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given up this business, however, and was now in the employ of the quartermaster's department of the army, and was first brought to my notice by distinguishing himself in bringing me an important despatch from Fort Lamed to Fort Hays, a distance of sixty-five miles, through a section infested with Indians. The despatch informed me that the Indians near Lamed were preparing to decamp, and this intelligence required that certain orders should be carried to Fort Dodge, ninety-five miles south of Hays. This too being a particularly dangerous route-several couriers having been killed on it — it was impossible to get one of the various Petes, Jacks, or Jims hanging around Hays City to take my communication. Cody learning of the strait I was in, manfully came to the rescue, and proposed to make the trip to Dodge, though he had just finished his long and perilous ride from Lamed. I gratefully accepted his offer, and after four or five hours rest he mounted a fresh horse and hastened on his