Under the Sweetwater Rim
By Louis L'Amour
Deep in Indian nation, significant Mark Devereaux and his males discover a grisly scene: a wagon educate savagely attacked, with out survivors. one of many wagons initially with the crowd is lacking; in it's a fortune in gold and Devereaux’s daughter, Mary. The slaughter, Devereaux learns, used to be now not the paintings of Indians yet of a murderous outlaw band. With the stakes emerging in a perilous online game, the single wild card is Lieutenant Tenadore Brian, who's using with the lacking wagon—against orders. Devereaux understands Brian is an effective soldier, yet is he more than enough to guard a saddlebag jam-packed with gold . . . and the lifetime of his daughter?
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He observed the others move prior, then waited a minute to hear for following hoof-beats, yet none got here. there has been no sound however the wind. Turning, he the others. back he drew rein. He had an eerie experience of being watched, of being undefined, yet he knew his reactions weren't basic ones, and it anxious him. He listened, yet heard no sound within the evening. Rock Creek might be now not very a long way forward. past that they need to come to Willow Creek and be ready to stick with it all the way down to the cost. yet he had by no means Willow Creek, and had no inspiration what stumbling blocks there will be. A blow-down within the wooded area, for example, may well strength them to circle round it. He stuck up with the others, and so they wove their doubtful manner throughout the scattered woodland. sometimes he glimpsed the sq. shoulder of rock he used as a advisor, yet usually it was once out of sight, hidden at the back of bushes. as soon as he nearly dozed within the saddle, yet used to be startled unsleeping through a unexpected cessation of circulate. He observed the entire horses bunched, and Mary had grew to become again to him. “Ten, there’s anyone or anything up forward. I don’t comprehend what it really is. ” He peered into the bushes. was once it a hearth he observed? A death fireplace, possibly? He listened, and heard no sound. “I’ll scout ahead,” he whispered. “If there’s any hassle, don’t wait, don’t ponder me, simply get out, speedy. ” He was once conscious now. How some distance had they arrive? 3 or 4 miles? Scarcely that, for his or her direction have been erratic without commonplace path to stick with. He hunted for the rock and observed it looming above, a bit of forward. He took his rifle and went on, making no sound. He was once cautious, yet his senses have been dulled via weariness. the times of fight, scarce nutrition, and little sleep had taken their toll. A voice got here out of the darkness. “All correct, sodger boy, you simply stand. you simply carry it correct there the place you're. ” He stopped, swaying a bit. He couldn't see the speaker, yet his voice situated him one of the bushes forward, a depressing patch that exposed not anything within the method of aspect. in the back of him one other voice spoke. “It’s the ladies, Jess, and Jase with ’em! ” “Bring ’em in,” Jess answered, “an’ Jase, too. Do me sturdy to determine him again…although it ain’t going to do him a lot reliable. ” Tenadore Brian swore softly. Trapped! With aid just a couple of miles away, they'd walked correct into the palms in their enemies. He may possibly see not anything at which to shoot, yet he had an idea he himself was once skylined, making him the correct aim. some other person spoke up. “Throw a few wooden at the hearth, an’ let’s see what we ketched. ” bankruptcy 21 ______________ TEN BRIAN SLUMPED within the saddle and abruptly in the course of the fog of exhaustion there got here an idea. conscientiously he withdrew his ft from the stirrups. Brush was once thick all approximately him with patches of grass among the clumps. As wooden used to be thrown at the hearth and it flared up, he allow himself move and toppled from the saddle into the comb. A shout went up, yet he was once already scrambling away one of the brush. a minimum of for the instant he was once loose. “Jube! Get him! Get that damned lieutenant and kill him the place you discover him!