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The Watchers of the Plains A Tale of the Western Prairies   By: (1867-1943)

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THE WATCHERS OF THE PLAINS

A Tale of the Western Prairies

by

RIDGWELL CULLUM

With Frontispiece by J. C. Leyendecker

[Illustration: HIS EYES WERE INTENT UPON THE DARK HORIZON]

A. L. Burt Company Publishers :: New York

Copyright, 1909, by George W. Jacobs and Company

Published March, 1909

To B. W. M. my good friend and counselor I affectionately dedicate this book

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I. A Letter 9 II. On the Plains 17 III. An Alarm in Beacon Crossing 28 IV. Rosebud 41 V. A Birthday Gift 54 VI. A Newspaper 69 VII. An Indian Pow Wow 76 VIII. Seth Washes a Handkerchief 87 IX. The Adventures of Red Riding Hood 97 X. Seth Attempts to Write a Letter 108 XI. The Letter Written 118 XII. Cross Purposes 127 XIII. The Devotion of Wanaha 135 XIV. The Warning 144 XV. The Movements of Little Black Fox 154 XVI. General Distinguishes Himself 162 XVII. The Letter from England 173 XVIII. Seth's Duty Accomplished 184 XIX. Seth Plays a Strong Hand 197 XX. Seth Pays 207 XXI. Two Heads in Conspiracy 217 XXII. Rosebud's Answer 227 XXIII. Love's Progress 239 XXIV. Rosebud's Fortune 254 XXV. In Which the Undercurrent Belies the Superficial Calm 267 XXVI. The Sun Dance 283 XXVII. In Desperate Plight 294 XXVIII. A Last Adventure 304 XXIX. Hard Pressed 315 XXX. The Last Stand 327 XXXI. The Sentence 337 XXXII. Wanaha the Indian 346 XXXIII. The Capitulation 359

THE WATCHERS OF THE PLAINS

CHAPTER I

A LETTER

A solitary hut, dismal, rectangular, stands on the north bank of the White River. Decay has long been at work upon it, yet it is still weather proof. It was built long before planks were used in the Bad Lands of Dakota. It was built by hands that aimed only at strength and durability, caring nothing for appearances. Thus it has survived where a lighter construction must long since have been demolished.

And it still affords habitation for man. The windows have no glass; the door is a crazy affair; there is an unevenness in the setting of the lateral logs which compose its walls; the reed thatching has been patched where the weather has rotted it; and here and there small spreads of tarpaulin lend their aid in keeping out the snows of winter and the storms of summer. It occupies its place, a queer, squat sentry, standing midway between the cattle ford and the newer log wagon bridge lower down the river toward its mouth, where it joins the giant Missouri some two hundred miles distant. It backs into the brush fringing the wood lined river bank, and is dangerously sheltered from the two great Indian Reservations on the other side of the river... Continue reading book >>




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