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Brownsville Daily Herald (Newspaper) - November 15, 1892, Brownsville, Texas % * % * VOL I. BROWNSVILLE, CAMERON COUNTY, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 15,1892! NO. 116'. CARDS. E* B. Goonies. C. H. WOODRICH & MARIS, ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW. DEALERS IN KEAL ESTATE Complete Abstains of Cameron County Kept In The Office. .KOW NAVILLE, • TEX. INO. I. KLEIBER, ATTORNEY-AT-L AW. Office over Filet National Bank Brownsville, Texas. Wi«l practice in any «>f the imiii r t•» ut tin* State w hen specially em pl«*y«*d. yy if. mason, ATTORNEY AT LAW. Office: Corner Levee ami Eleventh Street. BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS. f “ is, COPvaiOMT. «a2. Br amt Alc AM pfteSS ASsV J^ S. THURMOND, ATTORNEY AT LAW and General Land Agent, VICTORIA, TEXAS J. R. M oar sot. A. G, Stern*. MONROE & STERNE, Attorneys st Law. RIO GRANDE CITY, TEX. F (RST HL SANK S c) OK («-§ BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS, CAPITAL $50,000. U. M. Raphael, Wa. Kkllt. President. Viee-Pres. J. D. Anderson. Cashier. CHAPTER L — “Halt!” It w ten o'clock in the forenoon of a June day. Tea white topped wagons, drawn by as mu ny spans of heavy horses, are strung out in line on the plains of Northern Dakota, while fifteen horsemen are distributed its length to act as guards. There is a driver to each wagon, and yon can thus count twenty-five souls. Twenty-five? Ah! bot sharp eyes detect the fluttering of a woman's dress on the seat of one of the wagons. Twenty-six. then. with their faces sternly set to the west, each man heavily armed and erery eye scanning the country ahead aud abont for signs of danger. Who are they? The gallant Custer has made his report of gold in the Black Hills, aud fifty thousand seekers after wealth are moving to the ween The country is still in the hands of the savages, and infuriated at the thought of being overrun and pushed to the wall, aa has been the case over aud over again, every man who eau bear arms is on the warpath to drive back the invaders. This party has come out from Brule City. Dakota. It followed the White river for more than two hundred miles, and left it to strike northwest for tile forks of the Big Cheyenne two days before we found them. For the last three days Indian signs have been plenty. They have entered upon the territory of the hostiles, and every mile of their progress will now be watched by keen eyes. “Halt! Im there danger ahead?" The wagons close up rapidly, as the drivers have been drilled to do, and iii ten minutes everything is prepared for whatever may happen. “Here. Harkins—here, Taylor!” calls the leader to two of the mounted men, and as they ride forward he continues: “The old man is going to turn up his toes, and I’ve called a halt to let him die in peace. He's been asking for both of yon.** Who was the old man? He had joined the party at the last moment, coming from no one cared where. He was an old hunter and trapper, and had lieen in the Black Hills oonntry. He coaid guide the party by the best and most direct route, and he had the money to outfit himself. He gave his name as Saunders, and his queer speech and actions made the crowd look upon him as weak in the head. He had been taken very ill tho day before, and both Harkins and Taylor had shown him many acts of kindness. No one expected his death, and the announcement that his hoar had come created mach surprise. However, after each had spoken his mind about it, the majority of the men threw themselves dowu ou the grass to smoke or chat, and more than one impatiently estimated the distance lost by this delay. Harkins and Taylor dismounted and climbed into the wagon where the old man Jay. A few hoars had wrought a great change in him, and it was plain enough that his time .lad come. • “book a-here, men,” began the old man as the pair expressed their sorrow for him.^’this has come a leetle sooner than I looked fur, but I'm not gain to complain. Fur forty years the Lord has Jet me live to roam these yere plains and dwell in the mountains, and my race is run. I bain’t got no word of complaint.** Directors: G. M. Raphael, Win. Ke'ly, Ro!>ert Dalicli. M. B. Kiogshurv. Etui lo Kleiber, J. D. Anderson. Collection* on all points promptly mane an I .-emitted Bills of»xcbsnge j drawn direr* on all' principal Cit it* throughout the w< rid. i 'Wliy, the old man is dead!” “Do you wish us to none up your friends and tell them where and how you died?* asked Harkins. “ Friends!’’ laughed the old man. “I never had one. I hain'tgot any." “But can we do anything?” asked Taylor. “Fustly, prop me up a leetle higher and then give me a drink of whisky. I never sot as much by the stuff as some, but mebbe it will keep life in me till I can spin my yarn. Now, then, did ye ever hear tell of old Bridger?’ “I have,” replied Taylor. “He was an old hunter and trapper, who was wiped out at the Fort Kearney massacre.” ••Correct; and they’ve got a fort named after him somewhat’ out here. Bridger and me was pards fur many years. We was in this Black Hills country together upward of twenty years ago. I’ve been wanting to get back thar far these last five years.” “Did you and Bridger find any gold there?’ asked Ilarkins. “That's what Tin cornin to. I didn't, but he did. We went thar to hunt, bein satisfied if we got enough skins and pelts to keep us iu powder and ball. One day wheu a war party made a dash at us we got separated. I took to the timber and Bridger hill in a cave in a canyon. It was three days before we cum together agin, and then we had to dust out to save our scalps. It was on the way home that Bridger told me what he found in the cave.” The men almost held their breaths, while the old man waited a minute before resuming. “Bridger never told a lie in his life. What he said about that cave kin be depended on same as if you read it in the good book. Thar was gold thar in heaps. He said it was in lumps and bars, as if it had been melted up—inor'u a span of bosses could draw. He was in thar a day and a half, and he had time to be sari in.” “It was the red man’s treasure house!" exclaimed Taylor. “Waal. no. Bridger didn't reckon the Injuns had ever diskivered the place. He allowed that the gold had bin thar fur a good many years—way back to the time when the Mexicans kivered this country. I’ve heard tell thar was a white race all over the west." “Yes, the Aztecs,” replied one of the men. “Them’s it It was them instead of the Injuns who stored up the gold. We allowed to go back after it some day, but the years went on. Bridger got wiped out and now I’m headed that way only to feed the wolves." “And—and you will tell us where this cave is?' anxiously inquired Taylor. “I will,” replied the dying man, as a smile flitted across his face. “Hain’t it carus? One lays a-dyin, thinkin of the hereafter, aud the other is jist a-trem-blin in his anxiety to git hold of wealth and spend it? It's like poor humanity. The thought of that gold never bothered me an hour, while you will risk your lives fur a eight of it. But Iii tell ye. That’s what I axed ye to cum in here fur. You’ve bin white with me, and I kin reward ye fur it" Harkins and Taylor glared at each other across the dying man. The fiend of avarice was already whispering in their ears. “If yon strike the big Cheyenne at the forks.” said the bunter, “the mountains will be due north of you. The big peak in front of ye has been named after Custer. About five miles to the right of that peak is a canyon—the one up which Bridger fled. He said he went about a mile and then took into a smaller one leadin to the k it. lie hadn’t gone fur before he grabbed 1 a bush to pull himself'upon a ledge on* of the bottom, and as he reached the ledge he was at the mouth of the cave. ) He reckoned it was eight or ten feet nj , and he thought a path led from it up Into the mountain. It ar’ always dusky in those rifts, and ye might pass up ai/d down a lifetime and see nothing, it may take ye- a month of sarchin, »rat ytll find a big reward.” i * • Each man had cai jfrht his every word ana sougnt to impress it on his memory r and each secretly hoped that tho other would forget. This eagerness resulted in a curious error. Harkins understood the hunter aright when he said to the right of Custer’s peak. Taylor understood him to the left. “Ye’ll hev to be on the watch fur redskins, said the old man after a long pause. “They’re out and in arms and they’ll show ye no mercy. This rush of white men will drive ’em back after a time, and I counsel ye to let the cave alone till it’s safe to go thar. Then ye kin make up a small party, bring it off and divide it up as is fair." „ “Neverr whispered Taylor as he clenched his hands. , “Divide with him when I can get it all!" demanded Harkins of himself. They had been friends in danger. The prospect of wealth had turned their friendship to hate. An hour ago they would have periled their lives for each other. Now they wished each other dead. The possession of gold may bring happiness. Tho thirst for it may lead to murder. “Ye hev been good to me and I wish ye iud*,” said the old man in a whisper, but neither of the men heard him They were thinking and planning. “Abont five miles to the right of Custer’s peak,” Harkins kept repeating to himself. “About five miles to the left oT Custer’s Deak." Taylor repeated over and over again, i wo or cnree minutes patted away, and then the latter bent forward and cried out: “Why, the old man is dead!” So he was. He had made no struggle —oven no sign. “Well, that was white in him not to delay us,” Hogtied the leaderof the caravan when informed of the event. “Some men might have kent us here all day and thru concluded net to die after all. Now the only thing is to plant him.” A couple of men were a on scooping but a shallow gnive with their spade*, and within half aa hour after the flame of life had flickered out the body was covered and the wagon train moving on. Then a couple of great vultures dropped from the sky to earth to wait. Three or four gaunt wolves, their long hair dirty and ragged, came skulking over the broken ground. Five painted and feathered Indians crept out of a dry ravine scarcely forty rods away, and with th* vengence of devils set to work with hands and sticks to uncover the body. There w-as a suppressed shout as it was rolled out and another as the scalp was held aloof. Five minutes later the wolves and vultures had the body to themselves. [To be Continued.] Ut London Fog. London, Nov. 12.—Dense tog* have (men prevalent in London tor a week past. At noon today the atmosphere was heavier than ever and the blackness of midnight set in. Gat and electric lights were in use everywhere in the city, but in the streets thier rays were unable to penetrate the dense mass of vapor that hung over the city to heavily that it appeared to make its weight perceptible. The usual roar of traffic was greatly diminished, for many careful draymen and others refused to allow their horses to be used, fear-mg accidents. The traffic done was carried on ender great difficul ties aud it was only by tho exercise of the greatest care that accidents were not mort numerous, though some serious casualties wero report ed. The lawless element took advent age aud were everywhere active It was utterly impossible for the police to recognize them and the dense fog rendered robbery an easy task. - _ 0 i It is feared that m*ny fatalities will occur at the docks, which Hie veritable deathtraps iii such weath er a> the present. Tut* fog w I! also prove fatal to many persona suffering from pulmonary complaints. Chairman .Mattocks Call. WUCO, Tex., Nov. 12.—Hon. Bart Moore has received the fellow mg frpin Ch»irman Matlock: Dcmocr»*tic St* to Executive Com mitten, Fort V\ orth, Trx., Nov. II. —Dear Sir: * The fight has l*j*u made for Texas and democracy aud whether lost or won I ani now huh hie to Mil horn the monger lepertf received. Whether lost or won it was a fight for principle aud we do not now* propose to retreat. In or der that we may take counswl toil* thor for the good of Texas aud the piinciplo* for winch we have t>attied s<» faithful, during this cain paign, I have called a meeting et' our executive committee, comity chairmen and other friends to meet at Waco Sal ut day, November 19. I trust that you will respond to this call, as I deem it of the utmost importance. A. L MATLICK, Chairman Democratic Executive Committee. Ut City im dory. Cbattanoga, Tumi., Nov. 12.— Chattanooga whs ablaze with red tire last night. Never betorcin the history of this Section of country has such a demotist rat i« n been made in the honor of che nieces* ut any party. For an hour there was passing nu endless process iou of horsemen and pedestrians with torches and everything conceivable that could make a noise was breught into requisition. Many paraded in all kinds of fantastic costumes. The leading factor of the parade was a large elephant, which a circus man, who happened to be in the city on the day of the election, bet and lost. The Candidacy of Edward •Murphy. New lork, Nov. 12.—Since tin announcement of the candidacy ol of Edward Murphy, jr., for the set ate politicians have come to acccpl his election as a matter of course. Bomke Cochran said ye6terda) that he was not a candidate; thai he was satisfied wtth his preseni position and that Mr. Morph) would be the senator if he wanted to be. There is increasing interest ii the future relations of Mr. Clever land and Senator Hill. Most ol the latter** friends, when questioned about it, say they knew nothing whatever about it. Chairman CarterFew Words New York, Nov. 12.—Chairman Carter of the republican national committee has not yet left town. Ho said this morning that he does not intend to make a public state mein about the defect of the repul licHti party. The grounds on wind the party was defeated were obvious, lie said, and tho public could draw its eoiu-nlsions. In every mumm sixty-seven pie die in the world and seVe me born. Corsets have been found on waists of Egyptian mummies. Subscribe for The Herald. Hi- Fa
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