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[269] warlike members of the tribe. One day, seven of the Light Horse, led by Bear Paw. one of Ross' warriors, broke into Adair's house, and finding the chief sick in bed, dragged him into the open yard, and shot him in the presence of his squaws. His son, according to the Indian rule of Blood Atonement, was also taken out and shot.

For these black deeds Bear Paw was made a captain in the Light Horse, and his example spurred on other braves to imitate his heroism. One party caught a lad named Webber, a nephew of the murdered Boudinot, and, for his uncle's sins, hacked him to pieces with their knives. A party followed Ridge, an uncle of Boudinot, into Arkansas, and shot him from his horse; while another party rode to the ranch of another Ridge, a cousin of Boudinot, dragged him out of bed, and in the presence of his wife, plunged no less than twenty-nine daggers into his chest.

Jack Ross has been succeeded by his son Billy, a cunning fellow, who contrives to keep his hold on the conservatives of his party-thieves, polygamists, and communists, who wish to keep their ancient ways. The leadership of his opponents, the

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