which seemed strange to me. But
when, late in the afternoon, we arrived at their encampment, I
discovered that my captors were cavalrymen.
In the center of a plain stood a log fort, with a blockhouse at each of
its four corners. As we approached, I saw a herd of cavalry horses
grazing under guard outside the walls of the post. They were small,
stocky horses, but the telltale saddle galls proclaimed their calling.
The flag flying from a tall staff inside the palisade was one which I
had never before seen nor heard of.
We marched directly into the compound, where the company was dismissed,
with the exception of a guard of four privates, who escorted me in the
wake of the young officer. The latter led us across a small parade
ground, where a battery of light field guns was parked, and toward a
log building, in front of which rose the flagstaff.
I was escorted within the building into the presence of an old negro, a
fine looking man, with a dignified and military bearing. He was a
colonel, I was to learn later, and to him I owe the very humane
treatment that was accorded me while I remained his prisoner.
He listened to the report of his junior, and then turned to question
me, but with no better results than the former had accomplished. Then
he summoned an orderly, and gave some instructions. The soldier
saluted, and left the room, returning in about five minutes with a
hairy old white man--just such a savage, primeval-looking fellow as I
had discovered in the woods the day that Snider had disappeared with
The colonel evidently expected to use the fellow as interpreter, but
when the savage addressed me it was in a language as foreign to me as
was that of the blacks. At last the old officer gave it up, and,
shaking his head, gave instructions for my removal.
From his office I was led to a guardhouse, in which I found about fifty
half-naked whites, clad in the skins of wild beasts. I tried to
converse with them, but not one of them could understand Pan-American,
nor could I make head or tail of their jargon.
For over a month I remained a prisoner there, working from morning
until night at odd jobs about the headquarters building of the
commanding officer. The other prisoners worked harder than I did, and
I owe my better treatment solely to the kindliness and discrimination
of the old colonel.
What had become of Victory, of
almost anything but human beings.Page 11
Abigail Prim always had been a thorn in the flesh of her stepmother--a well-meaning, unimaginative, ambitious, and rather common woman.Page 13
It was then that Mrs.Page 18
He winced and shuddered, increasing his gait until again he almost ran --ran from the ghost pursuing him through the black night in greater terror than he felt for the flesh and blood pursuers upon his heels.Page 20
Such stories are ridiculous; and even if there was a little truth in them, noises can't harm you as much as sleeping out in the storm.Page 25
"There are matches in my coat pocket," he whispered, "--the same pocket in which you found the flash lamp.Page 36
And Bridge could not find it in his heart to refuse him, for the man realized that the boyish waif possessed a subtile attraction, as forceful as it was inexplicable.Page 40
"O-h-h!" gasped The Oskaloosa Kid.Page 49
His defection is unforgivable, and he has misplaced the finger-bowls.Page 50
Bridge rose and stretched.Page 57
"Don't tell Paw about the reward," he begged; "he'll keep it all hisself.Page 59
"He called hisself de Oskaloosa Kid," replied Charlie.Page 72
end of the town toward the meeting place beside the old mill.Page 79
No one paid any attention to Giova, nor, with the noise and confusion, did the intruders note the sudden clanking of a chain from out the black depths of the room's further end, or the splintering of a half decayed studding.Page 81
From a tree Giova warned them back.Page 87
"Tell the truth," commanded Burton.Page 93
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78 2 1 Squibbs place!" Squibbs' place!" 80 6 4 Squibbs gateway Squibbs' gateway 84 6 1 Squibb's summer Squibbs' summer 85 6 1 thet aint thet ain't 85 7 5 on em on 'em 85 8 1 An' thet aint An' thet ain't 85 10 1 But thet aint But thet ain't 85 10 3 of em of 'em 85 10 3 of em of 'em 86 2 2 there aint there ain't 87 5 others' mask other's mask 88 6 1 Squibbs woods Squibbs' woods .Page 100
136 8 5 we aint we ain't 139 2 8 had all drank had all drunk 141 3 9 Squibb's place.