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SAVING THE TREASURE.
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the pass now came up and there was a
move by the whole body of men to
seize the wagon and draw it out. Not
one of them had even looked into the
tent where the corpse of the paymaster
was supposed to be lj'ing.
"We must kill as many of them as
we can," whispered the widow, as the
men approached. "The revolvers are
between us and the spare cartridges
to your right. Here they come!"
There were twenty-one men in the
gang. They believed the paymaster
dead and the woman helpless. Crack!
crack! crack! went the Winchesters
from under the ambulance, and so
great was the surprise of the gang
that five men lay dead and three oth
ers were wounded before those who
could g-et away rushed up the pass out
of rang-e. For half an hour nothing
was heard from them. Then they
came with a rush and a yell. They
had to expose themselves, but they
also knew where to point their weap
ons. Scarcely a word had passed be
tween the major and the widow. She
had laid aside her rifle for a pair of re
volvers, and he had followed suit. The
rush was furious, the fig-hting- brief.
The g-ang left three dead men behind,
and two renegades hobbled away with
groans and curses. A bullet had
drawn blood from the widow's cheek,
and one had raked the paymaster's
"We must strengthen the breast
work," she said, as she laid down her
weapons. "Yon pile up the rooks and
I will secure the weapons of the dead.
When they come ag^iin they will roll
boulders in front of them for shields."
In half an hour the major had a
strong and close defense covering- the
front and right flank. As a finishing
touch he dragged the dead men against
it. When he heard the noise of mov
ing1 boulders he crept behind the works,
and five minutes later the outlaws
opened fire. Before daylight came he
was wounded in the left shoulder and
in the right hip, and the widow lost a
thumb and was hit in the side. Day
break ended the attack. Nine out
laws lay dead, three were helpless
with wounds, .and the remainder
skulked away into the mountains like
wolves. That was all. There was no
love—no romance —no marriage. The
sergeant's widow had saved the major,
and both together had saved the sol
diers' treasury. Soldiers from Fort
Wingate buried the dead and hunted
down and shot some of those who
skulked away, but in a week or two
the affair had almost been forgotten.
It was simply an incident of the fron
tier, where all are heroes and hero
ines.—New York Recorder.
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