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OVER THE TRAIL TO SANTA FE
ber of this gang and the robbing of these stages is sup-
posed to be his maiden effort as an outlaw.
As we pitched camp the evening after passing this dry
stream four men rode up, mounted on splendid horses and
armed to the teeth, and asked us all kinds of questions.
They were invited to dismount and take pot-luck with us,
which they finally did. We intuitively knew they were
the outlaws the moment they appeared and if they had
sized us up as a party going home loaded with dust from
the Black Hills, there is no telling what might have hap-
Right then there was a large reward for the capture of
these men, dead or alive, and had we been expecting them
and planned accordingly there were several times after
they dismounted when we might have captured them,
but their appearance was too unexpected for anything
punitive on our part. While they were eating they gave
us a lot of information about trails and good camps, after
they learned we were headed for New Mexico. About
bedtime they rode away and we saw them no more.
One evening we camped at Telegraph Springs Ranch
just twenty-five miles from Fort Laramie. It was owned
and managed by the widow of a physician, formerly one
of the faculty of a St. Louis medical college. In addition
to caring for a bunch of cattle and horses she had a small
store and also kept feed and hay for the stage line and
passers-by. Hay was cut from the vast prairie in the
vicinity and she only asked ten cents a pound for it.
Coming from the north we crossed a bit of high land a
short half-mile from the ranch with a down grade in the
trail. Just before sundown, hearing a commotion outside,
we rushed from the camp-house to investigate and saw a
sight not to be forgotten. Silhouetted against the sky
along the top of this ridge were at least fifty Indians,
mounted on prancing horses, flourishing their rifles,
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Hoyt, Henry Franklin. A Frontier Doctor, book, 1929; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143532/m1/65/: accessed October 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.