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[261] militia, properly enrolled, and out on service in the field. “The terms of his commission are, to treat all bands of Indians found within the State as hostile.” The Indian Agent finds a flaw in this defence.

“Tell me, governor,” he answers, “the date of this commission. Is it not the fact that Captain Rickers' commission is dated ten days after the massacre near Medicine Lodge?” Osborn only smiles.

Who cares for dates and signatures when they are dealing with such savages as Grey Eagle? Adelaide and Julia Germain are safe within the lines of Fort Leavenworth; but their elder sisters, Lucy and Ada, are still in their savage captor's hands.

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