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THE ARGUS, TUESDAY; DECEMBER 17, 190T.
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3.K ELEAffOR GATES.
Author of "The Biography of a Prairie CirL"
COPYRIGHT. 1900. BT McCLURE. PHILLIPS I COMPANY.
A miUtli.. tTUM'U lying ciose lO
I the shuck ou the river side; a
blood bespattered pane in the
window Just above, a riLle
bull imlicddt'd deep at a gun's length
beyond the pane these were the traces
that ou the following morning gave an
Inkling of a deadly clash.
Sijuaw Charley found them when
the day was yH to young that no hu
man eyes save those of an Indian
could have used its scanty light. Four
n:ps upon the warped door had
brought no answer. Iktudly repeated,
they had set the wooden latch to shak
ing lonesouiely. Mistrustful, he had
filtered and groped aboi.t the dark
room. Table and benches were In
place. The blankets hung before the
bunk. To one side, rolled up neatly,
was the mattress upon which Dallas
md Marylyn slept. But nothing else
met his expectant hand and foot. Next
ho had visited the lean-to. where he
felt his way carefully from stall to
stall, discovering no occupant. Theu
he had gone out to pry around the
yard and lit upon the marks that told
of tin struggle.
The absence of the wagon was a
clew. He stole along the outgoing
tracks, between which small, circular
and clearly stamped, were the hoof
prints of two mules. Near the coulee
crossing the tracks ran into others and
fresher ones that diverged sharply
into the corn. The hoof prints be
tween these pointed eastward. He
forsook the outgoing and turned back
across the lield.
At first the (ourso of the wagon puz
zled. After veering north until the
canyon yawned the team had made
clung the brink, keeping perilously
near it. Farther on. at the upper end
of the plowed strip, the direction ab
ruptly changed. The mules bad swung
out to the right upon the ojen prairie,
traveling straight for the middle of
the gap. So far they had gone at a fu
rious gallop. Now, however, ihey
slowed to a walk, when the course no
longer puzzled. To and fro it wended,
tills way for a few feet, then the other
proof that Hen anil I'etty had fed.
Squaw Charley halted. The horizon
was faintly yellow. I'piui it was a
moving object, which presently took
the clearer form of a wagon and span.
He set off. his loose hair whipping at
bis back. The team was also travel
ing rapidly. P.eliind was a red lish fol
lower that lowed in pretest of the
When the mules ciue by Dallas was
standing at the dashboard plying the
lash. Her face was ashen, her eyes
f : 11
lie stole ttlony the outgoimj tracks.
werexhollow. She did not see the In
dian, for her gaze was .upon the shack.
He swung himself Into the rattling
box. There lay Marylyn. still in the
grasp of the stupor that had bound
them brain and body through the
Before the mulos brought up at the
lean-to Dallas was over a wheel and
tottering in quest of her father. Out
of the shack. as. sbe s.earclied. .it sound-
. Half a glass
ed her plaintive cry: '"Daddy, daddy,
where are you? Oh, daddy, daddy,
Squaw Charley, bringing Marylyn iu,
found the elder girl kneeling behind
the partition, her arms thrown out to
grasp the vacant bunk.
He put his load down gently; then,
unbidden, rushed through the door for
When Captain Oliver arrived with
Fraser. a surgeon and a detachment of
mounted men Dallas was seated in the
doorway, rocking Marylyn against her
breast. She looked up dry eyed as he
hurried to her.
"Whafd they do It for?" she asked
him brokenly. "How could they hurt
you. dad? Oh, the land wasn't worth
It. the land wasn't worth it!"
Something to quicken life in Mary
lyn was the first thought. Then food
and drink were given the girls. Mean
while the troopers were sent out un
der Fraser to range the beud and beat
Oliver stayed. But to his questions
Dallas, her reason tottering like her
steps, could only return others that
"He'll come back, won't he? They
wouldn't kill him? Oh, you don't think
"AVe'll find him," said the captain.
He was pitiful in his regret. This trag
edy was striking home to him as even
the Jamieson f:lure had not. His
long, sad face was more like a walrus'
"Mr. Bond said we'd have good luck
here," she went on despairingly. "But
there was danger by night, wasn't
there? There was danger!"
sues KiiocKeu stiiy. Oliver mur
mured to the surgeon. "The child
doesn't know what she's saying."
"You're right. Clean blunted," was
the answer. "But I'll straighten 'em
both out by noon."
A long halloo summoned the captain
to tne uoor. a group or men were
gathered in the swale between the
shack and Shanty Town. Fraser was
among them. Oliver signaled, and the
young officer wheeled and came gallop
-What is it?"
"Old man's gun, discharged, out
there in the grass"
"And two sets of footprints coming
and going across that bit of low
ground. One set looks about two days
old and was made by boots; other Is
newer and made by moccasins,
"There's something strange about
these last. Coming this wav the marks
are so light you can hardly see 'em,
going back they're sunk way down.'
"Carried a load, oh'i"
"It looks like it." Oliver mounted
and they rode off to the swale.
Noon was past when the captain call
ed at the shack again. He found the
surgeon gone, but his promise ful
filled. Food and medicine had gone
far to revive his patients physically
Tears had mercifully 'combined with
returning strength to right their minds,
This time the elder girl met Oliver
with no incoherence, but with brave
quiet. AH her self command had re
turned. She asked him in and show
ed a tender forethought for Marylyn
by sending her out into the sunshine
and the garden before she listened to
what he had to tell. When he was
done she began her story with the
finding of the pole.
"Redskins!" he exclaimed.
"Boot marks were around, though,'
"You are sure? I wish your father
had asked my advice. I feel as if
had come short In my duty."
"Flease doa't," she entreated. "You
see, we thought we could tend to It
long 's we knew who it was." i
He turned astonished eyes upon her.
"Knew!" he exclaimed. "Well, for
heaven's sake out with it then!"
"Matthews he wanted the land."
"The Interpreter! But last night's
tracks were made by mocassins
There's one Indian free"
She let him go no further. "It's not
Charley," she declared. "Matthews
meant us to think it was Indians.
Moccasins are easy to get"
"That's true." He frowned. "H'ra
Well, I shall Inquire into his where
abouts during the last two days." And
the captain fell to studying the figures
on the Xavajos
Outside Lieutenant Fraser was pass
ing the shack. lie rode on to the corn'
field, where he flung himself off hla
"Marylyn, Marylyn!" he said trem
bllngly. "Yon poor girl! I'm so sorry
What can I say? It's my fault'
She lifted a stared face to his. "Xo,
it's mine," she answered. "If I'd told
Dallas about you we'd never a' gone
"Thank goodness you did! 1 But
your father had known about me If
could have come to the house. I must
after this. We'll tell your sister about
ns now. Come on."
She shrank back In sudden fright.
"Xo, no. Don't you see? She'd think
it was awful I didn't say something
"Why didn't you, Marylyn?"
' She looked down. "You don't' know
uaiias. fcne uon t like soldiers any
uiore'n pa. She 6aid so, and she'd" to killT1
"Ok I .thln.k. 6he .does." he argued. And I
Xow. iet's'try her lers make a clean
breast of it."
Her hands came out In wild implor
ing. "You won't you won't you
won't" she begged. "Don't you under
stand? My keeping still was just as If
d killed pa! Oh, it was! So I can't
"Fromlse you won't; oh, promise you
won't!" And she went down, crum
pling into a little, miserable heap.
Quickly he lifted her. "Well, we
won't tell her, then; not if you don't
want to, but we'll have to some day."
"Some day maybe but not now."
"All right then not now." He led
her from garden to coulee and back
again, trying to comfort her all the
while as lest he couid. .
You see, Marylyn," he said, "you're
wrong about its being your fault It's
mine. I promised Lounsbury I'd look
after you folks."
She stopped short "Did you tell
him about you and me?"
'Oh!" She was relieved. "You
mustn't, either. Not him or any one."
"I don't see how I can ever look
Lounsbury la the face again," he said
Whereupon she straightway began
to comfort him.
At the shack Oliver and Dallas had
arrived at the question of futura safety.
"I must Insist," the captain was say
ing, "upon your coming to live at the
fort. I cannot spare a permanent I
guard for this side of the river
scouting party up and down once a
day Is about the best I could do. We
have our bands full already."
Live at the fort" Her lips tight
ened a little. She got up to walk.
She was thinking of the cold stares,
the "Ahs," the "Ohs and the laughter
of the post ladies in their bowling am
bulance; the nudges and the grins of
the passing musicians, and "there's
alius room at the fort when there's
good lookin gals in the fambly."
She shook her head.
"You love your sister," he reminded.
"Think of her."
"I am thinking of her. I'd go to the
fort if there was danger. But an
swer me honest outside of what's
happened here, do you think there's
really any danger?"
"From Indians, you mean? Well,
I'll tell you this was a complete sur
prise, a shock to me. Because so far
we haven't seen a sign of the hostlles
beyond that signal in the spring. North,
of here, at Lincoln, they've shown
themselves. But they're largely con
centrated In the northwest to meet the
"Then there's no danger from In
Still, there might be, and I want
you to come. Frankly, I've omitted to
tell you of one disquieting report that
has reached us. After the recent bat
tle on the Rosebud one of the war
riors of Crazy Horse was captured by
General Crook. The prisoner said that
within a day's ride to the west of here
our and your aged friend"
She stopped him, lifting her hands to
her face. "Not him!" she whispered.
"not him! Oh, he was 'so good to ns,
Oliver sighed. "I fear it's so, yet ifs
only a report."
Some time went by. Meanwhile she
walked about the room in silence. Her
lips were trembling.
"You'll coine?" he said.
"When you're sure" she spoke with
dllheulty "the Indians are going to
make trouble I will. But but I think
I'd rather stay. I made dad a promise
once. I d hate to break It now."
Your father didn't like us, I under
stand. I'm sorry. And of course you
feel that you should keep your prom
ise to him. Well, I can send a convoy
with you to Bismarck." .
We haven't a cent. You see, I'm
counting a heap on my garden."
Oh, we would get something togeth
er for you."
She flinched. "Xo, I wouldn't like
that. And dad'd hate tit worse than if
I broke the promise. Besides, I'm go
ing to pay back B troop."
"B troop! My troop? What do you
owe B troop?"
"Well, the sutler saldlso."
"I think there's a m intake. B troop
has had no surplus rations"
"Had no" she began, amazed.
"Must nave been the sutlers own
But he wrote" From between the
leaves of a boot on the mantel she pro
duced a folded paper.
"Or some one else's," went on Oliver,
She had been about to band him
Blakely's letter. Xow, as if struck by
an idea, she put it back into the book,
When he turned her eyes were swim
"It likely was 'some one else," she
"God bless yon anyway! To think of
such a thing in the midst of your wor
ry! Even if you did owe B troop it
would vote you its full rations and be
proud to go hungry. Tlease think
again about Bismarck for the sum
"I can't give tip the claim, .captain
I want to know what happened I
want to be here If if dad comes
"But aren't yon forgetting that . In
dians or no Indians, there's danger
from this secret enemy?"
"Secret enemy," she echoed; "secret
enemy! . Go to Bismarck Is jnst the
thing he wants to see us do. You
beard what he did in the-winter?
Well, he came again yesterday. He
saw the wagon leave, and he thought
it was a good chance to move in."
"Move inT rejoined Oliver. ."If that
was ail, why did he bother about moc
casins?" r .. '
"You're right!" she cried. "He meant
spring of4 feelnig had been touched
she came round upon the officer, de
fiant, resolute and undaunted.
"Maybe I'd V gone before. I'd go
this minute for Indians. But that
man! He's had his price for this claim;
he's had his price. Xow, the bend be
longs to me. and I'm going to stay."
The captain bent toward her. "Too
risky, too risky, Miss Lancaster," he
advised, "unless we get the man. For
how could you ever do any outside
Dallas interrupted, Intrepid spirit
ringing lu her voice.
"Get him or not, I'll stick it out all
the same. And my outside work I'll
plow and I'll plant just like I used to.
But this time I'll do it with a gun."
(To be Continued).
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