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[259] Indians, such as Kiowas and Cheyennes, who are committing robbery and murder in the White settlements. On seeing their friends received so well, two other bucks, carrying two rifles, but no sixshooters, ride out; the four rifles and two sixshooters being the only weapons of these savages. They are received with smiles and drinks. A fifth and sixth Osage now come in, and then a seventh and eighth, each Red-skin dismounting and disarming the moment he arrives. The White men stand about, chatting and smiling, but with rifles ready for a sign. When Rickers sees that no more bucks are coming in, a word is given, a line is opened, and a volley fired. Four of the eight Osages fall. The other four, springing to their ponies, and leaving saddles, clothes, and arms behind, strike wildly through the sand and grass. Bickers gives tongue, and his followers charge into the camp. Not waiting their attack, the Osages scatter in a ring. Dusk only puts an end to the pursuit.

At midnight two of the Osages creep back, and finding the White men gone, search the rifts and ridges for their wounded brethren and their captured

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