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A FRONTIER DOCTOR
We were just in time, as the party was starting for a
near-by grove of cottonwoods. I examined the prisoner,
at once confirmed his claim that he was a sick man, and
suggested that instead of the 'necktie social,' he should
be taken to the spot where he claimed his comrade had
disappeared and see what could be found, volunteering
to be one of the party myself.
My plan was approved and we started at daylight next
morning. Besides myself, McCarty took two of his cow-
boys, one of whom was part Indian and an expert trailer,
and the poor prisoner, who was so ill that he had to be
tied to the saddle and often supported by a cowboy on
each side. He succeeded, however, in guiding us to the
camp where we found conditions about as he described.
It was too late to do any trailing, so we slept under the
stars and at daylight I found the victim all broken out
with confluent smallpox.
Meanwhile our Indian made a detour around the
vicinity and in a very short time signaled to us he had
found a trail. To me it was marvelous how he could fol-
low it, as he was most of the time on horseback, and at
intervals would break into a trot.
The trail was a zigzag one which finally entered the
mouth of a canyon that was recognized as the property of
an eccentric American, Mitchell by name, a sort of re-
cluse, who had married a Mexican woman and had been
living here for some years. He was rarely seen and it was
generally believed that he was a fugitive from justice.
This canyon was unusual from the fact that although
at least a mile wide at its mouth it gradually narrowed
toward its head, with steep, precipitous rocky walls on
each side, until it was only a few rods in width. Then it
turned to the right, and after a short distance it suddenly
widened out again and formed an immense natural corral.
This canyon was used by Mitchell to trap wild horses,
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