The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923, February 09, 1894, Page 2, Image 2

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unco on the lil.fVroari tliyi.'-di'
rapid progrofw. Only ouoo did tlu-y
tnoet anyone, nnd tlien they nmnntfctl to
lip into 11 field nnd ho tivohl recogni
tion. Ileforo reaching tlio town tho
hunter branched awuy Into n rugped
and narrow footpath which led to tho
mountains. Two dark, jnjfircd peaks
loomed abovo them through tho dark
ness, and tho dotllo which lud between
them was tho Englo canyon In which
tho horses were awaiting them. With
unerring inntlnct .leJror.son Hopo
picked his way ninong tho great
bowlders and along tho bed of a dried
up water-course, until ho canio to tho
retired corner, hcrccncd with rocks,
where- tho faithful animals had been
picketed. Tho girl was placed upon
tho mulo, and old L'crrlcr upon otio of
the horses, with his inonuy-bng, whllo
Jefferson Hopo led tho other ulong tho
precipitous and dangerous paths.
It was a bewildering roulo for nny
one who was not accustomed to faco
Nature In her wildest moods. On tho
one side a great crag towered up a
thousand feet or more, black, stem and
menacing, with long basaltlo columns
upon its rugged surfaco like tho ribs
of somo petrlilcd monster. On tho
other hand a wild chaos of bowlders
and debris mailo all advanco impossi
ble. Between tho two ran tho irregu
lar track, so narrow In places that
they had to travel In Indian file, and so
rough that only practiced riders could
liavo traversed it at all. Yot, In splto
of all dangcrsund difllcultlcs.thc hearts
of tho fugitives wcro light within them,
for every stop increased the distance
between them and tho terrible despot
ism from which they wcro flying.
Thoy noon had a proof, however,
that thoy wcro still in tho jurisdiction
of tho Saints. They had reached the
very wildest and most desolato portion
of the pass when tho girl gavo a
startled cry and pointed upward. On
a rook which overlooked tho track,
showing out dark and plain against
tho sky, thcro stood a solitary sentinel.
Ilo saw them as soon as they perceived
him, and his military challenge of
"Who goes theroVrang through tho
silent ravine.
"Travelers for Nevada," said Jef
ferson IIcpo, with his hand upon tho
rlflo which hung by his saddle.
They could sco tho lonely watcher
fingering his gun, nnd peering down
at them as if dissatisfied with their re
ply. "By whoso permission?" ho asked.
"Tho Holy Four," answerod Ferrier.
Ills Mormon experiences had taught
him that that was tho highest authority
to which ho could refer.
"Nino from seven," cried tho senti
nel. "Seven from five," returned Jeffer
son Hopo promptly, remembering tho
countersign which ho had heard In tho
"Pass, and tho Lord go with you,"
aid tho voloo from above. Noyontl
this post tho path broadened out, and
tho horses wero able to break Into a
trot Looking back, they could seo
the solitary watcher leaning upon his
gun, and know that they had passed
the outlying post of tho chosen people,
and that freedom lay before, them.
All night their course lay through in
tricate defiles and over irregular and
rook-strewn paths. More than onoo
thoy lost their way, but Hopo's intlr
iun counsK lay T'mouon intricate
mate knowledge of tho mountains en
abled them to regain the track onco
more. When morning broke, a scene
of marvelous though havago beauty
lay boforo them. In every direction
the great snow-capped peaks hemmed
them in, peeping over each other's
shoulders to tho far horizon. So steep
wcro tho rocky banks on cither side 'of
them that the larch and tho pine
seemed to bo suspended over their
heads, and to need only a guht of wind
to como hurtling down upon them.
Nor was the feur entiruly an Illusion,
for tho barren valley was thickly
htrown with trees and bowlders which
had fullen in a similar manner. Even
as they passed, a great rock came thun
dering down with a bourse rattle which
woko the echoes In tho hilcnt gorges,
and startled tho weary horses Into a
As the sun rose slowly abovo tho
eastern lioriron, tho caps of the great
mountains lit up one after tho other,
liko lamps at a festival, until they
were all ruddy and glowing. Tho mag
nlficent spectacle cheered tho hearts
of tho thrco fugitives nnd gavo them
fresh energy. At a wild torrent which
swept out of a ravino they called a
halt and watered their horses, whllo
they partook of u hosty breaJtfast.
Lucy and her father would fain liuvo
rested longer, but Jeffersou Hopo was
inexorable. "Thoy will bo upon our
track by thin tlmo," ho bald. "Every
thhig depends upon Pursued. f,uca
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sate In Carson, wo may rest for tho re
mainder of our lives."
During tho wholo of that dr. they
struggled on through tho defihs, and
by evening they calculated that they
were more than thirty miles from their
(jnuinlcH. At night timu thvy ehoso
the base of a beetling crag, wharu tho
rocks offered somo protection from tho
chill wind, and there, huddled to
gether for warmth, they enjoyed a few
hours' sleep. Iteforo daybreak, how
ever, they wero up and on their way
onco more. They had seen no signs of
any pursuers, and Jefferson Hopo bo
gan to think that thoy wero fairly out
of the reach of the terrible organiza
tion whoso enmity thoy had Incurred.
Ho little know how far that iron grasp
could reach, or how soon It was to
cIom! upon them and crush them.
About, the mlddlu of the second day
of tho flight their scanty storo of pro
visions began to run out. This gavo
tho hunter llttlo uneasiness, however,
for there was game to bo had umong
the mountains, and ho had frequently
before had to depend upon his rlllo for
tho needs of life. Choosing a shel
tered nook,, ho piled together a few
dry branches and made a blazing lire,
at which his companions might worm
themselves, for they were now nearly
five thousand feet abovo tho sea levci,
ami the air was bitter and keen. Hav
ing tethered the horses and bade Lucy
adieu, he threw his gun over his
shoulder and set out in search of
whatever ehanco might throw In his
way. Looking back, he saw tho old
man and tho young girl crouching over
the blazing lire, whilo tho three ani
niuls stood motionless in tho back
ground. Then tho Intervening rocks
hid them from his view.
Ho walked for u couple of miles
through ono ravine afteranother with-
mm. cnoucnixo ovkii tub
out success, though from tho marks
upon the trees, and other indications,
he judged that thero wero numerous
bears in tho vicinity. At la it, after
twoor three hours' fruitless search, ho
was thinking of turning back In de
spair, when, casting his eyes up
ward, ho saw a sight which sent a
thrill of pleasure through his heart.
On tho edge of a jutting pinnacle,
three or four hundred feet above him,
there stood a creature somewhat re
sembling n sheep in appearance, but
armed with a pair of gigantic horns.
Tho big-horn, for so It is called was
acting, probably, as a guardian over a
flock which were invisible to the hun
ter; but fortunately it was heading in
tho opposite direction, and had not per
ceived him. Lying on his back, ho
rested his rlflo upon a rock, and took a
long and steady aim before drawing
tho trigger. Tho animal sprang into
tho air, tottered for a moment upon
tho edge of tho precipice, and then
camo crashing down into the valley
Tho creature was too unwieldy' to
lift, so tho hunter contented himself
with cutting away one haunch and a
part of tho flank. With this trophy
over his shoulder, ho hastened to re
trace his steps, for tho evening was al
ready drawing in. Ho had hardly
started, however, before ho realized
the difficulty which faced him. In his
eagerness ho hud wandered fur past
the ravines which were known to him,
and it was no easy matter to pick out
the path which ho had taken. Tho val
ley in which he found himself divided
and subdivided into many gorges,
which wero so liko each other that it
was impossible to distinguish ono from
the other. Ho followed ono for a mile
or more until ho eamo to a mountain
torrent which ho was suro that ho had
never seen before. Convinced that ho
had taken the wrong tirn, ho tried
unother, but with tho same result.
Night was coming on rapidly, and it
was almost dark beforo hoagain found
himself In a defllo which was familiar
to him. Kven then it was no easy mut
ter to keep on tho right track, for tho
moon had not yet risen, and tho high
cliffs op either sldo made tho obscurity
mora profound. Weighed down with
his burden and weary from his exer
tions, ho stumbled along, keeping up
his heart by tho reflection that every
Step brought him nearer to Lucy, and
that ho carried with him enough to In
sure thejn food for tho remainder of
their journey.
Ho had now cojnp to tho mouth of
the very defllo in which ho had left
them. Even in tho darkness ho could
rccvognlzo the outlines of the cliffs
which bounded It. They must, he re
flected, be awaiting him anxiously, for
ho had been ubson nearly live hours.
In the gladness of his heart he put his
hands to his mouth and mudo tho glen
reecho to a loud hallo as a signal that
ho was coming. Ho paused and listened
for nn answer. Nouo eamo save his
own cry, which clattered up tho drenry,
silent ravluesJ, and wns borno back to
his cars in Countless repetitious. Again
ho Jthoutedl even, louder .than boforo,
and again no whisper camo baok from
tho frionds whom ho had loft such a
short time ago. A voguo, nameless
dread camo over him, and he hurried
onward frantically, dropping tho pre
cious food in hlsagilatlon.
hen ho turned tho corner, he camo
full In sight of tho spot where tho flro
had been lit. There was still a glow
ing pile of wood-ashes there, but It had
evidently not been tended since his do-
1 parturc. The fame dead silence still
ruigned ull rounl. With his fears
changed to conviction-, In; hurried on.
I 1 hero was no living oeatu ( i ear tho
remains of tho tire; aulnmls, man,
j muldcu, nil were gone. It was only
too clear that somo sudden and terrible
disaster had occurred during his ah
sence a disaster which had embraced
them all and yet had left no traces bo
hind It.
llewlldered and stunned by this
blow, Jefferson Hopo felt his head spin
round, and hud to lean upon his rifle to
savo himself from falling. lie was es
sentially a man of action, howevur, and
speedily recovered from his temporary
impotence. Seizing a half-consumed
piece of wood from tho smouldering
lire, ho blew It into a flame, and pro
ceeded with its help to examine tho
llttlo camp. Tho ground was all
stamped down by the feet of horses
showing that a largo party of mounted
men had overtaken the fugitives, and
the direction of their trucks proved
that thoy had aftcrwardturncd back
to Salt Lake City. Had they carried
back both of his companions with
them? Jefferson Hope had almost per
suaded himself that they must have
done so, when his eyo fell upon an ob
ject which mudo every nerve of his
body tingle within him. A little way
on ono sido of tho camp was u low
lying head of reddish soil, which had
assuredly not been thero before. Thero
was no mistaking It for anything buta
newly-dug grave. As the young hunter
approached It. ho perceived thatastick
had been planted on it, with a sheet of
paper stuck In the cleft fork of It. The
inscription upon tho paper was brief,
but to tho point:
! Died August 4, I860. !
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Tho sturdy old man, whom he had
left so short a tlmo before, was gone,
then, and this was nil his epitaph.
Jefferson Hope looked wildly round to
soo If there was a second grave, but
thero was no sign of one. Lucy had
been carried back by their terri
ble pursuers to fulfill her original
destiny, by becoming one of tho harem
of the elder's son. As the young fel
low realized tho certainty of her fate
end his own powcrlessness to pruvent
It, he wished that ho, too, was lying
with the old farmer In his luwt silent
resting place.
Again, however, his active spirit
shook off the lethargy which springs
from despair. If thero was nothing
else iclt to him, ho could at least de
vote his lifo to revenge. With indom
itable patience and perseverance, Jef
fcrson Hope possessed also a power of
sustained vindictiveness, which he may
hnve learned from tho Indians among
whom lie hud lived. As ho stood by
the desolate lire ho felt that the only
thing which could assuage his grief
wouiu oe thorough and complete retri
bution brought by his own hand upon
his enemies. His stroug will and un
tiring energy should, ho determined,
bo devoted to that one end. With a
grim, white face ho retraced his steps
to where ho had dropped the food, and
having stirred up tho smouldering Are,
ho cooked enough to last him for a few
days. This ho made up into n bundle,
and, tired as ho was, ho set himself to
walk back through tho mountains upon
the track of tho avenging angels.
For five days ho tolled, footsore and
weary, through tho defiles which he
had already traversed on horseback.
At night he flung himself down among
tho rocks and snatched a few hours of
sleep, but beforo daybreak he was al
ways well on his way. On tho sixth
day ho reached the Eagle canyon, from
which they had commenced their ill
fated flight. Thence ho could look
down upon tho homo of the Saints.
Worn and exhausted, ho leaned upon
his rlflo and shook his gaunt hand
fiercely at tho silent, widespread city
beneath him. As ho looked at it ho
observed that thero wero flugs in somo
of tho principal streets and other
signs of festivity. Ho was still specu
lating ns to what this might mean
when ho heard tho clatter of horse's
hoofs and saw a mounted man riding
toward him. As he approached ho
recognized him as a Mormon named
Cowper, to whom ho had rendered
services at different times. Ho there
fore accosted him when ho got up to
him, with the object of finding out
what Lucy Fcrrier's futo hud been.
1 "I am Jefferson Hope," ho baid.
"You remember mo."
Tho Mormon looked at him with un
disguised astonishment Indeed, It was
difficult to recognize in this tattercd.un-
kempt wanderer, with ghastly faco and
! fierce, wild eyes, tho bpruco young
hunter or former days. Having, how
ever, at last batibfled himself as to his
identity, the man's surprise changed to
"You aro mad to como hero," ho
cried. "It is as much as my own life
is worth to bo been talking with you.
Thero Is a warrant against you from
tho Holy Four for assisting tho Fer
rlersaway." "I don't fear them or tliolr warrant,"
Hope said, earnestly. "You must kuow
something of this matter, Cowper. I
conjure you by all you hold dear to an
swer a few questions. Wo have al
ways been friends. For God's sake
don't refuso to answer me."
"What l.s It?" tho Mormon asked un
easily. "Ho quick. Tho very rocks
have ears and tho trees oyes."
"What has becorao of Lucy Ferrier?"
"She was married yesterday to young
Drobbcr. Hold up, man, hold up, you
havo no lifo left in you."
"Don't miud mo," suld Hope, faintly.
Ho was wbito to tho very lips, and had
sunk down on tho stone ogalnst which
ho had been leaning.' "Married, you
say?" ,
"Married yesterday that's what
those flags arc for on the Endowment
house. Thero was somo words be
tween young Drobbcr and young
Htangcrson as to which was to huvo
her. They'd both been in tho party
that followed them, and Stangerson
had shot her father, which becmed to
give him tho best claim; but when
thoy argued it outin council Drebber's
party was tho stronger, so tho
prophet gavo her over to him. No ono
won't have her very long, though, for
1 saw d'jHth In her faco yestcrdiy. She
ismoro 11 aghost than a woman.
Aro you ofl, thon'.'" ,
"Yes, I'm olf," said Jefferson Hope, '
who had risen from his scut. Ills faco !
might havo been chiseled out of mar
& m
-fun Ui-CTS m f
"DON'T MINI) mi:," said uopk, faintly.
ble, so hard and so set was its expres
sion, while his eyes glowed with a
baleful light.
"Where aro you going?"
"Never mind," he uuswered; and,
slinging his weapon over his shoulder,
ho strode off down the gorgo and so
away into the heartof tho mountains to
the haunts of the wild beasts. Among
them all thero was nouo so fierce and
so dangerous as himself.
The prediction of tho Mormon was
only too well fulfilled. Whether it was
the terrible death of her father or tho
effects of tho hateful marriage into
which she had been forced, poor Lucy
never held up her head again, but
pined away and died within a mouth.
Iicr sottish husband, who had married
her principally for the sake of John
Fcrrier's property, did not nffectany
great grief at his bereavement; but
his other wives mourned over her, and
sat up with her tho night before tho
burial, as is the Mormon custom. They
wero grouped round tho bier In the
early hours of the morning, when, to
their incxpresslblo fear and aston
ishment, tho door was flung open,
and a suvage-looklng, weather
beaten man in tattered gar
ments strode into the room. With
out a glance or a word to the cowering
women ho walked up to the white, si
lent figure which hud ouce contained
the pure soul of Lucy Ferrier. Stooping
over her ho pressed his lips reverently
to her cold forehead, and then snatch
ing up her hand ho took the wedding
ring from her linger. "She shall not
bo buried in that," ho cried, with a
fierce snarl, and before an alarm could
bo raised sprang down tho stairs and
was gone. So strange and so brief was
the episode that tho watchers might
have found it hard to believe It them
selves or persuade other jicoplo of It,
had it not been for tho undeuiuble fact
that the circlet of gold which marked
horus having been a bride had disap
peared. (To b contiaued.)
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Rr Cloud, Neb.
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