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AN INDIAN FIGHT.
A Chapter From the Chronicles of the Yellowstone. Just after the last expedition left for the Black Hills, (in 1876.) Hubble and Charley Cocke started towards the Big Horn coun try on a quest for beaver. At Pryor creek they found some wolf and beaver signs, and concluded to camp and trap for a few days. 'Twas about 4 in the afternoon when they unpacked, and soon afterward Hubble wentup the creek with a few traps and Cocke went down. When about a mile from camp Hubble saw in the hills a little band of buffalo, and being short of meat he left his traps, and going out killed one, and dressing it took a small piece, and go ing on set his traps and returned to camp. The next morning he looked at his traps and in returning went by the dressed buf falo with the intention of cutting off .more meat to take to camp. When at the car cass he found that all of the choice meat had been cut off and taken away. When leaving the agency he had been told that the Crows were on Pryor and he natural lysupposed that the meat had been taken by those Indians; so he turned back to camp to save his things, for, friendly or hostile, it is the Indian creed to steal at every opportunity. Just before he arrived at camp he heard tiring down the creek. This he supposed to be made by the Crows killing buffalo. As he came in sight of the bottom in which they had made camp he saw several strange horses running with his. He was assured it was Crows and walked careless ly along. Running from the hills to the creek near eamp was a little coulee. When within about 20 yards of this 12 Indians raised from it and fired without touching him. With a 50-yard run he reached the brush. They started to follow him in, but their leader fell at the edge pierced by a bullet from Hubble's gun. The remainder held back and Hubble went on until he found a dense thicket, in which he laid quietly til. night. 'I he Indians came near him sever al times during the day, but did not dis cover him. The firing he had heard was made by the Indians that were lighting Charley Cocke, who had expressed his intention of taking a long walk down the creek to look for beaver signs. Hubble heard a shot occasionally till about 4 p. m., when the firing ceased. At dusk he crawled carefully towards camp; he found several Indians in it, feasting from the stores, and carefully crept away. He would liked to have killed one of them but did not dare to provoke a fight with them, for he had but five cartridges with him, he having been very careless in the morning and gone out with his belt but half full and the most of these he had fired at an antelope. When it became fairly- dark he struck out to the nearest settlements. The weath er and the water of Pryor creek, which came to his armpits, was very cold, and worst of all he had no matches with which to light a fire, so he had to walk steadily to For three days he walked and crossed creeks and rivers, and during this time had not a bite to eat, for in a game country all of the time he had seen but one deer on the trip, and shooting at that, missed. About 4 p. m. of the third day he, just as he came to the Yellowstone, killed a prairie chicken, and was just'going to sit down and eat it when he saw two white men riding out of the brush about a umile ahead of him. lie fired his last cartridge but one to attract their attention but the wind was blowing from them to him and they not hearing rode on and out of sight. Taking the chicken he went on, and tak ing their back trail soon found where they had been camped. There was a camp fire still burning, and lying around were sever al scraps of bread and meat. Hubble put their thrown away coffee grounds into a tin can that he found and steeped them over, and then, in his judgment, ate the best meal he had ever had in his life. After a short rest he felt refreshed, started again, and the next morning arrived at Country man's, at the mouth of Stillwater. where his wants were all relieved. Knowing that his comrade must be dead, he did not go back, but about two weeks afterward a party of Crows found Cocke's body near the camp on Pryor creek, lean ing against a tree, ahid had apparently been in the act of putting a cartridge in his needle gun when hit, for the chamber was open and there was a ,cartridge grip ped last in his right hand. The bullet passed directly through his brain, and death must have been instaultanious. Had the Sioux known that they had kill ed him there would have been great re joicing among them, for he as well as Hub ble was both known and feared, and be fore his cool aim many of their number had gone to the happy hunting ground. He never sought a fight with either whites or reds, but was always ready when one came. He was cool and deliberate min speech and motion, and neither friend or foe or circumstances ever induced him to go, when afoot, faster than a walk. He had some odd ways, yet he would do to tie to, either for peace or war. Why They Discharged the Cook. A man at Long Branch recently entered a restaurant and said: "Have you any clam chowder?" "We have," replied the waiter, "Bring me a plate." A plateful was placed before him, and he set to work with great gusto. After he had taken about a dozen spoonfuls he drew a pair of opera glasses from his pocket and looked intently at the chowder for some time. Then be jumped into the air and gouted : "Eqreka!" "'What's that?" asked the proprietor. "I've get it!" yelled the di ner. "Got what?" asked thi restauran toeur. "A lam'" "Great)ttf' yelled the prpr lotr; "he's got the clamn!~"r And bef*ooethe diner c.uld say a wori the pro prietor piekod p the oam iln alfi gold of stIe9s hod :ionl ja f t r A A Sioux Bill of Fare. One of the peculiarities of the latest United States style of feeding the noble red man is the fact that he is given Gov ernment rations, and at the same time ap propriations are made which are supposed to maintain him. Sometimes a wild Indian who don't know much about groceries and how to prepare them for food, comes in and draws his regular soldier rations in this way: For instance, up in the Sitting Bull country a while ago an Indian came in from the war path who had never seen any of the pale face style of food, and drew his rations. He made a light meal of unground cof fee the first day, and as he overate, and the coffee swelled on him, he had difficulty in buttoning his pants around the pain that he had on hand. He felt very unhappy for a day or two, but laid it to the fact that he hadn't exer cised much, and the consequent ennui and indigestion resulting therefrom. As soon as he succeeded in getting his interior department quieted down a little, he tackled his ration of candles. These he decided to parboil, in order to avoid trou ble from indigestion. The dish was not so much of a glittering success as he had anticipated, and as he remorsefully picked the candle wicking out of his teeth with a tent pin he made some remark that grated harshly on the wsthetic ears of those who stood near. He then tried a meal of yeast powder with vinegar. He ate the yeast powder and then took a pint of extremely potent vine gar to wash it down. At first there was a feeling of glad sur prise in his stomach, which rapidly gave place to un availing remorse. A can of yeast powder in an Indian's midst don't seem to be prepared for a pint of vinegar, and the result of such an unfortunate circumstance is not gratify ing Every little while a look of pain would come over the features of the noble child of the forest, and then he would jump about seventeen feet and try to kick a cloud out of the sky. Then he would sit down and think over his past life. It took about a week for him to get back to where he dared to get up another meal for himself. Then he fricassed a couple of pounds of laundry soap and ate that. Soap is all right for external purposes or for treating a pair of soiled socks, but it does not assimilate with the gastric juice readily, and those who have tried laundry soap as a relish do not seem to think that it will ever arrive at any degree of prom inence as an article of diet. That is why this untutored child of na ture swore. He ihad never received the benefits of early training in profauity, and his language, therefore, was disconnected and rambling; but when we consider that he was ignorant of our language, and that every little while he had to stop and hold on to his digester with both hands and dig great holes in the earth with his toes, the remarks didn't seem altogether out of place or irrelevant. powder and vinegar is singing its little song in the innermost recesses of an In dian, and this has been followed by a treat ment of laundry soap, the student of hu man nature can find a wide field for obser vation in that locality. The earnest and occupied look, the trou bled expression of the countenance, fol lowed by the quick, nervous twitching of the muscles of the face, and then the swelling up and the bursting of Ithe sus pender button,the deep-drawn sigh and the smothered cuss-word, all betoken the gas tric agitation going on within. This is why an Indian prefers a link of bologna sausage and a two-year-old dog to the high priced groceries so common to our modern civllization.-Bill Nye. Discovery of a Giant Skeleton. According to a despatch from Shelby ville, Ind., George Arnold, a farm hand in the employ of Franklin Boots, who lives about fifteen miles west of that city, made a discovery which has excited widespread interest in the county. The object of this interest is the skeleton of what once was a man of gigantic proportions, which was uncovered in a gravel pit on Mr. Boots' farm. The skeleton was found in a sitting posture, facing the east, and about six feet beneath the surface. Some of the bones were badly broken by a caving of the bank, but the skull and some of the lar ger bones were taken out intact, and from them may be easily realised the gigantic stature of the being to whom they once gave support. A measurement of the skull from front to rear, the rule passing through the eye socket to the back of the head, shows it to have been about sixteen inches, while the breadth of the inferior maxillary was eight and one-half inches, showing that the brain must have weighed from four and one-half to five pounds. Careful measurements of the other bones establish the fact that the man, when alive, was not less than nine feet in height, and large in proportion. From the appear ance of the teeth, which are very large, and do not show the slightestan of de cay, although they are worn down almost to the bones of the jaw, the man could not have been less than 100 years old when he died, and, of course he may have been much older. The bones of the lower jaw are very- large and thick, showing an ex tent of muscular development in tht or-. gan which is far beyond anything of the present day. How long ago the body of this giant was interred, where it was un earthed, or to what tribe or nation he l' longed when hd trod the earth in all the majesty of his strength, itis Impossible to say. but it mits have been ages ago, as all the indiato show that she . . l whe the remainst were discovered o disturbed for many s.. Uire tb T the 8t-ei~i~t-tisp otslme I .ilf SADDLERY. COW BOYS' HEADQUARTERS! STOCK SADDLES TO O0DER oughtthi Fine Harness Sullivan. From the following trees: HAND-MADE I Half-Breed, Solid Fork, Montana Stock, Vasika, Lehman, Texas Iron Fork, Still, Love, Tea s Ferseike. TO ORDER ! Chaps made to order from best quality of calf Buggy an's Team Whips, skin! Quirt's Hackamore Reatas Spanise Martingales, Half- HORSE CLOLHING, Breed Bits, Inlaid Spurs, Canteas, - NOE BAGS, SWEAT PADS! Belts. All Work Warranted, and Hand-Made! SATISFACTION CUARANTEED OR MONEY REFUNDED. JOE SULLIVAN, FRONT STREET, - - - - FORT BENTON, M. 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