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A SUrtlfn.fjrStory 5F MIIHary Ufa, In Aofa-
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One ntjjht In ,fuiu ten year ago, Mo sitiuel-pacing
up anil down before t he gates of Fort Defiance, ijp in the
northeastern part&f Arizona, suddenly- heard the hoof-
beat of a horse. ; r.
Halt UVMip comes there?", rang out the challenge, butt
there wa nanswer. . "
It was a starlight night. Two or three hundred feet
away the tfentlnercanghr, sight of white horse approach
ing him at n brisk walk. When he could sec the horse he
could also see that it had no rider. Droves of wild horses
and still wilder nriistangs were frequently seen from the
fort, and the sentinel was rather pleased that one of them
was being led by curiosity to approach the gate.
,'ipho. horse grew whiter and larger as he came nearer,
and when he halted ho wim not over ten feet, from the
guard. He was tall and powerfully built, mane hanging
almost to his kneesan;l( ,Uril sweeping the ground, and
he was as white as snow. Head up, ears pointed forward,
and eyes opened to their widest extent, the wild horse
Biibo'dfor a long minute, and looked into the soldier's face.
His nostrils dilated,, bis toil moved this, way and thiu and
the muscles in his powerful chest and legs stood out in
. The soldier's surprise and admiration were
that he stood like a statue, muskut'oti his?
shoulder. nnjj,,lus mind almost doubting what jus,, eves
saw. . l"f ;
Suddenly, :?nd without an insfantVwarnuig, the horse
sprang forward 'to 'the atlacUl Catching the ?uhfilioHy
thcshdulder with his teeth, he mised him olearotlMhe.
ground, and shook him rjghfc niu) loft, as, if he, , was. .an
empty grain bag, and then, hurled him against the heavy
gatewith terrible force. The yell of pain and alhrni ut
tered by tho seiirilVol had scarcely died awaybe'fbh the
rejjief.came hurrying outi Theyfound him, 'lying in ti
heap beside
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bold relief
tins, .stockade. jin,cp,ns$foi)8, fujd.lus uniform m
there was no enemy in sight not ..even-a wolf
awav through the darkness. A general alarm
Wassounded, the" drums beat to arms, and for a quarter of
an hour the excitement was Intense, every one believing
thaLa, large force of Indians, was on. the point pf making
an assault. ,,
When the sentinel recovered his senses and related his
adventure, no one'wbiifd believe his story until a sergeant
had 'examined the earth and discovered the hoof -"prints of
the ..horse. It .was. however, -such a singular adventure
that.no one felt easy until morning came. , Then,tle trail
.,-of Jibe white horse could be followed far out on the prairie;
itn soon after sunrise the horse himself was discovered
bftfulnig! down on the fort from the direction of'the moun
tain range, three njiles away. As the wpr.dSveut round,
overman turned out. to catch, ,sight pf jtlje. animal abopt
, wjifeh'so mucl had beeii said. He came forward at a
sMreep'mg trot, head' up Aail' streaming far behind, and His
knee-action as perfect as if T he bad-been trained on the
comjFc-.for years. , He, swerved neither ,te the. right, nor the
left, and never halted until he was within pistol shot of,
the.crowd at the stockade.
The sentinel had 'not exiiggerated in his statements.
The) color was snow-white, and such strength audsymme
fa'yilW.oueJmdiever before seen in ahorse. The ears; were
pointed, J he eves .as, bright ftS stars, and the sun. glistened
on his jiide as if it had been varnished. For two or three
m inures not a word wafe rspokeri by any man", and the
horse' did not move1 a foot; : Then a scout and hunter who'
Jiafcl come inrothe fort about; half an hour before, said to
the. commander :jfe.M, .,' ti,:. ..,;, fi. , ,
" Vliy, tha te the lipss kiHpi among us apt! the Inr
juns as'AVhlte Teyil. I've seen him four or five times, and
J'Ve heard -of him at' least once a week for 'the last five
years'. - ' lie's 'the stigliestr,' Slyest. !and m'ost" rreacherdh8
beast stjuuling-on'four.'legs.rf'' t .',.,- -;
Th.&couf., related L;hat,jChQ.jlOie,? efore them came to
his notice Jive years before, when the Indians made sev-
ui.u ,u M-iiipis io csipiurt iiiiii. jic wus suiicii our. lrom
thodrove, and:pur'.iied for sevnirdays, and in despair of
securinguhim, oiieof thei red meiv sought to kill him,
so that np one qlse should. :se,cui;a the prijie.. Thphore
was only wounded by thq bullet tljat was meant tp take
his 'life. He at once separated himself from the drovei and
followed his former pursuers like a shadow, He'dasned
into" their camps at night; attacked their ponies, 'when he
found them grazing, and had on several occasions attacked.
lone; Indians, and quickly killed .or disabled thpm.
"I'll give $200 to the man who captures that horse for
me," said the commander, as he noted every fine point
about the majestic animal.
You might just us well, offer ten thousand," replied
the scour. "Tlmtj 'ere. horse can pace, trot,; and gallop,
and there isn't a wpli in the hull Sierra ran?0 which can
smell'of his heels. I'd as quick take the job of clcanm
out all thereat in Arizona as of catchin' the 'White' Devil.
Seethatfore foofcgo up See them ears lay back ! He'll
-chartre the hulhornwfl in lnss'n miimin '
n?T 'v rjr-;''-. "tr.rr ijyj""j-"r
does when badlv woundedmf battle. ' m' soldiers rushed
fQtliS gate. Oho of the hlridermot wiis a rlvato named
felcaryv scarcely tip to the regulation height, and ruh
down by sickness until his Weight did not eoccccd a huh-'
'drcd pounds. The White Dfi seized him by the back,
lifted him off his feet by a ; toss, and when the soldiers
next looked, O'Mcnry was being borne away with the
swiftness of the wind. The horse had a firm grip of cloth
ing and flesh, and keeping his head well tip, he swppt
over the prairie with the soldier held almost perpendic
ularly before him. He was out ot range befor anybody.
could pick up a gun. There was a dozen orilfteen horses
at the post, and in five minutes as many men had mounted
them, and were galloping away in pursuit.
"White Devil and his victim had disappeared over a swell
about a mile from the fort. As the horsemen reached the
swell, they found tliic dead body of their companion on
the grass, bitten and stamped and kneaded to a bloody
mass. The horse stood facing them, forty rods away, as
if he had waited for them to come up. As the remains
were being conveyed to theort, several hunters came In,
and in a short time a force of twenty mounted mm left
the gales to try and effect the capture of the vicious an
imal. The men had lassos, hobbles,, and ropes, and the
instructions were to drive the horse from the neighborhood
if he could not be captured. He stPod on the ridge, and
looked dPwnupon the band as it left thofprt. Th6 four
Insso-thrqvYftrs rode, dlrecfly at him, while the rest iqf the
men separated and rode to cut;off retreat. by way ptthei
mountains. ' , ".
When the first horseman wris within cine Hundred feet
White Devil, who had been standing like ablockof stone,
thew up his head and started ofT a!; .a-sliarp trot.. Teu irods
beyond the first ridge was-a second, wih a .ljttje ,grcen
valley between. Ridges an8 valleys ran straight away to
the West for twenty miles, and as the horse headed that
way. one oiihe hunters said : ' ' ;
"'The bqast is in, fpr. along nide. He will go down to
the end of thlsvalle', turn to the. left, and before .noon
he will lie baci'ller(N returning on the fort side of. this
first rTdge. Three' 6f us will push him along as'fast as we
can to (he'en'd of the1 valley.; 'The resof you'drop.out in
squafls, .here and tljcre ani:,race him as bbj comes backi
Let three or four men halt right here to give him a Jast
"The wild horse courted pursuit. Half a mile away he
was racing up and down, throwing his heels into the air,
snorting and pawing the sod in his impatience to be off.
With a hoop and a yell three lasso-throwers started in pur
suit. They were almost miS3enough for a throw when
the horse headed away at a trot. They could not gain an
inch, though they had three of the best mustangs in the
Territory, and the animals were pushed to the top, of their
speed. Head up, mane rolling back over his shoulders
like 'a Wave of foam, and his 'massive tail streaming out
like5 a .ftagV the White Devil lifted his feet" and put them
down.! as steadily as .clock-work. While theywere doing
thgir best, they could see.tljat ?ie was, nqtf using. all his
power. They kept, up a continual yelling for the first fiye
miles, hoping to break his pace. but neither shouts nor the
repdrts of rifles lost him a step. ' "' ' ' '
In seventy mhiutes the White Devil was at the end of
valley, fresh, as a daisy, while the mustangs, half a. mile
behind, were reeking and blown. He waited for them to
come up, and then turned to the left, struck a pace, and
swept away at such a gait that ho was soon out of sight.
Tqn miles to the east was the firt squad of men. They
sighted him a mile away, and were all ready for pursuit.
Coming straight ahead, with the grass almost sinking
under lils feet, the wild charger passed them not more
ithan a hundred feet away. Ho laid back his1 ears at -their
jell v but went .straight ahead at his thundering pace. Ins
ten minutes the men could .hardly see himva,se.cpnd,'and
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u uiu-u feyiuiu wci-f Lrgaiuu i" iiiB same manner, ana as
the last oiie was reached White Devil changed his pace to
, a gallop, threw up his heels, and headed for the range.
He.7as.soonxmtof sight, and he chase was abandoned.
At daylight next mprning the strange, horse looked
down from the ridge again, and by and by walked down
to within pistol shot of the fort. A band of sixty friendly
Indians; out on .a hunt, had lialted at the fort the night
previous, and they were anxious, to organize a new. chase.
More than eighty well armed pursuers were ready soon
after breakfast. Some rode out to cut off the retreat to
the range,' and ethers galloped down the valley. An hour
after they were out pf sight the main body made a dash
for, the horse,, which had been .grazing for the. last half;
hour. He took to the valleys as before, and men dropped
out at every mile to push him as he returned.
White Devil Was pushed faster than before, but he
would neither break his trot nor let a horseman get within
a hundred feet of hinu Tho Indians who had gone on
ahead vvere expecting him to turn to the .left as before,
but the wild hprse kept straight ahead as he reached the
mouth of the valley. He ran out on the prairie for .twenty
miles, thing out 'every horse hi pursuit; and theri wheeled
and returned over his -route of the "previous dav. Men
ltuPa;T$ befordhei
matlu a da-h" upon the men, screaming out as a troop horse was out right. H was, n:iciug njid tVftttjng,by,turna..and
not until 1m if.ac)iaticnd of that olghty-milOjChaefe dkl
hp hreiilihlo arutl. Vflieh ndar tho foct lio,erossed tho
ridge, shook. off-Che last purtter, and entpjr&l a dark canon
n thomountalns. The Indians tracedhlm tmtil tho canon
split In three or four rocky defiles, ana, tlhen they camped
down witiiche determination tolwait tUl hungoi and
thirst should drive the fugitive out. Darkness came, mid
night cameand the watchers had heard nothing.
With the'soft tread of a wolf, almost, atfoc stole upon
the Indian sleeping tuYder"the walls of the fort. Step I
step ! step I ancVa white object stood withiten feet of the
first sleeper, and peered this way and that.' '-OttVjvaa White
Devil l The red men were still waiting in the dark canon,
but the horse had emerged from the range by some defile
known and used before. C (
The sentinel at the gate heard a shrill fieigh; saW the
smouldering brand pf the dying camp-fire flung in the air
and the next memenfc the Indian's were yelling and scream
ing in affright. Back and forth charged tho 'horse, strik
ing, ,, kicking, (and uttering , wild floighs, and , Le did not
disappear till the roll of the drum called the soldiers to
The Indians had suffered such damages that they were
determined to kill the strange tormentor as soon as day
light came, though bis life had heretofore been held
sacred. He was heard racing up and dewn while night
lasted, and ,when morning broke he. was in plain sight,
The Indian heart almost relented at sight of the strong
limbs, milk-white coat, and silver eyes, bntr White DeVU
dared them to the attack by prancing- up and down and
flinging his heels about. ., v ,,
Separating into squads of ten, the red men rode out on
the prairie: White Devil stood still, ears fiat to his !liead.
lip down, and one foro foot raised a little. Wli6h' three"
of. the squad wdre within pistol slip' they halted, and
thirty rifles covered the brave, lone horse. While. theys
were thus held he gathered his feet like a cat and dashed
at the hearest horseman. A roar of rifles and a volley
of bullets stopped him. Struck by a score of balls, he
halted, reared up, and died without a groan, The'Indlans
gathered around, but they did not exult. As they stroked
his glossly neck and sides, they said to one another:, j.,
""He was brave ! We will paini his' picture oh our war
shield!?,. and the body shall be .buried frbm:the ! wolves P
A professor was exposulating with a student for Ins,
idleness, when the latter said, "It's of no use ; P was cut
outfor a loafer." " Well," declared the professor, survey
ing the student critically, "whoever cut you out under- '
stood his business." . , .;;: ;
The Georgia negro has no more' faith in banks. 'He
lays all ' hismoriey out'" in clothes alid'.liaif oliand 'the '
news of.al bank suspension causes him to, exclaim fBust'
away wid yebt you(cari't hurt deso lavendprlreches IYi,.
H .j.: '
Queen Victoria celebrated Hallowe'en at Balmoral with, ,
quaint, old-fashioned ceremonies. A brilliant procession
of torchboarcrs marched through the grounds in the still,
dark night, preceded by the Queen's pipers playing lustily.
After them came the Princess of Wales and her little
daughters, and the Princess Beatrice, each carrying a
flaming torch aloft. After marching aroihid the castle sev
eral times the Princesses Alexandra and Beatrice lighted
with their torches the huge .bonfire, erected on the Green,
and, with the rest of the gav companv, danced the torch
light dance round the blazing pile, wiule the kindly
iQneeri looked 'on.- : !' t-'-f ''O :i'iiif v;iii (
HouskhoixD Fairies. "How many thumbs?"
ingly asks the sitting-room carpet, looking up at its col
league, the battered stove pipe. With a wink at its dis
jointed elbow, the stove pipe, riveting its gaze oil itsfrieh'd.
replies, "Only three,' but I've raked enough skin'off the
othef luielvles. to make a pair of boots.": , Chuckingly
responded thq carpet, "Not so well as you ditj last year.
I got a couple of finger nails, two whole trousers' knoes
started a good crop of hang nails on ever finger In the
house, and think I have a divorce suit pending." " That's
a pretty good spread," (replies thc-pipe, and :t)iqnr turning
to an exhausted tack-hammer that was, resting itself on.,
'the window-sill, asked, '"How is your scpro? " Oh, don't
ask me," gasped the -tftek-htimmer. "I've been busier
than a master's gavel on a qhapter night. I haventt
missed but one knuckle since I started in, and then I
caught the ball of a thumb, plumb center, and raised a
Tfiood-blister as big as u walnut." And then the graceless '
trio smiled In silent chorus, and an old rheumatic mop
that was standing on tho porch, listening to the conversav
tion through the keyhole, bumped Itself against the, door, j ,
in an ectacy of delight, and fell fainting aorbss the wheel
barrow with' one leg,4 that was waiting on' the walk for'
-somebody .to come, along. and fall over It.r-BfrVtho
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