Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, November 03, 1889, Part III, Image 18
' ' * w * * THE OMATTA DAILY BEE : SUNDAY , NOVEMBER 3 , ISSaTEEN ; PAGES. 1 A STORY OP TWO BITS. Captain C. A.Curtlt. U , 8. A , , in /or Kovcmhcr. I MAKF. II13 ACQUAINTANCE. I wag acting-quartermaster of n command composed or two companies , which gar risoned n long fort near I'rcscott , Arizona , during the yonrs ISOt and 1803. The fort was nn inclosnrO of some thrco hundred foot BQUtiro , built of thick plno logs , sot up ver tically In tlio ground- with regular block- liouso bastions , of the colonial period , nt diagonal corners ; and it had hugo gates of hewn timber thut swung ponderously on huge Iron hinges. The fort stood on n slight olovatton overlooking the post corral , n structure built of the same material nnd In the snmo general manner ns the fort , but ln > closing u much larger spnco. In this corral were gathered nightly the horses of the cavalry troop , the horses and uiulcs of the quartermaster , nnd the SOO head of cattle and 1UCO sheep of the commissary. Tlio prcsenco of these .ntilmnls grazing through the days on the hill-aides nnd plains about our reservation was ft special and alluring temptation to the marauding Apaches nnd Nnvnjos , nnd frequent chases nnd skirmishes were necessary to protect our stock. The purrison consisted of ono company of regular Infantry nnd ono troop of Now Moxlcnu volunteer cavalry. The men com posing the troop were , with a few exceptions , Mexicans , speaking the Spanish language , und using Incites translated Into that tongue. The troop had arrived In January , after u long nnd fatiguing march of 700 miles , nnd two dnys lifter their nrrival their captain had turned over to mo sixteen broken-down , side und generally decrepit horses. Accord- to custom In such cases , 1 receipted for them , und in duo time ordered them sold uttmbllc auction to tlfo highest bidder. Onthoinornineof thodny appointed for the solo to tnko place , the Jlfcr of the Infantry company , n neat Irish soldier , known Among lila comrades as Joe Cain , who acted as my attendant and u general guardian of my belongings - longings , paused in the doorway , nnd , raising his right bond to his cap-visor , asked If ho "could spalJO t1 tlio llfuucntl" As I nodded , lie nsked' ; "Would the llftinout llko to buy u flno horsol" "No , Cain , I have no use for two horses nn I can not afford the expense of nnothor. " "Hta you can buy this ono for lltllo or not hi HIT , or , " "How niuchl" "if the llftlnent will let mo hnvo five dollars lars , I'll buy him the hist horao in the post. " "Tho best horse in thopo : > t forflvodollnrs ! What kind of nonsense nro you talking , Calul" und I turned to some papers on the itiblo which demanded my signature. Hut Uulu lingered lo the doorway nt a respectful "attention , " and when 1 signed the last paper his hand went up again to his visor and re mained there until 1 said ; 'Well , what moro have you to sayl" "If the littinent will buy the horse I spako of , ho will never rcpint of his bin-train. I'vo ' Icnown the baste for tin years , ser from tlio lime I Jined as u inuslu b'y nt Fort Craig , sor. " "He must bo an exceedingly old horje , then , " I said. " knows his he's vit- "Nobody ape , ser ; n - orau ; but he's n line horsu all xlio same , sor. " "Hut I do not need another horse for my duties. Cain , in I told yuu just now ; and i nhould IniVQ to buy his liuy nnd grain , und that Is'nn uxpenso I do not euro to bo put to , with no prospect for a prolHablo return. " "There need bo no cxpinse , sor. There is u sorplim of forage in thu cor nil , und thu for- agemusior'll let mo have all I'm wantiu1 if the liftlnent will jist give him the laste bit of u hint. " Moio to plenso n valued nnd trustworthy t nttendout than with any liopo of securing a good horse , 1 gave Cain thu desired ftvo del lars. 1 learned in further conversation , that the wonderful Blood he uroposed to buy for ino was ono of the lot to be sold at auction. 1 did not attend the sale of the sixteen horses. I simply noticed that the government inoney account hud increased soventy-flvo dollars by the auction , showing plainly enough that the value of the whole number was a little less than ilvo dollars each. A whole month had passe. ! , and I bad entirely U forgotten that I hud given Cain five dollars for the purchase of n horse , when ono day , as I ugnui sat writing in my loom , I tieura tbo rapid clutter of hoofs upproaching , nnd presently noticed that n horse bad Mopped outsido. 1 stepped to tbo door and found Joe Gain awaiting my nrrival , holding liy tbo hulter strop n Uno , larpo bay horse , in peed llcsh , us smooth as satin , and bricht-oycfi as iv colt , "Will the HftinQiit phuo" come out und insplct his horse ! " naid Cain ; and trriu ho led him out on exhibition. I was plcsji/j to 11 ml that the horse , while in no wise ; -j. inarkablo , showed many good points. In fucu the minimal was a great surprise to mo. I sat down on u log that had been rejected In thu building ot the fort , and looked long uc the metamorphosed creature toforo I spoko. "So that is the horse you bought for live dollars , is it , Caiui" I began. "Four dollars and forty cints , sor. I bought the halter with the sixty cints that was lift , sor. " "Hut I don't see how such n horse can ho had for that money. Aud this is really ono of those miserable hacks wo sold nt auc tion ? " "Not a bitelso , ser , " said the delighted Cain , his face in a glow from the pleasure ho was deriving from my wonderment und evi < deut approval ot the result of his venture , "Has ho u nauio , " I usked. " 'Two-Hits , ' sor. " "Two-Hits' twonty-ilvo cental how did ho got that name , Caiul" \s \ > "Ho wou it at Fort Craig , ser , in a race in ' 50. ? 50.In In answer to other questions and after Bomo irrelevant talk , Cain , having tied the horse to u tree , walked slowly backward and forward before ino and proceeded to give the history of the horsu BO far as ho know it , and his reasons for asking mo to uiuka the purchase , When lie went into the corral ono day ho suid ho BUW ono of thu stublo men kicking nnd beat ing an old stood to make him nso to his feet. The nntmnl made repeated efforts to stand , but cj.ich tuna full back through weakness. Cain approached , and by certain saddle marks and a peculiar star in the forehead , recognized nn old acquaintance. Ho oven inslhtcd that the old horse knew him. From Bomo knowledge of horses , nicked up in n stable during u wandering life before ho en listed , the soldier perceived , after a careful examination , that the horse wus not porma limitly disabled , but simply Buffering from Ill-treatment and nculcut , Ho begun hia care of the bcust ut once , and us soon us tUo auction was ordered ho dulormluod to ask uio to buy him. The llrst knowledge Cain bad of Two-nits was that the horse belonged to the Mounted liiilos und was with them at Fort Craig in Now Mexico , in 185' ' . ) . On the < th of July of that year , the ofllccrs of the fort und the civilians of the neighboring ranches got ui > n horse race by way of celebrating the day. 'Tho races were to bo , ono for American horses over an 800 yards straightaway course , und one for broncos , ever a course 01 iUXlyaids. On the day before the race the llrst Hcrgeant of thu rllles waited upon u lieutenant of the regiment uud requested linn to enter a "company horso" ouo which had been assigned as a mount to one of their number. The loquost was granted. I All the horses wcro to bo ridden by soldiers , At two o'clock on the afternoon of thu 4th the horses were assembled at , the course to the west of the fort , Two-Hits bolng jirosonl und mounted by the boy bfcr. Joe Cain , ol tli" infantry. The ofliccrs walked urount the "company horse" with considerable- curiosity , commenting on bis appearance uud wondering how. if hu possessed anj merits , ho had escaped their notice up to this time. Captain Tilford seemed lo express tlio general sentiment of thoofllcors , at the con illusion of the iuspectlon , when ho said , " . would not give two bits for tlmt horso'a cbuuco of winnlin ; the prize. " Thu ruco came off , anil the carefully groomi'd and pnyly caparisoned horses of thi ofllccrs und clvllians.utid thu plainly equipped favorite of the soldiers burst down thu trucl inline , to nrnvo scattered nnd blown at tha Koal.with thedesplsed "company horso'1 BOUIO thrco lengths ahead. Aud from that day the victor wait Ituown utf "Two-lilts. " With the brcuklne out of the civil warn ! mounted rcglmenU were made cavalry Thli wiped out of existence the two dragoon regi ments nnd tbo rlllo regiment , the latter boint reclirlstoneJ the Third cavalry , nnd ordorui from Now Mexico to the cast , for service litho the fluid. Their horacs were loft behind Iwlng turned over to the Now Mexico volun teer cavalry , ' 1 wo-lilts wus assigned to thu troop which wiu tucu a part of the garrison of Port Whippio. In , vhO march from the valley of the Klo Ornmloto the valley of the Klo Colorado ho had succumbed to Mexican neglect nnd abuse , nnd fallen n victim to hard usage. And so , by a moro chance , the mooting took place between the vote-ran gtced and his former Jockov of the tort Crnlg race. Cain had recognized his old friend of fivn years before , and knowing that ho would not ba allowed to own horse , no did the next best thing made mo his owner , which guvo him the care of the nnluinl , nnd frequent opportunities to take him out for nn . . , , From this tlmo on , I had many long rlilos on Two-Hits , In the way of tironomo pursuit of the Indians , whp never neglected to take advantage of the unprotected state of tlio crntory. I became very much nttnchod to the horse nnd oven took paln to win a place n his nffoetloin. often being much surprised nt his wonderful intelligence mid nlmost luninn discernment. Ho would never desert his rider in a place ot danger , no matter what tho-lomptatlon. Three or four tlmos when taking him out for , exorcUo , Cain had dismounted for some porposa nnd Two-Hits md Immedlatoly kicked up Ills heels like a. colt and trotted bac.k to lim stall in the cor ral. * Hut once nt n good distance from the > est or train , or in n situation of danger , and 10 would Slav by hi * rider when free to go. This statement mny up'ponr doubtful to nanv , but every man who was stationed at For' , Whippio during the time thut Two-lilts occupied a stall there , bollovod moro than I have stated. Two Instances , which 1 will rolnto , so Impressed mo hat I can linvobut ono opinion of this noble old horse. Once , when I had ridden down the vnlloy of the Klo Vcrdo , some thirty miles from the fort on n sollntary llshing ex cursionI strolled along its banks for sover.il tours , standing by pools nnd handling a rod , while a carbine rested in my loft oluow nnd two revolvers hung at my waist. 1 IOOKCU over my shoulder moro frequently for In dians tiinti tno fUli favored mo with bltos. Suddenly Two-Hits who hud been grazing close by , unplckotcd , came trotting down tome mo in cousldoraolo cxcltcmcnl. Without stopping to inquire the cause I dropped ilsli- mg-tacklu and Imkot. mounted and rode to nn eminence , from which I saw on the oppo site sldo of the stream half a mile away , u ; iiirty of mounted Apaches who had not been visible from my fishing place because of a fringe of willows. As soon as they discovered - , ered mo they whooped nnd gave chase ; but the long leg * of Two-Hits mudo nothing of running away from tho.'u ' , nnd I was soon far tioyond their reach. The second incident occurred when I was returning from ft visit of Inspection to n hay camp ten miles from the post. I was riding nt a walk along a level ro id , which was skirted on my loft by tnick sage-brush. My loft foot wus out of tno stirrup. A sudden shot from cover cut my coat collar and caused Ihn horse to Jump suddenly to the right. Having n support on ruy loft , nnd being taken off my gua.-d , I toppicd from the Hiiddlo nnd fell to the ground , but fortun ately landed on my feet , und facing the urn- juscudo , so I qiiluklv covered the spot with my nllo. Two-Hits did not stir after I foil , nnd 1 walked backwards around to bis rlcht Bide , nnd mounted in reverse of custom , still covering the possible enemy , and rode away , ilrst slowly uud then at a run , until beyond rillo-rnngo. Then 1 saw thrco Apaches rise 'om ' tbo brush. Again , when Lieutenant U and myself with ten men , had been four days ia pursuit - suit of n band of Indians that had run off the stock from a neighboring runche , wo found 0110 of our men unable to sit in his saudlo Irom wounds. Wo removed the saddle from Ills horse and bound him nt length along the buck , and did our best to : nako him ns com fortable ns possible. Ho rode along quietly for some time , and ihen asked to bo out on Two-Hits. After this , the horse was U greater favorite than over with the men. Not ono of our party could have been made to believe thut Two-Hits did not understand the necessity of treading gently with his sensitive burden ; and 1 must admit that when our road lay down some bowldor- strowh declivity , the horao seemed careful to select the places for his feet , and certainly was tediously slow. T confess I am of the opinion of the men ; I believe the horse fully understood the condition of his charge , and the necessity of goiiic slowly and gently m rough places. The man reached the post hospital in safety , and recovered ; and from the day of his recovery Two-Mils had another devoted friend and guarmau. 11. . HIS SECOND 1UCE. As the Fourth of July 18li. > , approached. In the dearth of other malerial and Iho abund- ntico of liorsos , iho citizens of Prcscott de termined to offer a series of horse and pony races as attractions , and there was at once considerable excitement ia liorsn circles in consequence. Officers of the garrison caught the excitement , and vied with the ranchmen nnd miners , und began looking over their favorites wiih u view to capturing the vu- riqusi bridles , saddles , eta , offered as prizes. Oue race was to ho for American horses only , this name being used to distinguish the cnvulry horses und thoao brought from Vhe east , from the mustangs , Texas ponies , aad branches. The gait lor all horses waste to bo n run. under the saddle , over distances ranging from live hundred to eight hundred /r.rds , according to whether the contcslanls ijslonjjcd to ouo or Iho other of tho. classes iro'Jtioncdthe longer distance being for the American horses. y few days after the conditions of tno race Wits , published , Cain proposed that I should onUr Two-Hits for the eight hundred yard race , assuring mo that if I would do so I was sure to win the prize. Hut I pooh-poohed the suggestion at once , and even ridiculed Cain for his folly in imagining for a moment that Two-Hits could competu with such steeds us were already entered. I soon found that 1 hud plunged the ambitious lifer into the depths of despair. For several days ho moped about his duties in a silent und dejected uiunuer , until his evident misery aroused my compassion. So ono morning , after he tiad completed the houso- worli of my quarters , I asked him to remain a few moments , nnd then referred to the subject , which I know had full possession of his thoughts , with the question : "V'ou do not suppose , Gain , that so old horsu us Two-Hits would stand uny chnnco lu this race } " "Ho would , Jist , sorl" ho answered with emphasis. "Hut ho is very old , Cain. Ho must bo twenty , nt the very least. " "Yis , aor , and ho grows faster as ho grows older , sor. " Evidently there was no uno in arguing against Two Hits , wltn a person so preju diced us Cain , but I continued : "Your love for your old favorite , Cain , misleads you as to his capabilities. 1 Know htm to bo easy and free under the saddle , and the best horso-1 over rode , but it is not reasonable to expect him , at his ago , to boat young horses , after all the ill-treatment lie has undergone , " "I wish the llftlnent would Jist give mo the thriul of him , that's all. There's not a baste in thcso parts can bate him , " "Hut you nro not reasonable about this , Cain. Hccnuso Two-Hits won a ruco ilvo years ago , It docs not follow that ho can dose so now. There ia thut line blaolc of Kiny Wootsoy's what possible chance is then : that any horse in Arizona can take tbo lead of him : " "That's Jist it , sor. The consnto of that man Woolsoy mules u robuuo , sor. Two-Hits can give htm one , nsy. I Itnow the horse , sor. If the llftlnent will pardon an ould soldier for nuiklu' so bold as to sit up uu opinion ag'inst Ins , 1 beg lave to romoind him that 1 have rode the winning horati ut mlny a race lu the ould country and in this , nnd while I'm free to admit that Two-lilts docs not aquel the rucln' stock o' the qualltv nnd glntry , ho is far boynnt anything this sldoo" the wather. " "Well. Cain , leave mo now to consider the matter , and cull again in an hour. " Loft alone , I wus not long in coming - ing to the conclusion that the ok : soldier should bo indulged in Ills wish to enter Two-Hits for the race. Ac. cordiugly , when the fitter returned for my decision , I said : "I am going to allow you to run him Cain. I look upon the horse as your discovery. Ho has cast mo literally nothing. " "Thank you , ser , uud you'll wlntkopriro , " said Cain. "No ; I don't care for the prize , I will pay the entrance fee , und if you win the race tbo jirlzo shall bo your own , " When I reoillod the many evidences I bad had ol Two-Hits1 apeod In pursuit of Indians , und In retreats when the Indians In turn were pursuers , und my life had depended upon bis Kail and his endurance , I could uot but hopu ho would win. On tlio day of the race I sat , by no moans a caltu ahd disinterested spectator , on n bench near the goal. After the race of po nlcs , mustangs uud broneoi , came the prin cipal race that of American horses. I will Note To show that bo was no rospeclor -of persons , I must admit that ho twice did the sauio thing for ino. spare the render details of the race further ban to say that , to the surprise of every- ) ody but Joe Cain , It ended ns nt Fort Craig. Two-Hits cntno In with dilated nostrils and ilazlnir cyo , nrold the thundering cheorft ot .hu soldlorn , fully two lengths nlicnd. Cain od him bncic to the fort , escorted the wnolo distance by ndtnirlng hluo-coats , At the stables Cain sat on nn Inverted grain mons- ire and told over for the hundredth lima the way the horse received the name of Two- lilts , und bow ho had discovered the old lorso , friendless nnd broken down , In the Whlpplo corrut , nnd having built him up to ils present beautiful proportions , bad once nero ridden him to victory. I have rotated the foregoing Incidents In an attempt to interest tha reader in tbo par- sonnliy of my horso. Ho is iho hero of tha story the men nro only accessories , The ucldont to which nil this is a preface must lave a chapter by Itself. HI. nn uuxs COUIUF.K. In the fall of the year ISM , the Indian roubles became so serious that only with the greatest difficulty could wo maintain our coininunioition with the outside world. livery llulo while nn express-rider , vould fall to innko his np- uppcarnnco when duo , nnd an expedition sent n su.ircti of him often found his body In the road , in some rugged dolllo or thick chapar ral , stripped , scalped , and disfigured , the contents of his express pouch scattorcd for vards around , nil letters broken open , and .ho Illustrated papers torn into shreds , while the newspapers were simply thrown isldc. The imrll became so great In time that single riders could not bo hired for the service , and nt. last only cavalrymen in par ies of Ilvo were sent on this dangerous duty. Oven numbers was not always a tirotcctlon , is I found once when , sontto look for a miss- ug express , I discovered nil the mou dead together. On the 20th of Ocvobor a dispatch was re ceived with accompanying instructions that t should bo forwarded without delay to Santa Fo. Accordingly , I ndvertiscd for nn express rider , offering the highest pay ul- owed for the service. Thu route on the northeast was not considered to bo so dang erous as tboso tying to the east , south , or west. Still there was no response to my offer , nnd I began to consider the expedi ency of asking for a detail from the cavalry , when n proposition came from un unexpected juartor. The man whom I before mentioned as having been wounded during nn Indian expedition nnd brought to the fort on the back of Two-Hits , came into my ofllco , nnd offered to carry the dispatch , provided I would lot him riilo Two-Hits , This man's name was 1'ortor. Ho was a Londonderry Irishman by birth and was now sergeant in the infutitry company. Years afterwards wo learned that ho was of gentle descent , nnd a gridunto of Edinburg uni versity. Ho was a handsome , soldierly fcl- " , ow , of refined features , gentlemanly bear ing , good height , and undoubted courugo. lie entered my ofUce , us I before siatod , and oald ho would tnko the mail to Fort Wingato "f I would lend him Two-Hits. "Hut Two-Hits is my private property , ser geant , and is not subject to such service , " I replied. "I Know that , sir ; but ho has. many qual- tlos whicn lit him for It , " "Not moro than half a doicn other horses n Iho corral , sergeant. " "No horse has Just his qualities , sir. Hols especially lilted for dangerous service such us this. Ho is fleet , ho will not whinny nor do anything to attract attention in nn Indian country. Ho will not desert his rider If turned loose , and ho will not bo stampeded if ins rider sleeps while he grazes. " "You seem to have studied hi ? character well. " "Yes , sir , I know Two-Hits very well ; hut not butler than yourself , or mosl of the men of the garrison. Ho is n remarkable horso. Ho is well diiltud and ho is very Intelligent. Ho always seems to understand whut is ex pected of him , " "Hut really , sergeant , I do not like to let him go on such n trip. I fear I should never sen him again. Tno trip would bo n tremend ous strain upon the old horse. " "Ho shall huvo the tenderost1'care , sir. I will treat him as hu deserves. " "I have no doubt of that , sergeant. Ho would bo treated well by all of our men. In fact , ho is always made a pet ot by every one. I will think of it. Call acain Inter. " After Sergeant Porter went out , I walked over to the quarters of the commanding oflieer and told him ot tbo proposition. lie atronco foil in with the plan und advised mo tb let the horse go. Ho said tha horse could not bo IP better hands , and that doubtless ho would ire through safely , without fatigue , and return to mo m a few weeks. Ho said ho would convene a board of olllcors to ap praise the horse , so that if ho should bo lost I could put in a claim for reimbursement. I agreed , and next day the board sat and ap praised the value of my five-dollar horse at nearly $200 In gold. Ou thu morninir of the Qoth of October , " Sergeant Porter "mounted Two-Bits , rode out of Fort Whippio , amid the nearly good , wishes and handshakes of mon nnd ofllcors. Ho carried a mull pouch weighing twenty pounds , an overcoat and three blankets , a carbine nnd two revolvers , nud six days' rations. Thu adventures of horse and rider , after wo saw thoin disappear behind the "red rocks , " ilvo miles below the fort , were re lated to mo in 1807 , at Fort Sumner , Now Mexico , bv Porter , who had in the monntimo been appointed a lieutenant in the army. I had not seen him slnco ho started on his Journey. For three days the ride was without Inci dent worth relating. On the fourth ho did not leave his stopplng-placo until 1 o'clock in the afternoon. At 2 o'clock ho found him self on Iho crest ef n range of hills overlook ing a plain which extended right and left almost to tbo horizon , and in Iront nt least twenty miles , to the broken nnd hilly coun try beyond. It was level as ttio surface of a lake. From the cdeo of the plain stretched the narrow thread of the military road , straight across to the foot hills boyond. The road down the declivity to the plain beyond being rough and stony , the sergeant dis mounted nnd followed his horse , allowing him to pick his way and take his own gait. When ho arrived at the foot of the ranee , ho noticed that there lay between him ami the plain and parallel to its edco , a long low ridge. Ho halted in the ravine formed by ttio ridge and foot lulls to tighten girth und roaajust his tuggago uiiforo tatting thu road over the plain. While engaged in this opera tion. Porter noticed that , at Iho point where ho stood , the road divided into two ; these passed ever the ridge a hundred yards apart , descended on the oilier sldo , and mot again out on the plain. The reason for this divi sion was thut the loft hand roud hud becotno badly gullied in ono of the rare and violent rainfalls peculiar to that region , nnd the wagoners hud made a now ouo to avoid its roughness. Finishing the adjustment of the saddle and Its attached parcels , the sergeant still postponed remountincr , and followed his horse slowly up tbo ritiga , leaving the cholco of thcTonus to the animal , it Doing n matter of Indiflvronco lo a horseman whether the road was uulllcd or not. Two-Hits took the loft , hand roud , und moved leisurely up iho slope , raising his head high as ho approached iho crest to look beyond It. Suddenly ho stopped und stood perfectly rigid , his oars sot forward and his ayes fixed upon some object , evidently in alarm. Porter crout carefully forward and looked beyond the ridgo. Hchlnd n mass of granite bowlders which squirted the lolt of the other road , four Indian ponies could be seen picketed , Evidently their riders were among the rocks watching for thu express-rider they had seen descending' from iho range. They naturally supposed that ha wpuld pass along the usually traveled road. Nothing but the accident that Two-Hits took the old road prevented vented the sorgount from falling into the ambuscade nud ending his life there. From the old road the ponloa were plainly visible in a nook among the holders ; from the newer road they could not have been seen. The sergeant backed Two-Hits sufficiently to put him out of sight of thu Indians. When nil was ready , Porter patted the old horse atTactionuloly on the n6clc and said , "Now , old follow , everything depends uK | > n your legs. " i'ortor always maintained that Two- Hits understood the coming struggle as fully us ho did himself. When all xvas completed , Porter mounted nnd rode slowly over the ridge and slowly down the opposite slopo. Ho was anxious lhat the Indiana should not discover him until ho should bo well beyond the gullies in the road. These ho passed safely."and , ns ho rose to the level ground beyond , bo no ticed that ouo of the mustangs in the bowl- dors was holding his head high , watching his movements. It occurred to the sergeant that to kill n pony would ba equal to killing nil Indian , lie took a cartridge In his palm , so that ho could reload without u ttocond * delay , and , aiming carefully , flrod , killing the pony In- btantly. Ho reloaded , and a an iudUn from cover to oo where the shot came from , ho caught the second bullet and foil across the dead tiony. Not another In dian showed himself until Porter was well out upon the plain : then ho heard the shrill staccato of the Nnvnjo wnr-whoop , and glancing backward ever his shoulder saw thrco Indians pursuing at the top of their xmics' speed. Two-Hits throw himself into .ho task of running away from the mustangs with all tha elasticity nnd grace that bad dis tinguished him on the race course , nnd had always led to victory , Ho settled down to a long and steady pace which promised soon to leave his pursuer * far behind , The sol dier was beginning to congratulate himself upon his wisdom In Insisting on having Two- lilts for his service. With every spring the old horse scorned to bo fast widening the distance between the Indians nnd their In tended viutim , nnd this continued for about linlf n dozen miles , when Porter reluctantly observed that no further change ih his favor was evident. In fact , It soon became evi dent that the Nnvajos wcro slowly but surely closing uu nn him. This was not at nil strange. Two-Bits was nn Amcrlcniihorso , accustomed In garrison risen nnd camp to his twulvo pounds of grain dully ; a kind of horse that will Invariably run down In llcsh on n grazing diet. The mustangs lived entirely on grass and grow Tat nnd Kept in good condition oven when subjected to the Blithest usngo. Two-lilts' was heavily londad and had tasted no grain for four days ; the mustangs were lightly mounted nnd filled with their accustomed forage. Two-Hits was old nud the ir.uaiangs wcro young. The odds were decidedly against the veteran war-horse ; but ho kept on with his long , powerful galop , while the Indmu ponies came on with a short , quick , tireless clutter which never changed its cadence nnd threat ened to overtake the sergeant before bo could gain the shelter of the hills , still many miles uwuy. The llnrht nnd pursuit ever the plain had to bo co nil nod closely to the road. Outside ot the track the vegetation would seriously wound nnd disable nn animal attempting to go through its spiked obstructions. At last an arrow flow betwron Porter's shoulder uud car. Turning in his saddle , ho llred. broalting the leading Fnvaos ] arm and causing him to full into the road , while his riderless pony stopped by the wayside and jcgan at once to graze. As the sergeant dropped his carbine by his right side to place u new cartridge in the breech , an nrrrw struck his loft hand , bis lingers relaxed , and .ho precious wcanon dropped into the roid. Ho could not stop to recover it It would bo usslosa with a badly wounded hand so ho plunged wearily on , looking at the broken lingois and flowing blood , with Ills ilrst seri ous misgivings. Hlsdmnco of gelling out of this scrape alive seemed desperate indeed. With his siull ns a marksman , ha had all along thought that ho could soon plok off nil us or.emle.H ; but wltb no carbine und a use- ess right huud tlio chances were much against him. Itcsolvlng. like a bravo man , to dlo game , Porter hastily bound his handkerchief about : ils wounded baud , und drew a revolver in ils loft. Turning : ho fired shot after shot , 3ut without effect except to keep the two Indians banging ever the sides ot their horses , until , conceiving a contomut for his inaccurate aim , they sat unright and sent arrow after arrow toward him. The distance was still too great for these primitive niissllos to bo fully effective , but two pierced his shoulders , nnd the shafts of thrco could bo seen switching up and down in the quarters of Two-lilts as he pul- Inpcd wearily on. A lucky shot caused ono of the Indians to roiu up suddenly , dismount , und sit down by the roadside. The last Nnvnjo kept on , however , with all the eager ness with which ho begun the chase , appar ently unabated , and soon ho wounded Porter again , and this time along the ribs. la very desperation , the sergeant then suddenly turned bis horse to the right-about , bore down quickly upon the Indian pony , and before fore his rider had time to recover Irom his surprise at the unexpected attack ho sent bis last i em.lining shot crashing into the brain of tlio mustang. The htllo horse swerved outot the truck uud fell headlong into a eacius , and before the Indian could extricate himself Two-Hits and tits rider had wheeled and were out of arrow rango. The uursuit was at an end , and it would no doubt be pleasant to the reader of this story of a horse if I could say tnuftbo sergeant nnd Two-Bits were now safe. Hut they \vcrc very far from it. When well beyond onv chance of pursuit from the last und 'joiiylcss Nnvcjo , Porter slid painfully from his saddle to examine'into his , > 'own and his horse's injuries. No arrows were left m his own body , but Ho was badly lacerated and bled profusely , uiitil ho wus scarcely able to stand. The horsu had received seven wounds , and three arrows were still sticking in his flesh. These were not deeply In , and were easily removed ; but a long cut along the ribs , from hind to fore quarters , had torn the skin badly pnd still bled profusely. Por- lor bouud up his town wounds with fair suc cess , but bo could do nothing for the horse. Neither could bo relieve Two-Hits by walk- inf. The horse > refused a ration of hard bread offered him , and there remained noth ing to bo done but for the sergeant to drag himself painfully into the saddle and resume his Journey. Uamounting was not accom ' plished without great dilHcultv , nnd ouly by 'ino aid of a dale Ireo which forked , conveniently , two foot from the ground. Speed was now out of the question , and the horsu simply limped nlong nt a fee ble walk. Tho'excitement of the chase was over , and the nerves of both man and boast had lost their tension. Wheu the pursuit ended Porter found him self near the border of the plain from which the road led up into a rugged and hilly coun try , and it was already irrowinc toward twi light. The miles stretched wearily out , nnd there seemed no better prospect than to dismount and try to find rest , even though rest for the a horse in a desert country without water might unlit him for further pffort , uud with out a horse tbera is no hone for Iho man to pass over the long remaining distance to Wingato. It was this very hopelessness which caused the soldier to press on lu Iho increasing darkness , pulling off n halt which he felt must be final. Still creopine slowly along , ho at last surmounted a height over looking a narrow vallo.y , und on the other side saw a bright llro burning , which occa sionally disappeared and reappeared , as if persons were passing before it. The hopes of the soldier were at once revived at the prospect of reaching friends and assistance , but the hopes were as quickly depressed by iho fear lhat the lira might bo that of un en emy , probably a party of tbo Navajos , for this 'was their country. Hut oven a foe misht prove to bo a friend to ono in hU plight , so ho pressed on. Two-Hits was so weak lhat ho hardly moro lhan moved , nnd hours olunied before the valley was croasttl and ho brought his rktcr near the flro. Ho wus ascending tno hillside on Iho hillside on which the fire was burning when the rattle of bailor-chains over feedboxes - boxes a sound familiar to soldier's caw came plainly through the evening nir , and Porter knew that ho was near n government train. With the welcome sound ho grow faint nnd foil from Iho saddle to iho ground senseless. Two-liils kept or. into camp , np- preached the camp-lira , looked into tha facus of the guard which sat about its cheer ful blaze , turned , as if to retrace his stops , st ? iercd , fell , and died. The unexpected appearance of a liorso , saddled und bridled , a mail-bag strapped on his back , tils saddle covered with blood , his body wounded in half a dozen places , hla suddoa fall and death , started the whole camp into aotlvily. The military escort was teen under arms , horses and mules were quickly saddled und lanterns were soon hur rying down the road. The searchers had not fur to go before they came unon the Her- gounl , lying apparently lifeless. Ho was taken Into camp , tenderly cared for , and next day taken to Fort Wlngaie , thu place for whloh Iho irain was bound. 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