mau clad in fatigue uniform, upon his shoulders being the straps of an officer:, afid upon hi s head be wore a black army helmet with a sable plume. He was seated upon a stone, and both his feet and hands were securely bound. 'fhe prisoner, though an army officer, wore bis hafr long, as it fell in thick waYes below bis shouJderS'. Tbe scout, having discovered that the Indians had a palefac e pri-sone r was not long in making up hj.s, mind a s to jus t what be would do. That the redskins would encamp there for the night he was a ssured, and so he decided to make a flank movement, gaining the hill country across the stream and approaching the camp from tbe overhanging cliffs. He knew that there was a ford some miles below and a trail leading over the hills, so Ire took another careful surve y of the_ surroundings and then went back to his horse. Mounting he turned off dm,: n the stream, pressing bi s horse into a canter, and after goiug several miles came to a ford made by wild .auimals. in crosi;ing and recros s ing. the stre am. H e filled bis cantee n, g a ve hi s bors e a refreshing draught of w ater, and then pushed 011 into the hill in o bl,ique way, makiug bis own trail. -Again it was a ride of s everal miles, a1id be fouo-cl hillls e lf half a mile frbm the river and jtis t in the rear' of the c a n yon where the Indians were eucamped. H e staked llis horse o u t aud took from his saddle a s mall bugle, hanging it a bout hi s neck by the cord.. The n he se t 011: t to apprmich. tl1e l1ic fia u c amp. His knowle dge o f the Indian nature told him they had a sentii1el in the hills over t11e camp, and .his fir s t
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THE BUff ALO BILL STORIES. 3 camp, as though he longed to be down there with his comrades. Buffalo Bill knew, as be took in the situation, that the chances of surprising the redskin by getting up to him were slim. But he must make the attempt at least, and if discovered, then be would have to shoot him and trust to bis bugle to give the others a belief that they were surprised by cavalry. By a rapid fire down upon them from the cliff overhanging the camp, be might be able to put them to flight and cause them to desert their prisoner to save tbemsel ves. This was his plan if he failed to get up close to the Indian sentinel aud grapple with him. Could he do this then be trusted to his own strength to get away with the redskin without allowing him to give an alarm to his comrades. Having discovered the Inuld be heard by the keen ear of the savage. At last but ten feet only parted him from the redskin, and the scout halted. He lla d no fear of himself, for his dread was only that be might not prevent the alarm being given before he could get his clutch upon the throat of the sentinel. If he had to shoot him that meant an alam1 that might d est roy his chances of re scuing tbe Surgeon Scout. 'l'here was a slight unevenness in the ground betwettn tlle scout and the Indian, and there was a chance that the little hollow was dteper than it looked and a fall would betray all. But the scout continued his 11oiseless sliding move ment witli bi s feet, down the slight declivity and up the other side, until b e stood within almost ar.m' s reacb of bis foe. The Iudiau still stood with his back to the tree, and now the scout discovered that the chin rested upo bis breast, that the head was bent forward and the redsk iu was fast asleep on duty. Buffalo Bill gave a sigh of relief gently stooped a;d laid down his rifle and then, in an instant more his fron grip was upon the throat of the s leeping red sen tinel. There was a hoarse gurgle, as a cry was stifled, then begau a fight for life. The Indian was a large, powerfully-built man, but tpe scout's hold upon his throat was one he coulq not-sh
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4 THE BUff l\LO BILL STORIES. Ittstantly tbe body of the Indian relaxed, and Buffalo Bill was not long in discovering the cause, for the red sk1n had fallen upon his own knife, as he put his band behind him to break his fall, and the long blade had pierced his heart. Buffalo Bill arose to his feet in silence, and stood gazing down upon his dead foe, while be felt a thrill of triumph at having the barrier on the cliff in the rescue of the Surgeon Scout at least out of the way. The ension to which the scout's every nerve had been drawn, and t}le tax upon his strength in the death struggle, bad told upon even his splendid phys ique; and it was several minutes before he could regain full co11-trol of himself. At last h e was successful, his 11n1scles ceased to twitch, his nerves to q uiver, aud he was onc.e more his calm self, ready for a11y emergency He knew tbat it must be midnight, and that a senti nel come to relieve the one on the cliff, the one who was off duty forever, so that he must be on the watch. To be upon the safe side, he took the Indian' s lJead dress and put it ou, wrapping his bkmket about him, and so approached the cliff. Di.d .a relief guard come up, by sorne path knowu to the Indians, thus seeing him rigged out, he would naturally suppose that it was his comrade, and feel no fear of him. Approachiug the cliff, the scout gli:iuced over cautiously, aud looked down into the little canyon. The fire was burning low but there was light enough to eouut seven forms about it, wrapped in blankets, excepting one. That one was the Surgeou Scout, and he lay upon the ground with nothing beneath him for protection, no coverh1g over him . An lndiap sentinel sat upon a rock near, watching the prisoner, though he was securely bound, but all the others were asleep. 1 With his glass peering out upon the meadow beyond the mot1th of the canyon, Buffalo Bill dimly traeed the outlines of the Indian ponies feading, and knew that there were gards with them. He had decided to open fire upon the Indian camp by shooting the sentinel seated upon the rock and then drop two or three more as they all sprang to their feet in alarm. bGick, be would then give a bugle call, and that would cause t)+e belief that cavalry were up.on them and stampede the band, while from his point of vantage he could protect the Surgeon Scout from any attempt to kill him by picking off any redski11 who made the at \empt to do so. Believing fllemselves hemmed in, attacked by cavalry,. the redskins would stampede for their ponies to their escape with all dispatch, and the scout could remain master of the situation. It was a clever, bold plot at rescue, and for Bu:tlalo Bill to plan was to carry out to a successful termination in most cases. When the life of the Surgeon Scout was at stake, Buffalo Bill was the more anxious that there should be no failure of his plot. He had just decided to act and was rising to bis feet to get bis rifle and draw a bead upon the sentinel in the canyon, whom he hated to kill without a warning or danger to himself, when be was otartled by a word spoken at his side. In an instant be realized tbe danger he was in, for it was the Indfan sentinel who bad come up to relieve the guard ou the cliff. 'rhe redskin had seen bim lying the+e and gazing over the cliff into the canyon, so evidently supposed it was his comrade, and asleep. So he crept forward to give bim a fright, when Buffalo Bill arose. Unfortunately for the Iudian, he was within a cou 'ple of feet of the edge of the cliff, and when he spoke t):ie scout realized the situation with lightning-like quickness and acted His action was to strike the legs of the redskin a terrific l;ilow that knocked them from under him and be went backward over the edge of the cliff, while from his lips broke a wild, thrilling cry of despair, as he knew be was dashing to his death upon the rocks a hundred feet below. Without waiting to note the effect of the redskin' s fall, almost into the camp of his comrades, Buff:;ilo Bill threw bis rifle to his shoulder and just as the sentinel on the rock near the prisouer sprang to his fe e t sept a bullet crashing thmugh his brain. Springing back, he then placed his little bugle to his lips and sounded a call which rnng wildly out on the night air. Droppiug his bugle, he gave his own well-known war cry and was back at bis post upon the cliff ready to protect the Surgeon Scout from any death blow bis captors might give him before stampeding in their fljg]Jt for t,beir ponies. CHAPTER n. TB;!t CI;AS]i:. It was well that Buffalo Bill realized it was necessary for him to prot11:ct tbe prisoner from the frightened savages, for jus t as be appeared upop the cliff again one of the Indians was about to deal a death-

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l'HE SUff J\LO BILL STORIES. 5 blGw w.ith bis totUabaw k upon the bead of the d e f e n se less Surgeon Scout. A sharp report and the bullet from the s cout's rifle shattered the hand of the savage, wbile several shots w ere fired in rapid succession to further increase the fright of the Indians. 'l'hey bad the desired effect for with the dead, the 011e wbo had fallen fr.om the cliff :writhing iu agouy but a few paces distant, and one o f their comrades w ith a bulletshattered hand, the remainder s t ood n p t on the o rd e r of going b.ttt we11t a t once They darted out of the c anyon, leaving their pris on e r and their blankets, with their c amping outfit as w e ll. The scout ga\ e again and again bis startling warcry known so well upon the frollti e r and ran along the cliff top to fire upon the retreating Indi an s a s the y rus he d for their horses, though h e fired at rand om Then be ouce m o r e gave a bugle call a s a further means of s tartling the braves and tbe rapid clatter of hoofs told him that be had be e n succe s sful, for the In dians rushed madly for th,e rive r and the plunging of their ponies into the stre am soon reached the ears of Buffalo Bill. Finding the trail the s e 11tinels had followed to the top of the cliff Bt1ffalo Bill rapidly bounded down it to t!Je plains below, and, running from point to point with great s peed, fired first bis rifle then bis. r evolvers, to let the Indians see the flashes and believe there were a 1n1111ber of men in tbe attac k Pressing on down toward the ri v e r across the meadow, Buffalo Bill saw two dark forms which be at once knew to be horses left by the redskins in their flight they n o t taking time to gather up all of the animals Goi11g up to oue of the animals, be found by the stake a saddle and bridle and be cried : ' Good it is the doctor's horse ' To throw the saddle upon the animal, put the bridle on and mount him wa s an instant's worl!:, and the scout dashed np t o th' e Indian pony staked near, thos e t w o bavjug been apart from the others The pouy was quickly secured ancl away went Buffalo Bill at all speed troward the canyon. There lay the Surgeon Scout securel y bound and unable to free h iru s elf, but as h e saw who his rescuer was, he uttered a war-cry a11d called out: ''Bravo, Bill! I knew that war-cry of yours when I heard it upon the cliff. ''Come, there is not a second to lose, for there ar..e eight of those fellows left yet, and they will soon be back when they find they are not pursued, so w e must be off for my horse is a mile from here the way we have to go." As be spoke he cut the rawhide lariat that bound t h e Surgeou Scout so secure l y and aide d him to mount, for the res cued pris on e r was b e nt1mbed from tbe bonds that had been drawn so t ight. Throwi11g a few of the Indi ans traps upon t)Je q1p tured pou y, B uffalo Bill leaped upo n bi s b ack aud Jed the way o ut of the can y on at a gallo p Along the cliff they rode for a quarter of a niile u11ti1 they found a trail leadiug u p into the hills which they turned into just as the Indians uttered a series of wild cries a nd b ega n to cro s s the ri ve r. ''The y have be en re-euforc e d, Bill. "You think so, Doc, but I b e li e v e they know the y !Jaye di sc o vere d tlJe w eakness of th e r es cuing party and are c o min g b a c k t o atta c k us." ' No, for the r e i s n o we akuess i u the r esc u ing party Bill as I ha v e g ood r ea s o n to know. No, they had anothe r band o f h alf a hundred whic h retreated by the v alle y trail a nd were to join the m here, for that I h eard the m arrange .'' ''You are ri ght, Frauk, for there a re a large num l er of horses coming across the stream to make all that noise We must ri d e for it now a11d reach my horse after which we can dodge them i f they do not crowd u s too close," and BL1ffalo Bill l e d the wa y to the spot where he had left his horse the Surgeon Scout following clo s e a t his heel s and warming up after bis h aving been so long tied and helpless Buffalo Bill saw that Smgeon Powell found it no easy task to remain in the saddle. His feet were almost lifele s s from the tight bonds that were upon them, a11d his hands were in a like condition. Then, too, with no covering, and lying upon the damp ground, the doctor had become chilled through to the bone. But the movement of bis hors e warmed him by degre es and be was feeling better by the time the scout reached his horse. Dismounting, Buffalo Bill took the extra weight upan bis own and Surgeon Powell's horse, and, with bis lariat bound it upon the Indian pony, which was a jjne animal and woula save tbe two larg.e horses in the race for life, \\ bich both men knew now it must \:le, as there wa s one means of escape onlr, and that along tbe top of the ridge. The India ns wer e heard pressing on, seeming to the country well apd aware of the fact that they had been cleverly outwitted aud run off by but oi1e wan. Their yells and the cLatjier ,of hoofs told Bill that the otber band, wliich Suraeon Powell hac) s;aid was balf a hundred strong, bad joined those who had }Jad the prisoner in charge. The ridge a rough one, aud lJ.ard to make good time o v er, whil e it ran that wa y for several miles.

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1'HE BU ff ALO BlLL STORIES. Tl1eu came a steep descent to the prairie land beyond, in descending the scout knew was their danger, a s tbe r edskins wou!d be able to fire down upon them a t s11ort range. Could they ha v e gained the prairie far ahead of the Indians they knew that they could have eluded them; but, within sight of the redskins tliey would be hard pressed. "I am not able to handle a we a po1' yet, Bill, so you will have to do the fighting while I help you with the rum1ing said the Surgeon Scout, as they went alon g as rapidly as the nature of the ground would permit. "All right, Frank, when we reach the end of the ridge, if they press u s I will let you go ahead with the horses while I give them a check, for I can descend faster on foot. ' ''No, you will go down with me, for I will not lea v e yoi, and beside s ther e are too many of them for you to check even for a minute. Were they but the s mall for ce t)lat had me a pri soner we both might m ake a s t and and with success." I g ue s s y ou are right, Frank. W e mus t rnu for it as our only hope 'fhey pns hed steadily on but were m os t cautious, a s tbey did not know the p itfalls in their w a y 1'he Surge on Scout had been o ver the trail with hi s captors e arly in the afternoon but Buffalo Bill had not be e n and the doct o r warn e d h i m that the way was a d angerou s one, full of holes whi c h m iglit throw their horses and cripple them aud perha p s bnrt the rid e rs seriously. The Indians evidently were better used to the trail, for they came on more rapidly, and their ponies got over the rough ground with greater ease than did the two large horses of the pardt>. S o the flight continued until at la s t the end of the ridge was reached and tlie des cent began It was a ride of a half mile down the hill, in a zig-zag course, and the scouts were but half "'way down when tbe Indians appeared upon the trail above. 'fbey saw, by the starlight, the two men going do w n the hill and with wild yells sent a showe r of arrows a fter them, while they also began to de s cend, di smounting and leading their ponies. The arrows flew about the two friends with ominou s wijirring sound and struck the rocky path with a sound like the pattering of huge drops of rain 'I'll remind them that we are at lea s t around,' said Buffalo Bill, who had reloaded bis weapons and Surgeon Powell added : "And soon I hope my hands will be able to gras p a weapon." "Yes, for I brought your rifle and revolvers, which the redskins left in camp when they fled. As he spoke Buffalo Bill turned in bis saddle and sent a do z en shots from bis Winchester repeating rifle rattling back up the hill at the savage. A pony fell and there were savage cdes from the Indians, which told that one at least of the shots had taken effect upon a brave as well as a horse, though fired almost at random. Then the return fire came, and once more the arrows rattled about the fugitives, while accompanying _them were half-a-dozen bullets from those of the Indians possess ed firearms. The two scouts pressed on in silence, after the return fire of the redskins, devoting their every energy to the de scent of the dangerous hill. On came the Indians, all of them leading their ponies and enabled, by their knowledge of the trail, to cut off here and there a few rods. At last the level land wa s reached, the horses were urge d into a gallop, and rapidly they drew away from the Indians. ''Had that hill dragged out a coupl e of hundred yards further, Bill, it would ha v e been a figbt to the d eath. ' "It certainly would have been Doc But we are all right n o w." ' Ye s, I guess so,'' and the two horse s and Indian pon)' w e re pres s e d on more rapidly. ''The p o n y do e s not keep up well, Bill, said Frank Powell, as the Indian horse dragged heavil y back t1pon his lead line. ''No, and for a reason.'' ' A h! he i s wound e d, the n?" ''Yes, one of those arrows plugged him." ''Too bad, but w e can do without him if he drops out, for the Indians will not follow us far over the prairie." ''No, I think not, and I sincerely hope so for I got it as well as the pony, Frank." ' You wounded, Bill ? crie d the surge on, in alarm. "Yes, s l ightly in my arm, but it is bleeding freely. ''We must look to this as soon as w e dare halt." "We will press on for a while yet, Frank, and I'll stand it unless I f eel I am getting w e ak," cooll y said Buffalo Bill. S o 011 they rode for half a mile furthe r wh e n the Jn dian pony began to sway badl y and it wa s decided to halt and take the traps from off bis back. The hands of the Surgeon Scout were now regaining their usefulness a n d sb he aided in stripping the pony, which went d o wn the moment they halted. "Bill.'' ''Yes, Doc. 'They have giv en up the cba ye."

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THE BUFFALO BILL STORIES. 7 "You are right," said Buffalo Bill, giving a glauce :. back 9ver the pra"irie, where th.e Indians c.puld be seen going toward the ridge once more. Tbe Surgeon Scout then turned his atte11tion to the wound of Buffalo Bill, t'ying around the arm hi s handkerchief to prevent the flow of blood, for it was bleedwg freely. Riding on once more for a couple of mil es they came to a timber motte, where there was a spring, and here they halted, the first duty of the surgeon being to look after his wotlnded comrade. ''I must haYe a light, Bill, so if we build a fire and they see it, we can get away before they come. The. will have a rest, water, aud a few mouthfuls of grass.'' The scout at once set to work at once to build a fire, and the surgeon took from his saddle-pocket the case of instruments, with lint, bandages and arnica that he never went without, and which the Indians had uot robbed him of wllen they captured him. The scout had a bri ght fire burning in a few minutes and throwing off h1s hunting coat he bared !Jis arm for surgeon to examine the wound. "'fhe arrow was not poisoned, fortunately, Bill, _or there would already have been inflammation. It ran in to the bone, but will not be serious, I think," and the surgeon probed the wound, Buffalo Bill staudiug the pain without a word. ,.. Theo the wound was dressed, bandaged, and in twenty -minutes the two were ready to mount and continue on their way They were just. in time, too, as the Iudiaus from the hill having s een the fire qime to the conclusion that the scouts SUJi>pQsed they--had given Up the chase, s o bad into eaipp . Frank," said Bill, pointing to a dark mass off on the prairie. "Yes, they have halte d their ponies there, wbi -le they are creeping up on us. As we are ready to go now, I'll drop a few shot s out upou the prnirie, a bout where I think foey are, merely to show them we are not such .fools as they take us for." As the Surgeon Scout spoke he raised bis rifle to his shoulder, leveled it at :::ibout where lie s11pposed there were redskins creeping toward the little clump of timber, and then he fired halfa-dozen s hots in qi.1ick suc cession. Wild yells answered the shots, and be knew the bul lets had hit near, if they had done no damage. Then the two mounted and dashed out of the timber at a gallop, followed by the wild yells of the foiled savagee. CHAPTER III. THE SURGEON SCOUT'S l\{I,SSION. \vith the rest they had had the two-horses of-the scouts went along at a sweeping gallop ai1d -kept 1.1p a quick pace for half-a-dozen miles, when they came to a stream, the banks of which were heavily fringed with trees. Crossing at a buffalo trail, the pards turned 11p the stream and held on for half an bour, when tbey came into some hill land where there were wood and water in plenty. Seeking a camping-place which they both kue\\'. well, the friends s o on had their hotses staked out near, wl1ere the grass was plentiful and then a fire was built and they bad supper, for both men were hungry. They had built a fire in a ravine where it could not be seen a short distance away, and when supper had been disposed of they lay down to rest, very sure that the redskins would not dare follow them beyond the river, if they did that far, for the fort was too near. for them to venture with a sma ll force. 'fhe was 1rising when they awoke, and bo,th horse!! were greatly refreshed by their rest of several -hours' sleep and food. After a hasty breakfast, they continued. on their way once more, the surgeon having again dressed Buffalo Bill s wounded arm, which was painful, but not serious, both were glad to discover. As they a.way over the prairies at a steady pace, for there was n o cause of hurry now Buffalo :BiII sa,id ''Doc, how was it the reds happened to pick up so sly an old plainsman as you are?' ''I'll tell you, Bill, after I make known to you that you sprely sa\'ed my for those red devils in .tended taking me to t.11eir viflage there_ me to death. But it is getting to be an old story, your saving my life yet still I thank you, Bill, from the bottom of my heart." ''Don't speak of thanks, Frank, for i understand all that, and honors are easy between us, I guess, for you have sav ed me from death time and again. Now, how did the redskins catch you?" "In tbe simplest way in the world. My horse got away from me and I followed him ou foot uutiI I Wnt into camp and slert so itotmqly that I did not ev e n waken up until kicked by au Indian." .'Ah!" "It was to see a dozen redskins about me, a\ld half awake I opened fire." "Well?" ''It was a hard fight but they downed me, Bill, and so took me them, and I found that they picked

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THE BUFFALO BILL STORIES. up"my ruua,:Vay horsti; a1so. As I ,had killed a collple of tl.Je1ri they were bent on taking me to their village alive, for fear there might be cavalry in pursuit, sent me oue way with the band you SC'ared off while the others went in another direction to meet on the river." 1 When was this?" "Yesterday." I, where?" "Over near the river." 1'\Vhat were you doiug so far away, Frank?" ''I was 011 your trail, Bill." '.' Miue ?" ''Yes, the colm1el said you bad gone off alone on a trail, the n.a Hire .,of. which he could not guess, and so, as you did not return in a conple of days, I asked pen11is sion to bunt you up.'' ''Just like you, Frauk." ''Oh, yes, and I found yqu, too, BiU, or, rather, you found me." "That is tru. e, and awful glad am I that I did. Now, Frauk. bow is it that none of the scouts knew this band of sixty warriors were near the fort?" ''They doubtless followed our scouting party in, for I v.-as away, you know, when you left, and the men were n .ot expecting a raid from them.'' "Which shows that we must be eve r on the w'atch cut here." 1 "True. But do you give an account of yourself, Billy, for I aru anxions to know where you have been?" "I'li tell you for I have some work for you to do." "What is it, and when to be done?" 'It is for you to guide a troop to Death Valley.'' '' \Vbat?" "I mean it." "Why, no one goes there, as it is considered certain death to do so." '' 'rrue, Frank, but I have been there, and yet I can not return, as I would wish to do; but you cnn go, and I wish you to guide a troop there.'' "'I don't know the country, BilL" ''No one seems to, yet I will post you, for I kuow it pretty well, and I have maps I bave drawn for you. ''I'll go.' was tile firm response of th e Surgeon Scout. '"Well, Frank, as you got into trouble in looking m e up, I do uot see but that it cancels all gratitl1cle you may feel to me for getting you out of it. "But do you kuow it was a mighty close call," said Buffalo Bill and the two pards continued on their way. ''I know that it was a very clos e call, Bill, and a dar attack like yours only saved me. ''No, not that, for I mean that it was by the merest accident that I saw yo11r carnpfi1e in the canyon. Had I been fifty feet one way or tbe other off the trail I was foHmving, I would not bave seen the fire, for I lost it almost as soon as sighted, and I had to ride back and fook it up. If it bad not be e n for the glimpse of the fire I would have ridden right upon the Indian guards over those prairies, for I did uot expect to find redskins in that neighborhood." "Yon were in luck, and I doubly so." "Well, 1t was luck, and no mistake. Btit now tell me wpy you were on my tra il, Doc? You s ee the colon e l had an idea th::i.t you were off ou some very dangerous mission, from what be t0ld me, as he said you had kept so quiet about it. 'He asked me if I had any idea where you bad gone, aud as I had not, I felt the best thing I could do was. to strike your trail and see if you did not need help." "Just like you, Pard Frank." "But it wasn't like me to get captured, eh?" "No, though I can uuderstand it more thoroughly uow, as I have been cauglit in tbe same way. But you are ready to act as gllide, you to a troop of cava!iy into Death Valley? "I am, though, as I said, I never have been there." "Well, I suppose that few others bad been." "And you went into the Valley of Death, Bill?" and came very near staying there." ''You went alone ? ''Oh, yes, but I bad more company than I cared for after I got there.'' ''Well, what do you wish me to do?" ' I ha Y e, a s I said, a map of the. valley, its passes aud trails, with distances and all I was able to discov<&r while there. I made notes of it and drew my map at my halt on my way back, so that yott will have a fa)r idea of what to do." ''And not to do?'' ''Yes. But witli all my explanations, when you heard my story I feel that you will be able to accomplish what I was unable to do." "I wiil try, Bill." ''Aud trying with y ou Frauk, meaus success." ''But there are people in the valley you say?" ''Well, I shoul d think so, a settlement of them.'' "Indeed? I never beard of this, though I have beard that several bauds of settlers who went there were 1irns. sacred by the Indians, died of starvation, or were krl1M by tbe poisonous vapors the place is reported full of, a:; well as the waters, which men say are also fatal to any one who drinks of them." "Frank, I have heard all this, too, and for a lorig whil e It is common talk about t!Je camps. But keep the secret when I tell you that it is all nonsense about poisonous vapors and waters. The Indians have mas acred people going tbere, perhaps after they got there, aud trains have died of hunger and thirst upon t11e d esert. But s ome p eople have gotten there.and are tliriYing, for I beard of some thirty, and there may b e more." 'Settlers?'' "Heaven only knows what they are, doctor. But there is a woman amoug them, and a handsome girl she is. That girl must be protected and set free when y'bu capture the outfit, along with oue whom s he will tell you uf, a m a n who befriended me." .\JI right, Bill." "The re i s ane othe r to look aft e r b11t wuo o r w b a t be is I did not know. I found hi1il h anging to a tree, nearly d ead ,A:mt Cl1t him dow11, and brought h i m round, hut could learn 11othing about him. ''I tell yol1, Frauk, that the De ath \alley i s full of the weirdest mysteries of any place it was ever my mi s fortune to run upon." "We nmst solve the secret, then, Bill," was the Surgeon Scouts earnest reply. With011t furtbe;a dventure, Buffalo Bill arrived q.t the fort with Surge on Frank Powell, and they at once

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THE BUFF ALO BI L L STORIES. 9 to report to Colon e l J\Ierriam, the commandant of the outpost, situated so far upon the frontier and in the tniqst .of deadliest dangers. They .were at once admitted and most warmly welcc;m1ed, for Dr. Powell was one of tbe most popular officers at the post, and his skill as a scout was so well known that he was often allowed to divide his time be scouting and surgery, for he had good assistants to leave iu the medical department wl;.en he was absent. The colonel had often told him that he should have been a scout, and then added: : 1\o, that would not have done, either, for we would have lost one of the best medical men and surgeons in our seniee. "Your talents are ven1 equally divided, Powell." When tbe two frontier pards entered the quarters the colonel called ot1l: ''Ho, Powell, rn you found Cody, did you)'' "No, colonel, Cody found me, for I was captured by Indiaus, and Cody rescued me.'' ''A turn about is fair play, hut do yon mean it?" "Yes, sir, for I was caught asleep, having worn my out chasing rny nmaway horse. In the scuffie ite\1eral redskins took the trail for the happy hllnting g;rnun
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10 . THE BUFFALO BILL STORIES. I am,sure_that will he satisfi e d with the tesult, and n1ystery of Deiath \'alley will uo longer be a hidden dread to all." "All right, Cody, I shall be n1ost happy to avail myself of Stlrgeon Powell's valuable services again !is a scout, and he is at liberty to the troop and sco\lts he cares to have accompany him." "I thank you, Colouel Merrianl, and I will ask for Col9uel Wade's troop, while Cody can detail what scouts he deems best to accom pti 11 y rn e.'' "Then Captain \Vade's troop goes, Powell, so now name your scot1ts, Cody." ''I would suggest A lieu Huntiugtorrl sir, and his squad of four, for they are just the men for the work." 'l'lie adjutant wrote. clown the names, and Buffalo BiH continued: ''Permit me also to suggest, colonel, that you send four ambulances instead of wago11s and with casks to carry water f01 both men and auimals, \Vith a bountiful supply of provisious, for they are to go to the best country to die of hunger and thirst I ever saw." The acljt1tant again made notes, and the colonel asked: 'W 11): 1 tot army wagon:>?'' "Metause sir, the ambulauces with four mules cnu make double the time that the wagous can.'' "You are rij$ht. How long will the expedition last?" 'I would put it down, sir, for all of two weeks, as their stay there may necessary for some da)s." ''You think a whole troop necessary?'' ''I would thihk so, sir, and a piece of light artillery, as well, for they are to come and go through an Indiau and the fact that Smgeon Powell found redskins. so near the fort and \\'e discovered their trails much nearer, would i::idicate that they are moving and in an ugly mood." ''All right,. Bt1ffalo Bill, a full troop and a light g1111 will go, and with \\'acle in comma11d and Surgeon Powell as guide, I already predict perfect success for the expedition. Adjutant, notify Captain "ade of the duty be fore him, and Lieutenant Fenton to go with a gun, all to be ready to start at dawn to-morrow." and after a few minutes :iore 9f C;onversation with Buffalo Bill upon the subjf':ct, Colonel Merrfam the two scouting pards good-night, apd they retired to the.ir quarters for mnchneeded rest. The Surgeon Scout was well rested by his night in his owu quarters, and reported on horseback to Ca.ptaiu Wade, who had his troops ready by dawn for the start. A gun and a dozen artillerymen under Lieutenant Feuton '';ere. also ready, and Al Huntington and his four scoufo had reporfed for duty at an early hour. Buffalo Bili had breakfast witll Surgeon Powell, and the two had again gone over'all of the particulars whicl1 the scout had jotted down for the use of his f iend. "Remember, Frank," the scout had said, 'you must be sure and fill every canteen and barrel with water when you cross the stream where the Indians had you a prisoner, for both men and horses will sadly it. "Approach the valley night and ca1np uear the pass i;nere you are to enter .and whkh .I have 111arkec1. "From .. there you s eua a. forc e of hal1-a-doze11 soldiers with a scout, to each one of the pas ses, and lea\'e your am bt1lance and gtrn under a guard at the main en trance to the valley. ''When dawn corn es, lead Wade his at tacking force at a swlff pace ibto \1alley1 folltjNi?g the trails I have marked lltHl then act as y6lti daE!In !test, fot it is there tliat you will lrnve to faee the foes yii>u find. If you need aid yout squaas at the pas!les, With the g11n, cail easily be brought up, btlt I thought that there are over thirty-five or forty men 11.1 the valley', and Captain Wade's troop nulilbers seventy, not counting Liente11ant Fenton and his dozen men and Al H .uut inglon and his four scouts." 'es, ottr fdfre 1111mbers nit1ety-three me11 all told, Bill, so ha,'.e rear of our bei11g worsted if we meet double olh_. 1H11ilbh ju the valley, or i11 redskins," said the Sui-geon Scoht. "I only wish I could be along, bitt under the pledge I made I am ruled 011t. B11t luck lo yoll, and remember, I hope for yom .speedy return, and that 110 harm will b e fall those i haye sp_oken to you of." "I will look out for them, Bill," and just tlieu Cap-tain Wade rode up and said: ''Cody, can yon glve me any idea of what we are to meet?" ''I believe, sir, outlaws only, but I dir1 not discover enough to say just what you will haye to encounter.'' "\\'hat ontlaws_are doing in a land where there is no one for them to prey upon, I cannot understand," the captain said. Nor can I, sir. That is one of the mysteries of Death \'alley." "Well, Cody, you may expect a grand report of us, whether w e encouuter spo oks, gobli11s-yes, all the daug ers that haunt Death \"alley by all a ccounts," said Cap tai11 Wade, with a smile and '''ave of the hand as he rode away to take the head of J1is command. Buffalo Bill felt .deepest regret that 'he was debarred from goiug, and stood by the stockade gate gazing after the command a.sit moved away until a voice at his side said: 'It almost breaks your heart, Cody, to see them go without you." Turniug, he beheld Colonel Merriah1 by his sick, and salt1ting, he responded: "Yes, sir, it is hard to remain behind." ''You are noi: really able to go. for Surgeon Pmyell said your wound bad an ugly look this morning, and so mnst be looked to. ''Report yourse lf on sick leave, and take care of Y01trself. '' 'Thank you, sir." 'Le t me hear your story, for something tells me it is an interesting one." think so, colouel, and you shall be the judge." ''What put yon in the idea of going there to D 'eath Valley?" 'The rnai1y wonderfnl stories I have heard of the val ley, sir." '\'es, a c co .rding to 1:eport it has the name of being a Wonderland <>f .Mystery.". : ) be'at'cl _,scouts, troo_pers, ,hunters and eyeil In-; clians tefl of tlie valley, sir, and there is uo doubt hht that several emigraut trains that pushed that far i1]foi t'i1e wile.ls w e re never heard of more; but tlie gra\,es I Saw

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THE BUffALO BILL STORIES. 11 there show that they met the fate it is reported they did." "You saw graves there then?" "Yes, sir, in one valley, a number of them, and from close obs ervation I would say that there are others there that I did not see." ''This would imply that the trains of emigrants reached the valley?'' ''Yes, sir, and d i d not p erish upon the desert as sup-p 0 sed. '' "But died of hunger after reaching there' " I do not think so, colonel." ''Ah! what then?" ''In that vall ey sir, is game in abundance, and of all kinds There are .some buffalo, elk, antelope, deer and smaller game, with wild turkeys and ducks, so they could not .starve.'' '' Bnt the water?" "Is pttre and of the best." "The climate?" "I should say was delightful, sir. "Your opinion is, then, that those who went to the valley met a tragic end?" "Ves, sir ., 'Massacred by Indians?" "That is the question, Colonel Merriam, but I saw 110 Indians there or iu the vicinitv." "You saw no traces of them?" 'Not near Dea th Valley, sir, and I believe the Indians all avoid the valley as the abode of evil spirits." "That means that the emigrants met their fate at the hands of others than Indians?'' ''I do not assert this to be a fact, sir, but I hope that Captain Wade's expedition will give us the truth about the weird place.'' ''I trust so.'' "The fact tliat there are outlaws the re, sir, bothers me, wbeu we take it into consideration that they have 1;10 one to kill and rob within a day's journey of the valley." ":'.\fay it not be their retreat after having committed their lawless acts?'' "But where do they operate, sir?" "That is the tJUestion, Cody." ''Then, sir, there is 110 trail to and from the valley." "Yon uoted this?" "I did, sir, for I went in a semicircle on the side where it could be approached, and, excepting the trail which the emigrants must have made in goiug there, I sa .;\" no sign of any that had be e n lately traveled." "And to the u orth ? ' There are rnountains there through which 110 trail could be made, sir." '''l'he more you of this Death Valley, Cody, the more you mystify me.'' "You are right, sir, for the more mystified I am." ''You are sure there are uwellers there?" ' I am, sir.' ''You saw them?'' "I wa s their prispner, sir. Soon after I entered tlle valley I fom1d a man hanging to a tree, as I thought, dead. I cut him do'i\u, found him alive and brought bim round. I left bim to get help, but was captured and told by the men who bad captured me that I must die. I was blindfolded and led into some of their retreats, l)ut was set free that night by a girl who refused to tell rue anything about herself. I started to look for the ma I had left, but found that he had disappeared: Then I again fell into the hands of the inhabitants of the valley, was blindfolded and led into a cave, dark as night and evidently a sort of graveyard for the people who enter tl.ie valley and are killed. ''I was to die, but that night the man who appeared to be a leader of the band, visited me and said he wQ.uld set me free if I swore never to reveal what I bad seen there. l was ready to take the oath, but I was saved tile troub'.e by the girl. She had slipped beside me in the pitch darkness of'the ca\'ern and took the oath for me, disguising her voice, :so you see I am by no oath. Then I wa s set free again, although things were fixed so that it would look as though I escaped myself. I am bound by no oath, thanks to t!Je girl, but l promised her not to return into the valley for six months. ''I was blindfolded most of the time, but I caught sight of the leader of the band, an cl I know another of them, a fellow called Captain Talbot, for I captured him on my way ont, but was forced to set them free by my girl guide." It was with the deepest iulcrest .that Buffalo BHI:s story of his scouting in the Valley of Death was listened t o by Colonel Merriam. 'l'he scout had told his adventure in the modest wav natural to him, and the colonel felt that every word he uttered was perfectly true. At last he said: '.'Cody, I am more mystified than you are about those strange happenings in a valley we all deemed uninhabited. I am very glad that Surgeon Powell has gone to guide Captain Wade there, and trnst good may come of it, for we must know who those dwellers there are." ' Yes, sir, and I believe the surgeon and Captain Wade will find out." ''Yon can not guess who the man was whom you befriended?'' 'No, sir; though I did feel tbat somewhere I bad seen him before.'' ''He was an educated man?'' "Yes, sir." "And would not state why he had been hangt!d ?" ''No, sir, he gave no reasons." 'But msyteriously disappear.ed when you left him in the canyon ?" ''Yes, sir." "Taken away by his old foes, I suppose?" No, sir, it did not strike me that be had been." "Then he was not paralzyed as you supposed?" "He was suffering, sir, I am sure; but if he left the canyon of his own accord he got better very soon after my departure, or be was feigning to be much worse th;n he was in order to give me the slip." ''But where could he go?'' ''I do uot know." 'He had no weapons and no provisions?" "He had a revoher I left with him and the food." ''It is remarkable indeed. But, Cody?" ' Yes, sir.'' ''Let me tell you a story of an affair that l;iappeaed some time ago, and which comei back to me now

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12 T H E B U ff A LO BILL STORl r:S. from the fact that you speak of the fate of \he wagon trains that penetrated to the Death Valley. It's the story of a paymaster named Talbot Turpin." "Yes, colonel, I shall be glad to hear the story." "You say you saw this outlaw chief?" ''Yes, sir, a man of stril,ing appearance, splendidly formed, with a courtly manner, yet a \ illain throughout, I certain." 'There was another known as Talbot, you say?'' "They called him Captain Talbot, sir, and he was a lieutenant to the chief, I take it." '\Veil, I wish to tell you that which you may have heard of, about Paymaster Talbot Turpin." ''I ha ,.e beard that a paymaster by that name, sir, was held up by road-agents, killed and rohbed of a large sum of Government money, when he was on his way to pay the troops." "Well, Co d y the truth is, Paymaster Talbot Turpin was not kille d " ot killed, sir?' asked the scout, with surprise. ?ii 0." 'It is so believed sir.' "By all but a few, yes." ''He was robbed by road -agents, it was said, of forty thousand dollars .'' "1 o, he was 11ot ru b bed, the few who know say but he robbed himself." 'Robbed hims elf 1:>ir ?'' "The story i s Buffalo Bill that h e was out in his accounts a thousand o r two, and arranged a plot by which he would be held up and robbed on the way. ' "Yes, sir. "He hired three men to do the holding up, and he was to have it pass off without bloodshed. But they the driver and a guard, and then demanded that be turn over the whole of the money to them or they w9uld inform on him at headquarters. In despair, be at once went with them, isharing the money he had belonging to the Government, and it was that he also was killed, and his body, with the others, thrown into the Such is the story, Buffalo Bill, though I never believed that Turpin had gone \Vrong; but now it is known, as I said, by a very fow, tl1at he w::is recog nized as one of a band of road-agents-in fact, was their cbief--:-and his fie!d of operations was down on the Over land Trails, so when you of the man who captured you in Death Valley being called Captain Talpot, I at once connected him with the fugitive paymaster." "It may be, sir." "Talbot was the paymaster' s Christian name, and his rank was that of captain.'' "\\'hat kind of a looking ruan was he, sir? Th.e colonel described him and Buffalo Bill said, earuesth: Th t outlaw, Talbot, col o nel, is the missing paymaster, then.'' CHAPTER V. THE SEJ\.HCH. The expedition to Death Valley was led by the Sur geon Scot unerringly, and by rapid marches notil t .he deseft lauds were rt!ached, and then a halt wa s for a 1;1igbt aud part of a
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ifttE BU ff BILL STORIES. 13 'rben the animal ran for the meadow and were soon cropping the long grass that grew there in abundance. The men. ate a cold &upper, blankets wei;e spread, and, the sentiuels being posted, all the rest lay down to get the n:st they greatly needed. There was cousiderable anxiety shown by the n,1en at being jn the Valley of Death, o.nd a superstitious dread :filled the heart of many of the soldiers, after all tbe stories they had of the place. But the morning dawnecl brigntly, the sun peered over the mountain tops, and a scene of rare beauty met every eye. It was like a beautiful mirage, s o common in that country, with the ranges of mountai 1 the lovely valley, trees, green grass, flowing streams, and all around a most tempting scene. But a cold breakfast was eaten, as they did not 'IVish to betray their presence by the smoke of a fire, and then the earch was begun for the mysterious dwellers in Death Valle>'. F(ank Po'IVell recalled that Buffalo Bill had peen blind folded after being inade a prisoner by the outlaws, so he coi.1ld only gqess at localities and directions he had gone over under the guidance of his foes. His map was thorough. as far as it went, aud the Surgeon Scout recognized its bearings as he glanced about him in the yalley. 'This is the spot where Buffalo Bill found that man haugiug,'' he said, consulting his map and directions. The comma11d had been refreshed and rested by their iu the valloy after the long and severe p11ll across the desert, and so all were ready for the start. Captain Wade consulted wlth Surgeon Powell and Lieutenant Fenton, and it was decided that their officer gulde should go some 011 ahead, accompanied by the scouts, and t\Je two cavalry lieutenants of the troop shoulcl have squads of flankers, keeping along with the command on either side. The main force, under Captain Wade, with the artillery and ambulances. should keep in the center of the \'alley, ready for service when needed at any point. So the start was made, and with ample time ahead, Surgeon Powell, following the map trails, went to the canyon where was the old buryiug-ground, and which l1ad been the camping-place of Buffalo Bill and the un known 'IVhom he had reiocued from h::inging. A short search was made, and the two campfire;:; seen then tlw graves, but 11othi11g else. Pushing 011 ahead, the scouts moved along the valley slowly, examining the canyons, vales, nnd timber as they marched, but without seeing anything that looked suspicious. Game in plenty wai; seen, aud the men were greatly tempted to kill some, btJt were prevented by the stern discipline ruli11g over all. Tbe cliff where Buffalo Bill had bee)J i11 ambush, and where he had captured Talbot, wa.s r1assed and beyond was the hill which the Girl Guide had climbed to the bridge. 0 and ou went the Surgeon Scout, until he came to a great cbar;HD in the hills. His well-trained eye saw traces of human presence there iu t!Je past, bnt that as all, for no oue was \1isi ble anywhere. Back to the valley be went again. It was noon now, but the command would not halt. They must push on and see what was to l;>e ot,nd in the valley. The truthfulness of Buffalo Bill's map was revealed. 'But for Bill's we might have goue thus far and never suspected that there was other than game in this valley," said Frank Powell to Captain Wade. "That is so, Powell. What does it mean?" asked the captain. ''It means that those who dwell here have expected visitors and prepared fqr it, by trying to have the valley appear uni.nhab1ted." ''Well, if there are any people in the valley we must find them.'' ''We must, sir," was Frank Powell's firm rejoinder. So 011 they pushed once more until the valley spread off into half a dozen smaller and pretty parks or vales. 'I'here '\Vere hills, heavy timber lauds, crystal streams, cataracts falling over rocky crags, and everywhere scenes of beauty. The command went into camp here, and up eacb one of the five little valleys a squad of cavalry was cli,,;. patched. It was night when they returned, not one of tba officers in charge could report making any discovery. In a lonely camping-place the comr11ai;1d passed the night, and early the next morning the force was qivided and again invi;i.ded the snrnll valleys. But with the night they returned to make the same report: ''There is not a human being or sign of habitatiQn in the \ all e y. But unwilling to give up, S11rgeon Powell urged C'aptain Wade to remain until every inch of the valley QOlllC\ be explored, if it took a month to do the work. CHAPTE;R VI. WHEE.E DUTY CALLED. '"Well, Cody, what do you think of the long stay of \Vade's command?'' So asked Colonel Merriam one morning thti third week was going by and 110 tidings had come in of the party sent out under the guidance of Frank Powell to reaGb the Valley of Death. "Candidly, Merriam, I am becoming anxious al'>out them," '\Vas the scoqfs reply. 'Then I had better send a force out to look them ttp? 'No, colonel not )et, for the trip is I\ long and dangerous one, and they ma,y have beeu detained in the vallev from various reasons. Then, too, Captain Wade is a most able commander, a114 you know what Powell is, while the force is too large to be overwhelmed by Indians." "I think yon are right, Cody, yet I am anxious at their overstay of time." "If they do not come in by to-morrow, sir, I wUI tu!,;e their trail."

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l"HE BU ff ALO BILL STORIES. "Are you able to do so, for you have bad a bard time wi _th your ')'OUlld ?'' "Ob1 yes, sir, it is not painful now, and I am all right.' ''Weil, you can go, if they do not send us some word by to-1110rrow night." "Tliank you, sir." ''Aud if .you do not put in au appearance in a few days I shall march at the head of my whole command to Death Valley 1 the colonel saiward it was marching a long file of horsemen. 'l'hey were Indiau braves, and the line was stretched out for miles. The line curved around the hill, then extended back over the prairi? and the end of it was far up the stream. The horses of the Indians moved along as though they were jaded by a hard ride. 1 Bnffalo Bill was amazed, and he carefully took in tbe situation, while he rau his eyes rapidly over the numbers. ''They are on the warpath, and there are half a thousand of them if there is one. Yes, I think I understand their game. They have discovered Captain Wade1s com-

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' THE BUFFALO BILL STORIES. I mand upo11 the "tt?t\1rn march, and they have flanked mi1es around. to get ahead-of him aod lie in ambush at Qf coun;e1 a\' e n Povwll will not.expec t a bs:htl : of l'ediilltins astweeu the m and the fort, and they tvin run rig-ht i-nto .thtt trQp. Caugbt tlrns, and with su121.1. a -agfiim>t them, o( five tu one, the soldiers may get into a panic, and the resnlt will be a massacre. V
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1 3 THE BUFFALO BILL STORIES. 'hts comrirdes might be saved by self-sacrifice upon .. his part. -oon came and passed, but there was no noonday halt, nor food for the scout or his horse. Afar off on bis right were the mountains, and this side of hj.m was a low range of hills, marking the other shore of the river. There, at a gap in hills, the scout knew there were half a thousand redskins lying in ambush. Far ahead rose the blue range that marked the environs of the Death \'alley. Before him, mile afte r mile, stre tched the rnggeJot one Colonel M .erriam was more au:sious thau be cared to '' Xot even au Indian, sir?" admit about the long stay of the party sent to the y 3lley '' N'o. ' _,. of Death. ''Then there is a chance for you to se e five hundred He could not understand wlly they should remain of them to-morrow, sir." longer than a couple of weeks at furthest. 'Ahl where are they?'' And now be was anxious to have Buffalo Bill go alone "Lying in ambush, sir, at Last Crossing Ford." on the scout to look the missing party up. 'By Jupiter, but this is news and we are in luw to The next day, as bis fears increased be decided that be headed off by you Cody." h e could send a force out to look after b oth Buffa4> Bill ''I discovered them at daylight, sir, by my l!"rse auCl the command of Captain Wade. awakening me, and the force is five hundred, if Qot He would send a cavalry officer and a dozen men. mo r e. 'rhey have seen without doubt, for the)! ttad He had given the orde r to the officer he intended to I'idden hard through the night to get to the ford and send, to prepare to depa'it in the afternoon, and the.y head you off." were about to ride out of the stockade, when the seotinel ''Aud you came to war. n us?" ori. the looko11t reported a horse man coming far off on I sent a note to Colonel :\1erriam--" the plain. ''1-Iow?'' "By my pack horse sir." "Will he go to the fort?" "Straight, sir, and I believe is already there." "Was it Bill?" "Y : ''Then he is as lilure as Cleath. Colonel .Merriaril will Soon after he said that it was a horse witho11t a ride-r, and it was but a short wh11e before all eyes were turned upon an animal coming at a long, sweeping gallop directly toward the fort. 1 be came nearer it was s een that lie bad a bridle on and that the reins were tied to a ,circiagle. Then it could be seen that he was dripplni 11Rilth

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THE BUFFl\LO BILL 17 and balt.ing at .the stockade gate he was panting like a bard-run hound. A letter pinned to his bridle," sa.id a soldier, handing the paper to Colonel Merriam who bad come to the . The horse was as belonging to Buffalo Bill, and a cheer greeted the faithful .an. imal, who had been true as .steel to the work that had been put upon him to accomplish. ''Lead that horse away and giye him every attention," ordered Colonel Merriam, and he walked toward bis .quarters; -the letter in his hand. "Tbisis da.ted at five o'clock this n1orning, and it is now tweh-e, and Cody started him fifty miles from here. 1 ''Brave, ,goad horse,'' said Colon!')! :vler.riam, and a few moments after, having read the Jetter, be gave orders fo;: two troops of cavalry to start at once in light marching order for Blue 1'op "I wish you tq press on with all 'speed, Captain Cuu ningham, and rench the Blue Top Range by midnight, if possible. This will give you time for ,your scouts to acquaint you with the position, the hiding-place of the and how you can bead them off if they retreat. It will also give you a few hours' rest for Y.Otlr men and boxses before going into the fight, but spare 'neither man nor beast in getting there. I will read you Cody's letter, s9 that yon will fully understand the situation, and I will send a reserve force to follow you rapidly, with provisions, camp outfit, yes, and a couple of guns, so you need carry nothing more than absolutely necessary.'' Captain Cunuiugham liste11ed attentively, heard Buffalo Bill's letter read and said : -'I will get there iu time, Colonel .Merriam, if man and 11orse can do it. But '''ill you give me.half a dozen of Cody's scouts?" "Yes, certainly. Pick your men." ''Aud ab'out what force will the reserve be, sir, so I may know what to depend upon should we meet a larger number.than we expect the redskins to be?" ''Your fo.(ce will be a hundred strong, and I'll send a troop :mcl two gttns to s11pport yon." 'Thank you. sir, for with these and what \Vade bas, we should he able to 'Ship a very large body of redc;kin!". I am read v to start, sir, for my men are mountiug, I see.'1 "Then push ahead, Cunuingham, and good fortune attend vou.'' <;'aptain Cunningham went briskly out to where his froops had halted, mounted, and amid the cheers of the garrison the gallant Boys in Blue dashed out of the fort to the relief ?f their endangered comrades i n arms. Colonel Merriam watched their departure aud then Wf.llked down to the stables to see how the Dumb Mes" sei;ign along. 'He ruade a bard run of it, sir, but you see he's all rigllt," saidthe man who liad taken Scotit in charge. ''I am glad to hear it, Ben, for I would not have him go for ten times his value," and patting the horse affec:j:fonat.ely the colonel returned to his quarters, saying to himself: '' CUD!J-ir;igl!a.m ,will make the .fifty ttliles by midnight, tltough he jflst ten hours to do it in.'' Two hours after, the reserve force, with supplies, moved out of tl;le fort, the commanding officers haying orders to travel at a fair speed and push on through. the night to get to Blue Top Range early the next morning, The command of Captain Cunningham pushed ou bravely. Night came on and a horse dropped out dead beat. His rider remained with him. Then a soldier gave out utterly and was left with a comrade on the trail. The pace was a killing one for man and beast, and when the Blue Top Range loomed up ahead and near at hand, a dozen men and horses were strewn along the trail they had come over to await the coming up of the reserve force. Bul the determined commander never swerved in his purpose to reach the rescue point on time, and if li e left behind him half of his force he would carry out his orders. Larger and blacker loomed up the range ahead, and just at midnight the worn horses and weary men we1: e baited in the gap 'IV here they could be bidden until needed on the top of the hill where they could command a view of the scene of ambush the moment the daylight would permit them to do so. The posit. ion thev reached was not far from Buffa.lo Bill's camp of the i1ight before, and they gladly sought wliat rest they could get before daybreak, the captain al o ne remaining awake and on watch. It was just as the glimmer of light came that Captain Cunningham aroused the scouts, t!Je horses were sad dled, and every eye was strained to peer across the undulating land to the river. The water was soon seen in the distance, and yet nQt the sign of a redskin was visible npon the hills about the ford. 'l'hey were too wary to rno\e out of cover, if still there, until their prey got into their net. 'There they cpme," said Captain Cunningham, who b'.ld his field glasses to his eyes. He referred to the command of Captain Wade, which was seen across the stream coming over the plain to the forJ. They wer e a co11ple of miles yet from the ford, and apparently unconscions of auy danger threatening them there. ''::-.row, men, we will join our fighters," said Captain Cunningham to the scouts, and they led their horses clown the hill to where the troopers were in waiting. Breakfast. a cold one without coffee, for they dared not bnild a fire, was ready, and the few hours' rest had refreshed both men a n d horse s. As soon as they had taken their breakfast the troopers mounted and rode into position, just as one of the scouts who had remaine d longer on the hill came down and reported that Captain wade was almost up to the ford, while afar off coming to their aid, was the reserve force This cheering n e ws at onc<= had its effect upon the men and tliey were anxious to commence the battle. Leading his men to a position where, to go further, would expose' fhem to view, Captain Cunningham waited for the first signal of battle. That, if Buffalo Bill bad reached Captaiu Wade, be

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.... 18 THE BUFFALO BILL STORIES kn,ew .wotlld .be. a shof from 'the pi ece of attillery, and whkh would surely sfartle the Indians. Tht;!y bad uot long towait, though it seemetl so to beh?te there broke upon the still 1h0rni1lg ait the deep h{)"71. of. the six,pouncler, retureed alr.nost imtllediately by the bursting of the shell in the hills on their side of the river. Then came the rattle of small-arms, cheers, wild yells and the redskins were seen by the Hundreds tushing out of their places of hiding and running
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THE BUFFALO BILL STORIES. 19 The scout's face flushed but he bowed, making no reply. "Now, Surgeon Powell, I have heard from Captain! Wade of your expedition to the Valley of Death, and how much he owes to you for your services as guide and adviser." "Captain Wade is very kind, sir. I am sorry I was not able to do really some service, for our e xpeditiou was. I may s ay, a fruitles s one.'' 'Have you told Cody?'' ''No, sir, no more than that we were unsuc c es sful. W e were to talk it over to-night, sir." ''Then let m e hear your r eport, Surgeon Powell, that I may know the foll situation, having beard Wade's." ''Certainly, Colon e l Merriam." ''B egin at your e nt ra u ce t o the Death Valley please. "Well, colonel, in advancing upon tlie vall e y w e were expecting to run upon a guard and prepared to do so. But we saw no one and so continued down into the valley and camped. We saw tnat Cody had drawn a remarkably correct map, but ly to search for the sergeant and the two men who w er e with him." 1 ''Yes, a s I sa id, I had this report, b11t I wished to bear yours apart from his to see if. there might not b e s om e point that we might catch on to give us a clew to 1 the fate of those men." ''I must confe ss, Colon e l Merriam, that I am compl-:tely foiled." You searched the valley yourself, Powell ? " E a ch one in tnrn, sir." ''The re was no reason for the men to desert, for they w ere all good fellows. ' 'No whate ver sir, and why would men in their d e s ert in that region where nothing but d eath could await them?'' 'The sergeant was a man to be thoroughly relied upon eyen if the men w ere not, which was not the case. No, the men did not leave of their own free will, Dt. Powell.'' "I am sure that they did not." 'If killed you would have found some trace of them?'' "It would seem so, sir." ''Was there no way for them to lose their lives there?" ''Yes, sir, many ways, yet it conld hardly be that three m e n would walk over a precipice, into a pit, fall into a str e am, or be killed by falling rocks, one mi ght." ::-\o, it conld not be that a like accident would befall thre e m e11. Which way did they go upon leaving the camp?" ' We II, s ir, the men differed iu their stories, some sjlying they had seen the m start np one valley, some up another." "\'!,'ell, Cody, what is your opinion?" and Colonel Merriam turned to Buffalo Bill, who thus far had made no comment upon the strange disappearance of the three soldiers: ''I d o not lhi11k, sir, that an accident befell them." ''How about deserting their command?" "I a m s ure that they did not do that, sir, for they w e re all Americans as I r e call the sergeant and the two men, and they won id not desert." 'Then how do you account for their unaccountable disappearance, Cody?" aske d the col o nel, who had begun to f e el now that the scout had formed some opinion of the manne r in which the thr ee soldiers had disappeared in D eath \"alle y "I can see but on e wa y in wlrich to account for it, Col o nel Merriam." ''And that way, Cody?"

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20 THE BUFF l\LO BILL STORIES. "You know, sir, that I found in the valley a number of people?" ''Yes." ''I did not see where I was taken by my captors, and I was even blinc:lfolded by n1y n.iasc:ot, as I call@d the girl guide who saved my life." "I remember." "Now, I left thosn Powell?" asked Buffalo Bill. "No, on foot, for we gave the horses a rest the last three days we were there in the Y fdley." ''Then the sergeant and his two comrades happened upon the hiding-place of the outlaws.' ''And were made prisoners, Cody?' The colonel asked the question hopefully, yet iil doubt. ''I fear, sir, that if they fell into the hands of tbose outlaws iu the Valley of Death there was no inercy shown the m.'' "This i s terrible to contemplate, and this band of outlaws mus t b e run out of that valley if I have tq establish a pos t there," Colonel Merriam said, ternly. ''Colonel Merriam?'' Yes, Cody "I have a favor to a s k o f you sir." "My pledge for iii K rnol;!tbs, if you rem e mQer I told y ou. ''Ye s." "We\!, sir, I have kept a pretty ac:<,;wate account of t ile davs, and I have jotted down that five week$ hin e thus far gone. " Yes. ''N o w the exp e d ition in-to the valley makjpg no discovery thos e who
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THE BUFF ALO BILL STORIES. 21 CHAPTER IX HO! FOR DEATH 'l'he rnturn of the expedition under Captain Wade to Death Valley, without in ferreting out the mysteries of the plE1-ce, and the mQst uoaccauutable disappearance of three of the soldiers who were with the party. added still more to the superstitious dread felt by all. The soldiers talked it over among themselves:, and the scouts had their views tipon the subject. Others in the fort also discl1ssed the affair, and the result was that the expedition iuvading Death Valley but added more to its terrors. Buffalo Bill had little to say t1po11 the subject, slrnk ing his head ominously when questioned by auy one regarding his opinlon of the affair, for he wished to cater all he could to the dread of all for the Death \'alley. Ip pri,ate, he. however, talk\'!d the matter over with Stirgeon Powell. anq lie had made up his mind to go on a loue trail of discovery as soou as he could do so. 'Phere was an ugly feeling of the redski11s following their defeat which had been so disastrous, and though it made them cautious not to go so far from their it caused them to become more revengeful thau ever. They were prepared for trouble with their paleface foes and as scouting bands were prowling about the country, Buffalo Bi 11 and his company of scouts were kept con stantly on the alert. The reports brotight iu by Cody aud 11is scouts of the rno,ements of the Indians were the means of saving a supply train from capture, and a large gtiantity of Go,ernn1ent cattle from being run off. Se\eral times had the chief of scouts guided Captain \Yade and his troopers to catch an Indian band of raiders, until at last the redskins were compelled to retreat to their fortresses in tbe mountains and were glad to make oyertures to become friends with their paleface e11emies who brnt them at their o\1u games of warfare and cunning. 'o sooner had the Indians ceased lo gi,e trouble than Buffalo Bill decided lo carry out his plan t o again enter the \'alley of l.Jeath but this time wit h his borde r pard, Frauk Po\.vell. He fitted himself out for a couple of weeks' outing. carrying a pack-animal with him, aud se t out to make a circuit of !he \'alley of Death. His object was to find the nearest point to it where a cm;1pany of so ldiers could 20 into a secret camp and remain for a couple of \\eek& or more. He \Vent to the northward upon reaching t!Je river where the liattle had been fought with t lie "Indians. and followed the ban ks o f the stream for a day. Tbe11 he branched off toward Death \'all ey. and the next night eucamped in a valley that was an oasis in the desi.:rt, fur there were \\'at e r, grass and tilllber there in abuuda1Jce. He had happeued upou the little natural park by accide11t 11ever snspecling its existence there, and felt sure that 110 white man !Jad been t!J.ere before him. Lea,i11g his there t!Je next day, h e rode away to see jllst ho\\' llea r the spot was lo the Death Yallev. To.his great delight, he Jisc01ered that he could ride froru tht:re lo the e11trauce of tbe dread ya!ley withiu half a day easily. But he did not make the attempt, merely taking his distances from his coming in sight of Volcano ::Vlountaiu, which he recognized . His time was not yet up, and he would not break his pledge. So he 1etun1ed to the little park and remained all night, finding his pack-horse as hie had left him. He shot an antelope, and enjoyed his supper, and the next day started upon his rett1rn for the fort, arriving without any adventure. Both Colonel l\Ierriam and Surgeon Powell were anxious to learn the result of his going, and he at once visited headq11arters said: ''Colonel I ha,e discovered the Yery ]Jlace for a camp for a troop, sir. and it will require but one day's journey over the desert to get to it. and fro111 there to the Death \'alley is not O\'er twenty-five miles' ride." ''This means that you are prepared to start upon your exploraU011 of Death \"alle y Yes, sir, for my six mouths' pledge ex]Jires in just fi\e days and I intend lo e11ler the valley u po n the last clay of the tillle agreed upou." was the reply of the scout. 'l'he conversation of the scottt with Colonel l\ler ri;:uu had resulted iu the sending for Capt11in and the interview between tl:e three lusted for au hour or more. The rest1lt of this i11teniew was that Colquel Merriam ordered Captain l\"ade to take picked men from his troop, sixty in all, with the nry of the horses at the fort. and a ccompany the scout upon the exploring into the Death Yalley. It was a service that Cnptai11 \\'ade was most to go upo11. and he told t!te colouel that nothing should be left undone to make the e:o;pcdition a perfect success. He was to carry pack horses along. with a fpll camj:!ing 011tfit and sllpplies lo last a month, and not a man should suspect thei r desti11ation, while Buffalo Bill aud Surgeo Powell \Yould quielly away from tlte fort before the troopers di,I. Ha\ing rece ived all of his instrqctions from the colonel. and agree d npon a rendezvous he shonld m ee t Buffalo Hill aucl Surgeon Powell, Cap tain Wade left h e arl(1ttarters to at opce begin preparatio!1s for the rnarc11. 'fhat night Buffalo Bill and Surgeon arranged their plaus, ai1cl w!1en they rode away from the fort they carried with the m two of their be&t horses, a complete outfit for camp. and all t)iat tltey felt would be neces "\\'e mus t so h c the mystery this ti111e, Frauk, or they will surely have the laugh on us in the fort, said tlie scout while the doctor ''Ye., indee l, Bill for I redee111 myself for rny last total failure as a gu idc.,. :\'o it was 11ot a failure as a guide, for you went all over JJealh \'alley. Frank: it was a failure to solve the mys teryetl1at lie'.' iiiddt?ll llierC'." \Vhen rt!:.Hh to depart, S11rgeo11 Powe ll. accompanied by B11f1alo Bill. wu1t lo l1eadquartcrs and bade Colonel J\lerriam goo,1 by. I h a l e you go. :rnd yet I have hopes that you \Yi!! 111cet with perfect succcs:;," the colonel had said to the two frie11cls as he bade them farewell. Out of the fort they aucl they weut ito qm1p t\t ll1e re11deL1ous appoinied \yith Captai11 \\'ade.

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22 THE BUFFALO BILL STORIES The .next day they were joined by the captaiu, and when Buffalo Bill saw the troopers be smi,led in a satis fied way and said: "You have got your be s t men captain, and they are stripped for work." "You find us the work, Bill, and we will do it, and if it is to fight, why we will keep Powell busy as a surgeon rather than as a scout." "I hope my duties will be to look after wounded out laws then, wade," answered Powell. Well, we are equipped for a month's stay and have arumuuition enough for a s iege. I ha\ e only the best of my men and horses, and we are ready to follow your lead, Cody, whenever you strike the trail.'' The trail was struck soon after, and by easy marches Buffalo Bill led the way to the oasis be had found in the desert. It was a ride across the desert from day dawn until sunset to reach it, but as they would have a chance to rest, once they reached the pretty park, Buffalo Bill pushed the horses a little har"d to get there, being anxious to pitch camp before nightfall. As the oasis came in sight over the parched plain, the men could hardly believe that it was not a mirage, but at la s t the outer edge was reached trees and grass were visible upon e a ch ::;ide, as they rode along, and a mile farther on they came upon a perfect little' Eden of beauty, a natural park as beautiful as the grounds abot1t a fine old country seat. 'Why, Cody, this is a gem of a place to c amp in," cried Captain Wade, while his officers and m e n n e re in ecstacies The tents taken from the pack saddles were .quickly pitched, and the horses were turne d loose in the rich meadow lands, for there was no danger of their leaving that fertile spot for the desert surrounding the oa sis of beauty. With wood, water and grass in pleuty, aud well stocked with supplies, the soldiers were in a v ery genial mood that night iu camp, and fearing no danger the tim ber rang with song and laughter, for discipline was tem porarily relaxed, and the meu felt like schoolboys off ou a picnic, instead of cavalryme n o n a trail the end of which might be death. Buffalo Bill and Surgeon Powell r'este
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. l'HE BUff'ALO BILL STORIES, 2 3 ''Sure, as we cau do far more and not be trailed or seen a. 8tl rlie' -barses tvere staked out up the cauyou, a fire wM built, liff1tl the scbi.lts rtHttle thel'tlselve ttottlfortable, a!ttitlp11ting qllite a !Mg sta)1 there. CHAPTER X. TRAILING THE l\L'\SCOT. The pla11 of Buffalo Bill was for Surgeon Powell and himself te put on moccasins, carry a couple of days' pro visfous and go out on foot, leaving their horses fenced in -in the upper part of the ca1lyon by stretching their lariats across the 1iarrow space between the cliffs. Thus left in security the borses could get water and grass at 'viii, and not demana the i111111ediate return of their riders lo look after their comfort. All ready for their starting, the ttvo men left the can yon-in the afternoon and made their way down iuto the nrlle\". Tl;eir buckskiu-clad feet left no tracks, aud they w ere as cautious as ludians on the \'\arpath They reached the larger i;tream that tau through the valley, turned up it and made their way with the greatest calltio11 where Bnffalo Bill had once before been in hiding, and whe1 e he had captured Talbot. the ontlaw. Without seeing any oue, they reached the cliff and sought shelter iu the hiding-place where Buffalo Bill had been concealed. There nere the tracks of horses abonl which told that men had passel aud repassed there and that was just what Buffalo Bill expected. Spreading their blankets they made themselves com fortable until nightall, when they ate a cald supper and sallied forth to r eco1111oiter. ''I am auxious to discover if the corral is at the same place," said Buffalo Bill. ''From whence it had bee11 reJnoved before I got here, Bi JP': '.'Yes." "We will soon know." '.' Tliere is 110 clanger of meetiug the se fellows abroad at night, Frank, for they are yery superstitious aud will not tra ve l unless necessary, so we need not be so cautious as by daylight." 011 they went and after a: brisk walk can.1e in sight of the corral. Tlle :;na:ke fence of pales had been replaced, and there were half a hundred horses in the enclosure. "Here is a good haul at least," muttered Buffalo Bill. "Yes, aud they are good animals, too." "1'hey are indeed." "But were these in the alley when I was last here?'' "Sure. "But where were they hidden, Bill?" "1I'hat is what we mttst find ont, Frauk." ''The men cannot be very far a way. ''It would !-'eetJ1 not and we will continue 011 up the vallev in search of the. Ill. Tl;ev went lhllf a mile further and-came to where the v' e valleys bram:hed off from t lte one large OllC." ".:.\ow which way, Frank, for I was .blindfolded \V11en I passer e a Mexica n riding habit, with silver-embroidered sombrero, and gannllet gloves. She carried a rifle swung from ber sadtI!e-boru a11d in a belt about h e r slender wai s t was a revolver anl:l knife. Her form was e1egm1t in outline, and her certainly very beat1tiful though i t had d sad expression visible e\eu la the two s::onts from their h1id1n-g-place . Sherode slowly by and s o near that Buffalo .Bill ceuld have c anght h e r with a lariat.

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24 THE BU ff ALO BILL STORIES. "1.'hat girl is unhappy in the life she 1eads here, Bill," said Frank Powell as she passed on. "She looks it. But what do you think of her?" ''She is beautiful.'' "I do not mean that, bllt is she wicked?" 'If she is, theu her face belies her.'' ''It does. Yet she is the ally of outlaws." "Are they ontlaws, Bill?" ''Could they be honest men and good, when they hanged the man I rescued, intended to.put me to death, arid had killed others?'' ''Ah, yes, I had forgotten that, and that yonng girl caused me to feel for a moment that they might not after all be evildoers.'' "Then why hide as they did wllen you invaded the valley?'' ''I have no more to say iu their defense, Bill." "That they are evil men there is no doubt in my mind; but tlie question is what is that girl to them, and why does one with a face like hers ally herself to ont laws ?" "It is another of the mysteries of this mo s t mysterious Valley of Death, Bill." '''Well, we must watch for a man to come along, and, .if we can do so without a row, bold him up." "Certainly, for we may get Yaluable information from him." ."Very true. But if we see no one else then we mnst catch the girl npou her retnrn." 'Bill." .<'Yes, Frank." ''The girl knows yon by sight well, s h e has befriended you, extracted from you tha t six months' pledge--" "Well?" "Now, if I were to be seen with you it might set her to flight in alarm, while you alone showiug yourself would not frighten her away." "You mean for me to appear alone to her?" "\"es." "I will then, and not so suddenly as to startle her." "It will be better than to attempt her capture." ''I think so, especially as I remember how she treated me.'' ''She may befriend you still in helping you unrnvel this mystery.'' ''Perhaps." "Rut if not?" 'She must know that we have come here to win the game we are playing. and I shall hold Iler as a prisoner she yields to our wish that she betray the secret of the valley denizens." "She has a will of her own, Bill, and may resist." "True, but she knows what these men are and can J;Dake terms for herself by doing as we demand.'' The girl meanwhile bad passed on out of sight down the valley, and the two friends sat patiently awaiting the next turn in the tide, so to speak. Again, an hour after the girl had gone by, they heard the clatter of hoofs and got ready for action. Under no circumstances could they avoid doing so, did they wish to discharge a rifie or revolver, knowiug that they would betray their presence to than they cared to meet. 0 The horseman soon appeared in sight, but he came down a different valle\' from the one the girl hadricklen out of. It brought hiiii out at a point two htmdr&d )a1"ds from where the scouts were hiding, and halting a mo ment he seemed searching for a trail. Then he found what he was searching for and went off at a gallop down the main valley. He was following the trail of the horse ridden by the girl, and be was none other than the masked chief or the band dwelling in the Valley of Death. Snrgeon Powell bad remarked upon the magnificent_ appearance of the chief, and both wondered why he had so rapidly followed upon the trail of the Girl Guide. A couple of llours passed away and theu the girl came in sight upon her return. Both Buffalo Bill and Surgeon Powell "'.ere glad to see this, and that :>he had in SO!lle way missed the cbief. As be drew nearer Buffalo Bill was prepriring to step out and confront her, whe11 suddenly Surgeon Powell uttered a cry of warning. The scout shrank back behind the rocks, while tlic snrgeou said: See there'!" He pointed down the valley, and there came the chief, his horse on a rnn. They dared not now allow the girl to see them. She had gotten almost opposite to their position when a.loud call caused her to turn quickly in her saddle. She gianced behind her to see the chief, and for a moment she seemed uudecided whether to ride rapidly on or halt. Then she muttered, and the two scouts distinctlv heard lier words: ''It might ;s well be 110\ v as a1wther time. I \\'ill \\'ait She turne d her horse about, and the animal now stood not fifty feet from the po sition by the scouts. on came the chief, having slackened his pace from a nm to a canter w b en she halted foi; \1 i m. 11 have followed You for several hours, for I bad ho peel to 11ead you off hefore you went down the valley," h e said, when he came up. ''\\'hat ha\e you to say to me, chief?"' ''I need not repeat to you that I love you." "No, for I do not care to hear it." "\\'hat is your canoe of hatred against me?" The girl langhed bitterly a11cl then replied: ''Do you forget that you are a natmal villain, while I still lo\'e honor and tnitb, in of baying been forc ed to liye i11 this vile spot among men who are law less, murderers, yes, and thieves'" 'Be careful how you speak," and the man spoke with anger. ''Why should I when I speak of the men whose kadet= vo u are?" I nm c!ii ef here, as yon know girl." ''Ob yes, yon are chief, yet I am queen, and the men hold allegiance t o me alike with you. 'The more rea so n that you should be my wife." "Oh, no ; life to me is hitter eno11gh witho11t such n fate as that.'' Y o u can lea \' e here when you will if you pledge yourself to marry me.' ''The temptatio11 to lea\'e i s not so great as to cause rne to do that.'.' "'by ?" . "\\.'eil, as yol 1 ask the qt:estion let me tell you tha t

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THE BUFF ALO BILL STORIES. 24 you won t;ny friendship under false pretenses. Pretend ing t.o be the devoted brother of one I loved, I trusted ) '.OU, aiip with iuy father came with you to where we fell into ;your pQwer. I ca::ne, believing the one I loved to be dying,-and instead I discovered that be bad been ruined by you. I found that you had destroyed his honor, bad made him an outlaw, and caused him to fly for bis life. .Then, when. I was in your power, you demanded that I shouM learn to love you. You gave me two years in which to make up my mind, and inveigled my poor father into giving his consent by promising him a half.interest in your fortune. '.'Gulled by you, and blinded by the glitter of gold, he -was glad to remain here, all the while trying to be lieve you were not so wicked as the men knew you to be: -But, thank Heaven, I held firm and refused your demand that I should marry you, and to-day I still am free; and not' wedded to the vilest of wretches, the one who broke into my young life and robbed it of my happiuess by destroying the one whom I lovecl.'' ''Then you refuse to go from here and marry me?'' emphatically I do." "Then I shall show you, girl, that I have the power to force you to obey,'' was the savage response of the man. The young girl merely laughed in a sarcastic manner and said: '.'Your threats have no terror fo,r me?" "Why?" "Well, I am armed and so I am able to protect myself from any coward that crosses my path." "You dare call me ?" ''To threaten a woman shows that I do not make any mistake in doing so.'' "You know that I have a fortune, that I can give you a life in foreign lands as luxurious as the queen whose name you bear?" 'I can live without your aid, chief." "And you will go from here and our paths part in life?" "Yes." "I say no." "Aod I say yes." "I told you that I could foree you to love "You can }ead a borne to water, but you cannot make him drink, is a very truthful old adage," the girl said, -cuttingly. ''You love your father?" he suddenly a s ked. ''Ah, ye s but too well. With his sad love of golrl that has made him ally himself to you, to alloy1 me to live in the atmosphere of r do love my father, truly and ly," and she spoke most earnestly. "You woul d not see him die?" "Heaven have mercy, no!" "'fhen hear wbat I Jiaye to sav." "What would you do?" she asked, excitedly and 111 alarm "I shall govern you through your father. ''My father is willing, Heaven forgive him, to :>ee me marry you, but he would never force me nor allow you to do so." "I can force you through your love for him.'' "Ah!" and aga i n she wore a frightened look. "I n ill reveal to you, Queen, that if you c)o not o w to marry me, when we reach the nearest settlenent where we can find a clergyman, I will put your father to death with no more mercy than I have caused other men to die." The girl's face was bowed now, her form quivered, and she seemed deeply moved. At last she said: "I.am one who if I give my word will keep it." ' r well know that, 'Tb en give me tea days to consider.'' "No, for you know that we leave here within the week, that we are all ready, for it will not do to longer take chances of remaining here, now that we know Buffalo Bill was not killed in making his escape, as we all supposed. ''You have just one minute in which to make up your mind," and the chief took a gold from ,his pocket as he uttered tbe words that .. were such a cruel threat to the young girl who was in his power. CHAPTER XI. IM THE TOILS. Buffalo Bill and Surgeon Powell had heard every word uttered. They crouched down in their place of biding and watched and waited. Either could have killed the chief with a pistol shot, but they knew not what the result of the report might be. At last, as they saw that the chief and the girl were too deeply occup?ed to observe them, tbey decided to act. The chief sat on bis horse with his back to the rocks. The girl faced them, but her bead was bowed now in her bands. Buffalo Bill at once acted then and promptly. He glided as noiselessly as a panther, and from among the rocks, crept up behind the outlaw, and with a of his revolver barrel dealt him a s evere blow on the back of the bead just as Surgeon Powell sprang forward and grasped tbe reins of his horse. The hlow caused the chief to reel and fall from his saddle, and at the sound the girl looked up and uttered a cry of miugl e d alarm and surprise. The cry had lrnrdly left her lips, howe,er, wben in the tali form bending over the fallen chief sbe recog niied I:lnffalo Bill. "01!, Buffalo Bill'." she cried, in a tone of joy. The scout raised his sombrero quickly and went on binding his prisoner, who was showing signs of returning consciousness. He had 'already disarmed him and was using his own lariat for bonds. He also took the precaution to put a rope gag in his mouth and dragged him into tile retreat among th\'! rocks and left him just as he turned bis wild eyes upon the scout, who had torn from his face the half mask he wore. Surgeon Powell meanwhile bad held on to the out law's horse and at the same time spokeu a soothing word to the young girl, who was all unnerved. But she recovered herself and said quickly:

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26 THE B Uff /\LO BI L L STORIES. ''From what have you and your friend not saved me, Buffalo Bill?'' ''We beard enough to kuov.; what you have suffered, miss, and we came here bopin'g to save you, for I was sure that you could ttot be bad." "You did not keep your promise?" ''Yes, the six mouths were up yesterday, and theo I returned, along with my friend Surgeon Powell of the army.'' ''You returned only yesterday?'' ''\Tes, miss "That cannot be 11 "Yet it is trne." "'rhen who has killed secretly the half-dozen mert of the band in the past two months ?11 "I could not teLl you ''Do you tell the truth, Buffalo Bill?'' Before Cody could answer the Surgeon Scout said: ''I can vouch that he does, miss, for we came to this valley only yesterday, and together; but nearly five n;onths ago I was here and spent two weeks in explor-ing these surroundings." ''Yes, recognize you now, aud you came with a cavalry command? ' ."Idid." I "Aud found nothing?" "We f<;n111d nothing." ' I saw you from my place of hiding and at first I thought you were Buffalo Bill, and then knew that I was mistaken. The men saw you, too.'' "Where were you, may I ask?" "We Wyre in hiding." ''In thi_ s valle y?" "Ves, for w e have no ofle could find." "You are not wicked I know, so why did you not betray your band?'' ''For the same r e ason tha t I exacted a pledge from Bt dfalo Bill not to come here again under six months." "What was that?" "Be cause my father, I shame to s ay, is oue of the band, and I had hoped tha t i11 that time he would have left here, and then, if you r e turned you could capture the outlaws." .'' "fhen .. they are outlaws?" ... "Oh, yes, there is 110 11eed to disguise it now. Yet I must say to you that my father was deceived into coming here, as I was .' "\\'e can w e ll believ e tha t, after all we ha\' e overheard," said Buffalo Bill. ''But you must go from here a t once, for your live s w111 be the forfeit. Quick! some one of the baud may along at any minute, and you are lost. You must go, for there are some twenty desp erate men now in this valley ' Aud we have three-score brave troopers uot very far away," was Buffalo Bill's response and he added: ' No, miss, we ha\"e come to stay." The yottng girl eyed Buffalo Bill closely as he spoke, and then s aid: "You have troops uear?" "Yes, I cau' get them here by to-morrow's suprise.11 "Then let me beg yon to go after them at once and then I will feel content. Alone you two will be :oacri ficed. '' ''Surgeon Powell?'' "Yes, Bill." "Will you mount this horse of the chief and ride "With all speed for Captain Wade while I go into the bidingplace there and hold tlfe prisoner until your return? Iu the meantime I will learn from this young lady jt1st where to find this band, so that we can go at ouce upon your return with the men and attack them." "I will be off at once; but will not the chief be missed?" ''The young lady must explain his abseuce in some way, Frank." "Then I am off," and Surgeon Powell leaped into the saddle and was about to dash away when the girl said: ''Take the chief's hat and mask, and coat instead of your own, sir, in case you should meet any of the men down the valley, though I do not believe one of tberu is away from the upp'er camps." As soon as the girl had made the suggestion Frank Powell bad acted upon it, and the exchange was quickly made, and away went the Surgeon Scout down the valley in a sweeping gallop. "Now, Buffalo Bill, I wish to make terms :with you," said the young girl when the doctor had left. ''I am willing, miss, for I owe my life to you." "Do not put it upon that basis, only upon the fact that you are to kill or capture this band of outlawsaud get con sidera ble booty.'' "All right. what are your wishes, miss?'' ''A compromise." 'Name it, please." "My father is nominally one of this band." ''"Y es." "He was the one who allowed you to escape, and1 as he suppos.ed administered the oath to you in the cavern .'' "I thought as mucli." "He was a good man m1til be was inveigled here ai1d then, tempted hy the glitter of gold, he yielded to tbe chiefl.s wishe s and became his pa,rtner;' ""Tell?" ''He has 11ever raised a hand a hmna)l life, aucl has tried to protect uufort11na tes who f1ave falle11 into the power of the chref, as I have also d one." "I can believe lhat." "Mv father now has three of the soldiers whom Surgeon Powell led some mo11t11s ago, hiding them away where the chief believes them to be dead." "Thank H e aven for that." "Yes, the y ran i11to one of our hiding-places and were sei7.ed. The chief sentenced them to deatb, .but trl y father, pretendi11g to carry out the .command, kept them in hjcliug, though prisoners in irons.." "I certainty am delighted to hear this, miss." ''For this. reason I beg for the freedom of my father and myself." "You shall have your wish, I pledge you my word." ''But this is not all." "Well?" "I wi"sh our share of the fortune here, for my father has worked 'bard to get it-yes, and sinned for it, too." ''You mean the booty the outlaws have gotten iu their robberies?"

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THE BUf f J\LO BILL STORIES. 27 "Oh, no, for what these have robbed people of now and then amounts to nothing." ''What do you mean, then?'' "I mean that there is a gold mine in this valley, which the chtef and his men have been working for several years. "The chief discovered it years ago, but it needed ma chinery to get at it, and he bad no money to buy with. He therefore made up his mind to get mouey at all haz ards, and he plotted the ruin of a noble man to do so. That man was one I loved with all my heart, and was the chief's brother. He was a paymaster in the army, and he was led into a trap by the chief and made a prisoner, and his money taken from him. "As be bated him for winning my love, he said, be got his revenge by impersonating his brother as pay master, having his men attack the stage coach and pre tend to rob him, the supposed paymaster, while he after ward spread the report that Captain Talbot Turpin, of the army, bad robbed the Government and fled. ''When released from his imprisonment, Talbot 'rurpin found himself a ruined man, aud went Heaven only knows where; in fact, I fear he took his own life, for h e found that I had gone off with his brother. This I did do, with my father, but it was, as he told me, to take me to my lover, who was badly wounded. Iu this way be got us into hi$ power, and kept us here, for here is where we came. The money he robbed the Government of, taken from poor 'l'albot, he bought the necessary ma chinery with, and ox-trains brought it here. "Those who be had to get to help him were sworn in as bis band, and they have all a share in the mines, which have yielded most liberally. That which belongs to the outlaws is your prize, I know, but I ask for what is my father's, for then I will b e able to search the world over and find Talbot Tllrpin, if and clear his name of dishonor." Buffalo Bill li s teued with rapt attention to all the young girl said aud then remarked, as he now s aw clearly through the mystery: ''I can refuse my mascot nothing, aud you and your father shall have your own. But now let me ask you, if, to keep the secret from being. found out, the chief has killed those who came into this ,alley?" "He bas, though he believ es that some one else held the secret years ago, and mas sacred a wagontrain o f emi grants that came here." "That accounts for the graves in the. can y ou, tlJen ?" 'Yes, but now tell me again that you have not been the oue to kill so mysteriously ;,even of the baud of outlaws of lote ?" "I have not." "Then who has this killing?" ''I cann_ot tell you '' "The ch i ef ha s thought that it was a plot among the men to kill off each other that the share of gold might be larger for those who remained." 'It ma:v be the case-in fact, it must" be." ''For that rea,;on we were to leave here within a few days; but thank Heaven you are here to end this life of crime, for those outlaws are one and all guilty of the vilest crimes," said the girl, earnestly. "Now will y ou remain here with the chief, until your soldiers come?'' asked the young girl of Buffalo Bill. "I will, aud be will be safe." ''I do not doubt that, and I will excuse bis absence as best I can, but I must tell my father all." "You can trust him?" "Ob, yes, and be will be a happy man." ''But when the soldiers come?'' "Well?" ''Are you to be my mascot still? Will yon be my guide to the retreat of the outlaws?" "I' II tell you what I will do." "Yes." ''The outlaws will not. go abroad at night, and so I will come here for you." "That is a good ide:t-." ''You can tie the chief so be cannot escape, and then go with me until I show you the secret retreats, and they are not as far from here as yot1 think." "The men will be there?" ''Oh, yes and I'll show you where you will find my father and myself." "That will be well." ''Now I must return, but expect me soon after dark," and with this she leaped into her saddle and rode away. She bad not been gone tong before Buffalo Bill ::aw a man coming up the valley. The scout was all attention at once, peering out from his hiding-place to whicll he had retreated. To ruake it the safer be gagged the chief more se curely, and then watched the coming man. He came on cautiously, and as be drew nearer Buffalo Bill saw that it was none other than his unknown com rade, the one whom he had brought back to life after cutting him down the tree. He was about to go out and meet him wheu the man came toward his hiding-place. A few seconds more and he came in behind the rocks and was face to face with Buffalo Bill. He dropped bis baud upon bis revolver, but recogni ze d the scout at once and cried : ''Great God'. you here, Buffalo Bill?" ''Yes, I-" But ere the scout could say more ther e came a deep groan from the bound and gagged chief, and turning upon him Buffalo Bill thought he was dying. The Unknown also saw him then and cried savagely: ''At last we meet again, my brother. But for the fact t!Jat I see you tlJis scout's prisoner, and know that you will bang for your crimes, I would be tempted to stain

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28 THE BUf'f ALO BILL STORIES. my ha1,ds with your blood, be you to me you way.". The scout had ren;ioved tpe gag from the mouth of the cbief, and ther,e f..'llme tbe words in gasp.s: ''Tbede.adbas arisen! You ate--'' ''I am no ghost, Hugh Turpin, but tlesh and blood You bad me but this r;.1an came Jilong in time' to save my life. You me before the world, made rue like a thief, and, when at last I escaped from y.ou .aud could return, I dar.ed not until I had proof of my innocence. I not let this poble man carry me back to the fort, so I deceiyed him and escaped fr.om him. ''But I remained in th is valley to h uut down your band and some day show that I was not gtJiHy. Now I will force the truth from you." ''If you will set me free I will confe,;s all tile wrong I have doue you.'' ''No, you are not my prisoner." ''There is no need of further proof, Captain Turpin, for I know yotl to be that officer, than can be given by the lady you love and her father, and whose names I do not know." "Ah! Queen Kent and her father? Yes they are here and in this man's power." ''They are no longer, sir, and Mr. Kent and his lovely daughter are go free from here, I pledge you my word. ''But I must gag this man again, as sorne one may pas .s.'' The scout again gagged the chief, and then sat down with Captain Turpin to hear the story he had to tell, for he said: I had beguu my work of revenge, scout, and already had faced seven of the outlaw band, watching my chance apd catching them alone. I did not assassinate them, but met the111 as a man, face to face, and mine was the better aim, guided by just revenge." For a long while the two so strangely met talked together, and at last the shadows of night crept over the val1ey. Then, true to her promise, Queen came to meet Buffalo Bill, and it was the happiest hour of fhe scout's life when he was able to tell her that her lover was al iYe e.ncl neu her, and then he called him out to meet the maiden. Of that meeting we must not speak, save that to say that Captain Turpin told Buffalo Bill that the joy he then felt repaid him for all that he had suffered in the past. H was not daybreak when Surgeon Powell guided .Captain Wad e and his troopers up to the ltpoi wbere Buffalo Bill was awaiting them. The scout h;:istily explained to Captain Wade the situa'tion and presented him to Captain Turpin, whom be had ne,;er met, telling him his story. Then he told how he had been led by his masc o t to the recent retreats of the miners and he would guide the soldiers there. retreats were on the inacce sible hill tops, except through caves in the cliffs. entrances to the caverns being concealed by painted canvas to .look like rock, thus cleverly throwing all off the track who reached for them. To the hill-top borses and all had been taken by the outlaws, for once up there a valley was found upon the summit of the range, and a dozeu acres in size. So Buffalo Bill led the troopers to the attack, up through the caverns, and tbt! outlaws, just at daybreak, saw the Boys in Blue dasbing into their retreat. They fought desperately, however, and only a few of them were taken alive. Mr. Kent and bis daughter were fouud elsewhere, and after a halt in the va1ley of several days tbe soldiers started t1pon their return for the fort, accompanied by the man who bad b een the partner of the outlaw chjd. The gold fouud was not !"O mtJch as was a1;d as the outlaw chief at least bad a claim to that, he gave to bis brother his share to rest.ore to the Government the amonnt he had taken from him. On the way back to the fort the chief and his lieutenant, whose name was also Talbot, attempted to escape aud were shot by the sentinels on duty, and thus their careers were ended by a bullet instead of a rope. In dne time the command arrived at tI1e fort, and Colonel Merriam was glad to know the successful of a red trail, and that his friend Talbot 1.'urpin was not the guilty man he had been accused of beiug. He lost no -time in sending the prisoners off fo,r trial, but was sorry not to be able to keep Captain Turpin, Mr. Kent and Queen at the fort for a long visit. The paymaster sent in his resignation, with a full statement of facts, and tijen went with Mr. Kent anq. his daughter back to their old home, where the Joyers were soon after united in marriage. THE ENI;>. Next week's issue (No. 58) wj)l "Buffalo Bill's Mysterious Trail; or, T,rac;kj11,ga}Ii<;ldeu Foe." Buffalo Bill made many foes am.oui the oi;1tlaws and des peradoes, but never a tpore desperate om; tban the 11101.n whose adventures with the scout and final defeat will be told in next week's issue.

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Did you ever play ping pongt boys? It's a game some people play when they want excitement and cap' tind it. You don't need to. Anybody who wants excitement ought to enter this contest and then rud some of the thtilling stories we print every week. TheytU get all the ha.ir-rai.c;ing thrills they wantt and a chance for a dandy prize into the: bargain. For description of prizes and full particulars look on page 3l. J\ Whaling Incident. (By Alden Allen.) When I was seven years old I shipped oo a bark from New London bound for the South Se as after whales. I was gone twenty-two mouths. After securing some eighteen hundred barrels of oil, we started for home, touching at Capet o wn, Africa After leaving Capetown and passiug St. Helena, we sighted a sperm whale about four o clo c k in the afternoon. Lowering three boats, we were soon racing after the m as there is always a rivalry among the boat crews of a whaleship as to who will be the tirst to fasten to the whale. I was then ninete en years old and boat steerer of the starboard boat, the second mate h eading it. We were the first to come np with the school and the mate calling me up as we were nearl y alongside of the bull, I soon had both irons to the sockets hi him. He instantly sounded, taking out botp tubs of line, .which held sixty fathoms each making se \ en hundred and twenty feet of line. Then the line began to slacken, showing the whale was coming up, but where we could not tell. Working at the steering oar under the mate's direc tions, I was trying to keep the boat away from being over where the lin e indicated Mr. Whal e was but he was co111ing up faster than we calculated. Without any warning, he struck us directly under the center of the boat, breaking clear out of the water and commenced a terrible flurry, mixiug up boat, men and in one terri hle mass, I being in the sternsheets of the boat, w here I had after harpooning the whale, changing ends with the mate, who is supposed to finish him. :r stoocl over the coil of line that was being crawn i n by the boat's crew as the whale struck the center, breaking tbe boat in two. I went over b&ekw.ard with the line falling o ver me. The l realized J was being drawn d own with ljgbtuing rapidity. The whale bad sotlntled again. I had the line around my leg and I was trying to get loo s e How I ever g o t my sheath knife in my hand and cut the line I don' t know, but I did, cutting my knee as weJl ; and then I commenced to work my way to the surface My breath wa s almo s t goue. I commenced to gasp, a nd finally had to open my mouth and j qst as I began to lose my senses I came to the surface where the other two boat s were picking up the other men. We never saw two of the crew again. The water was covered with the wrec k of our boat blood ad shark fins. We :were carried aboard ship and soon recmered our wits but that few seconds seemed hours to me, and the memory of it will never leave me. Will Do. (By Wm. A. Oe sterley, New Jersey.) In the city where I now live there were ten boys liv ing in tbe same neighborhood. Six of these boys were jealous of the other four of us, and every one in the n eighborhood liked u s but no one liked the other six. 1'heir names were Mike Bogan Dago Hale, Kurley Kole, Jes s Smith, Frank Smith and Rob Taylor, and the other three young men s names are Frank Kinney, Robert Ellis, Harry Johnson and my name is Wm. Oesterley. Wni. Oesterley, mys elf wa s Yery sickly at the time, and I being l\ cripple, the other three boys got up a raffle to raise enough money to build a small boathouse out in the country, s o that they could give me an boat ing once in a while The house built, and we four w ent out to spend a week; we had been there three days,

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30 THE BU ff ALO BILL STORIES. doing our own and spending the rest of the time in gunning aud fis&ing. Ou the third night we finished our supper aud sat around a while and then went to bed for the night. In the middle of the night V\e heard a noise. Frank Kinney got up and looked out the window. He saw two figures standing iu the dark. The y made a swipe at his head, but he drew his head in the window and closed it. We asked him what it was, and he said it was a cow. He thought it best not to tell Ille as he thought it might get me worked up. We started for home the next day and when we got home Frank told us about the two figures standing on the outside. The next day after we got home there was a complaint Jllade about tlie other fellows jllmping frei ghts, aud two detectives were sent to arrest them. They jumped the fre ight the next night, an
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l"HE BUFFALO BILL STORIES. Sf ten or twelve years old coasting on a bob about sixteen feet long do.wn a hiU about.I\ mile long, and when we had .gone, about half t,lre distance the bob would be going at a great rate of speed . We had gone half the distance, one day, when we saw a single horse grocery sleigh crossing the avenue. We were .goiug so fast and we r e so close to the horse that it was impossible to turn on either. side of it or stop, so taking the only chance we had, I who was steering at the time, steered the bob right under the horse's st omach, between its fore and hind legs. We just got under when the horse gave a great bound forward and not real izing that be was out of danger ran about a half a mile before he stopped. We bo y s were aH frightened, but very lucky, for if we had struck the s leigh or the horse, some of us would certainly 11ave been hurt. By standers who saw this said that it was the 111ost thrilling thing they ever wituessed. In the Baltimore Fire. (By Fred Rose, Va.) One day in January a year ago I went to a silk factory il:l B_iiltimore to s.ee about a job I was waiting in the office for the boss when I heard a noi se and wben I looked around I saw that the place was on fire . I for the stairway, but it was in a ma ss of flames. I tben ran to the back window, but that als o was in flames. My heart was in my mouth, for I had giYetLup all hope of saved, for niy eyes were filled with smoke. The f!oo_r. w11a i it to BUFFALO BILL WEEKLY, care of Street & Smith, 23S Willj_a.m 1 Street, New York City, together with your No anectlote will be considered that
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" BlJff t\LO BILL STOR'IES .. / .. (LARGE SIZ.&.) i Containing the Only Stories Authorized by Hon. WILLIAM F. CODY ("Buffalo Bill"). 30-Buffalo Bill on the Roost Trail; or, The Redskin Heiress. 31-Buffalo Bill's Peril; or, Going It Alone in Dead Man's Gulch. 32-Buffalo Bill in Massacre Vall ev; or, The Search for the Missing Ra.nger. 33-Buffalo Bill in the Hidden Retreat; or, The Captives of Old Bear Claws 34-Buffalo Bill's Disappearance; or, The Stranger Guide of the Rio Grande. 35-Buffalo Bill's Mission; or, The Haunt of the Lone Medicine Man. 36-Buffato Bill and the Woman in Black; or, In League with the Toll-Takers. 37-Buffalo Bill and the Haunkd Ranch; or, Th Di.sappearance of the Ranchman' s Daughter. 38-Buffalo Bill and the 'Oanite l
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