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[221] Indians suffered more, but they retreated in the night across the Rio Charma, carrying off their slain.

Beyond the Rio Charma, these flying Indians met a Mexican herder with his flock. They scalped the man and stole his stock, which served them for a time as food; yet in the country where they sought a refuge, they were harassed by the Apaches, and after starving for five or six weeks, and losing nearly all their cows and ponies, they returned to Tierra Amarilla in an abject plight and spirit.

Armstrong resolved to separate the bands, and send them, not to Green River in Utah, but to the Ute reservations in Colorado. On giving his promise not to plunder any more, Sabeta was allowed to leave for Los Pinos; on a similar pledge, Cornea was allowed to leave for Pagota Springs. In future these Ute bands would have to dwell apart, divorced from each other, for the offence of listening to an Indian seer, and acting on a call from heaven.

Their numbers thinned, their wealth reduced, their pride subdued, the bands set out. The faces of their chiefs were dark. No one save Manuel talked of moving from the track laid down for them to keep. The braves hung down their heads like squaws.

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