## On the Plains with Buffalo Bill, or, Two years in the Wild West

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No. 1510 NEW YORK, MAY 11. 1927 On sped the wagons at the top of the horses speed. Tom dashed alongside of one o f them and sang out: "Gimme a Some one banded him a Remington. and a revolver was thrust out to him. Price 8 Cents

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PLUCK AND LUCK Issued pricP, ppr year; Canadian, $4.aO; Foreign,$5.00. 1927, l>:J Wcsttrnn' Puhlishing Co., 11u., HO Cedar 8treet .N ew York. N. Y EntetPd as Second Clnss Matter Dl'C. 8, 11111, at the l'ost-Ullice nt New )'o rk. N. Y .. under the .A.ct of March a, 187:1 No. 1510 NEW YORK, MAY 11, 1927 Price 8 Cents. On the Plains With Buffalo Bill OR, TWO YEARS IN THE WILD WEST By AN OLD SCOUT. CHAPTER I.-The Young New Yorker and Buffalo Bill in Leavenworth City. In the stirring days just after the war Leavenworth City was the starting point of nearly all the wagon-trains which moved westward across the immense prairie plains. The place was always full of teamsters, traders, trappers, hunters, }lustlers, gamblers, and that peculiarly indispensable character known in the West as a guide. Among such a mass of people, whose calling was inseparable from danger, could be found many emigrants from the States east of Mississippi, all eager to get out beyond the border and grow up wiih the country. The fact that the ever restless redman lived out beyond the border and sometimes asserted himself did not appear to have the least particle of deterrent effect on the stream of humanity fl.owing in that direction. One day a youth of some nineteen years of age landed from a steamboat just arrived from St. Louis, and grip-sack in hand, sought one of the numerous hotels not far from the river front. Entering the hotel, he looked around till he saw the clerk's desk, and then advanced to it and asked: "Have you a spare room?" "Yes, sir," said the clerk. "Do you want a whole room for yourself?" "Yes; for the present at least," he replied, de posing his grip-sack at his feet and registering his name. A dozen or more rough teamsters were looking on at the moment, and when he turned and fol lowed the boy up to his room they rushed up to the register and read: "Tom Hayes, New York." "Humph!" grunted one of them. "A tender foot!" In a little while young Hayes came downstairs, we3ring boots, a flannel shirt, slouch hat, and looking neat as a new pin in that crowd of men, who were not overscrupulous in the matter of personal cleanliness. He moved about among the crowd as if interested in everything he heard or saw. But he did not speak to any one because they were all strangers to him. They .were a noisy crowd, for some had been drinking freely, and others talked of trips to Santa Fe and of hairbreadth escapes by flood and field. Young Hayes looked on and listened, but not knowing anybody there did not do any talking. Suddenly he felt a heavy hand on his shoulder, and a very gruff voice asked: "Whar yer bound, tenderfoot?!' "I am bound to stay right here till I go some where else," replie d the young New Yorker. The query and answer caused a number to turn and look at the two men. The questioner was a big swaggering, red-shirted and full bearded man, with a belt and revolver on him. He was nearly a .head taller than the young stranger. "I reckon as how yer'd better go somewhere else now," returned the man, seeing that he was being laughed at by those around him, ahd he grabbed young Hayes by the collar and jerked him forward with such force that he collided with anothP-r man and nearly downed him. But in another moment the young New Yorker let out his right hand straight from the shoulder and landed a blow on the man's nose. The bully staggered backward against another, who prevented him from fal!ing, the blood streaming from his mashed nose. Quick as lightning strokes the youth gave him one, two, three more, full in the face, and the bully went down, dazed and stunned almost to insensibility. Everybody rushed forward to see the fight, those in the rear crowding so hard upon those in front that the latter were pressed forward, carrying young Hayes with them. They tramped the fallen man under foot without being able to avoid it, and so howls and yells filled the large room of the hotel office. Some one fired and a man was hit. He in turn drew and fired, and so the row went on till those who believed that dis cretion was the better part of valor went out to avoid the danger. "Who began it?" a man standing near Hayes asked. "Coyote Jim tackled a tenderfoot and was downed, I heard one say,'' replied another. "Coyote Jim downed!" exclaimed the first speaker. "I reckon not. He is the worst man in Leavenworth." "I know he's a bad un," returned the other, ''but I believe he was downed all the same.'' well, if he was that tenderfoot, whoever he is, had better to get out of town in a hurry, for Jim never lets up when he gits started. He lai d out Missouri Bill last month, you know." "Yes. He got the drop on Bill that time, Bill was reaching for his gun when Jim bored bm."

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12 ON THE PLAINS WITH BUFF ALO BILL Sioux and dealing sturdy blows at their ancient enemies, they took advantage of the terror that prevailed among the women and children in the wagons, to rob and plunder aIJ they could. In one of the wagons were a mother and two young girls. One of the girls was a beautiful blonde of seventeen. In her when two Blackfeet warriors climbed into the wagon at the rear end, she went out at the front, only to faIJ into the clutches of a stalwart warrior on horseback, who seized her round the waist and lifted her to the back of his horse. Sarah Baird was so terrified that she swooned away to utter unconsciousness as the warrior dashed away in the darkness of the night. The screams of her mother and sister but added to the din all around them. They did not know that she had been carried away, but supposed that she ha' d fled to some other wagon for protection. By the gallant efforts of Buffalo Bill and the men under him the redskins were driven out of camp, and the guard line reestablished. It was at least an hour later when the. discovery was made that Sarah Baird w;:is not in the camp. A search was made from wagon. wagon, and no one was found who had seen anything of her. Then it was that old John KaIJ showed the fierce llature of his temper when aroused. He made a search in person, and found out enough to convince him that the Sioux were not the abductors of the young girl. .. "B'rs 'n rattlers!" he exclaimed. ''If they don't bring her ]Jack. I'll make 'em think all creation has gone back on 'em!" By and by Big came to the guard line wanted to come in. The guard halted him till the old guide came up. . "Yes, let 'im in," said Kall, and the old chief. ca.me forward with five fresh scalps hanging to his belt. "Big Horse," said the old guide to the chief, "some of your warriors have run off with one of our girls. If shec is not brought back, l'IJ cut your ears off an' skulp yer alive. Do yer under stan' that?" "Ugh!" grunted the old chief. "Big Horse great chief. Paleface talk like fool.!! Old John signaled to five men to stand guard over him, and in a moment the old chief found himself a prisoner. "Tell your men ter bring her back," said the old guide. "If they don't I'll make coyote bait outen yer as sure as ther sun rises ter-morrer." "Sioux dogs take her away," said the Blackfeet chief. "No, Blackfeet warriors take her," and the old guide was as firm as the hills in his determination to hol4 him as a hostage. In l-:-ie meantime, Buffalo Bill and Tom Hayes had kft the camp to go among the Blackfeet. warriors in the darkness. They soon learneii that .. Young Eagle, the son of Big Horse, and a party of a dozen warriors had left the band and gone northward. "Come on, Tom," Buffalo Bill said to young Hayes, "we'IJ get our horses and make a run for it for an hour or two." Tom never questioned the of anything BUffalo Bill suggested, but qbeyed every order as thougn he were in the military service. .They went back and gpt their horses and quietly left the camp They will go up the east side of this timber," said Bill, "and if we keep a sharp look out we'll see their camp fire somewhere." Then he added: "Come, we want to stand away at least a quar-ter mile from the timber." They did so, and rode till midrught, when they saw a small camp fire in the edge of the timber and made for it. As they approached it they beheld a sight that made their blood run cold in their veins and their hair stand on end. CHAPTER X.-T.he Death Of Young EagleThe Rescue. On nearing the camp fire in the edge of the timber Buffalo Bill and Tom dismounted and left their horses out on the prairie, knowing that they would come to them on hearing their signals. Then t _hey crept up near eno_ugh to see what was going on, and the scene that greeted them was one they could never forget. Seated on a log, with her hands and 'feet bound, was Sarah Baird, her pale, golden hair falling in wavelets down to her waist. Tears streamed down her pallid face, and the utmost despair seemed to have settled upon her soul. Bound to a huge oottouwood tree twenty feet away from .the little camp fire was a white man,-who proved to be a a despeiado, who had joined the Sioux three years before to avoid lynching at thehands of the white settle1s -on Platte River, for ho1se stealing. Buffalo Bill recognized him at a glance, notwithstanding a partial concealment of his features by Sioux war paint. His captors had washed some of the. paint away, thus revealing his identity as a white man. He was stripped to the waist, and the captors were no others than Young Eagle, the son of Big Horse, and a small band of Blackfeet warriors. It was soon evident that the Blackfeet intended to torture their prisoner to death, for of all things in the world an Indian most despises the white renegade is the first. The torture had commenced a little while before Buffalo Bill and Tom arrived. A )lig Blackfeet \varrior was amusing himself and his comrades by touching him here and there with the burning end of a stick. He squirmed and groaned each time the glowing end of the stick touched, and then blurtered out: "Kill me, you cowardly imps! I've scalped fifty Blackfeet dogs! Kill me! Kill me! I defy you!" "Ugh! Paleface $ioux in a heap big hurry," said the Blackfeet demon: \vith the. burning stick, touching him again till he howled with the pain. "Why don't you shoot 'em .down?" Tom Hayes asked of Buffalo Bill in a whisper. "Because l do not care to save that fellow's life," replied the scout. "He is a renegade who fought wjth the Sioux to-night. He must have. been captured down by the wagon train. J am going fonvard and demand that girl of Young Eagle. Come on." To Tom's great surprise, Buffalo Bill stalked forward toward the little camp fire. He could do nothing less than follow, and follow he djd. On hearing footsteps, every warrior sprang to his feet and grasped his rifle. But Buffalo Bill boldy approached Younir Ea1?:le. and evP.rv warrior PAGE 14 ON THE PLAINS WITH BUFFALO BILL 13 reco'gnized him ashe came within the light of the camp. "Young Eagle, son of the great chief Big Horse," said the scout, "I have come for the maiden who sits there on the log ... Sarah Baird uttered a cry of joy, and cried out a moment later: "Save me, Buffalo Bill! Save me! Save me!" Buffalo Bill drew his knife and walked over to /' where she was 3eated on the log, and cut the thongs that bound her hands and feet. "Thank heaven," she cried, springing to her Young Eagle gave a shrill whoop, and every warrior answered him, crowding around the bold scout and the young girl. "The maiden shall not go," said the young chief. "She belongs to me. I took her from a Sioux chief, and his scalp came with her." "The young chief lies," said Sarah. "He took me away from the camp himself." "The maiden's tongue is crooked," returned the young chief. "It is your tongue that is crooked," said Buffalo Bill. "You took her away yourself. If I do not bring her back before daylight Big Hor.se dies at sunrise. He is held as a hostage for her." Young Eagle was stunned by the words -of the daring scout. He was silent for a whole minute, whereupon .Buffalo Bill added: "And the army of the white people will sweep every Blackfeet warrior from the face of the earth." "If Big Horse .dies, Young Eagle will be chief in bis stead, and he will declare war with the whites and peace with the Sioux," and the ambitious young chief seemed to be pleased at the idea of becoming head of the tribe, and all the warriors grunted approbation. "Young Eagle is a fool!" replied Buffalo Bill. "He would be sent to his grave in short order. The white soldiers would destroy his tribe as he can destroy a worm with his heel. Will you give up the maiden?" "No!" was the blunt reply of the young chief. "Then I will go back and tell Big Horse that Young Eagle has doomed him to die." "Young Eagle will .declare war against-.all pale .faces," said the young chief, as Buffalo Bill stalked away, followed by Tom. "So be it. You shall have war to your heart's i:ontent," returned the scout; In another moment they were out of sight in the darkness, and a wail of despair came to them from Sarah Baird as she sank to the ground in a death-like swoon. "Heavens!" groaned Tom. "It's awful to leav.e her to such a fate." -"I am not going 'to leave her, Tom, my boy," said Bill. "There are eleven warriors there. We have six charges each in our rifles. If we fire ouickly we can down the band ere they can get away from the light of that camp fire." "Yes so we can," returned Tom, who was will ing to run any so1t of risk to rescue the young girl. 'l'hey both wheeled rnund and took aim at the redskins. "One, two, thrne said the scout, and two shots broke the stillness of the midnight air. Young Eagle was the first to fall, and a stal-wart warrior fell almost on top of him. Crack! Crack! Six of the eleven warriors went down with lead irt their bodies, and the redskins were so bewildered that they did not know which way to turn. Crack! Crack! Only three remained now, and they had the wit to plunge into the woods and disappear from sight. -"Stay here and watch," said Buffalo Bill to Tom, as he darted forward and caught up the still unconscious form of the young girl. The next moment he darted back into the dark-ness of the night. t'Cut me loose, Bill Cody," cried the renegade. "Cut me loose, and I'll help you fight iedskins as long as I live!" Buffalo Bill made no reply, but bore the young girl away toward his horse. "Come, Tom," he said. "We can go back to camp now." They signaled to their horses, and the faithful animals came running up to them at full speed. In another moment they we1e in the saddle and going south toward the wagon camp. They reached there a little before daynight and found Big Horse still a prisoner.. The old chief was evidently greatly relieved when he saw that the missing girl had b een returned. "Young -Eagle had her," said Buffalo Bill to hiID. "He is now dead, and the maiden is here. Big Hor_!le may go to his people now." On hearing of the deatl} of his son Big Horse slunk away to his own camp and was not seen for the rest of the day. Next day old Kall led the wagon train across the prairie to a small stream, where camp was again made Here there came during the day a force ?f under Major Reno, who had been followrng the Sioux and his force was completely tired out. The cavalry remained for a while to rest up and when they were about toleave Major Reno tried to induce Buffalo Bill to accompany him. But the scout told the. Major that he was bound tc> stick by the emigrant train until it was safely on it.s way. But it was agreed that a& soon as the train reached the hills of Ne\v Mexico Cody to _join Reno's command, and Tom wa:; to go with .him. CHAPTER XI.-With the Ca>ahy. The train remained two days at the strean;; during which time the stock rapidly recuperated from the fatigue of the long trip. Then they resumed their journey, the cavalry remaining there to let their horses entirely recover their strength, and wait for the .return of Buffalo Bill. It was but a few day's journey from there to the hills of New Mexico, where settlements of Mexicans and whites made the presence of the scout unnecessary. There were no Indians on that side of the stream, and so the apprehensions of the emigrants were no longel' excited . At last the time came when the scout and young' Hayes were to leave them and return to join the cavalry. The young girl who had passed through such peril with Tom Hayes sought him out, and "They tell me that you are going to leave Ii# Ji PAGE 15 14 ON THE PLAINS WITH BUFFALO BILL "Yes," he replied. "I am going with Buffalo Bill to help him scout for the cavalry." "Will I ever see you again?" "I really can't say, but I shall indulge the hope that I shall some"' day have the pleasure of meet ing you." "So shall I. I want you to promise me that if you ever come to New Mexico that you will hunt me up, for I shall always remember you with gratitude that will last as long as life itself." "I will make that promise, and shall do more. I'll even promise that, if ever in my power to do so, I'll come and hunt you up for the pleasure of seeing your face and hearing your voice." "You will?" "Yes." She seemed happy, and shook his hand with both of hers, saying: "Then I shall :wait and watch for your coming." The entire train gave them a grand send-off as they rode away. "Now, my boy," said the great s.::out, "we are going on a dangerous missfop., where we will have all the fighting, dodging and hard riding that we can attend to." "Just what I want," said TQP!, laughing. "I am not am::ious to fight particularly, but I do want excitement and chance to see life on the plains just as it is." "WP.!l, you've seen a little of it already, have you not?" "Yes, just enough to make me like it," was the reply. "Well, you haven't seen anything yet. Just wait till vou have a whofe tribe of redskins bent on having your scalp, and surrounding you on all sicl<>s, then you'll begin to think it interesting anrl lively." "Well, if we are together you can count on me standing right up to the mark with you all the time." said Tom. "Ah, I am satisfied with you. Tom. By the way, you snrr:etimes call me Mr. Cody I am plain Bill Cody to my friends. Don't forget that. There is no man whose friendship I value more than. yours. You have been with me in some hot work, and you never flinched. You are made of the stuff I like. Do you understand?" "Yes, I think I do," replied Tom, "and I'd rather hear that from you than all the praise the Presi dent of the United State could heap upon me." Rill quietly extended his hand to him, and the next moment a silent hand-shake expressed more than words could have done what their feelings toward each other were. It was a long ride back to the spot where Major Reno's command was encamped. Their first night was spent on the open prairie. They turned their horses loose, knowing they would not leave them, but would come at their call, and then lay down on their blankets under silent stars to sle e p. They Flept without interruption till the stars began to fade away, and then mounted and re-sumed their journey. All day long they rode without seeing on all that immense expanse of prairie a single human being other than themselves. Here and there they saw a few buffaloes feeding on the rich, succulent grass, and the more timid deer were seen in the distance They sp1mt the second night as they did the ffrst, and were off before daylight on the third mormng. When the sun sank down behind the western hoi:izon ag11in they were in sight of the timber where the cavalry was waiting for them. Three hours later they rode intQ the camp, and were received with. cheers by the officers and men. "Our stock is in prime condition, Cody," said the major, "and we are ready to take the field again. All we want is for you to find the eifemy for us, and the best way to get at him. You are the only man who can do that." "Give me two days to rest my horse, and then I'll see what I can do." said Buffalo Bill. "I am going to move northward to-morrow by slow marches. Your horse will not suffer any by it," said the major. "Very well. We will go along with you." The next morning the command moved, and Buffalo Bill moved with it. Tom was regarded by the soldiers as a man who must be a good fighter, else Buffalo Bill would not have him with him, and they treated him accordingly. Tom got acquainted with all the officers of the command, and they soon took a liking to him. At the end of several days Buffalo Bill found the trail of a big band of Sioux, and Major Reno decided to go into camp in the timber till the scouts could locate them and find a way to get at them. Buffalo Bill and Tom Hayes set out on the trail of the band,followed it for three !lays. At the end of tl11;1.t time they made the discovery that they were concentrating in the foot-hills, as they were called, for the purpose of striking a blow somewhere. . "We must now go back," said Codv to Tom, "and get Reho's command up hem in "the night, and made an attack on them." "Yes," said Tom. "That strikes me as being the best thing to do." "Come then." They turned to slip away, only to find that another band was coming up, thus inclosing them: and cutting bff any hope of retreat whatever. CHAJ:>'l'ER XII."-Tom and the Sioux Maiden. The situation was an appalling one, and Bill was conscious of its gravity. fhis ;::econd party was coming up the pass that ran between two -ranges of hills, hence the only hope of escape lay in the po ssibility of concealment in the hills until the shadows of night would enable them to pass beyond them. "Come, quick," said Cody in low tones, making a dash for the bushes on the hillside. "We must take the only chance offered us." Tom was right behind him, and in a few minutes they were climbing the range of bills under the protection of the bushes .. But they J1ad not gone two hundred ya1ds ere a new danger confronted them. It was so entirely unexpected that even "Buffalo Bill was untlecided what course to pursue for a moment or two. 'fhe danger was the meeting of a young Indian warrior and a pretty Sioux maiden. The-voung warrior was evidentlv courtinll' the PAGE 16 ON THE PLAINS WITH BUFF ALO BILL l5 maiden in the rude style of his race. But he was so thunderstruck at the sudden appearance of two palefaces upon the hills that he was dumb for the time being. "How do, brother,'' said Buffalo Bill, springing from his horse and quickly advancing upon him with outstretched hand. The young warrior was undecided what to do, but as the action of the scout savore!i so much of frienilship he reached out to grasp his outstretched hand. But instead of taking his hand BuffalO Bill ga,e him a blow that stretched him senseless on the ground. Quick as a flash the Indian girl darted away into the bushes. "Catch her, Tom, by all means," said Bill, "or we are lost!" Tom sprang from his hors e and darted off in pursuit of the girl. He r2n and overtook her. "The palefare touches Na-too-la, she will kill him!" she said in very good English. "The paleface will not harm the maiden," said Tom, "but she shall not go away and send the Sioux warrio1s for his scalp. She understood him then, and was about to reply, when .a big black bear came. out. of the bushes behind her and caught her m his arms ere s he could get away. as a flash Tom sprang forward, his long hunting-knife in his hand, and stabbed the brute to the heart. The bear hurled the maiden from him with a fierce growl, and turned to make his escape into the bushes. The girl was half and was not able to pull herself together when Tom went to her. He lifted her to her feet, and was trying to make her stand up when the bear staggered almost to her feet and fell down in the throes of death. "The bear can't hurt the maiden now," s!\iid Tom. She_ looked down at the bear and gave a faint smile. "The paleface ill a great warrior. Na-too-la is glad.'' "So am I glad, too," said Tom. "Don't speak so loud," said Buffalo Bill, coming suddenly upon them. "You will be he&.rd. The maiden must go with us till we are beyond the reach of her people. If she makes an outcry I still her voice forever." "( "Na-too-la's life is the young paleface's. He "6ok it from the bear. It is his. I have spoken." than Buffalo Bill turned to Tom and asked: To"What does this mean?" so thTom pointed to the dead bear, which was pa1 ten concealed in the bushes, saying: musk''The bear caught her, and I finished him." knew1'Good. She won't go back on us. Come." as loHe led the way, and the girl followed a s quietly dangea lamb. The two horses also followed, and in tered ittle while they entered a gorge that ran down noon t hill toward the south. Half an hour brought came Im to a spot where they were surrounded on all 'llhe b.s by high bowlders and thick, tangled growth. strongming to the maiden, Buffalo Bill asked: mischiOo the Sioux warriors come here?" "Thelo. They go toward that way,'' pointing in a Bbffaloheastern direction, indicating the pass overtakugh which they had seen the second band of Sioux coming. The scout understood her, and knew that she was telling the truth, for that was the way the pass ran. . "The maiden's tongue is straight," he said. "She i s a s beautiful as the stars, and full of truth." She seemed pleased at the speech of the great scout, and then turned her great brown-black eyes upon the bronzed face of the young man who had saved her life from the bear. They waited there till late in the afternoon, and then Buffalo Bill de cided to make an attempt to reach the open prairie south of them, and thus get away without their presence having been discovered by the Sioux warriors. Na-too-la w ent along with them as cheerfully as though she were with her own people, and when they reached the foot of the hills she seemed to rejoice as much as the scouts did. On the way Tom had been quite attentive to her, offering his services in assisting her over the rough places. To his su1prise, though, he found that she was as nimble as a fawn, and sure-footed as a squirrel. She could leap as far as he and far more gracefully. Once when he attempted to make the same leap she had just made he came near falling. She laughed, and said: "The brave paleface cannot jump like Na too-Ja." "No,'' he said. "Na-too-la leaps like the young fawn. How did you learn to speak the palefaces' tongue so weJl ?" She told hi that a young white girl had taught her in her father's 1 001.,e. The white girl was a captive. She died a year before. Tom thought of the young w:hite captive pining away and dying among :the savage Sioux, and hated them more than ever. "We mus t mount and go southward, Tom," said Buffalo "and the girl must go with us." "Do you hear that?" Tom a s ked the girl. "Yes Na-too-la will go with the young bear slayer,'' she replied. A short while after that they started off. They rode all night, and camped in a piece of woods t.he next day About noon a large body of cavalry wa-s seen approaching, which turr1ed out to be General Miles' command. Of course the cavalry was delighted to meet such an eminent sccut as Buffalo Bill, and experiences were exchanged. Buffalo told the general he was on the way to meet Major Reno. When Miles heard that he sent for Reno. The next day Reno made his appearance. Then Buffalo Bill and Tom departed on a scouting expedition. Toward night they suddenly came upon a party of si x redskins, who immediately showed fight. Buffalo Bill and Tom killed two of them and were about to fire at the others when a whole party of redshkins appeared ever the hill and our friends then turned tail and beat it in the direction of the cavalry, intend ing to draw them into their clutches. CHAPTER XIII-The. Long-Chase-The lenge. The chase was a hot one, and the redskins bent all their energies to the task of overtaking the two scouts. They gradually gained on them, till less than one mile lay between thein. "They gaining ort us," said Tom, .feeling somewhat uncomfortable over the fact. PAGE 17 16 ON THE PLAINS WITH BUFF ALO BILL "Yes," returned Cody; "but still we are ahead of them." "But if they keep on gaining we won't be ahead long." "We can down a few of them if they come within range of our rifles," suggested Buffalo Bill. "So we can; but I'd rather be ten miles ahead of them. Ten to one makes big odds." "Yes, that's so. But I have had five hundred after me in full chase, and have my hair yet." Tom shuddered at the idea of such a peril; but was too game to show any fear as long as Cody did not. By and by Buffalo Bill looked back and 88id: l "I guess we can reach them from here. Let's wheel around to a full stop and give 'em a few shots." Tom unswung his rifle and waited for the word. "Now!" said Bill. They wheeled round and came to a full stop The Indians yelled as though they already had their fingers in their hair. Crack! Crack! Two warriors toppled from their ponies. Crack I Crack I Orie warrior and one pony went down. Crack I Crack! No more were hit. "Come away now!" They wheeled and rode off like the wind. Their speed was greater than at any time since the pursuit began. "Put in fresh cartridges," said Cody, doing so himself. Tom followed his example. hen they rode steadily, keeping jus t out of range of the Indians' rifles. Thus the running fight went on. The red.skins seemed determined not to stop till they had run down the two daring fugitives. The sun was just above the horizon when Buffalo Bill looked back and saw that the pursuers were strung out in a line, the fastest ponies in the leadthe slowest ones being at least half a mile behind. "Let's down a few more of 'em," he said to Tom. They wheeled round and came to a full stop. Buffalo Bill took deliberate aim and fired at the foremost pursuer. He went down with a yell. Buffalo Bill was as cool as ice all the time. But the others coming up in a body, he again turned and rode away. But his" horse and that of Tom's were now showing signs of weariness. The Indian ponies were equally bad off. The hardy little animals were not fast, but they were long-winded. "I am glad night is flose at hand," said Tom. "Yes; we can get away from them as soon as it is dark," said Cody; "but I would like to lead them on to the cavalry camp. I don't want them to go back to the main body." "There's timber out there." "Yes. We'll make for that. Maybe they'll camp there, and seek our trail in the morning." They did not fire at the redskins any more, but pushed on toward the timber. _The Sioux followed, but ere the timber was reached the shadows of night had shut out each party from sight of the other. "Now, we'll push on for General Miles' camp," said Cody, "which can't be more than ten or twelve miles away. They can't see our trail, so they will have to stop and camp somewhere here in the timber. Their ponies are too jaded for them to think of returning before morning." They rode on till midnight, and struck the cavalry nickets. Half an hour later Buffalo Bill was relating his adventures to General Miles. At His suggestion a company was dispatched at once to capture the pursuing party. Buffalo Bill and Tom lay down to sleep, while their jaded horses were groomed and attended to by order of Major Reno himself. When daylight came the whole command moved northward, and at noon came up with the company which had been sent out the night before. The last one of the pursuers was captured at daylight that morning. From the prisoners it was learned that Yellow Bear was in command of the main body of Sioux, up in the foothills. The cavalry made slow marches till they came within ten miles of the foothills, and there waited for the night to conceal their further movements. Na-too-la, the Sioux maiden, rode alongside of Tom talking to him all the time. General Miles decided that she would make a good interpreter, and had made up his mind to use her for that purpose if she did not object. Under the protection of darkness General Miles moved up close to the Indian encampment, and prepared to attack them as soon as daylight set in. But their presence was detected, and Yellow Bear rallied his eight hundred warriors to give battle. When the sun rose General Miles found the Sioux prepared to fight, and so took his time about attacking. Yellow Bear aaw Buffalo Bill, and came out between the two armies and dared him to come out and fight him. Buffalo Bill promptly started to meet him, and at once the greatest excitement ensued in the two armies. Tom wanted to go out with him, but Cody told him to stay back. "Leave him to me," he said. "I owe him a grudge, and now I have a chance to settle," and he boldy strode forward to meet the Sioux chief. CHAPTER XIV-The Fall of Yellow Bear. When Yell ow Bear saw Buffalo Bill coming tc> ward him, he uttered the fierce war whoop of his tribe, and. began to leap about as if to perform the scalp dance. His warriors echoed his war whoop, and the welkin rang with the savage noise as never before since the creation. Buffalo Bill did not utter a word. He hated the chief, and had long wanted the chance to fight him when no one could interfere. "Ugh! Yellow Bear will take Long Hair's scalp now!" cried the chief, drawing a ;revolver and firing at Cody. Buffalo Bill never talked when he had any fighting to do. He drew his revolver and began firing at Yellow Be!J:.r as he advanced upon him. Yellow Bear was hit, but he gave a defiant whoop, and fired again as fast as he could. He fired so rapidly that his aim was faulty. Two of the bullets pierced Cody's clothes, whilst three of the scout's bullets struck the chief. They advanced quickly, and when his rev.olver was empty, Yellow Bear threw it away and drew his tomahawk. Buffalo Bill drew his knife and rushed upon him. The old chief gave a terrific whoop, and.; gave him the knife one, two, three times in rapid succession, and the old warrior went down before the superior fighting qualities of the white man. Quick as a flash Buffalo Bill cut and tore the; PAGE 18 ON THE PLA:rNS WITH BUFFALO BILL 17 acalplock from the dying chief, waved 'it above his head at the 800 dumfounded warriors, and gave a shout of defiance that was echoed far and wide over the hills. The next moment General Miles gave the order to charge, and the boys in blue went at them like a thunderbolt. by the fall of their chief, the redskins did not make anything like the fight they would have made had Yellow Bear -"been on hand to lead them. But they stood the charge long enough to let the soldi ers get in some of their deadly work. Many a brave warrior went down that day to rise no more. Tom rode forward in the charge and emptied both his revolver and repeating rifle at the struggling savages. Natoo-la rode with him, determined to be near him in the hour of danger. Many of the soldiers laughed at him on her eccoUllt, but he told them that she was a brave, good girl, and that she should always be treated as such. When the Indians gave way the battle beeame a slaughter. The redskins were shot down in every direction. Tom and Buffalo Bill rode after the retreating savages, pounding them un mercifully. The girl kept pretty well up with them. But by and by, when they had gone two JDiles in the pursuit, Tom missed the girl. "Where is she, Bifl ?" he asked. "I don't was the reply of the brave scout. "I guess she is back there somewhere with the soldiers. She knows how to take care of her eelf, you may depend on that." They went back over the route they had come aince the retreat began, whilst the main body of the cavalry pursu e d the redskins over the hills. Along the route lay the dead bodies of a number of braves who had fallen in the battle, with here and there a soldier whom a fatal bullet had stopped forever. Suddenly Tom made a startling discovery. He found Na-too-la lying on the ground dead, having been shot through the head. "Just look at her, Bill!" he said, his eye s filling with tears. "What a pity!" said Cody. "She was faithful even in death." Tom found a couple of a1my bl anke t s which Buffalo Bill declared were just the things needed for both shroud and coffin. When the rude grave was ready, the office1s of the cavalry who were not engaged in the pursuit of the enemy assembled around it to perform the last sad i ites for the dead. She was wrap p e d in the blankets and laid tenderly away t o rest under the grand old oak. Tom could not kee p back the t ears a s he thought of the untimely end of the girl. "Mr. Cody,'' said the g e n e r a l to Buffalo Bill, "the Indians have been badly broken up. The y have scattered in all directions over the hills so that organized pursuit i s impo s sible. Of cours e, they will all meet again at some point and prepare for more mischief. Some one must follow them up and locate their ren!lezvous, and I know of but' one man who can do that with any d e g r ee of accuracy, and you are the one." "General, you flatter me, but I am willing to do what I can in that direction. My chum, Hayes :will go with me, for, though not yet a man in years, he is game and level-headed." "Take whom you wish," said the general. "I will move my command out to the stream on the prairie, where grass and water can be had in quantities needed. You will find us there when you return." Buffalo Bill returned to Tom and said: "We are to go out and s e e where the redskins have gone." "That means more fun, eh?" Buffalo Bill laughed and said: "Some people would call it anything else but fun. But a s you came out West in que s t of fun, you ought to be allowed to have all you want. "Of course. When do we start?" "In an hour or so." "Are we to go afoot?" Tom asked, in some surprise. "Yes. We can't ride through the hills as fast as we can walk. Horses are--poor climbers, and not good at hiding in the bushes. It's very different from work out on the plains." They slipped away from the camp and started out over the hills in a northwesterly direction, looking keenly about for s igns of Indians. When they spoke it was only in whispers or very low tones, lest some lurking redskin should hear them. They tramped s ome ten or twelve mile s the fust day when night o v ertook them. Buffal o Bill immediately built a big fire a gainst two im mense dead trees, which had been felled years before by some terrible cyclone. Tom was as tonished. He had heard enough of the dangers of camp fires to make him believe that Buffalo Bill would never be guilty of building on e on a scout. I sn't it d angerous? he whispere d to t he scout. "It would 1 b e d angerous for u s to stay here, h!l replie d. "But that i s not wha t we a r e going to do." Tom waite d till the f a m o u s s cout was r eady to explain. When they had fini s hed t h eir supper Buffalo Bill t1>ok up his rifl e and s t alke d away into the bu s hes, beckoning to Tom t o fo ll ow him. CHAPTER XV-The Ol d M a ni ac. Whe n a s afe di s t a nce from t his cam p fire, Buffalo Bill turned to Tom, clutc h e d his arm and whispered to h i m : "We'll s l e ep out here in the PAGE 19 18 QN THE PLAINS WITH BUFF ALO BILL and instantly every warrior held his rifle in readiness for instant use. A minute or two later a tall, gaunt-looking white man stalked up to the camp fire and held out his hands as if to warm them. He was long-haired and heavily bearded-both hair and beard being almost snow-white--and he wore an old, ragged suit of army uniform clothes, an old army hat, a cavalry saber, an army musket and bayonet. His feet were shoeless, and the right leg of his trousers was town off at the knee. The Indians seemed to stand in awe of him, for they moved out of his way and let him pass to the camp fire and then stood still and quiet to gaze at him watch his movements. This strange spectre--for such it appeared to Tom-stood by the fine for some time, as if utterly unconscious of the pres ence of the Indians, warming himself. Then he turned slowly around ahd gazed at the red men. "You redskins had better hide yourse lves," he said, in harsh tones. "The army is coming, and the last one of you will be killed. You roasted my comrade, but the fire wouldn't burn me. Ha! ha! ha! Joel Boyd wouldn't burn! Wouldn't burn! Ha! ha! ha!." As soon as he heard that maniacal laugh Tom knew that the strange man was demented. The Indians touched their foreheads with their fingers and stood aside in a group as if to look at him. Suddenly a fire coaJ popped with a report almost like a pistol, and a red-hot cinder struck him on his bare leg. He sprang up as if shot out of a howitzer, and cried out excitedly: "To arms-to arms! The redskins are upon us I Follow me, comrades!" And he drew the old cavalry saber which hung to his side, and made a charge upon the group of Indians standing there. They attempted to' get out of his way by dispersing as quickly as po s sible. One warrior was unfortunate. He stumbled over another, and ere he could recover his bafance the maniac plunged the saber to the hilt in his back. The warrior gave a death yell, and the maniac drew out the saber and pursued another like an avenging Nemesis. A few minutes later another death yell was heard a quarter of a mile away, showing that the maniac had overtaken another victim. "Well, what do you think of that?" Buffalo Bill asked of Tom. "I don't know what to t ink. The Indians are really afraid of crazy people, then?" "Yes, and no power on earth could induce one of them to raise his hand against one 'touched by the Great Spirit,' as they say of demented people." "The white people ought to take him and put him where he can be taken care of." Buffalo Bill made a sudden sign to Tom to keep silent, for he heard something moving in the bushes not far from the camp fire. Tom heard it, to(), and was going to make the sign for silence himself when Cody made it to him. They waited for several minutes to see what would happen next, when Buffalo Bill remarked: "It's a black bear." "Sur.e?" Tom asked. "Yes. He is out on the left there. I know their movements. He'll come into the light after while." By and by a big black bear came out of a clump of bushe s and stood in an open, and gazed at the burning logs. Tom was wondering what should be done, when footsteps were again heard, and in a minute or two the lunatic appeared. He glanced around, and saw the bear. To the intense surprise of Tom he 'advanced upon the bear. The brute uttered a growl, and rose on his hind feet to receive him. Undaunted, the maniac rushed,, upon the bear, and ran him through with his saber. The bear uttered another fierce growl, and struck at him with his right forepaw. But the old .graybeard leaped nimbly back and drew the saber out with him. In another moment he plunged it through him again-this time through his heart-and again sprang back out of his way. The bear rolled over on the ground, growling and tearing up shrubs, tones and earth in his death agonies, whil s t the victor by in the attitude of a victor and looked on. When the bear had ceased struggling and had stretched himself out in death, the maniac pro ceeded to cut off one of the hams. Taking it near the fire he proceeded to cut off several slices and lay them on some red coals, which he raked out from the fire with a stick. Tom and Buffalo Bill s tood there in the bushes inhaling the savory odors of the broiling steaks till they were both savagely hungry . When the steaks were done, the maniac proceeded to devour them with the relish of a man with an appetite but little less than that of a half-starved wolf. "Ha, ha, ha!" he laughed, in a low tone. "I got three of the pesky varmints, an' that makes eighty-one. Nineteen more and I'll be square on my oath." Buffalo Bill heard every word of the man's talk, and Tom looked up at him as if to see if he had heard aright. "Wait here till I come back/' whispe1ed Cody to him, and then he stalked forward into the glare of the camp-fire. The old graybeard looked up at him and said: ''Bill Cody!" "Yes. I've been lying in the bushes' back there enjoying your circus with the redskins. You play your game well. It's the best thing I ever saw. Keep it up. Wish I could do the same thing." The old man arose and hoarsely whispered: "I swore to kill one hundred of 'em. I've wiped out eighty-one. I'll be sane enough when l down nineteen more." "Good! Keep up your game. You are safe as long a s they think you have been touched by the Great Spirit." The old man resumed eating the bear steaks, and the scout proceeded to broil some for Tom and him se lf. He signaled for Tom to come forward and eat, which he did. The old man looked hard at Tom, and re.marked: "Young-too young," and then resumed his eating. Buffalo Bill told the old man in a few brief words that 'Porn was old enough to whip his weight in wildcats, and that they were out scout ing together in searc h of the rendezvous of the redskins. "They're over on Black Creek," whispered tlfe old man. vc. PAGE 20 ON THE PLAINS WITH" BL'7F ALO BILL 19 . "Sure?" Tom acquiesced without a word, and they "Yes--heard 'em talking." turned and followed the trail. After following it 1: "Whereabouts?" . till sunset they found the Indians just prepar-. "Dunno-heard 'erri say they'd go there." ing to go into camp for. the night, and deep into the bushes they crept to wait till the shade of night would enaj>le them to get nearer to them without risk of detection. When it was dark CHAPTER XVI-The Hard Work of the Scouts. enough to make it safe. for them to go nearer to the camp fire, they did so, and found that they Buffalo Bill knew well enough where Black were a part of the band General Miles had de Creek was. It was a stream that ran through fe.ated when Yellow Bear was slain by Buffalo some of the wildest portions of the foothills, and Bill. They had chosen a new chief, and were on that was inaccessible to cavalry. The creek was their way to capture the Deadwood stage, which about twenty miles -long, and then lost itself in passed about fifty below on it.s way to the the river east of the foothills. The news seemed Deadwood mmes. Buffalo Bill understood to make an impression on the famou's scout which their tongue as he heard them talking, and knew ha could not shake off. To go over to Black that the only way to save the stage Creek would be to penetrate the heart of the and the passe:11gers w:ould be for him to a Indians' stronghold, where discovery would be of In.dian pomes from .the band, and ride sure to 1esult in capture and death. mg:ht to mfort? General M.1les of proposed "You know who I am," said Buffalo Bill to the !ncurs10n. Accordingly, he whispered his plans to old man of the gray beard. "Now, give me your 1'.om, and they began to move around to the south name ,, side of the camp, where the .stock was kept. On not now, but after I have performed my their war around t1!ey came acr<_>ss .the old maniac. vow" and he laughed that maniacal laugh again Cody whispered their needs to him ma few words. to any redskins that might be within hearing "Go down the gorge and wait for me," said the 'distance of him. Buffalo Bill afterward declared old man. '\hat the old man's laugh would have deceived the Buffalo Bill was confident that such a consumkeeper of any lunatic asylum in the world. It ate actor as the old man could get the ponies withhad the maniac ring to it so thoroughly that de-out any trouble, so he and Tom made their way tection would have been impossible. down the gorge, and there waited for the old "You can lie down and sleep," the old man man's appearance. They were there nearly alJ, whispered. "Tliey won't dare come where I am." hour when they heard him coming, 1eading two Buffalo Bill was in need of sleep. Tom had slept P?nies. They had no saddles, but that made no four hours, but he lay down again, and was soon difference. wrapped in slumber. The old man lay down, "You have done a fine service, old man," said too, and was soon snoring like the puffing of a Cody. "Tell me what I can do for you?" steamboat. Every redskin among the Sioux tribe "Bring me some cartridges for my revolver knew that snore. When they heard it, they replied the old man. straight away from it, as if from .the "I'll divide with you now. Hold out your hand." of the deadly rattlesnake.. Tney Buffalo Bill gave the old man half. his car-slept till sunrise, and then to .br01l mo1:e tridges, and the latter said: bear steaks. logs were still burnmg, and 1t l'I'll show you the out now. Come on." looked as though they would burn several days. He showed them the way out by a route that Tl?-e steaks were soon don.e, and the three. :ite cut off several piiles, and landed them on the' m silenee. They. were to do any talkmg edge of the prairie. There they shook hands for fear t.hat Indians might overhear them. But with him and mounted the ponies. The old man Buffalo gave the old man to un.derstand stood there under the silent stars looking after he was gomg to go across the hills to Placid them till they were out of sight in the gloom of Lake, and then turn south and rejoin Miles at the night shadows. . place agreed upon,. . "He is a wonderful old man,'' said Tom, after The old man said, w1 thout turn mg his head: riding in silence for about five miles ;;Go, an' I'll follow your trail." 1 "Yes, a very remarkable old man.. I am going Good. You may be of some se1v1ce-more to try to find out ho h H tt' than you think." w e e is pu mg up Tom was ready to go at a.moment's notice, and w?rst JOb on the redskms that I ever heard so they started. When they had been gone about "'s 1 H ten minutes, the old man s houldered his old 0 is. .e mus t wipe out many a on e on the musket and started off on their trail. Buffalo Bill bemg allowed to roam about unknew that he had nothing to fear from the rear . as long as the old maniac was there. His only Yes. and he says he has wiped out e1ghtv" danger lay in front, and in that direction he cenone, and that nineteen yet to put away. He tered all his watchfulness But he traveled till has vowed to wipe out o n e hundred for some pur noon ere he saw any signs of redskiri s, Then he pose or other. I guess they tried to burn him came across the trail of a band going southward. once." 'Ilhe pand must have been fully two hundred They were riding alorlg at pretty full spee d sirong, and it was certain that they were b ent on goin'.6 in a bee-line for the point where Generai mischief somewhere. Mile.; was to wait for them, when a half dozen "They have not been gone two hours," said stalwart warriors rose up from the grass right llbffalo Bill, as he examined the trail. "We can under their ponie s feet and seized them-ponie11 overtake them and find out what they aie up to." and all PAGE 21 20 ON THE PLAINS wI'i'H BUFF ALO BILL "Ugh! Stop!" g runted the two who seized the reins, "or paleface die!" The interruption was so entirely unexpected that even Buffalo Bill was utterly taken back. But Tom drew his revolver and shot the redskin who had seized his pony's head. The redskin measured his length on the ground: Tom then. dashed away. He 'heard twoshots and, looking back, saw Buffalo Bill coming at full speed. Sud denly four shots rang out and he heard Buffalo Bill shout: "Come back, Tom, I am down." Tom dismounted and ran back. "Are you hit, Bill?" he asked. "No, but you will be if you dor,'t get cio:wn out nf sight. The rascals shot _my pony and that put me afoot." The redskins were now coming toward them. Both fired with such disasterous results that the rascals turned tail and beat it away, leaving their ponies behind. Buffalo caught one of these and soon both Tom and Ruffalo Bill were on their way again. They rode all night ere they came in sight of Miles' camp fires. Buffalo Bill reported the news in regard to the intended raid upon th. e Deadwood stage. General Miles ordered Maj or Reno to take two companies of cavalry mid go with Buffalo Bill to -capture or destroy the Y.'hole band. .After proc.eeding for 11umber of. mile,5 Buffalo Bill.and Tom left the main body and rode northward. It was late in the afternoon when came the .band of Indians they were in que s t of. When they espied our two friends they yelled and gave chase. This was what the scout wan'.;ed. They turned and rode back toward the cavalry, which had secreted itself in a batch of trees. W-hen the scout and Tom had drawn the red skins into the ambush the cavalry cha!ged upon them and the fight that ensued was. _almost a m a s sac r 7 tho Indians being utterly de moralized. CHLP XVII.-The Final D efeat of t h e Redmen kt the-command to chargeBnffalo .Bill .and Tom dashed forward at full -speed using their rifles as they went. The redskins did not stop to .xe turn their lire. They broke and rode in every direction-scattering s o as to break up the pursuit. Tom !}ad emptied his rifle, and now drew his revolver for close r quarters H e s elected a big, stalwart Sioux, and das h e d after h i m determined to bring him down if h e did not another. Bill did the same thing, a s did many of the :;oldiers. In no in stance d i d two w arriors ride away together, hence the scattering pursuit. Tom's horse was in good trim for a run, and after 'I. two-mile chas e -he was within fifty feet of the Reeing redskin. 1 "Halt!" he cri ed. "Ugh! no halt!" said the Si o u x u r g ing his j a ded pony to g reater s p e ed But Tom gained on him rapid l y, and in a little 1Vhile was alongsid e o f hi m. w jth a whoop the [ndian threw himself on the s id e o f his pony in mch a way that only a foot and o n e arm w ere ex Jo s ed to view. was a running it'i:lrk :for his r ide r Tqm w a s and inter-ested in the savage's attempt to shield himself from him. He saw that the pony was played out, and that the rider was worrying fiiin by riding in that way. "Ifello, redskin!' he called out, "what's the mat ter with you?" "Ugh!" grunted the Sioux. Suddenly the pony fell, and the redskin was partially stunned by the fall. Tom stopped and looked down at him. At his belt hung three-: scalps, and one of them had evidently been torn from the head of a white woman. The iedskin's Wits soon returned to him, and then Tom asked hlm: "Is that a paleface woman's scalp you ha. ve there, redskin?" "Ugh!" grunted the brute. "Me take scalP.-me great warrior." "Did you take a scalp from a white woman?" "Ugh! Me take 'em all." That was enough. Tom shot him. The Indian staggei-ed back, and clapped a hand over the wound in his shoulder. Crack! "That's for the white woman's scalp said Tom The redskin started, gave a whoop,' and huded his tomahawk at him. Ci-ack! The third -shot settled him. He sank, down upon one knee and tried to. sing his death song. of that music for me," said Tom, giving him anothe r shot that rolled him over on the gras s. "The woman i s avenged," he said a s he pro:. c e eded to insert fresh cartridges in both rifle and revolver. lie had no sooner done that than he heard shouts out on the left, .and looking in that direction saw four Sioux warriors coming down upon him. -They had seen him out there alone, and thinking that they could get his scalp had made a dash for him. Tom coolly waited for them to get in range, and then pror.eeded to use his deadly repeating r ifle on them. With the first two shots the -two foremost' went down, and their riQ.erless ponies went careering -ove1 the plains. Crack! The third warrior leaned forward and ,hugged his pony's neck. .Crack! The fourth one's .arm was broken, and thus all four were out. of the fight.ere they had arrived within pistol-shot distance of him. "They are the worst broken up band of redskins I ever Sa"Yf,'' he remarked, as he put in more fresh cartridges. "Here comes one of 'em." The redskin, who s e right arm was broken, could not manage hi s pony, and the little fellow ran right up to Tom with him and stopped. "Me t alk with paleface,'' said the Indian. why don't you redmen learn s ome sense? The time w a s when these prairies w ere cove1 ed with buffalo Where are they now? They have been killed off by hunters. Jus t so is the redman p;;i.ss ing a way. He wars against the palefaces, and the white man kills him a s the buffalo is killed. By and by the redman and the buff ah will be known p.o more. The buffalo cannot help hims elf, the redman can, but he i s too much ;.i fool to do so. A hundred redmen have fallen today. and still the Sioux warriors fight and d ie." The savage looked at h i m, and listened in wlence till he had finished, whe n he said : "Ugh! The young paleface has a long Tom s miled, and said: PAGE 22 ON THE PLAINS WITH BUFFALO BILL 21 "Yes, I guess I hae. The redman has a short tlead. He has no sense. Go tell your people 'vhat long tongue has told you." Tom rode away and left the Indian sitting thel'e on his horse. A few minutes later he met Buffalo Bill, who asked: "Did you get your redskin?" "Yes, and three or four more, beside!" "Good! That's better luck than I had." "They came for me and I used my rifle on them." "Well, I don't think that over thirtyout of thaC entire band got away." "No; they were pretty well cleaned out." "I think they would be glad to make peace after this. Old Yellow Bear was the caus e of the war. He is out of the way now." General Miles was very much pleased with the success of the expedition, and spoke of Major Reno and Buffalo Bill in the highest terms in his report to the commander of the dep.artment. That was the end of the Indian troubles in the foothills. The Sioux were utterly humbled, and soon after sued for peace. Buffalo Bill and Tom had ing more to do in the line of scouting, but did valuable) service in procuring-meat for the !iOldiers, who were beyond the reach of any supply 3-ains. It was after the war was ended that they again met the old maniac up in the foothill s They were in camp over in Deep Run Creek, when the white-haired old man came stalking into their Jiii.dst. "Ha, ha, ha!' he laughed. "Back ag'in, eh? War ended, and the reds. licked." "Yes," said Buffalo Bill. "How does your war come on? How many yet remain to be wiped out?" ."Two more. Ha, ha, ha! Two more, an' then rm done." "Seventeen since I saw you last! You have not been idle, old man." "No--busy, very busy. Got two the night you went away. Ha, ha, ha! they never knew where those ponies went." "You did us a good service that night, for which I am always your friend," said Buffalo Bill. "That's all right. Wait till I get two more. a ha ha!" and the maniacal laugh of the old maii. m'ade Tom's blood run cold every time he heard it. "That laugh would be worth five hundred dollars a night in a theatre New York," he remarked to Buffalo Bill in a wl).isper. "Yes, I've been thinking about that. I never heard it equaled except in a lunatic asylum which I once visited in Ohio. What a pile a man could make with him. in a play where a lunatic was needed!" / The old man lay down by the camp fire and went to sleep. So did Tom and Buffalo Bill. But when the two scouts woke up in the morning they fonnd_ the man gone. had slipped awa31 in the.mght without awakemng them, and had not missed his snoring. :! '1 CHAPTER XVIII.-Sioux Treacli.ery-The Old Maniac. i.rhe two scouts .prepared and ate an eaily_ breakfast, and were about to leavecamp when two stalwart Sioux braves appeared. "How do, brother?" greeted the elder of the two "How do?" said Buffalo Bill. "What are you doing in war paint again? Hasn't the war ended?" ."Sioux warriors fight Blackfeet warriors," was the reply. "Oh, you redskins can't live without fighting somebody. By and by all of you will be dead, and then peace will reign all over the country." "Blackfeet bad lnjun," said the Sioux. "Yes and. they think Sioux are bad, too. I never saw a good Indian in my life. They were all dead!''" "Ugh!" g1uted the Sioux. He couldn't se e through his remark, and Tom came near laughing outright a s the ugly painted warrior stood there talking to Cody. By and by the elder of the two asked Buffalo Bill if he were Long Hair, the fierce rider of the palefaces "Yes," said Bill. "I am called Long Hair by the redmen.'' With that the Indian gave a shrill whoop, and five more warriors appeared, armed, and sur-rounrled the t,...-o scot:ts. "Ha, ha, ha!" came the maniacal laugh of the old man who had disappeared from the camp, and the next moment he rushed up and plunged his old cavalry saber to the hilt in the body of the warrior who had given the signal to the others. "Ha, ha, That's ninety-nine! One more, one m re! Ha, ha, ha!" and ere they could get out of his way, he had run another one through. others hurried to get away from him. "They meant treachery, Tom," said Cody. !'Let 'em have it!" and he opened on them with his re-volver. . Tom did likewise,_ and the old man managed to get another. "That ends it," said the old man. "I'll go back with you now.'' "Did mean to kill Tom and I?" Cody a s ked. -"Yes . They had doomed both of you to the stake, and they were sent to take you." "Well, and that's the kind of neace we have with them, is it? I'll tell General Miles that, and he'll give 'em another dose that will make them sick.'' "Come. The best place i s anywhere but the foot hills," said the man, leading the way. Buffalo Bill and Tom followed him. He had secured a hardy Indian pony, and when well out of the bushes he mounted, saying to the two scouts;: "Come away Come away! We -get away from here." They mounted their horses and rociu Ii 'lftJ wi\'h him. "You have fulfilled your vow of one hundred dead Indians eh?" said Buffalo Bill to him. "Yes-yes, one hundred and one. I am done. My comrade i9 avenged," and he .relapsed into silence again. When they reacher! the timber where Miles h;ad camped for a fortnight they found that the troops were j!'One southward_ "We'll go southward, too," said Cody, "hut we'll camp here to-night. To-morrow we'll go due south for three hundred miles, and again strike the old wagon train route." . That night the old man told his story. Re hall been captured with a comrade-both cavalry sol PAGE 23 22 ON. THE PLAINS WITH BUFFALO BILL PAGE 24 ON THE PLAINS WITH BUFF i\LO BILL 23 "Put it thar, old gray beard," he said to the old man who harl played maniac on the Sioux till he had wiped out one hundred of them. "I'm old self, but yer beat me in gray hair." "I'm not as old as you,' said Turner. "I am old before my time, that's all." "We'll live and die by one another," said old Kall. "Just let ther boys go. Hyer's my wagon an' clothes an' guns an' everything. Go with me, Qld pard, an' yer won't be sorry for it." "Take hjm up, old man," said Buffalo Bill, sfapJling him heartily on the back. "Take him up. He's the best old riian on the plains." The oM maniac turned to Kall and gave him his hand saying: "I'll do it comrade." "I'll do it, too!" exclaimed the old guide,. grasp ing his hand an(! .shaking it,_heartily. "We aie pards, an' death only kin take us apart." Tom was amused at the action of old Karl. He had never seen Turner before, and yet he took him into copartnersnip on Buffalo Bill's story of his career. Tom did not yet know anything about the ties that bind some men together. The memory of the old maniac made him shudder. The thought of them made old Kall want to hug him. ; Two days later the two. scouts left the wagon '-train and thE' two old men in charge of it, and went We!= PAGE 25 24 ON THE PLAINS WITH BUFFALO BILL will be along some time this month, I guess, and you can go on with them." "And leave you on the plains alone? Not much I won't." "Then let's go East till we meet Old John." They started on the old trail, and two days later they reached the very spot where the great run ning :fight was made when Tom came so near losing his life. Encamping there that night they recalled the scenes of two years before, and enjoyed the cdntrast. "Everything is peace now," Tom said. Five days later they met old Kali's train. 'lt was not so large as the one Tom stai:ted with, but it had a goodly number of wagons,. armed men and emigrant families. Old Kall and Turner, who was dressed in buckskin hunting shirt and leggings now, received them with great rejoicing and that night m the camp they swapped stories till midnight. The next day Buffalo Bill and Tom Hayes parted. They hugged each other, shook hands, and turned away. Buffalo Bill went eastward. Tom went on with the train to New Mexico, which section of the country he was most anxious to see. . Old Maniac Turner was a very different sort of a man now. His manners had softened, and his voice lacked the harsh tones so noticeable when Tom first met him. He took to Tom again and regaled him with many a tale of adventure. His feat of wiping out one hundred Sioux was never doubted, for he never bragged of it. Tom knew :tnore about it than any other man in the camp. He had seen the old man at work, and knew what he was made of. No wonder, then, the old man took to him, and told him many stories of hair-breadth escapes. CHAPTER XXIV.-Conclusion. The wagon train moved slowly westward toward the borders of New Mexico, Tom amusing himself on the way .by supplying it with game. Wherever he saw a deer, bear or buffalo, he never failed to put in some effective work with his deadly repeating r i fle. At last the train reache d the hills of New M ex ico, and the monotony of the prairi e was gon e. They now struck great ranches and right and left were rich farms But the cattle ranches were the great busines s of the country. Mexicans and Spaniards were everywhere speaking the l anguage of sunny Spain But the irrepress ible Yanke e was there, too, and was making himself felt by the others The wagon train reache d Santa F e at l ast, and encamped outs ide the city. The next mornin g Tom was currying hi s horse, when he heard h is name called b y old K a ll. "Com e h yer, Tom!" He lo o k e d around and saw a y oun g w oman taking t o her h ee l s and running a s fas t a s she could. "Who i s she?" Tom a s ked. "Sary Baird. Sh e corned an' a s ked me if I had seen yer, an' when I called yer, she ran away like er deer. Wj)at ail s ther gal, anyhow?" Tom ask'ed: "Do vou know where she li v e s?" "Yes; I'll s how yer." I Tom followed the old guide into the town, and found the house. Knocking on the door, Sarah's mother opened it. "Why, Tom Hayes!" she exclaimed him in her arms. "Where is Sarah?" he asked. "Sarah! Sarah!" she called, and Sarah came forth, blushing like a rose. Tom did not stand on ceremony. He had kissed the mother. So he caught her in his arms, and 1 said: "I have come a thousand miles to look on your face, Sarah." She blushed still more, and he said further: "I have never forgotten your face. When I slept I b e held it in my dreams. You are more beautiful than ever, Sarah." "I am ever so glad to see you," stammered happy Sarah. "Are you?" "Yes." Tom had a long story to tell of adventure since he harl seen her last, and she was never tired of listening to him. He spent a month lookiii.g around Santa Fe and the country, and every day managed to see Sarah at her home. At last, when he had no further excuse to remain, he told Sarah that he was going East again. Sha turned as pale as 1 death and asked: "Why go?-'' "Because I have nothing to do here," he re. plied. "Have you tried to get something to do here?" "No, for the reas on that I find nothing here that I know anything about. I am going into business in New York that will make me a fortune in a few years. "When do y o u go?" "In a few days, with old Kall's train. I want you to go back with me, Sarah, as my wife.'' Sarah's face 'brightened up at once, and she laid a hand on his and said: "I will go with you to the uttermos t parts of the earth, Tom Hayes.'' That evening Tom a s ked her parents for her hand, and they consented on condition that she should visit them once every two y ears. He agreed to that, and Sarah at once began to prepare for b1 idal trip acro ss the plain s in the wagon train of old John Kall. The w edding was a quiet one, and two d ays afterward the wagon train left for the East. Ne x t we e k 's i ss ue will contain "THE SMUG GLEP.S OF THE SHANNON; OR, THE IRISH MEG MERRILES. B y Berton Bertrew. Be A Detective Make Secret Investigations Earn Big Money. Work home or travel. Fascinating work. Excellent opportu nity. Experience unnecessary. Partic ulars free. Write: GEORGE R WAGNER Detective Training Department 2190 Broadwa7. New York PAGE 26 PLUCK AND LUCK 25 AL, THE ATHLETE, OR, THE CHAMPION OF THE CLUB By R. T. BENNETT (A Serial Story) CHAPTER VI.-( Continued.) Wump! went the sphere in centerfield's mitt. He lined it down fo the plate, where it arrived ahead of Rich, and Camps let it go to Hope, who tagged Burt six inches from the bag. A jubilant rell arose from the Mercurys as they came straggling in. Kelly had the reputation of being a terrific batter, but his pop fly landed in Chase's fingers, Camps died on second, and Drew went down on a foul hit. There were no runs made in the third inning. The grounder Marsh sent, to Kelly was easy, Abby's scorcher was picked out of the air by 'lo Bowers, and Turner's best was a slow one1_ to Drew. Hope was the first man up on the Mercury side, but Al struck him out. Clark's easy roller carried him to first, and Bowers swatted the ball into Ed Turner's hands so nicely that he had plenty of time to line it to Fred Abby, making a neat double play. In the fourth Winters was -a dead one on a long fly into Martin's grip, Hope took a little bounce from Nelson, and Kelly settled Chase's hash by getting in the way of a beautiful ballon. Howard went down antl out on a short fly to Ben Rich, but Martin got a i:cratch hit between Abby and Turner, and was forced at second by Connor on a pick-up and throw by the shortstop. Then Kelly kicked first, as fumbled his high bounce, and Connor galloped to third. While Camps was at bat Kelly stole second. Just then Camps hit a single to right, scoring Connor; but Kelly was out trying to steal home, and the inning ended by Drew sacrificing. "A goosP.-egg for the Juniors and a run for tlie Mercurys," was the way Al put it to Nick as they: went up to the plate. "How is your wing?" asked the catcher. "Good for a month yet!" laughed the young pitcher. "In our half of the fifth I am going to wet my fingers wnen I give Hope a dose of spitball. Hang on to the end of his bat, Nick." The fifth opened with a little bunt by carried him to the initiaf bag, but Burt flied to Bowers and Al toed the plate. "Adams," bellowed a fat rooter, "do some tlring!" The cowbel! interrupted him, and an orange caught him in the neck. Drew was savage as Al treatoed him to a sneering smile and said: "Better put a real pitcher in the box, Drew!" He wanted to rattle the rascal, but a cunning gleam shot from Drew's snaky eyes as he sud denly realized this, and he retorted: I'll do for you any time, you dog!" Whiz! came the ball, and crack! went the bat, away dashed Al, and Rich went pelting over to second like greased lightning. The ball flew high over Martin's head and landed somewhere near the fence, and while the basemen were yelling themselves hoarse Al was rus hing after Rich as if he wanted his life. The crowd in the bleachers stood up as Ben hammered the plate, and by the time Clark got the ball and passed it down the young athlete was kicking up the dust for home. Drew got the ball and sent it to Camps like a s hell from an eight-inch gun, but it flopped into the catcher's mitt a full se cond after the official scorer marked up a nm against Al's name. The roar .from the crowd that greeted this play was deafenmg. A slight damper was thrown on the performance by Nick striking out, and the fans had hardly talkin&: about it when Abby drove a hot lmer squarely mto Drew's hands, which brought in the Mercurys howling_ The second half was a brief one, for Al had been practicing a spit-ball, and Hope, Clark and Bowers fell victims to it. Neither side scored in the three following innmgs, and when the Juniors came up in the ninth Turner was at bat. He fanned, and Winters followed with a twobagger, which was muffed by Clark. Nelson was called out on strikes, and C1i.ase bunted and re.ached by a lazy lope. Then up came Rich V.'lth a s1zzhng grasser to far center, which ad vanced Winters arid Cha5e, filling the bases. now let himself loose with a terrific wallop "{hich brought Winteis in sweating and worked the crowd up to the fever pitch. "Adams at the bat!" This was Drew's las t chance, and there was a wi<:ked look on hi s face as he fingered a round, white stone he had secretly taken from his pocket. He concealed the ball inside his shirt. "TheJ'.;ve got U;S licked to a finish,'' he ieflected, sourly, but I will lay the beggar out if I hang for it!" Nobndy knew what his evil purpos e was and he took careful aim at his handsome young' rival when he prepared to pitch the stone. The missile shot through the air and hit Al the head. A low, cry of escaped the boy, he flung up hi s hand s, droppmg the bat, and his face turned as white a s snow. The next mom ent he staggered and fell to the ground. There was an ugly, b l eeding gash on his head, and h e lay as if dead! In an instant a scene of intense confu s ion prevailed. Shouts arose, and all the players and spectators rushed toward the tricken boy. But Drew reached him first, and dropping the ball on the ground, he secu red the stone and se it in his shirt bosom CHAPTER VIL-Loss Before Dishonor fo r feited to the Midwood Juniors," said the ump1re. "I protest!" began Drew, who was white to the lips. "You'd better not!" warned Barry "I saw the PAGE 27 26 PLUCK AND LUCK you threw w hic h laid out Adams. You may nave to answer for murder if be don't recover from the blow!" "He is swindling us!" yelled Drew. "His ac:. cusation is a lie, and a blind so he could favor the Midwoods!" "Rough-house!" roared Camps. The Junior boys were for them, and in an in!':tant the two nines were mixed up in a terrific scrimmage,_ for Al's friends wanted to avenge the cowardly attack upon their young champion. The plucky umpire was not 'going to see the rival clubs injure each other, and called a posse of constables to separate them. In the meantime Jennie had come down to where Al was lying on the grass, and sat, _the picture of misery, holding his head in her lap, while a local physician examined him. "Is he badly hurt'?" she breathed. "Only struck senseless." "Can you help him?" "Easily. I'm doing so now." "He seems to be reviving." "Oh he will come around in a few moments." "Do you know what happened t-0 him?" "No, but it looks as if he was hit by a stone." "Thrown by whom?" "Don't know, but we may find out later on." At this moment Al recovered, and sitting up, he found that his throbbing head was swathed in bandages, and that a gaping crowd was surround-ing him, held back by the constables. He asked what had happened, and Barry stepped forward and said: "Drew fired a stone at you instead of the ball!" "You lie like fury!" hissed a nasty voice behind him, and as he turned around he saw Jim Drew and his father standing there. The umpire worked in Mr. Drew's cotton mill as. abookkeeper, and he saw an gly look sweep over the dark, narrow face of his boss. The rich man fixed a cold, deadly glance upon him, and growled: "What do you mean by saying that my son flung a stone at that boy? If you value your job you will not go around making such a serious charge against my boy." Barry's temper arose all of a sudden, and he folded his arms across his bossom, met the man's gaze unflinchingly, and ai;;ked: "Dor.s that mean that you will bounce me if I r:peak out?" "You have a good position in my office, and ought tu h?ve sense enough to nurse it, for you get a very liberal salary." A look of scorn and contempt gathered on Bar fy's "See here!" he exclaimed, so everybody \!Ould hear him, "I am a man-ont a sneaking skunk like that !':On of yours, and don't you forget it! 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The silent car has an underslung engine, entirely separate from the frame of the car. Power is supplied to the drive wheels from the engine by distinct sets of gears, all in simultaneous use. BREAK IN USED CARS CAREFULLY With the pose members are taught what to do with their handuldn't say "I won't." You should say "I pre-fer not to." She-But that wouldn't be true. . Salesman-Of course ; we have square and up1 right pianos. Rui81. Customer-That's jest what I want fer my mister-straight, honest goods. Mr. Goff-What side 'of th.e street do you live on? Witness-On either side. If you go cne way it is on the right side; if you go the other way it is on the Discontented A1tist--I wi s h I had a -fortune. I would never paint again. Generous Brother Brush -By Jove, old man! I wish I had one! I'd give it to you. "Yes, Hunter is really engaged tO Mi s s Roxle,y.'' "So "he was telling me. He says she's not very pretty, but she's good." 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