Squawman's revenge, or, Kidnapped by the Piutes

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Squawman's revenge, or, Kidnapped by the Piutes
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American Indian weekly.
Dair, Spencer
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BY COLONEL SPENCER. DAtR VOL. I >-'" THE ARTHUR WESTBROOK COMPAU, CLEYELUD, OHIO, U. S. A. II NO.4 CopyrightJt1910, by the Arthur Westbrook Company, Cleveland, Ohio . . THE .. S Q U AWMAN'S -REVENGE I OR Kidnapped by Pi-utes By COL. SPENCER DAIR pRINCIPAL CHARACTERS. CAPTA1N. RUDOLPH ARCHER-A young officer who, tiring of the ' life in the National capitol, god out to a Westerh Fort. The other officers are jealous of his wealth and social position and in the absence of the Colonel commanding, send him on the trail of the most desperate desperado in the Southwest. In ignorance of the character of the man, the captain saves a cowboy from death by a knife and then, learning that the fiend who sought to us e it was the very m an he was afrer, persuades the cowboy to accom pany him on his manhunt and to enl ist the . aid of three . of his friends. The desperado sends a threat to the cap tain that if he dOes not drop the pursuit he ""ill kidnap his baby girl from the Fort. The captain defies him and after many hair-raising adventures finally rescues his child. FIREWATER IKE, THE SQUAWMAN-Who is married to the daughter of a Piute medicine man and is supposed to enjoy mysterious powers which make it impossible to kill him. For a long time he has terrorized the Southwe st, running off with young women whom he giv es , to his braves. After his defeat in a fight in which the captain . . CHAPTER 1. THE FIGHT IN THE COWBOY'S DEI.IGHT. takes part, he kidna,ps the officer's child but is sent to the end he so well deserves. . HAPPY-]ACK-A cowboy of the Three Star ranch whom the captain saves from the Squaw man and afterwards rescues the officer, joins with him in the pursuit of the outlaw and recovershis sweetheart whom the Squawman has kidnapped. HANDSOME DAN, LUCKY FLYNN, QUICKS HOT-Cowboys of the Triangle ranch whose sweethearts have been stolen by the , Squawman and who join with the captain in the manhunt. SERGEANT MAGUIRE-A member of the Mounted Scouts who is sent to rescue Captain Archer and afterwards joins in the hunt for the Squawman. COLONEL ROBERT HALFORD-Officer commanding Fort Henry who sends Maguire to the aid of Archer and Jeads all his . troops to his rescue afte r the Squawman kidnaps the child I from under his very nose. LIEUTEN ANT STOTESThe officer who taunts Captain Archer ' into going . on the dangerous mission of rounding up the Squawman. OFFICERS, GIRLS, INDIANS. " t words sounded through the scloke laden air of the Cowboy's Delight. " Drop that knife! Use your fists if ou want ' .. 0but fight fair I " Instantly, the . of voices and the clink of glasses ceased as men and women sprang to their feet, forget ting their carousing and gambling to -learn the cause of the startling 'Yords. Sharp, incisive, like the crack of pistol shots, these Turning toward the bar, they beheld a swarthy-hued , J


2 I, TI-fE AMERICAN INDIAN' WEEKLY. man, big of bone : and tall, his arm' drawn as ,the some of them knocked out the windows. increased the sudden had arrested it t in the very act to, p3J1demo nium. delivering a blow. Fortunately for all within the Cowboy's Delight, the Facing him was a fairhail'ed ' cowb,o y , wiry but so bottle had put out the flame of the lamp so that the small beside his adversary that it 'seemed the giant,' horror of fire was not added to the scene_ could have broken him in two had he so desiretl. ' Of a sudden, above the din, rose the cry: Directly baCK of the combatants stood 1& clean cut " Help! Help! I've got the cur down!" man, lith e and weil put up, whose uniform bespoke him Recognizing ,the voice of the captain, several of the as a captain of the Mounted Scouts . men drew matches from their pockets, lighted them " That's the Squawman ! " one of the spec-and held them aloft that they might discern from what tators in a idw voice, as he caught sight of the gi,ant's -part of the room the appeal came. face. I " There they are! In front of the bar!" houted an " NVho's, he trying to bully now'?" queri,ed another. " Happy Jack, of the'Three Star outfit!;' chorused several. But fluther questions or comment 'were prevented' by the actions of the three principals, " Keep out of this, you!" snarled the giant, uttering a vo lley of curses at the officer. "Better vamoose be fore I finish with this cowpuncher or I'll give yo, u what 1'111 going to give him! " I ' And di s dil.ining to pay more heed to the man in uni form who had interrupted his quarrel, the bully again faced , hi s smaller victim, clenching his fist the tighter. The officer of the, Mounted Scouts refused to be in timid a ted b y threats or curses, however! ' Instead of going away, as he saw the giant preparing t o drive home his blow, he hastily drew his sabre. "Drop that you cur!" he snapped, leaping, between the fighte ' rs. ' / With' a bloodcurdling snarl, the bully lunged a wicked blow at the captain, , Knowing it was the hand in which he had seen the knife) the officer turned his wrist so that the back of his sabt:e was uppermost, than raised his arm and dealt the giant's hand a terrific rap with the broaCfside '0 the sword, directly across the knuckles, So une x pected was the blow arid so intens' e the pain that the buUy's fingers relaxed. And as they did, a knife clattered to the ' flo'or! ( " Shame on you! " " Greaser fighter! " " Aren't you big enough to lick Happy Jack withbtit using a knife?" Such were the comments with which the bystanders 'greeted the disclosure of the bully's stoopidg, to the despicabfe of all acts-the use of. a knife in a fist fight . ' A moment, the giant glowered at'the faces peering I at him from the smoke haze, then suddenly turned a :om the .bar and hurled it the hangmg lamp whIch furmshed the sale light for the room. ' " ", Shrieking shrilly in their terror, and fotlght in ' mad to escape from the place, shouted and cursed whlle the, crashing of glass, as excited voice. ' And as, the matches flickered in the direction indi-cated, those holding them saw the giant slowly rise from the floor despite tlJ.i frantic efforts of the officer, ,turn, place an elbow under his chin and begin to force his head back! As the captain had beheld the bottle speeding to ward the lamp, he had leaped upon the giant with such force that, taking him off his guard. he had borne him to the floor:, burying his fingers in the other's throat in an effort' to choke him. ' Realizing, however, from the fr nzy with which the bully struggled that he would b able to hold his ad vantage only for a minute or 0, the officer uttered hi calls for assistance. But he reckoned not upon tho to whom he ap-pealed! Few towns contained more de perate character than Santa Anna-and scarce a soul was there in the Cow-I boy's Delight at the time the quarrel tarted who had not run afoul of the Mounted couts on more than one occasion' , , Consequently, when the xci ted men and women saw that giant bade fair to put a peedy end to the cap,tam, not one of them made a mo\'e to go to hi asslstarice, some of them yelling: " Serves him right for buttina in! ' :: "\That's he down in anta Anna for. anyhow?" Let Squawman alone. He 11 put the' Blue Coat' he can't cause any tro.uble and the hunt . wlll be ,for him! " Th ' . l' ' , . e pam as l1S head was shoved back was excruciat-l11g but a s the captain heard the comments of those upon whom he had called for help and realized that ,th , ey were only too glad to have him done to deatbso long as they equid keep their kirts clear-his courage returp.ed. "You can stand by and see me murdered if you want to but each one of yoa will be an accessory after the fact-and 'tt S as gUt y as q 'man' Remember you are refusing aid to an officer of the . 10unted and the S couts never forget!)J .It was with the utmost difficulty that the brave cap tam each word causing him agony.


, 'THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 3 . But his only answer was a mocking laugh! " Come on! Let's get out' of here! Squawman will finish him and if we're not round to see the roundup, we'iI never know how it happened so we used as witnesses!" shouted a voice, excitedly. And to the officer in the death grip of the giant, the sound of scuffling feet brought word, that the advice to fly was being followed. ! . But just when the catltain believed he could not take another breath, he felt the elbow suddenly. withdrawn! CHAPTER 11. THE SQUAWMAN SWEARS REVENGE. Stupefied for the moment by the unexpected turn of events, the cowboy whom the captain's timely inter ference had saved from a knifing, had just whipped out his shooting irons when the 'tamp 'had been ext'n . guished. With the he hat! heard the cry for ' help. But ignorfnt of where his rescuer was, he about until the flicker the matches showed him-and then he lost no time. Even as the rest' . of the men and women' sought safety in . flight from the scene of com , bat, Happy Jack leaped toward the giant Squawman. The second bound brought him upon' the bully's back . ' I ,Hi ssing defiance, the giant strove to shake him dff 'but the cowboy <;mly dug his fingers the deeper into the other' s throat. . ' ' By good fortune, he managed to get his thumb against t4e Squaw-man's Adam's apple and so hard did he press his "advantage, that the giant was compelled to abandon his elbow . hold upon the officer and use poth hands to that upo his own neck. With the, sudden relaxation of, tl1e awful pressure, the member of the Mounted Scouts closed his eye s , staggering as thoug.h he were going to fall when there rang in his ears the cry: H I've got hik, Trip the cuss up and it won't be any trick at all to beat him up so he'll never give us any more trouble! " His fast waning senses rallied by the words, the officer exerted all his will power and once more master of himself, 'Sprang for the spot whence the labored breathing of the struggling men sounded, sweeping the space in front of him with his foot. Realizing that he could not hope to witHstand the two determined assailants, the Squawtnan summoned all his strength, clutched the pressing into his throat in his more power' ful ones and tore them from their grip. Then, with a lightning movement, the giant shifted his hold to the cowboy ' s wrists , swung the fellow clear of his back and sent him crashing into the bar. At'the s<;lUnd; the captain cried out: "What' s that?" And while h 6 waited for an answer, the Squawman glided stealthily from the den! Again the captain called: "Is that the Squawman or you, Jack?; ' When, as before, no answer greeted his il)quiry, the member of the Mounted Scouts drew his Colt, at tl\e sam!! tim' e lighting a match. But all that greeted his anxious gaze was the hud'" died form of the " cowboy lying against the base of the bar, unconsci'ous from the force with which he had been hurled against the boards. ,. HasteniI\g toward the body of the man who h a d ob tained his own' release from the clutches of his giant antagonist, the officer cast a hurried glance about him to ascertain the of the door and then, having gotl his , bearings, dropped 'the match, picked up the cowboy and groped his way from the building . The town of Santa Anna consisted of not more than a score of dwellings and combination stores and saloons, all lining the street on which the Cowboy's Delight was located. Before the. drinking d e ns were lamps and in the uncertain light cast by them, the \ officer made out the forms of several men. H Come here a,nd lend a hand!" he shoute d , as he s ' aw the men start to enter the nearest door : H I com mand you t9 help in the name of the M ounted Sc outs!" Realizing that it would b e but courting tro uble to ignore the call when it was backed by the authority : and power of the Government patrol, the man advanced toward the captain . Nightly brawls were so common in the little settlement that none of the in the other d ives had tHought it worth while to' inves ti gate the sounds of disturbance.. from the Cowboy's D elight. But having been pressed ,into service, one of the men exclaimed, as he approached the captain: / H Get the man you are looking for? " H What makes you think I was l ooking f o r anyone?" H Mount ed Scouts don't generally come to Anna un-less they;re on somebody's trai1." H . Well, this is one of the times when they do, " ex claimed officer, dryly. H Just gi v e a hand here with this chap. He ,isn't a prisoner. He saved my life. Take him in somewhere and make him comfortable. He'll come to-unless his ,skull' s ' fractured . I'll be as soon as I . find the, sheriff." • , H You'll have a long hunt if you're going after him, pard," grinned another. ' H Why; where is he?" H Out yondtr in the graveyard. Slickfinger Thurston, who runs the Cowboy's Delight, and a couple of others decided there wasn't no use of having a sheriff if! ,


/ TtIE AERICAN INDIAN W E EKLY . 4 Santa A nna. Calcul a t e d it kept' busi I\ess away, I r ecko n . A n y how, they plante d him." Nothing could have giv en the c a ptain a better under ' standing o f t he d e sper a t\!n ess o f the inhabitants of the little si'ttlem ent this sta t e m ent and he was beginning to re a lize that it w ould be n e ce ssar y for h i m to use every n o t to r ile the n a t ive s if he were ' to get away with his own life, when one of the men I exclaimed, catching g .1impse of the cowboy' s f a ce : • " Cut;ny throat, i f it ain ' t Happy Jack!" " There ain ' t no danger of his h e ad ' s being .broken," another. His s kull ' s tougher than a b r ick -and it' s harder to get anything into it. If it wasn't, he' d ne ve r left the Three Star-after w e ' d sent won; l t o him Firewater Ike was on hIS trail. " At ( he mention of this n a m e , the captain started for it was the name of the man to try to tra il "whom the officer h ad come to Santa Anna. ' Happy and I mixed[t up with, r eally was F i r e water, I gues s (can t ake care of smi led t he officer, deeming it wis e t o assume an a ll' of confidence he did not f ee l f o r the sake of impressing the r ough men about h im. "Thi s Colt's an automatic and ab out the nifti est thi'ug i n t h e line of a shooting i r o n I e v er saw. " A s h e s p o k e, the captain again d r e w hi s rev o l ver and e xhibited it to his companions. . W hile the men w ere ex;minin g i t , there came a s ound at the d o o r . Instantly, the inm?-t e s of the room wheeled , whippi n g out their six shooters as they turn ed. But t h ere was no one to be seen. F rom o utside, howev er, there came a jee r i n g laugh. "You Scout, get out of Anna and back to t h e Fort, \ lickety-split and leave Firewater's I'll strike you wher e it'll hurt. I'll get your wife and baby!" M indful of the fate of the sheriff, ho w ever , the offi cer ( I quickly recovered his composure , not to make any inquiries until he could feel more sure of his • CHAPTER III. /' A FRIEND IN NEED. ground. " _ I' During the conversation , th m e n had bee n carrying Jack toward a shanty i . n which' one of t hem said he lived, and as they. entered t he do o r a n d were preparing to place him on a . bl"anketc over e d bunk, the cowboy opened his eyes. ' . "Did y ou nail F irewater?" he deman d ed , lo oking into the e y es of the officer . / "Firewater? What do you m ea n?" r eturned the captain . " Why the Squawman , of course ," rejoined t h e cowboy. " Do you mean to tell me that giant WC!-!? F irewater I ke?" as k e d the m e mb e r o f the Mounte d Scouts, ex':' cit edly. . . • I " Sure thing. There' s Q nl y one man l ike him in the whol e c o u n try, " replied the c o w p u ncher. "If I'd kno w n th a t , I wouldn ' t have taken the trouble to dra w my s abre. I'd h av e used. m y Colt in stead ," decl ar ed the capta in. , ". So you'r e aft e r Firewater, t well liked in Sant a Anna, anyhow. But if you go to shooting at a flying .horseman in the dark, they'll know you ain't got-n o sense-and your uniform won't be no protec t ion to you. " :' N mind about me!" snapped the captain in a tone that V'{ould have made one of his subordinates t rembl e with fear. "Give me a rifle! That'; what [ want! _ He's got to ride through another ray of lightl" reluctance, one of the denizens of the settlement handed the officer a Winchester. Hastily throwing the butt to his shoulder, the meat' b el' of the Scouts waited until the fonD the horse 'was visible in the shaft of light that aC.ross the, stree t , then pressed his finger against • tngger. But only the click of the hammer was audible. shell had missed fir e I


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 5 Suppressing an the officer quickly worked the magazine lever and ' againpressed the trigger. For a second time, no report followed. " Well, if that ain't just Firewater's luck!" ex claimed one of the townsmen. "There probably ain't another two shells in the whole town that would have ' missed fire. It's no wonder there can't no marshal nor anyone else , catch the Squawman when he has such luck." , Such a coincidence, hapP1ning as it did to the gun of a man who might need it at any time to defend his life, struck captain as queer and he turned back into the room, walked over to the wall where t,he one lamp sar in a bracket and 'broke" the rifle open. Not' a shell was in' magazine! . . Instantly, the truth flashed through the captain's mind-the men were all friends of Firewater Ike but not daring to openly oppose the uniform of the Mounted Scouts; one of them had resorted to the ex. pedient of handing an empty rifle to him, thereby insuring a safe getaway to the Squawman. But the officer was not without courage. "Who did this? he demanded , gazing sternly from one I dark face.to another of the group about him. " " What. you going to do about it?" snarled, one of them . ' "It'll be time enough to talk about that when I know who played such a , trick on an officer of the Mounted Scouts! " exclaimed the captain. " Well, I reckon you'll have to do whatever you ; re agoin g to do to the whole of 'u!f" -drawled another. "Will you take us one ata time or all in a bunch. Either wafll be agreeable to us , eh , boys?" "Sure, anything to suit the s 'neered se v _ eral of the others. Nothing would have indicated more plairl.ly than the cont e mptuoJ.ls tones, the utter lack ' of respect or fear for the uniform of the Mounted Scouts in the breasts of the tough about him and as the officer faced the ?urly visaged men a spirit of hopelessness seized him as he remembered his automatic was empty and that he had left his sabre where it haa fallen on . tpe floot of the Cowboy's Delight. With thankfulness, however, he felt the rifle still in his hands and instinctively tightened his hold upon the barrel, he prepared to use it as a club upon the first I man who made any overt move. But Happy Jack . had realized, ' e ven more than the captain, the of the situation and, without giving the time to act, had raised the muzzle of his six shooter to the lamp and pulled the trigger. Commingled with the report was the clatter of glass as the chimney and base crashed to the floor. So unexpected was this act that-Firewater's sympathizers were taken completely off their guard and, ' being cowards in the dark ; after a moment's itldeci-I .. ,. sion, rushed precipitately for the door, as their hurried footsteps on the board floor announced. Having been intent upon the men about him that he might detect the first hostile move, the cap tain had not seen the cowboy rai s e his s i x s h o oter and, natu'rally supposing that it was a plan o( his enemies to rush him when he not see to def e nd determined to gain the outside of the'shanty where he could, at least, be able to take to his heels wit.hout running into a wall. ., • he had taken more than a step, } lPw ev er , he f elt his elbow seized. j , "It's Happy! with me. S o ftly ' and q ui ck!" whispered a voice in f1is ear. , The loyalty of the cowpuncher had b e en p.ved too conclusively by his upon the Squawman which had ' ended in his being knocked uncq n s ci o u s for the captain to doubt him and accordingly he all owe d hi m, self to be guided from the scene of danger b yilis c b m panion . "Where'd you leave your horse?" demande d Happy, as he led the "Yay thro'ugh the back d o or. "Over in front of the Cowboy' s D e li g ht. )' "Then there's no use going .there for it. Mine's there, too. We've got to help our se l ves t o the fir s t cayu s e ';"e come acros s and' we've to find one mighty soon." " But that'll be horse stealing, won ' t it? " d em a n de d the ofti.cer. \ In amazement, the cowpuncher heard ' the words. " Say, YOll IIlUS t b e a ll-fired g r ee n ," h e returned. "Don't you know a Mounted S cout i s pri vileged t o help himself to horses, guns or shell s when e ve r he needs 'em?" Had it been li g ht, the co w boy wo uld h av e s e en a flus h o f em b arrass m ent ri se t o t h e face of t he man to (."ho m he was ex pla'inin g the pre rogati v e s o f his own command . But in the darkness, h e co uld o nl y h ear the voice say: "I am green. I've onl y been out a t Fort H enry f o r five days! " " And yet you're on Firewate r ' s trail! " Such patronizing pity was there in the t o n e with' which the cowpuncher uttered the word s that the offic e r felt it was d1.\e hims e lf to offer an explanati o n. "I did it on a _ dare, " he d ecla red , J "So m e of the older officers were making my life mi s erable and whe n Stotes came in and said Firewater Ike was either o ver at Santa Anna or headed for there, I offered to locate him." For the moment, the co 'nversation between ' the two men waS'ttiterrupted by the actions necessary to thrust bridles into tl1J mouths of a couple of ponies to which Happy Jack had made his way a h d to put several hundred yards between the flickering lights of the settlement and themselves. " I ought to have known you was n e w on the patrol,"


I . \. 6 THE Al\1ERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. the cowboy, as s oon as, he had led his com panion a distance out onto the plains that he considered safe. "Why?". , , "Because there ain't another Scout, officer or. listed , who'd dare to come ihto Santa Anna alone, to , say nothing of facing the Squawman singlehanded. ButI don ' t see hQW old Bowlegs let you come. He ought to Im9'\V better-if the rest of them gilt-braided' snobs do .n't." • " The colonel ' was 11.ot at the Fort when I started, " returned the captain, seeking by the dignity with : which he uttered the title of his superior to administer a rebuke for the" flippant reference to him by the ' cow ,punche,., "Then that explains it," muttered Happy Jack: " What do you propose to do riow? " " Go back to the Fort, get reinforcements ' and then hunt the Squawman to his doom! " . . Silence of several minutes followed this announcement, during the captain promised himself tha: he would take it out of Stotes for making such a fool of him as soon as he returned to the Fort. Then his thoughts were roughly diverted by his "Have youl

. THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 7 cuss are surely a rum lot. Didn't they tell you there what they couldn't-and bring the Squawman into h h F . " '\ are more t an twenty warrqnts out for Firewater, covt e , ort a pnsoner. ering everything murder to selling liquor to the ' For some time, the cowboy deliberated the proposi Injuns?" , ' . tion. That it w . as with danger, he knew only "Wh, no. From the way tHey talked, I judged too well. Furthermore, he was that they could that tpi'S was the first one that had ever been issued hope for very little assistance rorn the ptople living against him." near the desperado's haunts because they were either " I sure hope old Bowlegs hears about this business , friends of his from their very love of daredeviltry or of sending you out/' exclaimed the cowpuncher. "It's from fear of , him. , , ' . all right tcy have fun with a -tenderfoot-but it ain't a "Well?" exclaimed the officer, puzzled by/ his com. square deal to send , him. up against Firewater singlesilence. handed, Why man dear, returning warrants against "I'll go you, captaili! I ai'n't got any love for the the Squawman is a regular pastime of the Grand Jury'. Squawman myself, seeing as how he ran off with my gal. When there ain't nothing else for them to <:10 and they That's why l"m on his trail. I was just trying to think wants to ' earn a little more expense money, they just who we could get to go with us. 'There ain't many whirls in and charge,S him with any old ,crime they men who care to mix it up with Firewater. There's can thinly of-and he's guilty of 'em all a.nd plenty ' only 'four th<).t I know of, and one of them is Slick more." finger Thurston, proprietor of the Cowboy's Delight, This statement opened the eyes of the young capwho's over at the A-BarV ranch now waiting till this tain to the feeling against him , at the Fort among his little business of planting the sheriff blows over. fellow officers as nothing else could and in contemplaHe-" tion of the meanness of spirit which had sent him, un"We'll cut him out!" exclaimed the young officer ) warned, against the most dangerous desperado iA the emphatically, "But why is he against the Squawman? Southwest, he lapsed into silence for minutes. , From the way ' his men acted to-night, I should think " How soon do you have to be back at yQur ranch? " they were hand in glove witg him," he suddenly asked. "That's because they're afraid of him. Firewater " Why?" , held up the Delight one ev.ening when there was more "Because I have a proposition to make .to you-if than five thousand dollars on the tables-and Slickyou can take a few days off." finger is afraid he'll do it again." . ' "Let's hear it. Things ain't so pressing ' dovyn to "H'm. If ' he hasn't got any more sand than to let the Three Stars thctt ' I couldn't take hold of a thing the Squawman com: into his place after pulling off a that was right. If they had been, I couldn't have got trick like that, it doesn't strike me he'd be a -.Jery valu off to come up to Anna, looking for Firewater. able addition to our force, anyhow. Who are the other What's on your mind? " three you spoke of? " . " Those fellows over at the Fort have tried to make "Handsome Dan, Lucky Flynn and Quickshot, all a fool of me-" of 'em belonging to the .Triangle outfit. Dan and "No doubt about it," interposed the cowboy, em-Flynn are white men and Quickshot is a combination phati&lly. Greaser, Injun and ' white man-lyut he's got the "Now what I was thinking is this: I hate to let any l;lerve." • one put some thing over on I1)e. If ]'ou haven't any"\lVhat makes you think they'd .be willing to hit thing more pressing, I'd be glad to make it well' worth Firewater's trail' with us?" your while to round-up three or four of your friends "Caus'e he ran off with their gals, just like he did and then start out on trail and get him! It mine.p would , make those duffers over at Fort Henry sit up " What does he do with them, for mercy's sake? " and take notice, what? " " Sells them to the Piute bucks with whom he ,hangs " Well, .. ather, seeing as how they've been hunting out." him now for a. year or more. What do you mean by "The fiend! I suppose he has one for fiimself?" 'worth my while?'" / , " Not much. He married old Leaping Bear, the Pi-" Oh, say a thousand dollars to be split up between ute mediCine man's daughter, Laughing Sun. That's yourself and the cowboys you bring with you." why he's called the Squawman. There's some that "Um-m. How about the rewards? " Say it's because he tied up with Leaping Bear's " Are there any rewards' on Firewater? II. dau 'ghter that the old medicine man has given him " Any rewards? Say, if there's a cent there's all of stuff that makes him impossible to kilL" :( five thousand!" , "Nonsense. There never was a man in the world, • r "Then you can have the rewards, t60. It'll be satis-Happy, who wouldn't fall in hi tracks if a bullet hit faction enough for me to show Stotes and the rest of him in the right spot. The Squawman's simply gOt his crowd that though I'm green, I was ;ble to do everybody scared to death of him. Come on, lead the I I


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. way to the Triangle and if we can persuade your friends to join us, we'll show t he p eop le rou!!.d here tha't--it's no trick at all to land Firewater! " "I'm your man, captain! To the Triangle' it isand if we ' don't round up the Squawman we won't be alive to explain why I " CHAPTER V : ..-' THE. YOUNG CAPTAIN SHOWS HIS COL ORS. Hours before ' the captain and the cow boy had made their pac t to huht the notorious and feared S quawman t o hi s withont regard to the officers and sol' diers back at Fort Henry, things we re being made ex ceedingly unpleasant for Lieutenant Stotes and the others of his clique who had sent the tenderfoot officer on his dangerous mis s i on. t Scarce two ho y rs after the young captain had ,rid den boldly forth, after kissing his wife and c hild good bye, the colonel had returned fr om his trip. Drawing rein in front of the officers' quarters where the commissioned men were having afternoon tea with their wives, the man who.m Happy Jack had irreverently termed " Bowlegs" look ed over the bold array , of chevrons. . I "Why, where's Archer? ' : he demanded, as he dismounted and gave his horse to his orderly. " Gone after Firewater," returned one of the younger officers . " What? ,vJ:io sent him ? How many men did he take?" r oared the . that another warrant had been issued for his running an illicit still in which he made whiskey ' to sell to the Indians when Archer volunteered to go and round him up. Naturally, none of us took his offer seriously and before we knew it he was-", ," Colonel Halford, that isn't so!" indignantly pro-tested Mrs. Archer, interrupting. "Lieutenant Stotes and his friends were twitting Rudolph about being a tenderfoot and dared him to go after the-the-" " Squawman," completed the colonel. "I see. Well, Arche/ is a boy who has some sand. He's onl)l antici pated my orders by starting before I returnecf. Firewater has just run away with another girl, Molly Jenks, who was over on the A-Bar-V and I was going to send him to round up the .. ute-seeing as none of the rest o-{ you have ever been able to do it . "H'm, long's he been gone and where ,did he . go, does anybody know? " "About two hours. He said he would strike first for ' Santa Anna to see if he could get on the Squawman's trail," returned another young officer . " Well, he'll find him all right! Firewater was headed for there, the last report they had a the Triangle. "Orderly, send Serg.eC\nh Maguire to me immediately. Stotes, come with me to my quarter !" Colonel Robert Halford, the commander of Fort ; Henry was not an impressive man to look upon. But what he lacked in height, he made up in temper and as he heard. the.order for him to accompany hi superior, the lieutenant who had sent the tenderfoot captain on his dangerous mission wished that he were in the Philippines rather than about to face hi ira . . cible StIperior. , And as he arose to obey, the other officer exchanged significant glances. Their thoughts, however, were quicHy turned to other channels by Mrs. Archer. "Do you mean to tell me that' the quawman and the terrible Firewater, about whom I haye heard so many stories, are one and the same?" he a ked. . • " Yes," admitted one of the officer, heepi hly. " And you let Rudolph go after him alone?" . " We really didn't think he would 0'0," ed another lieutenant. "But don't worry. There i n't practically any danger. The colonel i probably going j to send a detail of men after him and by hard riding tbey' ll arrive before any harm' done-provided Firewater is realIy at Santa Anna. which I doubt." " It that I'm afraid for Captain rcher " hatily re.torted his wife, flushing at the imputation that she wI?he.d her husband to have 0111\' the turns of duty. "It's the thought that any hi . felio\\' officers would play such a trick On him that amaze me." Smarting under this sH.nging rebuke, the re't of the were \vopdering what they could do to pro pItIate the angry woman when the errreant who had ?een summoned by the colonel pa ed and broke mto a run toward the barracks. "I what i s i t, Maguire?" shouted of the men at tea. But the sergeant either did not hear the question or pretended he did not and continued his run to the


• • THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 9 . . bar!'llcks whence the call of B06ts and Saddl es quickly rang out. • "Funn y t h e co lo?el hasn't sent for any of us," exclaimed an officer, twisting i n his chair uncomfortably. " Reckon I'll go and see if he wants me . " " Reckon you'll sit where you are and wait till you're sent for," returned another. "If Halford wants you, he'll send for you, never fear." ' "But here comes Maguire at the head of twenty men and we don't know yet who of us is to be in com mand," protested the lieute,nant who had suggested that he go to h i s superior. "Maguire's in If you'd been here as long as I have, kl!0w that without asking. I heard Halford saymg only the other day that if he ever aot into a tight place, he'd rather have Maguire a

10' THE AMERICA N I NDIAN W E EKLY . " Not a bit, Maguire . ",T h o s ent you?" . " The 01' C olonel Halford, sir. The s ,amts be. praIsed we found you betpre that fire-eating di vil got hI s peep s on yei." , " ' " B u t I'v e s een the Squawman and I'm on his trail, " laughed the y oung: ' officer . " ,And wy. friends, one of whom saved me from Firewater at Santa Anpa . . If you wish to do me a favor, please keep a close watch over my wife and child as the Squaw'man has vowed he will kidnap them if I keep on his trail. . , ( \i\1ith good luck , we should be back at the Fort within a week. " Maguir e do e s not want tO, go back , but I am sending him. " RurlO LPH ARCHER. " Handing this remarkable co.mmunication to the ser , geant, the young officer exclaImed: "If I'm not back the Fort in a week, you can look for ' m e-where Happy?" Arid he turned .to the cow boy. "Faith and are you Happy Jack of the Three Stars h demanded Maguire, looking intently at the cowpuncher. / ' ' "Uhuh." , " "'Then you ' re in hands, captain . My, but I wish I could j ine yez . There'll s ure be some fun on thi s trail. Tell me , Happy" where I can meet yez to morrow. " " C o m e over to the Triangle before noon." "Oh, Captain, let me go with yez 1WW. The old man'll never l e t me get away in the morning. Please , captain." The young officer bad taken a great, liking to the genial sergeant and many wer. e the stories he had heard of hj s cleverness and prowess. In consequence, upon such urgent entreaty, he pondered o.:er the suggestion, d ee min g it Ihight n o t be amiss to have one, of his own m en a l ong with him. _ "Bu t w h o would take the men bac k t o the Fort, M a guire?" h e asked. "Shure yez can pick out anyone of them, captain. They';e ail. good b i .r,es, I chose th:m meseIf. Say Hin-n ess y for m stance . . , " A il rig h t, Henessy: Take note MagUIre 1\ g i v e you and deliver it to the colonel. , ) " . " Wouldn't i t be well to say >:ou d kept m e . In quired the sergeant before handmgthe note t o the trooper. . A d k' " 'If you w ish," laughed the captarn. n t a m g the o t e he hastily wrote on the bottom that h e had de to keep Maguir ' e with him, after al L T h en, transferring the s .addles from two of the Iio rses'to' those the captam and t h e cowboy w ere rId in g a n d taking w hat ammunition the ser gea n t tho u ght they woul d need , the trio I;>ade good, bye to the squad o ( traoper s and rode away mto the l11ght. CHAPTER ,1. HAPPY'S JOIN TIlE MA 'HU, 'T. 1'01' a while a s they gallope I along, t le capta i n and the cowboy the sergeant with a graphic ac co unt of the meeting with the quawman and the a lter -cati o n in the shanty. . " Sure 'ti s lucky for you, IIappy Jack, that I t was Captai n Archer and not one of the other fine offic ers from the Fort who saw the kni fe i n Fir ewate r ' h a nd. If i t luid been any of them, they would have t hought t oo much of their precious kin to ay a word to the di vil, let alone mixing it up with him." "That's what I've just been thinki ng, • faguire, It's b ec ause t h e captain's a man and not a peacock t h a t I'v e Qonse nted to r i de w i t h him to h unt the quawma n , If he hadn' t tak e n a hand i n the busines , I'd be l ying in Nolan's b ack room waiting for h i m to hammer , so m e p i n e boards instead of being on t h e bac k of thIS cayus e. " " But it's more because of Happy t hat I m here than Qecause o f m e he's here," interpo ed the you n g officer. " I sure tho u ght my head wa being to rn from my ne c k just before the Sql1awman took away hi elbow," "The n s uppose we call it qui t betwee n yez," chueJded the sergeant. "If yez keep on pre int ing one another w i t h these fine compliment it' back at the ' P os t I ' ll think I am-and I want to find that divil , Fire w a t e r. " Laughing at t h e I rishman's blunt word, his com panions f o rewent any further a llu ion to the excitin g s c e ne s thro u g h which t hey had so miraculol1 I)' pa sed and thei r to getting a much peed as pOSSIbl e o u t of theI r pon ies . . t hey h a d parted from the trooper very much , dl sappol11te d as the soldiers were to be denied the port of a d as h over the plains and into the mountain and the ex c i tin g skirmishes they felt certain would re ult when t h e Squawman and the Piute braves hould learn that the hunt fo r the lawbreaker was on in-earne t the erg eant rode on o n e s ide of the captain and the o n the -'Othe r. ,In manner' t hey were not a lone able to .afe guard h1m agaIn s t any s tray s hot but, by having the offi;er betwee n t hem, there was n o danger of h i be c omrng separate d fronT them, ' \iVhere do you be t hinki n g the quaw d ivi! was


• THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 11 heading for after he left Santa Anna, Happy?" asked Maguire when they had covered aboL1.t fifteen miles of the distance to the ranch for which they w ,ere headed. "I'm no mind reader," returned the1 cowpuncher. that he's got some ornery idea in his mind is sure." \, • "What makes you say that? " "Because it ain't like Firewater to light out of a place, especialIy where everybody, for one reason or another, is his friend as they are in Anna, just on account of a scrap. He usualIy stays to see the fun! " "True for yez," rejoined the sergeant. "I hadn't thought of that. I'd given two months' pay to have been on a norse when he hiked out, so's I could have followed him and seen which way he took. As fur cts I can see, we've just got to get the biyes from the Tri angle and then sort of skirmish round until we get some word of where he is. Captain, and your pardon for saying so, it was rash of yez to write the old man we would have the divil ,within a week. I've known months to go by with never a word of his' whereabouts." " I think you're wrong this time, Maguire/, returned the young officer. "Considering the threats the Squawman uttered, I shall be very much surprised if we don't hear from him within a day or two." And the captairl was righH Before night descended upon the little band of manhunters they heard from the desperado in a most terrible manner! The . members of the Triangle outfit were up and about when the trio of horsemen cantered into the yard of the home ranch and as th6!J caught sight of the two uniforms, they started at them in surprise. "What's up, :H'appy? " demanded Quickshot gruffly, at the same time keeping an eye on thy Mounted Scouts while his right hand hovered suspiciously close to the butt of his six shooter which protruded from his belt. Realizing tbat the cowboy whom he had described to the captain as part Indian, part Greaser and much white man ' feared the appearance of the men in uniform might have to do with Some of his past exploits, the ' member of the Three Star outfit quickly replied: . ." This is Captain Archer and Sergeant Maguire, boys," and he swept the gathering of cowmen with his glance. ' I " vJ e know Maguire," interposed Handsome Dan and Lucky Flynn, grinning at the non-commissioned officer. ' ( . ' " Right yez are, biyes, and I've heard of Quickshot, I'm thinking.'" ' But Happy Jack permitted no further interruptions. "The captain and the sergeant here are on a little hunting ' expedition fo. Firewater and I '-lowed you-alI , " might b . e persuaded to join in with it." . • At the mention of the Squawman's name, the of the cowboys had become black and suIlen: • "I should think you had the most caIl to be going with 'em, considering what the cuss did over to the A-Bar-V, instead Qf coming over here and putting it up to snarled Quickshot. "And I am going with 'em, don't you forget that for a minute," exclaimed Happy. , At these words, the expressions on the faces of the men of the Triangle outfit brightened perceptibly. "Then why didn't you say so in the, first place " demanded Lucky Flyn\1. "Because I supposed you'd have sense eIJough ' in your heads to know that I wouldn't be along unless I was going, " retorted Happy. "Come, speak up lively, we haven't got time to fool round here all day. ' The question is, will you three duffers go with us or won't you?" " . . " Is, there going tQ be any more in the bunch?" asked Handsome Dan,' with more earnestness than grammar. "No," replied the cowboy. ' I " No Scouts nor nothing?" persisted Quickshot, still eying the two' members of the Government patro l with suspicion. . Fearing that they were losing valuable time and that a misunderstanding might ari s e among them that would retard their working by interfedng with their harmony, the young officer took a hand iri the conversation. , "I " There'lI just be the five of us, prov ided, of course, that y 'ou boys decide ' to go . I offer:ed Happy a thou sand dolI aI's to be split I,1p among you four if he should succeed in persuading you to join the manhunt. Yes, and alI the rewards will go to you, too, " he --added, an ticipating the question he saw being fram e d in Lucky Flynn's mind. ., That sure sounds good to me, " declared Handsome Dan. ' "Same here," chorused the other two members of th, e Triangle outfit whose assistance had been sought. "Will you have arty trouble in getting off?" queried the captain, his delight at their willingness to take part in the quest of the desperado evident in his face. "Not mm:h," chuckled Lucky. "The old man is away for a week or so, up to Denver and there's enough of the boys left to t;ake care of all the critturs in the corrals. Just you-alI go into the grub house and get some chuck. We'lI take your ponies and make our . own' ready." , . "You go with 'em, Dan, and I'll go to the corral with Lucky," quickly exclaimed the puncher from the Three Stars, for he wished to acquaint the latest re cruits to the manhunting troop with the reasons for the captain's desire to take up the trail of the Squawrtlan. • CHAPTER VII. AN UNWELCOME MESSENGER. Agog with curiosity to learn what Happy had to say about the Mounted SCQuts and the manner in which he had met them, Lucky had no sooner escorted the captain and sergeant to the mess shack and ordered the cook to give 'them breakfast than.. he made some trivial excuse and hastened out to the horse corral, where he found , the boy from the Three Stars sur by an interested group of the Triangle . outfit, all listening intently to the story of the' trick the offi cers at the Fort had played upon the tenderfoot and the run-in with the Squawman at the Cowboy's De-light. . ' "It shows he's got plenty of pluck, alI right; -alI right," exclaimed the foreman of the Triangle, as Happy finished. " : I'd sure like .to be with him myself. 1t-" , " Then why don't you COme t" asked Happy. " Simply because I can't with the boss away, especi• alIy as you're going to take three of my men and I reckon , alI things, considered, theY've got more reason for going than I have." '


( 12 ' • THE AMERICAN INDIAN, WEEKLY. This allusion to the great wrong the Squawman had .. done the three members of the Triangle oufit in running off with their girls roused the cowboys to a ,high pitch of excitement. ' /, " Then you don't mind our g?ipg?" asked Lucky,. eagerly. . " . " Not a bit-but it's 'a good thing the boss IS away. If you don't get back before he does and he puts up 'any holler, I'll just tell him you went. Now hurry and get a move on." .' Well did all the cowpunchers know that the foreman in hi s re fere nce to the owner of the Triangle hint .... ing at a connection between the notorious desperado might want their friendship or assistance and want it badly, he declared: _ . • " Don'J you pay no 'tentlon to what Shorty says, Senor Capitan.. bad man, very man. He marry Leaping. Bea,r s Laug:hmg Sun, and Leaping Bear give him med1C1l1eS so wh1ie man no can hurt him." , , This repetition of what Happy Jack had saId about the Squaw man's apparent injury or danger gave the young officer an 1l1slght mto the condi tions which he believed were largely accountable for the fear in which the' desperado was held but he deter mined not to take is sue with the superstitious Mex-and the ranchman which they had come to supect, ican. I • chiefly from the ' absolute immunity the herds of the " All right; cook," he laughed, " I'll remember what Triangle from the Squawman and his rene you say. Here's five dollars to pay for the food you're gade Piute bucks while the steers of the neighboring going put in our bags and you'll have in ranches had been forced to pay heavy . tribute.. prepannO' some more to take Its place. , Accordingly, they , lost no time in roping the ponies " Senor Capitan," murmured the cook, they intended to ride and making ready for the start. pocketing the crisp biIJ with avidity. "All wiIJ be " Hold on," called the foreman, as Happy turned to ready pr o nto." . go back--to the grub shack. "Guess I'll go with you," "Then we'd best be getting the ponies, captain," he continued as he caught up with the cowboy. "I'd interposed the sergeant. "It's a long ride to Chapul rather like to get my peepers on this nervy young cap-tas:' tain." , The mention of this town as their destination, lying "You see making ourselves right at home," as it did in the 'very opposite direction to that of the smiled Archer when the formalities ' of introduction had Indian village frequented by the Squawman, removed been accomplished. any trace of suspicion that might have lurking in " That's right," casserted the foreman. "Eat hearty the Mexican's mind and h) fell to paclong the bags -and all you can. Jf you have any luc!{ at all, you with food as the members of the 1Iounted Scouts and won't get a good meal for several days, I'm thinking. the cowboys left the grub shack. Hey, Jose," he added, turning to the cook, " Get five "That was a clever piece of work, captain," ex bags and put every bjt of food you've got cooked into claimed the foreman, when they were out of earshot of them. ' Step lively!" , the Mexican. "Despite Jose's word describing Fire"\Vhar they goin'?" the Mexican, sus-water as a bad and dangerous man, it has long been my piciously. opinion that he is in the pay of the Squawman, oh, not " Don't ask questions but do as you're told," yelled for money, just for immunity, you understand," he the foreman. added quickly, lloting the look of that But the cook had kept his ears open and though the appeared on the young officer's face. "For that reason, two Scouts had talked in a low voice, he thought he if he'd thought you-all were going to hit the trail of had detected the mention of the Squawman's name. the devil, while I might have forced ,him at the point " Me no put up grub for men who hunt Firewater! " oerny gun to paclC the food, as like as not he would he announced, defiantly. .,' have stuck some poison into it, and it's dollars to a In a trice, ' the foreman had his sixshooter out and doughnut that as soon as you were out of sight he'd ' levelled at the rebellious cook. , / have taken his pony and set out to carry word of your "Who said anything about Firewater?" he fairly pursuit to the Squawman." shrieked. r told you to put up some grub for the "What I don't understand is how you people , can captain and the rest and do it-or there'll be another live with a man like that around, suspecting him as Greaser hit the Long Trail, and mighty sudden too! " you do," asserted the young officer. Believing rightly t11at it had been his incaution that 'J, After you've "been these parts longer, you'll had caused the , rebellious outburst of the cook, the realize it's often policy to have the good-will of such young officer exclaimed: ' men, even of Firewater himself, captain. You see there " What's thaChesaid? Who's this Firewater, any-are more than a thousand acres the Triangle range how?" And he looked blandly from one to another of and if we didn't have some sort of an arrangement with the eowboys who had entered the shack durinlJ the the Squawman, it would take a reO'ular standing army altercati.on. , to patrol and protect the steers. h Isn't that so, 'Grinning appreciatively at the manner in guire?" and the foreman appealed to the sergeant. captain sought to allay the Mexican's suspicions, the r " It's sinse, of course," drawled the Irishman, "but foreman replied: ' it would be more sinse if you'd have taken all the " Oh, he's a good for nothing Squawman who occa-punchers em your range and run the divil to cover long sionally makes a raid on our herds and drives off a few ago." calves." • " P "Then what's the Grease-r scared. of?" demanded . rovided the boys could have been persuaded to hit the trail-which they couldn't" returned Shorty. Maguire. \ "Take the cowmen-and every!:>ody' else, as far as that's The ruse of the captain had been successful in throwthese parts and they're so scared by the ing the cook off the track and, cJ.esirous of making • stones about It's being impo sible to kill the Squawamends for his stand against the Mounted' Scouts, for man that they're more than half licked by fear it had , suddenly occurred to him that soI'netime he ever they run across him. That's why I think With


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY . 13 . yOU and Maguire in the you'll be "able to get re sults this time. For there isn't another bunch of boys that's so k'een to get the cuss as the ones you'll have with you." . \' By this the Scouts an' d tlte were on their ponies, all powerful, rangy animals, capable ' of maintaining great speed, and quickly they cantered up to the door of the grub shack_where Jose stood await ing them, the bags of food at his feet. "I suppose I can look for youjboys when you get back," smiled the foreman as the last bag was made fast to Handsome Dan's saddle. " Not before," chuckled Happy and, with the" Good Luck" of the foreman ringing in their ears, the little troop of manhunters who were bent on such a danger-ous mission set out on their way. . . "Where shall we head for, Santa Anna?" inquired Lucky when the h.ome buildings of the Triangle were no longer visible. "So long as we don't kn6w where the crittur is, seems to me that would be the quickest way of picking up his tr.aiL" . Readily the other cowboys fell in with this idea and as they gave their opinions, looked to the young officer in expectation of his confirming them. But Captain Archer had other plans in mind. . "The trouble with that idea is t.at it would enable Firewater's friends in the town to get word to him inat we were on his trail and he wQuld have plenty of time to give us the slip," he returned. "What I was thinking of is this: \Ve'U go to the Piute village where the Squawman makes his headq,uarters and round up the bucks and squaws, allowing a few of them to escape and carry the news of the raid to the man we're after. From all that I can gather of the fellow, such word would bring. him as fast as horseflesh could 'bear him to the assistance of his tribe-an<1 then we'd be able to ambush him." / This plap, which would make the notorious des perado fight when! and in the manner they wished him to, appealed to the cowpunchers 'strongly and even the sergeant nodded his head approvingly as it was unfolded. " Cap, you sure have a great head," exclaimed Lucky Flynn, admiringly. "Always before, the posses have fought just where the Squawman wanted-ana gOt licked." And then, the capture of the village seeming already accomplished.in the mind of the enthusiastic cowpuncher, he added: " But this time we'll beat the devil at his own game! " Agreeing heartily wi-th the sentiments of the mem ber of the Triangle outfit, the othel' turned the heads of their ponies to. the South toward he rug-ged cliffs where the Fiutes lived. . As they rode, they discussed the prob

THE AMERICAN WEEKLY. CHAPTER VIII. \ A TIMELY SHOT. Their surprise evident their faces, the man-' hunters leaped their ponies forward ' in obedience to the command of the young officer. Ere they had approached more than fifty feet, however, the Indian, in fear of some treachery, whirled his, pinto preparatory to making a dash tor his life. . Divining his motive, the captain raised his automatic, menacingly. ' " Come back here-if y.ou don't want your body rid, dIed with bullets! " he yelled. ' Between of becoming the target for every one of the gnm visaged men and his desire to get away from them as Soon ' as possible, the brave was sorely perplexed. But he deemed it the part 'of wisdom, to draw rein, though he made no attempt to turn his pony's head to}Vard the man,hunters. '. , "I said' come , back .here!;" thundered the young officer, rising in his stirrvps to give emphasis to his words. . "What for paleface want Injun?" the buck. "Injun give um Firewater letter. Injun want to go." t ' " Never mind if you do. I told you to come back here. ,That's enough," exclaimed Archer and then see !?& tha. t the bra,:,e made no move to, ob . ey, he 111 give you tIll I ;count ten. If you're not rIght along side of me by that time, your blood will be on your own head! One-two-three-four-five-sixseven-eig-" . . ) ' " All right, Injun come. No count ni.ore," sl .outed the buck, who, having glan,ced about him and n01:fd that not only was he threatened by the revolver in the hand of , the young officer but by every rifle in the ?f the Scout's companions, wisely decided tha, t . . was the better part.., of valor. .as he reluctantly rode close to the captain, MagUIre sIgnalled to the cowpunchers to surround him, "That's the way. If you'd IOnly' done that in the first place, you'd have saved us all this delay" commented the officer. "Sergeant, you and boys keep your eye on ol1r red friend while I see what the Squawman has to say." " Read it aloud , cap, that'll save a lot of time,"sug for he ' as well as the others were agog wIth CUrIOSIty to learn what the letter contained. their eagerness and having de,cided to on authority. or over hIS men, 111 the belIef that by so domg he would obtain more hearty support, the officer the Mounted Scouts . cleared his " Dere Cap i here you done sent the boys old bolegs sent to you back to the fort. you don well. i like yure pluck wich is wy i am 'giving U 1 more chance to save yure sk,in. just go to the fort like thl! boys U sent and 111 see, that V amt bothered' by any my -men. .Be WIse-or VB be m a hole in the ground lIke the shenf. Remember yure wife and kid, i mean what i say. Firewater ike," The peculiar spelling and almost illegible hand writ-ing caused the captain to pause many times before he had read the strange missive through, . 'iV.hen atl l<1;st finished, there a ;>ifence s'.glllficant 1U ItS mtenslty for ;;everal minutes then as ) , . , though actuated by a common idea, the Cowpunchers their ponies against the pinto on which the brave sat, forcing it over onto that of Y01Jng officer. " Easy, e;!sy, boys! " cried the captam. " But t1-le nerve df the divi!, sir. I niver heard the likes of it! " growled Maguire. "From what you all tell me, I should think the Squawman was chiefly noted for his nerve," smiled Archer. "It isn't that part which bothers me so much as how he found out about the troopers from the Fort and the manner in which he was able to trail us with this fellow here." "That miserable Greaser cook, Jose, probably told him," snapped Quickshot. "I wish Shorty had put a bullet through his good-far-nothing hide when he had his six shooter pointed at him this morning." , ' "But that doesn't explain how the Squawman knew I had gone to the Triangle. Besides, we particularly told Jose that we were going to Chapultas." At this statement, a look of fear flashed over the faces of the cowpunchers as they remembered the stories they had heard of the mysterious powers of Firewater and, divining. what was passing in their minds, the sergeant determined to take a hand in the proceedings before the terror had taken too great a hold of the cowmen's hearts. "There's nothing so wonderful about that," an nounced the Irishrrfan in his rich brogue. "It wouldn't be like any of. the muts in Santa Anna not to have fol lowed you and Happy when you lifted the ponies, They was probably in hailing distance when I met yez with my men and then they seen us turn and followed us until we headed f a t the Triangle, carrying the news back to the dirty little town as fast as they could and then passing it on to the Squawman who'd probably come back to see if the captain and Happy was still there. It don't need no great mind to dope that out." , " But you havel)'t accounted for the way this In dIan was able to get on our trail," returned the young officu. ' " mysterious about that. He just used his eyes, rejomed the sergeant. "For a man as cunning as these red divils, it was no trick at all to follow our trail the But what's the use of spending all our tIme wonderIng? Why not ask the divil if you don't be1ieve me? " , Thts solution of the mystery was so simple that the cowboys, their fears of the powers of the Squaw man allayed by the common sense reasoning of the sergeant, looked at one another sheepishly. "There'll be time enough for that later" announ,ed Archer. "We're losing valuable dme when we ought to be lOOKing for some waterhole where we can rest our ponies and feed ourselves" Dur.in'g excbange of ideas, 'the brave had been watchIng captors and noting that they had relaxed tIfeir holds a tnfle-upon Icheir weapons, as he heard the words of the young officer which meant plaInly he to. be taken along with the WI,t a lIghtmng movement he whipped hiS . scalpI.ng kmfe from his belt and lunged viciously at the captam. But Archer, suddenly becoming conscious that dan threatened him, chanced to look up just as the WICked blade speeding toward his heart. Twelve more Inches and the knife would be in his heart. Yet the young officer, the tenderfoot whom his fel-


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 15 lows back at the Fort had sought to make sport of was as calm as he looking at a tea cup being handed to him by the wife of some officer at thejr . quarters, instead of a weapon that W,flS seeking his life's blood! Leaning as far back in his saddle as he could' the' captain rais\!d the muzzle of the automatic which he' had held in his hand :while reading the Click! went. the trigger-and the amazed cowboys saw a knife drop from the bwck ' s hand while a piercing burst from his lips. ' So quickly had the danger threatened and passed, that they were scarcely aware of it before it was over. . "Seize the fiend! Bind him!" shouted the young officer, still' keeping the muzzle of his automatic leveJ1ed at the treacherous redskin. "As for you, you sneak, if you try any more tricks I'll put a bullet through your worthless heart instead of sending it into your shoulder! " Evidently seeking to make amends for their lack of attention, which had come so near to 'costing their leader his life, by the haste in which they uncoiled the ropes from their saddles to bind the brave, the cowboys gave no heed to his wound and, seizing him roughly, soon had him trussed up, hand and foot. CHAPTER IX. STARTLING DISCOVERY, "It's a good thing you were more aiive than the rest of us, captain," remarked the sergeant, shuddering at the closeness of the call. "But what I don't stand is why you didn't put the bullet through his black heart instead of into his shoulder." " Because I want to ask him some questions," quietly replied the young officer, "yroviding, of course we can ' get him to answer." , "Oh, he'll answer all l:igl)t, all rignt, don't w 'orry about that," exclaimed Quickshot and the significance with which he uttered the words made the others look at the cowboy curiously. ' "Well, if you can make a redskin talk when he don't want to, you're a bird," declared Maguire. But the cowpuncher refused to enlighten his com panions as to the method of suasion he intended to adopt to obtain the desired information, instead sug gesting that if they were to find a waterhole before dark they had best get under way immediately. "There's a drink over yonder about five miles, as well as I remember these plains," announced Lucky, "The only trouble is, it's pretty close to wryere the Squawman and his Piutes have their teepees and there may be some of them hanging round." ' " If there had been, the shots would have attracted their attention and we should have seen them," as ' erted Happy. This statement suggested an idea to the sergeant .. " Be the cats of Killarney! You don't suppose Firewater hit it out last night for his village

• 16 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. I But just when it was almost touching the paint ! ' That's not hard to ans;,;,er," return,ed the menl?er daubed mouth, the captain set it down again. '. of the Stars We ha:ven t been And the look of disappointment and rage that swept our p011les and the pmto has been rIdden to the limit. over'the brave's face told plainly that a way tortur"That's the truth, captain," chimed. the sergeant. ing him had been found that would not necessitate the "Arty one who can like these dlVi1S could the around we've come m .about four hours, that is, of use of Knives or guns. . ' . to> 1: wice the captain repeated the move while the cow-course, providing they pushed their mount for all there boys an' d Irishman showed their enjoyment of the was in him." -;' scene by rolling about and shouting gleefully, now and Forced to believe the statement as to. the length of then throwing some stinging taunt at the helpless red time the IndIan' had beenon their trail, especially as man. 'Lucky and Quickshot went OVer to look at the animal Archer, however, was watching his victinl and upon their return added their . confirmation, the and when he believed had keyed the buck's appetite officer pondered for several minutes. . up to its highest p'itch, exclaimed: • ." According to that then, Squawman must have " I tell you what I'll' do, . boo I'll trade some of thiS been at the ranch about two o'clock," he finally ex bac6n and two cups of coffee for th, e information as to claimed. where you got tha( note from the Squawman:" " Some where's aldng there," agreed Happy. "Try As the words left their leader's lips, the other mem-another plate of bacon', perhaps that will loosen the bers of the maf1hunting party stopped their hilarity crittur's tongue again." and awaited breathlessly the captive'S'reply. . But though the captain endeavored to extort more C< Paleface too smart. Injun tell, then he fool um," infOl :mation from his captive, his efforts were vain-grunted the brave. yet he and his were destined to hear a plan " No I won't. You tell me-and tell me the trutl1of Firewater's action from the brave's own lips that and you shall have just what I promised you, a plate of made them gasp with rage and helplessness! bacon and two cups of coffee." , When it became evident that food would not tempt " Make it t'ree doughnuts, too," bqrgained the Indian. the Indian to say anything more about the Squaw man, " Not on your life, " retorted the young officer, firmly. Lucky turned to Quickshot. " Paleface sure no foql Inj un? " " You said you could make the ornery devil speak " I " said I wQuldn't and I won't. Now'-decide quick. when we wanted him to, now suppo e you make good," We can't wait all rl.ight for you to make up your mind." he exclaimed. " Give Injun piece of bacon first, then he tell and get " Shall I trv my hand, captain, " a ked the rest." . . el " You're an old fox all right," chuckled the captain. eagerly. " But to show you that I'll keep my word, I'll do it. "Time's getting along and the divil may be able to That bacon's so good, when you get your teeth. into a tell us somethin' will change our whole plans," inter slice of it, you'll want all'Je've got in our bags." posed Maguire, fearing from the look which appeared And suiting his actions to his words, Archer cut a in the .young officer's face that he wotdd not hand the piece of the crisp food with a fork and fed it to the captive over to the tender mercies of the cowboy. buck. Realizing from these words that he was taking part Ravenou:'tY the Indian devoured it, then a cun.ning in a matter of actual life and death and not one of the look eame in his eyes. . play affairs -.that he had be.w accustomed to both at "'Nother piece, Injun tell more," he wheedled. West Point and while on his station in Washington, "Not much. Now tell us where Firewater was the captain replied: when he gave you that letter for me." " All right, Qu' ckshot. Only remember you're not a An instant the brave hesitated as though he savage." . refuse to keep his part of the agreement unless his addi" You're to keep hands off," exclaimed the cowboy. tion'aJi request was granted. But .the taste of the savyou try to go top far." ory food finally overcame his obstinacy and he capitu' ; You can't go too far with a man who would ram lated. . . his scalping knife into you, cap," returned the man " At Triangle rancp.house!" he announced, ad sing from the Triangle outfit, then turning his attention to in the next breath:, " Gimme bacon! C;;-.imme bacon! " . the captive, he gave him a vicious kick commanding I No answer could have more surpnsed the man-him in' a volley of terrible oaths to get tC: his feet. hunters and as they heard the statement that the very Upon the face already hideous with war paint, there man they were' had been at the spot whence appeared a look of fury and hatred such as the young th. ey had so recently set forth, they gazed at one anofficer had never seen in a human being and unconsci-other in astonishment. . • ously he dropped his hand to his automatic revolver. " When was he there?" demanded the captain, ex-But the kick had the effect of brino-ina the buck to citedly. his feet with a bound. to> ,., But the buck only grunted:.-(As he gained them, however, he cast a hurried glance " Gimme coffee now:'. the southeast and the expression on his face "Never mind about the time, ,cap,'.' interposed l11stant1y changed. Happy. "I lo oked the devil's pinto over when I hobV'! ondering at the. cause, thecowboys sprang to bled him and I ain't any judge of horseflesh if he'd been their feet and followed the direction of their captive's ridden for more than five hours." momentary gaze-and what they saw made them gasp "How can that be? Here we've been riding ever with alarm! since early this morning from the ranch and yet he . Dancing along the horizon like sprites revelling overtakes us in not more'than five hours, rou say?" III some orgy, tongues of flame leaped and bounded demanded the young officer. / into the air!


• \ THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKL Y. • 1 7 .. The plains have been fired! Quick to the horses! There's no creek within fifte n miles here!" cried Happy . . CHAPTER X. DESPERATE MOMENTS. Confronted by this unexpected peril, the manhunters rushed to their ponies, thinking only 6f the desperate work that :-vas ahead of them if they were to outrun the fire which, even as they glanced at it while frantically saddling and bridling their horses, seemed to have 'come hundreds of yards nearer. In the excitement, the Indian was forgotten. Scarce believing his eyes, the buck gazed at the frightened cowboys aI;ld'Scouts an instant, then cast about for SOUle protecting bunch of grass' where he could hide. Not seeing any which could serve him, powerless as he was to drop to his hands and knees and worm his way along, he decided to seek safety in the waterhole . And thither he made his way, crouching as low as the rawhide bonds permitted. had not gained his haven when his was noted . I \ buck's gone! The buck's gone!" ,shouted Lucky, in dismay, as suddenly remembering the cap-tive, he turned to see where he was. ' The announcement filled the manhunters with con-sterna tion. "We've got to find him!" exclaimed the sergeant. "If he gets away now, the chances ar.he'll be able to get back to Firewater or the Piutes and then our goose will be cooked, for fair! Everybody get busy and beat the grass for the clivil! " • " But we stop to search for him-if we're going to make a fifteen mile run for the creek Ha.ppy spoke of," retorted the captain. "The buck won' t be able to live through {he fire and surely he WOl1't be able to outrun it! Let him go and look to yourselves! " Just as the young officer finished the keen ears of Quickshot detected what he thought was a splash. " Look in the drinkhole! " he shouted. With one accord the men whi.cled their ponies in the direction indicated and' when they were't.tpon it, Lucky slid from his saddle and began to feel round in the water with his hands. " Here he is! I've got the cuss! " he suddenly yelled, ' extthant l y as h i s fingers ,tightened upon the 'strands of rawhide with which the prisoner was bound . . " Lend a hand and we'll have hi. m out of here and on hiS pony in no time ! " Willi n gly the others dismounted and seized what-. ever part of th'e buck's anatomy they could get hol d of. But !he Indian was determined to make all t h e possible, evidently with the purpose of delaymg his captors so long that they would never be able to make th e creek, and he struggled with incredibl e frenz y to p r event his being d rawn from the hole. "We can't linge r any longer over the boys," s uddenly exclaimed the captain. "I'tp we h av e lost too mu c h time as i t is . Stand aSide and we'll , . d I " star t him o n t h e way t o the happy huntm g groun . "Shooting' s t o o good f o r t he divi!. Leav e him be I w here he i s, captain! The fire'll s oo n make end . o f h i m;' c a ll e d the sergeant. " And of us, too, I'm thi nk ing," commented Hand some Dan, gazing o u t over the p l ains . , Surprised at the tone of terror and h opeless n ess in their companion's voice, the o thers gazed toward the flames . ' ,We can never them," announced Quickshot. , Don't sit there and talk that way, man, r ide!" shouted the young officer, nYughly. "The time has come for action-not words! " But none of the cowboys moved, however. "What's the matter? Have you suddenly been reft of your wits?" demanded Archer, beside himself at the inexplicable inactivity of his men. ' " Quickshot's right, captain," returne' d the sergeant. " It would be simply seeking death to try ' to reach the creek ahead of the fire." , ' " Well, you !pen can lie down without trying to save' your lives-if you want to. I won't! I have a family back at the Fort that I'm mighty fond of and I'm going to take the chance 'that will let me see them again! " ' . ' Ere the young officer , who was seeking so valiantly to inspire his men with . courage, could leap his pony forward, however, Happy and Lucky laid firm hold of the bridle of his pony. ' • "What do you mean by such actions?" roared Archer, to shake the cowboys from his horse. " Listen, cap," exclaimed the member of the Three Stars outfit. "It would be sure death for you to ride for the creek. You wouldn't get half ' way there. We've -got to stay here and make our fight. This waterhole's big enough to cover all of us. The buck knows tha, t and it's because he does he made the sneak for it instead of striking out in any other direction. What we've got to do is to set the grass afire around us. Hey, you punchers, get busy and scatter some matches in the grass as far out as you can ride an-i get back ! , ,, In a flash it came to the captain that"he had read of men sorely pressed by prairie fires wJlO had saved their lives by starting a counter blaze and accordingly he y i elded comman d to Happy. No sooner had the orders to fire the grass left the cowboy's lips than his companions were away, riding their ponies for all they were worth. With that intui tion which enabl . es some men to do the right thing at the right time in emergencies, the manhunters spread out in a huge semi-circle and when the matches they dropped flared up, they had started fires that would extend along a line of some quarter mile in length. . But never' an instant did they dally over their work. Whirling their ponies even as they dropped the blazing b its of wood, they rode with quirt and spur back to the wat e rhol e . . Realizing t hat it would take a few minutes for the grass to catch a n d the fire to get a headway, they had calculated on these facts to allow 'them to regain the one haven of safety and all arrived without mishap. . " What'll we do with oUfponies? " gasped L ucky as he swung from his saddle, " turn 'em loose? " "Can they l ive through the fire?" demanded the o ffice r . " No, " Then give them a b ull e t and put t h em out o f t h ei r m isery," returned A rcher. , " We'll be in a ba d fix without h o r s es but we c a n't let the p oo r b e as t s s uff e r . Get the s addle b a gs and chuck them into ' h e h o le ." Already the flames 'and smoke, suffocating in their


• THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. , 18 • heat and density were so close that the ponies were snorting and leaping in te. rror. B 'ut the manhunters were all good shots and the fear of the faithful crea To the stifling, choking men, it seemed that the seconds were hours. Wildly they splashed about, finding relief in the water only to have its heat force them to raise thdrheads. tures was of only momentary duration. • The loss of their mounts, however, effected the cowpunchers deeply and chancink to espy the cringing. form of the Indian, Quickshot sought a vent for his . feelings. . "Here she 'comes! Everybody 'keep under!" bellowed Happy, raising his head so little and glanc-ing about hurriedly. . And even as the cowboy spoke; there came a thunderous roar-and the flames had the leaping wall of fire bringing terrible and certa111 death to every thing and creature in itspath. "Here you red de,vil, come here!" he bellowed, his voice audible above the roaring of the flames. "You'r!'! to blame for all this. Now take your choice and answer any questions I ask or 'l'll throw you out into that fire! " . , The threat was so terrihle that even the other cowboys gazed in amazement at their companion. But he, unmindful of their looks; clutched the buck by the . !Jape of the and shook him as a terrier. does a rat. "Is this fire part of the SquawmaI1's phlns to get us? " he demanded, fiercely. I " Uhuh., Firewater him heap smarter than palefaces. Him and Piute braves been watching palefaces ever since me meet um-'-" it That's a lie!" interrupted Happy. "There 'wasn't another buck within ten miles of where you met us. 1 Firewater had been along, he never could have resisted the temptation 10 start a fight, especially if he had any Of you red devils with him. Sg. cut out SUCh rot and . tell us the truth.". . it Me tell urn truth!" protested the captive. "Me 'and t'ree other braves at Anna with Firewater. In morning we hear paleface captain send back sojers to Fort and hit trail for Triangle. We ums follow. Get to ranch and talk Jose. Him 'say gone Chapultas. Firewater no think. Write note, send FlY111g Horse. with um: Him send other braves to Piutes tell urn no see me and palefaces riding back to ranch 'fore dark, set um plains afir . ,it Paleface think um heap smart, heap fo@l. . Injun make um heap ' fool. Firewater take Pi ute bucks and raid Fort, get paleface chid squaw and papoose! " This exultant repetition of the threat agajnst his family coming as it did when the young officer and his . companions ,,,ere face to face witli death, was more than any_ of them could stand and even as the last word came4rom his Jips pistols barked on all sides and the insolent brave .toppled over. . Who had fired the shot that had sent the Indian to the doom he so richly deserved, none of the manhunters knew-and they had no time to think of the action fllrther. . From all sides sparks and burning brands of grass, borne on .the wind, were falling upon them the air was so hot that only by bending close to the surface of the pool couId they breathe. . "It's time to begin ducking," gasped Quickshot. " Every man stay under as long as he can . " Only too eager were the men to try anything that promised relief from . the terrible heat and some sitting down, others dropp'ing to their knees and bending their heads, they immersed themselves. Unable to stay submerged for more than " a minute or so at a time, the men were constantly bobbing up and down. So terrific was the heat that the water in which they had taken refuge became uncomfortably hot. " If it isn't over within five ' minutes, we'lrbe boiled!" groaned And then, with an earsplitting shriek, he ducked under, his hair a mass of flames. , , CHAPTER XI. A 'TERRIBLE REFUGE . Gasping and spluttering, one by one the members of the manhunting party that had passed through such a terrible ordeal raised their heads and gazed about them. The sight that met their the half burned carcasses of horses and eVen the body of the brave that . lay scarce a yard away from the waterhole, together with the remnants of their saddles, was sickening and, as with one accord" the men turned and watched the fast receding wall of flames. " We forgot to put the grub bags into the pool, now we'll have to go hungry as well as horseless," exclaimed Lucky Flynn, disconsolately. it Don't be complaining, man dear," hurriedly inter' posed sergeant. "'Tis down on your knees you should be' this very minute offering thanks to the blissid saints for preserving your life, not finding fault." And, amid the scene of awful desolation wrought by the fire, 'the veteran Scout climbed from the waterhole that had been the salvation of himself and his compan ions, dropped on his knees upon the still smouldering plains and bowed his headin silent thanksgiving. Rough men though the cowpunchers were, the sight could not fail to impress them and they reverently kept silent udtil the sergeant sprang to his feet. As he did so; however, the rest of the manhunters pulled themselves from the drink and proceeded to wring out their shirts and chaps. it It an almighty close call, that," declared Quickshot, gazing at the black, steall!ing ground. '1 But we're saved. Look there, to the South, the other fire is upon the part we burned. Where'd you have been if we had let you ride for the creek, cap?" But a shudder of the young officer as he saw with what incredible swiftness prairie fires advanced was his only answer. • For even as the men stared blankly at the wall of flames which, baffled by the ablsence of grass to feed them, seemed to leap forward as though they were seeking the little group of men silhoutted against the receding fire, they beheld a fresh danger! From all directiqns, shrieking and moaning, denizens of the plains, roused from their lairs by the relentless flames, swarmed into the already burned area, their instinct seeming to guide them to it and tell them that in its confines lay safety. • N ever was there a more strange sight! . Coyotes and stray calves, prairie dogs, chickens and other animals that the manhunters could not name ran side by side, aU natural hatred and antipathies appar ently. forgotten in the common effort to escape from . 1


, THE AMERICAN INDIAtf WEEKLY. 19 the roaring, bounding wall of flames that bore down upon them, scattering sparks and braIJ.ds of fire wh, ich now and then set the fur of some creature ablaze caus-ing it to add its wails to the din. ' ( , Fascinated, the cowboys and the young officer gazed at the spectacle. \ Suddenly, to a spot ahead, of the fleeing beasts, Happy cned: "What's that? ", , , ' • Following his direction, the men beheld a writhing, squirming black mass. "Be St. Patrick! it's snakes, thousands of 'em!" gasped Maguire ; "Qui.ck, fill your canteens at the drink, Once the varmmts sense the water, they'll charge for it! " , And even as the Irishman spoke, the reptiles seemed to have become aware of the presence of 'the wa'ter" hole-and in one terrible horde, turned toward it. , Realizing all too well that they could' never hope to withstand the onslaught of the. c tawling, creeping mass, the manhunters sprang to fill their water bottles: I But even before they succeeded, some of the serpents threw themselves into the pool. "Quick! To the Iorth, where our fire swept! There's none of the varmints there! " shouted the sergeant, seizing the captain by the arm and dragging him along. "It's the beasties we've got to look out for. Club your rifles, biyes .and stand shoulder to s ,houlder. we don't divide 'em fhey'll us into meat! " And timely, indeed, was the veteran scout's warning! In a seemingly irresistible horde, the fleeing denizens of the plains surged over the ground, the ones in the rear leaping over or grinding beneath their feet the luckless ones in front which had stumbled, the pressure from behind being so great that they never had time to rise again when once they lost their footing., ' At the sight of the hUl1}an figures, some of the leaf perspiration to their faces that finally turned into verItable streams. T? the stress of the scene was added din of the reptIles and animals as they fought to gam the waterhole. But at last the horde of beasts pass'ed and, ex pausted, the manhunters sank to the ground. " Better take a swig at this flask," the ser, geant, producing one of size from hIS pocket. , " It'll do yez good than water because yez won't want so much of it and besides it will put some of the lie into' yez ye lost keeping off them divils. Here, Captain, you're first," • ,Though he wished the others who had done more -than he should , drink first, the young officer realized that it would only delay them in getting the stimulant they so badly needed were he to object and accordingly he reached out his hand, took the flask, raised it to his lips and gulped down a big lUouthful oUhe refreshing brandy, then passed it to the puncher nearest him. "What's to be done now?" queried Handsome Dan when all had', part'aken of ,the stimulant. " Strike out for some place where we can round up some ponies, I sllould think," returned Happy. "Ac cording to my reckoning, it can't be more than fifte 'en miles to the Piute village and we can walk that' distance \ before daylight. Say, wouldn ' t it be great stuff to lift some of their ponies , and, raid the teepees on their own animals? " ' The met with the noisy approval of the rest of the cowboys. "And it WOUldn't be stealing horses, either, cap," added the member of the Three Stars outfit, mindfull of the young officer's objection to takingthe horses at , Santa Anna. "I doubt me ' if there's a cayuse in the whole herd that hasn't been rustlea from some ranch, so we'd only betaking from the India' ns what they took from some one else." "The don't have to bother about thinking whether or not they are lifting horses," exclaimed Maguire, repeating the information Happy had already toJd the captain. "But before we think about taking any. ponies, or even sta.rting for the village, the thing to do is to look to our shooting irons. We're liable to n7ed them-and if they're not in working order we'll be in a sad mess." .,' . Realizing that the advice was sound, for now that they were bereft of theiLmounts, their 0nly means of protection lay in their firearms, the cowboys turned lheir attentions to inspecting their Winch esters. Fortunately for them, the weapons had lain on the edge of the water hole and thereby escaped destruction, being none the worse for wear than the need of clean ing, which was quickly begun. The sixsliooters of the men, having been in their belts, and therefore in 'the water, needed more attention and fully an hour was consumed in getting them into working order. , " By ,thunder! what'l1 we do for cartridges and shells?" suddenly demanded Quickshot. Having been too occupied in saving their lives to think of the disastrous consequences of wetting their ammunition, as other cowpunchers heard these words, they gazed at one another and then at the members of the Mounted Scouts in consternation. " We sure 'are up against it! " groaned Happy. "No horses, all our sl1e'ls wet and the nea,rest ranch forty miles away!, " , ' " Don't worry about that," hastily exclaimed the sertgeant. "The captain and' I have ammunition aplenty that'll do all the work we want' of it. But it's sure lucky I thought to take some extra rounds from the biyes before they went back to the FOli. Happy, you took some too, didn't you? " "Yuhuh. But what of it? " " Only this, that every army cartridge or shell is al ways greas,ed before a man puts it into his belt or wherever he carries his extra supply. So no matter


20 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. whether it rains or he's dumped into a river, his am m unition is always right. You bi es would do well to take a leaf fro.m the habit." " We will' " chorused the cowpunchers. "Provided we ever get back to aur ranges again," added Hand some Dfln . " Now don't go to sJinging any such lingo. as ' that," snapped the sergeant, gruffly. " We'll get back, never fear about something tells me we' ll have the Squawman with us, into. the bargain'" "Say, Maguire, I wish yau' d give me same af the stuff yau eat or drink that always makes yau think things are c a ming out right,"! t x claimed Lucky. "I'd sure rather be that way than anything else f knaw." " There' s no. secret to it, me lad," smiled the veteran Scaut. get all fool notians af spirits and Injun haadaas and such like out af your head and remember . that It's the man wha's the quickest op the draw that will always win out. " "That's the best philasaphy I've heard in a lang t i me," ipterpased the captain. "But now that we' ve cleaned up our guns and divided the shells and ammunition, don' t y 'au think we'd better be starting, consider .ing that we hav e a tramp of fifteen miles ahead af us? " B u t ere the m..anhunters cauld leave . the 'scene af their nerve-wracking escape from the prairie fire they were to anotheJ; ordeal' Of ' a sudden, just as they were making ready to. get to. their feet, the air was rent with bloodcurdling war hoaps. ' "The Piutes' " gasped the cowboys, in dismay. "Firewater's messenger evidently tald the truth when he said that the devil had gat word to. the vil lage and the braves were an the warpath," added Quick shat. "Probably they've came to. see if they can fin any scalps left on our heads after being burned, as they thi nk, by the fire they sH.J1 " Well, it's no time to argue, " snapped the sergeant. " T here's only one thing to do . W e'vegot to hide under the carcasses of th e animals around the drinking hol e /" Cf!APTER XII. FIRST BLOOD. R epUlsive as the idea was to the manhu n t ers, ane and all realized that the veteran Scaut spake the truth as he proClaimed a biding place beneath the steaming, ):Ia lf b1,.1rned animals as the anly spot wh'ere they could hide and be safe. And accardingly, crouch ing that their bodies might not b e seen by the Indians, the cowboys and the yaung officer crawled o n their be lli es over t h e mass of sticky, smelling bodies of snakes and animal s till they had for the second time reac h ed the waterhole. "Take an ather pull at my flask and then d i ve into it!" the sergeant who., ' alone af them a ll , seemed to. retain his senses thraughout the ordea l s to. whi ch the manhunters wer e ' Desperatel y t h e men pulled at the sti m ulant the n , as e ach cample t ed hi s g u lp, with a l oak af mute a pp eal at h i s fellows, one after an ather o f t h e cawpunc h ers burrowed a h " le w ith his hands ,and d isappeared b e n eath the i ndescribab l e mass. " I may be.a c o w a rd , but I can't do what they hav e done, Magu, i r e ' " gasp ed , A r c h e r . ' "Surel y, there mus t b e som e othe r way to faol t h e Ind i ans! " "Meb be. But I d a n ' t knaw what it i s, sir, " / the veteran Scaut. "What's a few minutes discomfort ,to saving yaur life and being able to. avenge you r wife I and kiddie?" . The mentian af his dear ones, instead of pacifying and rendering tractable the yaung afficer, as the Irish man had hoped, turned him into. a man of frenzy. "Leave my f amily out af this, please.' sergeant," ile his sed in a tane that t ald all tao. plamly that he wauld braak no further allusion to. them. "I may be. a ' tenderfaot but I'm a man' I'd rather have them kno w that I died fighting l ike the persan they think I am the n being faund hiding under a mass of putrid flesh' " • " The saints preserve yez, captain, but you're a man after me awn heart' " exclaimed the sergeant, reaching aut his hand and sei1:ing that af his superior, impul sively. "I was anly thinking af yaur safety, sir. But. since my suggestio n does n ' t appeal to. you, there's a , chance-a d esperate ane it i s, but still it's a chanceto turnl the tide af battle at's been gaing so strongly against us it} our fa var! " "What i s it, man? D o n't delay b eating around the bush' I'm game, no. matter what it is' Speak and let me knaw!" There are times whe n a man's very soul is opened to. his fellaws-and the sergeant, gruff Irishman that he was, understoad tha t the mament was the one when the y oup-g ' afficer ' s was bare d to him. In a flash, there passed befare his ml d the t aunts to. which he had been subjected since he had been at the Fart, the of the captain's wife in turning a deaf ear and unseeing eye to. all that passe d and the final determination of the man from the Eas t to. singlehanded , the capture _af the natariaus de s perado. in the effort to gain a mament's peace from innuendo and insult for his wife. And as the understanding came to. hiJu, the veteran Scaut vawed then and there to give his life to helping the young affi<;er carry out his plan. " If we crauch dawn behind one af these carcasses and when the red divils came up utter a groan, we'll bring' them upan us-and then we can fight. Man dear, but it'll do. your soul goad to. get a little worruk!" Intuitiv' ely, the captain realized that his sergeant's reference to. wark meant a hand to. hand encounter witfi ane ar mare of the braves. But the understand ing did not deter him. "Just -show me where to. ga-and I'm yaur man!" . he r eplied. , "Then go. to. that carcass right in frant of you," di rected the Ir:ishman. "It's in line with the waterhole and that's the place the divils will laak far us. Have yaur automatic and rifle handy. But if you can, close in with them' When the biyes hear the rumpus, they'll break caver and help. They're , a bit afeared o f the reputatian the Squawman and his cut-throats have built up. But ance they see that their friends are ing it bady to with the bucks, they'll forget everythmg and do. their bes.t to. w i n aut! " A n.d haw true were the w6rds 'af the veteran Scout was evidenced within a brief quarter af an hour! Picking h i s way amang the half burned and ste am ing bodi es, -the captain finally reache d the one selected ? y t h e ser?,eant .as hiS caver and d ropped down b ehind It, stretchmg h Imse lf aut full length and usin g the carcass a s a s u p part f o r his Winch e ster. . Waiting only 'until ' he had seen his superior safely canceale d behind the badY', the Scout picked


THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. ; • 21 out another, less than ten feet away, and took up his ward the waterhole while they talked, he remembered position. . the veteran Scout's statement that if he uttered a groan Thanks to the rashness of the redskins, the manhunt-when the Indians were within hearing distance it would ers were not compelled to wait long in their awful hidbring..them up with a rush, he bided his time the ing places. . foremost brave was opp6site him and then emitted a Shouting and whooping with g l e e , t h e Indians ap-bloodcurdling moan. \ " proached, stopping only when the mass of bodie s sug . And the effect was all that he could have desired! gested to them tha t it would be impossible to find the Instantly becoming the cunning savages :-"ho thought cowboys and Scouts. 'only o f s t;;tlking their quarry, the bucks shd under the "We've s ure w i p ed t hem o ut," exclaimed one o f the b e lli es o f the ir ponies with incredible swiftness. Thus bucks, in his native -tongue. " When . art animal w hil e . t hey offere d no mark at which the members of c o uldn't live in thi s mess, surely a white man coul dn't. the Mounte d S couts c o uld s h oot, they were able to The thing f o r u s t o do is to r ide back and c a rry the scan t h e surrounding mass o f b o die s . . " g ood n e w s t o Firewater. He said he'd be thro u g h a t " We may b e abl e t o ,take a real scalp back after aU," the' Fort by ten o'clock-a n d if' there's ' a n y chas e, t he se rO'eant h ear
  • !al ' "There are only three of :the divils 'and they're this thing never would hav e been tned at thiS s kulkinO' under their pintos r" bellowed the sergeant It's all right for the Squawman to be sore at the httle as he his companions a cFance. ." Don't sh, oot the devil of a captain who plugged h\s game and ponies! We' ll need them! Close 111 on the bucks! his Happy Jack but he could hav e waited ttll Some of you go to the Captain, he's ;:JVer on , the left!" _ the thing had cooled down and thet?up to the Rejoicing in the for actl?n, the Fort run off with either th\ w!fe ,?...r kid-or both. pumped their six shooters at the outlInes of the pomes I t ell you h e 'Was i,t t o o much of a t6rry. h' and the piercing yells that resounded told clearly that As the sergeant heard these w ords, thanks to IS some of their shots, at least, had struck home. knowledge of the tongue in which they were For a few minutes, the barking of firearms, as t.he he suddenly realized that the S quawman wlth-manhunters and Indians w orked their guns, was' mout enemies among the Pjutes and the Idea suddenly cessantand_then there came a ces sation -of the firing flashed into his mind that c ould' but _capture from their enemies . bucks, of whom the different VOices, together •• . h' What he COtlid see from behind . the c arcass, t?ld... him " Watch out! " cautioned .the Irishman, gett111g to IS bl alu feet. " I think got the divils but they may be there were only three he might be a e to wm V . -h' " b t k b from ar playing, fox. Shoot at anyt. ml?, SUSPICIOPS u eep a Ie assistance by promising them Immum • -your eyes open f 6 r the captam! rest by the soldiers from the Fort: "" I'm over here! " shouted the young officer, to whom • But uniortunately for his plan, the captam did not the words of his sergeant came. "I've gal' a buck understand the in which the ?ucks under me but he's raising all kinds of trouble and if Noting only that they were advancmg steadll! to) t

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    22 THE AMERICAN. INDJAN WEEKLY, I you've finished with the rest of them, I)wish you'd give me, a hand!" " Put a bullet into him! " yelled Happy. . But the young officer, believing that the Indian would ' be of are value to them alive than dead refrained from acting ad the suggestion and continued to hold him down until the other members of his party arrived and quickly rendered him helpless. " WeIl, this ain't so bad!" chuckled as the sergeant took off his belt and tied the . hands behind him. "\71/ e 've killed two of the devils ' and captured a third. Were there any more, Maguire? " " Nary a one," returned the sergeant, "And it's a good thing there wasn't. While wte could have used more panie,s,.I misdoubt if we could have worked the jutnp on a whole pack of so welL Get the horses lively, biyes, before they have a chance to break away." , And when the had' captured the animals, he told his companions of the conversation between the braves which he had overheard. " Then we've no time to lose! We must strike out for the trail , from the village to the Fort so we. can, intercept Firewater when he returns!" exclaimed the captain,-. "This fellow will be in the way, then," ' exclaimed . Happy and before any of his companions could prevent the cowboy's six shooteF barked-and the buck fell fOJ:ward, CHAPTER XIII. FIREWATER'S DESPERATE RAID. encompass his bec.ause 6f their sup eriority-a'nd well dId FIrewater know that hIS. old foe Sergeant Maguire, would never select a detaIl of tro;pers who were not his equal in bravery-as near as could be. Accordingly he had curbed his desire'to make his presence felt and hqd contented himself with following the trio compo se d of the two Scouts and the members of the Three Star outfit UQtil, from their course, he was satis fied they we're bound for the Triangle ranch. " If really are headed for there, I can find out all I want to know about their movements,," he had chuckled grimly to him s elf and then had wheeled his pony and ridden back to the little settlement to round up his braves who were carousing in the different saloons. _is la'st task had proved no simple matter and it had been daylight before he had been able to persuade them by threats and force to the gaming tables and ride with him. But once on the way, he had done his best to make up the time he had .lost! By use of spur and quirt, the trio of marauders had reached the ranch close on to noon. ' , Finding,' to his surprise and delight, that none of the cowboys appeared to greet him, the notorious desperado h'ad shouted loudly for the cook. Recognizing the voice only too well, the faint-hearted Jose had gone to the door of his shack. " Where are the punchers?" Firewater had demanded. " Some on some far away," he replied. " How rriany went away and who did they go with, an body?" "Me no )mow," gasped the cook, his fear of the wrath of the foreman overcoming for the moment his loyalty to the outlaw. "None of that nonsense! Tell me-and tell me quickly-or I'll put a bullet into your miserable black heart! " retorted the Squawman. , Telling himself that he had showed ' alI the loyalty to the cowboys and Scouts necessary, Jose had poured forth all that he had heard. Despite'the incredulity of the fnanhunters, the mes"H'm. that captain's got more nerve than I gave senger they had captured when he brought the note 'to him credit for," Firewater exclaimed as the cook conthe captain had spoken the' truth when he said the cluded his story. "I'm all-fired sorry that he mixed Squawman had rounded up a large body of Piutes be-up in the fight in the, Cowboy's Delight: A dozen fore starting to carry oyt his threat against the wife 'Happy Jacks wouldn't make one man the cut of hifl\. and child of the young officer at Fort Henry, I re ' ckon I'll give him one more chance to get out of Indeed, as he raced from the little 'settlement of it. So long as Maguire's with him, the old Irishman Santa Anna after his encounter witn the officer of the may be able to persuade him to give up the trailMounted Scouts, it had been his intention to ,ride di-knowing that when I make a threat I carry it out! rectly to the army post and wreak his vengeance with" Hey, you sneaking Jose, get me pep-cil and paper!" , out delay. Though the providing of the necessaries for his But not far had he gone on his way eL'e he caught communication had taken only a few moments, the the sound of distant hoofbeats and, by cautious riding composition ana writing of the message had consumed that would have made them green with envy, he had almost an hour. discovered the detail of troopers sent out by , the colonel After gazing at it with satisfaction, the Squawman under the leadership of Sergeant Maguire. had ordered Flying Horse to bear it to the captain, at "Surprised at their coming, the Squaw man had the same time instructing the other buck to ride like trailed them until they met the captain and the cow-mad to the Piute village and round up all the braves. boy' ; So close was he to'them, ill fact, that he heard' "Tell Leaping Bear that I must have all the men the reading of the letter written by the young officer , I can spare and that I want them to meet me at the to his superior announcing his intention af taking up drinkhole a mire south of the Triangle home ranch the pursuit of the notorious desperado. just an after dusk. Let him select three of Fo), a moment, , he had even thougl1't of shooting into trerri to ride out and watch Flying Horse deliver the the group of manIfunters then and there. But discre-message to the Scouts-and if the palefaces '(\0 not tion hac! prevailed as he realized that even if he did sucturn and give up the chase, let them fire the grass on ceed in bringing down one or two, they would the plains, wait until if has swept the spot wherever

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    THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY.' 23 the band is and then ride over it to make sure th.at my ish 'scheme of the Squawman but none of them dared enemies have not escaped." . to raise a voice in protest though one and all knew • The result of the offer to Captain Archer to forsake that a raid upon the Fort was the most desperate unhis manhunt and the burning of the prairie, the reader dertaking the outlaw had ever attempted-and many already knows. an one would have welcomed the chance to ' eSGape from In due course, the messenger had arrived at the tp.e task and sneak back to the village. But in such Indian village and had d .,ivered his instructions to fear did Firewater and his cunning old father-in-law the medicine man who had immediately sent thirty hold the' lll that they gave no second thought to such braves to the rendezvous at the waterhole appointed a plan. , by his terrible son-in-laW. Indeed, had they really been minded to disobey, the Idling away the afternoon, when twilight had begun threat of lhe awful curse to be invoked against themto fall, the, Squawman had terrorized the Mexican cook selves and their families would have deterred them. into a promise to keep silent about his visit and had But it was a silent and surly band of braves that took then ridden forth to the drink to the coming of the course toward the Fort when the Squawman gave . his bucks and the return of his messenger. the command to start. As the minutes wore by without the appearance of Nothing could have better shown the dangerous rethe latter, Firewater began to believe that his offer 50urcefulness of the notorious desperado than his in had been s 'purned-and. a sudden light glowing in the structions to his , braves to create a diversion at the heavens confirmed his suspicions. opposite side of the post from which he intended to Uttering terrible oaths, he sat gazing ;1t the lurid flare ' approach himself and then, as soon as they were sure for several minutes. of being pursued, to separate and lead their followers "So you refused my offer, did you, you proud ' in as many different directions as possible-and added young dog?" he sneered, be it'! It be the to this resourcefulness was the villainous cunning of sorriest act of your life! I would stnke your .the wretch in realizing that by threatening to kill the ' wife and daughter-and Firewater never makes any , innocent little dauo-hter of the captain he could probably threats he does n
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    l t 24 THE AMERICAN lNDIAN WEEKLY. "Sure there wasn't anything about Mrs. An;her?" persiste, d the lieutenant. " Not that I know of, only that he had heard some threat against her and wanted the colonel to keep an eye on her, just like all young husbands do, sir." " Only-;-Tl began the officer and then himself suddenly, realizing that the trooper had ascribed tbe fear of the captain to an unnecessary anxiety_ . But before left the man, he commanded him not to mention woed to any of his fellows about the request to . look out for the captain's wife and daughter. (c Sure I won't sir,'" returned the man, with a wink. "The captain seems a fine young" feller and I won't do anything that would queer him with the men and make them thInk him a C softy! ' " . "Blessed be ignorance," murmurd the lieutenant to himself ,!-S he walked away. (c If anybody else ... Jhan that bone-headed Hennessy . had heard that request i( would reach ears of Mrs. Archet and the rest of thS! ladie s before breakfast. p'oor old hemust. be worried to d'eath ! " , Being one of the young, captain's friends, Lieutenant kept his own council but he no.ticedand not, witpout a feeling of, deep concern-that during the entire day the coloiTel did not go from Archer's quarters, as though keeping a friendly eye on them. Even the orders for the transfer of Stotes, ""hich had come in due course, and the attendant gos, sip had not taken him from his watch and his' care was further disclosed by his inviting Mrs. Archer. and several of the other ladies to dine with him, afte' r little Catharine had been safely put to bed. But though the colonel had devised this plan aut of the goodness of his heart, it proved the_ very worst ' thing he c o uld have done! . , With that strange perversity of fate which seems to prosper eviL doers, the Squawman and his band of Piute braves approached the ,Fort on their fiendish mission w,ithout any incident that interfereq with their plan Q'{ gave an' of , Arnved at the place where he deemed It wis e for the bucks to leave him to ride to the north whence they were make their attack, Firewater told them not to hurry tor he realized that it would not take them so long to cover the'distance as it.MVould himself to work his way past the sentinels and'lto the quarters of the young officer against whose innocent family 'tte had vowed such diabolical vengeance. Realizing, however, that his braves sensed the danger of the raid, the $quawrrtan gave further evidence of his cunning by producing half a dozen flasks which he handed to the bucks just before he from them. • . , Greedily they squabbled among for' the liquor they craved but all ob ined some and the res , ult was what Firewater had counted upon-their bloodlust awoke and' instead of feq.ring the pursuit of the troopers, they were openly expressing their hopes' that the entire quota at the Fort would give them chase. Approaching within what he considered safe distance from the army post, the Squawman dismounted, hobbled his pony and then proceeded to worm his way through the toward tights that glimmered brightly from the officers' quarters, with all the skill of which he was. master. The first part of the way was easy for him but as he cd,wled near-er and nearer his goal, he used more and more caution. No sentry had been -patrolling the side of the po.t from which he haa come and, the soldier's aQ sence as an omen of success, Firewater had advanced half wav to the quarters when he halted in order to study the proble,m of how he. s:lOuld . find the. partic ular part which the youn.g captall1 s fal-r:tly . No solution of the difficu)jr: suggestl.ng It.self to him, he was 'on the point of makll1g up hiS mmd that he must wait till his braves created the diversion at the Northern side of the Fort and then, in the $lbsence of the troopers, search through all the quarters until he came upon the ehild-for he had been informed by an emissary that Archer was the only officer who had a family consisting of more than a wife at the postwhen he noticed one of the guards the colonel had or dered walking around all isolated cottage. "That must be the place," he exclaimed, chuckling silently to himself at the unexpected solution of his difficulty. "Evidently Archer has sent word to old Bowlegs,of.my threat. So much the better. I'll show them that Firewater cares not for any number of guards-once he has decided upon a thing! " But the approach of the house required a11 the skill ol,.which the desperado was master. For a time, he simply watched the guards as they ' 'followed one another around the house. Then, when ';1e had fixed in his mind the 'interval at which they appeared at the rear, he timed his movements so that he onlyadvanced when they were on the othe r sides, lyin g as still as the proverbial mouse when they passed the direction from which he was worming his way. At last .. however, he reached what he considered striking distance and he was debating in his mind whether it would be best for him to knock the guard on the head with his pis tol butt upon his next round and repeat the action upon the other two, after which he would be able to enter the hou e, or await the diversion caused by the attack of his braves when the question was settled for him. . Of a sudden. the air was rent with maniacal shrieks! In alarm, the guards about the captain's quarters, instead. of staying the closer, dashed away in the di rection of the sounds, , " Soldiers sure are boneheads!" chuckled the Squaw man as he leaped to his feet and rushed for the house. From all sides came the sound of bugles crying the alarm and the shouting of orders as troopers and officers ran to their posts. A ild under cover of the confusion the villainous outlaw made 111S way into Archer's quarters, noted' with satisfaction that wooden shutters covered the windows, .hastily struck a match, picked his way to the crib in which 'the innocent little girl was sleeping, ' seized her in his arms and rushed at his ,highest speed toward the spot where he had left his pony! • CHAPTER XIV. THE COLONEL TAKES PERSONAL COMMAND OF THE , PURSUIT. One fatal blunder the colonel made in the disposi. tion of his troops-a blunder which, to one not present

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    THE AMER I CAN I NDIAN W E EKLY. 25 when the terr i ble broke with such suddenneJ3sonly until he saw t h e horsemen dashin' g in all di r ecupon the of the Fort, seems inexplicable-he tions in with h is orders a n d raced b ack ,sent, no soldl, ers to the house of the to to consu l t w i t h c olpne l at t h e u nexpecteil...J:urn of see If the were safe and to guard It agalllst any-a ffairs. ' . , "-" , that might " But befo r e h e h ad cove r ed more h alf the disneed to tell either him or Lieutenant Amesbury tance, h e met t h e commander and quick l y reported to was there the furore had been caused by the In-him. ' dians, IntUItively each man felt that the bloodcurd-As he heard the sta t ement of his subordinate the truth ling yells announced arrival of the terrible des-flashed through the colonel's mind. ' pe:ado to make good threat against the wife and '.' We've been tricked, Amesbury 1" he gasped i n a chIld of neither of them gave the fiend vOice that was so low on l y the l ieutenant heard it. credit for the cunnmg he had shown. "Quick ride with me to Archer's 1 The attack t o the :' Sit still 1: of ydu my. quarters 1" fiad North but a ' diversion to cover the real raid upon wed the colone. as the ladles had Jumped to their Rudolph's quarters! " feet at the first alarm. "Amesbury, you're in comFe,,\ring . the worst, both men ,sent thei r hor ses at mand for the moment. Have man jack in the top speed toward the q uarters of the absent captain . post called out for duty. I'll take personal charge a ' s , " Where are the men I told you to stati on here?" 5001) as you send ten men to protect tkle ladies nere-t" demanded the commander in amazement, he a n d "But my baby, my Catharine 1 I must go to er!" his companion rode up to the house without being exclaimed Mrs. Arfher, seekilt1g to force her way pa. t , challenged. . one of the other officers who had stationed himself at " I can't tell you, sir," replied the lieutenant, as much the door. at a loss to explain their absence as the col onel. "You'll do nothing of the sort!" retorted the " You posted them, didn't you? " ",' colonel. ," Your child is protected by a guard I have "Yes, s i r . " . ' '\ , had thrown about your house," he added, in the belief " Then the worst has happened, Amesbury," groaned that the men he had ordered Amesbury to put on duty the veteran officer . "They've been murdered and the had remained at their posts instead of running to learn child's been taken! fOOl' woman! Poor woman-and the cause of the tumult. I refused to let her l eave my rooms! " , But the mother did not share .the confidence of the Horror-struck a1l. the thought,' the lieutenant sought officers. to reassure his superior. "How can you hold me back?" she dernanded, an." Perhaps they're inside with Catharine, sir," he suggrily ... place at uch a time is with my child! " gested. " 1 can't see any bodies . Besides, if any rush "Your place, madam, is where you' are safest!" re-had been made upon the house, theY' would have fired torted the colonel, with all the courtesy ,he c0uld sum-and I 'am positive there hasn't been a shot during all man under the tres of the attack. ,. If you realized this excitement." the nature of Indians as I do you would understand "The devil:s wouldn't resort to the use of guns. that." ,They'd strike the guards down with the butts of their The woman however was not to be placated. six shooters," returned the col onel. "I've been fooled, Deeming truth only way to quell her deter-old as I am, that's all th, ere is to it! Archer-mination to join her dat.JO'hter the colonel finally ex-say to me? " \ . . claimed: 0 , , • But it was onl y for an instant that the veteran of " .If you won ' t take 'my advice, Mrs. Archer and many a with the treacherous redmen gave way maIO here quietly, I must tell you that Indians always to hiS feehngs. . ,., • seek the women first in any place they raid." " Have all the men called 111 from tbe search . I'll Abashed by this blunt statement, Mrs. Archer for-go and get Mrs., A:cher. It I?ay be a false, went her endeavors to ' leave the commander's rooms after all and we 11 find the child asleep 111 her cnb. and calling 4Pon the God Heaven to protect her But !he reader knows that the of the colonel baby, she sank into a chair and rocked to and fro. • was vam. In the meantime, Lieutenant Amesbury had taken With tl:e tender ministrations. of a father, Halford command of the troopers and riding like mad at their led the Wife of the absent captam to her house. Yet head, led them toward the side of the Fort whence the when the woman found that her daughter had been ear'splitting yells had come. lhclnappecl !1e was, powerless to l:er s!lffering. But when they reached the boundary of the post not So frantIc was. the poor mother s gnef, however, a brave was to be seen! that the colone l , m fear for her reason, for the Waiting only until they heard the pounding of the P?st and the officer came m ordered horses' hoofs as the soldiers crashed over the hard !1lm to. an te strong to send her the Piutes had whirled their ponies and, sepamto addmg: that he must ratmg as the Squawman had instructed th,em, keep her 111 that conditIOn unttl. they brought the protection of the darkness which enveloped the plams. ""back daughter or returned W ith "Search all sides of the Fort! Sl ; lOot at anything peemtng the the most merciful , the surgeon that inoves!" shouted' Amesbury, surprised for the . qUlckly .obeyed._ . . seCond time at not finding any of the Indians who had Waltmg o?l y until he, saw the woman qUi et, the raised the turmoil colonel exclaimed: . ' Eagerly the obeyed, officers g iving " I:m t? l eave you qere, _ i n charge o f t h e ,necessary orders to divide, them mto squa?s and t he !'ort. I give. you five men and a sergean t . leadmg them to different parts that no time might be While I do n t t h e Squawr;nan Will try t o r e lost by two platoons searching the same territory. . turn and carry out. hh1s, t . h rea l aghamst Arcdhedr , I Worried by the absence of the foe, Amesbury waited want ),Ot.l to stay ng t 111 liS ouse, l11g t an ay,

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    / 26 THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. , . till I get back. The other women will be safe enough -but if they get finnicky, them come and live here, too ' . Remember, I shall hold you personally re sponsible for , any harm that may befall . this poor mot.her-I've failed in my duty to her, see if you can't do And stifling a ' sob, the c"olonel hastened from the toom. _ As soon as he was out of sight of the young mother upon whom, by wh,at he pleased to Gonsi-der his . reu1iss ness, he had brought such overwhelming grief, the comfnander 'Of the Fort became the iron man all wrong doers had come tb fear so deeplY, however. . " Send the to me I " he bellowed the first man he saw as he reft the bereaved house. "I'll be at my quarters" Then ' get word to Amesbury to divide the men into four squadrons and await my coming." . Quickly the signal officer entered the room of the colonel and sal uted. " Send word to every Fort within a radius of one hundred miles that Archer's three year o ld daughter has been kidnapped by Firewater and ask the commanders to put all the men they can in the field to scour every nook and corner of the country hereabouts. them that the pobr mother is in such a condition that we are obliged to keep her drugged. " When you get that message off, detail your cleverest sergeant to remain h 'ere at the Fort with Barnes, I've put him ip command. Order him to stopers 111 ing. _ What the cause of their officers' stress was, the men did not know and all sorts of rumors were flying from mouth to mouth. But as the colonel halted in front of his troops, they became silent. "Men, Captain Archer's little daughter net's been kidnappe( by Firewater from under our very poses," he shouted at the top of his lungs, that all might hear. . " The disgrace is bad enough, but it will be time to look into why the ' special detail of guards failed to protect the captain's house and how a band of Indians could approach close to he North side of the Fort without beingr seen by the sentries when we get back. ' " The thing to do now' is to find little Catharine 'Archer! " I've sent the alarm to all the other I want my , men to be the ones who jestore her to the mother that is almost dead with grief I'" Lapsing into silence, the colonel waited a moment for the import of his words to sink intQ the minds of the troopers, then continued: " We'l! ride first for the Piute village where the Squawman lives. The ' divisions will ride five miles apart. FO'nuard, march!" t' CHAPTER XV.' . THE CAPTURE OF THE INDIAN VILLAGE. Ignorant of what was transpiring at the Fort, the little group.of manhunters out on the blackened plains hastily the ponies which the braves had been riding, the captain and the sergeant taking the most powerful animal while Happy and Quickshot took another and Lucky and Handsome DalJ straddled the remaining pinto. Though the young officer had expressed his intention of trying to head off the Squawman in the hope that he might recover his child, provided the fiend had been able to carry out his daredevil scheme of snatch ing the baby from under the very noses' of the thou sand and odd soldiers, before she was carried into the ot whi 11 the Piutes alone knew, the Irishman had no 'idea of allowing him to. And no sooner were uncter way than he began to object to . the plan. " In the first place, captain, there's no certainty that the divil has got the little girl. Considering the meso sage ' you sent' the old man and the attentiveness of our sentries, you know the Fort won the prize last year for preventing surprises by night, it don't seem pos sible that he could have her. Consequently, the thing for us to do is to go to the village as fast as we can and capture it. The biyes here have gals in the placeand if you don't sho\v some sign of wanting to help theJ;l1 recover their s weeth earts they 'l! be leaving us entirely. You must know, though I don't like to say it, that it wasn't love of you that made them taKe this trip you.'" "I suppose you're right, sergeant," returned the young officer, after thinking over ,the hard words for several minutes. "It's selfish, I know, to think only of my baby-but man, you don't understand what she is to me. And it would drive my wife insane -if anything should happen to the child." • "Sure I know it-and it's more praise to yez that yez feel as you do, captain," consoled the Irishman. "But if the fiend has got the little darling, the surest 'Way t? get her back again is to capture the village!" . "I don't see why," objected the young officer. " Nor can I tell yez," jl:!turned the sergeant. "But it's just a hunch I have. However, leaving that aside, it don't stand to reason that the six of us, and being doubled up the way we are makes us practically no more ' than three, can stop Firewater from reaching the There's a good twenty miles he can take to reach 'em-and we can't cover all that stretch of ground. But if 'we take the village, weJI have the key to' the situation as they say, because the divil will come to it as soon as he can to consult with the witch of a father-in-law he has as to what's best for him to do." "1 guess you're right,' Maguire. I hadn't thought of it in that light. But if I could only know that my wife and child were safe I " "Well, seeing as we can't know, just think they are, sir. It'll do you a heap' more good than to think they ain't." This cheerfulness of his companion did more to keep the officer from wearing himself out with worry over what was tr
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    , ' THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 27 I had chosen him t o ride with him rat h e r than' one of the \ "We'ld make a torch out of one of their wigwams, cowboys.. . sir" returned the veteran Scout. "If we g-o to scratchHIVing commumca.ted the cha n g e in his plans to the ing trying to find some ' w,9od or anythi!lf:;" that others of his little band, the ann'Quncement of which will burn we're liable to wake some of the dlVlls up met with the hearty concurrence o f the cowpunchers and then 'it n1.ay not be so easy for us." ., thereby confirming. the serge a p t's idea that they had All the while the manhunters had been speakmg 10 their minds on theIr sweethearts who had been s t o len tones scarcelyaudible to one another and when word from them, the lead was entrusted t o Happy. . was passed that the ponies had been hobbled as Xotwithstanding-the fact t'hat they wer:e carryingcaptain had directed, he ordered the cowboys to fall m double burdens, the tough, wirX littl e p onies made g ood . behind the sergeant and himself. . . time and it was still dark when the c owbo y guide drew Six shooters ' clasped in . both hands, the lIttle band .ein and announced that they had reached the foot of crept f o r:ward until the veteran Scout espied the out-the trail which led to the village. . line of a teepee . .• Ho\v far up i s it ?" a sked M a g uir e . " Vy' hen s ' he blazes up, give ' em a yell that 'll make 'em "Not more than three o r f our hund r e d feet. It think the doO's of hell are after them! " he breathed . . stands in a sort of canyon and the p ath o n this end the young officer and the co,:,punchers is not more than twenty feet wide," repli e d Happy. waited while the sergeant < crept toward the wIgwam. " Anv idea of the number of t ee pe es in si de? " inquire d But 1gefore he rea<:hed it, he stumbled over'QJI. edge Quickshbt. of r o ck that protruded, step-like, and the clatter. of " A dozen or so, I should think." his weapons as they struck the stone rang out WIth , " Then we ' d best leave our ponies h ere and walk ' startling loudness. . up," exclaimed the sergeant. . " Who's there?" demanded a vdice in Piute dialect. But with the demand f o r actio n a n d the planning of And then, as no answer was forthcoming-fa the the method of their procedure, the captain again a s , very 'good r eason that the Irishman not. speak serted himself. the language though he understood It-the aIr was "On the contrary , it seems to me w e should ride suddenly rent with wild cries of alarm. them right up into the canyo n . When we get there, "Fire your guns, biyes and whoop it .uP .!" yeIled if we aren't di covered, we can plac e them across the Maguire as he held the match to the dned' pelt that entrance in such a way that the y will prevent any of formed the cover of the teepee. . the Indians from escaping on this e nd. " 'With a w.ill the cowpunchers obeyed. "When it comes to planning , you sure have the The sharp reports of the shots as they reverberated head, cap," declared Lucky, in o p e n ad!ll.iration of the back and forth between the cliff-like walls of the quickness of the young officer in d eV}SlOg a scheme canyon, mingled with the earsplitting (ells of the cowof campaign. . ." punchers, raised a pandemomum. that every "But won't ome o f the deVIls hear us gomg up?' • squaw in the rocky petreat tQ theIr feet . . objected Handsome Dan. "Knowing what And as their heads emerged from theIr teepees, the is trying to pull off, I should think old LeaplOg Bear flames ro s e in the air from the one the sergeant had would be on the anxious seat." set on fire. . "Never mind if they do hear u s , " returned Quick"Don't give them time to get their guns. Rush shot. "The bucks have got to come back, haven't 'em!" ordered the captain. ' . they? ""The ponies know the trail be "Hands up!" yelled the cowpunchers, for. any stumbling to !live it away we .am' t the,lr precIOUS d b war. , raves." . . . h "Keep on firing! We've got to make lem think This reasoning set at doubt any misglv111gs e there's a lot of us! "shouted..Maguire. "Captain, you member of the Triangle outfit had dra:-Vlng and Happy attend to the shooting and the 'rest of us their shooting irons, they gave the Wlry will round up the divils! " , . their heads-and the attack up09 the IndIan vlllag.e But jus t as the cowboys started forward, a falrbegun! .,' haired 'girl rushed toward them! . After subjecting the intrepI? band o f to " I t's M olly renks as I live! Here, Happy!" bel-so many soul-trving hardshlp' s , Fate at last smIled I b f h . I' h t t lowed Ouickshot: Then e ore t e glr sweet eat Upon them-and'they reached the narrow entrance a , co\.lld ge't to her, ne cried: " Where are Sally and Lucy canyon-village without being challenged or arous-and Fannie?)' . lUg any of the inhabitant,s. "Oh, Ql.lickshot , how did you get here?" "Funny they ain't even got dogs, backs of gasped the girl. , sobbing and laugh111g at the same Lucky, as they drew rein and shd from the th' d time. . e pontes to the graun . , . " N ever mind now. 'IAI e ' re here. Tell me where the "That's because the Squawman is they d . other girls are! " _ the place away by ,barking," QUlckshot. "Up in the last wig,vam at the other end. They're-" heard the critt1)r about It over JX But the .sentence was never finished, partly because day. He was aboastmg that there co u n . the member of the Three Star outfit seized the girl man find the place." , " C and clutched her wildly to him and partIy because the "Well I've fooled him" chuckled Happ.y. ap, other cowboys, having learned that their 'sweethearts you tell 'us how YOll want these cayu ses hltched and were ,also in the cailyon-village and where, rushed to we'II hitch 'em." ' . . .. I "Just tie them ndse to tail, " replted the get busy and help us with the Injuns! officer and as the cowboys has t ened to obey, he 1al There'll be pienty of time for spooning bye and bye! " to the sergeant: "We. ought t o have some torc es, shouted the sergeant: " ,First thing you know, some don't vou thi'k so ".' f

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    28 THE-AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY., of the old divils will get the drop on you and then where'll you be?" . But the fea r s of the veteran Scout were quickly al layed by the girI'who had been kidnapped from the A-BarV ranch. . "There isn't a man in the whole place!" J he ex claimed. "All the young ones went with that devil of a Squawman and the old ones have gone over into Mex with Leaping Bear." "What have they gone there for?" demanded the captain. "The tribe's goihg to move a s soon as Firewater gets back." • "The saints be praised-the n we come , just. in the illJe ' ! " ejaculated the serge ?nt. . But the words/ alarmed the y o ung officer to whom the sight of the reunited h a d recalled the fear for the safety of his wife and child . I • "Are you s ure he ' s coming back?" he asked, anxiously. . " Yes. He said he'd' be here a little after sunrise." "Then we must get busy with the squaws," de clared the veteran Sc ' out. "Hey, you punchers, lend a hand while ';'e rope these red women. Firewater'll be here soon afte r sun up and w e must have them out of the way bef o re then! " CHAPTER XVI. I TIlE SQUAWMAN'S REVENGE IS FOILED. With the e age r a ss i s tance o f the g irls to who se res cue they ha d s o un expecte dly c o me it was no tas k at all for c o wb o y s to r o pe the s qu a w s together and when the feat had been accompli s hed, the y turned to the young officer for further orders . • "Better gag them, too, boys, " he suggested, itfter inspecting the surly-visaged band of women . "If you don't some of them may give the alarm to the Squawman-and that be to o bad, just as' e-;'erything seems s e t f o r our roundiQ.g him up." , ( That's a sure ' en o u g h se n s ible idea," returned Quickshot . . And wi thout delay, the s qu aws were securely fast ened \with gags made from pi e ces of blankets which the white girls brought. " Now that we've got -the be a uties , what shall we do with them?" grinned Happy , looking over the thirty Indian women. "It sure ,won' t do to keep them up here. The minute FiFewater lays his eyes on them, he'd know that something had gone w rong with his plans and he'd vamoose we could get our hands on him." " We've got to take them somewhere, of course," returned the sergeant. "The question is, where?" "There's a cave down at the foot of the trail you ju s t came up in which I should ttilnk" you could hide , them," exclaimed MollY'! " We certainly can, Show us the way it!" rejoined her cowboy sweethealjt, taking the words fr o m the mouth of the cap(ain. (c All right, come on. " , • ;But before the girl could obey, the young officer s p oke. "So long as the Squawman is coming back here, Maguire and I will remain in the canyon while the rest of you' 'go down to the plains. After you have hidden . the squaws in the cave, I want you boys to keep an eye out for Fire water." "That's what we will! " chorused the cowpunchers, vehemently) while Quickshot added: . "You' ve been the means of our getting back our girls and you can gamble we won't forget that you're after Firewater!" "You don't unders tand, me, 'I'm afraid!" interrupted the captain. "Of course I want to, captur'e t the Squawman-but the chances are, according to what Ma g uire heard tne bucks by the water hole talking ab o ut, that he will have my little daughter with him when h e comes. It is she that I want more than anything el se. If harm comes to her, it will driv e my poor wife in sa ne. As you , love your sweetheart s , men , rem ember that-and think how you'd feel if you w e re in my p os iti o n ! ' "But what I want e d to tell you was thi s : If y o u s . e e the Squawman and he has my baby in his arms, don ' t s h o ot at him! You might hit her! The thing for you to d0--'-Jfhe has her-is to wait until he has started up the trail, then fire a single shot and two of you ride f o r a ll yo u are worth to guard the other trail to the canyon s o th e fi m d can't escape 1" "All right, captain. We'll remember," returne d Quick sh o t . "Happy and I will cover the othe r trail ! " This plan agre ed upon the cowb oys , accomp anied by the sweethearts they had r e scued fron1 their awful fate, desc e nded t-he path to th e cave, leading the Indian S quaws . And in due cour se, they reached , the plain s, c o nc ea led their captives took up their watch for the S q uawman. But though they kept close vigil, the n o tori ous d esperado outwitted them! Chuckling to himself gleefully as he hea rd the bugle calls and the shrill voices shouting their commands , the fiend clutched the beautiful child tightly: to his breast and sped with the fleetness of a hare to the spot where he had left his pony . • Gaining it in due course, he paused only long enough to make sure that the pursuit was in the direction his braves _ had taken and t hen headed Iiis pony for the canyon village. Tho ugh the animal was big and poweAiul , so unmer-

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    THE AMERICAN INDIAN WEEKLY. 28 cifully did the Squaw man force it that when 'he neared the Triangle home ranch, the horse was blowing "I can never make it unless I get another mount" the fiend said to himself. "I'll just go and take the Triangle ponies. So 10ng as the tribe is going over into old Mex, it won't do any harm-and I've always kept away from the ranch." • • No sooner was this determination formed than the ter rible desperado put it into executio.,!l . • Not a soul was astir as he approached the ranch house and, being thorou , ghly familiar with the lay of the land, he was able to reach the horse corral without causing any alarm. . Once there, he dismounted, the child down on the ground, opened the corral gate, turned in his tired pony, and quickly caught another. "By the blood in my" veins, if they make the ' hunt for me too hot, I'll go back and steal the captain's wife while they're looking for me! " he hissed. ......, But the punishment that always overtakes evil doers WclS gathering about the Squawman who had for so long terrorized innocent . women and helpless children! Little thinking that the canyon-:vil1age had been raided and its inhabitants captured ' under the direction of the very man he had wronged so grievous1y, the terrible des perado approached the trail to the one by which the youbg officer and the cowboys had entered. Mindful of their pledge to the caytain, the cowboys were on the lookout. "Here he, comes!" suddenly exclaimed Quickshot, pointing in the direction whence the Squawman was riding. Throwing their Winch esters to their shoulders, the But just as he was congratulating himself upon ' his , success in exchangmg without discovery, the babe in his arms, disturbed in some manner, emitted a piercing shriek. ' With an oath, the fiendish outlaw tore the scarf from his neck and jammed it into the helpless infant's mouth. other cowboys sprang to their feet, following with their gaze the finger of their companion. Outlined ' against the mellowing grey of the morning . they beheld the : figure of fiendish outlaw. "My soul, but he's got something in his arms!" gasped Molly. "It must be the captain's Oh boys, re-r member what the man did for you in resqling us-and save his kiddie for him !" ,' "That'll stop you from raising any more trouble!" he hissed, at the same time shaking her viciously. "If you'd done that back at the Fort, you'd sure have caused trouble for me!" But the brutal desperado was not to get away so easily as he had thought! The foreman of the Triangle outfit, ha ' ving learned of the visit of Firewater fr'onl the cook, when he returned in the evening, was having a sleep troubled by dreams. And it chanced to be just when he had awakeI!ed from one of them that little Catharine had cried out. Springing from his bunk, the foreman snatched up his rifle and rushed to the in time to see ' the form of Squawman dash out onto the plains from the horse corral. Throwing his Winchester to his shoulder with a light ning movemer1t, the man fired. As thoHghguided by Providence, the bullet sped straight and true into the right arm of the terrible des perado. Cursing frightfully as he felt the burning sting 'of , the During the long wait, the punGhers had. refated to their sweethearts all the actions of the young officer and his bravery under the taunts of his fellows, won their quick sympathy. "You bet we will!" exclaimed Happy. "When I give the word, boys, let the devil have it!" "Steady!, Steady!" cautioned Quickshot. "The brute isn't within an eighth of a mile of the range. If you shoot now, you'll warn him and the captain wi11lose his daughter!" I " . This advice calmed excited c0wbo s and they waited impatiently until the Squawman should come closer to them. t But when at last it was evident that he was in range, they were prevented from shooting! .. The daughter of the / captain was on the side toward them-and they dared not risk a shot . in fear that they might hit her instead of the fiend that carried her! lead, the Squawman hissed: "Thank my lucky stars it wasn't the arm in which I am carrying the kid. If it had been I'd have dropped her --and I might never have been able to get her again!" Three more shots the foreman of the Triangle ranch sent after the fleeing but none of them tOQk I Cursing their' impotency, the cowpunchers watched the Squaw man come nearer and nearer to the trail and finally saw him as he mounted the path to the canyon. ') "What did the , say about firing a shot?"sud' effect. # His fury rising as the pain in his right arm increased, the terrible desperado sought to.take his mind from it by tel\ing himself that he would rear the cJ;1ild carefuJly, marry her to one of his braves and then acquaint Captain Archer and his wife with the disgrace to which he had subjected their daughter. The thought of the woman suggested another idea to him, howeft!'. denlyexclaimed Sally. ",;sy thunder! I'd forgotten it entirely! Good for you, "girl!" rejoined Handsome Dan. "He said we should fire one shot as soon as the devil entered the trail. I'll fire it," he added, hastily, "Sally thought of' it, so I'm en-titled to." "Theri be quick about it!" retorted Happy. "You ' want to give the Gap and Maguire a chance to prepare them selves. Quickshot, you and ' I'll ride down to Jhe path

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    30 THE AMERICAN INDIAN . ' Firewat e r took. You two see that he doe sn't get b y you on this end! " _ So overcome for an instant that he could not move ' Handsome Dan finally rec o v e red contr o l of hims elf and pulled the trigger of his gun ' . And a s the report rang out, Happy and Quicks hot vaulted onto the backs of their p o nie s and leap e d them forward that they J11ight cut off th e fli g ht o f the d es per ado, should he try to ' doubl e on his trac k s . • To the y oung officer . and the v e t e ran Scout in the canyon the wait had seemed interminable . But when at last the s ignal shot rang out: th e y to their feet. "Ge t in s ide one of the teepees! " e x claimed the ser geant. "From this middle one , here, w e can get a view of both entrances!" Quickly ' th e captain o be y ed , and, c uttin g hole s in the skins, the two m e n the trails, th e young officer looking in the dir e ction whenc e tIie S quawman was com ing, the s ergeant toward the o n e b y which they had en tered. . The trail l e acting to the entrance guarded by the cap tain was even shorter than tl ; e oth e r and s carcely had he placed himself so that he could it fully than he be held the head of a horse app ear. "He's h e re! On my eJ:ld!" he ga s p ed. Then followed moment s that were of terrible s u s pen s e t o the distracted officer but which w e r' e impro ved by the v e teran Scout in changing his po s ition so that h e c o uld pour the bullets from hi s w e apons into the Squawman. Of a sudden the officer staggered . "lVI:y baby! He's got my baby!" he moaned. "Shoot, Maguire! Shoot, if you hav e any manhood-I-I can't !I' Brushing his superior roughly asid e , the veteran Scout placed hi s e es at the peeph q le, then ' pressed his finger against the trigger of his six shooter. But so unnerv.ed was he by the thought that he might hit the child ins tead of the fiendi s h de s perado that at the last instant he lowere4 the muzzl e of , his siK s hooter and aimed at the horse. The report , rest o red the young officer , to hi s senses. "Did you get him?" he demanded ; "N o--but I got his hors e ! We've got chance at him now, he's on foot! Come on, Captain. We'll have your l1aby in a few minute s ! " " With the de s pair that onlJ a pare nt pn know , when he sees his child in the greate s t danger , the young officer threw aside the flap of the teepee and leaped toward the !?quawman, closely followed by the serg,eant. Realizing as his horse went down under him that he had fallen into a trap, the terrible desperado kicked his feet free of the stirrups, and still)rantically clasping the innocent child to r his breast, started back down the trail. But not many feet had he gone before he saw Happy and' riding about on the plains below and at the s ame instant -there rang in h is ears the frenzied cry of the fathe r he had sought to wrong so grievously. " Give i;ne rpy b?,by and I'll ' spare your life, Filiewater!!' sh o ut e d the captain. ' Turning to see who it was who had utte red the cry, the S quawman started a s h e beheld the young office r , then ' a diabGlic al s mile his evil fac e . . "Revenge is he hi sse d, a t the ti \ne ma king a s upreme effort and . drawing the knife from hi s belt with the hand of his wound e d arm . " Y o u ma y have tra ck e d m e to my lair, Captain Archer-but your ra s h ness ha s cost you your child!" , In horror, the c owbo y s on the plain below saw the Squawman rai s e hi s arm in the air, the s unlight gli s t ening on the knife blade . "We can't s h oo t , Happy," Quic,ks h ot. " The kiddie ' s on the wrong side ! " A nd, unwilling to witne ss th e e x pected s tabbin g o f t h e innocent babe, the two cowboy s turned their h e ad s . But as they wait e d for the shriek that would ann ounc e the deathblow, they were amazed to hear a pistol shot ring out and then nine more in surprising rapidity of s uccession! Roused from his nervous fear,
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