“They have guns, for you never saw an Indian go on the warpath without one; but they have them hidden where we can’t find them,” said Carl. “When the order is given to disarm them, you will see what sort of weapons we are going to get—old, worthless things that you wouldn’t pick up in the street.”
“Then the soldiers will search their tepees for them,” said a young officer decidedly.
“Of course; and that is what is going to bring on the fight.”
“Are we really going to have a brush with them?”
“I think so, and 长沙桑拿攻略 you may make up your Page 357 mind to hear how a bullet whistles as it goes by your head.”
“Well, why don’t they begin it, if that is what they are up to?”
“It is too late to do anything to-day, but it will keep. You wait until to-morrow and you will wish that you were back at the fort.”
“Not much, I won’t,” said Parker indignantly. “If my men have come out here to fight Indians, I am going in, too.”
“I see a big tepee off there, sir,” said one of the officers to his captain, who at that moment came up, “and they are carrying somebody into it. Who is that, sir?”
“That is Big Foot, who is ill with pneumonia,” answered the captain; “and the doctor who has just gone in to attend to him is Colonel Forsyth’s surgeon.”
“And there are some soldiers taking in a stove,” added the officer. “They are going to warm him up. I supposed that 长沙桑拿中心 when an Indian became sick he would kick out all the white surgeons and depend entirely on his medicine man.”
“So he does, generally,” said the 长沙桑拿夕阳休闲会所 captain, Page 358 “but old Big Foot is so bad now that he can’t attend to anything. I hope you boys will get a good sleep to-night, for we are going to have fun in the morning.”
But the boys did not get a good sleep, for they were busy thinking of what was
going to happen when daylight came—that is, all except Carl, who would have found rest if he had known that the Indians were powerful enough to massacre their whole command. When morning came he was as bright as a lark, while Parker and the other young officers were pale and nervous, and kept looking forward to that order to disarm the Indians which would transform their peaceable camp into a scene that they did not like to think of.
It was the morning of December 29th, and as soon as breakfast was eaten the cavalry mounted their horses and stretched themselves out in a single 长沙桑拿都有什么 line far beyond the ground occupied by the Indian encampment, and the infantry moved up within ten yards of their position. The Indians evidently did not like this, for they congregated in little groups, and talked violently, and made motions which Page
359 Lieutenant Parker thought meant war and nothing else. Finally an interpreter went among them, and after a long wait the warriors all moved out in a body and seated themselves on the ground. Then Colonel Forsyth took a hand in the matter, and, with the interpreter at his side, told the Indians that he had come out there for the purpose of disarming them, and ordered them back to their tepees to bring out their weapons. A part of the Indians went, and after a long wait they brought out two guns, which they handed to the soldiers.
“That won’t do,” said the colonel in a loud voice. 长沙桑拿场子 “I want each one of you to bring out the weapons that you use in fighting us. If you don’t do it, my men will go in there and search your houses.”
“Now it is coming,” said Carl in a low tone to his friend, and he got down and buckled up his
saddle. “When the soldiers go in there, you can make up your mind to advance.”