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White Otter   By: (1878-)

White Otter by Elmer Russell Gregor

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[Illustration: "The hunt became a mad break neck scramble across the rocky plain." [PAGE 143]]

WHITE OTTER

BY ELMER RUSSELL GREGOR

AUTHOR OF "CAMPING ON WESTERN TRAILS," "THE RED ARROW," ETC.

FRONTISPIECE BY D. C. HUTCHISON

D. APPLETON AND COMPANY NEW YORK LONDON 1924

By ELMER R. GREGOR

JIM MASON, BACKWOODSMAN JIM MASON, SCOUT

Western Indian Series....

WHITE OTTER THE WAR TRAIL THREE SIOUX SCOUTS

Eastern Indian Series

SPOTTED DEER RUNNING FOX THE WHITE WOLF

COPYRIGHT, 1917, BY D. APPLETON AND COMPANY

Printed in the United States of America

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. RIDERS OF THE NIGHT 1

II. THE WAR PARTY 14

III. TRAILING THE ENEMY 31

IV. A PERILOUS ADVENTURE 50

V. A SURPRISE 66

VI. A FIGHT IN THE DARK 85

VII. THE MINNECONJOUX CAMP 97

VIII. VISITORS FROM THE NORTH 114

IX. THE GREAT BUFFALO DRIVE 137

X. AN ADVENTURE AMONG THE PEAKS 156

XI. A CALL TO WAR 177

XII. A NIGHT OF UNCERTAINTY 189

XIII. RACING TO THE RESCUE 212

XIV. THE PLIGHT OF THE OGALALAS 222

XV. WHITE OTTER'S BOLD RESOLVE 241

XVI. A BAFFLING TRAIL 253

XVII. A PEEP INTO THE PAWNEE CAMP 267

XVIII. A DARING ATTEMPT 278

XIX. A SPLENDID VICTORY 292

XX. THE CROWN OF EAGLE PLUMES 305

WHITE OTTER

CHAPTER I

RIDERS OF THE NIGHT

It was the time of the new grass moon. The long cold winter had finally passed, and the season of abundance was at hand. The Sioux gave thanks to the Great Mystery with song and dance. They knew that vast herds of buffaloes would soon appear from the south, and then every want would be supplied. The hunters were already making plans for the great buffalo drive which would provide the camp with meat for many days.

It was at this season that White Otter, the grandson of Wolf Robe, the famous Ogalala war chief, had planned to visit the Minneconjoux camp to see his friends, Sun Bird and his brother Little Raven. The three young warriors had shared many perilous adventures the previous year, when White Otter won fame by recovering the Red Arrow, a Sioux medicine trophy which had been stolen by the Pawnees, and Sun Bird rescued his brother from captivity. At that time the lads pledged themselves to an undying friendship, and Sun Bird and Little Raven accompanied White Otter to the Ogalala village. When they departed White Otter gave each two splendid ponies, and promised to visit them the following spring. Now the time was at hand and he was eager to go.

When Wolf Robe learned White Otter's intention he said: "It is good; the Minneconjoux are our brothers. Curly Horse, their chief, is a great man. You will see many brave warriors in that camp. Sun Bird and Little Raven are your friends. They will tell their people about you. Go and tell the Minneconjoux that Wolf Robe is thinking about them."

Two days later White Otter set out upon his journey. As he was anxious to make a good appearance before the proud people whom he planned to visit, he had arrayed himself with elaborate care. He was dressed in all the finery of a Sioux warrior. He wore soft doeskin leggings extending to his thighs, a buckskin breech cloth, moccasins gayly decorated with dyed deer hair, a rawhide belt from which hung his knife sheath, his weaselskin pouch containing his fire sticks and a small buckskin bag filled with dried meat. His bow and arrows were in a wolfskin case which was slung across his back, and at his side hung his buffalo hide war shield... Continue reading book >>




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