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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY
way, but before we got together he shot my horse in
the shoulder, and thinking my horse might fall and
catch me under him, I jumped clear of the saddle to
the ground. Just at that moment he jumped off his
horse and we came together on foot. He tried his
"war dance" on me to draw my fire, but I held my
gun on him until he would settle down so I would not
miss him. Seeing that his tactics would not work with
me, he tried to get a little further from me. In my
eagerness to "fix" him I did fire and missed him, but
before he could straighten for position to shoot, I put
a bullet in the right place. Corporal Thurlow Weed,
seeing I was in a tight place, was the first man to get
to me. There was another Indian close to me, shooting
at me with the same kind of a gun that I was using.
I pointed him out to Weed and he came down upon his
knee with his rifle in deadly aim, as though he was
shooting for beef, and at the fire of his gun the Indian
sprang into the air and flattened out, face foremost.
The Indians seeing this, and that their commander
was gone, showed signs of retreat and I "yelled" to
my men to charge them.
Then the race began. My poor old horse stood
trembling, close to me, and I examined his wound hastily
and saw that the ball had struck pretty high up
in the shoulder, and thought he might carry me a
little further, so I mounted to follow the chase. My
horse staggered off with me a short distance and
gradually recovered until within a short distance
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