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Burlington Hawk Eye (Newspaper) - February 2, 1890, Burlington, Iowa BURLINGTON, IOWA, SUNDAY missioned officers of tile cavalry Dattai-lion, for the first time in his history seemed to have forgotten himself. Though his attitude had not changed, his face had, and a strange look was in his bright blue eyes—a look of incredulity and wonderment and trouble all combined. The lieutenant was fairly startled when, as though gathering himself together, the sergeant falteringly asked: “I beg pardon, sir—he had ridden— where?” “Down to the Ranch, sergeant—that one you can just see, away down the valley." “I know, sir; but—the name?" “Dunraven Ranch." For an instant the sergeant stood as though dazed, then, with sudden effort, saluted, faced about, and plunged into the dark recesses of the stable. [TO BE COXTINFED] By CAPT. CHARLES KING, U. S. A., . AUTHOR OF “THE COLONEL’S DAUGHTER•/’ “FROM THE RANES.” THE DESERTER r’ RTO. Copyrighted, 1888, by j. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia, and Published by Special Arrangement through the American Press Association. A PLOT FOR A STORY Th# Romantic Marriage of “Big Charlie and Meetutse Nance. “Plots for stories have not all been used. as some people assert," remarked W. A. Jennings, of Wyoming, to a Philadelphia Pre?>s reporter. “A friend of mine," he continued, “who lives out in the cattle country of t^ie Big Horn basin, was a witness in 1SS5 to one of the most remarkable weddings of which I ever heard. At thai time a few settlers bad gathered in and formed the nucleus of what is now a prosperous famiingTegion, but the sway of the cowboy was undisputed. The first wedding in th it section on Owl Creek was that of Big Charlie and Meetutse Nance, a native sage brush belle. The bride and groom came seventy-five miles on horseback to the ’squire’s, and in exactly the same l'ash ion. When within a few miles of the ’squire’s home they met that official, urrounded by half a dozen cowboys. Then the bride got restive and nervous, declaring that she wouldn't marry any rn' un earth. I But the judge, the cowboys anet the I groom were equal to tile occasion. At a I short distance stood a corral. “Take her over to thecorral, boys, and put her in." said his honor. “As Meetutse Nance heard this order she made a wild break lur the hills but her days of freedom were over. She was quickly run down, and amid a volley of feminine sage brush eloquence, the delighted boys started on a lope for the corr.iL Reaching this, Nance leaped from her bronco and started like a scared d«3r for some ad jacent brush. | but it was no go. However, she fought I vigorously, aud his honor ordered; ‘Hobble her, boys.’ The boys were iii ecstasies. A pair of rawhide hobbles I were stripped from a cayuse s neck, and I their twist adjusted about the sturdy I ankles of the struggling bride. She was I taken into the corral, and his lienor, I mounting the fence, bade the groom I take his place by her side and catch on I to her hand. This done, his honor as-I sumed the look of dignified importance I called for by the occasion, and said; I “ ‘Big Charlie and Meetutse Nance, I you come into this corral single. I now I pronounce you a couple. Big Charlie, I unhobbie your wife.’ I “But tliis Big Charlie found it difficult I to do, and it was not until one of the I cowboys had gently cast his lariat over I the newly made wife that the husband I was able to turn the lady loose. Then I the justice called his boys together, and I saving ‘come on, boys, we ha in t got no I business here now,’ led them away. One 1 I of tho boys looked back, and t he happy I couple were busy unpacking i i; lr canip-I mg outfit, and the honeymoon had -vi-L I dently begun.’’ ' jP WAS nearly midnight, and vfib    £ay party lingered on j tho veranda. There had been a fortnight of “getting settled” at the j1 new post, preceded by a month of march- j irig that had brought the battalion from ^ distant service to this strange Texan sta-lion. Tile new comers had been hospita- % bly welcomed by the officers of the little , garrison of infantry, and now, in recog- " nition of their many courtesies, the field officer commanding tho arriving troops r had been entertaining the resident otfi- A tors and ladies at dinner. The colonel was ii host in himself, but preferred not ^ lo draw too heavily on his reserves of , anecdote and small talk, so he had called * in two of his subalterns to assist in tho ^ pleasant duty of being attentive to the , infantry ladies, and just now, at 11:45 p. j in., he was wondering if Lieut. Perry ( had not too literally construed his instructions, for that young gentleman j was devoting himself to Mrs. Belknap in a manner so marked as to make tho cap- ' lain, lier lawful lord and master, manifestly uneasy. Mrs. Belknap, however, seemed to enjoy tho situation immensely. She was ] a pretty woman at most times, as even ! her rivals admitted. She was a beautiful woman at all times, was tho verdict 7 < of tin* officers of the regiment when they happened to speak of the matter among themselves. She was dark, with lus- 7    1 trous eyes and sweeping lashes, with coral lips aud much luxuriance of tress, and a way of glancing sideways from under lier heavily fringed eyelids that tho younger and more impressionable men found quito irresistible when accorded the rare luxury of a tete-a-tete. Belknap was a big and boisterous man; Mrs. Belknap was small in stature, aud soft—very soft—of voice. Belknap was either brusquely repellent or oppressively cordial in manner; Mrs. Belknap was either gently and exasperating^ indifferent to those whom she did not care to attract, or caressingly sweet to those whose attentions she desired. In their own regiment the young officers soon found that unless they wished to bi; involved in an unpleasantness with Belknap it was best to be only very moderately devoted to his pretty wife, and those to whom an unpleasantness with the big captain might have had no terrors of consequence were deterred by tho fact that Mrs. Belkmap's devotee among the “youngsters” bad invariably become an object of coldness and aversion to the other dames and damsels of tho garrison. Very short lived, therefore, had been the little flirtations that sprang up from time to time in those troutier posts wherein Caph and Mrs. Belknap were among tho chief ornaments of society; but now matters seemed to lie taking other shape. From the very day t hat handsome Ned Perry dismounted in front of Belknap’s quarters and with his soldiery salute reported to the then commanding officer that Col. Brainard and ins battalion of cavalry would arrive in tim course of two or three hours, Mrs. Belknap had evinced a contentment in his society and assumed an air of quasi-proprietorship that served to annoy lier garrison sisters more than a little. For the time being all tho cavalrymen were bachelors, either by actual rank or “by brevet,” as none of the ladies of the —th accompanied the battalion on its march, and none were expected until the stations of the regiment in its new department had been definitely settled. The post surgeon, too, was living a life of single blessedness as the early spring wore on, for his good wife had betaken herself, with the children, to tho distant east tis soon as the disappearance of the winter’s snows rendered staging over the hard prairie roads a mutter of 110 great danger or discomfort. It was the doctor himself who, seated in an easy chair at the end of the veranda, first called the colonel’s attention to Perry’s devotional attitude at Mrs. Belknap's side. Silo was reclining in a hammock, one little, slippered foot occasionally touching tho floor and imparting a gentle, swinging motion to the affair, and making a soothing swish-swish of skirts along tho matting underneath. Hex jeweled hands looked very slender and fragile and white as they gleamed in tho soft light that shone from the open windows of the parlor. They were busied in straightening out the kinks in tho gold cord of his forage cap and in rearranging a little silken braid aud tassel that was fastened in a 1 clumsy, man like fashion to one of the I buttons at the side; he, seated in a camp chair, was bending forward so that his handsome, shapely head was only a trifle higher than hers, and the two— hers so dark and rich in coloring, his so fair and massive and strong—came rather too close together fer the equanimity of Capt. Belknap, who had essayed to take a hand at whist in the parlor. One or two of the ladies, also, were silent observers of the scene—silent as to the scene because, being in conversation at tho time with brother officers of lieut. Ferry, they were uncertain as yet how comments on his growing flirtation might be received. That their eyes should occasionally wander towards the hammock aud then glance with sympathetic significance at those of some fair ally and intimate was natural enough. But when it became presently apparent that Mrs. Belknap was actually unfastening the little silken braid that had hung on Ned Perry’s cap ever since the day of his arrival—all the while, too, looking shyly up in his eyes as her fingers worked; when it was seen that she presently detached it from the button and then, half hesitatingly, but evidently in compliance with his wishes, handed it to him; when tesnA&ea to tmJk oM&mLxr-smi CHAPTER IL ;