My first plan of escape having failed, I now determined upon another.
After crossing the Smoky Hill River, I felt comparatively safe as this was the last stream I had to cross.
As a good horse is not very apt to jump over a bank, if left to guide himself, I let mine pick his own way.
Major North and myself went out in advance of the command several miles and killed a number of buffaloes.
The Indians were well mounted and felt proud and elated because they had been made United States soldiers.
Every Indian outbreak that I have ever known has resulted from broken promises and broken treaties by the government.
It was because of my great interest in the West, and my belief that its development would be assisted by the interest I could awaken in others, that I decided to bring the West to the East through the medium of the Wild West Show.
Washington newspaper men know everything.
Having secured my Indian actors, I started for Baltimore, where I organized my combination, and which was the largest troupe I had yet had on the road.
The first trip of the Pony Express was made in ten days - an average of two hundred miles a day. But we soon began stretching our riders and making better time.
Indians were frequently off their reservations.
I felt only as a man can feel who is roaming over the prairies of the far West, well armed, and mounted on a fleet and gallant steed.
Major North has had for years complete power over these Indians and can do more with them than any man living.
I had many enemies among the Sioux; I would be running considerable risk in meeting them.
The Free State men, myself among them, took it for granted that Missouri was a slave state.
The cholera had broken out at the post, and five or six men were dying daily.
I was persuaded now that I was destined to lead a life on the Plains.
Springfield has always had a place in my heart.
My great forte in killing buffaloes was to get them circling by riding my horse at the head of the herd and shooting their leaders. Thus the brutes behind were crowded to the left, so that they were soon going round and round.
General Custer was a close observer and student of personal character.
The Indians kept increasing in numbers until it was estimated that we were fighting from 800 to 1,000 of them.