"He will come, I dare say. And so will the others, now that you are able to see them. Brewster inquired."Chapter 5She went into the bedroom, half dragging him by the shoulder, and shut the door. "Now!" she said, "make haste."
"I beg pardon," said Brewster, pointedly, accentuating the slight awkwardness.
Felipa sat on the edge of the bunk and talked to[Pg 58] him, a little excited, and very anxious to try what a scout was like for herself.[Pg 243]
Landor came trotting over from his quarters, followed by his orderly, and the troops moved off across the flat, toward the river.
But this the civilians were very plainly not minded to do. They dropped back, now to cinch up, now to take a drink from the flasks, now to argue, once for one of their number to recover from an attack of heart disease.
They had not gone upon a wedding trip for the excellent reason that there was no place to go; and as[Pg 56] they sat at dinner together in their sparsely furnished quarters, there was a timid ring at the door-bell, and Landor's Chinaman, the cook of his bachelor days, ushered in the commanding officer, who looked humble apology for the awkwardness of a visit he could not delay. He went straight to the matter in hand, in spite of the tactful intentions that had made him come himself instead of sending a subordinate.
She could hear voices confusedly, men hurriedly calling and hallooing as she neared the back of the officers' line and crept into her tent. The door was barely closed when there came a knock, and the voice of the striker asking if she had heard the shot across the river.The chief Alchise and a half hundred of his kind鈥攐ne so deaf that he held to his savage old ear a civilized speaking-trumpet鈥攕quatted about on the ground, and explained to Crook the nature of their wrongs.
"Did my father leave me any money?" she asked.But only a coyote barked from a knoll near by.
"To have brought an abandoned woman into our home.""For what purpose?" went on the cross questions.详情
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