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McGILLICUDDY'S SWORD
By EDGAR BEECHER BRONSON
ODDS against y ur ef
fective fighting force
«f fcmrteea hui dred
to one are, to say th< : - ■::-:.
impressive. To be sure, v.v
Sad one :httndred allies; but
at the outset they were nat
trally— as will a: ••..• ■.■: later
— m mknown quantity.
That I *as present at Red
Cloud's Whit.- < :.:• Agency
at such a time was :; >t be
caaselwashiiatingtr luble,
was simply due ■ • the
*«t that trouble sensed to take a lot of
P«sna in hunting the few plains dwellers of
in that r »n. It iust came to all
JS - ITI «* form ■ -. • her. in the course of

i j W " rk:: - ■ ;'"; '" : "'" ';o*sandearlv*So's.
•*nd it ca:-;- :: • ily and 'rightly enough!
*e«J?e trespasser- the ....... upon the
gZ bdot * d c:i:r - :-': -' and hunting grounds of the
'H» a p — SUTc ' " :i:i " region had been ceded to
■ ■:• the cession had I>een nego
;a!e<l; a!e<l v in^ai:y by : rce of arms, and the Sioux
S?^ i: -— =■•■•■••■•■ ■'- it the more, for at least
„-v-\ percent. the reservation left to them in
i^petuny is in - ... ;>,; ; .,, a 3a3 a( j L an ,i s . whose ex
-.. i ' " * ' • ■ •
'•■-} Ji-.Tji; -: jrc :.. : _ mimate than the rich store of
life that must fore%er remain the
'^. ten; '"' 5 of their i.ald buttes 1,1

t%j v VV ' crt orJ v a : ''-' v (|f .... north of
"*""•" River, all cattle ranchmen, and
-'nearer settlement than <:hevenne. our supply
- !t j Vjf: - : - ■•■ : • ' to the southwest.
Et*rr^ "' V:i ' ' '"' ''" nn ' J c '' um >' organization.
r,'«'i: "'*" vv ' a " ' aa ' v unto himself. In the extreme
£ „?V"" c''"->-rc ''"->-r ' Nebraska, we were nominally
qZ^ ' ' r ••'• '• ' >'• and taxable purposes to the
Fr'-li''^"" ! : ' v " r - lhe < >:iSt - Holt, whose
r :j; s } . [>' y - -'■' - 'Vas nearly three hundred
fiaasi*?^" :: :ni '^y frontier practice, In
'•in- V ' -' !: -'' ?; ' ■ lv «"e b'j industrious that for
- l - rt -"*-' years of our occupation no tax as-
S .° TT tt ° lhtr o:: -' ;':; ' : ever appeared a5 a reminder
7'WCtaacally, Re dwelt vrithin the pale of the law.
S< > - Flourished
N>-CH ao-. v ,,- . .. , ,
tarv 4 - society naturally attracted preda
£ tri«^'^ - an<l '•'■ }:: '"'" ' Thus the'one thingperhaps
btaz'ter i nse ? ure tha P human life was property.
i^Vv ■ k-k -' yr -- Ja^k Wadkins, Lame Johnny,
!w ! 7 n^ oi the highway lurked along the
[jot tj; *"• 1 "^'H stagecoaches and tender-
- l " :;:vi !r " ::i tl» Black Hflls; but
WawrS?^ " : ' }: bull whackers or ranchmen.
SdlSpT 3^ % Jack Handly, fack Stroud.
-i^»'2 y!tr fcV ' ; '' cattle and drovethem to the
I^' " r 1:f --2 horses and ran them into
settlements. Indians— well, when
**> I3p6ii S ? ,* tl^r*? S( : ' h:1; - could always de
rii «'s oV - aas ! " r •«- ambush of our range
?*• alwa*, d Up ° C " ur horie herds - T!iUS lh< -' re
S^ito^^^ doin 8 Vj k^P one's gun from
**!?££ h!m "' lf fr " !^ oversleeping.
111^ » paling w:tn such condi
- setter appreciated when it is explained
Author of " Reminncence* of a Ranchman
ige ran< !. '■:•:■■ eld' >m numbere i
• welve men, and the reader is
... t rand vere rarely nearer, one to
■ Lher, than twenty miles.
Vigilantes Organize
•"pn I. rei lotei : >vi I md the la< '<: oi regu
1 ,• astituted ■ ' r pea
■ ■ v. mil Dakoi • : Xorthwe I
forced the rand i org mize, l>r mul ul!
;. Growers' A
i> : • : ciation did
■. ■ fying 1 luntry : indeed, in so
ro ncerned, the
mad< . ■ . ■ ■ iceful
it I. The methods ol th<
vi .:;;■•■ ■ A : mall bui
: highl i cpetf man hunter ; wa i
■ : the • •■ ■ i
ad ol
. . . . ■ : tittee.
-j . , • ■ ■ f the day it v
• . ■ ■ • ■ ■ : to die ■•. ith his bo ■•

i
■ ■ ■•. . ; ■ ;., ■ gin irge ol the Ln
listrici
di tri • ■
■ hor •■ herd b ,
in i the ■
- . ;-. . • ■ i- ■■:• i' ■■
rd 1
..■ . ; ■
: ■
mosi
: nd battles i

the fre
horse
....
:.' to the man to bring
I
■ ;!■ • h< tn
i ■
J be troo] ■ i illing en >ugh
' >u1 ] ■ ' :p us.
The identitj of the ma
rauders was as hopelessly
losi in •he mass i>t the
tribe as :li ■■ ■ •( I he h >rses
in the mass ■»f *he m mx
herds.
An Intrepid Agent
Oi ». early th it spring I
wenl • ' '. ■ White
( lav Agea . and had a
conference wii h Do I ir
M« Gillicuddy, the United
States Governmem agent for Red I lou I's
Lakotah (Oglala) Sioux
Doctor Mi Gilli< uddy wa » a n an in i milli -n
for his post And yet he only did his duty,
plain and simple; saw that his Indians got
the last pound of pr >\ i • : >ns and supplies and
the lasl rd oi goods the Indian Bureau allowed
and , ..• ■; ... . ,;,. ,;• w -ith them for the grown up
children they in many ways were; humored their
ppo , -i and che ked their ex
cesses; strove his besi I ■ •■-■ thai they had justice;
soughi to cut thi ir w tr trails into sh iri paths of
productive •..•>■• beginning and ending in tilled
fields.
, „: i | t he Indi in Bureau have i omri mded the
. o f a„. , .;.. ,;. h agents through the List
half of the lasi ntui ; ili ■■ !'■ : ■ ■■ ■'■ >uld
never have happened ; for ai least that percentage
had their direel ■ luse in the want and hunger bred
■ ■ : - /,;.. or ■ >rrupl handling of Indi n
Bei ire be< >n ing ag< nt. McGillii uddy had been
iy surgeon He wa i thei ::. ; road
: ■ ■ ■ mof fl ink an i j iw, with a iteady gaz
, .. t he ••■ in enei fin Is no
cheer in. .\;;.\. h ipp ' alike f r him and his
, harge - he o ■ ned a ■ if( , pre ent with him ai his
jjost, .. big oi body, i tout oi i >urage, h »ne ,1 of
nd oi heart a wa !.■ him li ILmI
:. ,-. ■ '■:■ t-ere for their ta '•■
■ \]. Gilli< ud I ■ 'vi i h k the
i v. „;!•;.. pi the easiei
!•,:■ ed, I ( i a stopping
their pred itoi raids on i in< h horse herd i i tvere
, ... : - : . : . He told m< he hid
planned th< i Lion ol nd of Indian
poli< c, vvhi h hortl h< i•■ nded 1 etTect, n >t
thstanding the pi I : ' ' ■'•■ ; '
!■ ,-.. all the .. live leadi i >i the tribe,
force to pal •'• ' ' : '■'■-
lei rh he h ■;•■ ito
..;....■ . ■ ■ irn out
... ■ . the
■ ■ . .. i. md ■ hen
I igen y one
• ,:. : !• .::•..■ md he
. ■]. „!! thai we could h >pc or i
,',i Mi. impli ihed
A few •! . later one of m; '■■ I men, < h irlie
« ■. ,i.].. „-,.; tatiun ai th< agei ii ii •• •
; ■„, , ! before the ag( ni v & ded in org in
' ■
LJltimateh Mi < rillii •1 i >ho ie a y< >ung ••■ uri »r
named and told him it he would organize

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