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TOPEHA STATE JOTJIETAI SATURDAY EVENING. MAT 24, 1902.
13 0 t "The Blazed Trail," a Story of the American Pioneer. Kate Stephens' Interesting Re Tiew of the Story. EPIC OF THE WOODS. Characters Learn Their Lessons From Nature. Gossip Which Will Interest Eook Lovers. Th Blazed Trail," . by Stewart Edward Whik, author of "The W.-sit-rru-ra. Mc Ciurt, Phillip Co., lw-', pp. -i- In all history thwe is no stronger or more picturesque figure than the Amer ican pioneer. Literature has been por traying hhn ever since Captain John Smith told what he and -his ccnrades eaw and did, anUeditors have been saving- every s-rap that would help to a comulet-r portrait shire Hakluyt pub lished his '.Divers Voyages." We have not vet his great picture. We never shall" have it until the great epic or i cat dm ma is written u hich shall Juive him tor its f uotuKonisi. Periiaps th-- s'-ene of the poem will he early New KuslaiKl, perhaps Ihe fertile region ot the Ohio or Mississippi, perhaps the great northwest, or the gold coast of California. The geography of it makes little dilY'-rence. The soul of the man is everywhere, and has been everywhere throughout our country, or where the national Hag hies. Along; side of Mm i a woman who has fought the same battle bv his "side. The po-t that pro-ciu-es this representative work will, I believe, be born m the folk land that is about the middle of the United States. The time is not yet ripe for him oi lier, for it mav be a woman. "We who are now here are the literary pioneers and forerunners of that great expres sion uniting our strength toward the best that is written in order to hasten th more g-iorious coming- day. 'The 'lazed Trail" is a contribution to the literature of the pioneer. It is an epic of the north woods, of lumber men and lu n her cutting. In consider ing the good points of the book it is. Uiiiieult to chose which to speak of lirst, the able and loving description of he forest natuie with which the author its plainly enchanted, or the clever analysis of men and their motivesthe psychical states and changes of two or trues of the chief characters. There is some association, some un dertone in every book tha t is a real book. With this the under suggestive spirit is the forest the balsam of the pines; the oxygen of the air over the broad lakes of northern Michigan, where the story is or was, enacted; the gleam ing of tree trunks; the glancing of birds under branches; the melody of dancing leaves. The unspeakably vast woods and their strangeness, the spell they cast over the indweller, their mystery which he endeavors to probe, are before you. You blaze your trail through the thicket, and breathe the adventure of the untouched forest. In or underneath tiie branches you tind a multitude ot Phy things hermit thrush and white throat, deer, beaver and musks-ox, to begin the list. The author is a close observer, and seeks to get into the very secret of natural things. Of one mat ter he speaks, for instance, which we have noted in West and L-2ast; "Clear forty acres at random in the very eentei cf a pine forest, without a tract of poplar within a hundred miles; the next season will bring up the fresh shoots." The book's heroes are pioneers, and they learn their lessons from the slow and constructive nature which is about them. There is In them none of the fad enthusiasms of the mere sportsman, who often is a mere destroyer, the city bred or city dwelling man. who has so much of the pioneering of his ancestor stirring in his blood that he must per forve go out and kill something, al though food for which his ancestors killed is plenty; and he must rough It a wek, or a month, because forsooth his forefathers wrenched their living from roughing it for lit'-. The full flavor ot the primary struggle with nature1 i. e., to wrest a living fiom her store satur ating the man, squaring his shoulders, sharpening his features, stealing adi pose tissue and putting muscle in its place, inducing ha bits of mind and character as marked as the habits o body, a re eculhi rly the pioneers'. Such men and tln-ir work are the gist of the story, and the forest is the back ground cf the scene. A young man. Harvey Thorpe, goes into the lumber camps to make his fortune. His com rades and tools toward the en d for which he strives are lumber-jacks, oth erwise cidled shanty bovs and river men. Tre y form the temporary settle ments which the author brings before you with hotogTHphie fidelity. Thov cut the logs, travoy them, and finally nfu-v the winter's labor, "drive" their cuttings down swollen and iee-cakel rivers to the raft or mill. They are pio neers. They have "the independence, the unabashed eye, the insubordination even, of the man who has drawn his intellectual and moral nourishment at the breast of a wild nature. They are afraid of nothing alive." They are tac iturn and direct, and of a strong and condensed speech and dry humor. Thev have that trait of never showing aston ishment or approval which marks a sell-proud and self-reliant nature. Thev have poise and a cool calculation of the end in the midst of excitement, Under an apparent familiarity with the em ployer they have a real reverence for his unnpnroachabilitv. Somewhere in the 'book is a remark that a drunken lumber-jack is one of the most dangerous animals of the American fauna. That is when he !s burning m three ib.ys the money re his worked six months to earn when he is reacting from a daily fourteen or eighteen hours of heavy labor. His la bor has be-n an excess. In his igno rance his pleasures tru-refore must be in xces. All elemental impulses and pas sions must have play. He has known no law in the iWest.-Pomotinics the lumber he has cut his enmlovers hive stolen frnm the government. He reil Izes no law wh..-n he is once within the rristehonrd. saloon town built to catch his earnings before he "takes the town apart. ' The hero-Thorp-, i3 a noho nature: a man free, executive, just and honest li poids his shanty boy-, who worshin an deal similar to him. in the palm of his hand. His story in some oarts i oid to be a recounting of the adventures of the autnor's father, who was an-early land-iooker and timber-owner in Miehi ga n. Another interesting character and an evidence of the author's close obe--va-tmn or human nature and Ivs able anaiypi ot men's temperament and motives- is Radway. Radwavs ar found more often in real life than th-v are in the books that enoVnvor to por Vm ht'- Thpv are always men o" ca; 8 city, but with such an altruistic sensitiveness that in their dealings wi'h te world they are always looking to JEurther the advantage of those with whom they are dealing. In any contro versy, or collision of opinion, they al ways feel the value of the other's con tention for the time at least. They will face death for the well-being: or ad vantage of otters. In efforts for them selves they are shy, awkward, con strained, naralvzed. It should not be omitted that a love story cheers and warms the book. It rises in the moonlit forest, and later it becomes a tangible and daylight pres ence, the very saving grace of the hero at the end. Hut the real tale is the tale of the lumber men and lumber -jacks and their struggles. The love story suggests the line of conventional life in "David Harum;" only the part here is better done. This book is written seriously with artistic aim and no Hipp-ant eagerness to catch the passing mood of the novel reader. It is not a facllely written book. It shows days and nights of thought and work. There is something of the fibre of hard timber in it. So good a book should be renamed, and the one contradiction in its pages cut out. KATE STEPHENS. THE LITEBARY OUTLOOK. Omar Khayyam's Schoolmate Famous in Contemporary Fiction. BY HERBERT BREWSTER. 1 "The boyhood friend of Omar Khayyam, Hassan-ben-Sabah, seems to be such an interesting character that the novelists of the day are going to perpetuate his name. In "Hit-hard. Yea and Nay," Maurice Hew lett introduced Hassan as the Old Man of Muse. head of the Order cf Hitshashin. a fd Mr. M--;ikin, in a more recent novel. "The Assassins takes up the act ions of this same order and some of the same ctu racters. i lassan-ben-Sabah was the fmnioVr of the Order of Hashish eaters, who t'-rrorizr-d western Asia in the 11th cvn i ury. and. at the time Kins Richard made his crusade, Hassan was feared over all Asia. His followers won Paradise by carrying out his death warrants and when they returned from killing in accordance with his (li'inaiidji, they themselves were put -o death. Hassan's earlier record is to be found in a testament left by Nizam ul Muik. Nizam. Hassan and Omar were schoolboy friends who entered into a compact that to whomsoever bu tane came he should share it ijual!y witli the others. M;my years passed and Nizam became a vizier. Hoth his oJd friends found him out and the vizier kept his word. 1 lassan received a place in the government; Omar, however, would not ace, pt title or office as his share. "The greatest boon you can confer on me." lie sa id, "is to let me live in a corner under Die shadow of your fortune, to spivad wide the adva ntages of science and to pray for your long life and pros perity." The vizier relates that Omar was really sincere in refusing honors; the most he w-.uld accept was a small yearly pen sion. Tims it came amout that Omar lived at Na is ha pur, "busied in winning knowl edge of every kind, especiaii y in astron omy, wherein he attained to a very high prominence. He obtained great proticiency in science and the sultan showered favors upon him." Hassan, however, fell from grace, at tempted to supplant his beenf actor and was accordingly banished. He linaily be came the head of the Tsmalians. who seemed bound together for the purpose of murder. Hassan seized the castle of Aia mut in the mountainous country south of the Caspian sea and here it was that he lived when Richard made his crusade. He was known as the Old Man of the Moun tains and it is still a matter of dispute whether the word "assassin" is derived from hashish or from Hassan's name. A book of unusual timeliness is "An American at Oxford," by John Corbin, for, since the Rhodes bequests of scholarships to 'xford, there has sprung up in this country a, new interest in this English university. Mr. Corbin gives a very good description of the life, ways and peculiar ities of Oxford and expresses the opinion that only graduates of our own universi ties should take advantage of the Rhodes scholarships. It seems that Mr. Rhodes' will was published on the day that the last proofs of Mr. Corbin's book went to the printers, so Mr. Corbin was able to make some additional remarks in which he ex presses his opposition to sending under graduate students to Oxford from thip country for the reason that they would thus lose the opportunity of forming life long friendships among their own country men and would not be able to assimilate our national spirit. Mr. Corbin has given a good picture of student life which is as different from that of the university oi college in this country as one may imag ine. The American who goes there is first confronted with the fact that the univer sity is nothing more than, a vague gen eral unity of several scattered colleges. The "university" is su p posed to examine the men who are trained in the separate colicgt s. The student will be aide to see little of the American style of study: the social side of student life seems to be uf the most importance. The Oxford man goes to chapel first thing in the morning, then he guts to breakfast with some other student. After breakfast he smokes and talks until perhaps, at ten, he has to go to a lecture. lament-on, in the middle of the day. is followed by out of door ex ercises and sports, and at 4 o'clock , the student is back at his room ready for af ternoon tea. Two hours of reading are likely to folio w this refreshment. At 7 the men dine together in the hall, after which some go to their rooms to read, while the most of them play cards and smoke until it is time to go to bed. Ox ford requires b man to reside within its gates a certain length of time before he can graduate, but, ;is to when, how and where he studits it leaves to his own choice. A a matter of fact, most Oxford men do their hardest studying and reading during their vacations. E. W. Townsend's "Chimmie Fadden and Mr. Pa ul " scarce ceased its serial appearance before the book was on sale. As a volume, however, a much better valuation can be placed upon the fur ther adventures of Chimmie. He is the same Chamts. even though live years have passed since his former appear ance. ami he has the same dialect which is easy to read and quickly understood. Chimmie is an acute observer, as nm v be seen throughout the course of the love story which runs through the en tire book. The following arc samples of his wav of looking- at things: "Pi-ten: Ie best ting about living out of New York is dat you have New York to come to. If it wasn't for dat I'd give up me job wit "VV hawkers and go to woik fur a living -.sell evening poipers to Rrooklvn ermts to put 'em to-sleep in de Rrid-e cars." Chimmie ,notes Mr. Paul on house parties as follows: " "Man." says Mr. Paul, 'not to men tion lovely woman, being a fool of great specific gravity. builds comfortable homes where he can live in quiet and delusion, and den shuts 'em up. or else fills 'em wit odder fools to destroy his quiet. and put him in training for de heren fter if de noise comes to de woist. " "We boast. Chimmie, of our mental sauces, but all de same.' he says, 'dere are but few of us able to entertain our selves if tr im upon our own sauces of recitation. When we buys Old Masters, or hires a great chef, or learns to play de banjo, or do any of de odder highly intellectual stunts dat distinguishes us from Mat or cave dwellers, we pretends it is all for our own improvement. Nay. nay V sa vs lie. 'Not a bit like it. We gtts our dividends on such investments culv when our friends praise our table, our pictures, or our rag time. Hereford let us gadd r at de house Party: not to lie entertained by our friend's accom plishments, but to do an act of charity, to iuHtit'v him in his own eyes for de boodle he has cleaned buying tings he en joys only w hen he shows 'em off.' " Before point? abroa'Tl this spring Kate Douuias Wiugin completed her work on the proofs 'of her "Hiary of a Go.se Girl" as well as re r share in the labor of col i a bora lion with her sister on a. kindergartt-n work. The Goose Girl reia i'- s the ad ventures of a pretty A ip erica n girl who ra n away from her friends and a too ardent suitor. She ex plains her action by saying that "ehe h Yt-tv tired of people and wants to rest her stlf by living a while with things." She Incomes a paying guest at a goose farm and becomes interested in he i ping take care of the geese. "Past Thoughts from Herbert Spencer" is the title of a hook from the pen of thf distinguished scientist which, it is an ncunced. will be his last. "During- tb-v.-ars spent in writing various systematic works. V he says in the preface. "there have from time to time aris-.n ideas not fitted for incorporation in them. Many of these have found places In articles published in reviews, and are collected together in the three volumes of my essays. But there remains a number which have not yet found expression; some of the relatively trivial, some of more interest, and some which I think are important. I have felt reluctant to let these pa" unrecorded, and hence, during the last two years, at in tervals now long, now short, have et them down in the following pages." Some 4 essays, ranging over a wide field, of knowledge, make up the volume. As a proof of the Interest which the Ger man peopie are taking in matters beyond the seas, it may be noted that the eminent Prof. YVoker of Berne university has translated Mr. Poultney Bigelow's "Chil dren of the Nations," and a well known Berlin publisher will bring out the book shortly. Mr. Bigelow counts this as a spe cial compliment to his work on coloniza tion, pa rticularly since he found little to praise in the far east. The book itself is mainly a record of the author's personal experiences in the different colonies of the world. It is possible, of course, that the fact that Mr. Bigelow was a schoolmate of the emperor of Germany and that the latter is said to have much respect for the author's abilities as a writer, had something to do with the translation. Mr. Bigelow has taken up his residence per manently in New York city, that is to say as permanent a residence as any man of his habits can have. Several weeks out of each year are spent by Mr. Bigelow in lecturing on themes of national interest before colleges and societies. LATEST BOOK FREAK. "Tite Story of Mary Macl-anew is Worse Than Anticipated. It was hardly necessary for Miss Mary MacLane, whose portrayal of herself un der the title of "The Story of Mary Mac Lane" is a new book just issued by Herbert S. Stone & Co. of ChicagU, to inform the reader that she is li years old. This she does in the opening sen tence of her analytical effusion, but be fore she had finished the first chapter the reader would have discovered ttiis fact for himself. Miss MacLane insists that she is odd; that she has In her a "quite unusual intensity of life;" that she has a "marvelous capacity for misery and happiness;" that she has "reached a truly wonderful state of miserable, morbid un happinews," and that she has "attained an egotism that is rare indeed. ' All these things are the attributes and prerogatives of iy. There might be worse diversion for a young girl than writing, it is a com paratively harmless and respectable pas time ami a good outlet for her superflu ous nervous energy. But it is a sin and a shame for any publisher to accept iter books and thrust them upon a long suffer ing world. The reading public should be spared the abortive efforts of the literary infant pheriom and child wonder. "The Story of Mary MacHane" will a truthful account of herself, how sorry doubtless find many readers and ready sales, for it is original, with all its faults and crudities, and almost anything wou.d bo an agreeable change from the fiction of t he historical-romantic school with which the libraries nave been d.eluged for the past few years . Hut for ail that, its publishers ought to be ashamed ot them selves for taking an unfair advantage of its author. Tht book purports to be a frank portrayal of the innermost self of the Mary MacLane who is the upper case 1 of the narrative. And if we are to take it seriously and believe that it is ready a truthful account of herself, how sorry we must feel for this Mary MacLane when she will have lived a few years longer and outgrown some of the characteristics of VJ. Although she pays some little attention to her exoteric self and there is the author's picture as a frontispiece to fur ther enlighten the curious as to w'nat this extraordinary young woman is like externally, the book is devoted ,for the greater part to the inner lU'e of Mary MacLane her thoughts, her ideas, her ambitions, her stomach, her morals (or immorala, for she declares herself entirely without conscience), her longings, her gastric juices, her philosophy and her liver. Above all, her liver. And if the organ is all that she describes, then indeed she has at least one claim to distinction and one possession which the world should stop and admire, even if it laughs ut her misery, scoffs at her genius, shrieks at her lack of moral sense, sniffs at her epi cureanism and refuses to take seriously her sophomoric egotism. "The Story of Mary MacLane" has been Pkened to "The Journal of Marie Bash kirtseff," and the author frequently com pares herself to the brilliant young Rus sian painter, the publication of whose diary caused such a sensation in the world of letters some dozen years ago. Miss MacLane, to be sure, declares that the comparison is all in her own favor and that she has the Bashkirtseff backed clear off the board. It is true that in many respects she out-Bashkirtsef fa Bashkirt seff. but as a literary production her portrayal is far Inferior to the famous journal. However, we can not deny that Miss MacLane is a genius, because ahe says herself that she is one. But, alas, who is not a genius at iy? BOOK yOTES. Little, Brown & Co. of Boston have just brought out a new novel by Mary Catherine Crowley, author of "A Daugh ter of New France." It is a second story of Old Detroit, and is said to be even more interesting than "A Daugh ter of New France." Its principal events are the surrender of Detroit to the Fnglish, the Conspiracy of Pontiac, and the Siege of Detroit by the Indians under his command. It is a story of From Mary Catherine Crowley's New Book. "The Heroine of the Straits," Pib lished by Little, Brown & Co. love, adventure, and war, in which the reader's interest deepens with each suc ceeding chapter. The romance has been drawn from historical authorities, the old French manuscript of the story of the Siege of Detroit by the Indians un der Pontiac being the principal source, the translation followed being that pre served in the collection of the Michigan Pioneer association. Arthur W. Marchmont has just com plettd a new romance in which he pro vides even mort' incident and dash than in his recent successful novels "For Love or Crown" and "in the Name of a Wo man." In this he departs from his cus tom of using an imaginary kingdom as a background : for "Sarita the Carlist." as the new book is to be called, has to do with Spain, and with a most picturesque and exciting period in the history of that romantic bind. Karly publication is prom ised by Frederick A. Stokes Co. Dodd, Mead & Co. announce for publica tion this spring a new story by Jerome K. Jerome, entitled "Paul Ktlver." which, unlike his previous books, is described as a deeply serious work. They also announce new stories by Mrs. Dudeney. S. R. Crock et c, Paul Laurence Dunbar. Hamblen S.-ars. Mrs. Alexander and other popular authors. A KANSAS BOOK" Reminiscences of Pioneer Days by Matt Thompson. Alma Editor Writes of Things He Saw. IS HIS FIRST WORK. Has Another of tVider Scope in Preparation. A Thrilling Story of the Dra goon Outlaws. The latest recruit to the ranks of the historians of Kansas is Matt Thompson of Alma. Mr. Thompson has written what he calls "Early History of Wa baunsee County, Kansas," but It could more properly be called "Reminiscences of the Early Days of Kansas by One Who was There." Mr. Thompson is a fascinating writer. The stories with which his book teems are all interesting and exceedingly well told. A freshness is added to his narra- MATT THOMPSON. tives by the fact that he writes of things that came under his own obser vation. Incidents which have become legends have been resurrected from ob scurity by Mr. Thompson and given a new life. The author of this new Kansas book came west from Tennessee when he was 14 years old. He is 60 years old now so that a simple calculation will show that he has spent 46 years of his life in the west. His peregrinations extended to the plains of Colorado and New Mexico but the greater part of the time has been passed in Kansas. He was for ten years superintendent of the schools of Wabaunsee county and for 12 years he owned and edited the Alma Signal. Naturally a portion of his book is de voted to personal history of the county in which Mr. Thompson lives but the casual reader will not be disappointed in the book especially if he is interested in the stories of the Kansas pioneers and their trials. The volume Is profuse ly illustrated with 350 half tone por traits and drawings by Carl P. Bolmar. There are 3f0 pages of printed matter. The book is now in press. Mr. Thomp son has in preparation another book of wider scope. The following story from the new book will show the nature of the remin iscences: THE FIRST LOG HOUSE. A robbers' roost is responsible for the first log house built by white men in Wabaunsee county erected in 1842 in the timber on the banks of Dragoon creek, near the mouth of Bachelor's branch. Here were the headquarters and rendezvous of as hardened a gang of cut-throatS' as ever went unhung organized for the purpose of robbery, army paymasters and treasure wagons of Mexican caravans forming the tempt ing ind ucements that drew together this motley gang of outlaws. The crest of the big mound on the claim pie-emptied by Allen Hodgson in 1857, in plain sight of the old cabin, as a point of observation couldn't be excell ed. From this high elevation every train passing over either the Santa Fe trail proper, or the military road from Fort Leavenworth, could be distinctly seen, the number of wagons determined, and the. probable value ot the treasure to be secured approximately estimated. As early as 1770 the Spaniards from Santa Fe and Chihuahua bought mer chandise in St. Louis, but in those days pack animals were used, freighting with wagons not being in vogue until Lex ington, Mo., had been fixed upon as the outfitting point by those pioneer traf fickers, those advance agents of civiliza tion, to whom the "Great American Desert" presented no obstacle they for a moment hesitated to surmount. Starting from Chihuahua or Santa Fe in the early spring, the proprietor of a train of from 25 to 40 wagons would consider himself fortunate should he succeed in reaching his eastern destina tion by the latter part of May or the middle of June. As each wagon was drawn by ten or twelve mules or oxen, there would be from 300 to 500 mules or oxen and from 20 to 50 men with every train. In all cases the men were armed in anticipation of possible at tacks from Indians or the more dan gerous and desperate gangs of outlaws as those who in the early days made their headquarters on the Dragoon. . Specie gold or silver being the me dium of exchange, it was necessary that th money representing the purchase price of the goods to be bought should be hauled in one of the wagons. This fact, known to the gangs of robbers rendered caution on the part of the owners essential and the guarding against surprises necessary. As it required from SoO.OoO to $100,000 to load a train of 30 or to wagons with the class of goods usually purchased for the Santa Fe trade, and as every train was known to carry a large amount of specie for the purpose stated, it can be readily surmised that to desperate and unscrupulous men any eastbound cara van on the old Santa Fe trail offered a temptation extremely inviting, especial ly when the probability of punishment for such wrong-doing, seemed at the best, remote, wiih the chances of immunity from punishment in favor of the rob bers. A few years prior to, and during the -7V I ! iw , i X Y Y I 41 progress of the Mexican war, the train robbers were unusually bold and ag gressive, and as a majority of the rob beries were perpetrated between 110 creek and Big John, it Is more than probable that the gang having their headquarters on the Dragoon was re sponsible for the unlawful depreda tions. Several expeditions were sent out from Fort Leavenworth .during the years 1842 and 1S43, with the object in view of meting out deserved punish ment to the daring outlaws, but these efforts by the military were barren of results. By the time a runner could make the trip to Fort Leavenworth and return with a troop of cavalry, the rob bers would be scattered to the winds, and not until another raid had been planned and executed would their whereabouts be known or suspected. In the spring of 1S44 a mule train of 43 wagons, owned by an American, but manned by Mexican drivers, while en camped 200 yards west of Log Chain creek near the Wabaunsee county line, was surprised at night, and of the 48 men, 27 were killed, and the mules. 500 in number, run off by the outlaws, un doubtedly the gang having their head quarters within one mile of the present site of Harveyville. In one of the wagons was an iron box 18x12x8 inches containing $75,000 in gold. This treasure box was taken and with the GOO mules represented a fortune a lost fortune to the owner of the train, who succeeded in getting safely away. Within 48 hours he had ridden to Leavenworth and with a company of cavalry was on the way to the scene of the terrible massacre.But the wagons and harness were all that was left of the splendid outfit. After burying the dead Mexican trainmen the troops at tempted to follow the trail of the rob bers with the hope of returning to the owner the treasure box and the mules that he might continue his journey to the states. But the herd had been di vided and driven in different directions and after unavailing effort to locate the robbers the captain with his little band struck westward. . At the Little Arkansas an old trapper and plainsman by the name of H. B. Hobbs offering the most reasonable so lution of the problem that perplexed the captain his services were secured to trail the robbers. Hobbs reasoned that the outlaws would not dare to take the mules either to the states or to Mexico but to the only place they could find a safe market that, in his opinion, was Oregon. Tak ing a northeast direction the trail of the robbers with the mules was struck on the Smoky Hill. Following this until nearly the head of the stream was reached the troops encountered 19 of the men in charge of the herd of mules. In the hard fight that followed 14 of the 19 robbers were killed. The other five were taken to Fort Leavenworth, tried, and sentenced to the penitentiary at Alton, 111., for life. The mules were turned over to the owner but the treas ure box was missing. As two of the 21 outlaws comprising the gang were un accounted for it was supposed that to them had been entrusted the keeping of the golden treasure . Diligent search was made in the vicinity of the robbery for the iron box but the result was a grievous disappointment both to the of ficer in command of the troops and the unfortunate proprietor of the train. In 1S57, just 13 years after the train robbery referred to, Mr. Allen Hodgson settled on the claim on which is located the mound used by the train robbers as their point of observation. At that time there were still evidence of white men having lived north of the Dragoon and east of Bachelor's Branch. The ashes of a log house 14x16 were plainly visible and for years the outlines of the build ing were plainly marked. There was an old wagon road that crossed the creek north of the graveyard, extending down the creek on the south side. This was an old road when the first settlers came into the neighborhood. Neither Henry, George or Sam Harvey could give any further information as to the old road than that it was there before them. They said that white men had lived there 12 or 15 years before but who they were they didn't know. That they were white men there was no ques tion. Twenty-five or 30 big oak trees had been cut down for honey the bees wax still adhering to the trees when the Harveys came. In felling a tree a white man cuts on both sides, an Indian but one. In every case the trees had been cut on both sides. In a tree cut for a house log by Mr. Allen Hodgson in 1857 a half-inch chisel was found driven through the center of the tree. The number of circles of growth outside of the chisel indicated that fully 13 years had elapsed since the chisel had been driven into the tree.. We are informed by Mr. Ira Hodgson (to whom we are indebted for this in teresting information) that while Cross ing the plains in lSsCl he became ac quainted with an old plainsman by the name of Tom Fulton who had crossed the "Great American Desert" ' every year for 20 years or more. When Ira spoke of the old landmarks Fulton said that was where the train robbers had their headquarters on the Dragoon, above the Leavenworth and Santa Fe roads. Fulton said that point was cho sen because of the proximity to the junction of the two great thoroughfares for one thing and that for several other good reasons it was the best place for their business it was too far west for white men to molest them and not far enough west for the Indians to interfere with their nefarious work. Fulton told how the robbers laid their plans by sending out scouts who pre tended to be looking for mules or oxen strayed or stampeded from their train. Then they would ask permission to travel with their train till their own camp was reached, taking advantage of the opportunity to inform themselves as to the number of men. their arms, the location and probable amount of treas ure, etc. Of course on the information obtained depended the fate of the train as far as the work of the train robbers was concerned. In 1859 to 1861 there was much talk among the employes of the Overland Mail company about buried treasure somewhere between 110 and Big John enough, the boys said to make them all rich. They looked for It some but found nothing. In 1867 a man came out from Alton, 111., and spent the whole summer looking for this same iron box filled with gold. But in searching for the box he went farther west than the Dragoon, his ef forts being confined to digging Rlong the banks of Big John, Rock, Bluff and 142 creeks. According to his description the mon ey was buried on a creek crossed bv the Santa Fe road. 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