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CHAPTER XIV.
Tbo Twelfth spout its Now Year's
3rvy hot ou tho Indian trail. Into tho
foothills it wound, tortuous and full of
peril, for from every projecting point,
from rock to rock and crest to crest, tho
warrior rear guard poured their flro on
tho advancing line. Charges were fruit
less. Tho nimhlo ponies of the Indians
boro their rid( rs swiftly out of harm's
way, and only among tho charging force
did casualties occur. Still, Fen ton had
hung like a bulldog to his task, hoping
before nightfall to catch up with tho
main body and tho moving village, then
to hem it in. Numerically ho was lit
tle better off than tho Indians, as CO
Indians can surround COO troopers much
moro effectively than COO troopers can
lurround CO mountt 1 warriors. Through
Bat and others he had vainly striven to
zoinmunicato with Big Road, to assuro
him no harm would be dono; that nil
that was necessary was for him to re
turn with his peoplo under escort of tho
regio on t to tho reservation. Up to 4
p. m. not a shot had boon fixed by tho
Twelfth, oven in response to a some
times galling fusillade from tho Indians.
By thut timo several men had been un
horsed and two or three wounded, and
the thing was getting exasperating; yet,
wnB it worth keeping up, tax Bat and
)ther scouts declared the fleeing village
o bo less than three miles ahead now,
md, witk that overhauled, the warriors
lonld bo brought to bay well south of
ho mountains, and to tho accomplish
neut of this, without sacrificing men or
lOrsea to any groat extent, Fonton was
lending every energy when overtaken
jy tho first courier from Frayne.
Wayne had marked tho dispatches in
he order in which they should bo read,
rat tho only ones which much concern
id him now were from department
leadquartors. A new king who know
lot Joseph, a now general with whom
?enton had never chanced to servo, was
here in command, and ho, coming a
iompnrative stranger to tho community,
mew littlo of tho merits of tho politi
)ians by whom ho was speedily besieged,
rhey were present in force, armed with
ottors and dispatches by tho score from
10 called prominent citizens resident
dong tho Platte, and Fonton was prao
doally unropresonted. It was in no spir
it of on kindness, but rather that Fen
Kin might bnvo opportunity to come
hither and confront and confound, if
10 could, his BCOUROrs, that the geuoral
iad issued tho first order, which was
;hat Fonton should "immediately escort
By the Uglit of a fifth) lachet lantern Fcn
tea read.
Big Road and his people back to tho
agency and then report to theso head
quarters for consultation." That dis
patch, if delivered, would bnvo ruined
all tho plans of tho plainsmen, and the
wires wore clipped the moment warn
ing came, and it never got beyond tho old
substation on the Laramio until after tho
repairs wero made, hut other dispatch*
es wero wired from below the breaks,
alleging first that, so far from Ponton's
doing as ordered, ho was apparently
bout oji driving Pig Road's peoplo up
tho river or into the open field, then
that ho hud dono so, nnd that tho Lt
dinns wero now raiding tho scattered
ranches and driving tin.'cattle into tho
foothills, while tho Bottlers wero fleeing
in terror. Ponton's dispatches, wired
before Big Road's escapade, had, of
course, been received, but his report of
tho situation was at utter variance with
that from tho agency and those from
tho Thorpe party. Cross mismanage
ment, and general incottpotouoy wero
the principal allegations agiiust Fonton,
though tho astute "hustbrs" did not
forgot to odd drunkenness to tho list as
ono which tho public Mould accept
without question, ho being an army
officer, and when tho governor himself
Was induced to add his complaint to
those of his enterprising peoplo tho
general yielded.
Tho dispatches sent by conricr called
for explanation of tho charges made, by
tho agont and civilians, intimated doubt
as to tho wisdom of Fonton'a G0UX80 or
tho accuracy of his information and
wound up with tho significant olauso,
"Do nothing to provoko hostilities or
axonso tho fears of tho Iidians, "and
hero he had been in hot pur nit of them
all tho livelong dny.
Stung to tho quick, FentQi neverthe
less pressed vigorously on. 'Tho result
would justify him, nnd hoi could wait
for his vindication until tlb campaign
was over. The village at snrilown could
not bo moro than three milcguway, said
his scouts, and tbo onergy of kiig Road's
defensive measures was redoubled. In
structions to do nothing to privoko hos
tilities wore dead letters, no? that hos
tilities had aotually been provtked?not
by him or his peoplo, but, botweou
them, by Big Road nnd thoVowboys.
There was only ono courso fi- Fcuton
to tako, and that was to ovctiaul the
village and peaceably if ho cfcdd, but
forcibly if ho must, escort it brek with
in the reservation Jims. Bat tad rid
den up just as tho sun was dl appear
ing to say that tho Indians a '.mod to
bo heading for a deep oloft in ho foot
bills through which tho buff a > in by
gone days hnd mndo thoir waj Now,
if Fonton could only send Faivoll or
Amory with half tho squadron to gal
lop iu wide detour to tho wcsi under
cover of tho darkness and ecizo tho bluffs
overhanging tho canyou, inenntimo
makingovery prctonso of keeping up tho
pursuit with tho remainder of his force,
ho ruiKht trap tho villago while most of
its defenders wcro still far awuy. Dark
ness settled down over tho desolate win
try landscape, und the two troops dis
patched on this stirring and perilous
mission wero thoso of Farwoll aud Mal
colm Leale, tho latter lod by its boy
liontonaut, Will Farrar.
Ono hour lator, as tho advanco was
still groping along tho trail and the
weary troopers, alternately leading
afoot and riding sleepily in narrow col
u.nu, pushed steadily in their tracks,
two horsemeu on Jaded mounts cams
spurring from tho rear, and Wayne,
with sorrowful face, handed his dis
patches to tho colonel. By the light of
a littlo pocket lantern Feutou read,
while In brooding silenco a knot of half
a dozen officers gnthorcd about them.
Tho closing paragraph is all wo need to
quote: "You will therefore turn over
tho command to Major Wayno and ro
poit in person at theso headquarters
without unnecessary delay. Acknowl
edge receipt." At any other timo tho
colonel might havo been expected to
swear vigorously, but the troublo in
Wayne's faco and tho unspoken sym
pathy and sorrow wero too much for
him. "All riyht, old boy," said ho ns
ho refolded tho papers. "Pitch in now
atid finish up tho business, with my
blessing. Bat," ho continued, turning
to tho Bwarthy guide, "how far is it
over to tho Alii on ranch? I think I'll
sleep there." And no further words
wero needed to toll tho littlo group that
their colonel had been removed from
command just on tho ovo of consumma
tion of his plans, and ho was tho only
man of tho lot who didn't look at
though all heart bad been taken out of
him as tho immediate result..
"D?n that fellow Thorpo! It's his
doing," sworo tho ndjutant between his
sot tooth. "Ho has nover forgiven us
for spoiling his echome to oloan out the
whole baud."
"Don't waste timo swearing," said
Fonton grimiy. "I'll tako tho Job off
your hands. Thoy'ro heading for Elk
Springs, Wayne, and I've sent Farwoll
with two troops around to the left to
flud thoir way to tho bluffs and get thore
first. Everything depends on that."
But eveu Feuton hardly realized how
very much depended. It was now about
7 o'clock, aud over since tho early dawu
tho cavalry had been pressing steadily
at tho heels of tho Indian rear guard,
nover firing, nevor responding to tho
challengo of shot or shout from the
scampering warriors before them. Again
aud again had Bat and his half breed
cousin, La Bout", striven to got Hig
Road to halt and parley; but, though
tho signals wero fully anderstand, old
Road was mad with tho mingled rage
of fight and whisky and believed him
self tho leader of an outbreak that
should rival that of 1870 and place him,
as a battle chief, head of au army of
warriors that should overrun the uorth
west. Anxious only to get tho women
and children safely in among tho fast
nesses of the hills, he contented himself
therefore through tho livelong day with
holding tho troops at long arm's length,
opening lively liro when they songht to
push ahead. It was glorious fun for him
and his. Well they knew that so far nt
least tho soldiers wero forbidden to at
tack. With the coming of another day
Big Road planned to havo his village
far in among tho clefts aud canyons of
tho range, whero a few resolute war
riors coidd defend tho pass against an
ndvance, whilo ho nnd hi.') braves, rc
cuforced by eager recruits from tho
young men of othor bands at tho reser
vation, could fall upon tho flanks and
rear of Fenton's forco and fritter it
! away, as Bed Cloud had massacred Fot
torman's men long yoars beforo at old
Fort Kearny.
Everything depended on who should
got thoro first, and, as tho Sioux said of
Custcr's column tho bloody day on the
Littlo Horn, "tho soldiers worn tired."
Extending southward from the peaks
of tho Big Born wur a wild rango of ir
regular heights, coverod in places with
a thick growth of hardy young spruce
nnd cedars and scrnb oak, slashed and
sovered here and there by deep nnd tor
tuous canyons with precipitous sides.
Somewhere in among those hills whs a
big amphitheater known as tho Indian
rnen course, approachable in winter at
least only through the crooked rift or
pass known for short as Elk gulch. Iu
just such another natural fnstuesa and
only a few miles away to tho northeast
had tho Chevennen made their famous
_.st live times thoir weight iu
fighting men the bitter winter of 1870,
a hattio the oavalrylong had oanse to
remember, and now, with but a hand
ful of troops r.<< compared with tho forco
led in by MacK> nzie, Wayne hnd right
beforo him a similar problem to tackle.
Tho only j>oints in his favor wero that
Hig Road's bravos wcro as few as bis
own and that Fenton had already sent
a forco to raco tho Indians to their ref
uge.
At 8 o'clock tho darkness was intense
There was no moon to light thoir way,
and their only guido wan tho doop trail
in tho snowy surface left by the rotrcat
ing Indinns. Tho darkness whs no deop
er than tho gloom In eve.-y heart, for
Fenton wan gone, a wronged and calum
niated man, and thoy, his loyal soldiers,
obodiont to a higher duty still, wore
forcod to push on nnd finish his work
without him. For an hour only at snail's
paco bad they followed tho trail. Bat
and his associates hnd had mnny a nar
row escape. Lioutennnt Martin, com
manding tho ndvance, had had his horse
shot nnder him. Sergeant Roe had a
bullot through bis oont, nnd Corporal
Werriok, riding eagerly in tho lond, got
another through tho shoulder. Luckily
it was not very cold, but all tho same
most of the men wero becoming slug
gish nnd sleepy, nnd thnt was just about
tho time Wnyno might be expeoted to
wake up. And wako up ho did.
"I havo had no orders on no aooennt
to attack," said ho, "audlhaven't time
(o Aq^flU fcho/ot thoy'vo wirod toJ>on;
ton. Watch for tho noxt shots ahead
there," ho cried to tho foremost troop
ers, "und sock it to them I"
Then it waa beautiful to see bow
oven tho horsos seemed to rouse from
their stupor and apathy, and something
almost like a cheer burst from tho lips
of tho younger men. Old hands took a
swig of water from their canteens and
a bito at tho comforting plug. Out from
tho sockets cmno tho brown carbines,
nnd a fresh plutoon was ordered up to
rcliovo tho advance, mid Liontcnant
Randolph took Martin's placo at the
front. Every littJo whilo through the
darkness ahead had come a flash and
report from tho iuvisiblo foe, and, as
tin so had been suffered unavenged, It
was soon observed that tho lurking
warriors grow bolder nnd that with
every-shot tho distance seemed to de
crease. For half an hour past thoy had
been coming in from easy pistol range,
and Randolph took tho 0U0. Bidding
his mou open out and rido several yards
apart, yet aligned as much as was pos
slble, ho ordered carbines dropped and
revolvers drawn and then, trotting along
tho rear of tho dozen, gave his quick
caution to man after man. "Watch for
tho flash and lot drive at it. Even if wo
don't bit, we'll keep the in at a respectful
distance," he said, nnd tho words wero
hardly out of his mouth when a ruddy
light leaped over the snow, a shot went
zippfog pust his head, nnd then, follow
ed by a roar of approval from tho main
column, tho revolvers of the advance
crackled and sputtered their answer.
Thelaudscapo was lit up for an instant,
dark forms went pounding and scurry
ing away from the front, nnd a momeht
later there, uprose a cheer over at tho
right, and Randolph galloped to tho
spot. An Indian fJony lay kicking,
struggling, stiffening in tho snow, shot
through tlie body, and tho rider had had
to run for it.
"That's right, Randolph," said tho
major, spurring to his side. "Now, keep
'em off, but don't push too hard. Re
member, wo'vo got to give Farwoll
time."
"now far ahead la that confounded
canyon, Bat?" naked tho udjutant at
the moment.
"Not more than two miles now. I
hunted buffalo all over here, when I wns
a boy," waa tho answer. "Big Road's
tvoplo all thero by this time, I'm
afraid."
"Then you think that they got thero
tirst?that they've got tho bluffs?"
** 'Fraid so. Big Road no foul. He
wouldn't let his village drivo into a
gulch and not guard the bluffs. If tho
captain got thero first, they'd hnvo
fonnd it out by this timo and signnlcd
for help. Tho reason I belicvo thoy
think thcy'ro all safe is that so many
Indians hang around us out hero."
And just then camo a grunt of disgust
from La Bonte. Tho colonel at his sido
said "II?II" and an cxcitablo trooper
called out, "Lock thero! What's that?"
for over at tho northwest,- all on a sud
den, a brilliant column of flame had
burst through tho blackness of tho night
nnd sent a broad glare streaming over
tho snow clad surface of the rolling
prairie.
"Thcy'ro on to us, by tho eternal I"
cried tho adjutant, who loved tho Jack
POnian form of expletive. "Listen!"
Bnt no ono listened more than an instant.
Even through tho muffling coverlet of
pnow tho rumblo and rush of a hun
dred pony hoofs, like low, distant thun
der, told of tho instant flight of Bit
Road's braves in answer to the signal.
Wayne was ablaze in a second.
"Close np on tho head of column,"
ho shouted to tho troop loaders. "Como
on, now, men, for all you'ro worth.
There isn't a second to aparo."
And as tho amazed and wearied
horses gavo answer to tho spur and
broke into lumbering gallop far over at
tho west tho rocks began to ring to tho
orackle of musketry. Farwoll and tho
Bioux had clinched on the bluffs to tho
south of the. springs and -wero fighting
in tho dark for tho right of wny.
Ten miles away, at Allison's ranch,
woaried with tho sleepless toil of 24
hours, too weary to be kept nwako oven
by the exasperating souso of his wrongs,
tho colonel was just rolling into his
blankets for a much needed /cat beforo
setting forth with tho rising sun on his
homeward road. Fifty miles away over
tho wnito cxpanao of prairio, under the
cold and glittering skies, Marjorio Far
rar Bat by tho bedsido of her boloved
danghtor, praying oeasolessly for tho
safety of an equully beloved sou now
riding for thu first timo in his bravo
young lifo to provo his worthiness to
boar the father's name in hendlong fight
with a savago nnd skillful foe.
And if ever n young follow, wearer
of tho army blue, realized to tho full
extent tho hopes and faith and fondness
centered in him this night of nights, it
was Will Farrar. Barely arrived at
man's estate, not yet a year out of tho
cadet coatee, with Iiis mother, his sis
ter, Iiis sweetheart, all thero at tho old
fort so long associated with his father's
name, with that namo to maintain, and
not only that, but with Malcolm Lealo's
old troop as ono man looking op to him
as their londor, yot competent, down to
tho very last man, to noto tho faintest
flaw should ho fail them, tho junior
subaltern of tho Twelfth, tho "plobo"
lieutenant, bb his elders laughingly
spoko of him, fonnd himsolf, as though
some special providence had Bweptfrom
his path every possiblo barrier to danger
and distinction, lifted suddenly to a
command that seldom falls to army
subalterns today even within a dozen
years and bidden hero and now to win
his spurs for tho honor of tho old troop,
tho honor of tho Twelfth, tho honor of
the namo his father mado famous and
that ho mnst maintain or dio in trying
to. All this, and God nlono knows how
much moro besides, went thrilling
through his very soul as, on Farwoll's
loft and in utter silence, ho redo swiftly
onward at tho bond of tho column.
Leaving to his own first lieutenant tho
command of tho grays, Captain Farwell
bad told him to follow oloso in tho
tracks of Farrar'a men nnd, with only
ono of tho Indian company to aid and
no other guido of any kind hut his
senses and tho stars, hnd placed himself
in tho lend and pushed forth into tho
' night.
"8wing well out to tho west," wero
Fenton's last orders. "Keep dark, as
you know bow. Head for the hills as
soon as yon'ro suro you'ro far beyond
henring nnd try to striko thoso bluffs a
couple of miles at least back of tho
mouth of tho canyon. Yon ought to get
thero abend of tho village Halt it with
a fow men down in tho gorge, but hold
your main body ou the bluffs. We'll
keep Big Road busy." >
, Luckily tho stars weoro brilliant in 4ho
wintry Rky and the constellations' out
in all thoir glory. Tho polo star glowed
high aloft and held them to thoir course.
Out in tho advance, lashing his horso
with Indian whip to keop him to his
speed, rodo Bravo Boar, a corporal of
tho Ogolulla company, Bido by side
With Sergeant Brommer. Whenever tho
drifts wero deep in tho ravines, one of
them would halt and warn tho column'
to swervo to the right or loft. Only a
yard or two behind tho two offtcow??
Farwell, grizzled and stout, Farrar, fair
and slender?came loping or trotting
the loading four, and, though it was1
not his aooustomed place, thero rodo.
Terry Rorko, where, as ho had explain
ed to tho satisfaction of tho sorgeaut,
ho could bo close to "Moathor Will."
Tho prairio was broad and open and
fairp- loveL Thero was no need of di
minishing front. A platoon could have
ridden abreast and found no serious ob
stacle, excopt tho snowdrifts in the deep
coulees. Two miles to tho west they
sped, moving cautiously at first so as to
givo no inkling of their intent, and, for
tho first time, almost doubling back up
on their tracks, so as to keep well away
from tho Indian roar guard.
Then, in long curve, Farwoll led thorn
toward tho low, rolling hills, now dim
ly visiblo against tho tirmamont, and
presently tho ravines began to grow
doeper but farther apart, tho slopes
moro abrupt, and tho westward'hills
loomed closer lu their path, and Btill tho
snowy cxpanso showed uubrokeni and
Bear, bending low over his pony's neck
and watching for signs, declared that no
Indians had crossed as yet into tho hills
and that tho entranco to Elk gulch was
now not moro than a mile to tho north.
And hero tho hills rolled higher, both
to their front and toward tho west, but
Farwell rodo ou up a gradual ascent un
til tho slope began to grow steep, then,
dismounting, led tho way afoot, tho
wholo column rolling out of saddlo and
towing its horses in his track.
Up, up thoy climbed until, breathing
hard now, but pushing relentlessly on,
tho captain reached tho crest, and faint
and dim in tho starlight, dotted hero
and thero with littlo clumps of spruce
or cedar, tho rolling, billowy surfaeo
lay before him, shrouded in its mantle
of glistening snow. Leading on until
tho wholo command had timo to roach
tho ton, ho motioned Will to halt, while
ho, with Bear and Sergeant Bremmer,
pushed a fow yards farther on. The
column took a breathing spell and
waited.
Far out to tho eastward and below
them an occasional Hash as of riflo or
revolver sparkled through tho night,
and tho faint report was presently boruo
to thoir listening ears. Big Road was
still barring tho way of tho column
then, nnd that meant that all tho vil
lage was not yet safely within tho grim
walla of tho canyon. Northward tho
snowy slopes rolled higher still, but it
was northwestward, among tho clumps
Of trees, that tho loaders had gone.. Tho I
?team from tho h?rnen' nostrils and from j
thoir heaving flanks roBO on tho keen
air, and tho blood raced and tingled In
tho veins of tho men. Not a whlBper of
mountain brcozo was astir. Tho night
was asstill as tho voiceless skies. Three,
four minutes, with beating hearts,
tho littlo command watched nnd waited
and drow longer breath, andthonadark
shapocamo jogging back from the front,
and Farwell's voico said, "Mount and
oo)ue on."
Then camo 10 minutes' trot, winding
snakoliko and in long extended column
of twos among tho Blunted trees, and
then Farwell ordered "Walk;" for moro
than ouco a dark form loomed up in their
path, and Breramor wheeled his horde
about nud rodo by tho captain's Bide,
eagerly explaining in low tone. Will
caught tho words: " Right ahead. You
can hoar tnom distinctly, sir, and lor
the lifo of him Will could not quite
control the flutter of his heart. "Hall!
Dismount and wait herol" wero th<?
next orders, almost whispered, and
again Farwoll pushed out into the
front, and again tho column swung out
of saddle, watched and waited, and
presently tho mon began to stamp about
in tho snow and thrash their stiffening
fingers.
"Aro wo oloso to 'em now, Masther
Will?" asked old Terry, uurcbuked.
"Right ahead, they Buy, corporal.
But this, remember, is only tho women
and children, with a fow of tho old
men."
"Ah, it's your father's boh yo are,
Borr?God rest his bouII If it was day
time, yo could almost eeo from hero tho
breaks of tho Mini Posa, wboro wo
Struck theso Indians threev . i ago this
cruel winter."
"I know," said Will bri. fly, "and
if?if it comes to fighting her ?, Rorke,
remember father's last order. 11 may bo
harder than cvor to tell buck from
squaw in so dim a light, but I want tho
men to heed it."
"They will, Borr, as thoy would if
tho captain himself was at thoir head,
and, Masther Will, for tho lovo of luv
en, wherever yo hovo to go this night
H* struggled to his feet, gropiug for hi*
revolver.
' lot mo bo wan of thlm that go wid yo
if yo only tako wan," and there was a
I break in tho old fellow's voico as ho be
gan his ploa.
"Hush, Rorke. We'll soo to that, "
' sold Farrar. "Hero comes tho captain
I back." And Farwell camo wit h speed.
"Mr. Farrar," ho said, an unmistak
' nblo tremor in his tone, "thoro's not a
moment to ho lost. Thoy ore passing
through tho canyon now. Wo can hoar
them plainly, but they havoflankers out
along tho bluff. Two buoks rodo by not
n momout ngo, and Boar Bays tho wholo
outfit is pushing for tho raco traok. I've
got to head them off farther up tho
gnloh. Bear say t wo can got down in
singlo filo by an old gamo trail there,
und I wish you to dismount right hero,
lino this slope- with your rnon, Bond at
loast a dozen down into tho ravine- and
stand off Big Boad and his follows
whilo wo corral that wholo village and
?tart it for home. They can't toll bow*
lew yon are In nnmbor, andFcuton will
be oloso at their heels. Between you
they ought to bo forced to tho north
Bide whilo I'm driving the village out
to tho south. You understand, do you
not? It's a fight in tho dark, and they're
afraid of It, anyhow. You've pot a
splendid troop, lad, and they won't fail
you.' Don't bo ashamed to ask your old
sergeants for advice. You understand
fully?"
"I do," said Will stoutly, though bis
young heart wns hammering in his
breast "Wo'll do our best, sip. Form
fours, sergeant, and link?livoly," he
added, thou grasped tho captain's hand
ono instant beforo tho latter turned
away. Silently, quickly tho men linked
horses, and, leaving No. 4 of each
set In saddlo, camo running up to
tho front, unslinging carbines on the
way. Farwoll and his fellows went trot
ting off among tho dumps of pi no as
tho last man foil in on tho left. Then,
quickly dividing off a dozen troopers
from that flank, Will placed the tlrst
sorgcaut in chnrgo aud bade him find
tbo way down tho steep incl'no to tho
bottom of tho gorge, which thero was
not moro than 250 feet below, giving
him instructions to bo ready to sweep it
with thoir Uro when tho warriors cumc,
as come they speoaily must, Next, fac
ing eastward, ho deployed his men,
cnusing them to stand or kneel iu tbo
sheltor of tho Uttlo trees, but to keep
vigilant lookout. Another littlo sqnad
was strung out down tho face of tho
bluff to keep connection with tho men
descending to tho depths of tho canyon,
nnd these preparations wero barely com
ploted when, riding at rapid gait, two
horsemen camo dashing up tho eastward
slopo. Tho panting of tho ponies could
bo heard before anything could bo soon,
but tho instant thovnguo shapes appear
ed two sudden allots rang out on tho
night, and thon a dozcu?a sputtering
volley?flashed from tho lino.
Down went ono pony, struggling and
rolling in tho snow. Away sped tho
other back into tho blackness of tho
night. Thou a dark object seemed to
disengago itself from tho struggling
pony and go crouching nnd limping
away. Two or threo excited young sol
diers banged their carbines without tho
faintest aim. Then it seemed as though
tho hillsides woko to n wild revel of
battle, for, behind thorn, far up the can
yon, thero rosoawail of terror from tho
fleeing squaws and shouts of tho few old
braves left to guard thorn, resounding
warwhoops of" younger .Indians some
where, anywhere, everywhere, down tho
slopes to tho east. Thou a bright col
umn of flame shot high in air over
among tho rocks to tho north of tho gntc,
aud afar out over tho eastward prairie
Big Boad aud his braves camo dashing,
driving, thundering to tho rescue.
"They'll not try the gulch, sorr,"
shouted Itorko in bis ear. "Only a few
will ptish in hero. Most of 'cm will
como this way and get uround us to our
right."
"Open out, men I Push out soutlrward
thero as fast as yon cnnl" shouted Will,
as ho ran bounding through the snow
toward tho right of his imisihlo line.
"Watch for them 1 They'll como with
a rnsh when thoy como nt all!"
And Korke, whoso business it was to
remain with his "comrades in battle"
whero first ho was posted, near the brow
of tho steep, went running after bis
young commander as hard as ho could
go, with no man to stop him,
In tho excitement nnd darkness, in
tho thrill of tbo moment, seme of I ho
men seemed disposed to huddle leget In r
rath.or than to increase their intervals,
for plainly now could bo heard a dull
thunder of hoofs?tho roar of the com
ing storm. Then, too, shadowy specters
of horsemen could lie dimly seen dart
ing into partial view and out again, like
tho flush that greeted them. But far up
tho gorge, behind Farrar'a lino, tho
sound of battle grow fiercer and louder,
Then, down from tho depths of tiio can
yon, there camo sudden clamor of shot
and cheer and ohallongO and yells of
rago and defiance, and thon all on a
sudden out from among tho stunted
trees, with panting, struggling, bound
ing ponies, with lashing, bending, yell
ing braves, there burst upon them tho
main body of the Indians, threescore
warriors at least, and despite the ring
of shots on and through and ovi r they
rushed tho slim and extended skirmish
lino, and Will Farrar, springing from
the shelter of a littlo cedar, was struck
full in tho breast by a muscular shoul
der aud knocked backward into tho
snow. IIo struggled to his feet, groping
for his revolver, just in time to meet the
dash of half a dozen racing braves, all
yelling liko fiends. Something crashed
upon bis sknll nnd struck a million
tparks or stars, mid everything whirled
out of sight and sound and sense as the
young officer went down, faco foremost,
into the drifts.
[TO BE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK.]
OION. JACKSON'S MRSSAGM.
On Recognizing the Independence
of the Republic ofTexaa, December
21, 1880.
To tho Houscof Kepri sontatlves, Uni
ted States:
During tho last session information
was given to congress by tho executive
that measures had been taken to as
certain "tbo political, military and
civil condition of Texas." I now sub
mit, for your consideration, extracts
from the report of th agent who bad
been appointed to collect it, relative
to tho condition of that country.
No steps have been taken by the ex
ecutive towards the acknowledgement
of tbo Indepcndenco of Texas ; and the
wholo subject would have been left
without further remark, on the infor
mation now given to congress, were it
not that tbo two houses, at thoir last
session, acting separately, passed reso
lutions "that tho independence of
Texas ought to bo acknowledged by
the United States whenover satisfac
tory information should bo received
that it had in successful operation a
civil government capable of perform
ing the duties and fulfilling tho obliga
tions of an independent power. This
mark of interest in the question Ol t he
independence of Texas, and indication
of tho views of congress, make it pro
pur that 1 should, somewhat in dotal1,
present the considerations that havo
governed tho oxccutlvo In continuing
to occupy tho ground previously taken
In the contest between Mexico and
Texas.
Tho acknowledgement of a new ntato
as Independent, and entitled to a place
in the faml'y of nations, is at all times
? an act of great dolioacy and roBponsi
bllity ; but more especially so when
such Stato has forcibly separated it
solf from another of which it had
formed an integral part, and which
still claims dominion over it- A pre
mature recognition under theso cir
cumstances, if not looked upon us justi
fiable cause of war, is always liable to
be regarded as a proof of an unfrlondly
spiril. to ouo of the contending parties.
All questions relativo to tho govern
ment of foreign nations, whether of
tho old or new world, havo been treat
ed by the Uuited States as questions of
fact only ; and our predecessors havo
cautiously abstain-d from deciding
upon them until tho clearest ovldenco
wus in their possession to enable them,
not only to decide correctly, but to
shield their decisions from every un
worthy imputation. In ail the con
test that have arisen out of tho rev
olutions of Frame, out of tbe disputes
relating to tho crowns of Portugal and
Spain ; out of the revolutionary move
ments of thoso kingdoms, out of the
separation of the American posses
sions of )th from tho European gov
ernments, and out of the numerous and
coustantly occurring struggles for do
minion in Spaitiah America, so wisely
consistent with our just principles has
been tho action of our government,
that we have, under the most critical
circumstances, avoided all censure,
and encountered no other evil than
that produced by a transient estr nge
ment of gooil will iu those whom wo
have been, by force of evidence, com
pelled to decide.
It has thus been made known to tho
world that the uniform policy aud
praetieo of tho United States is, to
avoid all interference iu disputes
which merely relate to the internal
government of other nations, and even
tually to recognize the autnority of
the prevailing party, without reference
to our particular interests and viows,
or to the merits of the original con
troversy. Public opinion hero is so
(Irmly established and so well under
stood in favor of this policy that uo
serious disagreement has ever arisen
among ourselves in relation to it, al
though brought under review in a
variety of forms, and at periods when
I tho minds of tho people were greatly
I excited by the agitation of topics
purely domestic In their character.
Nor has any deliberate inquiry ever
bjcu instituted in congress or in any
of our legislative bodies, as to whom
belonged the power of recognizing a
new state? -a power tbe exorcise of
which is equivalent, under some cir
cumstances, to a declaration of war?
a power nowhere expressly delegated,
and only granted in the constitution, as
it is necessarily involved in soteo of
the great powers glvCD to congress ; in
that given to the president and - uuto"
to form treaties with foreign powers,
and to appoiut ambassadors and other
public ministers; and in that conferred
upon the president to receive ministers
from foreign nations.
In the preamble to the resolution of
the bouse of representatives, it is dis
tinctly intimated that the expediency
of recognizing the independence of
Texas should be left to the dcolsion of
eougress. In this view, on the ground
ol expedb noy, l am disposed to con
cur, and do not. therefore, consider it
necessary to express any opinions as
to the strict constitutional right of the
executive, either apart from or iu con
junction with the senate, over tho sub
ject. It is to be presumed that on no
future occasion will a dispute arise, as
none has heretofore occurred, between
tlio executive ami the legislature in
the exorcise of the power of rec(igni
tion. It will always be considered
consistent with tho spirit of the con
stitution, and most sale, that it should
be exercised when probably leading to
war, with a previous understanding
with that body by whom war can alone
bo declared, anil by whom all tbe pro
visions for sustaining its perils must
bo furnished. Its submission to con
gress, which represents in one of its
branches tbe States of this Union, and 1
in the other the people of tbe United
Slates, whore then: may be reasonable j
ground to apprebcud so grave a eon
sequonoo, would certainly afford tho j
fullest satisfaction to our own country, |
and a perfect guarantee to all other i
nations, of the justice and prudence of
the measures which might be adopted.
In making these suggestions, it is
not my purpose to relieve myself from
tho responsibility of expressing my
own opinions of the course tbe in
terests of our country prescribe, and
its honor permits us to lollow.
It is scarcely to bo imagined that a
ottestion of this character could be
presented, in relation to which it would I
bo more dlflloult for the United States
to avoid exciting the suspicion and j
jealousy of other powers, and main
tain their established character for J
fair and impartial dealing. Dot on
this, 08on every trying occasion, safety
is to be. found in a rigid adhereuco to j
principle
In the contest between Spain and :
her revolted colonies we stood aloof, ;
and waited, not only until the ability;
of tbo new Slates to protect them
selves was fully established, but until
tbe danger of their being again sub
jugated bad entirely p issed away.
Then, and not until thou, wore they
recognised. Suoh was our course in
regard to Mexico herself. The same
policy was observed in all the disputes
growing out of the separation into dis
tinct governments of those Spanish
American States who began or carried j
on thocontC8t with t he parent country, j
united under ono form of government.
We acknowledged the separate hide- I
pendonco o( New Granada, of Venezuela
and of Kjuador, only after tholv lade- i
pendent existence was no longer a sub
ject of dispute, or was actually ac- I
I qulesced In by thoso with whom they I
liad been previously united. It is truo
that, with regard to Texas, tho civil
authority of Mexico has been expelled,
its invading army defeated, ..ml the
chief of tbe republic himself captured, ?
and all present power to control the
newly organized government of Texas
annihilated within its confines. Hut,
on the other hand, there is, in appeal*'
ranee at least, an immense disparity
of physical force on the side of Mexico. ,
The Mexican republic, under anothor
executive, is rallying its forco under
a new leader, and menacing a fresh
invasion to recover its los' dominion.
Upon the issue of this threatened in
vasion, tho independence of Tex-is may
be considered as suspended : and wero
there nothing peculiar in the relativo
situation of tbe U id ted States and Tex
as, our acknowledgement of its inde
pendence at such a crisis could scarcely
be. regarded as consistent with that
prudent reserve with which we have
heretofore held ourselves bound to
treat all similar questions. Hut there
arc circumstances in tho relations of
the two countries which require U* to
act, on this occasion, with oven more
than our wonted caution. Texas was
onco claimed as a part of our property,
aud there are those among our citizens
who, always reluctant to abandon that
claim, cannot but regard with solici
tude the protpeot of tlio reunion of the
territory to this country. A large
proportion of its civilized Inhabitants
are from tho United S'ates ; speak the
samo lunguage with ourselves; chorish
the same principles, political and re*
1 liglousj and are bound to many of
our citizens by tlos of friendship and
kindred bleed ; and, more than all, it
is known that tho people of that coun
try have instituted the saino form of
government with our own ; uud have
since the close of your last session
openly resolved, on the acknowledge
ment by us of their independence, to
seek admission into the Union as ono
of the federal States. This last cir
cuuistaucos is a matter of peculiar del
icacy, aud forces upon us considera
tions of tho gravest character. The
titlo of Texas to tho territory she
claims is iudeulilied with her indepen
j dence ; sho asks ua to acknowledge
that titlo to tho territory, with an
avowed design to tho treat immediate
ly of its transfer to tho United States,
it becomes us to beware of a too early
movement, as it might subject us,
I however unjustly, to tho imputation of
I seeking to establish the claim of our
neighbors to a territory with a view
to its subsequent acquisition by our
selves. Prudence therefore seems to
dictate that we should still Btand aloof,
and maintain our present attitude, if
not until Mexico itself or ono of tho
groat foreign powers shall recoguizo
the Independence of the now govern
ment, at leust until tbo lapse of time
or the course of events shall have
proved beyond cavil or dispute tho
ability of tho peoplo of that country to
maintain their separate sovereignty,
and to uphold the government consti
tuted by them. Neither of the con
tending parties can justly complain of
this course, liy pursuing it, we are
but carrying out tho loug-establishcd
policy of our government?a policy
which bus secured to us respect and
Inlluenoe abroad, und Inspired con
fidence at homo.
Having thus discharged my duty,
by prosootlog with simplicity and
directness the views which, after much
refleotiou, 1 have been led to takj of
this important subject. I have only to
add the expression of my confidence
that, if congress should diller with me
upon it, their judgment will bo tho
result of dispassionate, prudent and
wite deliberation ; with the assurance
that, during the short wine 1 shall con
tinue conncotcd with the government
1 shull promptly and cordially unite
with you in such measures as may be
deemed bent fitted to increase the pros
perity and perpetuate tho peace of
our favored country.
Andrew Jackson.
Washington, Dec. 31, 1830.
WAS IT A GOLD BRICK ?
How Hie Mugwumps ii ml Sound
Money Democrats Feel Now.
To the Editor of the Boston Herald:
Once upon a time there wasa mighty
party, nr.:} it was called the Republi
can party. But aftOI it liad become
weakened by age, and by uho abuse of
Stimulants, such as star routes, BXVy
contracts, large appropriations and
great individual profit from high pro
tection, it lost many of its adherents,
who became mugwumps, if not Demo
crats, and it put up a candidate for tho
presidency who was opposed by a
strong minority in his party. This
minority didn't like him a little hit,
but they had to say they would take
him, and they all set to to elect him.
And about that time there was
sprung against them a candidate call
ed a Democratic candidate, und of a
sudden it looked mightily as if ho
were going to be elected, out ho, too,
was opposed by a strong minority of
his party.
And it came to pass that the Repub
licans, in their dangor and distress,
appeared to see some of the errors of
of their ways, and they seemed to wish
to burn some of their previously wor
shipped idols of protection and high
prices, and to adopt instead the ideas
of the good Democrats, who wanted j
sound money and a reformed currency,
in order to improve the business needs
of the country. And they a'l said :
"That's what we all want, and if you
will help us to elect our candidate we
will holp you to your sound money and
your reformed currency and your bus
iness improvements. But we have not
funds needed to carry on the campaign
against our common enemy, so you
must help us quickly with your con
tributions."
And tho trusting, good Democrats
and mugwumps turned to with a will,
and they supplied what was needed of
linaneial and moral support to their
new-made friends, and thoy olected
the Republican candidate, after ono of
the most momentous struggles ever
witnessed in a great nation.
And the great men of tho Republi
can party breathed freely again, and
they wont to Washington and got to
getner in their councils, and they
turned ihelr backs upon the Demo
crats who had holped them to victory,
and began to parcel out among them
selves all the good things. And they
sat themselves down at tho feast tables,
but tho good Democrats they left
standing in the entries.
This reads like a fable, and like a
fable it must have a moral to it:
1 am ono of tho Democrats. I was
won over to tho side of iny new friends,
tho Republicans; 1 trembled with
them: I suffered with them ; I worked
with them : 1 marched In their pro
cessions. 1 dually rejoiced with them
and threw up my bat and cheered I
with them In the day of our joint vie- j
tory.
We contributed to the joint cause
moro money than wo had evor conj I
trlbllted to a political campaign. oi
worked harder in the field of eduea-1
llotial literature and reform stumping, .
atnl w<; innocently believed in the miw
frier: [ships which we had made.
But my new frien s now pass nw y
without so much as a smile of reco, i
tion : they do not seek my companion
ship as they did a fow short weeks
since.. I mention sound money, cur
rency reform und revival of business
to them, and 1 B66 them smilo a smile
of indiiforenco, if, indeed, not one of
contempt, and they .talk among them
BolVCS of high protection, large appro
priations, exalted offices and war with
foreign nations.
In tho name of innocent and verdant
humanity, what aro they aiming at?
Are they kicking away our support by
which they were saved ? Are they
preparing for themselves new crops of
enemies and another hydra-headed foo
in four years? And am I to bo blamed
if a feeling arises in me that wo huvo
been buncoed.
Laurence Curtis.
?Capt ('.. ,B. Blood, of Tennessee,
who acted as drill master for tho raw
insurgent troops under Oomcz, has
just rotumcd to his home. He brings
hack the startling information that
(Jon. Woylor is a native of ()hio and a
sou of parents of Gorman origin. His
rather is at present a farmer In tho
Buckeye State.
I ?A clergyman's daughter, looking
] ovor tho MMS. loft by her father in
I his study, chanced upon thu following
sentence : "I love to look upon a
young man. There is a bidden poten
cy Conceal ad within his breast'which
charms and pains me." Sho sat down
and hlushingly added: "Thorn's my
sentiments exactly, papa?all but tho
pains."
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"WAY81DK C.\ l lll'.KIMiH.
Bit? ot Humor und NuRfteta'of Truth
l'or tllO .?lull it mir.
?Calcutta Is the hottest city In the
world.
?A milllou dollars in silver weighs
56,031 pounds.
?Russia exports more whoat than
?iny other country.
?Tobolsk, Russia, is tho coldoat in
habitod placo in the world.
?Baldnoss is caused by a gorui de
stroying tho roots of tho hair.
?There aro 17,592,186,044,515 differ
ent souuds in the human voice.
?Presidentelect. McKinley has a
porcelain bath tub inlaid with gold.
?There are fourteer hundred and
twenty-five characters in tho twonty
fuir books written by Dicken*.
?Tho region about tho Dead Sea
is one of tho hottest places on tho
globe, and tho sea is said to lose a
millions tons of water a day by evapo
ration.
?A Now York religious journal
intimates that some . persons contri
bute to missions according to their
meanness rather than according to their
means.
?Yaleta, on tho Rio Graudo river,
in Texas, la said to bo the oldest town
in America. St. Augustine, in Flori
da, has long laid claims to that dis
tinction.
?California has always claimed to
bo a smart State, and as her present
year's mustard crop amounts to about
10,000,000 pounds, we aro inclined to
bclievo it.
?Tho Welsh havo a saying that if
a woman wuru as quick with her feet
as with their tongue, she would cntch
lightning enough to kindle tho firo in
tho morning.
?There is a timo when thou may
est say nothing, and a timo when thou
mayest say something ; but there will
never be a timo when thou shouldst
say all things.
?Learning Is not education. Half
of all the fools in the world aro "edu
cated." Learning gives tho moans of
acquiring that which correctly used,
enlightens the mind.
?If you would enjoy your meals, alt
down to the tablo good-natured. An
angry, fussy man or womuu cannot toll
whether they tire eating boiled cab
bage or steweil umbrellas.
?The model husband lives in Phil
adelphia. He Dover allows his wifo
to do more than half the work. She puts
up all the can tu d fruit in the summer,
and he puts it down in tho winter.
?in certain parts of China tho
young women wear their hair in a long
single plait, with which i^ intertwined
a strand of bright scarlet thread,
;?hich denotes that she is murriugablo.
?An abused wifo in Maystlck, Ivy.,
lately secured a divorce from her hus
band on the gi " ind, us atutod in tho
decree, that he " dfu not provido her
with enough provender to keOiJ her
organic system from faltering."
?A curious note of explanation ac
companied some poetry received by a
Michigan editor. The noto ran thus :
"These lines were written 50 years
ago by a man who has, for a long lime,
slept in his grave merely for a pas
time."
?Tommy (who bad just rocoivod a
severe scolding)?"Am I really 80 bad,
mamma?" Mamma?"Yes, Tommy,
you uro u very bad boy.*' Tommy
(reflectively) ?" Well, anyway mamma,
1 think you ought to bo .'eul darn tflud
1 ain't twins !"
?An addition to the telephone Is a
device which shows tho photographs of
the persons who aro talking. You
can see the picture, of the person with
whom you are conversing. This won
derful invention is tho word of a man
in Alamenda, Cal.
?The bicycle craze, according to
The United States Tobacco Journal,
has decreased the consumption of
cigars in this country by about one
million a day. The decrease since tho
craze set iu has actually been seven
hundred million a year.
?A chemical export says that 00
por cent, of tho beer brewed in Amer
ica will not come up to tho tost pre
scribed by the German government,
which is not a severe one, only insist
ing that pure beer bo brewed, and
lixing severe penalties for the pro
duction of any other kind.
?The Kx-Slavo Pension Association
which recently met at Birmingham,
Ala., has put v lot of agents on tho
road to collect money to further their
scheme iu Congress. Tho Baptist
Safeguard warns its readers to he on
their guard against this nesv "forty
acres and a mule" scheme.
?A Portland sea captain tells of his
sailing in southern seas whero flying
tisb abound. They would sometimes
in their flight in the night conto aboard
tho ship and drop to the deck. Ho hud
three cats that, though they wore
lying asleep below, woultl bear the
sound whenever a lish struck the deck
aud would rush up to get it. They
distinguished this from all other
sounds. The crew tried to imitate it
in various ways, but could not deceive
the cuts.
?Tho best briar from which pipes
arc made comes fr.'m the borders uf
France and Italy, in the mountainous
district of those countries roots are dug
OUt which have grown for ages, und
are sometimes larger tbun u mun's
hotly, weighing hundreds of pounds.
The wootl thus obtained is remarkubly
beautiful. Those large deposits Of the
root, have just been discovered in
France, and the price may bo brought
down in time. At present n good briar
root pipe it not cheap.
?A Michigan young lady named Os
ier was so confident that Bryan would
be elected that she staketl one lin>tir~^~
sand kisses on him. Tho youag man
with whom the hot was made had got
well along towards tho half wuy murk
in tho collection when u dispute arose
over the enumeration, so thoro was
nothing to do but wipe out the sluto
and take a recount, which is now pro
gressing. Tho couple are engaged,
but the girl declines to got married
until the debt has boon paid in full.
Wise girl ; sho wants to get out of
dobt.
? While he was at breakfast in Cin
cinnati on the day after Christmas a
New York Journal reporter asked Mr.
Bryan whether ho thought that tho
recent bank failures in Chicago und
St. Paul were in uny way duo to tho
result of the recontciection. His reply
was: "All by this time know tho
underlying principles of frco silver
and the cflects of the goltl stnndurd,
and all can apply their own measuring
sticks, and doubtless roach a truo con
clusion. If there havo boon any ovl
dencos of returning prosperity I havo
fulled to noto them particularly. As
to any permanent prosperity without
free silver, tho people of tho United
States will have time to dccldo that
point. Lot tho sliver men not put a
stono In the pathway of any man who
will give prosperity, but lo'. no!? too
camp fires of free silver burn out."

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