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Chapter VI A Dark and Diabolic Plot

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While still out on the hunt mentioned in the preceding chapter, and three or four days after the terrible experience with the wolves, the memorable blizzard that swept that section of the country with its wintry blasts in ’87 came upon them and caught them far from home and entirely shelterless. Many settlers and hundreds of head of stock froze to death in that terrible storm, and every living creature suffered from the chilling blasts of its icy breath.1 Our little hunting party tied all the blankets they had in camp over the shivering forms of their horses and then turned them loose, while for themselves they dug a deep pit and stretched a wagon cover over it. During the night they worked incessantly to keep a roaring fire in one end of their hole in the ground, and this they were enabled to do because of having over two hundred pounds of buffalo tallow to feed its flames. It was a dark and terrible night, and one which will remain in the history [memory?] of its survivors as long as they live. When those mighty blizzards of snow are blown over the great tracts of level and unprotected prairie lands in howling hurricanes that

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Chapter XVI Arrest and Trial of the Conspirators

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On leaving Gainesville, Charley crossed the Red River at Brown’s

Ferry, north of Gainesville, crossed the Indian Territory and entered

Kansas at Kiowa,1 took a westerly course here and entered Colorado at

Coolidge,2 and two days later they reached La Junta, where Ellie, one of the twins, became quite ill of pneumonia. Three days later the little one died at this place. Charles was making for the mountains of Colorado, where he thought he would have peace at last.

George left Gainesville, Texas, on the 12th of the following October for Colorado, by rail. He knew Charley was somewhere on the road, but just where he would enter the mountains was a difficult matter to tell, so on reaching Gunnison, Colorado,3 he left his wife to look for him at this point, while he came on to Dallas,4 in the same state.

Between La Junta and Gunnison, Charley and Clift were compelled to work three weeks at a saw mill for money to continue their journey on. Charley chose the route by Gunnison, and came across George’s

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Chapter XV Prisoners Again—Boone Murdered

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BOONE MURDERED

On Tuesday morning, in answer to a telegram sent the Sunday before to U. S. Marshal Cabell, stating that they would never surrender to anyone but he or Morton, Morton with his guard arrived.1 A mattress was placed in the hack they had brought for them, and the brave and self-sacrificing

Clift, at his own request, was placed in first in such a position as to hold up Charley, it being impossible for him to breathe only in a sitting position, so the wounded and suffering Clift held him in his arms till they reached the railroad the next day at about 11 o’clock.

After leaving the house a few yards they were met by Collier and his crowd, by appointment, in order to return the guns they had carried away from the battle field. It was prophesied by all that witnessed their departure that Charles would die of his wounds before reaching Dallas.2

When about one mile from the Denson farm a man overtook them and asked where they meant to reach the railroad. “Weatherford,” said

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Chapter VII The Plot Deepens—The Marlows in Chains................

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the plot deepens— the marlows in chains

Had E. W. Johnson known how terrible and disastrous would be the result of the dark scheme he planned that bright August day in 1888, he would have paused ere making so fatal a move, but alas! He could see nothing but popularity and gain as an outcome, “for,” he soliloquized,

“if I go up to the Indian country and arrest these five brothers I will make myself popular with the cattle men, and the $50 apiece for their arrest and ten cents milage on each bringing them down will net quite a neat little sum besides. But the warrants! What am I to do about the necessary papers? Bah! What does it matter? If I have to show a warrant

I will manufacture one for the occasion.1 Yes, I will do it, and my friend

Sam Criswell is just the man to assist me in the undertaking. It will be hard on the Marlows, but will be the making of me.”

He puts the letter in his pocket, not thinking that he has been thinking aloud, and that the very walls have ears sometimes, and saunters out into the city in search of his trusted ally, Sam Criswell.2

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