We stopped only a second, but the
scene was too repulsive to be forgotten.
It makes me shiver even now
when I think of the flashing of those big knives and of how each one
of the savages seemed to be reveling in the smell and taste of blood!
I feel that they could have slashed and cut into one of us with the
same relish. It was much like seeing a murder committed.
Major Stokes told us last evening that when he returned from the East
a few weeks ago, he discovered that one of a pair of beautiful pistols
that had been presented to him had been stolen, that some one had gone
upstairs and taken it out of the case that was in a closet
corresponding to mine, so that accounts for the footsteps I heard in
that house the night the man entered Mrs. Norton's house. But how did
the man know just where to get a pistol? The hospital attendant who
was suspected that night got his discharge a few days later. He stayed
around the garrison so long that finally Colonel Gregory ordered him
to leave the reservation, and just before coming from the post we
heard that he had shot a man and was in jail. A very good place for
him, I think.
We expect to return to the post in a few days. I would like to remain
longer, but as everybody and everything will go, I can't very well.
The trout fishing in Birch Creek is very good, and I often go for a
little fish, sometimes alone and sometimes Mrs. Stokes will go with
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