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The Scranton tribune. (Scranton, Pa.) 1891-1910, May 31, 1897, Morning, Image 5

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Honored Dead. .
Appropriate Services in the
Various Cemeteries.
In tho Afternoon Tticro Wns n I'nrndo
iinil nt Night Patriotic Kntcrtnln
ments Wore Hfcld Under ttio Au
spices of Uoth Posts of tlio tiriuul
Army of tho Rcpubllc-Pnrndcs nt
Dunmore nnd Pctcrsburg-OIcmor-inl
Iny Sermon Delivered in Mnny
of tho Churches Lnot Niulit--Iji;s-soiu
Thnt Wcro Drawn by Homo
ofthc Speakers.
Memorial day was fittingly observed
in tliu city Saturday, dfaplto the
circus and other such events which it
was expected would withdraw In a
great iv.tasuio the interest which at
taches to the lelcran and his depait
cd comrade on this one day set aside
lor them especially. There were large
throngB at tho cemeteries dur
ing tho morning services, tho parade
was witnessed by the usual sized holi
day crowd and the afternoon and even
ing exercises were all well attended.
Col. Ezra S. Griflln Post 139, O. A. It.
combined In conducting the memorial
services at the cemeteries, having pre
viously decided by lot which ceme
teries oafch should look after. In this
work they were assisted by the La
dles Circle No. 19, G. A. R., Camp
8, Sons of Veterans, children from var
ious public and parochial schools and
members of P. O. S. of A., Jr. O. U.
A. M. and the Young Men's Institute.
At Forest Hill cemetery the services
were In charge of a squad from Col.
Griffin Post, composed of Past Com
mander A. D. Stevens, E. W. Pearce,
George H. Geary. B. P. Athorton and
Attorney Long. Rev. G. C. Lyman
was to have delivered the address but
in his absence Rev. J. B. Sweet, pas
tor of tho Simpson M. E. church, spoke
extemporaneously, choslng as his
theme, "The Day and Its Deeds." He
urged a more reverential observance
of Memorial day.
The pupils of public schools N03. 27
nnd 2S sang "America," and then the
roll call and reading of Lincoln's ad
orers by Commanler Stevens took
place. The forty-sl.v soldiers graves
whlih the cemetery contain weio dec
orated with flowers und flag3 by forty
six littln girls and a large lloral emblem
in honor of the urXr.own dead wai pre
sented by "Woman's Relief. Corps No.
CO, Mrs. Fred J. Warner, making the
presentation and Mrs. E. W. Pen roe
the acceptance.
The Hring nqv,?d waB compost nf
First Lieutenant E. Frank Gunmr,
A "V". Wncy, ii, v.. Faiden, V. .1.
Edwards, lohn Moyer, Albert Erbach
nnd W. E. Cahoon. The detail con
sisted of August Fadden, J. G. Ca
hoon, M. J. Graham, H. R. Long, F. R.
Stark, John R. Fnrr, Fred Cole, C. A.
Hartwtck. William H. Horn, F. W.
Martin, Charles Trego, William Pfelff
or, W. N. Cole. S. A. Cahoon, S. J.
Hardy, C. A. RIdgeway, C. C. Bat
tenberg, Weynant Pfelffer, Walter
Smithing. II. J. Fraley.
The services In Dunmore Protestant
cemetery were In charge of Past Post
Commander Smith B. Mott, tho officer
of the day being J, W. Marshall. Tho
firing and detailed squads were com
posed of the following: C. A. Moyer,
commander; William Wldenor, J. W.
Bullock, Peter B. Sawyer, G. A. Gard
ner, J. W. Cammer, Berton Huff, M. C.
Bullock, Ed L. Anderson, Lewis Saw
yer, M. G. Haupt, J. R. Hunter, George
Monnlnger, W. J. Marlatt, V. P. Long,
J. B. Doud, W. H. Doud, James Doud,
J. II. Widenor, George,!!. Manimer, W.
II, Crompton.
Council 210, Y. M. 1., Camp 22G, P. O.
S. of A., and Council, No. 1022 O. U.
' A. II., 'assisted in the exercises. The
singing was by a' choir of 250 school
children. Rev. A. B. O'Neil delivered
the address.
Colonel Monies post had charge of
the services at Hyde Park Catholic
cemetery. Rev. P. J. McManus, of St.
Paul's Catholic church, Green Rldgc,
delivered the address: Rev. J. A.
O'Reilly, rector of the Cathedral, 'tnndo
the opening prayer and also pronounced
benediction. The singing was by tho
choir of St. Peter's cathedral. Past
Post Commander F. J Amsden con
ducted 'the G. A. R. ritualistic ser
vices. The roll call of the dead was
read by II. W. Loftus, dfncer"of he
The salute was llred by tho following
rsquad .from the Sons of Veterans; Fred
Schmidt, commander; Frank Schmidt,
A. E. Fuller, Thomas Davis, W. E.
House, II. M. Hoffman, David John
Tho detail was as follows: C. W.
Blume, William Brown, Dennis Black
ledge, John Blackledge, William Col
lins, J. S, Burke, C. A. Bennett, Jacob
Cammer, Jacob Pfelffer, Harry Peters,
J. E. Jewell, A. F. Allen, W. II. Craw
ford, A. L. Davis, O. A. Pick, J. II.
Foust. Comrades Henry W. Loftus, P,
J. McAndrew, N. M. Gardner and Moses
Morey were in charge of the exerclaeB.
In Dunmore Catholic cemetery Past
Post Commander Moses Morey was in
charge of the eervices, J. W. Marshall,
being the officer of the day. Rev. M.
B. Donlan, of St. Mary's church, de
livered the address and St. Mary's choir
rendered the music. The committee In
charge was, J. W. Marshall, John B,
Holiday, Michael Costello, C. Hag
gerty. The firing squad of the Ezra
8. Qrlfrln camp. No. 8,, Sons of Veter
ans, was composed, of William Wlde
nor, J. W. Bullock, M, C. Bullock, Ed.
L. Anderson, W. J. Marlatt, V. P. Long
end C. A. Moyer,
Commander John D. Jones was In
charge of tho services at Washburn
street cemetery and E. L. Hass acted
as officer of tho day, J. Archie Jones.
o tne BonH of Veterans, delivered an
euloglum. The addresses were by Rev.
F. B. Mntthows and Rev. Thomas De
Gruchy, and tlo singing by .the choirs
of tho Jackson Street and' Scranton
Street Baptist churches.
The detail consisted of W. L. Nash,
Louis E. Reed, J. C. Allen, 8. B. Pol
hnmu, G. W. Hoffman, E. P. Whet
atone, Howard Wolfe. Tho eommltteo
In chargo of the decoration of the
graves was Samuel Itogcrs, David
Johnson, John Anneman, Morgan
Lake, T. W. Phillips, D. W. Moser,
George KlVett, J. 11. Hoffman, T. II.
Allen, Norman Wheeler, Loulrt Han
cock, William Jones, Dr. E. Grewer, P.
II. Fuller, John D. .Tone, E. L, Hans,
J. F. Randolph, J. C. Allen, John Hten
Inger nnd Chester Cammer, Jr., J. II.
Frnly, John Sanford, John B. Btumo
Mid E. J. Colvlr..
At PIttston avenue cemetery tho ser
vices were In charge of u squad com
manded by Captain P. De Lacy. Rev.
W. A. Nordt, of the Hickory Street
Presbyterian church, delivered the ad
dress and the choir of the same church
furnished the music. The Thirteenth
regiment drum corps was also in at
tendance. The salute was fired by a
squad from Camp No. 8, Sons of Vet
erans. The services at St. Mary's German
Catholic cemetery were In charge of
Patrick J. McAndrew, commander of
Colonel Monies post. (V. J. McDon
ald read tho Grnnd Army of the Repub
lic ritual and the children of St. Mary's
Parochial school sang appropriate
hymns. The address was by Rev. Pe
ter Christ, of St. Mary's "church. The
committee In charge of the exercises
nt the PIttston avenue cemetery and
St. Mary's cemetery were: Adam Mul
ler, Dennis Madlgan, John Westpfahl,
R. C. Bryant and P. DeLacy. The fir
ing squad were: M. L. Wage, com
mander; Charles Leber, George E.
Schantz, William A. Schmidt, Jr., Wal
ter E. Quick, William Gable, S. C.
Hutchinson; detail, William Leber, Au
gust J. Schmidt, Eben Brownell, G. W.
Carlton, Walter Cooper, Ezra B. Da
vis, John Griffin, Charles Klmmlck,
F. B. Klrlln, August Mllllck, Henry
Leber, C. J. Rozelle, Robert Van Duzer,
Thomas Kearns, John W, Kerby, John
McGraw, Thomas Parry.
Petersburg had quite an elaborate
celebration of Its own. It consisted of
a parade and services at the cemetery.
The parade was In charge of Past Post
Commander A. W. Colony, George F.
Mlllett acting as adjutant. Guth's band
led the procession and following it
came the Relief Kose company. An
cient Order Knights of the Mystic
Chain, Folrvlow lodge. Knights of Py
thias, Grand Army of the Republic and
the school children carrying baskets of
flowers. Tho parade marched over the
principal streets and then proceeded to
the Petersburg cemetery, where the
Grand Army of the Republic ritualistic
services were observed and an address
delivered by Rev. E. Welsskopf. Geo.
W. Schultz, ofllcer of the day, read the
roll call of the dead, and S. H. Stev
ens recited Lincoln's Gettysburg ad
dress. The firing squad was composed
of members of Camp No. 8, Sons of Vet
erans. Dunmore also had a parade which
wns participated In by the Grand Army,
Sons of Veterans, Loyal Legion, school
children, Junior Order United Ameri
can Mechanics, Young Men's Institute
and Father Mathew societies. After
marching through the principal streets
the organizations divided and proceed
ed to the various cemeteries.
In the afternoon tho veterans re-assembled
and paraded through the prin
cipal streets. Tho parade was made
up In throe divisions and was In charge
of Grand Marshal A. B. Stevens.
First came Chief of Police Robllng
and squad and Marshal Stevens and
his staff composed of Chief Aid F. W.
Martin. Captain W. H. Burke, Captain
W. J. Moran, Dr. C. H. Fisher, George
Ferber, Colonel N. G. iSchoonmnker,
Hon. C. P. O'Malley, D. P. Battle, Col
onel P. S. Syron, P. J. Honan, Dell
Slmrell, Moses Morey, Levi Getz, Major
M. L. Blair, E. P. Hall, W. P. Albro
and C. A. RIdgeway.
The first division was composed of
tho Sons of Veterans, the two G. A. R.
posts, the American guards, composed
of the boys of public school No. 27,
and then followed carriages containing
disabled veterans and Invited guests.
The second division consisted of the
Lackawanna County Council of Irish
American societies, and the third di
vision was made up of horsemen and
citizens in carriages. The reviewing
stand was at city halt.
After partaking of refreshments,
served by the Women's Relief corps,
tho members of Grltlln post and the
Sons of Veterans united In a special
memorial service for the comrades who
had passed away during the last year.
The sermon was delivered by Rev. J.
B. Sweet, of Simpson Methodist Epis
copal church, and the music was by
tho choir of the same church.
In the evening musical and literary
exercises wera conducted by the two
grand army posts, Ezra Griffin, at the
Academy, ' and Colonel Monies, at
Young Men's Christian association hall.
Both were largely attended.
Delivered Lost Night in u Number ol
In a large number of tho churches
of the city special memorial sermons
were delivered last night. Members
of the Thirteenth regiment attended
the services In tho First Presbyterian
church, where the pastor, Rev. James
McLeod, D. D., delivered a special
sermon to them. In the Providence
Presbyterian church Company II, of
tho Thirteenth regiment, attended the
servicer and listened to the eloquent
discourse of the pastor, Rev. George E.
Guild, which had1 special reference to
the beautiful custom of decorating the
grave of the nation's detyd,
"Flowers Scattered and Flowers
Gathered at the Soldiers' Graves" was
tho title of the sermon delivered by
Rev. C. M. Glffln, D. D. in the Elm
Park churph. "Munitions of Christian
Patriotism the Country's Hope," was
tho topic of tho evening discourse of
Rev. Charles E. Robinson, D. D in the
Second Presbyterian church. In All
Souls' Unlyersalist church Pastor F.
W. Whlppen spoko about "The Battle
of Gettysburg."
Tho evening services in tho Wash
burn Street Presbyterian church were
attended by Colonel Monies post, No.
319, Union Veterans' Union, No, 23, and
the Ladles' Aid circle, No. 19, Grand
Army of tho Republic. Tho pastor,
Rev. John P, Moffatt, spoke on
"Memories and Duty." Lieutenant
Ezra S. Griffin post, Grand Army of the
Republic, and the Sons of Veterans
listened to a special sermon in the As
bury Methodist Episcopal church.
Tho Thirteenth regiment marched In
a body to tho First Presbyterian
church In tho evening and htard n
Decoration Day sermon preached by
the pastor,. Rov. Dr. James McLeod.
Rifles stacked in front of tho pulpit
and tho presence of several flags to
gether with -the large number of blue
uniformed listeners, gave a decidedly
military air to tho scrvloe. The music
was suitable to rtho occasion.
Dr. McLeod's scimon topic' was
"Tho Holiest War." It was In matter
nnd subject n. discourse particularly
calculated to Interest and help the sol
dier audience. The text was: "Fight
the good fight of faith, lay hold on
eternal life," I Timothy, vl: 12: Dr.
McLeod said:
St. Paul, in his Epistles, makes fre
quont use of martial motnphors. This is
not strnngo when we remember that ho
wns a Roman citizen, and that both ns a
citizen and ns a prisoner of the Lord, ho
was brought Into close contact with
Roman soldiers. Moreover, a stato of
war Is so suggestive of splrttural con
flicts that the keen mind of the Apostle
seized upon tho striking nnalugy. nnd
under tho guidance of the Divine Spirit,
he used It for a holy purpose.
Although St. Paul was a nan of pence,
and although he was an ambassador of
the Prince of Pence, ho nevertheless bo
llevca n holy wars. He never belonged to
tho pence-nt-nnyrprice party. Ho was too
stalwart a ohnractcr for that. Ho knew
his Bible, nnd, therefore, he know that
by Divine authority wars were carried
on, and, that again nnd ngaln, tho hosts
of Israel were marshalled to fight tho
battles of tho Lord. Ho knew that God
hud raised up mighty men of valor whom
Ho commissioned nnd expressly com
manded to mnko war upon nations, on
account of their sins, and to prcsecuto
It, until they wcro utterly destroyed.
St. Paul know tho mennlng of these
words of Christ: "Think. not that I nm
cotno to send peace on tho earth; I camo
not to send pence, but a sword." Ho
know that there nro times when war Is
Inevitable, nnd when to bo a faithful
soldier, U to be a faithful servant of
But what are holy wars? When wo
think of tho horrors of wnr, of battle
fields covered with the dying and tho
dead; Of weeping widows and fntherlcss
children, and homes made desolate;
when wo think of the sick, nhd tho
wounded, nnd tho bereaved; when wo
think of all tho dreadful calamities nnd
sufferings which accompahy and which
follow In tho track of war, is it possible
than any war can bo holy7 Is It not rath
er nn unspeakable curso?
From one point of view, tho answer
must bo yes; war Is a great curse. It Is
ono of tho heaviest judgment thnt a
righteous God has Inflicted upon a sinful
world. It has been the severest nnd most
dendly Instrument for tho punishment,
and, sometimes, for the destruction of
nations. Undoubtedly, some wars have
been a great curse, Wars originating In
ambition, and avarice, and the accursed
thirst for power; wars curried on to grati
fy a tyrant's appetite for conquest; wnrs
llko those of Alexander and Napoleon;
such wnrs have not a single redeeming
There havo bacn holy wars. And If
ever n war wns holy, that war of which
this day reminds us was a holy war. I
will not try to stir your young blood by
a recital of the causes which led to our
awful civil war, and by recalling the
dreadful carnage that It entailed. The
Btory is famlllnr. It has been handed
down to us, and it will bo handed down
to tho generations following. It was a
fearful war, but it killed slavery, and
It saved tho nation.
It Is a blessed fact, for which this gen
eration might to be devoutly thankful,
that In this broad land with its seventy
millions of souls, our glo.-lous flag
does not flood over the head of a single
slave. Tho war that secured that blessed
result was a holy war. It mado and it
will keep us a united people.
But thero Is a holler war than this,
and it is this holler war of which St.
Paul speaks, when he urged- young Tim
othy to light the good fight of faith, and
to lay hold on eternal life. This Is the
holiest war In which any mortal can en
gage. Carofully drilling la very Impor
tant In physical warfare, and it Is no loss
Important In spiritual tactics. Is tho Bible.
Young soldiers of the National Guard,
study the Bible. It is God's book. In It
you will find His mind and will plainly
rqvealed. It Is tho drill book of tho Chris
tian soldier, and It contains the story
of redeeming love. It Is Jesus Christ
our great Captain, who, through one. of
His chief officers, commands us to fight
the good fight of faith. Eet Us heed His
There is only ono kind of armor that
Is of any value in this spiritual wnrfnre.
and that armor Is Invincible. It Is the
"armor of God," Wo have a description
of it In St. Paul Epistle to the Epheslani:.
Rood it, study It. take it, wear It, use
met and sword. Wo need them all. With
tho girdle of truth, and tho shield of
faith, and the breastplate of righteous
ness, and tho helmet of salvation, and
tho sword of the Spirit, which Is the
word of God, wo are ready for the con
flict, nnd wo aro certain of victory.
It requires courage, fortitude, faith,
perseverance, nnd love to God and man
to make a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
But theso wo can havo, and with theso
wo must win tho day. And when tho bat
tlo is over, and when there is no further
need of our armor, and when we look
back over tho battlefield, may each one
of us be" ablo to say with St, Paul. "I
havo fought a good fight, I have finished
my course, I havo kept the faith; hence
forth there is laid up for me a crown of
righteousness which the Lord, the right
eous Judge, shall glva to me in that
In the Dunmore Presbyterian church
last night, the pastor, Rev. William F.
Gibbons, preached an eloquent sermon
on "God's Banner," which was filled
with thoughts on Memorial Day. The
services throughout were of a patriotic
character, and were attended by a very
large congregation. Several anthems
were rendered by tho choir In specially
fine manner. The speaker took his text
from Psalm vl, 4: "Thou hast given a
banner to them that fear thee," Part of
Mr. Gibbons' sermon was as follows:
Tho Israelites were not a warlike peo
ple; theirs were tho arts of peace. Hut
although they wero forbidden to make
war for conquest, they were encouraged
to expect help from Ood In repelling the
heathen foes, who would hayo Invaded
their Inheritance There are certain ex
pressions in which God likens himself
to tho banner of Israel. Like Henry, of
Navarre, who urged his soldiers, should
his banner fall to rally round his own
white plume, so Jehovah, the captain of
Israel, would urge his peoplo to dcods
of glory, becauso he Is their leader,
'Jehovah nlssll the Lord my banner!"
this Is the royal purple banner of God's
sovereignity, the banner of God tho fath
er. Beneath this banner strong men,
grand men, courageous men, havo been
I sco following this banner such sun
crowned men as Augustine, Calvin, Jona
than Edwards and a host of mighty men
of valour. What made them strong?
What set them to battling against tho
world? We answer, a clear vision of the
sovereignity of God, What gave them
their victory? They answer with a
mighty shout of triumph, ''In the name
of tho Lord will we set up our banners."
Hoar them ascribe their triumph unto
the King "eternal Immortal, invisible."
Let us turn to tho New Testament to
study there the blood-red banner of sal
vation, the banner of Ood tho Son. Notice
that the word banner of tho text was
used not merely concerning a flag, such
as tho modern word means, it is a symbol
or a signal Which Is carried In tho midst
of an army, and It Is to uphold and pre
serve such a symbol that the true sol
dier would lay down his Mfe.
Tho cross of Jesus Christ is tho symbol
Continued on Pago 6.
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On this Juno morning there Is peace
In the land.
The Indian agent at Fort Wins reser
vation Is congratulating himself on tho
meek and humble demeanor of the 3,000
subjects under his care, and today hfe
monthly report will announce that the
war fever which seized upon some of
the bucks a week or so ago has entirely
vanished. Even "Bald-Faced Charley,"
a sub-chief, and the worst of the lot,
has settled himself down to be " a good
At six o'clock In tho morning Ser
geant Yates rode out of Fort Bliss with
seven troopers to repair the bridge at
Devil's Run. Fifteen miles to tho west,
Devil's Run cuts across the military
road as It comes up from tho Union Pa
cific railroad. It Is a mountain tor
rent rushing through tho rock gorge
twenty feet wide, and the spot is wild
and lonely.
Athalf-past nine o'clock, after guard
mount, and before tho men are ordered
out for forenoon drill, Lieutenant Day
and Miss Phelps canter out of tho fort
for a rldo across the country to the
west. The ofllcer Is one of the three or
four unmarried men at the post; Miss
Phelps Is Major Hallday's niece, here
on a three months' visit from tho cast.
It is a beautiful morning, and so full
of the balm of peace that tho sick men
In the hospital feel the effects of It like
a tonic.
At eleven o'clock tho soldier tele
graph operator at tho post, who Is
smoking his pipe and looking out of the
window at a troop drill, catches a
sharp and sudden call, nnd five min
utes later he hurries to the office of the
adjutant with a telegram from the In
dian agent, which reads:
"Bald-Faced Charley and fifty fight
ing bucks Jumped the reservation last
night and headed for Little Valley!"
So, while congratulating himself on
the humble attitude of his charges, a
war party had slipped off under cover
of darkness and. had doubtless found
their first victim before he was out of
bed. So Sergeant Yates and his seven
men had departed for the exact spot
where the Indians would seek to cross
the military road to fall upon tho half
dozen settlers in Little Valley. And so,
riding forth across tho plains toward
tho green-covered foot-hills, Lieuten
ant Day and MIsb Phelps were liable to
ride Into an ambush within ten miles
of the fort. The slsns which signified
peace were base deception. Ten min
utes after that dispatch was received
Fort Bliss was In a state of turmoil.
Under cover of darkness the renegade
Indians made straight for Little Val
ley, thirty miles from the agency, and
about the same distance from the fort.
They hnd six 'hours before daylight,
and meant to fall upon the settlers In
the early morning. After midnight a
fog came; on which reduced progress
and finally checked It altogether. It
thus happened that daylight found the
war party still to the north of the mili
tary road, nnd they did not propose to
cross it until night came again, Tho
bulk of them went Into camp for the
day, but scouts were sent out In every
direction to pick up Information. Two
of these scouts, from their position on
the crest of a ridge, saw the two riders
as they came loping over tho plains.
A signal brought two more scouta to
their assistance. Then the four, mount
ed on their Meet ponies, made a hasty
run of a mile and entered a dry ravine
and waited. Ten minutes after their
arrival tho riders passed them, headed
almost direct for the Indian camp, and
with tho four warriors in their rear.
The pair wero cut off and as good ns
captured. For a mile or more they
rode on in Ignorance of tho situation.
Then, as they drew rein on the crest
of a ridge to breathe th'elr horses, the
ofllcer looked back and noted, the four
Indians following. Thero were plenty
of redskins tiding about every day In
the week, but even the way theso "sub
jects" sat their ponies was proof to
him thnt thev were renegades and
meant mischief. He wns armed with
a revolver alone. To the right were
the foot-hills to the left the military
road. This road was five miles nway.
If they could reach It they might run
upon the dally mall coach or somo
freighters, or by extending the gHll'op
reach DevIi'B Run and the working
"You see those Indians, Miss
Phelps?" quietly asked the officer, ns
he pointed to the redskins advancing
at a walk.
"They doubtless belong to a war
party which has broken loose from tho
reservation. The military road Is off
this way. AVe must ride for It. Get a,
firm seat In your saddle nnd give your
horse the rein and stop for nothing.
I shall follow close behind, but never
mind me. If you are alone when you
reach tho road turn to the left and
keep on until you reach the Run."
"Do you mean It?" she said, as tho
color died out of her face and her lip
"Every word of It, my dear friend.
Be a brave girl and. do ns I tell you.
Our horses are still fresh, and please
God we may keep our distance. Ready
mow. We shall have a good half mile
the start."
"But you you 1"
"Never mind me," he sternly com
manded. "I shall follow after, but you
must pay no attention. Remember
turn to the left when you strike ;ho
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road. Give your horse his head and
trust him to find hlB way. Now you
are off!"
"Kll Yi! Yll" came the yells of the
Indians as the two riders started off,
and then tho race had begun. For tlio
first mllo it was an even race. Then
the Indians began to gain, inch by Inch,
and ns tlicy did so the ofllcer began to
drop back. The girl was riding with a
firm sent and her horse was picking his
own route. The Indians continued
their yelling, but as they crept nearer
and nearer tho reports of their rifles
were added. As a bullet sang over nor
head Miss Phelps looked back with
white, scared face, but the officer
smiled at her and motioned for her to
pay no attention. There came a second,
a third and a fourth. Then tho lieu
tenant felt a sudden pain In his right
shoulder a sensation as If a hot iron
had touched the flesh, and he changed
the relnB to his left and muttered
to himself.
"That's a bullet through the shoulder,
but they can't do as well again!"
It was wild shooting on the part of
the pursuers, but they were counting
on luck. Although they bad gained
somewhat in the race, the long-legged
cavalry horses had the advantages in
climbing the ridges and were still in
good wind. They were certain to reach
the military road first, barring acci
dent. Bullet after bullet went Hying
after the fugitives, and when tho rond
waB only a mile away the ofllcer sud
denly lifted in Ills snddle again. A bul
let had struck in the left hip. The In
dians knew that he was hit again nnd
yelled in triumph. The girl looked
back, and the officer closed up the dis
tance and shouted to her through his
clinched teeth:
"We are close upon the road now I Be
sure and turn to the left!"
Down the slope of a rldgc as steep as
a house roof thundered the riders into
the highway, and after them came the
redskins. A turn to the left, and then,
riding side by side, the officer and the
gfrl used the spurs for the first time
and began to draw quickly away. The
race was lost to the pursuers, and in
their rage they fired their Winchesters
ns fast as they could pull the trigger.
Ping! Ping! Ping! sang the bullets.
One of th'em grazed the lady's hat an
other passed through her rldlng-sklrt
a third struck the officer in tlio calf of
tho right leg. i
"Are you hit?" he asked, as he turned
to her.
"No are you?"
"Only grazed, I think. It can't be
over two miles to the run, nnd the In
dians will soon give up the chase. Hello
what's this!"
Half an hour previously one of tho
sergeant's party at Devil's Run had
climbed a high hill to examine some
growing timber which might be us?d
for the bridge. ' Looking away to tho
east ho had seen the officer and the
lady as they galloped for their lives,
nnd he had no sooner given the alarm
than the sergent ordered every man
to saddle up. It took ten minutes to
get started, but they rode fast nnd
were in time. As they met the fugi
tives they drew aside and let them
pass and then fell upon the four In
dians and wiped three of them off the
face of the earth. The fourth aban
doned his pony and e&caped up a
ravine. Wh'on the sergeant rode back
In search of his officer and the lady he
found them In his camp at Devil's Run.
The lieutenant was lying on the ground,
and Miss Phelps was near by crying
nnd wringing her hands and calling for
"Wh&t's up, mum?" called the ser
geant, as he rode up and dismounted.
"Ho Is dead don't you see he Is
dead," she walled In reply.
"Looks like It. Shot In the leg, hip
nnd shoulder! Ye gods, but what pluck
to hang on as he did! No, ho Isn't
dead! Here Wllklns, get some water,
and you -Green, help me to cut his
clothes off and dress these hurts. Grant,
you lead the lady away a bit and talk
to her till she calms down, nnd the
rest of you keep your eyes open for
Indians. A band has Jumped the res
ervation and will try to cross here, and
wo may have the whole crowd down on
us at any moment.
The "lady from the east," as the sol
diers called her, had never seen a hos
tile Indian in her life, and such a crisis
as she had passed through would have
weakened the nerves of almost any
man. She pulled herself together in a
few minutes, however, and as she
reached the side of the wounded ofllcer
to offer assistance he opened his eyes
and looked nbout him and asked:
"What is it, sergeant what has hap
pened?" "You got a run from the Indians, sir,
and you aro wounded In three places.
I'm patching you up, lieutenant, and
In five minutes I'll send a man to the
fort for the ambulance."
"And Miss Phelps?"
"Unhurt, and here to answer for her
self, sir."
Thank God for that!"
A few minutes later, while the bluff,
but good-hearted sergeant and the half,
crying girl were "patching up" the
wounded officer for his rldo to the
fort, a trooper was sent off to the fort
with a message. Ho had not been gone
ten minutes when the reports of rifles
wero heard, and in another ten he waa
back and reporting.
"Sergeant, tho reptiles nro In am
bush along the road besldo that big,
dead pine! I caught sight of at least
five or'slx of them as they fired, ana
my horso is hit and I've a bullet In my
"Wo nro cut off, sir!" reported the
sergeant, in turn, to the lieutenant.
But the ofllcer had fainted from1 the
loss of blood and the pain of his
It was lucky for the honor of tho old
th cavalry that Sergeant Yates had
been sent out In command of that
bridge-repairing party. It was lucky
for tho wojanded lieutenant, for "the
lady from tho east" and for all con
cerned except the Indians. Tho ser
geant was a veteran Indian fighter and
a man of nerve. The little troop had
como out with only their blankets and
cooking utensils, expecting to pass only
a night at the Run, and had camped
down close to their work, Tho posl
tlon was an exposed one, a,nd the first
move was to seek a fetter one. Such
a place was at hand among the bowld
ers on the hillside overlooking the
bridge. Two troopers were sent up th6
road a quarter of a mile to act ns
vldcttes, two more down the road to
seo If the Indians had reached It on
that side, and as the lieutenant recov
ered consciousness again the sergeant
saluted and snld:
"We are going to move up among the
rocks, sir, Thero come the men from
below, and It's suro we have the red
skins on both sides of us. No fear
nbout our standing 'em off, however.
Now, boys, easy with him." ,
Tho horses wee saddled nnd driv
en down Into the bed of the Run to
take caro of themselves'. All the can
teens, coffee pots and kettles were filled
with frcBh water and carried up to tho
new camp, and without fuss or excite
ment the entire party and all their
belongings were Boon poeted on the hill.
With their axes the. men lopped off
branches to mako a bed for the wound
ed officers, nnd loose rocks were piled
between the bowlders to make the po
sotlon Impregnable. When tho ser
geant reported to lvla ofllcer what ho
had done the latter replied:
"Very well. You have done Just the
right thing. I nm better now, and I'll
try to help you out with advice. If the
Indians attack see that Miss Phelps 1b
well sheltered. If the reds are above
and below we can't expect help. How
aro the men?"
"All right, sir. Davis Is wounded,
but not disabled, and there'll be eight
of us to hold! the place. We can hold It
for a week. If tho lady will look after
you we'll take care of the murdering
Tho officer felt his position keenly,
but It could not be helped. Such was
tho pain of the wound In the hip that he
was compelled to He at full length.
Hnd he been able to sit up with his
back to a rock his pistol arm was use
less. After her rally the girl had
taken hold In a way to prove that she
had plenty of pluck, and she now an
nounced her readiness to take charge
of tho helpless man. Do you look for
lovo and' romance here7 If so I must
disappoint you. Miss Phelps was al
ready engaged to a young man In her
home city, and Lieutenant Day had
passed Into confirmed bachelorhood.
Her heart was big with gratitude, how
ever, for his gallantry and courage, nnd
on his part he had that chivalrous rev
erence and admiration for tho sex al
ways to be foundi In the army ofllcer,
but always showing the stronger at the
posts farthest from civilization.
"If you had not covered my retreat
you would not have received those bul
lets!" she reproachfully said, ns she
wet the bandages over his wounds.
"They are mere scratches and won't
bother (me a month." he stoutly replied.
"My only regret is that I can't sit ttp
and take a hand In. You must act as
my aide as well ae nurse. How are the
men posted?"
"On the three sides of the square,"
she replied.
"I do not want to call the sergeant
away. Go down to him and ask if there
are any signs of the Indians yet. They
may cross tho road without attacking
In five minutes she returned to re
port: "The sergeant says the Indians aro
closing In from the west and the north,
and he expects a rush within ten min
utes. He has counted as high ns 30,
but believes the party Is much larger.'"
The Indians did not wait ten minutes.
They had left men to hold the read
above and below, and they aimed to
wipe out the soldiers and then make
their dash into Little Valley and out
again before any news could reach Fort
Bliss. There were about 30 In the rush
against the two sides of the camp most
open to attack IB to a side. At a sig
nal whoop they came tearing up the
slope, covered with trees, shrubs and
bowlders, and nover did red men dls
plny more pluck and determination.
The soldiers opened fire as soon, as a
stormer could be sighted, and with her
face as white as tho cloudB above and
her heart In her mouth, Miss Phelps
reported to the groaning officer:
"The men ore down on their knees
and firing over the rocks. They do not
seem nt all excited. There I see nn Iiv
dlnn on the north side I see two others
down there! How they Bhrlek and yell!
Ono has leaped the rocks! There comes
another, but the sergeant"
"And I lying here helpless!" shout
ed tho officer. Is tlie sergeant down?
For God's sake, tell me what is happen
ing!" "No! The sergeant shot one and
brained the other with his clubbed
musket! The men ore cheering the
Indians have been beaten off!"
Three minutes later the sergeant
nam? uo to salute and report.
"We drove them, back, sir, and I
think we killed seven or eight, but I've
lost two men killed and a third badly
"Well done, sergeant!" replied the of
ficer when he could control his voice.
"I'm sorry' for the loss, but perhaps the
Indians will stay licked."
"I'm afraid they won't, sir. I never
saw such devils. I must get back to
the men nnd look out for another dash.
If they come as they did before we'll
have a hard Job of it."
"Is he afraid the Indians will over
power him?" asked tho girl when the
sergeant was gone.
"Yes, If they rush him again. There
are only five men now."
"And If wo are captured?"
"We won't be!" quietly replied the
officer. "Put my revolver here at my
left hand, and do you sit down here! If
the Indians carry the camp I shall
shoot you and then put a bullet Into my
own head!"
"Yes yes that will be tho way!"
she said as she handed him the weapon
and eat down at his elbow. "There they
como again! Yes, you will shoot me
"Are the men cool?" asked the officer,
as the carbines began to speak.
"Yes-same as before. There comes
the Indians! I can see one two three
God havo mercy on us!"
"Are they Inside?"
"Yes yes shoot mo!"
"Be quiet! What's the sergeant do
ing?" "He's he's fighting the men are
fighting oh! God! but how they are
fighting!" she shrieked' nB she hid her
face In her hands.
"And now?" asked the lieutenant, as
the beada of perspiration stood out on
his forehead and his eyes burnedl like
coals of fire.
"The Indians are down they have
been drlvem out the men are cheering
for victory!" she gasped as nhe leaped
"They came again, sir, as I thought
they would," said the sergeant, as he
came up to report, "but we have beaten
them off. Their loss Is so heavy that
they won't try it again."
"And about our loss?" asked the ofli-.
"Sorry to report, blr, that the men are
all down but Barnes and me."
"What! IA1I dtad!"
"All dead, sir. The man wounded
before was killed In the rush. Barnes
has a scratch or so and I've got the
same, but I think the worst is over
now. They'll hang about and do some
shooting, but they won't rush us
again. If they do, we'll fall back her
and and "
And .die together, ho meant, thouglf
he did not utter tho words, Tho ofllcer
understood and smiled grimly; the girl
understood, and in her heart sho felt
more admiration for the weather-beaten
old sergeant than for any other man
The Indians did not rush again. They,
had lost thirteen in killed and flvo
or six wounded, and they did not
know how great a loss they had in
flicted on the defenders. Their raid in
to Little Valley must bo given up,
nnd they would sneak back to the. re
servation nnd become "good Indians"
again. Before going, however, they
wanted reVenge for their dead and
wounded. Scaterlng nbout, and two
or three of them climbing trees to get
n plunging fire, they began a do
aultory fusllade, and at the end of a
quarter of An hour Private Barnes wns;
shot through the head. Miss Phelps
was reporting the tragedy to the lieu
tenant when Bergeant Yates came up
nnd saluted and announced. .-
"Barnes Is gone, sir; but I'll do the
best I can alone. I think the devils aro
about to give, up the fight, but the lady;
must lie closo or some sharpshooter
will pick her off. Please keep down,
miss. Any ordeis, lieutenant?"
"None sergeant. The news of thin
party getting away from the reserva
tion must have been telegraphed tho
fort, nnd no doubt troops have been
sent out. Wo ought to bo hearing:
from some of them sootn"
"That's it, sir, and I'll go back to tho
big bowldera and try nnd pottho red
devils In the big tree."
After that the fire of tho Indians
slackened to nn occasional stioi, and
the wounded officer read"' tlio sign
aright. The discomfited redskins wera
making ready to retire. Scarcely ten
mlnutea had gono by whon. the re
ports of carbines .wure heardi .to the
east, followed by cheers, and .as tho
sergeant cheered and Miss Phelps clap
ped her hands, the lieutenant ex
claimed: "Thank God for that! It is a detach
ment from tho fort,- looking after us I
and the sergeant's party, and we aro
(javed! Listen to the hoof-beats of tho
"Hooray! Hooray! It's our boys
coming!" shouted the sergeant, as ha
swung his cap and danced about.
There was Just ono m6re report from
a rifle, but neither the girl nor tho of
ficer gave it any attention. They wera
looking for the rescuers, nnd as tho
troopers came In sight on the road
below. Miss Phelps climbed over tho
rocks and called to them. A captains
was in command, and as he scram
bled up the hill, followed by a dozen
dismounted men, he reached out for
the hand of the hysterical girl and
"Thank God we have found you allvet
Where 1 the lieutenant?"
She pointed to the helpless man on,
tho bed of boughs, but could not utter
a word.
"Eh, old mnn did they pot you?"
asked the captain, as he bent over his
"Yes, got me pretty bad. It was a
hot little fight, but I was not in it.
The sergeant. God bless him, deserves
all the credit. You came Just in time.
Ho told mo a moment ago that all his
men had been wiped out."
"God forbid! Where Is Yates?"
"Down that way."
"Yes, I seo him kneeling beside the
big rock. Oh, sergeant!"
The sergeant did not move nor an
swer. The captain walked down to him,
and clapped him on the shoulder and
said :
' "Eh, sergeant! Get up Hero and let's
shake hands over this. Day has been
telling me how cool and brave"
The kneeling man suddenly toppled
over sideways, and then the captain
saw that ho had been talking to a. dead,
man! The last bullet fired by an In
dian had struck him fair in the fore
head. It was 'what the army folks call
"the wipe-out at Devil's Run."
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