Among the Utes; or, The marvelous adventures of two young hunters

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i.,ONCER' 'THA" CONTAINED I" Fl VE CEllW AHY S:IVE C E HT &.I BRA RV PUBLISHE D I '1 rJ A DIFFERErtT STOR,, EVERY WEE K The animal seemed to feel that the salvation of the two boys upon bis back depended solely upon him, and he did not spare .


BRAVEBOLD A Different Complet e Story Every Week I u ued Weekly By Subscription $ per year. Entered according to Act of Congres s in the year IQ03, in th8 Office of the Librarian of Congress Washington, IJ. C:.: STREET & SMITH, 238 William St., N. Y. No. 2t. N E W Y ORK, May 16, 1903. Five Cents. AM01NG THE UTES; OR, The Marvelous Adventures of Two Young CHAPTER IN THE UTE COUNTRY. Owen and Frank Woodward, two cousins, were riding over the prairie, when the former leaned forward in the saddle and closely examined the footprints of some animal on the ground. "They are shorter and broader than those of the deer;" said he to hjs companion "For the good reason t,hat you are not looking at the trail of a deer," replied Frank, with a smile. "What the mischief is then?" "That of an antelope, and we are likely to get a good shot at one or more of them." "Can we make the hunt on horseback?" Frank laughed in his pleasant way as he made answe r : "I suppose it might be done, though I never knew of any one follpwing the sport in that style. I don't think it best that we Should try it. V.fe will dismount on the edge of the timber and leave our ponies while we steal through to the opposite side If we o n ly use care, we are pretty sure to come upon some of the animals, and you will find it better fun than anything you ever indulged in in the .'effete East,' as the expression goes. Our folks will probably drive the game toward us." A small hunting party, consisting of two brothers, George and Hugh Woodward, and their sons, Owen and Frank, had left St. Louis a week previous, !md had been engaged for several days in the North Park, which some years befo r e was one of t h e most famous breeding grounds of the antelope in the United States. Hunters who entere d that ope n highland regio n met them in herds, in groups, in families and singly all through the North Platte country. Later on the cattlemen and settlers began to occupy the land, while the Ute Indians claimed and held it They were active and ho stile, and many a r.unter who ventured into the section paid the penalty with his life. I t was during this transition period, as it may be called, that the Woodward brothers and their sons rode into the region for a couple of weeks' hunting. They met with less success than they anticipated, and decid e d to sho rten their stay. Thus it came about that they were working their way homeward, when on the after noon of this mild autumn day, they engaged in a hunt for the antelope. Up to the time named, nothing had been seen of hostile Indians, and the party had come to believe that little was to be feared from them. The brothers, therefore, felt no hesitation in making a long detour to the north, with the promise of boys on the edge of the timber, which was in plain sight several mi l es away It was understood that the younger meMbers were to enter this cover from the south, about the same time that their parents approached from the opposite direction. Since the antelope fr e quents the plains or open country, and since indications of t h e m had been observed, the elder folks hoped to drive a number i nto the timber where the boys could secure several shots. The afternoon was well advanced when Owen and Fran k reached the edge of this timber, where the ground was so s p o n gy that they plainly saw the footprints made a short time before. After Owen had scrutinized them for several minutes fro m t he


BRA VE AND BOLD back of his pony. he turned to his cousin with the remarks al read y given. Confident in the prosp ect of game being n ear, the youths had surveyed th e t imb e r with much intere s t while approach ing it. As neai-ly as they could judge, it was five or six acres in extent and a boun d ed with rocks, bowlders and und ergrowth, so that, though it was compa r atively narrow, they we r e unable to see t hrou g h it to the hilly country beyond, from which their parents were sap posed to be riding. Forcing their tough p op.ies among the trees as far as they could penetrate with comfort, the boys slipped out of their sadd l es to the ground They did n o t ti e the hor s es, for they were so well trained that they would not wander off, and, unl e ss some un us11al cause should disturb them, th ey wou ld be found quietly grazing near the spot where their ownern ch os e to leave them. "Th ere's one thing that gives me some uneasi n e s s," said F r a nk, a s they carefully picked their way toward the other s ide of the wood. "What's that?" "You know t hi s l an d is claimed by the Ute Indians, and th e y are among the worst tribes in the West. 'We arc right o n th eir pre se rv es, so to speak." "How can that be when we haven't met one?" "Yo u and I kn o w well enough that because an Indian isn't vis ible, it i s no proof that he isn't near. I.didn't say anything wlie n you proposed this forenoon that we shou ld but all the same, it st r uck me as an unw ise thing to do." "It may not have been th e h eight of prudence, but what's the odds?" said Owen; .the chances arc a hundred to o ne that there isn't any danger fr om th e Utes, and, if n ot hin g happens, we s hall be among the r a nch es and cattle men by to-morrow night, where w e shall be as safe as if in St: Loui s ." The other said n othing, and the light spirits of bis cousin we re so c ontagious t hat h e h alf ashamed of his own fears. They were so close to the other side of t h e belt of timber, that they could discern plainly what was beyond. They, the r efore, s t opped and sat down on a bowld e r, with the i n tention of waiti-ng an hour or so to see whether their pare n t s would b e able to drive any game within r each of thei r rifles. Northward, from where they sat, the country g r adua lly slope d upward until at the distance of an eighth o f a mile i t culminated in a rid ge two or three hundred feet high. Beyond that it d e scend ed so that the ridge marked the limit of the v i sion in that directi on. This rid g e and the plain spread out before their view were devoid of trees, but covered with a spars e growth of grass, some what dried by drought, but st ill able to give a nourish ment to the elk, d ee r, buffalo and other grazing a nim als th at were without othe r means of sustenance. "Hello!" excla im e d Frank, within ten minutes after they took a seat "yonder is one of the animals." On the cres t o f the ridge a n o ble buck wa lk ed to view, his figr e in r elief aga inst the clea r sk y beyond vVhei1 fir st seen, he stood in a lin e with the boys, as though walking directly to ward them, whion a suspicion of something am i ss caused to stop. He s eemed to be l ooking at the very bowlder on which Owe n and Frank sat motionkss and peering throu gh the und er growth in front. "Do you suppose he sees us?" Owen in a whisper. "No." "Then he mu s t sc ent us "That i s imp oss i ble, for what l i ttl e wind i s blo wing is directly across the sp ace betwe e n us, so that the scent cann ot be ca rried io him." "What, then, is the matter?" "Nothing; it is only the cautious h abit s of the animal,' which l ead him to b e always o n the lookout for danger." "He see m s t o be alone "So h e is; he is some ol d buck that h as driven o ut of h is h erd by a younge r rival, and the fellow h a s nothin g to do but to b r owsc for a liv i ng, look out for dahge r, and wander about for sake n a nd l one ly until, when h e b eco mes too o ld to take care of himself an y l onger, h e will fall a victim to the wolves ." Having stood with hi s h ead and sh o ulders up, as though posing for a picture-and a sp l e ndid s ubject h e wa s-the buck wheeled about and vanished like a flash. "Here co m es our chance!" exclaimed Frank in a n unde rtone, throwing him se lf b ehi nd the b ow ld e r, his companion being quick to do th e same Straig h t ove r t h e ridge and almost oi 1 the very spot where the buck h ad bee n standing a few minute s before, trotted a large apd b eauti ful doe with her family strin ging along a t her h e els. They fo rm e d a strik in g picture as they arose to view, one afte r the othe r o n the crest of the '(idge, and came down at a leisur e ly pace toward th e belt o f timbe r in which th e young hunters had hidd e n themselves and were watching them. At the rear trotted a fine-looking buck-the commander-in-chief o f the littl e army. It i s t h e cust om of the antelopes and of many other animals when traveling, to place their strongest members in the rear. The r eason for this is The peril to those creatures comes from .th e wolves that follow h e ir trai l and a lw ays m ake their attacks from b e h i nd which i s th e r efore, the point of dan ger. A doe invariably l eads a family o r herd of al1telopes, and a cow does the same with a company of e lks. This is probably be se the fema l es o r mother s will nev e r e....:cept in cases of imminent danger, run faste r than the calves or faw n s can follow.' The fema l e l eader pick s out the fee ding-gr ou nd chooses the trail t o be follow e d, l eads t h e flight whe n d anger appears, and cuts ou t the p ace to b e traveled. "Ther e are eleven," whispered Owen, a s the buck, ri sing against the azure background, came trotting d ow n th e slo pe at the re a r of the rest; ''and wha t a b eaut iful s ight! ''I. wonder wh e th e r they will ente r the wood? It if th ey h ad b ee n sca red by somethii 1 g1 and will do so for r .efuge; but we h ave heard n othing of the guns of father and uncl e." "They may want to give u s all the shooting." "Th ey are hardly considerate enough for that, s aid Frank, with a laugh; "bes i des, eleven animals arc enoug h to afForq all a chaf!ce." "Hello! what's up now?" "Something has them." CHAPTER U. AN ALARMING SIGHT. The ante lope family were trotting aloni:i; in their easy, graceful fashion, whe;; t h e buc k at t11e r ea r suddenly increased his pace, and running to the front of the doe s and fawns, rounded them up. T h ey huddled togethe r fr i g hten e d but obedient as, a family a lw ays ought to be to i ts h ead "They're within range," whispered Fra:1k, "a nd we ve got t h em ; I'll take the b uck and you the doe." "All ri ght," w hispe r ed his The group had stood bJ.1t a minute, )Vhen it wa,s plain that the d o c wished t o c o nti nu e her flig ht while the buck w-ns d etermined th:i.t ,;he not, until he fou nd out the ca u se for alarm. The do e made a start, but t he buck which was the fleetest .of


BRA VE AND BOLD . 3 the band, stopped her. She stood a moment, and t h en started again, but as before, he turned her back, and stamped his fore feet to show that he angry. Instead of heeding the lesson, she made another break, whereupon he bucked her fiercely, driving her clear through the group to the rear. "Such ungallan t ry ought to be punished," said Frank, pulling the trigger, and dropping him in his tracks. At the same m o m ent Owe n let fly, and the doe came down. The rest were thrown into a panic, and wheeling to the right, with a flutter of white tails, took a course parallel to the ridge, turning after a flight of several hundred yards, and disappearing over the elevation. Shortly after the reports of guns were heard, apparently a quarter of a mile to the northward. "Father and uncle are getting in their work," remarked Owen; "we are not likely to go hungry to-night." Following the good custom of the frontier, the boys r eloaded their pieces before venturing from cover,. and then walked out on the open pla in wh e re the two prostrate forms lay. "Both are plump and in good condition," said Frank.; ''but I think the doe is the most tender." With the aid of the ir keen hunting-knives they cut a choice slice from the quarters of the female, and carried it back to the wood, where a fire was quickly started and preparations made to broil it, there being enough meat for all four. The boys expected that their parents would soon join them, and probably would go into camp for the night in the timber. The timber offered an excellent camping site. A small stream of water wound throl;gh one portion, affording all that the boys and their animals needed The meat was carefully washed, and was soon broiling in true hunterfashion before the hot blaze. The life that the boys led gave them the most vigorous of ap petites, and they did not wait until the st,eak was done to a turn before fall ing to and eating their fill. A half hour had now passed artd they b ega n to wonder what delayed thei r friends. "I haven't heard anything more of their guns,'' said Owen, who in spite of the g oo d spirits of his companion, could not free him self from a certain misgiving that something was amiss. "It may be tha t they have brought dmvn some of the animals and have prepared a meal for us," said Frank. "But the understanding was that they should join us in the timber here." "Are you sure of that?" asked Frank, showing more interest than at any time since they left their friends. "Certainly I am; don't you remember that your father said, at the moment of riding away, they would not keep us waiting long before they would be with us in the wood?" "I remember it now, but it had slipped my mind until this moment; that is strange." Franj< took but one or two more mouthfuls, when he arose to his feet, saying: "Wait here, Owen, till I come back." "Where are you going?" "To the top of the ridge to take a look for them." "Don't stay long, for at this rate we shall soon all be scattered." "Oh, I am not going far," called Frank, with something of his old cheerfulness; "you spend the time at dinner until I come back." "I've got all I want, remarked Owen, whose lack of appetite was not due alone to the fact that he had eaten heartily, but to the alarm caused by the manner of his companion. Rifle in hand, Frank Woodward pushed through the timber, and stepping out on the open plain, ran every step of the way to the top of the rid ge on which the antelope had first appeared. It can hardly be sa id that he was sca r ed, but he was uneasy. He recalled the facts about the Utes, and knew he and his companion were in a d a ngerous situation. Although the party had not b een disturbed by the red men, there could be no doubt they were hostile, and, if a number of them should di sco ver the hunters they would doubtless attack them, so that while the whites were hunt ing the an te lope, a more dangerous foe would be hunting the whites. Re:?.ching the crest of the ridge, the youth cast an anxious look beyond. Though Frank failed to look upon such an extensive area as he had hoped, he still saw a great d eal; but th e bri g ht, keen eyes that swept across the long, winding valley and up the slope beyond, failed to det ect t he first evidence of animal life. Not only did he see nothing of any horseman but the antelope were gone. Now, for the first time, the y o ung man felt a pang oi genuine fear. He could not doubt that there had be e n a slip somewhere in the programme of the e lder memb e rs of the party. The m ost puzzling question that prese nted itself to him was as to who had fired the rifl e shots fr o m the vall ey, whi c h he and Owen heard a short time before, and which at that time they did not dream could h a ve been caused by any one except the elder members of their own company. But there was nothing for him to do, and, with a heavy heart, he turned about and began walking down the slope toward the timber where he h ad parted from Owen but a bri ef while before. Casting hi s glance in that direction. he saw him standing on the edge of th e plain and him with no little anxiety. "Did you see them?" c a lled Owen, across the space. Frank shook h is he a d by way of reply, and Owen instead of wai ting, started on a run up the slope. Frank had not passed more than one-fourth of the space, when he paused and awaited the coming of his cousin, asking: "Why do you come here when we were to meet them In the wood?" "There's no use of talking," replied Owen compressing his lips, "something is wrong." "I am not ready to say that, though I cannot understand where father and uncle are. They are mounted on faster horses than ours, and they had very little furth e r to travel, so they ought to have joined us 1 ong ago _"How do you explain that they did not?" "I think they have chased the antelope over the ridge yonder, and have bee n led further off than they suspected." Owen shook his head; the expl a nation did not satisfy him. "Let's go to the top of the ridge again and wait a while. The sun is an hour above the horizon, and we may as well stay there as in the timber." Frank could offe r no objectio n to the proposition and the cousins turned about and walked to the top of the elevation, where they cast their eyes over the s tretch of country which I have already described. This time, however, they saw a sight whic h was anything but pleasant. A third of a mile to the west six or eight horsemen were pl:?.in view. They had ridde n over the second ridge and were crossing the valley in a diagonal direction, their course such that, if not changed, they would come up the next ridge within a hun dred feet of where the boys were standing at that very moment. These horsemen were Indians, and beyond question they be longed to the Ute tribe. They were gall o ping at a leisurely pace, but it would not take th e m long to reach the spot where the cousi ns stood in alarm, looking down up o n them. Since the red men were in such plain sight of the youths, it fol-


4 BRA VE AND BOLD. lowed that the latter were equally exposed to th eir gaze. In fact, they were more conspicuous, as is always the case with those who stand o n the mountain top, and are compared with those in the nlley below. If the cousins had felt any doubt as to whether the Utes saw them, it va ni shed a minute later, when the warriors uttered their resounding cries, and, spurring their horses int o a swift gallop, headed toward them. "It strikP.s me," said, Frank, arousing from hi s amazement, "that the best thing we can do is to emigrate from these parts." "There ain"t any question about that," added Owen, as he turned un his heel and joined in a swift run down the slope for the timber, which ti1ey ought not to h ave left. CHAPTER III. A RUN FOR LIFE. The youths had a good start and were fleet of foot. It need not be said that they did not let the g r ass grow und e r th eir feet. They knew they we r e running for life, and they darted down the slo pe at a speed n eve r surpassed before, dashing in among the !rces, bowld e rsand undergrowth at a reckless pace, and making straight for their ponies, on wh i ch, as may be said, their fate res led. Quick as were the lad s the Ute warriors mounted on th eir fleet animals, were quicker. Before the fugitives could reach the cover of the timber, th e Indians appeared on the ridge and ga l l oped down the s lope at h eadlong rate, sho uting and whooping lik e so m a ny wild men, as indeed they were. it can be see n in w hat a b a d plight the boys would have found themselves h a d their own animals gone astray, but providentially they were where they were left, quietly cropping what little grass 1 could be found among the trees, and nibbling the more tender h erbage of the undergrowth, their saddles and accoutrements in place, and everything in r eadiness for duty. Only a few steps were required to lead them to the open prairie on the oth e r side, wh e re the y had entered some time before. Vaulting into their saddles, their riders wheded about and spur r ed th em into a dead run. Fully one-fourth of a mile separated them from their, and, so far as could be seen, there was nothing in front td prevent a fair race. The boys rode close together, frequently gla ncing over their shoulders at the wild looking party speeding after them. "Everything depends on our horses," said Frank; "if they are better mounted than we, the game is up." 'We may find some place where we can make. a stand There are not so many of them that we ought not to hold our own." "Ah, if they were only with us," said Frank, thinking of his father and uncle, "we woddn't be in such a hurry to get away.',' The flight had la s ted hardly ten minutes when an alarm ing fact was too evident to be doubted; the Utes were gaining, and, if the shquld continue without interruption, they must in evita bly ove rh aul the fugitives. The an i ma l s ridden by the red men were probably no better than tho s e o f the b oy s all belonging to the tough breed of ponies th at arc s o p o pul a r on the plain but their s uperior fleetness on the pre sent o cca s i o n was probably due to their freshness. Frank and Owen had d o n e a great deal of riding that day-far more than usual-and when they dismounted on the edge of the timber their beasts w e re in s o re need of re st. They h a d been given a ,ha lt for little more than an hour, bu\ it was n o t enough to place them on anything like equal terms with their pursuers. I the boy s had been lessened one-half, and the Utes pushed the pur suit with remorseless perseverance. Now and then they emitted th e ir sharp war-whoops, which were en()ugh to startle the bravest men when heard under similar circum sta nces. Suddenly a couple of the Indians dis charged their rifles. The bullets sped wide of the mark, but it cannot b e said that that fact :ifforded any comfort to the fugitives, who would have given all at their command h a d their ponies been as fre s h as those of their enemies. By this time the sun was in the horizon, and night was near. The boys recall e d that, although there was no. moon until near midnight, yet the sky was so clear and studd ed with stars that nothing was to be h ope d from the gathering darkness. The Utes were so close that, even could the chase be prolonged for an hour or two, they could press it to a conclusion as well as when the su n was in the zenith. Frank made a discoverythat he had not suspected up to the present time, since no occasion had arisen for disclos ing the fact. :rhe horsP. ridden by his c o u si n was considerably fleeter t han his own. He forged ahead several times, and he notic ed Owen r estr ained his speed No matter how great the peril threatening th e boys, it could not be imminent enough to l ea d one to desert the other. The cousins rarely spoke. There was no call for words, since each realized his danger and knew there was bnt one thing to do, urge their distressed ponies to their utmost until they should give out from exhaustion. It was not longbefore one of the pursue r s again fir ed his gun. Frank heard distinctly th e pinge of the bullet a s it almost nipped his ear. Turning as best he could in the saddle, and without c h ecking his steed, he brought his own rifle to his s h oul der and fired at the foremost Ute, who, having drawn ahead from the others, was ala rmin g ly close. Probably once in a hundred times suc h a shot as that of Frank Woodward would do execution, and it so happened that this was the fortunate exception. The bullet sent aimlessly from his rifle passed through the brain of the nearest horse of the Utes. The ;i.nimal, with a whinney, half reared and plunged forward with his nose plowing the ground, his rider having had an exceedingly narrow escape him self, going over his h ead as if propelled from a catapult. The other red m e n did not stop.' Leaving their di smounted leader to take care of himself as best he could, they dashed after the fugitives. upon whom tliey continued to gain with fearful certainty and steadiness. All of the Utes were within easy gunshot of the boys, whom they evident ly wished to take captive, for though they had fired several shots it did not appear-except, perhaps, in the one instance-that they r eally sought to harm them. They now began dropping hots again. They were not on1y fair marksmen, but were in better form to do execution than were the lads, inasmuch as they were n ot obliged to turn on their horses to take aim. It l ooked as if they were purposely firing over the heads of the fugitives, as an officer so metimes does when he wishes to frighten a fleeing criminal into surrender . lf such were the fact, there was one among the Utes. who held a different purpose, as was soo n evident. He it was who, thro\1gh the fall of the leade r, became himself the foremost. Bringing his gun to a l evel he aimed at the pony ridden by Frank. Although it was growing dark, the distance was so short that he readily made his aim certain. At that critical moment, the distressed horse drew his head slig htly to one side, and the Ute At the end of hali an hour the .space between the Indians and was thus enabled to send the bullet from his gun along the shoul. ..


BRA VE AND BOLD. 5 der of his rider, who was leaning forward, and into the head of the flying steed. The result, while similar to was different in one respect from that of the Indian' s horse, shot down only a nijnute before. It was merciful that the faithful p o ny found s u c h quick release from his distress, but instead of making a plunging fall, he reeled to one side. This apprised Frank of the approaching catastrophe, and g a v e him a few second s in which to prepare himself. Withdrawing his feet fr o m the stirrups he waited only until th e a nimal began s ink ing. He went down ea s ily, and then with r e markabl e d exterity the rider leaped cle ar, and, landing on hi s fe e t, ran with his utmo s t speed several y ard without s tumbling. Owe n had been as quick a s his cou s in t o n o ti ce t h e inferiori t y of the animal at hi s s id e Jn fact, Owen believed that if he had b e en alo ne he could h av e held hi s own and po ss ibly ran away fr o m hi s purs uer s But it need not be s aid that h e did not dre a m for a sing le instant of doing anything of the kind ; while Frank would have acted pre cisely the same had the"ir s ituation s been reversed. Seeing that Frank was sure to" b e o n th e gni>und in a minute or so, Owen pulled his pony toward him and s lackened his s peed, s o that, when the dismounted youth wa s running, it was cio s e b e hind the other aninial. "Quick! give me your hand!" called Owen, l e aning over his saddle, a nd offering hi s right hand, while he held the r eins and his gun in hi s left. Frank o beyed. The distance was not far to the b a ck of the pony and, with the as s istance of his fri e nd, he land e d a s trid e the steed dir e ctly b e hind the s addle, without bringing him to a . It w

\ 6 BRAVE BOLD. A couple of leaps carried Frank to the entrance. He rai se d his hand to give a resounding knock, when he perceived the latch string hanging out. A quick y an k of this, a pressure, and the door swung open. "Thank Heaven!" gasped Owen, darting in after him. In a twinkling the door was reclo sed and the latc hstring drawn in, everything being done with snch r a pidity that the boys the m selves hardly realized what had taken place. The transition from the light, even though quite faint, of the outside, rendered the interior for a minute or two utterly dark, and the pnly way of determining their surroundings was by the sense of feeling. Frank, who had more knowledge of the West than his cousin, was well aware that the simple wooden latch which was raised by means of the leathern string, was not strong enough to resist the pressure that their enemies were sure to exert aga inst it . He therefore moved his hand along the sides of the door in search of a heavy wooden bolt, which, when placed in position, rendered the entrance almost impregn a ble. Fortunately his knowledge of the p ecu liar structures enabled him to place his hand on it at once, and he instantly dropped it in place across the door, the two ends being secured in fiat, heavy iron hooks. Rapid as were the movements of the lad, he was not a second too soon Indeed had there been any obstruction to cause the slightestdelay, it would h ave be e n fatal; but wonderful good for tune had attended every movement of the youths thus far Bang! One of the Utes, l eaping from his pony flung himself sideways a g ainst the door with a force that seemed to threaten to driv e it halfway acro ss the interior of the building; but luckily it held its place. Bang, bang! the charge was repeated, as thou g h a batteringram were pounding against the structure; and the boys held their breath. "The man who built this place must have feared something of this kind," said Owen, with a sigh of relief. "I don't know about that. Hark l" The Indians were shouting, screeching, firing their rifles, and galloping around the dugout. The pinging of their bull ets against the mas sive door was plainly heard, the sounds being peculiarly suggestive of the peril which it seemed had been po st poned instead of averted. It being evident that no immediate harm could be done, the boys con su med several minutes in acquainting themselves with the peculiarities of their refuge. When Frank turned his head, he observed that a few embers were burning at the opposite end from t he door. But for this they would have been in such darkness that their eyes would have been of little help; for when the door was closed, even at midday, a dim twilight filled the room, and now that night was closing in the gloom was m o re profound Moving to where the embers lay, Frank stooped down and stirred them until they broke into a crackling blaz e w hich filled ilie room with a crimson glow, that brought everything out in full relief. It was then seen that the dugout consisted of a single apartment, about eightee n feet iong and half as wide. The walls were made of heavy l og s and the roof of the same material, the latter sloping so slightly that the middle of the room was not more than a foot higher than the sides. The furniture of this pri mitive structure was of the simplest character. There were two stoo ls a bench a couple of buffalo :robes in a corn er, several cups and coo king utensils, a small stand or table, a dry-goods box ( use coul'd not be guessed at, if it had any use), a pail partly filled with water, and half of an antelope steak. The conclus.ion Frank arrived at was that the dugout belonged to a party of cattlemen, who were absent looking after their herd. They might be a dozen miles distant, with no intention of return ing, or they might be near at hand, on their way h ome. The dugout contained a single window on one of the sides, that being the only opening, besides the door. The construction of this w ind ow showed the same wisdom which led the builders to give all the strength possible to the walls and roof of the place. It was Jess than a foot in extent eac h way, and was filled with a single pane of glass, that had been brought from some point east ward. The thickn ess of the Jogs and the depth of the overlying sods gave the arrangemen t the appearance of a tunnel for it was fully three fee.t from the window pane to the end of the opening outside. The fireplace wa s made of stone arched with considerable skill, and leading, by means of a chimney, to the opening in the roof, through which the smoke of the fire found vent. At certain sea sons, this tiny column of vapor, creeping lazily upward, was the only m eans of locating the shelter of the cattlemen or s'ett lers of the place. "Well, said_ Frank, at the c onclus ion of his investigation, "this is a strange business and no mistake." "What more fortunate s helter could we have found?" asked Owen, whose eyes had been equally busy. "We are safe for a time, though we cannot say for how long." "There is water," observed Frank, with a smile, pointing to the pail. And food," added his cousin, indicating the stea k on the stand; "so we shall be able to undergo a siege of several da ys." "'Providing the Utes don t find some w a y of smoking us out." "We a re safe against that," added Owen, accepting the literal construction of the remark, "fo r the India ns can't muster enough fire to burn this structure, which lo oks as incombustible as if made w holly of sto ne." CHAPTER V. WARM The information about the interior of the dugout wh1ch proved such a timely refuge to the young cou s ins was gathered during the first hour spent within t he structure. The Utes on the outside kept their attention too much engaged to permit the investigation to go on uninterruptedly. The g allo ping, howling and firing l asted without intermission for the part of an hour, dtiring which the lads could only cower within, and wonder and speculate as to what was to be the e nd of the strange siege. T h e th ud thud of the bullets against the massive door told clearly what would be the result if either of the defenders s howed his face there. Suddenly there came a jingle and cra s h of glass, the fragments flying about the room and over the persons of the youths. The Utes h'ad poured a volley through the single window pane. "That helps ventilation!" r emarke d Frank, whose rescue from capture and death was so striking that he could not feel oppressed by the fierc e ness of the attack. "It will help it m o re if they stave the door in,'.' added Owen; less cool and h opeful than his companion. I "I haven t much fear of that, unless they are left alone for sev eral days to work their own sweet will." I don't see what is to prevent them having all the ti!'lle they want, for there is no force strong enough in this part of the coun try to give us help."


BRAVE AND BOLD. 7 "We can't be certain of that, though it won't do to count upon it. 1,'here ought to be United _States cavalry somewhere within cg.Jl, if we only knew where to look for them." "And were able to make the hunt, but it's mighty little show we will get while cramped up h e r e." "Meanwhile, let?s take a drink. Frank lifted the pail from where it sa t on th e floor, and h o lding it to hi s lip s took several sw allows. . "It's not very fre s h," h e remarked, smacking his lips and setting it cjown "but it', s a good deal better than no wat e r at all." ''We mus t be sparing. of our supplies," added Frank, look ing at the partly eaten haunch of antelope, "fo r you know that whe n a fort i s be s ieged, the garrison put themselves on s hort allowance." "How long can we h o ld out, Frank?" "If you mean how long th e food ;ind water sh o uld last us, I would say we ought to be able to stand ve ry well for a week, but I don't b elieve we are in for any suc h a s i ege as t h at." "Wh y not?" "The American Indian can be patient but a party of Ute war riors wouldn't content themselv es that long, f r th e sa ke o f getting po ssess ion of a couple of young sters that ain't of much account." Owen shrugged his s houlders and l ooked sig nificantly at tl\c door. "I can't s ay at present, I haye always under stoo d that the Indians are wond_erfully in genious, and will find way s o i circum venting the mo s t cunning of foes I don't think they can burn or smoke u s out, a nd these logs are so he avy a nd locked so strongly toget h e r at the ends that they can't get them apart--" Frank rai se d his hand for the other to h o ld his peace. In the stillnes s o t the apartinent both dete cted a slight noise--so slight at first that it was imposs i ble to J ecate it. Then Ow e n poin ted at the shattered wi n dow pane. It was the re. JVleanwhil e nigl1t had full y descended. and all was dark on the o utside. T h e e mbers o n the rude h ea rth, which ha d b ee n stirred into a s m a ll bla ze that illumina te d the interi o r, had been allowed to s molder agai n fo r the glow ga\e the Utes the advan t age of seeing the youths wh e n eve r they pa ssed in front of the o penin g Foi a minute or two it w as hard to tell the m ea ning of the peculiar ru s tling at th e wind ow, which would not hav e been noticed had not the youths been o n the alert. Winchesterin hand, Frank \ Voodward tiptoed to the 9 pening and peered s t ea lthily out. T h e re was jus t enough starlight for him to di scove r after a few minute s carefu l invest igati o p, that o ne of the Utes had forced his body through the tunnel, and was at that moment ciose to the s hattered window pane. '. : He must ha ve b ee n an unu s u ally slim w a rri o r, t h o u g h the p as sage wa s slig h t ly larger t h an t h e o pening in the l ogs, into which the glass had been fitted. Fra11k whi spere d the explanation to Owe n and told him to keep back apd out of range. The l a d obeyed, thoug h his curiosity was as tense as his co u si n 's. It was a piece of \:laring o n the part o f the Indian, f6r he could .. not have failed to know t h e frightful p e ril h e ran and Frank was astonish e d It wa s ev ident t h e Ute w as investigating. Not fully ap pri se d of the constructi on of the window, he must have hoped that, if t he was broad e nough to admit hi s body, the window it se lf was likely to d o the sa me; but it wa s a pi ece o f courage on 111s part amounting to desperate r eck l ess ness, which cost h im clear Frank waited o nl y l ong enoug h to und e rstand thoroughly the sit uati on when h e brought his Wincheste r to a level a nd clrov e a bullet into t he du s ky crown w hi ch extinguish e d lifo as suddenly as a bolt of lightning. "Th ere's no use of fooling," he muttered, with compre ss ed lips; "th ey are afte r our Jives, and i t won't do to show any weakness." The sharp crack o f the rifl e a nd t h e gasping shrie k of the miserable r edsk in, apprised his companions of w hat had taken place. T h ey a n swered with a series of r eso unding howls, and th e n for severa l minu tes profound sti llne ss rei g n e d Owen c r e pt stealth ily to the sid e of Frank, who was all ears and eyes. ''Sh!" whispered the latte r, "ther e'll be more of them pretty soon." H i s bel i ef was that the othe r Utes wo uld not allow their dead comrade t o re m ain in the passage. The se pulch e r was altogether too nnd i gnified to suit the ideas of the r e d men. But the terri b l e l e son wa s not l ost on the besiege rs. They had learned t hat the lads were v i g ilant, and that any exposure to their marksman hip was s ure to be followed by serious consequences. T h e inanimate bod y so blocked the passage that it was impos sible to see clearly, bu t by and by a sound quite simi l a r to that w hich had first awakened suspicio n w as detected. Frank knew what it meant on the i nstant One or more war ri o r s h a d se i zed the feet of their dead comrade, and were carefully drawing him out. Nothing could be seen of them but more than likely the y we r e within r a nge, anq the lad was eager for another shot. still he wished the frightful obstruct ion r emoved. H e could not bear when the light of rriornin g dawned over the prai rie to l ook upon the Yictim of his watchfulness. He waited unti l convinced that the form had b een withdrawn so far that th ose o n the outs id e cou 'ld r etain thei r grasp upon the feet withoqt exposing themselves to too much danger. Then thrusting the muzzle of hi s wea pon through the s hattere

8 BRA VE AND BOLD. one; but the difficulty with It Is, that_ I am not able to sleep a wink before that h ou r." I think you are "I know I am not. You know whe n we were In camp with father and uncle last ni gh t, we _slept straight through till the sun arose, and l don't f eel the ne e d, therefore, of slumber. Be sides th i ngs have been moving at such a lively pace around here that I would have to be a good deal sleepier than I am to keep my eyes shut." "In that we will both sit up till one bec o mes drowsy. I will give the sticks on the hearth a little stir, so that we won't be in entire darkness." He mo ve d across the apartment, and bending down as at first, stirred the embers until they resp onded with a little twist of flame, which enabled them to see each other's face. Then Frank &traig hten ed up, and was in the act of speaking, when Owen called out in sudden excitement: "Jump quick, or you'll be shot !" The athletic youth made a sudden leap to one side which was at the same Instant t11at there was a flash at the broken window, and the report in the close room mad e their ears tingle. Despite the shooting of one of the Utes at that place a moment before, another had crawled into the same perilous place and fired his rifle at the figure of the youth at the moment it was out lined against the faint crim;;on background created by the stirring of the embers on the he a rth. CHAPTER VI. A STRANGE CONCLUSION'. Frank Woodward could not h ave had a closer call, for, had his dexterous leap been taken an instant later, he would have been pierced by the bullet, which was well aimed. The Ute, aware of his danger, was working desperately to back out of the passage, but Oweri Woodward was too quick for him. Dashing to the wina9w, he shoved the muzzle of his gun almost against the shoulders of tlie warrior, and in the fury of the mo ment, discharg e d his Winchester three times in succession. Once would have been all sufficient, for the body that was hastily drag ged forth by his companions, could not have been more limp and devoid of "I wonder if the fools will try that again?" said Frank, coming to his side; "they are m ore r eck l ess than I dreamed they could be." He stepped softly to the side of the s tnicture, and pressed his ear against it. For several minutes not the slightest sound rewarded his atten tion. Then he fancied he c ou ld catch the faint n oise made by moccasin s 'moving about t he entrance. Despite the ma ssiveness of the st ructure, it was extremely sen sitive in a certain sense, for, while his ear re sted against it, he distinctly felt it move inward. True, the motion may be described as no more than a hair's breadth, but it was as unmistakable as if several inches in extent. "They are pressing the door," he whispered to Owen, who had taken his place near him. "What for?" "I can't form an idea, but there is no danger of any of them going to sleep to-night." One of the most impressive features of the siege of the Utes was the profound silence which followed their occas ional outbursts of yells and shouts. So long as .the outcries lasted fr seemed as if n o thing else was afoot. The boys could tell what they were doing, and it' was not of a n ature to alarm them; but when they were still, the imagination was free to conjure up all sorts of wild fancies, while nothing could be truer than the remark of Owen concerning the remarkable ingenuity of the red men. The pressure on the outside of the door was repeated at in tervals with such regularity, that to the bqys it resembled the re spirati on of some monster whose ribs they could feel. The only explanation which occurred to them was that the Utes were test ing the strength of the structure, with a hope that the defenders might have neglected some precaution in guarding it against such a demonstration as they had in mind. But it was inconceivable that Frank and Owen should neglect the most obvious point of danger, and the essay was abandoned after a time. Had there been any heavy timbers at command, the boys would h ave h a d grave cause for fear, for many a time in the history of the fron t'.c r has a powerful door been driven inward by the use of a log or h ea vy piece of timber employed as a battering-ram, and jammed against the structure with a force which was repeated again and again until it became resistless. But, fortunately for our friends, they 1knew that the appliance was wanting. They were in the middle of an open plain, covered with spa rsely growing grass, with no trees nearer than the grove where they had hunted t he antelope that afternoon. It must have cost the build e rs of the dugout a great deal of pains and labor to bring the material such a distance, but the wis dom of their work was now manif est. Ten minutes after Frank'& move to the structure the pressure fro m the outside ceased, and the solid walls of the dugout were not more motionl ess than the door itself. Unable t o decide the full meaning of the demonstration, both frank and Owen were uneasy over the fact. that it might signify much than they suspected Once more Frank apJ;>rOached the window and listened. All was silent there and the conclusion was warranted that the Utes would give it a wide berth thereafter. Frank's next move was to the chimney. He first made sure that none of the watchful foes withouf could catch sight-of him, for a second risk like the first was sure to prove fatal. The fire h ad agai n s mold e red so low that only his shadowy figure was ob servable when directly in front of it. To hi s dismay, he had hardly reached the spot when he heard a distur bance which proved the Indians were giving attention to H e whispered to Owen to join him, and asked the meaning of the slight noise perc eptible to b oth. 111ey are taking the chimney down," was the alarming con clusion; "when that is d o ne, they will have. an opening through which they can drive a team of hors es." "Impossible!" "Wait and we sha ll see!" In fact, they could do noth i n g but wait, with the resolve that th e moment the first glimpse of starlight shone through an open ing, they would begin a fusillade which could not fail to produce fearful r esu l ts. But if Owen had rightly divined the intentions of the Indians, there was little hope left for the defenders. The t earing away of the chimney would leave the whole interior o f the dugout exposed, and the Utes could pour in a volley from which it would be out of the power of the lads to screen them-. selves. The chimney, as has been already explained, was built mostly of stone, and while it narrowed as it approached the roof, the base was the breadth of the building; so that could it be taken out. of the way, a clear sweep would be given of the apartment.


BRA VE AND BOLD. 9 Frank could not feel certain that his cousin was right in his conclus ion, for the task seeme d too difficult of accomplishment by the Indians without the aid of numerous implements besides their knives. The chimney was not only composed of large stones, which must have been gathered with great difficulty, bnt a species af clay had been used to fill the interstices, and this substance, tinder the baking of the fire anq 'the elements, had acquired a like that seen. in the adobe structures of the Mexicans. But that the Utes were enga ge d in doing something to the chimney was too manifest to admit of question. The boys refilled their magazines cartridges, and-as calmly as they could-awaited th e development of events. Another surprise awaited them. The suspicious noises at that end of the building c ease d without any apparent canse. The youths approached as closely as they could; but ten, fifteen minutes, and longer pass e d without the slightest sound to ind i cate that anything was on foot The most studied listening at the window and the door was fruitless. The stillness of the tomb could not have been more profound. "It would be curious now if they had given up and gone off,'; said Fran in tones which showed he hardly believed the sup position possible. "They might withdraw some distance in the hope of making us believe they have gone altogeth e r, but I don't believe there is any party of Indians in the world that would give up in tha t fa shion." "Nor do I think so, either; but--What time does the moon rise, Owen?" asked Frank, with startling abruptness. "Not until near midnight. Why do you ask?" "I have a reason : It must be pretty dark outside." "We can tell that by looking through the window; I caught the twinkle of a few star;; but it was hardly possible to get a glimpse of the warrior, whe n he was close enough for me to push the end of my rifle against him." "My belief is this: the Utes have fallen back a short distance with the purpose of tempting us out, but they don t believe we are foolish enough to try it. All the same, I'm going to try it!" Frank could not see the face of his cousin, but he could picture the express ion .of consternation that overspread it at this amazing announcement. He heard him recoil a step, and he knew he was staring at him, doubtful whether he had heard aright. "Are you crazy, Frank?" I h o pe not." "Tell me then what you mean by such words?" "Perhaps I 3J!1 and foo1ish; but I say to you, Owen, that if we don't get out of here before many hours, we never will." "I see no reason for such belief." "You have learned enough during this afternoon and evening to know .that we have got a party of the bravest and most skillful Indians in America to fight against. I don't believe Geronimo and his Apaches would take such risks as those two did that crawled up in front of that Then they have tried the doo r and have got some planagai nst the chimney. I can't be sure what it is, hut I believe the y will succeed." "What then do you propose?" "That we steal out of the bont door-provided, of course, we find the way clear-and get fa r enough off, before the moon rises, to give the m t h e slip." "Why, Frank, have yo u Jost y o u r h ead? I ca n not thi n k of a than that. "It may seem so to you, but to me it is the course of wisdom. The Utes will not be exp ec ting it--" "Why, then, have they tak. en the pains to set the trap?" "With the hope that we may try it after a while; the scheme will stand some chance, therefore, of success, if we take it up before the y beli eve tliere is a probability of our doing so." A singular conclu s ion was reached. It would seem that when two persons were placed in s uch imminent peril as Frank and Owen, the y would ha ve agreed in all essentials looking to a de fense; but the o ppo s ite was the truth. The longer they talk ed the more diverse became tneir views, and l he stronger each was set in hi s b e lief Frank in s isted that if the front of the building was found clear, t h ey should make the attempt to steal through the Ute lines, while Owen was eq ually positive that such a <;ourse would bring irretrievable di sa ster to both. The strange decision was finally reached, that Frank should go and his cousin stay. The former promised that if he got beyond the line of circumvallation, he would u se all effort to find their relati ves and the ranchm e n, and bring assistance to Owen without a moment's unnec e s sary delay. So long as the Utes knew nothing of the departure of one of the d e f enders, they would be as cau tious and careful as if a d oze n were within, while, in fact, one p erso n in s ide the dugout would be as powerful as several. This extraordinary agr ee m ent reached Frank stealthily ap pro ac h e d the door and liste n e d a f ew moments. He could hear no signs of his ene mies, and turning to his anxious c ousin, w hispe red: "I'm going to try it, Owen!" CHAPTER VII. OUT IN THE NIGHT. The heavy ba r was removed, the latch raised and structure drawn silently back for sev e r a l inches. Nothing was seen or h ear d in the deep gloom without. "I can't have a better chance," said Frank in a whisper; hold the do o r as it is for t e n minutes or sq, for if I have to turn about and run back, I w ant to get in without delay." "I shall expect you," said Owen, "an d you can depen d on the way being open for you "I hope you will not see me till I b!'lng back help, then we'll l e t you know by firing our guns." "I have little hope of that, b u t I sha II pray fo r yo u ." "Well, good-by, old fellow." Frank extended his hand and it w:as warml y pressed b y hi s friend. who murmured, in a broken vo ice: "Good-by! H e aven protect you, Fr;ank; I feel as though we shall never see each other again ." "Nonsense I" repli e d Frank, with a f

I O BR A VE AND BOLD. was highly favorable, and, having made his start, the yeung scout was not likely to commit any serious mistake. A few paces from the door he was seen to pause. He was looking right and left and in front for hi s ehe111ies. It was at this moment that Owen expected him to whirl about and join him; but, in stead of doing so, he sank on his hands am! knees and began crawling fdrward, hi s rifl e grasped in hi right hand. In Owetl's position, there was no way of keeping count of th e of the minutes, though by going to the smo ld e ring em bers, he could trace the hands of hi s watch, but he was sure that a quarter of a n hom: had pa sec\ by after Frank had disappeared into the darkne ss, whil e everything remained quiet on the outs ide. He began to feel a faint fluttering of hope. Frank certainly had gone mu ch .further from the building than his co u s in b e lieved possible. Could it be that, as he hoped, the Utes were an ticipating noti1ing of the kind, and that the way was open for him? Owen had hardly formed the question, when in the gloom directly in front of him something began to s hap e and fortn. For a minu te or two he was uncertain whether it was reality or fancy, but to his amazement his eye then traced the outlines of a horse and rider standing head on, and nd more than a dozen f eet from the door. Their approach was so stealthy that h e had not detected the slightest n o ise. It was a.S if the darkness h a d given silent birth to the s pecter which stood in front of the dugout. Owen readily traced the head and legs of the po11y, while there was no mistakin g the crown and st ra ggling hair, even though not the' faint est gli mp se could be caught of the ugly features The muzzl e of a rifle projected eight or t en inches above the head of th e Ute, proving that he was holding the weapon in a pecul iar fashion. There was no explaining the meaning of this st range act on the part of the Indi a n hon;.em an. It may have had nb spec:i al m eani ng. Possi bly he was a new arrival, that had ridd e n forward to take a s urvey of the dugout as best he could, without roach was only in accorr' with the practice of his r ace and people. 1 Little was to be gained by spec ulating npon his intentions, but it will be see n tliat no fairer target could b e off'ercd Owen Enshrouded in the blackrn:ss of th e interior o{ the dugout-for the ember s threw n o light upon hi s could readily bring his gun to hi s s h ou ld e r tumble the warrior from his p ony, without incurring th e least ri sk to himself, for nothing would b e easier than to close and fa1:ten the before any of the Utes could avenge the death of their comrade. Twice Owen partly raised his \Vinch este r for the purpose of shooting the savage from t!he back of his beast, but he lowered his weapon agai n without d1Ding so. There was something so heartless and cold-blooded in th e act, he could not quite bring himself t.o the point, though he well knew that th e r e would have been no he s itation o n the part of the Indian had th e s ituations been r eversed. "No," muttere d the youtl'I, "I can't do it, even though I know it might benefit Frank as well as me." Just then th e Indian slipJ).ed from the back of his pony, which r emained moti o nle ss, and walk e d slowly toward the building. His head was lowered and his s h oulde r s thrust forward in that crouching p osture, which i s the favorite o n e with his race at such times, so that he formed a startling figure while silently stealing to wa r d the lad. There were no other Indians i n h i s field o f n h ut h e did not mean that this cine sho u ld enter the dugout witho u t quest i o n A strange, waggish impulse ca m e over Owe n at this m o m ent. With his hbd at the crevice of the pa r tly open door, h e saicl, in a voice just loud enough to be heard by the asto ni sh ed warrior: You may be handsome, old fellow, but you ain't good-looking e nough to come in here!" And then the door wa s c l osed and the h eavy bolt slipped in place before the astounded Ute could r e cover from the amaze ment that caused him to stop short, as though he had caught the whil-r of a rattlesnake at his v ery f'eet. CHAPTER VIII. BIG THUNDER. No doubt th ; Ute warrior \\'as astonished by the voice but, if so, Owen w as equa\ly amazed by what followed. In s tead of ha s tily withdrawing, as the youth expected him to do, he pau sed a moment, as we have said, and then quiet l y step p ed forward, and, raising his hand, struck a sharp su mmons on the door with his knuckles. "What do you want?" was the natural query of the lad. "Me Big Thunder," replied the 'Indian in broken English. "Want to come in-shake' hands wid white brudder." "You can't come in repeated Owen, "I don't wa n t to make your acquaintance. Wait till the ra n chmen come back; t h ey will s hake your hands in a way that you'll never forget" "Big Thunder good Injun; lub white bruddet; come in-eat wicl him. Bib Thunder hungry." "There is plenty of game out there; you needn't go hun gty. Vvhy don't you shoot some antelope?" "All dark-shoot 'em when sun come up." "That won't be long; you can wait till then." "Good many Utes, and more come Break down door den take scalps ob brudders if don t let Big Thllndcr come in." This threat was not without a certain pleasant effect upo n the one to whom it was ad dre sed, for it showed that tile particular Ute who called himself Big Thunder had not yet learned of the departure of Frank Woodward. If the ignorance shou)d con\inue a litt l e longer there was some hope that his cousin might succeed in pa s ing the Indian lines. Owen felt so secure in his position that he can be exc u se d for a little boasting on his pa rt. "Why have the Utes been so long in getting i n our ? They tried the door, but could not get in; they tried t h e wi ndow and Jos t two of thei r warriors; they cannot enter, for we shall shoo t clow n enry one who tries it; we could have sho t Big Thunder when he sat bn hi s pony, bllt we did not want to do so." "Ugh! white brudder much afraid," grunted the warri9r, who mu t have b egu n to see that hi s real intentions were understood "We are not afraid of Big Thunder and all his wa1'rio rs; they collld not catch HS when they chased us over the prairie; they collld not get in the dugout when th e y tried; let B i g Thunder r emai n outside till the white men co me back1 and then they \Vill shoot him and every one of hi s warriors.'' "Mo re Utes come," said th e Indian, repeating what he had al r eady said; "den kill all white m e n,, burn dugout, take s alps ob. two brudders in sidc-dat be bad." "Yes; that will be very b::id if Big Thunder can do it," was tlle sarcast ic comment of the brave lad, who was half tempted to open the door far enough to allow him to shoot the savage. Big Thunder again rapped with his km1ckles1 as thou g h he was sure the lad dare not refuse him, At this point, Owen resorted to an artifice that was m>t with-


BRAVE AND BOLD. II out a certain ingenuity. He moved about with such noise, that he was sure the Indian must notice it. Then he spoke, a if addressing some one insi

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