Excerpt from Writings of Captain Charles King, U. S. A
The gamblers, though bafﬂed for the time being, of course get square, and more too, with the unfortunate general in this sort of war fare, but they are a disgusted lot as they hang about the wagon-train as last of all it is being hitched-in to leave camp. Some victims, of course, they have secured, and there are no devices of commanding officers which can protect their men against those sharks of the prairies when the men themselves are bound to tempt Providence and play. There are two scowling faces in the cavalry escort that has been left back with the train, and Captain Hull, the commanding officer, has reprimanded Sergeants Clancy and Gower in stinging terms for their absence from the com mand during the night. There is little question where they spent it, and both have been cleaned out. \vhat makes it worse, both have lost money that belonged to other men in the command, and they are in bad odor accordingly.
The long day's march has tempered the joviality of the entire column. It is near sundown, and still they keep plodding onward, making for a grassy level on the river-bank a good mile farther.
Old Hull seems bound to leave the sports as far behind as possi ble, if he has to march us until midnight, growls the battalion adju tant to his immediate commander. By thunder! One would think he was afraid they would get in a lick at his own pile.
How much did you say he was carrying? Asks Captain Rayner, checking his horse for a moment to look back over the valley at the long, dust-enveloped column.
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