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“ [264] train, ready to pull out at a moment's notice. Two thousand armed men, mostly full-bloods, are about the place. Spies report them within twenty miles of Vinita-guess you'll say that's not a sort of news to make a scare?”

“ This news, you say, comes in from Texas. Is not Texas a long way from Vinita?”

“ Guess they're smart boys, those Texas reporters. Sure as Grey Eagle scalped poor Germain, and stole his daughters, Billy Ross will scalp the boys of Vinita, and bear their women to his camp. The boys will fight, but one would like to hear of that train of women and children being safe under the guns of Fort Scott.”

Vinit4, as we find on reaching it, is a camp or town of the Cherokees; the chief place of this Indian nation, though their paper capital is at Tahlequah. Vinita is a nest of sties and shanties, lying among a few patches of maize and weeds. Here the Cherokees have a school, a chapel, and a secret grog shop; secret because Chqrokees are not allowed to buy and sell whisky, otherwise than on the sly. *Blood has been shed, and may be shed again in Vinita; but not, we find, the blood of White men

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