The dashing dragoon, or, The story of Gen. Geo. A. Custer from West Point to the Big Horn.


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The dashing dragoon, or, The story of Gen. Geo. A. Custer from West Point to the Big Horn.

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The dashing dragoon, or, The story of Gen. Geo. A. Custer from West Point to the Big Horn.
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Copyright, 1884, hy Beadle & Adams. Entered a t Post On Ice Nt'w York, N. Y as second c lass St'pt. 10. 18!.'9 .. No. 36. PublisMd Evllr1/ Week. DJ, .J, IVER"' & CO., Publls here, (Jame& SulltvB.n, Proprietor,) 379 Pearl Street, New York. Price 5 Cents. $2.50 a Year. The Dashing Dragoon; Vol. Ill. Or, The Story of Gen. Geo A. Custer from West Point to the Big Hom. BY CAPTAIN PRED' K WHITTAKER, &1JnOB OJ' "WOODS AND WATERS." "RIFLE AND REVOLVER," ETC., E'IQ,"

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Copyright, 1884, by Beadle & Adams. Entered at Post OMce, New York, N.Y.,.as second class matter. Sept. 10, 1Ss9. No. 36. PubliBhed Every Week. !U. J. IVERS & CO., Publishers, (James Sullivan, Proprietor,) 37'9 Pearl Street, New York. Price 5 Cents. $2.50 a Ye
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1 J The Dashing Dragoon; OR, 'l'he Sto: y of Gen, George A. Custer Fron West P;;int to the-Elg Horn. BY C U'TAIN FRED'K WHITTAKER, 1trrBOB OJI 'WOODS A.ND WATERS," "RD'L& AND im VOLVER1 ETC., ETO. CHAPTER J. :rot!TER il l BOY-AS ... TEACHEft,-AS ... a&I>ET ... T WEST POINT. GEORGE A' !!STRONG CusTER was'born In a In Harrison c o mty, Ohio, almost at the edge of PennAylvanla. J1 is ten chances to one If you can Und the J?lace 011 an ordinary map. Jn the midst of Harnson co mty is the county seat, Cadiz; and a few miles oil, at the meeting of some country roads, is a little vill 1ge called New Rumley. There Custer was born ft rty-two years ago, on the ISth Decem ber, 1839, ln 11 little cottage. His father was th!' vil lage blacksmith, who tool< to farming soon after his hoy's birth, t.nd at New Rumley young Custer was brought up, on the farm, like many 1.notber poor man's son going to country district-school. They : I ways callee. him Au tie or Armstrong In those days. ::!?webow or other his middle name was preferred by all his frionds all through his life. Ot course we ah want to know whi.t sort of a boy Autie was. There were sevPral remarkable things about blw. .Ille was a frank, honest, manly boy al ways fnll of fun; could run faster, jump further, wrestle better than any other boy or his class. He was a boy II over, and got into plenty Of mischief, as will. How m:i.ny flairs of pantaloons he base-ball in t!':at part of tbe county, and there was not a f e llow of bis size could throw him But be nernr got into a mean scrape, never lied, and, what is -nore remarkable still, never bad a sin gle fight In all bis boy life. Autie Cust" r grew up like other boys, strong and hearty. Wlwn he was twelveJ..his elder sister mar ried, and bec1mt1 Mrs. Reed. ;:;be left New Rumley {g a year or twt. Father Custer consented, and Autie went "out West," to Monroe, where be stayed at school until be was nearly sixteen. Monroe Is on the western shore of Lake Erle, just half-way between Detroit and Toledo. It Is quite an old place, and there was once a great battle close to it, in the war of 1812, between the B1itish forces un der General Proctor, assisted by the Indian chief, Tecumseh ..... '?_n one side, and a force of Kentucky Mounted H.lllemen on the other, under General Win cllester. -Tht1 Americans weresurprlsed at Monroe w bi ch was then called "Frenchtown," and the end of i t was that they were all massaered by the In dians. All'.io Custer used very often to go down to the little R.v e r R a isin, which runs through Mouroe, to the spot wiJ e e U1c battle was while be l oo k' ed at the pl..1cd where the poor fellows had retreated over the river on the ice, on that terrible winter's day, only to t nd tbemselveP slaughtered at last. It was there that. fi1'S't coaooived the Idea of becoming a soldier, : o clef e n l the frontier farmers against Just such tcr ible disasters as the massi.cre 6f the River Raisin It was now the year 1856 and Autie was sixteen. He bad learned all that thel could teach him at Had be cared for i.v .!:; but play he would have been anythlna In aner-life. AB it Wll8. at ell:teen he came back to New Rumley, 88 tu1l Oi. fun as ever, but having learned so much that be coul..en ready for his oppoitunity. As it was, when it came, it found him able to.take ft. Had it not come, bis year's study would have made him a. better teacher, able to command a higher salary. So you see, Custer's "luck" consi sted here in gett infi r ead y In time. The other young man's" bad luck was-his laziness. Now Custer really bad to go to school In earnest for four years at West Pciint. First, they drilled him to marcn with the other cadets, In line and col umn, carrying a musket, sometimes at a walk, sometimes running, always in exact line with the rest, beads up, toes out, till he was nearly tired out. This was in the June encampment, when the cadets Rleep iu tents. Then be was sent into barracks, and all the winter h e had to study algebra, geometry, surveying, French, Spanish and military history, the ooly relief being drill, drill, drill. So passed a year when be rose a class, and bad still h a rd e r studies, while bis drill was changed to loading big guns and learning to lide in the riding-school. Some people think that must have been fun, anyway, the riding-lessons, but these folks wouldn't think so at West Point. They ride for business the re, not pleasure. The class is mounted on great troop horses, old fell ows, with bard mouth;!, horses that a.re used to being ridden by a dozen dirrerent people every week, and which know all the most effectual trlckF to'iret a rider off. For a little while the ouoill

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rtde slowly round tbe scboOI In file.:.. bol't!eS a1r ttllly l&ddled Cadets sitting 11pright. men the master halt.a tliem and tellS them to "Cl'088 stirrups. Every cadet mu.t take his feet out of the stlrriJps, and tllrow them across the saddle, so as to ride entirel,r bi balance, or bI cllnsnng with the kneee to the bUd, Blippery saddle Then away goes the long tile at a hard jog, jog, jog, all round the ring. Then the cadets begla to tumble off, and by tlie time the lesson Is over, hardly one has escaiNld a tumble. That's the way they learn to ride at West Point, by tumbling off until they can stick on at any pace, on any horse, and then they are free of all horse creation It ends by leaving these ::,t and ter But I did not intend to dwell long upon West Point, except to show how Custer was traine<:I to become what be became In after life. He went In, June, 1857, a gay boy, full of spirits; he came out, June 1861, a brave oftlcer, a perfect horseman a itoo

09t on the plains, with hardly any one te talll: to, and the chances are that he will fall Into bad habits, espeelallr driJlklng lllld gambliDg with what few comi>aoions he baa. l'rom thJa eon ot bad and uaeles1 ute Cuater was very fortunately saved by the great events which attended his graduation. CHAPTER n THB OBliT WAB-CllaTER J.T BOU. anx-o TIU CBICIUJIOKINY. ALL of our readers have heard of the great war this country went through from 1861 to 1865, The older ones, no doubt, remerr.ber its passage, and many even took part In it. A good many more had fatLers, brothers, uncles In that war, s ome Worth, some South. I do not here proj)Ose to say much about It, except to explain how Custer came there, and bow be got his name of Ca.valry Custer The Immediate reason of the Wl\r was this: A g ood many of the Southern States of the Union-thltt is Texas1 Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Ala b a ma, Georgia, Florida, South and North Caroli n a nod Virginla-beoame dissatisfied with the Unite d SU.tee government, and determined to s eparate and se t up a government of their ownt..:!"blch they did, It the Confederate States. Tnls was in 1861, a n d at first It was supposed that there '-"as no wny the United States could stop the m. It so happened, however, that there were c ertain forts ana other property on the coasts of these sec e ded State s whi c h did not belong to them, but to the Unit ed States; and It became a ques tion who should hold these forts. At la.st the war began in South Car o lin a by the people of that State tiring ou Fort Sum te r in the middle of the harbor of Cliarl eston and t o k i ng It from the United State s troops Then the Pre si dent called for more troops to take It and the great civil war began, all of a s udd e n. w nen this happened Cust e r was still a boy at W est Point, and he saw bis the cad ets from the South ern States, one after anomer, leave the Academy to go home to their own States and take part in the war. All old friendships were broken up, and these friends and schoolmates, all knew when the y panea that when next they met It would be on t.he battle field, as euemles, under different flags. For nearly two months after the ta.lling of Fort Sumter both pa.rties did nothing but_ gather together their soldiers and drill them. 'l'he Confederates had made their capital city at Richmond, Virginia, and the Union troops were gathered In front of Washington to pro tect their own capital and try to capture Richmond. It was thought that if they could do that, the Confed erates would be so much dlsheart.ened that the y would were many terrible battles to be fought, thousands of men killed, and four long y ears to by. When Custer came out of West Pomt he was or dered to join the regiment In which he had been made a second lieutenant. This regiment was the Fifth Regular Cavalry, and It was out In the field In front of Washington1 !Lt a little stream called Bull Run. He reaclied DJS company, after all night from Washington, and that very day saw hit first battle. The Union soldiers, under General Mo Dowell, attacked the Confederates under General Beauregard. At first the Union troops had every thing their own way, but, just as the victory seemed deciiled, some freeh Southern troops came up and attacked the Union men by surprise. Then came a sudden change. The Union troops were seized with apanlc and ran away, frlghte11ed to death, throw ing away their muskets, tlags1 everything, and a great many kept on all the war ro Washington. The only troops that staid and did their duty were the few regulars, among whom was Custer's regim e nt, and one or two regiments of old steady militia. There were not many men killed or wounded, but the Union troops Jost nearly everything they had. Thus they found out In their first hattle that It Is not enough to have plenty of men and guns to Kain a victory, but that the men must be old soldien fo stand up against misfortune if it comes. After Bull Run, therefore, the Union men did not t;ry to do &JU' more lkhtin& for some time. Thq

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., ltald arounc'Wasblngton, behind a Mng of forts, and an(\ be WM tbe first omcer wbo was ttnt began to tr1 in and drill tbdr men, lo make them watch the enemy. He used to do 1b1s every morn renl solclien and they chose a new inl't ancl e..-ening, when the enel!JY hacl their campMcClellan. In drilling soldiers and other bard work f11 es liJ.!'hted, so that he could esllmaLe tLei.r numtera the new offi ers from West Point were very useful, by the line of flres. and Lieu ten mt Custer worked as hard as any. The At la.ut the i;laces hereafter men means with an army but the Union soldiers soon tioned, that they can never clearly understand a found out, and so did Custer, wh e n they saw tho battle or cnn1paign unless they follow It on the map; long train of army wagons, stretching for miles-and then everything becomes plain. miles cutL!ng up the soft road into mud wbere the The Umon army of McClellan was now called the hori;es stuck fast, and the wlleels we1e bwied, and Army of the Potomac. It was so called because It the soldiers were up to their knees in red clay, and was first for:ned on the banks of the"Potomac river, everything was mISerable. There was no fun in to defend vrashington. This army took a whole that and no fun when they came up with the month to mcve by sea, bit by bit, but at Inst it was enemy, somt'I seven miles off, at Williamsburg, aud all landed at Fort Monroe, at the very rnd of the had a furious where nearly three thousand Peninsula, a n d to move toward Richmond. men ware killed and wounded. Then, very slowly Before.long found that the wemybad got and cautiOtISly, General !UcClellan moved bis army round m trout of btm, and bad dug a great dUch up the Po1linsula, followlDg General Johnston, and across the Pc ninsula, with a bnnk behind it at the only movina a few miles a day, but wituout much village of Yo cktown, the very place where Wasbing-figbtini>. At last Geueral Joh1iston drew back right t.on cnptureu Cornwallis and the English army into R!chmond behind a little stream called the eighty years befre. Behind the ditch and bank Chickahominy, 'and waited for the Union troops to were the Southern army, with cannons and guns, all attack him. ready to sey. "You can t go any further." H ere was the place where Custer found bis second So McClelllill bad to stop and clig a ditch of his great chance in life and took it. The army was 1:11 bis turn, and making a coming slowly along 'on the road toward llicbmond, regwar Siege of it. This siege first brought Custer and between them and the enemy lay a valley, the into notice. Although the army was large and well bottom of which was tuled with a dark, swampy drilled, there was hardly any one in it who under-forest hiding the Chickabomlny from view. On the stood bow to make good fortifications, so tl1at the other 'side were. some low hills; and, beyond that, young West eoint officers, who bad been taught all every one kuew that they would be able to see the this kind of work, were mucl1 in request, and Custer church steeples of Richmond. the city they bad found himself taken from bis company and ap-come from their homes on purpose to take. U poltjted an ellgineer officer. was only rour miles of? now, and they felt full of It was here that he bad quite a little adventure hope as they marched one night. Ee was ordered to take a party of sol-It must not be supposed tbat the army could see diers with spades, out close to the Southern lines anvtbing of Richillond. For that matter, they and dig a ditch for a rifle-pit, that was to be made so cowd not see any enemy, they could not even see close to the tbat one might have tbJ"own a the whole of their own army. When we tbinlc what stone in on either side. It was a very
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The llaahlng Dra.go:>n. '!bese pfcll:ets were at the edge of the wood, and I back to the bank, where be ftrst saw C olonel Bar several ot them warned B:u-nard and Custer to go nard making signals to him to come t .Lek. Custer no further, for they felt sure that the woods were nodded in reply, let bimseU quietly d t wn into the lull of enemies. The old e ngineer only smiled and water, and waded safely back, when be told the went on into the wood. H e ha l seen, from tbe top old engineer all be bad seen. of the bill, with a spy-glass, that the enemy's main Baruard was a queer, sil ent old oftlce quite deaf. pickets were on the o h < r slcle of the river. H e and His bearing bad once been injured by i tancling too Custer tied their horses in the wood and then went clos e to a heavy gun when it was fir ed off. He tis on foot through the swamp, now nearly dry, till at tened to a.II that Custer tolcl him as they walked last they stood light at the edge of the deep, black back to their horses, but said nothing Then they stream that was rolling sluggiShly along between its mountecl and rode back to McClellan's t eadqunrters, muddy banks, and on the otber sid e ot which was over th" hilL another deep, mysterious-looking fore st. Jus t as they came there, the general was mount Then Baruard turned to Custer, and pointed to the Ing bis own horse to visit the lines of bis army, aud other bnnk. find if they were well posted. He tol l B arnard to "Jump in," said the old engineer to the young come with him, an6 as the y went al the old enone. gineer told him all about Custer's pnssa"e of the Very few people would ba,e liked that order, river. The n the general wanted to S e t 'he young with a muddy bank and a stream like a river of ink officer and poor Custe r, covered witl: black mud, to cross. N either did Custer. He was a poor swim-and d;ip:plng wet, rode up to the general, f ee ling mer, and bad all his clothes on. Moreover, if he very red Ill the face, for the general an l all his oftl went a.cross, there was a chance that the enemy cers were dressed in brilliant uniforms. might shoot him from behind a tree, or wait and McCl e ll a n very kindly question e d CuH"er about the capture him on the othe r side. Most men would riv e r and the y oung f e llow answered p omptly. He have hesitated, for a moment. told !be g eneral all he had o bserved in .ucb a clear, Without a word, Custer drew his revolver, held it business-like way, that McClellan was n once struck up in the alr1 and jumped Into the black, slimy wa-with bis knowledge. ters, up to hlS breast, while he commenced bis peril-Then he suddenly turned to Custe1, and asked ous journey, all alone. __ him how be would like to come on il ia staff as a captain. CHAPTER III. You can fancy how Custer felt the n Of course A. PERILOUS ll'EAT-PROMOTION-AN ADVENTURE. be was very thankful; and within a week after, he SWWLY, but surely, Lieutenant Custer began to was a captain on the staff of the g e era.I, with a l"!!:le the river, holding hig h bis revolver, and large, handsome tent, two horse s, s rvants, and anxiously watching the other side of the stream. everything pleasant, having been promoted before He expected every moment to see a flash in the he had bren a soldi e r a whole year. dark wood and to feel the sting of an enemy's How simple now seems the story of the way Cus bullet, but for all that he went on, the water, black ter found this piece of "luck," as some call e d it. and full of slime, up to hfa armpits, whil e he f elt his He found It by d o inq a da7'{1ero u s d uty i tlu '011 being seeu. The enemy were not M cClellan's army at a place callt>d Fairoaks Station, watc"hing the line of the liver carefully. He crept just outside of Ri chmond, killing a nu mber of :neni slowly forw'>rd, and soon found that the belt of and putting the Union troops to fiig l t. They di< wood waa narrow at that place, and that there not follow up their victory, however, <'n accouut of was open grouud beyond, ruod that in the middle of a very severe wound received by t"leir General that ground there was quite a large party of the Johnston, wbl .cb checked their .succe 0ses, because enem:y, with a camp-fire, round whicli they were there was no one flt to take bis plaoo. loungmg, half asleep. The liver made quite a curve So they fell back Into the city, and g:thered more round this pince, and be saw an open spot higher men from all quarters, till they had ar army nearly up, where a party might be crossed, which would as large, and at last even larger than bad. set right beh!Dd the enemy's party. This army was put under the command of General 'l'heD. havlna seeu all be wanted. he @ietb' went IJobert E. Lee.

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The l>aahing .braeooa. Of course have all heard of General Lee, tal:iven And very well he fought too, for !Re was a good up after that, hut Ctister was one of those fellows general, and he had With hlm the terrible l::ltonewsll who never give up. He dug the spurs Into Harry, Jac k s on, as be was called whose very name used went at the fence, and over he popped, too. The afterward to fri ghten the Union soldiers, for he had Southern officer had pulled up on the other l!ide, a way o f always catching them ii! front and rear at thinking to see him fail; but when be saw Harry the same time and fighting worse than any1one they come ove r, he turned to flee once more. By thil ever heard of. And so Lee and Jackson one m orn timeh however, Custer was close to him. The ing came out of Richmond, marche d all round Mc Sout em officer had waited too long. Up went C"lellan's army till the y got behind it, and suddenly Custer's pistol tLttacked by surprise. "Surrender I" he shouted, as they galloped. through Then followed a terrible battle, that lasted, off and the wood on, for seven Jong days, in which Lee drove the The officer turned his head.a moment, then struck Uuion men back every day ... and which ende d at In his spurs and went away, faster than ever. He last atthe battle of Malvern J::Lill,when theSoutbern was leaving Harry. ers w e r e finally beaten in their turn, and the Union "Surrender, I say! Surrender, or I fire!" cried troops bad a long rest behind fortifications, by the Custer. James River, wliere the Union gunboats covered No answer. Bang! . them with their heavy guns. The fugitive officer gave a shout, and fell off hil This was a dreadfw blo w for M c Clellan and his horse, clutching wildly at the reins, and the next staff, among wh o m Cu ster was the most active. All moment Cu ster pulled up beside his aead body. thro u g h the Seven Day s Fight Custer wa;i on He had hardly time to reflect, when two more of horseback, riding fro m place to place, carrying the enemy came tearing back at him. chasing a orders, with littl e or nothing to eat and hardly any little bugler boy, who had gone too far In the chase. sleep, but alwayq cheerful and ready for duty. At sight of the young captain they halted and J11st as before, he did his duty the /Jut toot h knew turnea, but too late. !tow "Come on, Johnny," he cried to his bugler: and At, last all was quiet and McClellan lay at Harri away tbey went afte r the late pursuers, one of whom son s Landing on river, thinking what he was soon wounded by a second shot from Custe.r, should do next to take Richmond. While he was whe u both surrendered. awaiting, Custer bad auother adventure, by which h e Then the officer and bugler rocle slowly back to g ained a good horse and a beautiful sword, which h< the villag e where they heard the Union trumpets afterward wore all through the war. blowing the recall. As they r.ame along, they met H e was s ent out into the Peninsula with a party o t the chestnut cbargPr of the slain officer three hundred cavalry to B<'OUt, that Is, to find If loose, evidently puzzled at what wns going on. A.I there was an enemy in that vicinity, andJ if so, to it saw the other horses It trotted up, whinnying,< beat the m The y trave l e d on throu&"h tne woods glad of company. f 'l r some time without seeing: anything, the men rid Custer caught the bridle. At the pommel of the Ing in a l ong column, four abreast. Ah ead of the saddle was a long, straight sword. All through the maw body, a hundred yards, was a small company, war, after that, he always wore that sword. It was the m e n scattered out into a long line about fifty his, fairly won, and now it bangs up In his house in feet apart, so as to scour the woods In ah directions. Monroe, though the arm tliat wielded it is long faded These m e n are called "flankers or skirmishers," into dust. and cav alry always advance that way, covered by th6se skirmishe "?1 whe n they think the enemy Is n ear the m If w. e y did not have the m the main body m ight run headlong into an ambush, and get v ery badly punished. With a line of scattered skir mishers the ambush would be stirred up, and could only kill one or two at most, giving the main body time to g e t ready. Of course the skirmish line is the place of most dange r, but where you are sure to see the enemy first, and Custe r always went out with the skirmishers to see what was to be seen, for himself, instead of riding with the c<>lumn. The general bad told him to go with his party and find out all he could, and he was not going to let any one else do his business. At last, as they were In the woods, they saw a cloud of blue smoke ahead, where the country road opene d into a clearing, and distinguished horses and soluiers, with an old house aud barn and a haystack. They had not been seen themse lves y e t. SO Custer halted the skirmishers, "sent back word to the column to close up, and in a moment more 1 away went Union cavalry into the clearing at full speed, yelling at the top of their voicee, tiring j plsto& and wavfuit their swords, while the ene1DY, CHAPTER IV. ON SHERIDAN'S STA.Jl'F-TBE CHARGI!! AT ALDIE-Jila A BRIGADIER-GENERAL-END OF '1'HK WAR. AFTER Custer had won his sword, it was some little time before he had an opportunity to use it. This famous sword was made at Toledo, in Spain, and bore a legend In Spanish on Its blade. "Draw me not w;thout cause.sheathe me not without honor.' It was good counsel, and 1Cuslr kept it. He and his rarty returned to headquarters and reported wha they had done, and then everyt\,i;;g was quiel for some weeks. General Lee, howevei:i... had no idea of leaving them in peace for lonR". -rninking himself saie from McClellan's beate n armv he started off with his own men inland to take 'Washington, and the Presi dent, In great haste, sent for McClellan's force to come back by water. B'fore they hncl all .tot to Washingon, Lee was back on the old Dull Run battle-field, where he fought another great battle, beating what Union forces there were in that place, under General Pope1 and was only restrained from going into b,McClellan's arrival. Then McClellan. who had bee11 Iv dlaimlce on

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The Da.";Jiing Dra.goon. acCOUDt of his defeats In front of Rlchnmnd, was once more put In command, and followed Lee in a long march up inro Maryund, where he finally beat hin:i in two battles near Sharpsburg and Harper's Ferry, driving Lee back into Virginia. But, after that, McClellan lay still so long without moving, that the President got impatient, and when the general at last began to move, President Lincoln suddenly sent an order dismissing him from the command of the army and telling him to home. This was a terrible blow to poor McClellan and to his staff for they had to JW home too. To Custer In particu'!iir, It seemed as If all his fair prospRcts were destroyed, and he was dreadfully cast down. But there was nothing to do but obey ordersj so Custer nnd his general bad to leave the army ana go back to the Northhleaving their comrades to tight the enemy without t em. That was a dreary winter for poor Custer, In 1862, and Into 1863. The army had a bad time of it, for General Burnside the next general, sufl'ered a bloody defeat at Fredericksburg, where more than ten thousand men were killed or wounded. at last the winter wore away, and Custer returned to the front, being ordered to j oi n his old cavalry regiment aa a simple lieutenant. Some men would have been sulky at the loss of rank, and refused the o!Ier but Custer felt it was his dut11 to go, to h elp his country. So he wont, and soon found his reward. The Army of the Potomac was now under General Hooker, who sufl'ered a defeat as bad as Burnside's, at a place called Chancellorsville, a few miles from Fredericksburg; but General Hooker, spite of his defeat, did one thing that helped his army to their next victory, and gave Custer his third great chance. Hooke r gath1>red all the loose cavalry regimentsjnto a single great body, and ct11led it the "Cavalry Corps." This cavalry corps he soon after gave to General Pleasanton M command; and General Pleasanton, who had known Custer as the best officer on McClellan's sta.fl', him to come on his own staff. So Custer found his reward for sinking his angry f eelings and doing his duty. He was a stalI-offlcer cnce more. .And a splendid stafl'-officer he made as Pleasanton soon foun'ictory. This often happens in war, and i! one of the reasons why true bravery is so muc 1 prized and wins so many rewards. It is a v 1ry different thing, you see, from a quarrelsom 1 disposition and fighting. T11e quarrelsome and fighting men almost al ways try to have the best of a fight, an.d to hurt other people without getting hUI >,themselves. When they find themselves all alone, vith stronger men than themsel ves coming at them, .hey generally run away, while the truly brave ma1 only thinks: It is my dut11 to do this, even if I do get killed That was Custer's rule, and he acted 1 .pon it in this charge. 'Ihe result was, that all then .en who were getting frightened felt ashamed of themselve3, when they saw this one boy officer riclit gall alone to get killed for their sakes. So they tr e d to ciO their duty too, and ended by winning the vie ory. That battle made Custer a general, a1 d Pleasanton ordllred him at once to take command o f a brigade of cavalry. Some of my readers r.erhaps don't know what a brigade is, so I will tell you In as few words as possible how an army is divided nowacl iys. The first and smallest body of trooi:; is called a compa ny, and is commanded by a capta n, with two l i eutenants and several 8fT(/eants and co om l s unde r him. Twelve companies or troops of !avalry make a re(Jiment, under a c olon e l. Two or more regiments make a W.iqaye, under a l 1rfgadier-.geue,..at. Custer's new b1igade was made of four regimen s, nil coming from Michigan1 where he had l>een r c t school. It was therefore li-broidoq, ... ,,

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8 The Dahins Dragoon. 18.flors shirt with a broad collar was tled at the neck. with a bright crimson necktie. This dress made him remarkable everywhere; and bis men c ould see who was coming long befpre be was close b y. A good mnny people laughed at him, but be never car ed He just went ahead and did bis duty; and pretty soon people found out that whenever the danger was greatest, the boy geuera.J was at bis bes t . He nev e r tlinched, even when all hope seemed gone. Ile bended every charge that was made, and seemed to tight just as well when the enemy were all around as when be was drivin!\' them. Twice during that surruner be and all bis bngade were sur r ounded by heavy forces of the enemy, and had to fight their \\'ay out; but the bov general was always the first in the charge, and led bis men safe through all their perils. Then when they were In camp, the boy genera.I was always quiet and modest. He allowed no drink and n either sm oke d nor drank himself. He was deeply and had the chaplain read prayers every Sunday morning regularly. He remarned, as before, a good son and brother, and always sent home part of bis pay to take care of bis father and mother. With all his dash and reputation, be never became vain and puffed up, but was as jolly and full of fun, wbPn duty was over, round the camp-fire, as If be were still a \ioy at school. So the year wore on, the cavalry winning b1tttle after battle. GenersJ Lee was 'first defeated in Pennsylvania at the great battle of and drivPn back Into Virginia., and followed all tbe way to Culpepper near the Rapidan river, where both armie went lnt.o winter-quarters. In M.1e next spring tlie Army of the Potomac received a new general once more. Hooker bad been replaced by Genera.I Meade, just before Gettys burg, and now General Grant came from the west and was put over Meade's bead. General Pleasanton was sent out west, aad another western general, named Sheridan, was sent to Virginia to commana the cavalry corps of the Army of the Potomac. This was In 1864. As It turned out, General Sheridan was just the man who was wanted, and Custer suited him exact1.v. General Pleasanton bad been a good genera.11 but Sheridan was a better one, and be soon founa out that Custer could do bis auty better than any genera.I In the cavalry corps. That year General Grant drove Lee slowly but surely back on Rich mond and by the end of the summer bad him be sieged in P etersburg to the south of Richmond, while Sheridan, with the cavalry, made long expedi tions all over the country behind army, de sLroying the railroads. Then Lee tried to get Grant away from Peters burg by sending an army down the Shenandoah Vall e y to threaten the city of Washington, but Grant would no let go. He only sent away Sheridan, with part of bis cavalry and some infantry, to meet the Southern army of General Erul;r. The end of It was, that She1 idan beat Early m three great battles,and drove him into Richmond: and finally Lee was forced to leave Richmond and fly to the open countrr,, where Sheridan and Grant followed so fast, Custer s men at tbe very bead of the column. that tbe Southern army sun-endered April 9th, 1866, and ended the long four years' war. And all this time the man who bad done most work was G:enera.J c.ister, now a major-general In command of the Old Third Division, the same who was once little Autie Custei;,.. son of the New Rumley blacksmith and farmer. uis single division took more prisoners, three times over, than it bad ment and captured &1Jery gun that t1" en1my ever jirea a ;..t1,s t them, nerer having lost a single g un or a afrlr1l flag, iut capturing mo1ejtaga than au /Ju rest of /Ju ooralry cm Pl But now peace was come, and nil the army of volunteers was discharged and sent home. Along with them went General Custer. with hla wife, after year's stay In Te:rBI!, and In J866 wu "mustered out from being 1t general, and found himself o more plain Captain Custer of the Regular army. CHAPTER V. .t. CILUsted to lead a lazy, useleSB life, and draw pay from '.te Govern ment without doing anything Cor it. A great many worthless men, who have friends In Congress, get into the regular army every year, with no other ob ject than to lead just such a lazy life but all suc h men Custer heartily despised, as other brave, honest men do. In time of peace It is nothing to be proud of1 to be an army officer, unless there ls something to do, and some one to protect from harm. Custer knew that there was only one place left where the army was really"useful, and that \vas out on the plains, to protect the frontier settlers from the robberies and murders of the Indian war partlee. Very glad was be when he was sent out to Fon Riley, in Kansas, to truce charge of the Seventh Cav alry. At the time he went out, the engineers were build Ing the Kansas P a cific Railroad, which now carries passengers from New York to San Francisco in one w ee k. But when Custer came to Fort Riley, in the winter of lfV61 very little progress bad been made In the road. It nad been starttd, in those days, from both ends of the line; and there remained, betwee n the California termrnus and that at Fort i:!iley1 a gap of more than a thousand miles, over wllicb tne Indians roamed as they pleased That wns many years ago, remember, and a good many tblngs h a v e happene d since then. Fort Rlley, where the eastern end of the Kansas road terminated, was the post to hlcb Custer was assigned, and where the officers of bis new regi ment began to tlock In. The reader must not im aglne from the name .. fort,,, great frownln1r stone walls and guns, such as we call a fort In the East. Fort Riley was nothing but a. square inclosure sur rounded with low barracks where the soldie r1 lodged. Near ft was the railway station, and a num ber of low groggeries and boarding-houses, wbe.re the railway laborers lived To get the money out of these poor fellows and the soldiers, the whole o f the little town swarmed with gamblers, thieves and loose characters of all sorts, men and women. I n side the fort itself, the place t>eing guarded by sen tries, things were quiet, the bad characters not being allowed there, but In the town and round the station, Fort Riley was a llttle hell upon Parth. It is a strange thing, and shows what a curse rrloney may sometimes be, that this state of society followed th e Pacific Railroad as It was built, steadily traddng It from station to station as ft advanced, always having gamblers and thieves after the mo1111y paid to the laborers. Here Custer and bis wif e w ere o blfced to all

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The Dahing Dragoon. 9 the wtnt.er, he drilling his men and seeing to the dfs.1 aervatlons, the Great Father-as th6Y call the Prest clpline of his new of!lcers till in the sprlng of 1867 a dent-will take care of them, but tbat, if they go grand expedition was ordered against the Indians, of!, he will send soldiers after them to puni>
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10 The D&tlhlng Dragoon. I reYo'IVers In their belts, some one, some as many as general at once ordered Custer to take an the ca four or five. They rode the spirited little Indian airy and follw the Indians, hoping to catch them. ponies, SJ.!eckled and spotted with all sorts of colors, I All the rest of the night was spent in getting the full of life and These horses had feathers men ready for next day's trip. It was impossible to stuck into the headstalls of their bridles or knotted follow the trail of the Indians till daylightJ. and very Into their manes, while every one had a scalp, with difficult then. Left to themselves, the solaiers could tong black hair, hanging frem his bit under hIS chin. never have done it, but, along with the expedition1 Every one was saddled with the light Comanche were some twenty or thirty B
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The Dashintr Dragoon. 11 things to be found for food-l!Tal!!I for tbe botseega.me for the men. It le not always so eay t o find game as one may think, and when it Is fou nd, it Is not so easy to catch it. Moreover, one butralo "ill feed three hundred men; and the Sev enth Cavalry, officers and all, numbered nearly four hundred. So they bad to take the wagons with them, and of course the y could only go as fast as the wagons went, that is to say at a walk or slow trot. Perhaps you begin to see now one reason why the soldiers don't eaten the Indians oftener than they do. It is b ecause the Indians, accustomed from childhood to liv e "' the plain, have no wagons. 'Their ponies live on grass, they live on buffalo and other game. Well the n, you may say they cannot keep together in lar1rn n umbers any more than the sol di e rs, or th e y w o uld starve, too. That Is just what Is the matter. Wh enever they want to move fast and escape the s oldiers they are obliged to split up into little partie s, ai;id scatter in all directions, 110 that the y can live on bunting, eating any animal that comes in their way. They only keep In large villages in places where game is v ery ple ntiful, in time of peace, sending out their huntingparties far and wide But all thls time we are keeping the Seventh Cav and Oust.er waiting, when we ought to be on the trail of the Chey e nnes. It makes no differ e nce, however The s o ldiers couldn't find the trail any moro than you could. The ground is as bard ns a rock, and there are so many pony and horse-tracks that you or I couldn't make head or tail of them. But1 stay; there are those with Custer who can find tne trail, and just see them go, uow I There they come out of camp at full gallop, dress e d in gray and brown, with old fur caps, big whlte hats, buckskin coats, red shlrts, dirty and raggedlooking, with wild, matt.ad hair and big beards, mounted on p o nies, big horses and mules; several dirty-looking Indtan s among them1 with striped handkerchle fs round their b e ads, ana their shirts hanging out be hind. Do you know those fellows? They are th.i 8WUi8. Some have been on a drunk all night. Al most all have b een gambling, and there's not one of them you would lik e to meet in a dark place alone. But, rough as they loo k, there is more in those fel lows than you think. Look there! There's one v ery diff e r ent from the rest. He rides a beautiful sl ee k black mare a racer1 and has a silver-mounted saddle and bridl e. That rellow's a dandy. See how cl ean bis buckskin suit is, all trimmed with beads, and bo1v care fully bis hair is curled. Did you ever see a handsomo r face In your life, with its hi g h1 thln nose, and that l o ng, silky mustache? And what a p erfect cavalier .As ne ride s near Custer, you see tha t they are very much alike in figure, tall and slender 1 long limbed and graceful. Their faces are not unlik e only Cust.er's curls and mustache are y e llow, this f e llow's are dark. That man is Wild Bill, best pistol-shot and the bravest scout on the frontier, but as quiet and peaceable a man as you' d wish to find, a s qa1e t as Oust.er. It wouldn't do to tr,y and bully him, though, for Wild Bill bas killed ril.Qre men than any scout on the frontier, and the ... orst desperadoes are afraid of him. If ne points he never need shoot twice. He Will '\'!i!d Bill find the trail for Custer? No. There are some things no white scout can do like an Indian, and all the scouts fall back as soon as they get to the abandoned camp, and Jet the Indians go to the front. The column of soldi ers Is a few hundred yards offi halted, and waiting for the long file of wagons to umber out, and the white scouts are clustered in a knot at the further end of the village. S e e, the Indian scouts-two D e lawares, a Shaw nee, a Cr e ek, and a Cher o k ee-have leaped off their horses, and stretch out into a circle round the fur ther end of the village. The whole ground Is cov ered with pony tracks, crossing and recrossing in Inextricable confusion. The scouts run out Jusflike 1 so many bounds trvlng to find a scent, at a long, swinging lope, og at the tracks as they go, and hunting all over the ground. For some time not a word is spoken. Wild Bill and the whit.a scouts watc h the Indians searching. Now the lumbering noise of advancing wagons stops and the soldiers are all at a halt. Here comes Cus ter, out to the front, to see if the scouts have found the trail. He rides a beautiful bright bay horse, thoroughbred, and looks like anything but a soldier In his jaunty buckskin dress. .A.II round his horse see those dogs capering. There are Blucher and bis famous Scotch de e rhounds, given him by Mr. Barker, of D e troit. Tb e re are several fox hounds and a white Spitz dog, and Oust.er looks more like a huntsma n than a g e neral. H a rk! Just as Cus ter comes up, the y hear a long, loud cry from one of the Indians. It comes from that dingy-looking f e llow, with a dirty fac e, one or two broke n feathers in his hair. Dirty as he l o )ks, he Is the smartest trailer of his nation, one of the tribe of Delawares Who once lived in Maryland He has found the trail! .A. way goes Custer, dogs and all and the scouts follow. When they come up, the D elaware points to the ground. .A. straight double furrow runs out f1-om the confusion of and you can see other furrows near it streaking orr in one direction from the camp. These furrows look as if a man bad been dragging a stick behind him in the dust, on each side of hlm. There are however pony tracks be tween the furrows, so it seems that a horse must have carried the sticks. So he did Those furrows are the marks of what ls call e d a "lodge-pole trail." They are m a de by the ends of the poles with which the Indi ans put up their lodges. WhJln the squaws take the lodge down, they tie the poles to,;etber at one end, throw them over a pony' s bac k and l e t the othe r end trail. Th e n on the poles b e hind the pony, the y place the bundle of skins that make s the lo dg e Then, on the pony, put a squaw and all the children the y have lying around loose, and Mr. Indian is ready to move ho>IS6. Wftenever you see a fresh lodg e -pole trail, you may know that the wom e n and clilldr e n are along, and there is a chance of catching the Indians, fot tlley never run away from their famine s. In this Instance the scouts had se e n pl enty of broad trails of horsemen, all movinJl' in different directions, and purposely made very plain, but what the y wanted to find was the main trail. They knew that the Indians; In trying to escape, would spread out just like a fan, on purpo se to c o nceal their movements, but they knew that if there was a s\n1rle lodge car ried ot?, It probably b e longed to the chief's family, and that the Indians would be sure to come back to their chief at la.st. So, without waiting any more Custer gave the signal; the column started, and away went the scouts on the little< narrow trail, careless of the pony tracks els e where, just as the sun rose over the dry plains of Kansas. CHAPTER VII. 'l'HB PRONG-BORNS-A MISAD'VENTURS--TIDI: l!'IRST BUFFALO. TUii: lodge pole trail soon became &o plain that scouts cotild follow it at a trot1 .,.l, 'lnever piece of soft ground came along tney coald see the marks half a mile ahead. The scouts pronounced the trail about twelve hours old, and 1t was cl ear that the Indians were nowhere near. So the column swept on Its way as fast as the wagons could be driven the Sl!OUts ranging OD SO far ahead as to be almost out of sight at times, the column of cavalry only about half a mile in front of the wagons. There they were on the broad i;reen plains, the grass n o w sprung well up, and hidmg the Cl-evlces and dog holes that make riding so dangerous. The country stretched away in waves like a great sea on all llidea. and &11 the sun came out hot. tbe monoton y

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11 The Dashing Dracoon. I ot tbe scenf;l and the want of rest began to make away went bis splendid horse, run speed, the dog11 the officers sleepy. Every now o.nd then m the dis running ahead. The butto.lo looked hea;yy and awk tance, one might see a Cew antelopes standing on wo.rd, but somehow It puzzled even splendld the swells, watching the soldiers with cwiosity; and to catch up with It, tired as the horse was some distant moving specks, when examined with the run nfter the antelopes. However, the through a telescope twned out to be a herd of mus-doi:s had recovered their breath b.Y this time. and tangs scouring away. I they had nothing to carry. so ther, skimmed away Custe r very soon became tired of riding at the I over the plt\in, and were soon up with the buttalo. head of bis column, when all the scouts were awo.y. Look at tbatl Brave Blucher! The gallant dog He knew that the Indians were out of reach o.t pres-made a grand leap and caught the liuttalo by the ent, o.nd he was always d evo teclly fond of hunting. enr. No use, Blnclier. He's too much for you. See, He could not resist the temptation of going off after the great black beast stops o. moment, shakes it.a some antelopes. There was a little group right huge head, and sends poor Blucher 6ying, taking a ahead of the column, some two miles off, and he mouthful of hair with him, for he wouldn't let go. m11de up his mind to ho.ve one if he could. I Custer is coming up now. If he had a common "Come, Blucher I Come, Mai d a I., he cried, and horse, it would have given up long o.go, but a tbor away be went over the plain with his two gallant j oughbred will run tilfit drops dead. graybo1mds The antelopes stood wlltcbing him in Away goes the buttalo a!\"ain, Maida after it on the astonishment as be co.me, till he had topped and other side. Good Maida I See, she tries the same tw-ned a swell, and lost sight of the column and bis leap as old Blucher, but misses it. The buffalo gives game at the same time. Then be pulled up, and a low, angry bellow and makes a dash of its great rode more leisure ly, skirting the foot .Df the next bead at the brave dol?. No use, old fellow, Maida i.!J swell to leeward of the antelopes in hopes of sur-too quick. There comes Blucner agai,o, plucky as 1Jrlsin!l' them. Sure enough, when be rode over the ever, and beads off the buffalo, harking loudly. The next ndge, there were the 12retty creatures not three great brute comes to a trot, and now Custer is up hundred yards off still starmg at the distant wagons within twenty feet of the ola fellow. I. which they coulJ see tbrougli a dip in the swell. "Back, dogs,_back I" be shouts, and out comes hll The next moment the antelopes saw Custer, and big revolver. .Now the buttalo starts off again and then-you have seen race-horses run, but you never Custer after him. See, the b1mter points his pistol saw anytlling run like those rrong-horns. Awo.y at the beast, right in the midst of the black mass, went Custer at the top speed of his thoroughbred behind the shoulder. Now to fetch the heart I The horse, o.ud away went the two ll'rayho1mds, stretch-pistol quivers and settles to a good aim, and not ten ln!l' out straight in their frantic eageruess. They feet man and game\ both at full speed, might a3 well have chased o. bird. The antelopes wben-hu /-round comes the 01d bull with a furious left them behind as If Custer bad ridden on a co.rtb e llow o.t the horse, and the charger shies off so horse and the dogs bad been fat l ap-dogs. Before suddenly that Custer, who is leaning over to shoot, one coul:l say "Jack Robinson "the prong horns finds himself almost off. Or
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The Dashinc Dragoon. 18 In their eupposltton. The scatt.ered Indians Wl!re beginning to reunite, thinking themselves out of CHAPI'ER VIIL danger. Several small lodge-pole trails joined tbe THI: TJLUL GROWS BOT-COLD-PETERS OU'1'-SWEE1 first, till the main trail was as plain as a road, and as SATANTA. easy to follow. Tm: officers with Custer were all old soldiers go )d :Uoreover 1 the earth had not fallen down and riders and good shots, hut they fotmd it a very d'! packed, as 1t would have if the dew bad fallen on it. ferent job to what they expected, killing a buffalo This showed that part of the trail must have been Only one of them succeeded in bagging bis game. made since daylight; bow long! was the question. Be was a cool old fellow wbo never fired till be was The head trailer said just after sunlise, and his reasure of his !nark, and he took three shots before he son will give you some Idea of what trailing Is in its finished his buffalo. Another fired away t1vclva nature. shots out of two revolv e rs, autl was ready to swear "See dirt all stuck up blf!: lumps, general, he said he hlt his bull every time\ but the old f e llow Jnm ln his broken Englisl:i. Maybe so, must be wet hered away, and, as no h ood was found the cap much h eap. Dirt little bit stick now-see" tain wasob!Jged to own up he might ha;e nllss d He pointed to the lodge-pole marks. The dirt at time, o"."ing to his excitement. Another hlt the edge of the furrows was in good-sized lumps hlS buffalo fau-ly first shot, for he saw the blood and seemed to be stuck together. Then he scraped spurt, but it was up in the n eck, and the great brute another furrow close beside it, and showed how the turned on him so ferociously that he chased ho1'8e dry dust fell away In smaU particles on each side. and rider off the fie ld. All the rest had a It was plain that the dirt must have been wet when laugh at that officer, you may be sure, and he didn't the low tbat, chlef1" asked Custer. with the buffalo. The Delaw are to one. of the ponies. On Now they're up, Custer first. No mistake this ,e saddlE'. hung a whlte buckskm frock, every seam time. He's into the herd,which Is scattering, and WJ.th of human hair. on scalps. singles out a large fat cow Now he's withln range. 'fhat Jacket.ot Roman Nose. I have seen Crackl No horse killed that time. You might hear him wear it mru;iy a tune," he said in his own Ianslap of the bullet into the buffalo's side. She I guage to Wild Bill, :who mterpreted to Custer. sh>Lkes her head and turns viciously on Custer but Tl:iat was conclusive. The scent vas struck The he has not forgotten the lesson of the old bull.' As question now was how hurry up the wagons. the horse shies, he shies with it, aud tbe buffalo Down they lumben,ng to the banks of finding herself unable to catch the horse, turns and the stream, but it.was a very: different thing taking off. Round spins Custer, and again comes the them across to gomg over with the caval'J alone. It crack of his pistol. I was fully an hour before a place coul be found That did the business. The cow staggers and where the coultl cross, and all this time the drops on her knees, and a moment later down she J scouts were UJ? and down the stream for goes, dead. Roman Nose and _hlS friend. On the other side ot Custer has killed Ws first buffalo; and as he puns I the the trail l?oked just like a c
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14 '1'he Dashing :bracoon. lndla.ns mfgbt be pro,vHng round, wat.ching for a And r,ou shall rue It, as sure aa ;rou're chance to capture tbem. At last wagons wpre got over, and the pursuit Every cavalry soldier knows that old song1 90 ou was resumed at a sharp trot, th11 scouts scattered tumbled the men of the Seventh, and went to work far ahead. with a will. Still the trail kept single and broad. It was plain By the time the sun rose every horse had been that the tribe still thought itself out of danger. The carefully brushed down as clean as a new pin, and aun began to sink lower and lower, and at last, just felt ready for a march, while the men were at break as he was almost touching the horizon, a line of fast. The scouts were already out, scattered over dark timber in a green bottom showed that they had the plain, searching for the trail, and brought back come to another stream. bad news. All this time the officers and Custer had been The trail8 began to scatter again I wawhing the horizon In all directions, with great In The Delaware chief decided to follow the center tentness. Every now and then they could see dark one guided by the marks of the lodge-_Poles, and the moving oojects In the distance, which everybody column started on. Very soon they d1scoveroo that was ready to swear must be Indians. They could the country had changed very much in character. almost see the feathers. Instead of rolling green grass and plenty of game But the Delaware chief only shook his head and there was a dry, fiat plain, with scanty grass and ls-ughed. quantities of low brambles. This plain was seamed "Nay be so nt> Injun, general-only buf'f'lo." with great cracks, sometimes ten or twenty feet "Yes, bm out there," said Custer, 1 can see the deep, and out to six or eip:l!t feet wide. horses." These cracks delayed the wagons very much, for "Mustang," said the Delaware, briefly. they had to be taken round to the heads of the fls-lf an officer rode out and halted, turning a telesures before they could pass. scope on the moving mas!;es, it always turned out The grovnd grew so bard that they could hardly thti Indian was right. lt wlis nothing but a herd of see the trn.ll everrof the lodge-poles, and the further buffalo or mustangs. So they went on till they they went the more the trail scattered. Presently reached the streamil. and evening at the same time, they saw a few black specks in the distance, when a halt was ca ed. coming up found them to he broken down powes, The scouts then announced that they could not abandoned as unable to keep up. follow the trail any longer, that they must wait for This was encouraging. They pressed on at a trot. daylight. The horses were all pretty well fagged Presently they came on a bundle of lodge poles on out for they had ridden all day long without hrutthe ground, where it had been thrown ofr, then ina' Moreover the scouts told them that this stream another, then another. the last tbe,Y would come to for twenty miles. At last the lodge-pole trail cpased. It was clearly impossible, therefore1 to_push on. Now who was to fl.nd where were the warriors and They must go into camp, rest and feea their horses, where the women and children 1 The pony tracks and make double haste in the morning. The wagon-became fewer every moment. Here one turned off, teams especially neede d rest and food. S& they there another-one to the right, one to the left. c1ossed the stream and went into camp, finding Which was to be followed 1 splendid srass and abundance of wood. To give you an idea of the perplexity, you n:iust One thtug they noticed here which showed that imagine that every balf mile or so a party of Indians Roman Nose and his companion must have at lea.st broke off on each side, and as soon as ther were out reached the tribe and given the alarm. The1e wet of sight, hid behind a swell of the praine, whence no jires. The Indians had evidently pushed on in they were now safely watching the column from great haste, each side, some far. in the rear. The soldiers kept Of course there were two sides to this business. It I ou, the Indians breaking off, so that by the time the the Indians had the start, an advantage, it was also column reached the Smoky Hill River Road, the last clear that they would have to push on all night, with J pony track had disappeared. tired horses, for at least twenty miles, without rest So Custer had taken his next lesson In Indian war or water; and that the freshened strength of their fare-that soldi ers can never catch Indians, if the pursuers might enable them probably to catch up Indians don't want it, or unless they are taken by next day if they went into camp at night. It was surp1ise. It was clear now that he need chase them clear that, so tar, they had outstripped the Indians. no longer. Of all the hundreds of tracks behind, So they went into camp, setting a strong picket who was to tell which was warrior, which squaw, or. outside to watch, while the horses enjoyed them-, how soon the Indians might unite if the soldiers selves amazingly m the deep grass of the river bot-separated I The only thing left to do WM to march tom. Their course during the day bad been due down the Smoky Hill stage road, and warn the peo north from the place they bad left0hich was on I pie that the Indians were up and going to fight the banks of the Arkansas river. Tney were now everybody not in small parties, but the b"st they approaching the Smoky Hill Fork of the Kansas, a knew how.' valley thee traversed by a stage road, and through That was the last Custer saw of the Cheyennes which the Kansas Pacific Railroad now runs. Since that year. As he went down the road he those dayshonly a few years ago now, there bas been found they had been before him. Stations were a great c ange there. In the solitary prairies, found burned, horses had been carried off, men through which Custer then chased the roving Chey killed scalped and burned in their own houses, ennes, not an Indian is now to be seen, and the where the wolves were seen feeding on their half screaming locomotive dashes through the valleys, consumed bodies. Before the column reached Fort cutting the swells like a ship on the ocean, while Hays the new terminus of the Kansas Pacific Rail great farmR, where thousands of cattle roam oyer road 'Custer had seen enough sickening sights to square miles of territory, occupy the old huntmp that Indian warfare meant no qua1ter. grounds of Cheyenne and Arapahoe. At Fort Hays be halted to wait orders; and there Next morning, while the stars were still shinln!J1 he was joined by General Hancock, with the rest of the clear notes of the bu!?le rung out the reveille. the expedition. The general was pretty sulky about That meaus "Wake up!' A moment lit1"er out roll-the escape of the Cheyennes, but he thought he had ed 1'he rollicking notes of the "stable cU:ll," to which made up tor it by another move. The Cheyennes the soldiers used to sing the old song: I had gone off to the north, but on the sout.b there .. were still the Kiowas and Arapahoes; and with 4hese Come to the stable, all you that are able, the general had held a grand council. And rub down your horses, and give tnem some Here there came Lone Wolf and Satanta, the first "'or It vocourndo;n do It the colonel shall know it. j and second chiefs of the Kiowai:, and l..ittle and Bear. first and second of the Ara.Pa.uoea.

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lles!des minor chlefs. Tbls councll was beld at Fort D1..dge in the south of no oua ever knew such good as those .11.iowas and Arapa hoes. 7714v wouldn t kill white men, like the Chey ennes not a bi' of it. They loved the white man and hated tbe Cheyennes. All they wanted was plenty of blankets and beef, and leave to say bow much they hated the Cheyennes. Satanta made such a pretty speech that General Hancock was so that be Insisted <>n giving the chief one f hIB own coats, with a m'\iOrgenernl's shoulder-straps. Satanta: took It and cried for joy, and the councll broke up, General Ilancock going *<> Fort Hays. Just three weeks after, Satanta came down to Fort Dod" e wl1h all his men, killed a soldier, stole several horses, And rode up to the stockade dressed in the very coat Hancock bad given bim. So the poor old general wns fooled once more by tbe scamps. However, when be met Custer, the General dld not lrnow of bis friend Satanta's doings He only thought of tbe Cheyennes in the north. So be ordered Cus ter to take the whole of the &:ventb three hundred and fifty men then, with tweat agons, and start of to the north-west, through Into Nebraska.lo to scout the Nebraska river. Wblle 1..mster was prepru1ng for tbis expedition, be had one or two adventures near Fort Hays. CHAPTER IX. BUNTING ON a WAGER. Tmt Seventh Cavalry was lying at Fort Hays expectinl? the arrival of General Hancock every day, but with little to do meanwblle. To pass away tbe time the officers used to go out buffalo bunting> whenever they were off duty, but bad done very lit tle ex(:ept to tire their horses and shoot away ammunitlo!'I'. so far. There were some twenty cfllcers alto gether and one evening they were sitting round the campfue at bead.quarters, talking O'l"er matters, wben as usual tbe nunting came up. Then, as a matter of course, every man began tO' boa.st of wbat be could do, and severil.l of them began to joke their commanding officer about bis misfortune In shoot ing llis own horse. Custer could always take a joke &.S well as auy man, and this time be did not fee[ the stinl? or their jokes so much on account of having killed some buffalo since that time. At last one officer, who thought bimeelf a vei:y fine shot and riderhoffered to bet a cbampagnA sup per for the party t at he could take half tbe officers and kill more buffalo than tbe other half could do, wltb Custer at the bead of It. Very much to bis surprise, however, Custer took bim up at once. "I'll take that bet, major," snid be, quietly; "and you can pick yolll' men, too. We ll begin to-morrow morniag.n The major could not back out then, and the bet was arranged at once. The officers were cbosep by lot, Into two parties of ten each, and It was settled that each should go out in turn, one next morning, tbe other tbe day after. The one that shot tbe fewest buffalo was to give the Slipper and pay for It. The senior major of the Seventh, who was too old and fat to bunt any more, was to be the referee and umpire. The pmties were to bring in the tongues of the buffaloes killed, 1lS proof of their slaughter, and them with the referee, wbo was to keep the matter secret till both parties bad bunted. Then they tossed up which party should go first, and the lot fell to n 3t once as you may think. Before the parry Jay little hollow wblcb would shelter them from Right, and iut.o it plunged, ambulance and all, haltiug tn the bothorses. The aadcll e-girths were loos e ued, saddle cloths set straight, curb-chains looked to. Thea an extra turn was given to every girth-strap, and the horses were girthed in tight and snug, fit to run for their Jives. Every offic e r looked to bis own mount; it would not do to trust to OJ'derlles now, when a failure in any part of the harness might cost a life. Each man looked to bis revolvers and cart.ine, and all were ready. Custer gave the sigual, and tha lit tle party rode out. Now we shall. see a real buffalo-bunt, no chance runs as berBtofore. There are seven in the party, and two of them are young officers wbo have never yet shot a buffalo. They are full of wild excitement, trembling with eagerness, and It Is plain that they will be the failures, lf there are any. The other five are old stagers, including Custer-that is, they have be<;n at It before. They keep behind the swell, which slants away to leeward of the place where they saw the herd. A.I the end of tbe little valley Custer rides up t be side of the s l ope, and baits so as to hide everything but bis head. Then he takes out bis fteldglass to lo ok atthe h e rd. "Just seven, gentlemen," be says, quietly. "Now lf any one of us1ets his animal get away, it may cost us the supper. We are seven 1 too. Do you tbiuk we can account for one apiece?' "You c.an bet we v.ill, general," said one of the youngsters, confidently. Custer smiled. "I've been there before, young gentleman. Look out you don't kill your horse, as I did, instead of the buffalo Are you all ready!" "All ready, general." Then over the bill goes the little party, and finds Itself only about a quarter of a mile from the herd, dead to leeward. Tbey take a slow trot and ride straight at tbe herd. Seel a movement among tbe animals, which see the hunters. Next moment away go tbe buffa loes ; right into the wind's eye, in a lumbering gal lop, like so many cows. Away go the huntE-s, also at full gallop, spreading mto -oag line, spurring their horse s lil
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" .. ,, ... tG The Daahhatr Draeoon. away In an directions, bunters after them. BuCh a scene _,r confusion you never saw tor a. few minutes. The pistols are flashing, and the loud bang! bang! of the carbines is heard every now and then. Bee, there's an old bull down on his knees, the blood pouring from his mouth. Don't waste powder. He's gone, sure enough. There's another-a cow She's stopped; another sure sign. Look at the youngsters-they're botb cr!!-Zf. Not a round left in either pistol, and haven't fimshed .a butl'a.lo yet. There goes Custer on his big horse the new one, a great, coarse beast that runs well for a spurt. but all covered with sweat already. He's after the kin_$ bnll of -the herd, and rides on the right side. up goes the old Spencer carbine in a moment. Bang! and the old bull stumbles and pitches on its head, the blood pouring out of its mouth. The big.bullet has settled it. Now another hunter has stopped a bull, and five butl'a.loes are down out of the seven, while the other two have slipped o1f, and can be seen a. little way o1f, going down a. steep ravine, hea.dforemost, where few horses would dare to follow. 3o the hunters come slowly back, and the order lies cut out the tongues of the slain animals. Five tongues are not such a. bad beginning. Presently up rumbled the ambulance where the tongues and hump of the animals were placed, while the hunters allowed their horses to rest and recover their brP.ath. Custer's big horse was pretty well tired out, and it was yet early in the day; but Cus ter's motto was "never say die," so, after a. short rest, the party proceed,ed on Its way. From the crest of a. neighboring liill a. second herd was soon descried, and a second chase began. This was a. much longer chase than the first. The horse were tired, the herd fresh. Custer's big beast i;rave out and tum bled down a ravine, after the tiuffalo, su1fering a severe sprain of the loins, which disabled it, so that the gene1a.I had to change animals with his orderly, and ride back to his party empty-handed. AB he returned, he met two hulls close to him, and gave chase. This time, also he used his Spencer carblne1 and two shot finished his game. When the party was reunited, six more tongues had been added to the first five, >.nd everybody was tired. They halted for lunch, fed and watered their horses, and started on their return to camp at a slow pace, trusting to find more butl'aloes as they went. Sure enough. as ther topped the first swell, there was another herd to leeward, and as the animals smelt them, they all started right up the wind, pass Ing close to the party. Bu1faloes a.I ways run up wind, no matter what is In the way, so that this herd was soon within strik Ing distance, without any chase. One bull went down first tire, the rest scattered, but the king bull of the herd charged the whole party viciously. Then there was some fun. There were seven hun ters at one bull, bat he seemed to mind the pistolshots no more than flies. He kept charging all the time, chasing tlrst one and then the other, till at la.st a. carbine-bullet brought him down, and the thirteenth tongue ua.s added to their store. Now the party started on its return home, fol"the horses could not have got up another run. It was resolved that the contest must stand on thirteeb. It was a. long march home and the day was hot, but every one was much elated with the l?a.rty's success Custer had kill e d two buifaloes himself, and on1y oui; of the party bad failed to do the same. It remawed to be seen what their rivals would do next day. Artived !n camp, of course the curiosity was very great to know what luck the hunters had met with. T!;tread In ca.mp tliat Cua-ter"s party had only nfM tongues. The kept their part of the secret, very well, and when the major's party rode out next morning, the mem hers were a.II full of the notion that they had only ten tongues to get to win the sapper. The second party had nine hunters, and started full of hope. They had extra. horses and were deter mined to beat nine tongues. The Custer party kept in camp, and the second party began to stragi;le back in tbe course of the .day, two or three a.ta. trme, the last coming in with the ambulance long after dark. Then there was a. great excitement. The nine hunters were full of confidence, and began to banter their rivals as to what kind of champagne they would have. Custer's party only smiled. The tongues would decide th. e question. Every one1locked to the senior ma,or's tent,_and the leader of the party could contain hlmseu no longer. "General, we've beat you," he cried out, rubbing his hands. "You've only nine tongues, and we've got tlutn. Enough and one to spa..e, old fellow. Order on your supper." Custer smiled quietly, and his party kept quite still. "What does the referee sa.yf" asked Custer. The referee, a stout, iolly old officer, grinned. "Orderly he said, 1 bring in the baskets." Two great baskets were brought in. The first was .that of the major's party. Eleven fresh tongues were counted out. "Well, Isn't that a. square beat?" asked the major. "Not quite," said the referee, quietly. "There are thirteen in the other basket. Count them, If you please." You ought to have seen those fellows faces go down as the orderly counted out thirteen tongues. The major recovered first like a man. "I own up, genera.I. It?s a. square beat," he said: And that's how Custer's party won a supper. The defeated nine -telegraphed to St. Louis along the ra.ib-oad, and ordered on the supplies, which reached CamJ? the day Genera.I Hancock e.rrived. That evenmg they had a. jolly time, you may be sure. Next day the Seventh Cavalry received orders to' march on a scout. __ CHAPTER X. AN INDIAN BEGGA&-THE CA.MP SURPRISED-A. BA.TTLll ON HORSEBACK. WHEN General Hancock arrived at the camp In April, 1867, he ordered Custer to march. fro m Fort Hays noJ"th to Fort McPheJ"!O'!i Nebraska, which was on the Union Pacific tta.i!road. This road, which runs parallel to the Kansas Pacific road, on which Custer had been opera.ting, was finished much further out. From Fort McPherson the cavalry was to move In a. circuit, coming back to the railroad at Fort <>00gwlck, and thence straight south to Fort Wallace on the Smoky Hill road, whence the column was to go back to Fort Hays again. If you look on the common maps very likely you will not be able to find all these forts, but If you take an old or new Appleton's Railway Guide you can find them, some mth the fort before the name some without, as railway sta.tiOBB. There you will see that Custer was to describe a great circle to the north-west of Fort Hays, and it 1'as pretty certnin, so General Hancock thought, that he would strike the Cheyennes somewhere or other. This was only a few years ago, and what n r.hange l Hardly a.n Indian there now, only railways and farms. The Union Pa.citlc road runs throug h Nebraska, the Kansas Pacific along the Smoky Hill valley, and the wo have driven a.way bu1falo and Indian alike. Iu 1867, when Custer marched it was very dlf. ferent. All the way to Fort McPherson not a. 1iving being was seen, except a few bu1fa.lo and musta.nga, and one dlst&Dt Indian war-party, that scoure4 awu

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'i'h e Duhlng Dragoon. out of slgbt. Wben tbe scouts came to examtne the trail of tb'is party they found the large feet of shod American borses, very different from the tracks of the little bare-footed poni e s generally used by tbe Indians. It was plain that the Indians were riding horses, taken from tbe sta,ge company, tine; \)Owerful animals, worth two liundred and fifty 1 dollars a.niece. After a march of three hundred miles and more Custer reached Fort McPherson on the railroad, ana learned that General Sherman was out at Juliet; the terminus of the Union Pacific. General Sherman was the chief of all the arniy under Grnnt, in those days, as he Is now, and therefore entitled to com mand General Hancock. As soon as he heard of Custer's arrival, Sherman telegraphed him to wait till he came to him, so the Seventh Caval'l waited nearly a week, resting their horses an getting ready for the next march. While they were there, one day, a number of Indians were seen out on the plaihi; near the station, "nd one of them bore a white tlag. This man was coming to the fort. As soon as Custer heard of It, he sent out a party to meet the .Indians; and, very soon, in rode some ten or twelve picturesque w arriors, beaded by a tine, powel'l'ul Indian chief, wbose war-bonnet was one of the handsomest ever seen on the' plainsJ and whose leggings were fringed with the scalp-loCJJster to do but o bey ordel"" General Slwm1an was a very d'1fere'nt man fron:i Hnncock, a sparf", nervom;;, excitable l ow, always hard at work and very keen. Hancoc k was much older, and being fond of gcod living "as I more inclined to laziness and good-nature, therefore not half so fit to cope with these wily Indian chiefs. In l e s s than an hour after General Sherman's ar rhal the Seve nth O&vah:y, three hundre d and fifty strong, was winding over the plain tn column of fours1 preceded by a strong body of scouts, and fol lowea by. twenty wagons, heavily loaded with pro vi sions and corn. The scouts soon found the trail of Pawnee-Kill er's barid, which was quite broad and plain, and follow ed it all day to tlie south-west, toward thehead waters of the Republican river. The trail was that of a war-party of. some thirty men, and more than half rode large American horses, stolen from the stage companies. Not a trace was to be seen how ever, of l odge-poles; and, unless these were found, every one knew it was hopeless to try and (ollo w Pawnee-Killer, if the India n wished to escape. That da,l' the column made its camp by the Republicannver, and not an Indian had been s e en. The wal?ons w ere corraled in a square, the men pitched tbeir tents in regular streets! and the horses were turned out to graze in a hol ow close to tbe campa under a guard, while a strong chain of mounte pickets was thrown out all round the camp. At this place the river wo,s small, shallow and easily fordable, and low swells smTounded the ho! low in which the camp was pitched. No Indian sign had been seen by the scouts, and it ;was the expe<'tation of eve11 one tbat Pawnee-Killer was tl.ee lng to tbe mount1pns far away. What was the surprise of every one In the morn Ing, to hear, just before surfrise, the furious rattle of carbine -sbots, followed by the yells of attacking Indians and the tramp of hundreds of ftightened horses. Out of the tents plunged the men in their shirts, catching up carbines and belts as they ran, and running to their horses. Outside the camp, in the gray dawn of the morn Ing, came a strong party of mounted Indians, as hard as they could tear, yelling at the top of their voices, firing ID all directions, redolankets and bells, and swooping down on the picket-line and herd or horses. Had the animals of the regiment beeq all In one herd, loose, there is little aoubt that the Indians would have stampeded the whqle body, so ungovern able do horses become when terrified in a large mass. Very luckily, however, only a few baggage had been left in the herd, the rest of the aniwals having been brought in to the picketrope late at night, within fifty feet of the men. This is the mle In a cavalry regiment. Each company has a he11.vy cable called a picket-rope, which is stretched on short posts along the front of the company streets, each soldier's tent being close to his horse, which is tied to the picket-rope by the halter. This fact saved Custer's horses. The presence of so m1iny men whom the horses knew, and the opening of a smart fire of carbines on the Indians, calmed the horses, and drove off the Indians, so that almost before one could say there had been an attack, the stampedil1g party had hauled off, finding the surprise balked by the soldiers. The fight was not over, however, by any means. As the light grew stronger all the tops of the swellB were to be seen covered with mounted war riors, riding to and fro, and evidently planning au attack. As you may imagine, they did not blow stable caJl or breakfast-calf that morning in the S eventh. It was all huny and bustle. Sa1hlle up and lead out was the word, and it is surprising how fast a man learn.'< to get ready if there are Indians near him. Inside of ten minutes the whole regiment was mounted, and the different squadrons were d e ploy Ing out on tbe plain a.round the cainp to repel the Indians. Th Py we re n one to soon. AB soon as it was. fairly Jig.tit the wbole country seemed to swarm with warriors, and the scouts afterward declared that tuere must have been at least a thousand lndlans, nearly three to one of the so!Uiers. The Indians had evidently made up their minds to try what the Big Yellow Chief was made -of, and made a irtandcharA;:e on tile ca.mp. It w1111 the firs&

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18 The Dashtng Dragooa. frd!an are banging over behind their horses, sheltered from bullets, while tbe y tire under the pony' s n eck or over the saddle Here a fellow stands up like a circus-rider, yelling and shakin6 bis gun w bile anothe r stands on bis bead. All of them keep as hard as they can tear, round and round, flrm g all the time. The soldiers cannot hit the warriors, try their best. Now and the n a pony goes over, but l:iis rider is up before the soldiers can get at him, and jumps up behind a fri e nd. The tiring Is Incessant, but very f e w folks are hurt. This"klnd of fighting is full of excitement and rapid motion, but it doe s not mean real business. Presently Custer determined to break it up. He drew In a whole squadron and so contracted his skirmish line that the Indians thought h e was getting fri!!'htened. Much encouraged, the y con tracted their own circle, galloped closer and closer, and shot more rapidly than e ver. All of a sudden, Custe r formed biB squadron and charged the ring, pistol In hand. "Heyl what a charl!'el Now one may see the weak point of Indian flgnting. The warriors cannot stand a oharge. The y break and scatter in a moment, as Custer bursts through the ring. Now, too, one may see the advantage o f dis c ipline. The In dians, man for man, are better 1id e rs, shots and fighters than the soldiers, but s e e how the s o ldi ers drive them I No soone r through the circle than the squadron wheels to one side, and sweeps up the l ong file of warriors, them into confuse d masses anrl driving them like sheep. This n e w maneuve r puzzles the m There is a loud yelling of some signal, anC. the next moment away goes the whol e gang, full s peed, defying pursuit. The attack had been foiled. Custer drew off his m e n to camp; the Indians clustered on the neighboring hills. After a littl e out came a white flag from the Indian r anks; Custer I went out himself to nieet it, and found in the bParer / none other than bis moral friend, Pawnee-Klll e r1 as 1 11Weet and smiling as ever. What could he wantr CHAPTER XI. INDUR DIPUDENOE-TRE.!.OHERY-INGENIDTY-CUSTER I Wru.T did PawneeKiller want with Custer? It llOOD came out that h e asked for another talk with th" Bliz Chief, and came to propose a mooting in !light of the two forces by the river-bank, to whic h each person be entitle d to b ring only six companions. Cu9'.ilr at once consented, but, sustreachery, ordered a whole SQuadron to he reacty, mounted, :lust outside ot the camp, awaiting signal of the bugle to charge, full speed_ Then, with five oftlcers and a bugler, he went down to the bank to meet Pawnee-Kill e r. Every man of the party had his revolver stuck loosel,y in bis belt, and bad bis band on It all through the inter view, a precaution soon found to be v ery n ecessary. Pawnee-KiUe r came swaggering in, with seven chiefs, of six1 and opened the conv ersation by shaking hands. with a sonorous "How I" Then all the chiefs went through the same operation, and the talk commenced through an interpreter. Pawnee-Killer wanted to know bow long the sol diers were going to stay, and whethe r b e couldn't get some more coffee and sugar out of the Big Chief, that was o.ll. As soon as Custer could command bis face, for be could not help Iaughihg at the outrageous coolness of the Indian, be angrily retorted by asking how the chief dared to try and steal his horses that morning? Pawnee Killer took matters very coolly. He thought it was hardly worth disputing about. He wanted to know how long the soldiers would there as they disturbed the buffalo Any c o ffee and sUgar to spare? Pawnee-Killer very great chief. Chiefs like sugar, love white brothers. Got any to spc:kr returned a decided negative. Wanted to know whe n PawneeKiller would come into the fort, as he bad l'awnee-Killer couldn't say. Some time, by-andby. Wasn't sure he could go at all, unless he got some coffee and sugar. The other bank was lined. with Indians, loafing around, and just then one of them came wadi n g over the stream. and walked up to Custer, to shake bands and say "How." Several more w e r e prepar ing to follow, and Custer realized that ti-eacliery Pawnee-Killer, and pointed to the order your men back, chief," be said, in English "or my man will blow bis trumpet, and brio g down all my soldiers." As h e spoke the bug l er, an Intelli gent fellow r a ised his bugle to sound, and Pawnee -Killer looked disturbed. It was clear the chief understood Eng li sh. Without waiting for the interpreter, he ordered his men back, and began to withdraw sulldl y . "White chief, big fool I" was bis parting greeting, as be waded into the river, and Cu ster mounted his horse and rode back. The young general had learned bis second lesson in Inaian warfare. After that he nev e r indulge d in talks wit h h os tile chi efs, unless be felt sure that he bad the whi p-hand or the m Pawnee-Killer had given him hia last instruc tions In treachery, and he never trusted an Indian again. The whole of the Seventh Cavalry was therefore mounted, and started to attack Pawnee -Killer anci bis band. As soon as the chie f 61\W Custer was in earnest be fled with all bis men1 tho u g h the y were more tha n half as nume r ous a.gam 8'! the regur.ent; and before half an hour was over not an Indra n wa.S to be seen. The rapidity with which the y vanished was surprising to Custer at the time, but in after years he f ound the secret to be very simple. Every Indian,,going to war, takes two ponies, at least, one to traveJ one to fight from. On these he carrie s nothing. The soldi ers have onl y on1> horse apiece on which to follow1 and each horse is load e d down with clothes ana forag e aud pro visions. Every few miles the Indians can chang e horses: so there is no wond e r that be goes tbti fastest. Being In their own country, the Indians can scatter and hide, which the wrutes cannot do without getting Into trouble. Of this last maneuve r they bad a notable Instance that very afte rnoon. Custer returned to camp after a fruitless chase, and very soon more Indians came

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'l'he Dashing Dragoon. 19 In sight on the opposite side to that on which they question remained what next to do. The original were spied in the morning. There were only about orders for the scout were to return from Fort twenty and Custer sent out a troop of fifty men to Wallace to Fort Hays, whence Custer first started, chase them off. The Indians mov!l(l slowly off, and but the "liorses of the regiment were too much the troop followed, and scattered, as the Inilians exhausted to march together, and the provisions scattered. and forage at Fort Wallace were f ound to be so bad No sooner were the two parties of soldiers about a that the men wPre fallin11: sick. So Custer decided mile apart than at lenst a hundred Indians came out to leave the main body of his regiment there.Jake of the numerous narrow ravines, hid in the prairie, the best m e n and horses, and march to Fort Hays and galloped down on the smallest of th" parties. himself, to see General Hancock, whence he could The officer in command at once dismounted three send back good provisions for his men. out of every four men, had the horses led in a little He made a march of one hundred and fifty miles column in the mldclle, deployed his dismounted men in two days and a half, reaching Fort Hays but In a circle of skirmishers, and so fought his way found n either provisions nor Hancock the re. HearbacHkadtotchaemp.di"ans been whi"te troo s, the would ing that General Hancock was at Fort Harker, sixty In ps y miles off, he determined to push on with one or two have charge J and ridd e n right over the little band; officers and men, leaving his escort b e hind, for the but, being Indians, they had their peculiar weak-road was no longer dangerous. In twelve how-s ness which is this: they cannot stand a close fight more he was nt Fort Harker and found, to hls sur wbere they must lose men. They always try to kill prise that the Kansas Pacific Road had bf'en finished their enemies without losing any of their own war-to that post, which was now a railway station. rtors, and that makes them cowardly in some things, There was no Hancock there either J.. h oweve r, n.o wbi!e they are brave in otliers. So they keptclrcjjng one but Ctll'ter's own colonel, old tieneral A.. J. round the little troop at full speed, shooting away Smith, who commanded the department. and hardly ever hitting anything, while the soldiers From him Custer learned tbat Hancock had given firing slowly, from the ground, managed to kill two up the campaign and retired to Fort Leavenworth, Indians and wound two others, before they reached too far off to be followed, while active movements camp. The other party was not attacked. had been stoJ?ped for the year. General Smi t h gave Some days after, Custer's wagon-train, which he Custer pernussion to send back the wagon-train to had sent to Fort Wallace under a gunrd of fifty men, the reg1m<;nt under a junior office:, and to go by to get provisions for a l onger scout, was attncked by railroad himself to Fort Riley, mnety miles off, seven hundred Indians, wbo fought in just the same where Mrs. Oc.ster and the general's sister were way, circling round and round. The officer In com-living from ..-!1om he had now been separated ever mand saved bis men in just the same way as the since Marcb, it being then July, 18U7. first-mentioned had done, by putting his horses in Custer went there, supposillg all was rigbt. How the middle, between two columns of wagonB, and rejoiced those at home were to see him, no one can deploying his dismounted skirmishers all round the tefi but those wbo have been in similar positions, as train. He also beat off Indians: so that in this soldiers or sailors. Within a week, howeve r, he was campaign Custer and the Seventh Cnvalry found out rudely awakened from his dream of happiness b.y an a good deal about how to fight Indians, a lesson of order of a/YlelJt, and was soon after tried by court which they often afterward avniled themse lves. martial, on some charges prepared by a personnl Tbey learned that they could not successfully fi!(ht enemy of his, who had detennined to injure him. mountedJ for the Indians could outride the soldiers, He was charged with leaving his men to go on a and the .llldian ponies never got scared, while their journey on private busi11e1Js, and with excessive own big horses soon became unmanageable. So crueltyaudillei:;alconductin stoppingtbenttempted they always, after that, fought on foot, round their desertions of hlS men by shooting a deserter. That horses, when eve r they got into a tight place among unlucl..--y journey to Fort Riley was made the pretext Indians, and always found the plan work well. for tbe whole trial, and Custer was filially conSoon after these events, Custer proceeded on his d emned to be suspended from rank and pay for a long scout, and marched out of the Indian country, whole vear. qeare r t.Jie settleme nts. Here he got into freSh Of ciiurse this was a henvy blow for the poor fe-1 troublesi from another source. His men began to low after trying so hard to do bis duty; but he had desert, not one or two, but ten or a dozen at a time, to submit and go back to Monroe, leaving tl! e Seventh and at last he found out thnt there was a plot for Cavalry to go out without him, and fight the Inaians more than half the regiment to desert in a body. next year. One afternoon, after a march, when tbe horses A.s it hnppened,,_ however, this very unjust sen-were grazing, a party of fifteen soldiers started out tence, passe d on uuster, was !be means !n end In broad daylight, before their officers' faces, of giving bim the greatest triumph of hlS llfe He mounted and armed, and d etermined to desert. went away, and the war l anguis.hed all tbe summer Only the guard in camp had saddled horses, and of 1868. Nobody seemed to have any success. The these at once pursued the deserters, one of whom Indians did more mischi e f than they hnd done for was shot dead, another wounded, some more being years. General Hancock was removed, and General taken prisoners. This sudden aml severe treatment Sheridan put in his place, but even then things clid cowed the men, and there were no more desertions, not come right. The troops had the worbt, t1.ie In but the result of the difllcnlty was much trouble dians the best, all the summer. Custer, as we shall soon hear. Finally, as nothing else covld be done, they bad to He pursued his march to Fort Wallace, discover-send for Custer before his year was out, nnd he relng on the way the victims of a terrible Indian celved a telegram from Sheridan_. slating that Shermassacre. A. young officer named Lieutenant man nnd all the officers of the had united Kidder, who was searching for Custer himself, with with him to ask the President to send Custer back to dispatches from General Sherman, had been caught the plains, to show the officers how to fight Indians. by Pawnee-Killer.'s band, and killed, with every The same day the order arrived from Washin1'.!on1 member of his party. Custer found their bodies, all and Custer started for the West, arriving at J!'Ort strifped, and so backed to pieces by the Indlnns Hays the last d.11.y of September, 1868, to meet Gen tha uot one could be reoogmzed. Such a horrible eral Sheridan. aigb. ls never seen outside of an Indian battle-field, He found everything lit the d epartment In a bustle, .. nd Custer never forgot it. He little thought that fot Sheridan had determined on something never the daywocid come when he and the flower of his I known on the plains before bis time: Tbis was a omcers and men would be found in the same condi-winter campaign against the Indians, and it was t.o tion. lead this campaign that he wanted Custer. He pursued his march to Fort Wallace, finding the It wns now that Custer approached the grandest Indill.na all irone out of the country: and then the and most successfnl time of all his Ind.Ui.n: career.

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10 The Da8hlng Drar:oon. Bberfdan's reasons for a wfnt.er campaign were founded on common sense. In the summer, the sol diers could not catch the Indians, who had plenty of ponies, fat with grass, and as much game as they could ilboot. In the winter, It was different. The troops could carry along wagon-loads of oats and feed their horses, while the Indian ponies could only be kept alive down In the hollows of streams, where there were enough cottonwood trees for the animals to0teed on the bark. L As it was, the poor creatures were miserably tl:iln, and quite unable to march far, so that, If the tribe was found, It was probable the soldiers -:ould catch them. For these reasons, Custer was w take out t}le &>venth Cavalry as soon as the wlM""1' !let In, to hunt Indiana. CHAPl'ER XII. .l Q11J:EB WlNTEB OAJJIPAIGN-BIULLI.ANT REeULTB. IT was some time before Custer considered him lle!f quite ready for the Indians. He found his regi ment full of green recruits1 fresh from the towns of the East, men who hardly Knew how to ride a horse to water, leave alone tight on him. They were miserable shots, and could, some of them, scarcely hit a barn door lrom the barn-yard fence. He found them encamped among the Indians, and so scared that they hardly dared leave camp. He very soon changed that, however, by sending out large scouting parties et niitht, to frighten the Indians. Finally, he left the camp where ne found the regi qient, moved In, close to Fort Dodge, on the Arkansas River, out of reach of Indian annoyances, and set to work to drill his men in earnest, to become good riders and good shots. Every day he had tar get practice, and out of all the companies he selected the very best shots, w Wch he organized Into a separate called the "Sharpshooters." To these he promisea to give certain special privileges, such as 11xemption from picket duty, and the privl lege of always being at the head of the column. The consequence of this promise was, that all the soldiers were eager to be sharpshooters, and shot their very best, the whole reg;ment improving daily. While he was drilling, of course the Indians wei t doing what they pleased all over the country, but Custer did not mind that. It was just as well they should imagine themselves' secure. He could not catch them till the snow was on the ground, and the less suspicion they had of a winter campaign, the more likely he was to find them. At last, after a long march, with a strong column, through the In dian Territory). down to the borders of Texas, at the place where uamp Supply now stands, the first snow came, in a tremendous blinding storm, and the Seventh Cavalry, with a numerous wagon train, started on Its journey to find the Indians, November 28d, 18G8. Tne winter had set In with a vengeance, for the storm lasted the whole of the first day and all night; and when it cleared up at last, there were eigbteen Inc.hes of snow on the ground, with the thermome ter down about zero. This was a real winter cam. paign and no mists.Ire. Many men would have halted for the storm, for even the Indian guides lost their way, and conld not tell where Wolf Creek was, the place where the regiment was to encamp the first night. Custer would not be beaten, however. He had a map, he knew the direction of Wolf Creek, so he took his course by compass, and pushed on, reach ing the creek safely, and excetling the guides. Of these guides he liad plenty on tbis expedition. First, tnere were tweEty Osages, friendly Indians, from a small tribe on a In Indian Terri tory. Their cWefs were Little Beaver and Hard Rope. Then he had several white and half-breed about some of whom novels have been written. ul>eClall.Y there wu California Joe, who was afterward one of the most usetul scouts Custer e?er had. California Joe was a tall, broad-shouldered fel lowlswith a tremendous brown beard, and a sbock o f cur tliat looked as if they had never seen a comb for years. His great peculiarity was ,. short brier wood pipe, which he never stopped smoking, dny or night, except when asleep, eating, or on an Indian trail. He would talk you blind for hours, and had th" Washita River, in which country the Indiarui were expected to be found wintering, anywhere within a hundred miles. The solrliers hiid not traveled three days, before they found how wise Custer had been to wait for the snow. By the banks of the Cana dian River, they found a broad fresh trail, evidently that of the last war-partr, of the season, iroing home, and the greenest recrwt could have followed It in sncb a snow. Their troubles were over, as far as finding the It> dlans was concerned, for it wns clear that the trail was made by men quite unsuspicious that they would be followed, and therefore csreless of their marks. It was found, quite by surprise, while Cus ter was crossing his wagon train over the River Canadian, an operation which took several hours, and during whlcll of course the regiment could not move. To utilize the time, Custer sent out two squadrons under Major Elliott, to scout down the river and see what they could see. This detachment f ound the Indian trail, about ten miles below Cus ter's ford, leading off to the south-west. Major E1Ji. ott was a very brave and sagacious offi cer, and he realized that there was no time to be lost, so he set olT on the trail at once, sending back a scout name d Jack Corb ett, to tell Custer of Ws discovery. Corbett found Custer at the crossing, arriving just as the last wagon was drawn slowly up the steep bank, with three teams In front of it. The mode of following the Indian s was now very soon settled. The Seventh cavalry had twelre companies in all, divided Into six "squadrons." Major Elliott had two squadrons; Custer left one as a guard for the wagons, and with the other three squadrons, six companies, determined to strike off to the south east In the direction In wL"h Corbett pronounced the trail to be leading. The wagons were to follow Ws trail as fast as they could come with the guard. Ot course there was a danger that Indians might pounce on them, but Custer decided to risk that. He was satisfied, from the snow, and from the total absence of tracks outside of the war-trail, that the Indians were hugging their lodges. When he and Elliott united they would have ten companies, or about seve n hundred men, and he judged it best to move quickly. In ten minutes from Corbett's arrival, th!lrefore, away went the at a fast walk, over the frozen snow. to catch t.ne Indians. The snow was not near so deep as it was further hortbJ where they had come from1 and it had thawed and rrozen Into a hard crust, so tnot progress was easy. They took np thefr march about noon, and just at the sun set they came on Elliott's tnill, where he was following the Indians. Now the scent was growing hot. That night was full moon, and th' trail waa ao broad and beau that thv could

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The. Dashing Dragoon. 11 It after sunset. ot course they did so with pru df'nce. All talking was stopped in the column, which swl'pt on at a Ion!?, slashing walk. such as cavalry horses soon acquire, and which I nlways most ra-pid at night, when the a.nima.ls think they s.re nee.nng camp. At nine o'clock they came up to Major Elliott's party, which had halted, &nd the whole regiment was dismounted. The men and horses were all pretty well tired, and needed food, but the question was how to cook cof tee. The trail had Jett them down into the valley o"? a stream, which they afterward found to be the Washita, where there were high banks and heavy timber, so It was decided to risk making small fires, low down In the hollow, trusting to the cold weather to keep prowling Indians at home. Il not seen, It was well worth the risk to give the men the refreshment of hot coffee, which no one appreciates so much as a shi verlng soldier, after a long march. Supper was cooked. the horses received a double share of oats, and after an hour's ha.It tae pursuit was resumed. Now, however it was necessary to take extra precautions. Litt\e Beaver and Hard Roi>e pronounced the trail to have been made tha.t very day, and that the Indians had probably passed just before sunset. It was almost certain that the cam.P would be found in the valley of the same river which they had just reached, and probably not very far off. It was therefore necessary not to alarm the Indiana till the was prepared to dash on them, and I.he n01se of the frozen snow under the horses' feet could be heard a quarter of a mile off. The way the new march was arranged was this: In front of all went little Beaver and Hard Rope, on foot, gliding over the snowcrust in their soft moc casins like silent s r il"its Custer a little behind them, at a slow pace. The other Indian scouts were thrown out in nll directions also on foot, to watch for lurking foes, while the white scouts rode in a lit tle body, three or four hundred yards back. The regiment, In column of fours, was at least ha.If a mile behind only just in slll:bt. On went the column on its new for a.bout an hour more when Hard Rope stopP"U progress. Ht smelt fire, he said. A little further, after a can tious advancek and theydiscovered the dim embers of a deserted nre. The Indian scouts crept up to It, and found no one alive, but plenty of pony tracks. It was pronounced to be a fire made by some Indian boys, in charge of the pony herd belonging to the village. The herd had gone, but could not be far .1if-the village must be very near. You may how cautiously the scouts stole on now, the ment halting some way of!. At the very next h I, Hard Rope waved J:>ack Custer stole up to the top, peeped over, and instantly fell Hat on his face, then crept slowly back to Custer, laid bis hand on the general's bridle and whispered: "Biy heap lnjun do111n th.,e." "How do you know?" whispered back Custer. "Me heara dog bark," said Hard Rope, quietly. Custer dismounted, crept to the crest of the bill, peeped over, and there, in the midst of the timber, were the white lodges of an Indian village, sleeping In the moonshine. There was no mistake. He went back to his horse, and sent a scout to call up the officers of the SeventhJ telling them to come quiatly, leaving their sabers nehind. He led them to the top of the billi1howing them, for the first time in their lives, an udian village full of enemies, which the white man had caught at last. There was no question as to the catching-the only one was, would the Indians stay caught? Against their escape Custer soon provided. Dividing bis regiment into four divisions, he or dered three of these make circuits, about a mile from the camp, so as S
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The Dashing Dragoon. CHAPTER XJll. I before they went Into camp themselves. t,'Ullter' I PUOB-VJBITOR&-THE ENGLISH LORD-A GRA.lo'D BW sununer PQSt was at Big Creek, about dft'!en mil F.ALO HUNT. from Fort Hays, but the soldiers had sclt!'ed ,.. tlf THE final pacification of the Incl!ans of the Soahall the game long before, so that it was neceP' \) "'est by th" efforts of General Custer occurred in get outside of their circle before hoping 1869, and raised his reputation as an Indian-fighter buffalo. The hunting party camped by a lit .. far above that of any officer of the army. A brief I ning brook, and the Indian scouts were sent '11lt In recapitulation of what be aad done will show the 1 all directions to find buffalo signs, while supper waa reason for this feeling. He wOB recalled from arrest being cooked. In September, 18a8. Before that time he bad only About an hour after sunset thev returned, with had three months' experience on-the plains. In six the news that buffalo were gr!IZing or lying down In months .from S3ptember, 1868, that is in March several larg.i herds, not two ll!i.Jes from camp. 1869, Custer and the Seventh had destroyed one band This encouragea every cne and pistols were of Cheyennes, compelled the tribe of Kiowas to cleaned. rifles Iooked to, saddles 0verbauled that come into their reservation, persuaded the whole rugbt. lt WOB arranged that in the morning tho tribe of the Arapahoes to follow their example, ood hunters should start out after breakfast, and tbeu finally captured the lo.st of the remaining Cheyennes, the night wOB devoted to sleep. and them to peace. No one else had ever The party was very large now. The English and done hau so much, except with an army behind the officers of the Seventh were nearly thllty strong, him. and the St. Louis people bad more than a hundred, Peace now reigned on the plains for several years among whom were some forty ladies. One of these and Custer among the rast had an opportunity of ladies,_ the beautiful Miss 'r. of Cincinnati, bad enjoying the reward of his labors. The Seventh actually expressed a determinalion to ride out with was scattered among the frontier posts, and Custer the bunt, and as she was known to be a solendid himse lf, with a few companies, took command at ride r there was> much curiosity expressed as to Fort Hays, where be some of the happiest whether she would kill a buffalo, for she carried two years of his life, till l07l, when he was ordered re"'1vers. away to the States. At last the dawn began to streak the east, and The fu'St summer be was overrun with visitors long before sunrise the whole camp wos a li ve, from the East and Europe, who wanted to see the breakfast dispatched, and horses saddled. Just as famous Custer and enjoy a buffalo-h1mt. Fll'St came the sun showed bis face, the bunters rode out ol a young English lord, who bad been making the camp, and no sooner bad they topped the llext swell tour of the world. He was a great rider, a crack than, snre enough, there was a herd of nearly shot, very fond of bunting. He.bad shot tigers in a thousand buffalo, dead to wmdward, peacefully India, and came to America to see if the Yanks bad feeding on the prairie gross. anything .in the way of game worth killing. This Now the hunt was arranged, all the horsemen and young lord came to Newport soon after bis arrival. Miss T. out in a skirmish line, riding abreast and all the rich people in society petted him. about thirty feet apart, at a slow pace, toward the The young ladies, however-women are contrary herd. '!'bey numbered about sixty riders all told. creatures, you know-didn't much like the patron-In tbe center was Custer, Miss T. next to bim, tl1e !zing way this young lord talked about the plains. It two English lords on either aide. It was understood seems that he once said: that they should keep abreast till tbe herd Etarted "It's notWng to kill a buffalo, my dear Miss Bl ank. after which it was to be every one fo himself. You see, wbeu a fellow's killed tigers and elephants, It :vas pretty hard work to bold in the !lorses, for all the rest seems very tame. You ve nothing very the S1&ht of so many comp.anions, and the scent of dangerous on the plains. Buffalo! why all you ba.ve the distant buffalo blowmg down on the fresh to do is to ride fast enough to catch them, and shoot morning breere, excited them greatly. The buffalo straight. You see, these fellows on the plains brag were hungry, and, as usual, feeding heads up wind, a good deal." so that the line wa& wjtbin a quarter of a. mile Then the beautiful Miss Blank was nettled for before they took the alarm. Then arose a greii.t she bad a brother on the plains, and she had been grumbling bellow.._ and the mass of huge black doiug a good deal of boasting about the buffaloes beasts started on at a trot, breaking into a he bad killed. lumbering gallop after a few steps. So she flashed out: Now line of hunters starte d, full speed and "Very much obliged my lord, for lour opinion, "ent raClllg away for the herd. Custer, on bis but perhaps you wouldn't say so i you'd seen a. thoroughbred, the English lords, and Miss T. were buffalo." ahead, being better mounted than any one else, and Oh, well1 you know, that's all very well, you they soon found themselves nearing the herd. Now know, out they were close to them in the dust, and the buffalo "And as for killin?, I'll bet you a dozen pa.Ir began to scatter. The beasts could not run so fast of gloves you can t Kill a buffalo on your first as m the spring. for the summer grasses bad fattenhunt." ed them and epo iled their wind, while the horses This nettled the ypunglord In turn, avd when Miss were in splendid condition. As the game scattered Dash aml Miss So-and-so and all the rest joined in to the horsemen dashed into. the main herd, ar d the tease him about the buffalo, he finally declared that crackin_g of began. The English lord wae he'd start for the West next week, have one hunt, I determmed to wm his bet, and be dashed in, singled and bring back at least one buffalo tail, or lose a out his buffalo1 and fittihed him in short order, dozen pair of gloves to each lady. with three shoi;s. Little Miss T. had shrunk from So down to Fort Hays he came by railroad, with a center of the herd but she was away after a letter trom General Sheridan to Custer, and a party smgle bufl'nlo, closely fvhowed by two orderlies, dewas at once organized. tailed by Custer to take care of her. The plucky This hunt was a very splendid one, for tbere was Western fired away ll't her buffalo, and by dint a large crowd of hunters. Besides the Engli s h lore! of ho.rd and perseverance brottgbt him to liay a.nu. tbe friend who traveled with him, there were after three shots. Then she might ba.ve had a bard several officers of the Seventh and a party of timf', but for the orderlies wbo dashed in,. firing and excursioni
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The Dashfng Dragoon. es oomfng ID ber dlrectfon. Wonderful to relate, ebe .,.ded bykilling this fellow, too, but not till sbe had emptied the twelve barrels of her revolvers, and been chased round and round by the buffalo. Luckily she was so light, and her horse so irood, that the brute never irot near her,. and the oroe1 lies had no excuse for interfering tiu it was time to cut ofl' the tail of the second bufl'8.J.o. In the mean time, the rest of the party bad not been idle. There was enough noise to make one Imagine a regular battle was going on, but butl'aloes and hunters alike were scattered all over the prairie in a cloud of dust, a very f e w minutes' gal lop ta.king them miles away. At last they began to return, slowly, with tired horsesJ. every man talking at the top of his voice, and au boasting of their success, if t11ey had killed anything. We have said nothing of Ouster, but he bad made a splendid score for all that. He was now an old, experienced buffalo-hunter, and seldom took more than two shots to finish his game. He had killed seven buflalo, and the English lords had killed tour e.piece-pretty good for beginners. But they had stopDed sneering at the prairies. "By Jove, general,'lt's not so tame as l thought. viciously as a rogue was the opinion, and bis friend confirmed it. He had narrowly escaped death twice. Once the buffalo's horn grazed liis horse's sid"l and ripped his saddlecloth off, and another buffalo threw him, horse and all, falling dead within two feet ot the prostrate hunter. That day's dinner was a jol.ly one. Eighty-two bufl'alo bad been killed, and the wagons were all loaded with mei>. t to go ha.ck to camp. The cham pagne fl.owed, and Miss T. 's health was drank again and again, as the Diana of the Prairies. Next day the htmters and excursionists went back to Fort Hays, and the party broke up. This-hunt was but one of many such tileasant e:iccursions, which made the summers of 1869 and 1870 the most d elightful of Custer's life. His little wife was with him, and his sister Mairgie, now just grown up to be a young lady; the officers of bis battal ion were devoted to him, and made with their families a pleasant circle of society. In the winter, when visitors came no more, the regiment was can toned at Fort Hays,. the men in comfortable barracks, the horses m open stables, the officers in cot tages. 'l'hen they used to iret up privat,e theatricals, the officers and ladies taking part1 the audience being composed of the soldiers ana civilians empleyed at the ; postJ nearly a thousand people in all. As tbe show was rree, you may be Rure that the theater was full every evening, and that the actors bad plenty of applause. So passed away the time, pleasant and peaceful, till the summer of 1871, when Custer received orders 'to proceed to Louisville, Kentucky, while the whole of th" Seventh Cavalry was taken from the plains, and divided, a company here and a company there, throughout the Southern States. Custer, with only two companies. was stationed at Elizabethtown, a small place about forty miles from Louisville, and there he remained, with little or nothing to do, till 1873. His brother, Tom Custer, who was now a captain In the Seventh, was ordered to South Carolina, but his sister Maggie was married to Llent,enant Cal houn just about this tilne, and as Calhoun was appointed post-adjutant to Cusoor they were naturally pretty close together, so that the little family circle was not broken up entirely. To occupy his leisure, about this time, Custer began to write sketches of his life on the plains, and even commenced a memoir of his services during the war, but these latter were never ftnlshed, and he onlv wrot,e at int,ervals and by fits and starts, to occupy 'his mind and cure his uneasy restlessness. Custer was a peculiar man in this respect1 that he alwa.vs wanted to be up and doina: 1fml#tni1rl(I. and never could long enjoy leisure. 't'he two yeal'll be pru;sed in Kentuc. ; y were uneasy and restless years, and he was very glad in the middle of 187'J when he was summoned by telegraph once more to his beloved plains. This time, however, It was not for Indian service but only for another grand buflalo-hunt, whlc:b most of our readers will remember. At that period the United States was honored by the visit of Prince Alexis of Russia, who was received with great cor diality by the I,>
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T H The Dasl Ing Dragoon. a:ete, and an gay wltfl feathers. They reported but-I falo over the next hill. It is needless to describe this bunt any further, for all buffalo-hunts are much the same, and this was no exception:-The Grand Dulrer, and worked his way up to be chief engineer. Now, therefore, it happened that he and Custer, who bad not met each other since the surrender at Appomattox, came together two thou sand miles away, and eight years later, as friends and comrades. As you can fancy, they had many a pleasant talk over their old battles, explaining movements to each other. Those eight years, and liis own success had ta.ken away all the bitterness of past defeats from Rosser, and he and Custer became very ci ose friends ever after. The column started from Fort Lincoln In the spring as soon as the grass was well up, and pro ceeded due west toward the Yellowstone River on the line where the railroad was projected. Their early progress was quite rapid, the plains being qu'te mooth till they came to ihe line of the Lit tle Missouri, beyond which the "bad lands" com menced. These bad lands are horrible places seam ed with broad deep fissures, almost impassable for wagons, and frequently delayed them so that the f'.?o':iid was J ess than two hundred miles, but the way1 were so difficult that it was not till July that the great river was reached. Then Custer proposed to General Stanley that he, Custer, should go ahead every day with two or three companies of cavalry, pick out a good road, and leave a broad trail for the wegpns to follow. General Stanley was only too glad to assent to this arrangement, which soon brought Custer into quite a handsome fight. In tbe e.arly party of the journey no Indians had been seen, and even on the Yellowstone it was some time before any of their presence were met. As It turned out, however, the column was being watched all the time, and by no less a person than the now celebrated chief Sitting Bull. Slttiog Bull was the most daring, obstinate and implacable of all the Indla.ns of the North-west. When the wbole Sioux nation made peace with the whites, when Red Cloud and Spotted Tail, with all their braves bad come in and settled on the agen cies, Sitting 'Bull aloue held out. With a little band sometimes of l ess tban e. hundred war1iors, be r& mained out in the dese1ts round the Yellowstone, proud of bis independence, and secure, as he thought, from the power of the government. As Jon!\' as the Yellowsrone country was not wanted, Sittmg Bull was left alone in his glory, but tbe com ing of the Stanley column showed him that he must fignt if he hoped to drive out the whites. All the summer, while Stanley's great train of wagons was slowly creeping along the plains, Indians had beeq seen passing to and fro between Sitting Bull's little band and the different tribes on the agenc ies of tbe Missouri iiver. Here the Indians used to get gun, and ca1tridges, osteosibly to bunt\ while tliey slip. ped oft'., one or two at a time, reaJ!y to join Sitting Bull Therefore, there was very little to wonder at when Custer, one fine morning, while reposing hid little squadron of about ninety men, some ten miles abe1td of the main column, was suddenly attacked by Sitting Bull, witb at least three huodred warriors1 who drove the soldi<;1-s to tbe bank of the river, ana b esieged tbem there for several homs. They could not budge Custer and the Seventh, however. As usu&.!. the soldiers fought on foot; sending their horses into sh1>Jter,and, as usual, the Indians wasted their time "cireling," throwing away ammunitioa, when their drst charKe had been repuJM.

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The Daahiug Dragoon. How long Custer mle:ht have held out, as he was lituated, 18 uncertain, but the timely arrival of two 1quadrons of the Seventh extricated blm from his dilemma. The way these came to be sent up wu In consequence of Indian carelessness. It seemed that, beside the main lparty attacking Cus er, there were small bands of Indians roaming about, one of them led by a mooth-faced, smiling dare-devil of a Sioux, named Rain-in-the-Face. This scamp happened to come on two peaceable quiet old men, who belonl!:ed to the main column, .but who had fallen Into the habit of roaming away to collect curiosities, of which the Yellowstone country Is full. Rainln-the-Face_ came on these two old men, Dr. Houzinger and Mr. Baleran, and killed them both, leaving their bodies so that the advance of the column found them. Re also killed a straggler of the Seventh, named Ball, at a spring. The finding of these bodies of course made General Stanley very anxious about Custer's detachment, and he at once sent off the rest of the Seventh to help their leader. The new force had not arrived within three miles when the warr, Indians spied It, and began to draw off. Custer, with the quicl< deci sion natural to him, divined the presence of his friends, and determined to give hlS enemies a les son. Not waiting for the reinforcement he mounted his men, charged Sitting Bull, and drove him helter skelter for nearlv ten miles before be stopped, then came slowly back to camp, with the loss of only two wen wounded. This was his first Indlanflght since 1869, end ended In a triumph won against tremendous odds. Only n few days afterward down came Sittinit Bull ngoin, this time on the main expedition, with a much larger force. It was computed at the time tbat there were at least fifteen hundred Tndians in sight, so many allies had joined Sitting Bull This time, however, the chief did not get off so easily. He had not calculated on the presence of a b11 ttery of sm a,il rifle-cannon w bicb was in the train, c11rdully bidden. Custrs, been there were Inventing stories. Two United States officers Captain Reynolds and Lieutenant Warren, both afterward major-generals of volun teers, bad taken parties around it in 1855 and 1859. Captain Reynolds went up the Yellowstone by boat, and Lieutenant Warren's party went hf laud from Fort Laramie, but neither succeeded m exploring the Black Hills. Reynolds did not try, and Warren was stopped by the !Sioux and compelled to return. In 1874, as in 1859, there stood the Black Hills, as they are marked on the map, a little cluster of bills, rising In the midst of the barren plains of the Yel lowstone, silent, mysterious, clothed from base to summit with dark pine fore.sts, fitly named. What was in those da.rk recesses no one knew. They covered a space about as as the State of Connecticut, within a hundred miles of Fort Lara mie yet totally unknown. The overland route to California ran near tbem1 but no venturesome traveler had ever penetratea their recesses. The Indians at the agencies questioned about the Black Hills, could or would t ell nothing aiJout them, except that they were m e dici ne-that 1s, enchanted. At last, one day, two Indiani out on a spree, and )>retty drunk\ c;ame into a fort and exhibited some golddust, wnich ther wanted to exchange for whisky. or course this set the traders to question ing them, and by dint of plying them with liquor1 they managed to extract from them that the gola came from the Black Hills. Then of course the excitement began, and every frontiersman was anxious to go to the Black !lills. But every frontiersman also knew that bis chances of finding gold were as one to ten of losing bis scalp. It was moreover far from certain that the Indians bad told the truth about the gold. To add to the difficulties surrounding the Black Hills was the fact that the G overnment, by l!Olemn treaty with the Indians, in 1838, bad promisP..d never to take the hills away from the Indians, nor to allow settlers to go there. In the same treaty, there was a stipulation that Government ltseu: might, ff it wished, send expforing parties through the country. No sooner dia the gold story spread than the Government ordered an expedition to start from Fort Laramie, consistln{r of the whole of the Seventh Cavairy, two comrruues of infantry, a bat tery of Gatling guns. a trlUll of six hundred wagons, ., and a number of Ind.ii..n scouts. This expedition, nearly as stror.g as the Stanley column of 1873, was put under the rommand of Custer aloue, and, as usual where be was uncontrolled by others, it was completely successful Custer started from the fort In June, and marched to the Black H.iils, which be reacbe:i in July, entering from the north, and passing right tbrouvh the heart of the mysterious country. He found it all and more tba.n ba.d been reported by the bunters In old ti.-nes. The first valley where be baited was a perfect garden of wild flowers, so brilliant and various tba.t the officers at breakfast were able to gather no Jess than sev m : e n different kinds of bfossom without rising from their sea.ts, but jtLt reaching down round the table. The botanist of the column counted over two hundred different species in the first morning1 and the soldiers, as they rode along, gathered garl8Dds for their horses' beads, hardly stooping from the saddle. By unanimous conseDli they called this place Floral Valley. Then, as they advanced through the bills, they came on forests of oak, beech, maple and ash, heaVJ' nine wood. open patMea of nch prairie, everY van

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98 The Dulung Dragoon. ety or farming land. The hills were r ull or brooks, I song over and over again till the scout "'"' _. some with sweei war.er, some with a st.rong alkaline ta.in from the description ti.at it waa these two old fi.avor. In the beds of these rivulets there were men he had killed. Then be rode to i'ort LlncolD strong Indications of gold, and at every halt some or and told Custer. their people washed out several dollars' worth of Custer at once sent a squadron of cavalry under dust. For a long time no human beings were met1 j Captain Yates and Captain Tom Custer, who suc but game was so P.lentitul and ta.me that It seemea ceeded, after some trouble, in capturing Rain-in-the a shame to shoot 1t. Face. It was a very risky thing to do, for the sol-Through the Black Hills marched the Custer col-diers were only sixty strong, and there were at least umn in 1874, and the expedition seemed to be one six hundred armed Indians at the agency, but they long picnic. A small family of Indians, with half a 1 caught the murderer unawares, and then promised dozen warriors, was found, but no one else came the Indians, who gathered menacingly round, that near them. Jt seemed, as tbe reports had said,_tpat 1 it they stirred a finger to rescue him Ile eilould be the Indians had a superstition as to the Black Hllls, shot at once. It was Tom Custer who arrested Ra.in which kept them out of It. The probable reason in-the face, and the two officers finally succeeded in was their fear that If the presence of gold,was once getting him off from the a.geucy into the fort. thoroughly known, the white men would pour in; Then Rain-in-the-Face wu kept in the guard-and so It subsequently proved. house for several months, Custer trying his best to When Custer's expedition returned and the genmake him confess to the murder. This, however, eral's report was published, the Black Hills gold was Never was there a quieter and sweeterlever set in at once. There was a tremendous ex-faced Indian than Rain. He look e a as it he would cltement. Miners began to rush in before the winter not harm a fiy. He protested that he knew nothing hElgan, and some forty or fifty started a little fort about the murder, loved the white me'.!.t and all the all b:v themselves, which they named Custer City. rest, but Custer cornered him at last. .llivery day he They found plenty of gold and a mild wlntert but used to him alone in his room and question the out in the States a perfect storm was raging anout scamp, till at last be extorted a confession from Custer's report. One professor bel1:an to write lethi!n which Rain directly denied. His ters to the papers, declaring that. Custer was a fnends and r e latives came to v1S1t lnm and beg for fraud, that there was no gold fu the hills, that It was his lite, but Custer held on to him and was detera shame to let men go there, and so on. All the I minst\ and news proved to be Old California Joe, who turned up I came in from all quarters that 1876 woula probably quite unexpectedly. He used to travel off with the see a tremendous Indian war, for the whole Sioux soldiers, wben they found him in the hills, quit e I nation was preparing to go on the war-path. Eceably, till they got to the settlements, and then -It was therefore determined by Sher!tlan, t as coolly bid them good-by When next they as be had determined in 1868, to attack the Indians, ea.rd of him, it was back In the hills, playing sevenI If possible, before they got ready to attack him, up with the miners. and to start all the men available after Sitting Bull, All this summer, however, Custer was Idle, up at as soon as the weather got clear enough to move Fort Lincoln. The only event that occurred to him troops. was the capture of Rain-in-the-Face, the Indian who I Acccrdlngly orders were issued that three columns had killed Dr. Houzinger and JIIr. Baleran, two years should start after Sitting Bull, who was known to be before. All that bad been knowm of them was that somewhere In the country to the south of the their bodies had been found, but who did It, except Yellowstone River, between the Powder and the Big Indians In general. no one knew. That summer, Horn, and to bunt him out. however, one of Custer's white scouts, down at One of these columns, undPr Gibbon, was Standing R:ick Al!'.ency, heard a drunken Indian to start from Fort Ellis, Montana., at the sources ot called Rain-in-the -Face bragging, at a great war-the Yellowstone, and to move east. A second was ct.nee, how he had killed two whlte men. to start from Fort Laramijl, under General < rook, 'Rain-in-the-Face never dreamed th11ot Charley about 1 500 strong, to move porth to the same point. Reynolds understood his language. The Indians are The last came from Fort Lincoln, and was denomivery fond of these dances, whenever there Is an : sJlated the "Custer Column1 having the Seventh aue of supplies at the agencies, and they will stay up Cavalry, some infantry, ana a battery ot Gatliuc all night, dancing and howlin11:, telling about the guns under Custer himself. men they have killed and what very (!"reat warriors they are. The).' are excellent pantomunistl!i. and act J their stories with great spirit. Ra!nln-the-.r ace waa IO proud of bis iwo white men that be &Wllr bla ;

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'l'he Daahlnc Dragoon. OHAPl'ER xvi. BZLKNAP TRUL-CU8'l'Elt l!UPEBSEDICI>CROOll: llURPIWllCD BY SITTING BULL. Tm: project for conquering Sitting Bull looked very nice on-paper, and appeared, to many people, certain of success. It was supposed that the Sioux chief had, at the utmost, about eight hundred warriors, and the di1ferent columns were to aggregate 11bout two thousand eight hundred men, all coming at him at the same time. General Gibbon's force was quite small, and all cavalry, about four hun dred men; Crook had twelve hundred, and the Cus ter column was to be the same strength. It was late In March before the soliliers were able to move, and then, at last, Crook started from Fort Laramie. This post w-as so far south of Fort Lin coln that the suow bad melted, and every one thought sprin'I' had come when the column had started. They were undeceived before days bad passed, by the coming of a snow storm, followed by the thermometer going below zero, a way It bas in the North-west. Every expedi tion that starts before May In those latitudes bas the snme experience, and almost the same storm to en counter. Custer and Gibbon, being !urther north, were still shut In by the deep snow, and unable to move; and Crook bad the first campaign all to himself. Just as Custer bad done at the Washita, sev"n years be tore, Crook found the country clear of Indians, and bis scout.a found a village down in a river valley which they might have taken by surprise had they been led by a man like Custer. This village was that of a great friend and ally of Sitting Bull, a Sioux chief ca.lied Crazv Horse. He had About a hundred and fifty lodges; or some six hundred warriors. These were struc1< by G eneral Re)'Ilolds, who commanded Crook's cavalry, and the village was taken and burned, while the herd of ponies was captured. Owing, however, to the Jazl. nees or misbehavior of some of the commanders of the detachments surrounding the village the Indian warriors got off with very small loss, kille d seYeral aoldiers, recaptured their ponies and left General Reynolds with the ba1Ten honor ol an empty victorr which crippled Crook's column so much that it waa obliged to return to Fort Lara.mi to refit. It was tully Intended that tbe Custer column should have started next, !mt here a strange train of circumstances set In, which ended disastrously for the nation. It so happened that the then Secretary of War, Mr. Belknap, was being tried In Wash Jngton for bribery In selling a post-tradership, and Fome meddling people took it into their heads that General Custer knew something about the matter. Accordingly, he was summoned post-haate to Wash ington, by a subpailll\. to testify before a committee of Congress. The real fact was that he knew nothing of Importance on the subject, and tried hard to be excused from going. He telegraphed to the com mittee, telling them liow he was detailed to com mand an expedition In the field1 and begging to be examined at Fort Lincoln. Ii was no use; they would have him, and he was obliged to go. The end of the matter was that he was kept In Washington nearly two months, waiting to be examined, and that when his testimony was taken It brought him into a pe.n!Onal quarrel with the President, who took Mr. Be1knap's side In the trlal. Wilen, a:. ast, Custer was let off, he started at Of!ce tor the West, to get back to his station, and was stopped at, Chicago by a 1 elegram from General Sherm&n, who, by ol'der of the President, directed Geueral Sheridan to detain Custer and seud. off the expedition without him. 'l'his of course was a terrible blow for Custer. A great iba.ny men in his position would have left the army, disgusted with such treatment, publicly hu miliated -w-ithout proper cause. Custer, however was remar!mbly patient of lnjury.i...and quite deter'. 111111 to live do1Vll the sll&lit. J:te felt that the i'resldent misunderstood him, and would do him justice in the end. He remonstrated so well with General Sherman, and finally with ihe President himself, that the latter relented so far as to allow Custer to on .J.he expedition in com mand of his own. regiment, though Gt>neral Terr, was ordered to take command of the whole column Custer was quite content to do as he was ordered General Terry was a very fine officer, and a man, and he Custer implicitly, He himself had won all hJS experience in the civil wart never ha".'lng been in the field against Indians, and ne was qwte content to take Custer's advice in all matters connected with the expedition So, at last, in the middle of May, 1876, the Terry Column, that should have been the Custer Column started from fort Lincolnt.on the same route, take.i by the Yellowstone experution of 1873 and marched In search of Sitting Bull We will not detain ourselves over the incidents of the early part of this march. It was begun toe late In the year to surprise the Indians and Sitting Bull was 11athering in fresh forces evecy day. It will be remembered that his supposed haunt w!18 somewhere to the sout. h of the Yellowstone River, between the Big Horn and Powder Rivers. If the will take a map and look at the country he will find .that the Missouri River describes nearly a quarter-circle all round this region at a distance of some three hundred miles. It is' rather impor tant to remember this fact, for the reason that all along the Missowi exists a line of large Indian agencies, each averaging about five hundred war riors, fed, clothed, and armed by the government a!Jd that, all through the summe r of 1876 the 1n'. dia!JS from agencies were going off across the plams to. jom S1ttmg Bull at the same time Crook, G1J:>bon and -r-erry were bunting for him. '.fhe Indians went on horseback, in small squads, with two or three ponies apiece, carrying nothing but themselves and 11rms. The;ir lived on buffalo 01 autelope1 or wolf, orrabbit1 or anything they co'uld fi'.'
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J ea Washita. there fa little doubt but Crook might have surprised Sitting Bull AS It was, he allowed his Snakes and Crows to go on a spree that night, and put his men Into camp. Next at daybreak, Instead of surprising Sitting Bull, Sitting Bull surprise d him, by a furious atteck with nearly three thousand warriors, who charged again and again, drove back one of his ruid were only driven o1f at last by the lnfan Crook lost a good many men and was again uch cripple d that he bad to fall back to the Tongue river nnd send for reinforcements. In the mean time, Terry and Gibbon, far away to the north, knew nothing of all this. They were bunting. about for a trail that would lead them to Sitting Bull. Small partie s of Indians bad been an noying Gibbon rn:rore he met Terry, but since their lunctlon a.II these f e llows bad vanis h e d. It became necessary t-0 send out a scouting party. Terry could not spare Custer for tbis duty; lie needed him too much at headquarters. It was determined. therefore, to send out Major Reno, the n ext senior officer of the Sev enth, with six com panie s of that regiment, to ride up the P owder River to Little Powder, thence round the Tongue or Rose bud, and back to camp at the mouth of the Tongue. It was thought probable that he might come on a trail somewhere. .Reno reached the Little Powder In five days, without seeing a sign of Indians, but as he reached the Tongue on his 'IVay back, he came across a large, broad lodge-pole trail, southward toward the Ros ebud, and nis scouts pro nounce d it not much over a week old. Reno was a cautious offie(11", too cautious to follow 111ch a l arge trail with only six companies any fur ther than to make sure that it did not scatter. As soon as Ire had satisfied himself on this point, he made for headquarters, which he reached on the evening of the 21st June. There, of course bis newsproduced considerable excitement, and Terry resolved to strike for the Indians at once. It must be remembered that every one there was r>erfectly i1'norant of Crook's repciSe, three dnys belore. The 1atest news the y had wa9 about the Crazy Horse fight, where there were less than six hundred .Indians, and all Terry feared was that the new trail might be that of a wanderinll' band, whi c h would es cape il not followed promptly. Together with Gib bon's force, the combine(! column now numbere d Sixteen hundred men, with about twelve hundred cavalry and a huge train. Terry at once deter mined to send CUster o1f on the hunt with the Seventh Cavalry, by the direct trail, whil e Gibbon was to move up the Yellowst one by. the Big Horn valley, and Terry himself would follow Custer with the infantry and train. Custer was ordered to follow the trail and use his own discretion as to what he should do, as Terry, in his written instructions, said that heh id too much confidence In your zeal, energy and ability to wish to impose upon you precise orders, which might hamper your action when nearly In contact with 'the enemy. This was a splendid compliment to Custert nearly as proud as the one he received in 1868, wnen Sherman and Sheridan asked for him to end the Indian war. General Terry Ncommende d him, however, to make a wide detour, and s end through scouts to Gibbon s column, so as to prevent the Indians from slipping out between the two. His whole idea in the orders seems to have been that the Indians might slip off. On the afternoon 01' the 22d June, 1876, a date that will be remembered for many a. long year, the Sev enth Cavalry, nearly eight humh-ed men strong, Mdclled up, bn>ke ca-op and moved out to pass in review before Gener J Te1Ty, ere they set out on that men;iorable mar. h. Men and horses a.like look ed splendid, and a.II felt contJdent of success. They were so used to victory that they believed them119ives to be invincible. There roae Custer at the bead, In bis jaunty bucklkill suit, with a Krn llAt Mt QJ1 his short. wavy hair. He ne.<1 snom nts tong cun. In 1871, while in Kentucky, aud dressed, when In the States, as quietly 8.tl any one. Then there was Adjutant Cooke, the beauty of the regiment, over six feet high, weighing two hundred with a straight Greek face, and the m ost magnillcen black beard you ever saw. All the girJswere in love with gallant Cooke, the "Queen's Own," as they called him. There was Tom Custer, the general's double, a IA tle youngster, just as nervous, active and handsome, one of the smartest cavalry officers in service. Calhoun, just as big as Cooke, and even handsomer in his peculiar style, with a soft delicate face of the same Greek type, fair hair and dark eyes. Calhoun was Custer's bi-other In-law. Then there was Reno, rathe r stoutish, with a face something like that of Napoleon, but spoiled by a little mustache. There was Captain Fred. B enteen, with a clean shaven1 face bold and hearty, while his hair was very cnrly and nearly snow-white. These were the prrncipa.l officers who In the fight that followed, though Lhere wt>re others whose names will come In later. T o judge how the regiment felt about the coming fight, a word or two will suffice. A lady once aske d one of the officers of the Seventh if be bad any idea of how many Indians it would take to whip the Sev enth Cavalry all together. He h esitated, pondere d. and finally said that he did not believe the y could get together enough Indians on the whole pla!J,ls to whip the Seventh. And he believed it, as did all. They had never seen, for at least ten y ears, mord than two thousand Indians together, and they had to find Bull, as il they were goiug to a wedding; CHAPTER XVIL THE ENE111Y FOUND-CUSTER'S LAST BA'rl'LE. ON the 22d of June, 1876, in the aftl'r1a>on the Seventh Cavalry left camp at the mouth of the ROse-. bud river, where it empties into the Yellowstone, and marcned up the Rosebud twelve mil e s, g oing into camp at sunset. It was Custer's and all good cavalry g enerals' practice, when beginning a long and severe'march, to make a short journe y the first day. Men and horses, first starting from a. camp where they have long tarried, always neecl a little seasoning, and are a.pt to become too w eary if marched nitrd the first d a y. Next day, refreshed by their rest, with muscles got into good training by their first day's experience; they pre ssed on much more rapiclly, f ollowlnJ> the broad lodge-pole trail that told how large a village had preceded them. They passed s everal Indian campsh where the trail diverged, or where other bands ad formerly encamped but saw no Indians. When they had made thirty-three miles, they again went into camp. This was the 2ld of June. Next day, the 24th, the trail was much fre sher. and the camps more recent. The column made twenty-eight miles that day, and went into camp at sunset, when the scouts were sent out in all directions to bunt for sign. The moon was only four days old, and the scouts had but a short time to work. At half-past nine they came back, and Custer called hls officers together and gave them the news. The scouts r eported tha t beyond a cloubt t1'e tndlo.n village was in the vall e y of Lit.ti e Big Horn1 which was divided f1-om the Rosebud by a rlclge or hills. These hills must be crossed, and It would be Impossible to do so in the daytime withont being seen by the Indians. It must be done In t be nark1 and they must be prepared to move in an hour ana a half. At eleven o'clock, accordingly, tbe Seventh moved silently out of camp, and started on their weary march in the dark, to cross the divide. They moved on fer three hours, when the scouts came In t.o sa7 that the divide could not be crossed before daylight, IO that all their trouble waa thrown awa;r,

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The Dashing !>ra.goon. The next best thing to do waa to ma.Ire coll'ee and I tbls time tlle cloud of d1llrt tbat hid tbe lndfll'ne wlilr feed ant.I rest the horses, so that they mlg-ht be 1 thicker than ever, rnd a number of brave were for the fight, which was now certain to take pto.ce galloping toward him. The rPgiment rested from two to five oclock, and No sooner did Custer see Reno fairly Into the then resumed its mnrch arter "unrise, crossing the riflvaenrk, divide nt eight o'cl".!ck June 25th, 1876. At that time, a L midsummer, the sun rises at about four o'clock In and rear, bis favorite movement those high latitudes, and it begins to be light at half-Abcut a mile below be was hidden from view by past three, so that they really would have gllined s cme tall bluffs, from whence he could see the by pushing on all night. whole villa1te and Reno' s battle-field. In that At eurht o'clock they entered the vn.lley of the moment be aw tJ at there were at least twenty-fl..-e Little Horn. that vale of death, from wblch so many hundred Indians to fight, and probably three were never to return, and their Indian scouts thousand. There he halted, and sent back a trumdetected moving" figures on the ridges In tbe neigh p eter, with a haety note to Cat>tain B enteen, whom borhood. These were the scouts of Sittjng Bull. he judged to be on the back trail, as be was. No sooner did these fellows see the dust of the "Beuteen, com on, be !111'fn(l cavalry rising over the hills, than they turned, J packs, lning pa< la;," whip to theil: ponies, and madefor th<: vlllageJ which Such was our hero's last oroer, and that trurr>reter Custer's lndian scouts declared they cowd see, was the last living white man that ever saw the face fifteen miles oil. The white men could see nothing of garant CavalrY Custer. even wiLh telescopes; but the Indians were too ola No sooner was the note 11onc than away went at their trade to be deceiv<:d. Ther bad seen the Custer aud his five compames, and were lost to faint smoke of the village morning fires high in the sight behind the bluffs. air, and knew the village must be there. In the mean time Major Reno threw out his three Clearly it was no use waiting or hiding; nothing companies Into line and galloped at the village, was left but to push on, and get to the village before drivmg back a swarm of Incliaus with perfect ease. the Sioux scouts, or with them. So away went the He had one hundred and twenly officers and men column at a long, slashing walk of five miles an and twent;r-flve scouts and guards, one hundred and hour. It was no use to trot, the distance being too forty-6ve mall. He chal'l!'ed right ahead, for nearly great to pass at that pace without running the two miles, at the edge of a great cloud of blinding horses; and coming In blown. As they pressed dust till he came to a patch of wood in the river alollg, Custe r called up Major Reno, his second In bottOm, beyond wblch lay the edge of the villai:e. command, and Captain B enteen, the senior captain, Not a man had been hurt, so far. Through the and divided his Into three battalions on wood be went, and then be st:ddenly halted. the march. He intended to try the tactics which Before him was a tremendous cloud of dust, which had succeeded so well at the Washita, and during entirely hid the village, and a great swarm of Indian the civil war, by attacking the enemy m front and warriors came tearing down out of the cloud\ full on both flanks at the same time. There were twelve speed flogging their little horses, yelling like wo ve,e, companies in the Seventh, and one had to be left as and firing awav a perfect rain of bullets as lbPy a guard for the pack train. The other eleven were came, bulle' s that went whistling overhead, cutti11g thus divided: Custer k e1>t five with himself for the the leaves off the trees. The crowd was so immense, main attack, gave three to Major Beno, and three to and the sounds so horrible, that lllajor Reno bal .ted Captain Benteen. The company witl! the packs as If str>zck by lightning. In great haste he diswas l eft with Ca.I>tain McDougall. mounted his men, sent his horses into tl:e wood, and Then away went the column after the Sioux. The lined its edge with skirmishers, who bel!nn tiring. village was invisible to all but the friendly Indians, The Indians could be seen, still coming on, about Md Cuter was so cautious and fearful that they he.If a mile off, shying oft from the front of the sol mil;!:ht be mistaken, that he sent Captain Benteen dlers, and sweeping to the left, as If to drive them off to the lefL front, In case lurking bands might be Into the river. They came tearing on like de
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80 I "'"' ... -#1 and a great commotion set In among the In-clear by the arrival of Gtlneral 'l'errY' column, wblclt. dians behind Reno. Their fire ceased, and away came up in the afternoon. lhey all went, full speed, t.oward the village leaving Then, at last, the Seventh were enabled to go to Reno alld Benteen alone on the bill, while the firing the place where they heard those volleys on the 25th, dowu the river increased every moment into volleys and learned the terrible truth. There, in the valley so close and incessant that the Indians afterward of the Big Horn\ lay Custer and his five companies, :JOmpared it to "tearing cloth." I every man deaa, and most of them so hacked t.o C\ister as at them I pieces as t.o be unrecognizable. The trail showed But Reno was in no conclition to enter another I that Custer had gone down the river and charged flgnz His men were cowed, and he himself seemed toward a ford, where he was met by the Indi!l.lll .o ha e lost bis head entirely. He waited on the and driven back. His attack must have taken lace bill till Beoteen's men bad all got up, and soon after after E'...,no's rout, for all the Indians left Reno fo go MacDougall came hurr,Ymg in with the I aNi fil!'tt Custer, as we have already seen. pac k train. All this time the tlrmjl' down the civer rl'he U&e of Custer's retreat was marked by dead was h eard at intervals, wha n the wmd lull e d, shr"'1J I. bodies, to he top of a little hill where be made bis and fierce as ever; but, "5 a fresh gale was bk.ving, !ast stand. To cover the retreat1 Lieutenant Cal there were times when it was Inaudible. O n y CJ!A f boun's -::ompany had first been thrown out, and officer of the command seemed to realize thatCuater Avery man had fallen in his place on the skirmish might be in terrible danger. This was the secon1l I line. with Lieutenants Calhoun and Crittenden in captain of the regiment, Captain W eir, a dP toted tt.olr places, accordin.e: to the tactics, a little in rear friend of Custe r. He was nearly crazy with anxiety. 1 of their men. There they lay, where they had b0en Imploring R eno and Ben teen to advan c e, tdling lt;Ued, doing their duty to the last, facing death like them that Custer was being massacre d, that Custer i man. A little further on lay captain Keogh's comwas calling for them. It was useless. N either would ;.any, similarly disposed, anotber little band of advanc e. They b e lieved that Custer was retreating. : hemes. Then on the top of the hill, Jar, a mass of No one coulbt of W e ir, and came How the presence of that heroic sou.I cheered np waring to mee t him. His !O!.:;'-uy was soon and inipired the men, the position of the bodies i1eployed and flghtius bard, fal!in>; oad< o n Reno, pro v ed; every man had fallen in his place. When In half an hour more 1t was drive n in anrl the whole! Custer died1 the remnant were all massacred, river side was all covered with lnuians, coming for 1 almost unresisting. Their heart was broken. Reno and Benteen. The grandest testimony of bis valor was found, 'fhe renmant of the Seventh Cavalry 380 men however, in one wonderful fact. Among all the made a hasty breastwork on the hill, and 0.St two till six, but now the y had it, uot anie people'! cavalry losing heavily. I Idol, Cavalry Custer. l.tOO bless him, nd may "'' On the tbir
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Jane, the Gold Miner 61 Deadwood Dick's Mission 62 Spotter Fritz: or, The 8tore-Detective's Decoy 63 The Detective Road-Agent; or, The Miners of Sassafras Cily 04 Colorado Charlie's Detect.ve Dush; or, The Cattle Kings M. J. IVERS & CO., Pnblishrrs (James Sullivan, Proprietor), 379 Pearl Street, NE-W YORK.


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