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A FRONTIER DOCTOR
very slow. They were in a hurry to get to the hills and in-
quired if they could get passage on our stage.
Gidney told them there was only one vacancy. They
drew lots for it and the winner took the middle seat in the
back. We had jogged along for a short time when Fish be-
gan to spin his yarn again, but this time he told an entirely
new story, and instead of three cards he worked with only
two. Bull won as before several times, and was barred.
While talking and idly shuffling the two cards, Fish, ap-
parently without knowing that he did so, tore a tiny bit
from the corner of the picture card. This bait proved too
much for the new victim. His roll came out as rapidly as
that of number one.
Later the victim explained that he and his brother had
divided their funds and he was so sure he should win that
he wanted to give him a very pleasant surprise when he
joined him at Deadwood. It was the old story. He was
sure Fish had blundered and he was quick enough to bet
on what he thought was a sure thing. He appeared after-
ward 'a sadder and a wiser man.'
During the forenoon of our last day on the plains, we
crossed what Superintendent Gidney and the driver, both
old-time Western men, declared was an extensive Indian
trail, not over three hours old. Later it was learned that
it was the trail of Red Cloud, the Sioux chieftain, on the
war path with several thousand warriors. It was a won-
derfully narrow escape for us. Although we were all
armed, our little party would have lasted but a few min-
utes had we encountered that army of savages.
Some time before sundown we came in sight of Bear
Butte, a lone rock that rises majestically from the plains,
a landmark which can be seen for many miles and which
is not very far from the entrance to the Black Hills on the
way to Deadwood. Here we overtook another covered
wagon drawn by a team of horses. The occupants were a
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