Certainly Part Of Junot's Story Had Been Carried
Out - The Horse Thief Came To The Tent And Came With Us To Maginnis,
And It Was Not Because He Wanted The Protection Of The Troops.
insists that an attack was never thought of, but as he was responsible
for government property, including the animals, he had to make
preparation to protect them.
Of course those men wanted only the
animals. We passed many places on the divide that were ideal for an
ambush - bluffs, huge boulders, and precipices - everything perfect for
a successful hold up.
The men came on to the post with us, and were in camp two nights with
the soldiers. The second day from the Judith, we stopped for luncheon
near a small stream where there were a great many choke-cherry bushes,
and "Buckskin Joe"* - that was his name - brought large bunches of the
cherries to me. His manner showed refinement, and I saw that his
wonderful eyes could be tender as well as steely. Perhaps he had
sisters at the old home, and perhaps, too, I was the first woman he
had seen in months to remind him of them. I shall always believe that
he is from good people some place East, that his "dare-devil" nature
got him into some kind of trouble there, and that he came to this wild
country to hide from Justice. The very morning after we got here, not
long after our breakfast, he appeared at our tent with a fine young
deer slung across the back of his horse, which he presented to us.
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