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Flashman and the Redskins

By George MacDonald Fraser

The 7th quantity of the "Flashman Papers" documents the arch-cad's adventures in the US in the course of Gold Rush of 1849 and the conflict of Bighorn in 1876, and his acquaintance with well-known Indian chiefs, American squaddies, frontiersmen and statesmen.

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The 3rd trainer, with its savanero appearing like Deadwood Dick, got here to relaxation beside the 1st one, and an immense cheer broke from our bastion. Grattan used to be down within the courtyard, yelling to us, and our fellows really tumbled down the stairs to the wagons. I took a shot of the attention round; the Indians had pulled off at the east aspect, milling approximately 200 yards or so from the fortress gate; at the south facet, among the castle and the coaches on the river, there wasn’t a savage to be obvious. “Come on! ” bawls Grattan; he and the blokes have been piling into the 2 wagons, getting ready to make the run. “Out you move! ” roars the gallant Flashy. “I’ll disguise you! ” He stared, yet didn’t hesitate above a moment. He sprang up beside the teamster, and the wagon lumbered into the gateway. Now, you will be staring, too. for you may have concluded that it ain’t particularly my type to be the final guy out of the beleaguered garrison, and correct you're. but when i must fly from a struggle, I wish to do it my very own way—and for the earlier 5 mins not less than I’d been reflecting that my manner was once on no account in a single of these loopy wagons. As I observed it, there have been not less than 40 Indians out yonder, they usually weren’t going to be taken without warning a moment time. these wagons have been going to have their beasts hamstrung earlier than they bought close to the river, after which it'd be each guy for himself strolling. Odds on a guy from the wagons attending to the river? approximately evens—and that ain’t more than enough while there’s a more secure method out. something used to be sure, you spot; with all of the enjoyable and frolic to the south and east of the castle, there wouldn’t be a courageous left at the north part. and through our defence of the partitions I’d spotted a fascinating thing—whenever an Indian fell, typically his pony stayed by way of the physique. Now, that’s not anything new, as any cavalryman is aware; why, at Balaclava, within the hell of that Russian battery, I remember at the least of our mounts nuzzling at fallen soldiers, and those redskins and their horses are shut as fans. After the assault at the north-east perspective, there have been 3 or 4 ponies status, heads putting and misplaced, beside the Indian lifeless on the foot of the wall, and that i was once sure yes they’d nonetheless be there. i may drop from a window at the north aspect, climb aboard, and be off and away around the citadel, coming all the way down to the carriages on the river by means of the west facet, whereas Grattan and the men occupied the Indians to the east, and stopped any arrows that will be going. One final look to make certain the north-west tower was once nonetheless unscathed, and because the moment wagon surged out of the gate and the Indian yelling redoubled, i used to be scuttling nimbly alongside the east parapet above the gateway and into the tip upper-storey room at the north wall. I sped throughout to the window and took a wary peep—not a soul in sight so far as the attention may possibly see, and there lower than, beside the tangle of purple corpses, have been Indian ponies! Your luck’s in back, outdated Flash, thinks I, chuckling as I gripped the body to climb—and the room was once shuddering like a match-box in a giant’s hand, a so much appalling blast of thunder stuffed my ears, the ground gave manner underneath me, and that i used to be falling, falling via dense clouds of dirt or smoke, crashing down with a surprise that drove the breath out of me, and with a ghastly discomfort stabbing via my left ankle.

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