Army Letters From An Officer's Wife, 1871-1888, By Frances M.A. Roe

 -  With the deer, Pete
seemed to think that the Evil One had gone, too, and consented to
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With The Deer, Pete Seemed To Think That The Evil One Had Gone, Too, And Consented To Return To The Trail And To Cross The Stream Over To The Wagons.

The corporal had stopped the wagons until he saw that I was safely down, and I asked him why

He had not killed the deer - we are always in need of game - and he said that he had not seen him until he was in front of the mules, and that it was impossible then, as the deer did not wait for them to get the rifles out of their cases on the bottom of the wagons. That evening at the whist table I told Colonel Palmer about the deer and Pete, and saw at once that I had probably gotten the poor corporal in trouble. Colonel Palmer was very angry that the men should even think of going several miles from the post, in an Indian country, with their rifles cased and strapped so they would have been practically useless in case of an attack.

Faye says that the men were not thinking of Indians, but simply trying to keep their rifles from being marred and scratched, for if they did get so they would be "jumped" at the first inspection. Colonel Palmer gave most positive orders for the soldiers to hold their rifles in their hands on their way to and from the mountains, which perhaps is for the best.

But I am afraid they will blame me for such orders having been issued.

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