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Thay haitoa aahstlth'. retaraioj hloaa : Tba ro'rfl of thai aya a are Aa triaaaph, gaiaad oVr tba tomb I Thaa biiad by honr, thrr aear-W arrxirad Tba faca al aanraa. af aVcar ; Nor, tha Ma of tbait haana beliaraa " Of dkath, tha aaaaaaJ tha arilliaf fnj I Alaat thatataarbTaVa paa I ehaatalerjb aaa tiaia rail A crirVar, bat ia aanaaarr laat, Erj it fornrr f4a. wj ! - (.Fnm Ptrtrr'i Spirit of tUi Ttuirt.) ! THi: BANDIT AND THE ..BORDERER. BY LARIAT. (ComdoieJ.) CHAPTER III. .1 Thr years hd pa."BeJ iirny since Ben left hit bom?, and for balr thi penoa be n.a not eca old Ramrod'i face; for once, one night, on u wh-timbrred creek, the Paarnees h id snrpri V mA them at their C.Vmtv. an'l $4Utt i wtut axns 1 aim troru. xuhu aw piitirpci niw i iv nkkvii each tiking different course; sal since that - tim neither beliered the ether alire. One erenina;, near the cloe of Oct er, the - lt nrt of the setting r-uu hone obliquely np- -LWhe camp of a. wnall brij of trsppers, who hod pat up for the ni?bt new tha PiJoar, or : south fiirit of the Platte -riTer, and but a few " Biles froaj-tlte rejmlariy UMvelled em'prant - roote to Oregon. The party was eomnoel of t - V .It ;H il Mtit Stl Bteo, oi Tanow .imiv w j prairie costume buck-fliiu eoats and lsin!, j - rnamentcil with leathern fringes down the aeans, marcasina of Ind-on make, and shoulder- - bc)fc, suitainina; their powder-horn and bullet- powebe. and the mrioas Itratntmenta eaaential ' to the complete ontfit of the tripprr. A glance would bare sufficed to show that they were al' " aTTMrPTMV4l hunters. A small fire burned in the centrs ? (e encampment, around whichjire of tse number were basil r en jraged in toarttnx some vfl.ps of Taniaoa and buffalo meat Nut for off, the tra.ppr' hortr were graxing quietly, with their fore-legs eonSned by bobbles of rawhide; while farther out, the guard was slowly pacinp r up and down, or, anon, he sscenoea toe omns . of the river bank; or, beUmes,nauaed and lean oa Ha rlne, as his watchful eye swept the - prrjrie boriton, to see if he could disoorer any ein of hostile Indiana. But he finally eame in; 'sod banns drawn Vis rifle-corer orer the bar rel' seated himself beside his companions, and -with ibe PMJ rook of tte oW'S - now done to a turn, and emitting a deM- ' Woui taror, w'uich would hare readily pro-oked sn appetite in -ens by no eaw hungry. Croas Wjed and low bent, they plied their knires in dastriously.fof he7hd pidden hlrd fcdy : !Bcuertofgame5"ebufriUoD,1lIthem!a1 ers.aiaa's had gone farther south for the winter. - But ere th?y hyheir meal half finished, the air lid cJ"'Jed ptrpfP'yi and as the twilight (jined, fleecy rapor spread across the iVy. . i'y sbaUiag cut the few strapgling stars th. kwalded the coming night; while far away to ., a dense, biack cloud aeemedrap- ii , jji-r- fcbtjTB ta honttsn, mom ominous 01 " Thir iU bo troub'e to-niht hoys,M atid on of the youngoat of ths prty, " for rain's a-com-in'; and these diggiu's hainH nane of the hand somest." . " WHt they 'aint." replied one with enrnha sis, at the same time jerk:n a well-picked bone towards a eauple of bilf-ftmWbrd wolves, that sat whining and howling near the camp. " Buf fior ain't naming now, ami a .r tarred Hpalw wouldn't be no-ways b-ick'-jilabout makin' a nife of our mules and pack, you miy drpenil. Ish-raldn't wonJer if the sne ik'n' devils are bu iwn - Whuoc dad a OS it you si w jester day.Ben?" Tellow Bear's," replied the nwn, who was no other than Ben Morton. " But he was a-put-t:ng Cr Arkansas, and won't come this way, I'm thinking. So thir's i bod ftl'er out of the wit." , . "Thtt's so; though one's bid as another, for the tmst pirt. IIows'e-er Injuns be darned. Clir awty these xin, an I let's hive another log on the fire, for this child's going to smoke. Any " The speaker paue.l sa 1 len'y, anl wirh he:id srrrti-d, stored eagerly int- the gloom, wiii his finder raited upon his ride-trigger, ready to pull it at a m .m -nt'a warning. The other, al so, listened brentli eo-iy, as faint gounJ to wiuJ-J waru praica 01 imse wnnre ricmige m.ghtnot be a!togctberaTc!c-m2. Precntlr, the dim out line of a aing'e fi,-ur was set-n m ving slowly towards tho camp; and as he came nearer, it was plain enough tint be was a white man. But he wis a-foot and alone, and carried his rifle wearily, and paused not on his way until he had come within the li;ht of the blazing fire. The man was about fifty yrars old, dressed in the usual style; but his c'othes were all torn, and bedaubed with dirt, and hiclung gray hair droop ed from below the rim of au old black felt hat, once too big, but now made to fit the head bt means of a stick with which it was looped uo behind. His swarthy eherks were hollow, and his cadaverous jaws spoke of h ird " doings " aqd long fasts, as If a cut of tcndcr-loin would hardly come amiss Without pausing to ques tion the intruder, the party tendcrel him the nercr-fulmg inritttinn to "Kit snd et," which he did at once, falling to with an avidity re allv pleasing to see. Piece aftrr piece of the savory meat he stowed sway in his etpacious cheeks, nor paused till he had finished the last morsel before him. Then leisnrely wijvng his kuife, he returned it to its place in his belt. None knew the old nan: and none seemed dlspad-toTr:ilLrthe si nee whKc he ate.' But now be rnme J b's ficc Mil toa-txnls the fire, and Ben Morton uttered a sudden cry of surprise and delight, as its light fully revealed his fea tures. It was old Ramrod! Springing to his side he grsped his hand. Why, Ramrod, old boss, cm this be you! I thought you was ur-der long ago!" "What Ben?' exclaimed the old man. f Well, if here ain't him as was rubbed out on Pawnee Fork two years ago, I wouldn't say so! Bow do you come on 1", " " Slick, old boss. But how afoot now, and whar from? What brings ye into camp this time o day as famished as a white wolf, without kv or kiver? and what's th sipn on the perair.il" " B td enough, and fresh, too; and all the Way down the river at that," replied Ramrod. The red devils been awful bad hrrrabouta, and more an one poor feller's hid his bar raised since this cay week. It's more besides wulves as 'nil be howlin' round this c.m? to-night, if I'm snv judge of Indian sign." . "That jut our mind, stranger," responded one of Ben's comrades. " But hadn't yon bet ter let me get th it arrow out of your shoulder, for it ain't pretty, no-how! That looks like fighting some, I guess j" and he proceeded to extract the weapon, which was found on'y to have penetrated tltronh the coat, slightly scratching the skin. Whar did you get this here?" ' " WaghT grow'ed old Ramrod with a savae grin. " The varmint as filing. tli it skewer, left his ticket for his p iins'nn 1 hc.c'appcd h'shind upon his bc't, where hung a, Vood-stnined Indi an scalp. " We had s hard time of it that nipht, though. Me and Bib Sn'vplv was ahead for meat in the morning, and hid jest sighted a cou'Je of black -tails when all of a u ldrn they take heels sway, and at the same time up hap twenty red-skins above the hlufl-aud when thi'y sees us they omes tearing away arterour h ir like nvul. But abra they-seed two good rides pointed at their gins mis, ready to give 'em death and destruction, they stopped th it game, and tried to circumvent us bv Kiak'n a surr.rand. But Ben puts a bill into th3 nii:h-t of 'em, and drops him slick, I tell you. When the Injins knew one of our guns was empty, they began to close in, and fling their arrows smart. ' At the same time one comes rushing at Bob with his lance.' 'Give the nigger h--!' cries Bob to me, at the same time a-ramm'ng down the ball". So I unsold Ginger, and Uts him have it plump in toe eye; and Bob, he gets his ball down at last. and biases away, and nude another come right handsome. But what could we Ho now, for both our guns was empty, and ths Injins were just ready to take our seal tat However, as good luck would hare it, up come the rest of our par ty just then, and charging rifht into the thick of the Injins, took 'tm right and left, and them what warn 't laid on the ground, took heels away, shorter. 'But me snd Bob was full of arrows as aporkvpine. ' . "Well we had another turn that night, and the lujins mad? a raise tit time; for what could we do agin "fvo hundred ot the devilsT " Five of us went oder, and the lujins took the whole cavayard. That was three days agone, and this child has carried empty paunch ever since; So thar s what fotched me here, and no mistake. : Halloo! if itdon't rain I'm dogged! .What's to keep Injins from being -shout such a night as. this, I should like o know T" . . . While the oW Uapper had been narrating his adren tares, the wind had risea conaiderablr.and the first big drops of the coming stona had at traeted hii notice, as they pattered oa Uu! packs, or fell hissing Into tb fire. - . , ' WHITE CLOUD, " Let's have another stick on," he said, "apd the boys can bring in the bosses. It's no s ruun'ng rl-kj bing out too late o'n'ght3; for, as I say, th tr's brown skin knocking around, and thir miy be somj hair-swapping afjre mor ning." Accordingly, the animals were brought near er the cam?, and securely picketed..' Freh lu el was added to the fire, which now began to blaze brightly, notwithstanding the rain. Then each man spread his buffalo-robe and Van!.ct on the bare ground yo wh:eH4bey added a Navajo or fire-poiot Mtckinaw, as an out ide covering, to keep out the rain from the beds. Having conn'rted th"ir pria irations for ths night, sn J sovn their rifles and powd;r securely protected by lein? placed between the b'ankets,each mm lit his black-stemmed pine, anl sHtingwith their feet ta the fire, prepare I to b-gulle the tedious hours with a am ke sn 1 m irvcllom y irus, until tired nature should compel them to seek repose in s'eep. The hnurs dragged slowly, and nothing had occurred to disturb the cheerles camt. Only the rain fell mare eapliusly, and t"e chid;ng of the wo'vrs was hurl but at interViSs, when the wind ptns.d to gather its strength f r fresh blasts. The. animals cescd to fa-aie, and hnnricd their b xc'a ta the fjree of the stavn. Tic tibicsiin t'.xt p:pot grew low, anl the bla rSnz earm fire was reduced to glowing embers. O'd Rammd stirred np the adics with his foot, and "laneed uneasllv around. Wha's fust Tuard to-night V he asked. J e Travis." to Well, put one more with him, and let the boys lock well to the eavayanj. for thar will ire powder bnmed afore morning." Old Ramrod's injunction was readily obeyed. for all seemed instinctively to acknowledge him as a leader, thoturh there were those in the pnrtv as old as he. Then all crawled in btweon their bl.ankc.ts, and composed themselves for the night; and with the in'nnction to"kee their eyes skinned fir red-skim," the guard com:nonced their duties. Txo hours dragged, heavily by," and midn'ght came ; but it broitirbt ni nb'tem"nt or tie storm. Itwis 5h time fir the p-uirl to he relieved. Old Ramrod rested un?as'iy. Hi sleep came by snafches, and he tos.se.1 upon his hard bed, occasionally raising his head and peering into the tnick gloom, or casting his eye anxiously town's the animals vhich were picke'ed near by. Tcrhaps it wn the ex'raor dinary toil he had endergone the pat f.-w d its. that raade hf-jt restless. Once ho started rp suddenly from lii sbaxed bed, when one o" the mules snorted, and cocking his ride, walked out from camp, and cautiously reconnoitred the premises; but he saw mthing. The cmar l were on the alert, and all seem -1 quiet. Concluding that his drowsiness had aided lii imigiaat'on, he retnrn?!, and once mare com;Sei lilmscif to rest, cxpressng his vexation at being thus dis'urbed by a sullen growl: ' Dim sich doins', say I! Ugh! Injins about, be thcyT Well, sreitas they mr; but they can't come it over (hit child they can't come it over tkit child. Ugh!- Then he closed his eyes for a m1m"nt, but presentlv turned npon his other side, and glan ced toward his pack-mule. Urdi old grizzW-head! gotycr top-eye open, have yet Tint's right keep it so or iniy-be you'll gr t roped afore day-light.' The animal seemed to comprehend the lan guage of its mi:ter. and cocked its cars; snd Ramrod preseiit'y fell into a quiet doze. The first guard had come in, and the second was pre-' pared to go out, when the animals gave i. sud den snort. Then came a startling sound, like the swift rush of many feet trampling over the turf; the horses gave a loud, quick snort, threw Hp their heads, and dashin;; wildly to the full length of their rop.-s, stood trembling and fa ring into the thick glum. . In an instant, every man Had sprung from his bed; and grasping their ready rifles, they fljug themselves flat on t'.ic ground beyoul the light of the Sre, rcidy to re ceive the second attempt of the Indians upon their animals, which they had very good reason to expect. But they wailed iu vaiu. It wa ev ident that the Indian, having onee f tiled of suc cess, bad no c mriga t: renew the atuie!;, or wise they p'.anncd torn: different m inoevrc. Ti:e latter wis m t prob iblc. D im the sneak in' red devils! said Ramrod, at length, as he r se from the ear.h, and sliook himself, ' If them ain't the meanest kind of IiJ ns, I wouldn't say so. We might as well up stakes at once, for it won't do ta st jp hrre, no how. Tliis child hain't no notion of having his top-knot swingiug from the end of a Rapahu's wiping stick so let's out. , Accordingly, the lariats of the animals were specdi'y loosened, and the party then qui et!y. re moved to a spot some fifty rods dutaut; for to remain longer before their bright fire, was but to expose themselves as targets for Indian sharp shooters, to whom the darkness was cover suffi cient to protect them from the aim of the whites, who could not see beyond the little cire'e of right around them. H tving again picketed their animals, they seated themselves upon the ground, drew tiicir blankets around them to protect their limbs from the cold and rain, lighted their pipes, and waited patiently for the dawn. That came at last. The Indians m dcstel th m no more that night, aq . as soon as the first grey straak appeared ia the east, they mounted horses, and took the route which would soonest carry them out of thtt part of the country; for, as Indians were plenty, and game was scare, the induce ments to remain were not great. ' - After two hours ride, and while they were .proceeding leisurely at an ambling gate, they descried a small band of the Indians in the dis tance; and en coming nearer, the Indians began making signals of peaceable intentions. The Indians being but six," their overtures were rea dily accepted, and they were allowed ta come up. They proved to be a hunting-party of Ogal lalaa Sioux- After receiving some tobacco, the volunteered the information that a large parry of! Arappahoes were out on the Platte trail to in tercept safh trains as should not be Joo strong ' for them, and advised tho trappers not to pass' KANSAS, (THUiiSDAYr that way. Fer-tliis they received some addi tional trifles f on ths prairie," (free gift.) and went on their way. Heading now for the Platte, the trappers soon struct, the wagon-trail along the river. U.-re fresa wheel-tracks .attracted their attention, which were pronounced but an hour or two old. From the sign, it was plain there were bt:t two wagons; but there were a nnmber of on'sidehirse-tracks, which iudicatcd cither a party of horstmen, or a cavalcade of loose aniro-... jTiit.if".'p-fi'ljwei'on witb-l out mendias tcir ue,liTlafteran hour's ride, it was evident the wngon train was now not far in advance; for even at th:s moderate gate, they wou'd soon overtake the slow, lumbering vehi cles. Soon after, they eame to a turn in the river, and iust beyond, they perceived that the whect-tracks became scarcely diseemable thro' numerous honf-nrints, as if a large party of horsemen had followed immediately In their rear. After a litt'e, the whi-el-traeks again be came dlstV.'rt. Tiien dee- irregnlir ruts were sen, as if the hirsei hl shied suddenly, and signs of a senfae wen vis'b'c. All thse need ed no interpretation, an? the trappers mended their pnee. . i II , b ys! Jet's he'p them chaps ont of this s?rapc, if it ain't too lit", a'reade, said Ram rod, as he tightened his reins, an 1 drove his spurs into his horse's dinks. The others in stantly quickened the speed of their animals. ' It goes against my fra'n,' he said, ' to see white fo'k made wolf-meat of by a set of darned red skins. And why should they, when thar's those at hand-that can help 'em? f That's my talk, exactly,' said Ben Morton. It's plain enough, the odds ain't equal, and the Injuns have got tho best of 'errf. Ha! what's this? he said, quickly, as he spied some object in the road, a little distance a-hoad. It was a woman's bonnet 'Ho! put out, boys! put out!' he cried sharply. VThar's women in tie scrape; and who knows, but t,lut they've a!-eady lost their hair! Put out,J say! We'll see more when we turn that tiinhcr, as sure as shooting!' Instantly, every swift steed was flying over the turr at the top of Iris speed, urgd by whip aid spur, their long tails streaming in the wind; and soon a loud sh rat rtr- from every tongue, as th wa;;ons lwvc in fill view. But the trap pers paused not, but plunged- the'r spurs still deeper; for they s iw not a moment was to be lost, if they would cTd those whom they sought to rrscn. The wigons were still a good half mile in advance; Jut they eou'd see distinctly the desperate striit thev vcre in. The whites had wine tio7?li i'Imso inimils wiji t!icte;t an l these they wore attempting to defend from the attacks of a l.in party of I i. linns, who had so'ror.uded them, and were now galloping around oa every tide, whooping and yelling, shaking thcfcbufTilo robes, and trying in every concei valjAwsy to stampede them, or lasso them from thil.uVrd. But theVnites did their duty well. Tlrev ftad halted tfte-w.a?on. and nlaced them t right angles to each other; and. having driv en the animals into this partial enclosure, they had drawn themselves up in line outside, and kept bristling front of ride-barrels always to wards their assailan's, on the sid most exiOscd. But the Indians we're too numerons by far, and had now divided th.'r force, and, by a pre eon certed plan, made a simultaneous attack, both in front and rear. The whites repelled them as best they could, receiving their charge with a volley of ri3e-sho.r every ball bringing its man to the earrh. Bur thrir rifles only cracked once, andthoyliad not time' to re-load. Their only remaining resource wis thejr p'stols and their knives; and, with the fury of desperation, they now sprang to the hswl-to-hand encounter. J AH tit's happened while the trappers were fly in? to their assistance; and, so enjaged were both parties, that neither, noticed their approach. , Now, for the first ' me, the trappers perceived that a number of white men were evidently ai ding the Indians. Them were three of them in all, and these were foremost in the fight. But now, leaving the Indians to their own bloody work, they sprani to the wagens, and dragged out the womn, who had been placed therein for !ctror security. In va;n the women resisted; and their friends could not help them, for they had more thin they cu'd do so defend theaa selves from the Ia lian', find two of their num ber had already fallen. Ar-Mm 1 these, a half dozen savajres were veiling-like Sen Is, aud G jlit int for their sea'ps; while near at hand, a stal wart tesmster-was engaged in an unequal con test with two naked warriors, wha fought with the fury of wild IxVfr; little farther on, a tall o'd man, with. a. huge bowie-knife was vainly endeavoring to defend himself against a dozen that stirrotindad him. These had already forced him upon his knees, an I one now twisted his fingers into his long grcyjiair, and drew his knifo aronnd the scalp, to separate it from the sknll. But he suddenly passed from his work, as a yell most fierce and load sounded upon his ear; and the maddened trappers, with showers of imprecations, bonnded into the thickest or the fight, prostrat'ng snore than one Indian war rltir in their headlong charge. ' Qiit that! you cussed f evil!' cried old Ram rod, as he rushed upon him, and drove the muz zle of his rifle full into his breast, firing as be did so.- Then, drawing his pistols, he fired right and left, dropping an Indian at each shot, snd continued the aotest with his trusty knife. In like manner, the rest of the trappers did deeds of valor, rushed madly into the unequal contest for even now, their foes were- more thru five to onr and compelling many a red -skin to bite the dost. But Ben Mortoai tuned hi horse's head to a hero on of the renegade whites had dragged on of the women to the earth, and was now struggling to bind her. Castipg away his rifle, for he dared not fire, for fear of woun ding the woman, be laaped from his horse, and, drawing his knife, iomped to the rescue. But the other anticipated him, and springing to his feet, boldly confronted him. Had a ghost from the s.s'rit-world suddenly appeared to read him his final doom, he could not hare been more j amazed and" dumb-founded than he now was, at j tha sight of a face that be had but bo good caaee to renieoaiDer the identical wesaa-ebaps, carroty-hair, and ear-marked ty of BoDy Blink- JUNE 11, 1857. eye! Blencoe was equally amazed. For a mo ment, both stood "riveted to the spot, speechless. Then, the start of wonder gave place to a fero cious scowl, and, wi h tongues laboring for ut terance, they glared at each other like two fien'ls. Ha! I have you jowl Ben fairly shrieked, at length. You shall not escape me this time, by the gods! Take Ant and poising his long kftife.be gave bis whole weight to the force of the blow. But- the quick eye of the expert swordsman detected the thrust, and twisting his lithe body to one side, he received but a slight cut on the arm. - 'Not so fast, my boy! he growled, with a horrid grini It wasn't easy to come that when this child was alive, and it ain't no easier to kill him after he's dead, I guess. At the same time he mid a pass at Morton's rib, which brought the blood in a stream, and again he gave a grin of savage delight- He was in his favsrite ele ment now. and no man was his superior nt that game. But Ben fought with the fury of mad ness and desperation, and though Blencoe wri thed and twisted, feinted and parried, and cut and thrust, he did not, by any meana escape the furious blows of Ben's knife, and blood was a'reaily fl iwing from a doz?n different wounds. He found Ben a touzh match. But both were now lecoming weak from the loss of blood, and Ben the weaker of the two. Blencoe saw his advantage, and followed it up with renewed vig or and telling effect. But just at this crisis, the bound woman, who had just now freed herself of the cord that con fined her limbs, sprang up, and with a wild shriek, 4hrew her body between the combatants, then fell lifeless to the earth. At the same time old Ramrod eame bounding to the spot. Seizing the bully by the collar of his eoat, he jerked him backwards, with an oath. Now, yon darned thicvin varmint,' he cried, take what I owe yer! and raised his, knife to plunge it into his breast, but Bert stayed the blow. ' N it now, Ramrod, not now, he replied. Killing is too good for him. Here, boys! the rope give us the rope quick! he cried to two men who now came up. 'Tie him up, slick, and then fetch me a drink, for I feel faintish-like.' The bully struggled, fought, raved and swore; but to no purpose. He was soon firm'y secured, and left to his reflections. The fight was now fairly over, and Ben, though weak and exhaust ed, immediately turned his attention to the wo man who had saved his lifu, and who seemed to have Mtcn tii a shook oVhi'e be raised her up, some one dashed eoM wateainto her fieer snJ opening her eyes, she turned them full upon him. And Ben, for the first time, had a fair look nt her features. No wonder he startcd-then; for he beheld in that upturned face the rosy lips and beaming eyes, and waving, auburn hair, of his long-loved, long-lost Bella May! Scarce be lieving his senses, he held hei from him for an instant and gazed intently upon her. Ben, don't you know meF sht asked:, half-reprovingly,- while the tear-drops irembled on her lashes. He needed no more convincing.' The next moment she was sobbing on his bosom. ' Thank liod you wer not killed by that dreadful man,' she said. Are you badly hurtf No, Bell; only a few scratches. And I am thankful that you got safely out of his clutch es. But how came you here, I should like to know? A low, spiteful growl, near by, startled them at that moment; and turning, they beheld the rye of the bully tuned full upon them, and gla ring with intensest hate an ba.U 'd rage. ' III fix you yet,' he muttered, with a choked voice, attempting to rise. That's right, hoss, answered Ben taunting ly. But you'd better be quick, for you ain't got long to do it in. Then turning CoJJell, who drew instinctively away- nor er mind him. He'll never do any more mischief. No,, thai he won't my purty gal, you may de rafr now chimed in old Ramrod, who had been fidgeting impatiently for some time, anxious to speak to her, but unwilling ta interrupt har first meeting with her lover. If that 'ere varmint ever gets finger on you again while old Ramrod's sbout, you may scalp my old head that's all. Now give us your hand. The girl regarded him with much surprise. ' What, uncle, are you here, toof she said, ad vancing to meet him. How glad I am to see you all. How strange it is, too, that we should al meet together in such a place you. and Ben, and fa She paused abruptly, and her (ace grew suddenly pale, her breath came quick ly, and she looked eagerly about heron all sides. 'My father! where is hef she cried. Is he dead? Oh! bow could I forget him so long!' She wrung her hands for grief. ' That's a fact,' said Ramrod, slapping his hand upon his hip, as if recollecting himself, and then strode off hastily towards the scene of the late conflict. 'What', is the eld man here too? exclaimed Ben. I never thought of that thongh I might have, anyhow And he, too, turned to follow after the other. - . ' : 'r - The battle-field presented singular aspect, indicative of a hard-fought contest and a dearly-bought victory. Twenty-three of the Indi ans lay dead or mortally wounded many of them having fallen at the first fire of the team sters. One of their renegade white allies also lay stretched upoa the grass, with a pistol -ball ia his forehead, and a deep cut on the neck, Of the teamsters.' party, seven were killed, and all more or leas hurt. Tbeir horses, with the ex ec p tic a of those hitched to the wagons, had been let loose upon the prairie, and were afterwards picked up bv the retreating Indian. The wo men, all but two of whom were half-breed squaws wives of the teamsters had escaped injury, the object of the assailants being to take them prisoners. These two were the wife and daugh ter of fanner Mar. To take care of the woun ded was now tha tripper's first attention. Stri ding hastily ever the ground. Ramrod sought out the body of tanner Mir, his brother. The qjdnvan etiU braathed, laboring hardly nnder ! U wsiirht of a Wo dead larsge that ly acro his brat, awl prevented him risbg, weak and exhausted as he was from loss of blood, lla was pierced wit'a arrows and knife-wounds, and clots of b'ood stained bis forehead, where the Indian's sealping-knife had but half finished its work. Hastily removing the corpse cf the Indian, Cam rod raised the fanner's head into his lap, and carefully wiped tho blood from his forehead. The old man opened his eyes, and a smile of recognition played upon his lips, as he essayed - 4 t -- ,.vt ' my ori.Ter, ite wprtc is uuor. i ou was a minut too laic Take rare of the girl ? for my sake. It is all Biencoe's work. He spoko with great difficulty, and Ramrod saw that the sands of his life had well nigh run out. He would hare called the daughter, but she wss already by his side she and Ben. They were just in time to receive the old man's bles sing, and then he dies. The bodies of the whites were all decently interred on the river bank, and their grave mark ed with a pile of stones. When these simple ceremonies were completed, the horses were hitched up, and the party, silently and in sad ness, continued their way over the prairie, leav ing the dead bodi3 of the Indians to be de voured by the wolves, which ever follow on the trail of the hunter or emigrant. ' Havinj ac complished a mile, they halted the wagons and prepared for luncheon; for all were greatly in need of refreshment, after the toil and excite ment of the moming. But Ben and Ramrod had another duty to perform a duty which they owed to the dead and living those who had fallen by the assassin's hand, and those who had escaped his vengeance; and an exultant. twinkle of fiendish delight was visible in their eyes, as they set to work to make preparations for carry ing out their plans. First they lifted the bound body of Bully Blink-eye down from the wagon wherein he had been placed, and laid him carefully on the grass. They next selected the strongest raw-hide lariat they had, and a pickt-pin, and laid them beside him. Then, when all was ready for the start, they retained their own horses,' and bade the rest of the party go on, without them, which they did, all but two or three of their comrades, who insisted upn remaining behind. Ad the wagons rumbled slowly away, Bell looked unea sily behind her; but Ben hastened to tell bernot to feel anxious, as he would overtake thean be fore they had gone a half mile farther It was now about four o'clock, and Ijie Oeto tobcr sun was rapidly lengthening the shadows on the prairie. The ,t.awriy stragglers, wliich here and thoro, jlte l the plain, would soarnjh er in the lonely night witn, a furt irrpwe chorns. andthe wajsailtrs of the midnight hffir revel in barbarous satunjalia. Already 'the fleecy clouds that hung above the western hfirizon be gan to grow rubescont, ominous of the coming twilight. This is the usual timo for cimping; for t-.e hunter must m iko his preparations for the night, and theanimils n;ed timo to graze as well as sleep. Old Ramrod bore this well in mind, as he and his companions industriously busied themselves with their helpless victim be fore them. First they turned Biencoe's arms be'uind his back, and wound the raw-hide lariat tightly aroun I his wrists, tying it with many knots, so aa to make it donb'y secure. His clothes were then removed, except his hunting coat, and the cords that confined his lowar limbs were severed, which left him free in all respects. save in the use of his arms. Hivinicomn'cled these preliminaries, the trapper cnbhed h" hands with satisfaction. Ths n, presently, he took the nfekct-pin, and drove it deep into the gronnd, so firmly, that no single man could draw it out, and fastened the lariat securely to its bead. Thar; that'll do, now, I reckon,' he said, and grinned savagely.' Then turning to Blencoe, Come, boss, gel up! It's nigh on to feeding time, and I guess as how we'll picket yer hyar for the night The grass hain't none of the best; but you'll find better pickin' afore momin' may be, that Is, if ' Good heavens! you don't mean leaving m here alone, to oe eirten up by wolves V cried tha terrified villain, now fully comprehending the intentions of his persecutors. Wei l, you'll m ike as good wol f meat as any thing else, I reckon, coolly replied the trapprr, ' though may be the critters 'ud despise sucking the marrer-bones of sich arou. Iu thtt eise. you can bail us in the morning, for our camp ain't fur off not more'n a mile or so. Come, boys, let's put out, for the wagons are nigh out o eye-shot No, no! for God's sake don't leave roe here,' cried the doomed man, as the others turned to depart -Shoot me; knife me; or anything else; only don't leave me here in tvis way, I beg van.' But the trappers paid ao further heed to him. Mounting their horses, they drove rapidly away, despite the shouts and cries of their victim, which grew less and. less distinct as they canler- ed over the priiri, until at length they were lost to hearing altogether. Joining their com rades, they made camp fir the night Supper was prepared by" th women, and in due sevson fully dicusefoy the whole party; after which the passing hoc as were occupied ia listening to, and recounting the event of the past few days; how farmer Miy bad set out from Missouri, In company with others, to find new homes on the confines of the Far West; how Bill Blencoe had pressed his company upia them at the outset, and importuned Beil-Myts be hi wife; how he was refused with seem, and departed with re newed threats of vengeance; and how, at last, when they were already a fortnight out from the settlement, he had come down upon them at the bead of his villainous crew already famous for their high-handed outrages on the plains and attempted to massacre their party, and take pos- ! session of their goods. A3 this waa told, and heard in common. And other things were said, intended only for private ears. Other riet were recalled froip the Almost forgottea pa.il, mutaaj explanations folljweil, dark snrsteries wer solved, forgiveness fresjiy granted, aadj i i . -r t :.r .fT.-.:.,- .i i. : , ' i jr.i. '- "'uui ( ged, a Eca Morton and Bell Miy sot out th aasail hours of th night, ia that oal,wh;te-tiUd Cocea!oge wagoe, whidi chance or t' ' drawn off a little apart f Cad NUMBER 2. V I The upshot of all this was, that oa the next morning, when the teamsters had the horses all hitched up, ready to put out, they took the back trait for the settlements, at the -iveo word from Ben; and their hearts grew light and joyous, do-' spite their lute b -reavements, as the wagon rumbled rapidly over tfi prairie on they way home. The two lovers rode aide by side, happy, at this unexpected turn of fortune' wheel and together they have travelled" v since. Old Ramrod, t jo, j;ladly acsompanie.? thorn, for h had not put fot Within the States for three long years. The fate of Bill Biencoe the bullv, th duel list, and the bandit remains yet und escribed. Oil! how rapilly, to him, did tint declining sun drop down the western, sky! The softly tinted clouds grew gorgeous, and bland with molten fire, anl flired upon him with a painful effulgence. B.-ihter they grew bright to their' full intensity; aji I then their glory gradually fa ded into a be ivy, sombre rei, which spanned' the whole horizon, while in tho centre hanj th ' sun, like a molten bill of fire; and he gai.d at it steadily, with wild, stvrinj eyes, as it hung there, suspended for a mjmebt before its laps from sight summoned his executiorers to their 1 work. Then, whe'.i Its last faint ray hid vanish ed, anl twilight eirno ruihinj frjm the east, spreading its gosumr veil ovrr ths plain, h shuddered, and a chill crept through his veins, as he heard the dismil howl of a distant wolf. Then another took up tire mournful cadence front a point still more remote; and as the twilight deepened, the signal call was answered from ma ny throats at intervals some near, and some far. Often before, Jie had heard those voices is the silent watches of the night, and heeded then not; but now he trembled. If he could not free himself, he knew that death was eertain, and his guilty soul recoiled at the dread issue. Once more he tried with all his might to part the rope that held him. He placed his feet upon it, an 1 pulled w:th ill his strength, bat the strong raw-hide would not yield a particle. It only cut still deeper into his bleeding wrists. Then turn in;, he wound the rope around his body, until he had wound himself up close to the picket-pin and strove to draw it. out of tho ground; but it remained firm as ever. Now, frintio with fear and rage, he dashed to its full length with all his force; but he tried iu rain. . He stamped, and ' rayed, and swore, and tugg.-d violcnt'y at the cruel rope; he chewed It with savage despera tion, and dashed lilmse'f upon the ground, until his body recki-d ith perspiration. But no relief eame on! tt,e wolves! Haeouid see the d H;;hi of Ben's far off eamp-Iireand tiiis auly aggravated his woes. Tho wolves had scented him now, and were holding hideous revels at no sreat distance. Tha-howled and whined, and their feet patted on ths turf, as they trotted stealthily around him, running hither and thith er, and afraid to approach one whom they had been taught to fear. But their frightened victim stood rigid as a statue, and only gnashed hi teeth, as his eyes rapidly followed them la all their twisting and turnings. . The creatures seemed puzz'ed. The advintnre was new to them. But they only howled the louder -and each y ill brought fresh secessions to t'icirranks. Presently, a little coyote, bolder than th rest, r brusTied past him, sbnfling as it went, and th bully started at the contact of a creature b would yesterday hire scornsd to waste a bullet on. Then another came, ftn l another. The x magic circle that hail seemed to keep his person sacred until now, grew rapidly less; and among the hundred duky shadows near him, he could distinguish th larger f.irmi of the dreaded grey wolf. A half dozen of these now moved out from the rest, and approached him stealthily oa all sides, and be knew that his doom was sealed. His heart leaped to his throat, his jaws grew dry. and lurid flira-s fiishel through his eyas. And now they made a dash at him, simultane ously. With a single yell of mortal agony, ha sprang to tne full length of the rope, it if h would leap them all at a single bourn! ; it 'V fore it was fairly taut the bad fasten 4 theirr-a fangs upon him, and tasted hlj blood, Bv'fjref the sound of his last death-yell hid fiiriy CM V away upon the air, the whole pack were snarling and .-napping and fighting over his bonoa! Wbcu B. u and Ramrod pasted that way th neitmorain?, the picket-pin and a well-gnawed skull were all tba traces that rem lined of C last night's trag"dy. A HcaDsro Yauas Ano- Soai'iboJv has, ua- striking facts in th history of oar c junlry aud of the world. " ' 'S A him Ired years ago, a S : YZerman mon arch reined over the Uni!u lies then col- . onict of Great Britain and on the whole earth, with the exception of Switzerland,. .&,! wj not a single republic of any pretensions' A. hua- dred years ago the French lag Sooted over Que bec, Pittsburgh'and New Orleans. A hur.urd years ago the old French mvjnarehy existed tb baatile reared its accursed towers, and Louis th XVth dallied with infamous wantons, squander ed his subjects money, and blasphemed 1 n hifrf own person th natae of man. Fifty years ag-" ' railroads, loconrofives, and magnetic teler" -were practically unknown. Fifty years ?T uj were scarcely five millions of peop! a. tr. re Unl - . ted States, and O'aio was almost -ca. h a w:l- .' derrtess as Oregon is now. Ti':f years ; ;4 Washington had just died, Jeff i jo wis iti". Ut ing, and Clay, Webster and Ceac wra niaoe ' as yet unknown to fame. "si. . ' The wond would be jnore -gave up more to an intercourse . But money engrosses all our d scare enjoy a social hour,te;.S -' unjustly stolen from th m tin r ??T If pe'5'-' 'aVSc-aiJi'? tt.3; ill t w . w H'.;:'t 1 of H'X " A good newspaper is lifcs s jtnaitils and am- :A hearted rV'ea J. wh jse appev i' cc oj.c t bo'.a ztadiiens tie mini Je .ta tie K-.i-i of ' pleasant and proEtiU Yi .'.Jr. A jla'ian prove.-o cP -i"- aja-'j Take the wTowinc as . ... V 4.. i i, - - 3? u v a i 5 y fiantw vrsz tydiiia- yJJ '-'"'tti rant eeoDcay. - I I; - 51 . Ja