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These eight stories are made from our Western Frontier as it was in a past as near as yesterday and almost as by-gone as the Revolution; so swiftly do we proceed. They belong to each other in a kinship of life and manners, and a little through the nearer tie of having here and there a character in common. Thus they resemble faintly the separate parts of a whole, and gain, perhaps, something of the invaluable weight of length; and they have been received by my closest friends with suspicion. …When our national life, our own soil, is so rich in adventures to record, what need is there for one to call upon his invention save to draw, if he can, characters who shall fit these strange and dramatic scenes? One cannot improve upon such realities. If this fiction is at all faithful to the truth from which it springs, let the thanks be given to the patience and boundless hospitality of the Army friends and other friends across the Missouri who have housed my body and instructed my mind. And if the stories entertain the ignorant without grieving the judicious I am content. (Summary from Author’s Preface)
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Section eight of red men and white this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit librivox.org recording by david wales red van and white by Owen Wister section 8 the second Missouri Compromise part 1 part 1 the legislature had sat up all night much absorbed having taken off its coat because of the stove this was the 40th and final day of its first session under an order of things not new only but novel it's at with the retrospect of 40 days Duty done and the prospect of 40 days consequent pay to come sleepy it was not but wide and wider awake over a progressing crisis hungry it had been until after a breakfast fetched to it from the Overland at 7:00 three hours ago it had taken no intermission to wash its face nor was there just now any apparatus for this as the ten pitcher commonly used stood not in the basin in the corner but on the floor by the governor's chair so the eyes of the legislature though earnest were dilapidated last night the pressure of public business had seemed over and no turning back the hands of the clock likely to be necessary besides governor Ballard mr. Hugh Lee secretary and treasurer was sitting up to small iron gray in feature and bearing every inch the capable dignified official but his necktie had slipped off during the night the bearded councillors had the best of it seeming after their vigil less stale in the face than the members from Silver City for instance whose day-old black growth blurred his dingy chin or the member from big Camus whose scanty err red crop bristled honest in sparse wandering arrangements like spikes on the barrel of a musical box for comfort most of the pistols were on the table with the statutes of the United States secretary and treasurer hughley's lay on his strongbox immediately behind him the governor's was a light one and always hung on the armhole of his waistcoat the graveyard of Boise City this year had twenty-seven tenants to brought there by meningitis and 25 by difference of opinion many denizens of the territory were miners and the unsettling element of gold dust hung in the air breeding argument the early thin bright morning steadily mellowed against the windows distant from the stove the panes melted clear until they ran steamed faintly and dried this fresh May Day after the night's untimely cold while still the legislature sat in its shirt sleeves and several statesmen had removed their boots even had appearances counted the session was invisible from the street unlike a good number of houses in the town the Statehouse as they called it from old habit was not all on the ground floor for outsiders to stare into but up a flight of wood steps to a wood gallery from this to be sure the interior could be watched from several windows on both sides but the journey up the steps was precisely enough to disinclined the idol and this was counted a sensible thing by the lawmakers they took the ground that shaping any government for a raw wilderness community needed seclusion and they set a high value upon unworried privacy the Sun had set upon a concentrated Council but it rose upon faces that looked momentous only the governors and treasurer's were impassive and they concealed something even graver than the matter at hand I'll take a hundred mole guvnah said the member from Silver City softly his eyes on space his name was Powerton Wingo the governor counted out the blue white and red chips to Wingo penciled some figures on a thickly ciphered and canceled paper that bore and print the words territory of idaho council chamber and then filled up his glass from the tin pitcher adding a little sugar and I'll probably fold a toddy wingo added always softly and his eyes always on space rage attend saw this was to the treasurer only the two were playing at present the governor was kindly acting as Bank the others were looking on and ten said the treasurer and ten said Wingo and twenty said the treasurer and fifty said Wingo gently bestowing his chips in the middle of the table the treasurer called the member from Silver City showed down five high hearts and a light rustle went over the legislature when the treasurer displayed three twos and a pair of threes and gathered in his harvest he had drawn two cards Wingo one and losing to the lowest hand that could have beaten you is under such circumstances truly hard luck moreover it was almost the only sort of luck that had attended Wingo since about half after 3:00 that morning seven hours of cards just a little lower than your neighbors is searching to the nerves Guvna I'll take a hundred Moe said Wingo and once again the legislature rustled lightly and the New Deal began treasurer hughley's winnings flanked his right a pillared fortress on the table built chiefly of Wingo's misfortunes Hughley had not counted them and his architecture was for neatness and not ostentation yet the legislature watched him arrange his gains with sullen eyes it would have pleased him now to lose it would have more than pleased him to be able to go to bed quite a long time ago but winners cannot easily go to bed the thoughtful treasurer bet his money and deplored this lock it seemed likely to trap himself and the governor in a predicament they had not foreseen all had taken a hand at first and played for several hours until fortunes wheel ran into a ruts deeper than usual Wingo slowly became the loser to several then Hughley had forged ahead winner from everybody one by one they had dropped out each meaning to go home and all lingering to see the luck turn it was an extraordinary run a rare specimen a breaker of records something to refer to in the future as a standard of measure and an embellishment of reminiscence quite enough to keep the Idaho Legislature up all night and then it was their friend who was losing the only speaking in the room was the brief cards talk of the two players five better said Hughley winner again four times in the last five 10 said Wingo and 20 said secretary and treasurer call you three kings they are good sir governor I'll take a hundred more upon this the wealthy and weary treasurer made a try for liberty and bed how would it do he suggested to have a round of jackpots say 10 or 20 if the member from Silver City preferred and then stopped it would do excellently the member said so softly that the governor looked at him but Wingo's large countenance remained in expressive his black eyes still impersonally fixed on space he sat thus till his chips were counted to him and then the eyes moved to watch the cards all the governor hoped he might win now under the jackpot system at noon he should have a disclosure to make something that would need the most cheerful and contented feelings in Wingo and the legislature to be received with any sort of calm Wingo was behind the game to the tune of the governor gave up adding as he ran his eyes over the figures of the bank's erased and tormented record and he shook his head to himself this was inadvertent man qua hooyah shaking your head at saw said Wingo wheeling upon the surprised governor certainly answered that official you he was never surprised for very long in 1867 it did not do to remain surprised in Idaho and haven't done anything which meets yo disapprobation pursued the member from Silver City enunciating with care you have met my disapprobation Wingo's I was on the governor and now his friends drew a little together and as a unit sent a glance of suspicion at the lone bank you will gratify me by being explicit sir said when go to the bank well you've emptied the toddy ha ha gana I Rosa – yo little fly will order Sam mo time enough when he comes for the breakfast thing said the governor Ballard easily as you say sir our oppa for $5.00 Wingo turned back to his game he was winning and as his luck continued his voice ceased to be soft and became a shade truculent the governor's ears caught this change and he also noted the lurking triumph in the faces of Wingo's fellow statesmen cheerfulness and content were scarcely reigning yet in the council chamber of Idaho as Ballard sat watching the friendly game he was beginning to fear he must leave the treasurer alone and take some precaution outside but he would have to be separated for some time from his ally cut off from giving him any hints once the treasurer looked at him and he immediately winked reassuringly but the treasurer failed to respond Hughley might be able to wink after everything was over but he could not find it in his serious heart to do so now he was wondering what would happen if this game should last till noon with the company in its present mood noon was the time fixed for paying the Legislative Assembly the compensation due for its services during this session and the governor and the treasurer had put their heads together and arranged a surprise for the Legislative Assembly they were not going to pay them a knock sounded at the door and on seeing the waiter from the Overland enter the governor was seized with an idea perhaps precaution could be taken from the inside take this pitcher said he and have it refilled with the same Joseph knows my mixture but Joseph was night bartender and now long in his happy bed with a day successor in the saloon and this one did not know the mixture Ballard had foreseen this when he spoke and that his writing a note of directions would seem quite natural the receipt is that as long as the drink said a legislator watching the governor's pencil fly he don't know where my private stock is located explained Ballard the waiter departed with the breakfast things and the note and while the jackpots continued the governor's mind went carefully over the situation until lately the Western citizen has known one everyday experience that no dweller in our thirteen original colonies has had for two hundred years in Massachusetts they have not seen it since 1640 one in Virginia not since six twenty-eight it is that of belonging to a community of which every adult was born somewhere else when you come to think of this a little it is dislocating to many of your conventions let a citizen of salem for instance or a well-established philadelphia quaker try to imagine his chief justice fresh from louisiana his mayor from arkansas his tax collector from south carolina and himself recently arrived in a wagon from a thousand mile drive to be governor of such a community ballard had traveled in a wagon from one quarter of the horizon from another quarter Wingo had arrived on a mule people reached boise in three ways by rail to a little west of the Missouri after which it was wagon saddle or walk for the remaining fifteen hundred miles from California it was shorter and from Portland Oregon only about five hundred miles and some of these more agreeable by water of the Columbia thus it happened that salt often sold for its weight in gold dust a minor in the Banach Mason would meet a freight teamster coming in with the staples of life having journeyed perhaps 60 consecutive days through the desert and valuing his salt highly the two accordingly bartered in scales white powder against yellow and both parties content some in Boise today can remember these bargains after all they were struck but thirty years ago governor Ballard and treasurer Hugh Lee did not come from the same place but they constituted a minority of two in territorial politics because they hailed from north of Mason and Dixon's line Powerton Wingo and the rest of the council were from Pike County Missouri they had been secessionists some of them Knights of the Golden Circle they had belonged to prices left wing and they flocked together they were seven to unwell at the overland 5 now present in the Statehouse with the governor and treasurer Wingo Gaskin Clayburn bratya de pair Pete coffin and F Jackson Gillette were their names besides this Council of seven were 13 members of the Idaho House of Representatives mostly of the same political feather with the council and they too would be present at noon to receive their pay how Ballard and Hugh Lee came to be a minority of to is a simple matter only 25 months had gone since Appomattox Courthouse that surrender was presently followed by Johnston's to Sherman at Durham station and following this the various Confederate armies in Alabama or across the Mississippi or wherever they happens to be had successively surrendered but not prices left-wing there was the wide-open West under its nose and no grant or Sherman infesting that void why surrender Wingo's clay burns and all they melted away prices left wing sailed into the Prairie and passed below the horizon to know what it next did you must like Ballard or Hughley pass below the horizon yourself clean outta sight of the dome at Washington to remote untracked Idaho there besides wild red men in quantities which you find not very tame white ones gentlemen of the rapist southwestern persuasion and a legislature to fit and if like Ballard or Hughley you were a union man and the President of the United States had appointed you governor or secretary of such a place your days would be full of awkwardness though your difference in creed might not hinder you from playing Draw Poker with the unreconstructed these Missourians were whole sold ample natured males in many ways but born with habit of hasty shooting the governor on setting foot in Idaho had begun to study pistol ship but acquired thus in middle life it could never be with him that spontaneous art which it was with prices left-wing not that the weapons now lying loose about the Statehouse were brought for use there everybody always went armed in Boise as the gravestones impliedly testified still the thought of the bad quarter of an hour which it might come to at noon did cross Ballard's mind raising the image of a column in the Morrow's paper an unfortunate occurrence has ended relations between esteemed gentlemen hitherto the warmest personal friends they will be laid to rest at 3:00 p.m. as a last token of respect for our lamented governor the troops from Boise barracks the governor trusted that if his friends at the post were to do him any service it would not be a funeral one the new pitcher of toddy came from the Overland the jackpots continued were nearing a finish and Ballard to begin to wonder if anything had befallen a part of his note to the bartender an enclosure addressed to another person Haase said Wingo to Hughley my pot again ah declare the chips had been crossing the table his way and he was now loser but $600 yeah ain't gone to wit mizura all night and all day as a rule observed Pete coffin counselor from lost leg tis a long road that has no turning governor said F Jackson Gillette more urbane Lee he had been in public life in Missouri and was now President of the Council in Idaho he too had arrived on a mule but could at will summon a rhetoric dating from Cicero and preserved by many luxuriant orator 's until after the middle of the present century truth said the governor politely but here sits the long-suffering bang whichever way the roads turns I'm sleepy you sacrifice yourself and good cause replied Gillette pointing to the poker game on easy lies the hair that was an officer and Gillette bowed over his compliment the governor thought so indeed he looked at the treasure strongbox where lay the appropriation lately made by Congress to pay the Idaho Legislature for its services and he looked at the treasurer in whose pocket lay the key of the strongbox he was accountable to the Treasury at Washington for all money disbursed for territorial expenses 1120 said Wingo and only two hands mole to play the governor slid out his own watch I'll scarcely riku said Wingo they dealt and played the hand and the governor strolled to the window three aces Wingo announced winning again handsomely a struck my luck too late he commented to the onlookers while losing he had been able to sustain a smooth reticence now he gave his thoughts freely to the company and continually moved and fingered his increasing chips the governor was still looking out of the window where he could see far up the street when Wingo won the last hand which was small that ends at saw ah suppose he said to you Lee letting the pack of cars linger in his grasp I wouldn't let him off yet said Ballard to Wingo from the window with sudden joviality and he came back to the players I'd make him throw five cold hands with me ah governor that's yo Spartan blood well you do it mr. Hulett a hundred a hand mr. Hugh Lee did it and winning the first he lost the second third and fourth in the space of an eager minute while the counselors drew their chairs close let me see said Wingo calculating if all is this why still he lost but I'll not have to ask you to accept my paper sir Wingo liquidates voted days at six dollars a day make six times fo is 24200 M $40 spot cash in hand at noon without computation of mileage to and from Silver City at fo dollars every 20 miles estimated according to the nearest usually traveled route he was reciting part of the statute providing mileage for Idaho legislators he had never served the public before and he knew all the laws concerning compensation by heart you will not have to wait for your money sir he concluded well mr. Wingo said Governor Ballard it depends on yourself whether your pay comes to you or not he spoke cheerily if you don't see things my way our Treasurer will have to wait for his money he had not expected to break the news just so but it made as easy a beginning as any see things yo ASA yes as it stands at present I cannot take the responsibility of paying you the United States pays may saw my compensation is provided by act of Congress I'll confess I'm unable to discern your responsibilities governor said F Jackson Jillette mr. Wingo has faithfully attended the session and is like every gentleman present legally entitled to his emoluments you can all readily become entitled all mi are my friends included in this new departure the difficulty applies generally mr. Gillette do I understand the governor to insinuate nay gentlemen do not rise be seated I begged for the councilors had leaped to their feet wars are money said Pete Cawthorne our money was put in that year box Ballard flushed angrily but a knock at the door stopped him and he merely said come in a trooper a corporal stood at the entrance and the disordered Council endeavored to look usual in a strangers presence they resumed their seats but it was not easy to look usual on such short notice captain Paisley's compliments said the soldier mechanically and well governor Ballard's take supper with him this evening thank captain Paisley said the governor his tone was quite usual and say that official business connected with the end of the session makes it imperative for me to be at the Statehouse imperative the trooper withdrew he was a heavy built handsome fellow with black mustache and black eyes that watched through two straight narrow slits beneath straight black brows his expression in the council-chamber had been of the regulation military indifference and as he went down the steps he irrelevantly sang an old english tune since first I saw your face I resolved to honour Andrew I guess he interrupted himself as he unhitched his hoarse parrot and monkey head broke loose the legislature always in its shirt sleeves the cards on the table and the toddy on the floor sat calm a moment cooled by this brief pause from the first heat of its surprise while the clatter of corporal Jones galloping shrank quickly into silence end of section 8 section 9 of red men and white this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit librivox.org recording by David Wales Redmond and white by Owen Wister section nine the second Missouri Compromise part two part captained pasley walked slowly from the adjutant's office at Boise barracks to his quarters and his orderly walked behind him the captain carried a letter in his hand and the orderly though distant respectful ten paces could hear him swearing plain as day when he reached his front door mrs. Paisley met him Jim cried she two more chickens froze in the night and the delighted orderly heard the captain so plainly that he had to blow his nose or burst the lady merely remarking my goodness Jem retired immediately to the kitchen where she had a soldier cook baking and feared he was not quite sober enough to do it alone the captain had paid $80 for forty hens this year at Boise and 29 had now passed away victims to the climate his wise wife perceived his extreme language not to have been all on account of hens however but he never allowed her to share in his professional worries so she stayed safe with the baking and he sat in the front room with a cigar in his mouth Boise was a two company post without a major and Paisley being senior captain was in command an office to which he did not object but his duties so far this month of May had not pleased him in the least theoretically you can have at a two company post the following responsible people one major two captains four lieutenants a doctor and a chaplain the major has been spoken of it is almost needless to say that the chaplain was on leave and had never been seen at Boise by any of the present garrison two of the lieutenant's were also on leave and two on surveying details they had influence at Washington the other captain was on a scout with General Crook somewhere near the Malheur agents and the doctor had only arrived this week there had resulted a period when captain Paisley was his own adjutant quartermaster and post surgeon with not even an efficient sergeant to rely upon and during this period his wife had stayed a good deal in the kitchen happily the doctors coming had given relief to the hospital steward and several patients and to the captain not only an equal but an old friend with whom to pour out his disgust and together every evening they freely expressed their opinion of the War Department and its treatment of the Western Army there were steps at the door and Paisley hurried out only you he exclaimed with such frank vexation that the doctor laughed loudly come in man come in Paisley continued leading him strongly by the arm sitting him down and giving him a cigar here's a pretty howdy-do more Indians inquired dr. tuck bother there are nothing it's senators counselors whatever the territorial Devils call themselves gone on the warpath the doctor said quite ignorant how nearly he had touched the council precisely man warpath here's the governor writing me they'll be scalping him in the Statehouse at 12 o'clock it's past 11:30 they'll be wetting knives about now and the captain roared I know you haven't gone crazy said the doctor but who has the lot of them Ballard's a good man and what's his name the little secretary the balance are just mad dogs mad dogs look here dear captain that's Ballard to me I just got it I find myself unexpectedly hampered this morning the south show signs of being too solid unless I am support my plan for bringing our legislature to terms will have to be postponed Hugh Lee and I are more likely to be brought to terms ourselves a bad precedent to establish in Idaho noon is the hour for drawing salaries asked me to separate as you can and act on my reply I've asked him continued Paisley but I haven't told mrs. Paisley to cook anything extra yet the captain paused to roar again shaking tucks shoulder for sympathy then he explained the situation in Idaho to the justly bewildered dr. Ballard had confided many of his difficulties lately to Paisley he means you're to send troops Chuck inquired what else should the poor man mean are you sure it's constitutional hang constitutional what do I know about their legal quibbles at Washington but Paisley they're unser ended rebels I tell you never signed a parole but the general amnesty bother general amnesty Ballard represents the federal government in this territory and Uncle Sam's Army is here to protect the federal government if Ballard calls on the Army is our business to obey and if there's any mistake in judgment its Ballard's not mine which was sound soldier common sense and happened to be equally good law this is not always the case you haven't got any force to send said tuck this was true general crook had taken with him both captain Sinclair's infantry and the troop or company as cavalry was also then called of the first a detail of five or six with a reliable noncommissioned officer will do to remind them it's the United States they're bucking against said Paisley there's a deal in the morale of these things crook Paisley broke off and ran to the door hold his horse he called out to the orderly for he had heard the hoofs and was out of the house before corporal Jones had fairly arrived so Jones sprang off and hurried up saluting he delivered his message um-um FRA what what's that is is it imperative you mean suggested Paisley yes sir said Jones reforming his pronunciation of that unaccustomed word he said it twice it what were they doing blamed if I begged the captain's pardon but they looked like they was waiting for me to get out go on go on how many were there seven sir there was Governor Ballard and mr. Hugh Lee and well them's all the names I know but Jones hastened on with eagerness I've saw them five other fellows before adda at the corporals voice failed and he stood looking at the captain well we're at a cockfight sir murmured Jones casting his eyes down a slight sound came from the room where tuk was seated listening and Paisley's round gray eyes rolled once then steadied themselves fiercely upon Jones did you notice anything further unusual corporal no sir except they was excited in there looked like they might be going to have considerable roughhouse of fuss I mean sir two was in their socks accounted for guns on a table take five men and go at once to the State House if the governor needs assistance you will give it but do nothing hasty stop trouble and make none you've got twenty minutes captain if anybody needs a Reston you must be judge of that Paisley went into the house there was no time for particulars snakes remark Jones he jumped on his horse and dashed down the slope to the men's quarters crook may be here any day any hour said Paisley returning to the doctor with two companies in the background I think prices left-wing will subside this morning supposing they don't I'll go myself and when it gets to Washington that the commanding officer at Boise personally interfered with the legislature of Idaho it'll shock him to that extent that the government will have to pay for a special commission of Investigation and two tons of red tape I've got to trust to that corporals good sense I haven't another man at the post corporal Jones had three-quarters of a mile to go and it was ten minutes before noon so he started his five men at a run his plan was to walk and look quiet as soon as he reached the town and thus excite no curiosity the citizens were accustomed to the sight of passing soldiers Jones had thought out several things and he was not going to order bayonets fixed until the final necessary moment stop trouble and make nun was firm in his mind he had not long been a corporal it was still his first enlistment his habits were by no means exemplary and his frontier personality strongly developed by six years of vagabonding before he enlisted was scarcely yet disciplined into the military machine of the regulation pattern that it should and must become before he could be counted a model soldier his captain had promoted him to steady him if that could be and to give his better qualities a chance since then he had never been drunk at the wrong time two years ago it would not have entered his freelance heart to be reticent with any man high or low about any pleasure in which he saw fit to indulge today he had been shy over confessing to the commanding officer he is leaning to cockfights a sign of his approach to the correct mental attitude of the enlisted man being corporal had wakened in him a new instinct and this Statehouse affair was the first chance he had had to show himself he gave the order to proceed at a walk in such a tone that one of the troopers whispered to another specimen ain't going to forget he's wearing a chevron part 3 the brief silence that Jones and his invitation to supper had caused among the counselors was first broken by F Jackson Gillette gentlemen he said as president of the council I rejoice in an interruption that has given pause to our haste and saved us from ill-considered expressions of opinion the governor has R confessed surprised me before examining the legal aspect of our case I will ask the governor if he is familiar with the sundry statutes applicable I think so Ballard replied pleasantly I had supposed continued the President of the Council and they I had congratulated myself that our weightier tasks of lawmaking and so forth were consummated yesterday our 39th day and that our friendly game of last night would be as it were the thinnest that crowned with pleasure the work of a session memorable for its harmony this was not wholly accurate but near enough the governor had vetoed several bills but prices left-wing had had much more than the required two-thirds vote of both houses to make these bills laws over the governor's head this may be called harmony in a manner Gillette nah went on to say that any doubts which the governor entertained concerning the legality of his paying any salaries could easily be settled without entering upon discussion discussion at such a juncture could not but tend towards informality the president of the council could well remember most unfortunate discussions in the Zuri between the years 1856 and 1860 to take part mini me pause gentlemen here he digressed elegantly upon civil dissensions and Ballard listening to him and marking the slow sure progress of the hour told himself that never before had Gillette's oratory seemed more welcomed or less lengthy a plan had come to him the orator next announced a way out of the present dilemma simple and regular in every aspect let some gentleman present now kindly draft a bill setting forth in its preamble the acts of Congress providing for the legislators compensation and let this bill in conclusion provide that all members immediately receive the full amount due for their services at noon both houses would convene they would push back the clock and pass this bill before the term of their session should expire then governor said you late you can amp live in Decatur self by a veto which together with our votes on reconsideration of your objection will be recorded in the Journal of our proceedings and copies transmitted to Washington within thirty days as required by law the sir will you become absolved from all responsibility the orators face while he explained this simple and regular way out of the dilemma beamed with acumen and statesmanship here they would make a law and the governor must obey the law nothing could have been more to Ballard's mind as he calculated the fleeting minutes than this peaceful pompous farce draw your bill gentlemen he said I would not object if I could the statutes of the United States were procured from among the pistols and opened at the proper page Gascon Clayburn upon another sheet of paper headed territory of idaho council chamber set about formulating some phrases which began whereas and gratia today's prayers read aloud to him from the statutes ballard conversed a part with Hughley in fact there was much conversing aside third March 1863 c1 17s 8 v12 p8 11 dictated dis Paris skip the chapters and sections sake Levin will only require the date 3rd March 1863 the sessions of the legislative Assemblies of the several territories of the United States shall be limited to 40 days duration wise provision that whispered Ballard no telling how long a poker game might last but Hughley could not take anything in this spirit genuine business was not got through till yesterday he said the members of each branch of the legislature read this prayers shall receive a compensation of $6 per day during the sessions here and provided for and they shall receive such mileage is now provided by law provided that the President of the Council and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall each receive a compensation of $10 a day at this the President of the Council waved a deprecated or a hand to signify that it was a principle not profit for which he battled they had completed their we're asses incorporating the language of the several sections as to how the appropriation should be made who dispersed such money mileage and in short all things pertinent to their bill when Pete coffin made a suggestion and there anything about how much the governor gets he asked and the secretary added Wingo oh you can leave us out said Ballard pardon me governor said July you stated that your difficulty was not confined to mr. Wingo or any individual gentleman but was general does it apply to yourself sir do you not need any bail oh no said ballad laughing I don't need any bill and why not said coffin you've just as much earned your money as us fellas quite as much said Ballard but we're not alike at present Gillette grew very stately accept certain differences in political opinion sir I am not aware of how we differ in matters public servants of this territory the difference is of your own making mr. Gillette and no bill you could frame could cure it or destroy my responsibility you cannot make any law contrary to a law of the United States contrary to allow the United States and what sir has the United States to say about Mapei I have earned in Idaho mr. Gillette there has been but one government in this country since April 1865 and as friends you and I have often agreed to differ as to how many there were before then that government has a law compelling people like you and me to go through a formality which I have done and you and your friends have refused to do each time it has been suggested to you I have raised no point until now having my reasons which were mainly that it would make less trouble now for the territory of which I have been appointed governor I am held accountable to the secretary of the Treasury semi-annually for the manner in which the appropriation has been expended if you will kindly hand me that book Gillette more and more stately handed Ballard the statutes which he had taken from despairs the others were watching Ballard with gathering sullenness as they had watched Hughley while he was winning Wingo's money only now the sullenness was of a more decided complexion Ballard turned the pages second July 1862 every person elected or appointed to any office of honour or profit either in the civil military or naval service shall before entering upon the duties of such office and before being entitled to any salary or other emoluments thereof take and subscribe the following oath I what does this mean saw said Gillette it means there is no difference in our positions as to what preliminaries the law requires of us no matter how we may vary in convictions I as governor have taken the oath of allegiance to the United States and you as counselor must do the same before you can get your pay look at the book Adak Lanza our repudiate your proposition there is a wide difference in our positions what do you understand it to be mr. Gillette Ballard's temper was rising if you've chosen to take an oath that did not go against your convictions Oh mr. Gillette said Ballard smiling look at the book he would not risk losing his temper through further discussion he would stick to the law as it lay open before them but the northern smile sent Missouri logic to the winds and what are you superior to Mesa that I cannot choose who are you that are and these gentlemen must take oaths before you not before me look at the book I'll look at no book sir do you mean to tell me you have seen me day after day and meditated this treacherous attempt there is no attempt and no treachery mr. Gillette you could have taken the oath long ago like other officials you can take it today or take the consequences what you threaten me sir do I understand you to threaten me gentlemen of the council it seems odd we'll be less free than Missouri unless we look to it the president of the council had risen in his indignant oratorical might and his more and more restless friends glared admiration at him when was the time that procces left-wing surrendered asked the orator never others have be it said to their shame we have not toiled to these thousand miles for that others have cooked the plier hinges of the knee that thrift might follow fawning as former self to grandfathers who fought for our liberties rest in the soil of Virginia and to uncles who fought in the revolution sleep in a land of the dark and bloody ground with such blood in my veins I will never never never submit to northern rule and dictation I will risk all to be with the southern people and if defeated I can with a patriot of old exclaim more true joy and exile fields than Caesar with a Senate at his heels are gentlemen and we will not be defeated our rats are here and are ours he stretched his arms towards the treasure strongbox and his enthusiastic audience rose at the rhetoric contain yourselves gentlemen said otter 12 o'clock and our bill I've said my say said Ballard remaining seated and Walia do inquired peak often from the agitated group I forbid you to touch that shouted Ballard he saw Wingo moving towards the box gentlemen do not resort the Angela but small iron gray Hughley snatched his pistol from the box and sat down a straddle of it guarding his charge at this hostile movement the others precipitated themselves towards the table where lay their weapons and Governor Ballard whipping his own from his armhole said as he covered the table go easy gentlemen don't her our treasurer don't nobody hurtin anybody said specimen Jones opening the door this prudence Corporal had been looking in at a window and hearing plainly for the past two minutes and he had his men posted each member of the council stopped as he stood his pistol not quite yet attained Ballard restored his own to its armhole and sat in his chair little Hughley sat on his box and F Jackson Gillette towered haughtily gazing at the intruding blue uniform of the United States I'll have to take you to the commanding officer said Jones briefly to Hughley you and your box oh my stars and stripes but that's a keen move rejoiced Ballard to himself he's arresting us in Jones's judgment after he had taken in the situation this had seemed the only possible way to stop trouble without making any and therefore even now bayonets were not fixed best not ruffle prices left-wing just now if you could avoid it for a new corporal it was well fought and done but it was high noon the clock not pushed back and punctual representatives strolling innocently towards their expected pay there must be no time for a gathering and possible reaction I'll have to clear this Statehouse out Jones decided we're makin an arrest he said aloud and we want a little room the outside bystanders stood back obediently but the counselors delayed their pistols were with Balor's and hughley's of course in custody here said Jones restoring them go home now the commanding officers waitin for the prisoner butchy boots on sir and leave he added to beat coffin who still stood in the stockings I don't want to have to disperse anybody more what I've done disconcerted prices left wing now soft while out between armed soldiers the treasure and his strongbox and thus guarded they were brought to Boys II barracks whence they did not reappear the governor also went to the post after delivering Hughley and his treasure to the commanding officer Jones with his five troopers went to the sutler store and took a drink at Jones expense then one of them asked the Corporal to have another but Jones refused if a man drinks much of that said he and the whiskey certainly was of a livid unlikely flavor he's liable to go home and steal his own pants he walked away to his quarters and as he went they heard him thoughtfully humming his most inveterate song ye Shepherds tell me have you seen my flora past this way but poisonous whiskey was not the inner reason for his moderation he felt very much like a responsible corporal today and the troopers knew it Jones has done himself a good turn in this fuss they said he'll be changing his Chevron that afternoon the legislature sat in the Statehouse and read to itself in the statutes all about oaths it is not believed that any of them sat up another night sleeping on a problem is often much better next morning the commanding officer and governor Ballard were called upon by F Jackson Gillette and the Speaker of the House everyone was civil and Hartley as possible Gillette pronounced the captain's whiskey equal to any at the southern st. Louis and conversed for some time about the cold season general crooks remarkable astuteness in dealing with Indians and other topics of public interest and concern on yo difficulty yesterday guvnah said he I've been consulting the law sir and I perceive yo construction is entirely correct and so the legislature signed that form of both prescribed for participants in the late rebellion and Hughley did not have to wait for his poker money he and Wingo played many subsequent games for as they all said in referring to the matter a little thing like that should never stand between friends thus was accomplished by ballard paisley and jones ii Missouri Compromise at Boise City Idaho 1867 an eccentric moment in the eccentric years of our development westward and historic also that it has gone unrecorded until now is because of Ballard's modesty Paisley's preference for the sword and Jones's hatred of the pen he was never known to write except later in the pages of his company roster and such unavoidable official places for the troopers were prophetic and not many months there was no longer a corporal Jones but a person widely known as sergeant Jones of Company A called also the singing sergeant but still familiar to his intimate friends as specimen end of section 9 section 10 of red men and white this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit librivox.org recording by david wales read men and white by Owen Wister section 10 latina ha Bonita part 1 and it came to pass after a while that the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land first Kings 17 7 a pretty girl was kneeling on the roof of a flat mud cabin a harvest of red peppers round her knees on the ground below her stood a swarthy young man the bloom on his Mexican cheeks rich and dusky like her own his face was irresponsible and winning and his watching eyes shone upon her with admiration and desire she on the roof was entertained by her visitors attention but unfavourable to it through the live long sunny day she had parried his love talk with light and complete skill enjoying herself and liking him very well as she had done since they were two children playing together in the Arizona desert she was quite mistress of the situation because she was a woman and he as yet merely a boy he was only 22 she was almost 16 the Mexican man at 22 maybe as experienced as his northern brother of 30 but at 16 the Mexican woman is also mature and can competently deal with the man so this girl had relished the thoughtless morning and noon as they passed but twice lately she had glanced across the low treetops of her garden down the trail where the canyon descended to the silence plain below I think I must go back now said the young man not thinking so he had a guitar from the cabin Oh said she diverted by his youthful faint well if you think it is so late she busied herself with the harvest her red handkerchief and strands of her black hair had fallen loosely together from her head to her shoulders the red peppers were heaped thick hiding the whole roof and she stooped among them levelling them to a ripening layer with buckskin gloves for peppers sting sharper than mustard sorting and turning them in the bright Sun the boy looked at her most wistfully it is not precisely late yet said he to be sure not she assented consulting the sky we have still three hours of day he brightened as he lounged against a water barrel but after night it is so very dark on the trail to camp he in sincerely objected I never could have believed you were afraid of the dark it is for the horse's legs Lolita of course I fear nothing when oh I was sure of it do you know Luis you have become a man quite suddenly that mustache will be beautiful in a few years and you have a good figure I am much heavier than last year said he my arm I can see I can see I am not sure I shall let you kiss me anymore you didn't offer to when you came this morning and that shows you men perceive things more quickly than we can but don't go yet you can lead your horse his legs will come to no harm eased of your weight I should have been lonely today and you have made it past so quickly you have talked so much that my peppers are not half spread we could finish them in five minutes together said the youth taking a step to up here among all these peppers oh no Luis we should tread on them and our ankle would burn all night if you want to help me go bring some fresh water the barrel is almost empty but Louise stood ardently gazing up at the roof very well then said Lolita if you like this better finish the peppers and I'll go for the water why do you look down the trail so often said the baffled lovemaker petulantly because uncle Ramon said the American would be coming today the girl replied softly was it uncle Ramon said that he told you that why not she shaded her eyes and looked where the canyons widening slits gave you of a slant of sand merging fan spread into a changeless waste of plane many water courses crooked and straight came out of the gaps creasing the sudden Sierra descending to the flat through bushes and leaning margin trees but in these empty shapes not a real tinkle to refresh the silence nor did a drop slide over the glaring rocks or even dampen the heated cheating sand Lolita strained her gaze at the dry distance and stooped again to her harvest what does he come here for demanded Luis the American we buy white flour of him sometimes sometimes that must be worth his while he will get rich Luis lounged back against his water barrel and was silent as he watched Lolita serenely working his silver crescent earrings swung a little with the slight tilting of his head and his fingers forgotten and unguided by his thoughts ruffled the strings of the guitar drawing from it gave purpose tendrils of sound occasionally when Lolita knew the song she would hum it on the roof in attentively busy rolling her peppers soy pure ether mexicana nada tengo espanol I am a pure Mexican I have nothing Spanish about me and this melodious inattention of lolitas Luis felt to be the extreme of sleight have you seen him lately he asked sourly not very not since the last time he came to the mines from Maricopa I heard a man at gun sight say he was dead snapped Luis but she made no sign that would be a pity she said humming gaily very sad uncle Ramon would have to go himself to Maricopa for that white flower pleased with this remark the youth took to song himself and there they were like two mischievous birds only the bird on the ground was cross with a sense of failure lttle Elysa muriel he sang the hunchback is dead III and no one could be found to bury him except Luiz aren't you going to get my water for me poco tiempo I'll bring it directly you have to go to the scene AHA Bonita for it the pretty spring or water hole or tank was half a mile from the cabin well it's not nice out there in the Sun I like it better in here where it is pleasant and no one could be found to bury him except five dragoons and a corporal and the sacristans scat-singing resentfully young luis stayed in here where it was pleasant bright green branches of fruit trees and small cottonwoods and a fenced irrigated square of green growing garden hid the tiny adobe home like a nut smooth and hard and dry in there clustered amidst the lightest air that could blow among these limber ready leaves set going at once there varnished tinkling round the house there white and dark size gleamed and went out with chasing lights that quickened the torpid place into a holiday of motion closed in by this cool you did not have to see or think of Arizona just outside where is uncle Ramon today inquired Luis dropping his music she sighed he has gone to drive our cattle to a new spring there is no pasture in that inaho bonito our streams and ditches went dry last week they have never done so in all the years before I don't know what is going to happen to us the anxiety in the girl's face seemed to come out word more plainly for a moment and then recede to its permanent abiding place there cannot be much water to keep flower sellers alive on the trail to Maricopa chirped the bird on the ground she made no answer to this what are you doing nowadays she asked I have been working very hard on the would contract for the American soldiers he replied promptly by Tucson no Huachuca away over there again I thought you had cut all they wanted last May it is of that enterprise of which I speak Lolita but it's October now Lolita lifted her face ruddy with stooping and broke into laughter I do not see why you mock me no one has asked me to work since have you asked anyone for work it is not my way to beg Louise I don't believe you're quite a man yet in spite of your mustache you complain there's no money for Mexicans in Arizona because the Americans get it all why don't you go back to Sonora then and be rich in five minutes it would sound finally Luis Romero merchant mo Co or perhaps gold would fall more quickly into your lap at quai ah mas you would live in a big house perhaps with two stories and I would come and visit you at Easter if your wife would allow it here Lolita threw a pepper at the guitar grated a few pretty notes otherwise there was silence and it was uncle Ramon persuaded them to hire you in May he told the American contractor you owned a strong burl good for heavy loads he didn't say much about you added the little lady much good it did me the American contractor Pig retained my wages to pay for the food he supplied us they charge you extra for starvation those gringos they are all pigs ah Lolita a man needs a wife so he may strive to win a home for her I have heard men say that they needed a home before they could strive to win a wife for it but you go about it the other way I am NOT an American Pig I thank the Virgin I have none of their gringo customs you speak truly indeed murmured Lolita it is you who know about them the boy said angry like a child he had seen her eye drawn to the trail again as by a magnet they say you prefer Gringo's to your own people who dares say that the elated Luis played loudly on the guitar he had touched her that time but lolitas eyes softened that the instant of speaking and she broke into her sweet laughs there she said recapturing the situation is it not like old times for you and me to be fighting me I am NOT fighting you relieve me I do not consider a gringo worth my notice sensible boy you speak as wisely as one who has been to school in a large city Luis do you remember the day uncle Ramon locked me up for riding on the kicking burro and you came and unlocked me when uncle was gone you took me walking and lost us both in the mountains we were only a little little way from home but I thought we had got into another country where they eat children I was six and I beat you for losing me and cried and you were big and you kissed me till I stopped crying do you remember no don't you remember I don't remember child's tricks Lewis I have come to a conclusion you are still young enough for me to kiss quite safely every time you fight with me I shall kiss you won't you get me some fresh water now he lounged sulky against his barrel come querido must I go all that way myself well then if you intend to stand and glare at me till the moon rises ah he moves Lewis laid the guitar gradually down and gradually lifted a pail in which the dipper rattled with emptiness he proceeded to crawl on his journey you know that is not the one we use muchacho little boy remarks Lolita keep your kisses for your gringo the water carrier growled with his back to her I shall always save some for my little cousin the pail clattered on the stones and the child stopped crawling she on the roof stared at this performance for an open-mouth moment glows idle among the spicy peppers then laughing she sprang to her feet descended and catching up the water jar the Oy adeg WA overtook him and shook it in his face with the sweetest derision now we'll go together said she and started gaily through the green trees in the garden he followed her two paces behind half ashamed and gazing at her red handkerchief and the black hair blowing a little thus did they cross the tiny cool home acre through the twinkling pleasantness of the leaves and to pass at once outside the Magic Circle of irrigation into arizona's domain among a prone herd of carcasses upon the ground dead cattle two seasons dead now hunted to this sanctuary by the drought killed in a sanctuary by cold water a wise quiet man with a man's will may sometimes after three days of thirst still hold grip enough upon his slipping mind to know when he has found the water that he must not drink it must only dampen his lips and tongue in a drop by drop fashion until he has endured the passing of many slow insidious hours even a wise man had best have a friend by his side then who shall fight and tear him from the perilous excesses that he craves knock him senseless if he cannot pin him down but cattle know nothing of drop by drop and you cannot pin down a hundred head that have found water after three days so these hundred had drunk themselves swollen and died cracked eyed and white bone they lay brown dry gaping humps straddled stiff askew in the last convulsion and over them presided Arizona silent vast all sunshine everlasting Lewis saw these corpses that had stumbled to their fate and he remembered with Lolita in those trees all day he had forgotten for a while he pointed to the wide strewn sight familiar monotonous as misfortune there will be many more he said another rainy season is gone without doing anything for the country it cannot rain now for another year Lolita god help us and our cattle and travelers she whispered Lewis musingly repeated a saying of the country about the tenaha bonito when you see the black cross dry fill the wagons cisterns high a doggerel and homely Spanish metre unwritten mouth-to-mouth wisdom stable as a proverb during through generations of unrecorded Wanderers that repeated it for a few years and passed beneath the desert but the black cross has never yet been dry Louis said you have not seen it lately said Lolita Lolita do you mean he looked at her troubled eyes and they went on in silence together they left behind them the bones and the bald level on which they lay and came to where the canyons brought her descent quickened until they sank below that site of the cattle and for a time below the home and trees they went down steeply by cactus and dry rock to a meeting of several canyons opening from side rifts in the Sierra throwing the main valleys Mesa with deep water courses that brought no water finding their way in this lumpy meeting ground they came upon the lurking place of the tenaha bonito they stood above it at the edge of a pitch of rock watching the motionless crystal of the pool how well it hides down there in its own Canyon said Luis how pretty and clear but there's plenty of water Lolita can you see the black cross not from here they began descending around the sides of the crumbled slate rock face that tilted too steep for a foothold the other well is dry of course said Lolita in the slate II men alleged formation a little lower down the canyon towards the peep of outlying open country which the cloven Hills led in was a second round hole twin of the first except after storms water was never in this place and it lay dry as a kiln nine-tenths of the year but in size and depth and color and the circular fashion of its shaft which seemed man's rather than nature's design it might have been the realty Nahas reflection conjured in some evil mirror where everything was faithfully represented except the water it must have been a real well once said Lewis once yes and what made it go dry who knows how strange it should be the lower well that failed Lolita the boy and girl were climbing down slowly drawing near each other as they reached the bottom of the hollow the peep of open country was blocked and the tall tops of the mountains were all of the outer world to be seen down here below the mesas level the silence was like something older than this world like the Silence of space before any worlds were made do you believe it ever can go dry ask Lewis they were now on the edge of the tanaka father raphael says that it is miraculous said the girl believing lea opposite and everywhere except where they were the walls went sheer down not slate-colored but white with a sudden up cropping formation of brick shaped stones these also were many layered and crumbling cracking off into the pool if the hand hung or the foot weighed on them no safe way went to the water but at this lower side where the ribbon tumbled white blocks shelved easily to the bottom and Lewis and Lolita looked down these natural stares at the portent in the well in that white formation shot up from the Earth's bowels arbitrary and irrelevant amid the surrounding alien layers of slate four black stones were lodged as if built into the wall by some hand four small stones shaping across back against the white symmetrical and plain it has come farther more uncovered since yesterday Lolita whispered Kennett in AHA sink altogether repeated Lewis the arms of the Cross were a measurable space above the water line and he had always seen it entirely submerged how could it sink said Lolita simply it will stop when the black stones are wholly dry you believe father Raphael who he said always in a low voice but it was only Indians after all who told the mission fathers at the first that was very long ago said she and there has always been water in the tenaha bonito boy and girl had set the jar down and forgotten it and why they had come Luis looked uneasily at the circular pool and up from this crevice tittle of the canyon to the small high tops of the mountains rising in the free sky this is an evil place he said as for the water no one no three can live long enough to be sure but it was part of lolita's religion I am sure said she the young Mexicans eyes rested on the face of the girl beside him more beautiful just then with some wave of secret fear and faith come away with me Lolita he pleaded suddenly I can work I can be a man it is fearful for you to live here alone alone Luis his voice had called her from her reverie back to her gay alert self do you consider uncle Ramon nobody to live with yes nobody for you promise me never to tell that to uncle he is so considerate that he might make me marry somebody for company and then you know my husband would be certain to be stupid about your coming to see me querido why do you always mock me Lolita mock you what a fancy Oh see how the sun's going if we do not get her water your terrible tune ah ha will go dry before supper come Luis I carry the ohya must I do everything he looked at her disconsolate ah he vibrated and deep imaginary passion go go she cried pushing him take your Oriya upon the lightest passing puff of sentiment the southern breast can heave with every genuine sentiment of storm except wreck of course she stirred his gregarious heart was she not lovely and he 22 he went down the natural stairs and came slowly up with the water stopping a step below her Lolita he said don't you love me at all not a very little you are my dearest oldest friend Luis she said looking at him with such full sweetness that his eyes fell but why do you pretend five beans make ten of course they only make ten with Gringo's she held up a warning finger oh yes oh yes strangers make fine lovers with this he swelled to a Fond dangerous appearance and muttered it is not difficult to kill a man Lolita fighting after what I told you Lolita stooped and kissed her cousin Luis and he instantly made the most of that chance as often as you please he said as she released herself angrily and then a stroke of sound struck their two hearts still they jumped apart trembling some of the rockslide had rattled down and plunged into the tenaha with a gulping resonance loitering strings of sand strewed after it and the boys and girls superstitious eyes looked up from the ringed waving water to the ledge Lolita's single shriek of Terror turned to joy as she uttered it I thought I thought you would not come she cried out the dismounted horsemen above made no sign of understanding her words he stepped carefully away from the ledge his foot had crumbled and they saw him using his rifle like a staff studying at stock in successive niches and so working back to his horse there he slid the rifle into its leather sling along the left side of his saddle so he is not dead murmured Lewis and we need not live alone come down the girl called and waved her hand but the newcomer stood by his horse like an apparition perhaps he is dead after all Louis said you might say some of the mass only he was a heretic but his horse is Mexican and a believer lolita had no eyes or ears for luis anymore he prattled away on the stone stairs of the tenaha flippant after a piercing shock of fear to him unstrung by the silence and the black cross and the presence of the sinking pool the stone had crashed like a clap of sorcery and he had started and stared to see not a spirit but a man dismounted from his horse with a rifle at that his heart clutched him like talons and in the flashing spasm of his mind came a picture smoke from the rifle and himself bleeding in the dust costly lovemaking for Lewis did not believe the rifle to have been brought to the alleged there as a staff and he thanked the Virgin for the stone that fell and frightened him and made him move suddenly he had chattered himself cool now and ready Lolita was smiling at the man on the hill glowing without concealment of her heart's desire come down she repeated come round the side and lifting the Oya she tapped it and signed the way to him he has probably brought too much white flour for uncle Ramon to care to climb more than he must said Luis but the man had stirred at last from his sentinel stillness and began leading his horse down presently he was near enough for Lu to read his face your gingo is a handsome fellow certainly he commented but he does not like me today like you he doesn't think about you said Lolita ha that's your opinion it is also his opinion if you'll ask him he is afraid of cousin Luis stated the youth cousin grasshopper he could eat you if he could see you there are other things in this world besides brute muscle Lolita your gringo thinks I am worth notice if you do not how little he knows you it is you he does not know very well the boy said with a pang the scornful girl stared oh the innocent one sneered Luis grasshopper indeed well one man can always recognize another and the women don't know much but Lolita had run off to meet her chosen lover she did not stop to read his face he was here and as she hurried towards him she had no thought except that he was come at last she saw his eyes and lips and to her they were only the eyes and lips that she had longed for you have come just in time she called out to him at the voice he looked at her one instant and looked away but the nearer sight of her sent a tide of scarlet across his face his actions he could control his bearing and the steadiness of his speech but not the coursing of his blood it must have been a minute he had stood on the ledge above getting a grip of himself Luis was becoming really afraid that he might have to do some work continued Lolita coming up the Stony Hill you know Luis I know him you can fill your two canteens and carry the oil for us she pursued arriving eagerly beside him her face lifted to her strong tall lover I can at second chill of his voice and his way of meeting her when she had come running she looked at him bewildered and the smile fluttered on her lips and left them she walked beside him talking no more nor could she see his furtive other hand mutely open and shut helping him keep his grip Lewis also looked at the man who had taken Lolita's thoughts away from him and all other men no indeed he does not understand her very well he repeated bitter at knowing the man's suspicions and it's needless Ness something disappointment it may be had wrought more reality in the young Mexicans easygoing love and she likes this gringo because because he is light-colored he said watching the Americans bronzed Saxon face almost as young as his own but of sterner stuff its look left him no further doubt and he held himself for warned the American came to the bottom powerful blue-eyed his mustache golden his cheek clean-cut and beaten to shining health by the weather he swung his blue over all drag over his saddle and rode to the tenaha with a short greeting to the watcher while the pale Lolita unclasped the canteen straps and brought the water herself brushing coldly by Lewis to hook the canteens to the saddle again this slighting touch changed the Mexican boys temper to diversion and malice here were mountains from mole hills here were five beans making ten with a vengeance give me that said the American and Luis handed up the water jar to him with such feline politeness that the Americans blue eyes filled with fire and rested on him for a doubtful second but Luis was quite ready and more diverted than ever over the suppressed violence of his saxon friend the horsemen wield at once and took a smooth trail out to the top of the Mesa the girl and boy following as the three went silent up the canyon Luis caught sight of lolita's eyes shining with the hurt of her lover's rebuff and his face sparkled with further mischief she has been despising me all day he said to himself very well very well senor don roose he began aloud elaborately we are having a bad drought the American Road on inspecting the country I know at least four sorts of kisses reflected the Mexican trifler but they're very likely to me also they would appear alike from the top of a rock he looked the American over the rifle under his leg his pistol and his knife how clumsy these Gringo's are when it's about a girl thought Luis any fool could fool them now I should take much care to be friendly if ever I did want to kill a man in earnest comical gringo yes very dry weather don roose and the rainy season gone the American continued to inspect the country his supple flannel shirt had back hinting no interest in the talk water is getting scarce stowing roofs persisted the gadfly lighting again Don Ramon spring does not run now and so we must come to the tanaga Bonita you see Don Ramon removed the cattle yesterday everybody absent from home except Lolita Louise thought he could see his don roose listening to that last piece of gossip and his smile over himself and his skill grew more engaging Lolita has been telling me all day that even the dena ha will go dry it was you said that exclaimed the brooding helpless Lolita so I did and it was you said no well we found something to disagree about the man in the flannel shirt was plainly attending to his tormentor no sabe cuantos own think Oh Lewis whispered stepping close to Lolita your gringo could not say boo to a goose just now Lolita drew away from her cousin and her lover happened to turn his head slightly so that he caught sight of her drawing away but what do you say yourself don't loose inquired Lewis pleased at this slight coincidence will the Tana jaco dry do you think I expect guessing won't interfere with the waters movements much finally remarked Don Roose Russ gens mere his drawl and the body in his voice were not much like the Mexicans light fluency they were music to Lolita and her gaze went to him once more but he got no answer the bitter Lewis relished this – you are right don roose guessing is idle yet how can we help wondering about this mysterious – now I am sure that you can never have seen so much of the cross out of the water Lolita says so that's that place said Ginn's mere roughly the least looked inquiring down there again smear explained with a jerk of his head back along the road they had come Lewis was surprised that Don Roose who knew this country so well should never have seen that in Naha Bonita until today I'd have seen it if I'd had any use for it said Ginn's mayor to be sure it lay off the road of travel Lewis assented and of course Don Roose knew all that was needful how to find it he knew what people said did he not father Rafael Don Ramon everybody Lolita perhaps had told him and that if the cross ever rose entirely above the water that was a sign all other water holes in the region were empty there or it was a good warning for travelers since by it they could judge how much water to carry on a journey but certainly he and Lolita were surprised to see how low the tanaka had fallen today no doubt what the indian said about the great underground snake that came and sucked all the wells dry in the lower country and in consequence was nearly satisfied before he reached that in aha was untrue to this tale of Jesuits and peons the American listened with unexpressed contempt carrying too little to mention that he had heard some of it before or even to say that in the last few days he had crossed the desert from Tucson and found water on the trail as usual where he expected he rode on leading the way slowly up the canyon suffering the glib Mexican to talk unanswered his own suppressed feelings still smoldered in his eye still now and then knotted the muscles in his cheeks but of Louis's chatter he said his whole opinion in one word a single English syllable which he uttered quietly for his own benefit it also benefited Luis he was familiar with that order of English and over hearing he understood it consoled the Mexican to feel how easily he could play this simple unskillful American they passed through the hundred corpses to the home and the green trees where the Sun was setting against the little shaking leaves so you will camp here tonight Don Roose said Luis perceiving the Americans pack mules Jen's Muir had come over from the mines at gun sight found the cabin empty and followed Lolita's and her cousin's trail until he had suddenly seen the two from that ledge above the tenaha you are always welcome to what we have at our camp you know Don Roose all that is mine is yours also tonight it is probably frijoles but no doubt you have white here he was giving his pony water from the barrel and next he threw the saddle on and mounted I must be going back or they will decide I am NOT coming till tomorrow and quickly eat my supper he spoke jauntily from his horse arm akimbo natty short jacket put on for today's courting gray steeple hat silver embroidered a spruce pretty boy not likely to toil severely Atwood contracts so long as he could hold soul and body together and otherwise be merry and the hand of that careless arms soft on his pistol lest don roose should abruptly dislike him too much for lewis contrived atone for his small talk that would have disconcerted the most sluggish sweet to his own mischievous ears healing to his gold self-esteem good night Don Roose good night Lalita perhaps I shall come tomorrow manana on la manana the knight said Lolita harshly which increased his joy I cannot stop you from passing my house kins mere said nothing but sat still on his white horse hands folded upon the horns of his saddle and Lewis always engaging and at ease ambled away with his song about the hunchback he knew that the American was not the man to wait until his enemy's back was turned LT Lele Sam Urie Oh our entourage yay 'then the tin pan mexican voice was empty of melody and full of rhythm III the leta against mere stood as they had stood not very near each other looking after him and his gaiety that the Sun shone bright upon the minstrel truly sparkled his clothes were more elegant than the American shirt and overalls and his face luxuriant with thoughtlessness like most of his basking Southern breed he had no visible mean of support and nothing could worry him for longer than three minutes frijoles do not come hi out-of-doors is good enough to sleep in if you or your friend have no roof and it is not a hard thing to sell some other man's horses over the border and get a fine coat and hat think oh they're gonna see in Cabo oh no no no no no no younger todas accros tan coat and hat were getting up the canyon side among the cactus the little horse climbing the trail shrewdly with his lightweight rider and dusty unmusical gains mere and sullen Lolita watched them till they went behind a band and nothing remained but the tin pan song singing in Ginn's mares brain the gadfly had stung more poisonously than he knew and still Lolita and Gen smear stood watching nothing while the son the son of Arizona at the dais transfigured immortal passing became a crimson coal in a lake of saffron burning and beating like a heart till the desert seemed no longer dead but only asleep and breathing out wide rays of rainbow color that rose expanded over Earth and sky then Genz mayor spoke his first volunteered words to Lolita I didn't shoot because I was afraid of hitting you he said so now she too realized clearly he had gone off his horse above the tin AHA to kill Luis during that kiss complete innocence had made her stupid and slow are you going to eat she inquired oh yes I guess I'll eat she said about the routine of fire lighting and supper as if it had been uncle Ramon and this evening like all evenings he not so easily and with small blundering 'he's that he cursed attended to his horse and mules coming in atlas to sit against the wall where she was cooking it is getting dark said Lolita so he found the lamp and lighted it and sat down again I've never heard a woman he said presently the vision of his rifles quite front sight held steady on the two below the ledge once more flooding his brain he spoke slowly then you have a good chance now said Lolita quickly busy over her cooking in her southern ears such words sounded a threat it was not in her blood to comprehend this northern way of speaking and walking and sitting and being one thing outside and another inside and I wouldn't hurt a woman he was hardly talking to her not if I could think in time men do it she said with the same defiance but it makes talk talks nothing to me said guns mere flaming to fierceness do I care for opinions only my own the fierceness passed from his face and he was remote from her again again he felt amusing aloud changing from Mexican to his mother tongue I wouldn't want to have to remember a thing like that he stretched himself and leaned his elbows on his knees and his head in his hands the yellow hair hiding his fingers she had often seen him do this when he felt lazy it was not a sign by which she could read a spiritual standstill a quivering wreck of faith and passion I have to live a heap of my life alone that lounger went on journey alone camp alone me and my mules and I don't propose to have thoughts a man should be ashamed of Lolita was throwing a cloth over the table and straightening it on 25 and I've laid by no such thoughts yet church folks might say different it is ready said Lolita finishing her preparations and of section 10