Very Tall Now, And Ran By The Ambulance All The Way Up, And Has Been
Following Me On My Rides For Some Time.
CIMARRON REDOUBT, KANSAS,
WHEN Faye was ordered here I said at once that I would come, too, and
so I came! We are at a mail station - that is, where the relay mules
are kept and where the mail wagon and escort remain overnight on their
weekly trips from Camp Supply to Fort Dodge. A non-commissioned
officer and ten privates are here all the time.
The cause of Faye's being here is, the contractor is sending big
trains of grain down to Camp Supply for the cavalry horses and other
animals, and it was discovered that whisky was being smuggled to the
Indians in the sacks of oats. So General Dickinson sent an officer to
the redoubt to inspect each sack as it is carried past by the ox
trains. Lieutenant Cole was the first officer to be ordered up, but
the place did not agree with him, and at the end of three weeks he
appeared at the post on a mail wagon, a very sick man - very sick
indeed! In less than half an hour Faye was ordered to relieve him, to
finish Lieutenant Cole's tour in addition to his own detail of thirty
days, which will give us a stay here of over five weeks.
As soon as I heard of the order I announced that I was coming, but it
was necessary to obtain the commanding officer's permission first.
This seemed rather hopeless for a time, the general declaring I would
"die in such a hole," where I could have no comforts, but he did not
say I should not come.
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