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The Anaconda standard. [volume] (Anaconda, Mont.) 1889-1970, April 05, 1891, Image 12

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iila^^^hack in the
Danyulnn in Kaunas City War.
Iwua u-rradinir tliu other tiny,^ sniil^the old cattleman, tipping hark In* cluiip,^^bow some old Human alinrp who nio-t^likely waa uiteresti-il in the town says,^'All roads lead* to Koine.' Not knowing^notlnn' of Itumo myself, nor yet of the^rausewayn thar an' tliaralxiut*, 1, of^rourse nin't ^ayin' iiiithin' an' simply leta^lier fly as a quotation for what it'n worth.^It ^UBi^est^, however^leaviMR Home for^the refonnutiori of men^that all trails^lead* likewise to reform. N o one can tell^how soon or liy what ^ tirious meana MM^onery hosii-tliief sort of fellow,of no more^ralue to a decent eamp than an Apache^or a horned load, will come MM* '^^^^iid^on Ilis hind hoofs and Ik- (rood (Hople.
^Thisyerewas mighty eminent MM case^with a hold-tip I knows M '^^' the name^of Johnson. 1 lee.Hues into Wolfville one^day ill Aiifiust, along of a paint pony,^lie comes trailin' in alter the slaue^at the time, for company likes,^1 suppose, which the same is not^onnaual. Old Monte, the driver, aorter^allows, casual like with his nose in his^whiskey, as how he aees Johnson first^hack some thirty miles into the hills, an'^Old Monte teemed to reckon a whole lot^that Johnson owns aome cattle aome'ert,^an' at the fac's ain't worry in' us none no^^how we all lets her go at that.
Johnsonhimse'f is a long, lean, gooil-^lookm' kind of coyote, with a ipiiek eye,^which is gettin' its share of the scenery^right along, an' if he's remarkable at ml^it's because he's pervadin' round ninthly^continuous an' seems like he's as restless^as a prairie dog. As far us my opinion^goes at that time, 1 sorter likes him. I^takes note of Ins a Hera driukiu' whiskey^straight an' that, nacheral eiiur, kinder^drors him to my In art. Then, agin', one^night 1 observes him ill a little game with^Cherokee Hall, an' Johnson lays down^three queens when Cherokee makes a^flush on a ^wo ilraw, an' then I respects^him. A man who is that sensitive nil'^nckerale as to know when to lay down^three queens is plenty rure, an' when^found be has my ros|M-ct.
Weillthis yere Johnson is trackln'^'round Wolfville. mayl*- it's two weeks, a-^lilayiu' of a btile poker, a-bui kin' of a^little faro, an' absorbiu' of bar viands al^^ternate, an' all in a way which puts pub^^lic suspicion to sleep ill a minnle if It ever^lifts its head, which it don't.
Onemorn in' we was all outen our^blankets an' and assembled in the 'Early^llird it was ali .nl llrst-ilrink time, all'^we was gathered thar tor our customary^forty drops ^when in comes Han llogys^all spraddled out.
'Gents,' says Han, in a tone as shows
he'sall keyed up, 'g. tits. I'm a hinged^Mexican if somebody ain't done run off^every boss we had in the corral^leaat-^wis ^ he's run off ten head, bein' aiz of the^stage company's in the bunch, too.'
'Well,' aaya Sam Knnglit, ea'mly tip-^pin' up hit glass until be gets every drop^aa ia comin'to him, 'takin' ten horses ia^different from takin' all. Moore, you go^over an' see about saddlin' four bosses^^get faat onea. Jack^an', Oarkeep, fill up^four canteens with cough medicine^give^ua aomo of the Willow Hun stuff. I^reckon.' he goes on, turnin' to the rest of^us, 'we overhauls this yere lions dealer^too easy.' Enright waa chief of the^Stranglera an' a prompt, thoughtful roan.^You can gamble he kuowed his business,^too.
'While we are all waitiu' for the^bosses,' aaya Hoe Poets, an' I wants to^mention that tbia yere Pceta waa the^smartest man I ever soe. 's'pote we con^^venes the camp an' find who'* miasm'.^It may help find the thief.'
SoPceta atcpa out an' turns his six-^sbo. .ler h.ose| three or b ur times ail' of^course all the inhabitants cornea eaiilerin'^up eager for to see who gots downed so^early in the day, an' when we counts^noses we IInils we're jest abort this yere^sharp. Johnson.
*1 reckon he's our man,' says Enright.^*I can't go myie'f, but four of you all take^the bosses Booth is coram1 with, an' p'int^out an' get him. He can't go fast nil' take^10 bosses with him, an' you all oughter^run up on him by to-morry, shore.'
SoI'eets, I tooth, Hoggs, an' Cherokee^Hall steps into the saddle an' piekin' up^the trail over by the corral, lines out to^^ward Ihe Tres Hermanns. They runs the^trail until late thai afternoon an' camp-,^an' gettin' it ngiu in the morning it lukes^'t in nun Ihe hills. Yere it gits hard an'^rocky, an' thi n, nnclu ral enuf, not hem'^Itijilus, lose, it. A Injun can track a torn-^cat along a stone wall, but white men^ain't got no sech gift. Hut on they goes,^trad or no trail.
'We gets this yere Johnson,' says Jack^Booth, 'or up goes a wickeyup an' I lives^rieht in these yere hills from now on.^Either we downs bun or 1 don't go back^no more; ill which event Wolfville lose^not only ten bosses, but a valyooed citi^^zen.' llooth is kettle-lender or marshal^for the Strutiglers, an' for an outsider like^this yere Johnson to stroll in and quit MS^ten bosses ahead is mighty grievous an'^gratm' to Jack.
Aathe outfit waa atumblin' up a can^^yon they bears a bona whinny t'other side^of the bill. It was one of the stuge bosses,^an' he gets a scent of an acquaintance of^liis'n^they Ix-in' to wiud'ard^which the^same is carry in' Doc l'ects all easy enuf,^an' so he says 'howdy!' to him. boss fash^^ion. I'eets' boss be says 'howdy!' back,^an' the next minute these yere four people^is plliu' all pMMMMI into the canyon^where the ten bosses is, an' each a shoot-^in^. So'a Johnson, for that matter, and^for a short time it's some lively. When^the shoot in' ceases there's that man John^^son stretched out utid bis luig broke at^the knee, an' Booth is biitygcttin hit sud-^die'oil'his own dead boss to put it onto^another. Then they sets Johnson in a^sud.lie after lyin' up ilia bug, takes tIn^^tel! bosses, which is all lookin on some^interested in the racket, and lines out for^home.
Justns the outfit is on term' into a long,^narrow stretch of canon where the wail^is high an' oueliinable they iiears 15 or JO^gun* behind 'em, an' at the same time the^bullets begin to selltter an spatter around^in the rocks. Back they looks and thar's^40 Injuns up the valley half a mile.
O!you wants us, do you ^' say* Booth^plenty scornful, 'well we'll just fool you^up u whole I d ! What do you say, I'eets;^let's stop an' give 'cm a rough toss 7^There's niitlim' in it, ol course, lint let it^go into the minutes of the ineetin' under^the head of ^good of the order.^ '
'No,says l'.-ou 'let's get out of the^hill* onto ihe H it ground first. There's
toogood a chance to crawl 'round us
'ButI'm conatitootionally agin al-^lowin' Injuria to pester 'round me this^way' says Jack. 'What do you all say,^boys^^ bo continued to Hoggs an' Cher^^okee.
Hoggswaa for atoppin' an' Cherokee^allowed be don't care none which way;^anything as suits the rest suits him,
'Don't 1 get no vote in this yere, I'd^like for to know^' says Johnson, who alts^on hia boas listenin', some pale with his^busted hug, but game an' ugly jeat the^s ine'. 'Ain't I into this at all ^
'Well, I abould say not,' says Booth^mighty contemptuously, 'Do you think-^we're coraiii' out yere in the hills to let a^boss thief vote along with us^ If you do^you ain't got our grade right none at all.'
Alltbia tune the Injuns is closin' up,^n-shootiu' wild an' wastin' good lead like^they alters do, an' so I'eets. seein' how^sentiment stands, aorter drops the whole^outfit in behind a point o' rocks an' be^^gin* puinpiu' It into the hostiles in a rap^^id an' onpleasant way. This yere goes^on for two minute* an' the Injuns sorter^drops out of ihe game long enuf to count^what chips they're short.
'1 s'poae,' aaya Johnson to I'eets, while^they're waitiu', 'you all's shore duo to^hang ine when we get* to Wolfville'.
'We moat likely will waste a lariet^that away,' Buy* I'eets. ,Why, whatever^make* you doubt it^'
^1 ain't doubtin' it,' says Johnson:^'none whatever. I his yore s jest ray way^of beguiniu' a conversation. Now, what^I'm gettin' to i* tins: I'm goiu' to bang^anyhow, an' it hurts my luig like blaze* to^risft. Now, w hat'* the matter of you all^given' me a Winchester and a couple of^t ..lis, an' say, about 100 rounds of '41s.'^an' leliin' me camprignt y. r ^ in the rocks^an' carry on the war. You all can stroll^off to Wollville then an'I'll see that no^Injuns go by mo. The canon Wall II see^they don't go round none, an' thar you^be. 1 think she's a bang-up good scheme,^niyse'f, a* doe* mo credit. They can't^nohow down me for two hours, an' that'll^give you start enuf even if you're afoot.^What do you suy; is it a go^'
'What do you all think ^' says Poets to^the rest, sorter tlnnkiu' of it over to^hiinae'f. 'It looks all right to me. This^yere man is bound to go anyhow, an'^simply prefers Injuns to us an' bullets to^a rope. I would my so f, similarly situ^^ated. It most likely ia a-hurtin' of bis^luig a heap to make him ride, too. What^do you all say; shall we let Inm make the^pluy ^'
'Itlooks like when a man's done^hound to lose anyhow,' tavs Cherokee,^'bo shore oughter be allowed to say which^caul he drops his stack ou.'
'Wu ni ght as well let him have his^way,' said Itooth, gloomily. '1'ackin' him^in with bis busted knee ia a heap of^bother, an' when wo do get him in thar,^we am't got no real good up and up place^to swing him to. Ilungiu' him to the^windmill stops proceedui's ill that quar^^ter for an hour, an' interferes with the^water supply. On account of not bom'^able to dior wuter, au' a man haiigin' in^the way, the last time we runs up ou Tuc^^son Dave, Mis* Backer gets 'way behind^on her game ut the Garfield restaurant,^an' wo don't see nosuiqier 'til 7 o'clock.^Miss Bucker tells me then that's the last^tune wo ever hangs a mast to the wind^^mill. She says the won't stand no more^of it. Stretclun' of a shot man don't do^no good neither. It ain't no example.^You wnnts a well, sound man every time,^or hangin's, from a standpoint of public^welfare, ain't of no avail.'
Soeverybody's feelm' about like it,^they tips an' give* Johnson g Winchester^an' a brace ol tix-shooicrs an' plants him^down iM'lutid n rock with his back agin an^^other, turns him over a canteen of wkisky^an' says '.nine..'
'Y'ou're goin' to have a chance now,^Johnson,' say* I'eeta, 'to do soiuoihin' for^so-'iety. an' 1 shore hope* you improves it^an' don't lay down ou il none.'
'That's all right, boys,' says Johnson,^takin' a big drink an' wavin' his band all^pleasant. 'When you all gets In jes write^on to the commissioner on Injuns an' give^him my respects an' tell him to shorten^up bis count on Apaches at least ten.'
'Do you all mean to tell me,' says Faro^Nell, her eye* a-flashln'. when they stops^in front of the Bed Light saloon four^hours later an' informs the rest of us bow^the game stands, 'do vou all mean to stand^yere an' tell me you four rides off without^a mark an' leave* a white man behind^with a bullet jn hia knee to get ahot up,^an' hacked, an' skelped by Injuns^ Cher^^okee,' continues Nell, goin' over to him^with tears in her eyes, 'I wasn't lookin'^for no sech play from you. nohow.'
'Why. Nellie,' say* Cherokee, 'this^yere's all right if you looks at it. This^Johnson was due to hang, anyhow, an'^what difference, aa he aaya himself, if he^gets his stack caabed by an Injun^ He'a^bound to quit anyhow. Now the way it'a^fixed he'a goin' to get a whole lot of In^^juns himself llrst, which would shore be^a comfort to me an' is bound to be to^Johnson. If you regards how Johnson is^fixed when them Apaches jumps up, you^sees, he thereby plays in a whole lot of^luck.'
^I'm goin' out after that man,' says^Faro Noll, ull of a furious sudden, u-^niakin of a breuk for her pony as stands^saddled across the street.
*You can't head oir a woman, once^sne starts,' says Poets, and you can gam^^ble I'eets kuowed, 'any more than you^can a bird; an' we might jest as well cull^tins yere a pieii is uu' all bands saddle up^an' follow Nell. Since the states matters^her way, I'm bcginnin' to have a Hi ghly^sight ol cur'osity about this hero Johnson^^nyse'f.'
Sotliar'uiion the whole he-part of the^outfit saddles up, an' we all goes stam-^pi diu'oil'after Faro Nell. It wusa long. I^hard run into them bills, but wu makes it^ull right. We finds Johnson up agin his^rock, u little paler an' a little drunker^^lie's bo. n thur nine hours driukiu' an' |^fightiu' an' sufforin,' an' it's just gettin' I^dark^hut from the looks of things out in i^front it appears he's lieeu scent' his hind^sights rigiit along when be shoot*. This^yere Johnson was sborely clean strain^g Hue an' nary cross. Of course when the^Injuns Iiears u* u-ei mill' they hops outen^the way, too quick. They was glad of an^exeiiie, 'cause they was gettin' a heup^tired of Johnson the way he acts, an' was^thinkin' of qtiittin' him anyhow.
' ^Now we gets this yere outcast agin,'^says I'eets to Enright an' tne rest when^we was all back in the Bed Light. 'What^^ever be we goin' to do with him ^'
'Well,'says Enright, ^of curse boss-^stealiu', by the laws of God an' inun,^mean* nangiu'. I hat is, in the reg^^ular, everyday game of life. Hut^this yere is an exception. We can't^hang this yere man now. without show in'^a heap of d srespeci to Faro Nell^after lier ridin'so far to get htm. So 1^reckon we'll j 'st give him over to Nell to^(o what she likes with. What do you^say, Nell'.' What II we all do with till*^yere felon of a Johnson ^'
FaroNell gets a iittl^ closer to Chero^^kee, an' pullin' hi* head down whispers^awhile. 'Ain't it right, Cuerokee^ she^asks.
^Whatever you say is right, Nell,' says^Cherokee, smoothiu' down her hair; 'you^can gamble is goin' to b ^ right in Wolf^^ville; so tell 'em what it is.'
^Well,then,' says Nell, hackin' up^closer agin Cherokee an' lakiu' h'Id of^in* hand behind her, 'wait till he gets all^well an' then give the cu*t a pony all' let^him lope. We don't want him nohow.'
Wei!,son, ito you know this yere deal^reforms Johnson. 1 sees b in two years^atterword over in P.-cscott, an' lie's got u^saloon an' a faro game an' is reformed^complete. H^ tells me hims^'f it's all on^account of them actions of F iro Nell.^They touches Ins heart an' ha makes up^his mind h -'s goin' to alter his play from^thar on. An' h ^ does.
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