By R. B. Townshend
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The walls are a series of precipices rising to that amazing height. Never has it been traversed by mortal man. Dead bodies of Indian braves have been washed down it, bodies of Utes or Navajos, or Apaches, slain in their intertribal wars and given to the current, but never yet has any living human being passed that way. Now, for the first time, the attempt is being made. That grand explorer, Major Powell, despite his having only one arm-he lost his right arm in the war-has dared it with his brave companions, and to-day they are trying to navigate that wild water in craft specially constructed for the purpose.
He fairly made me shudder before he got through, and he saw it. "I don't wonder that shocks you," said he. " All the same I had to take my chances. And she was as brave as they make 'em, but I had to plan to save her. I wasn't going to have her made a victim of their Blood Atonement, a vile scheme they had for punishing the women. This was how we done the trick. I used to meet her, EXIT THE TENDERFOOT 27 as I said, casual-like at various stores, and a few words, either spoken or just written on a scrap of paper maybe, did the arranging.
He looked at my empty plate and coffee-cup-Mrs. Chisholm gave us coffee with our meal, no alcoholic drinks. "Through? Then come on out into the backyard and I'll show you a thing or two before you're a day older. " 32 THE TALE OF A TENDERFOOT So to the backyard we adjourned, and Jake produced several pistols ranging from a Colt ·44 calibre to a derringer, and he showed me how to handle each of them individually. Good and very practical was his teaching; so much so that it struck me that never at Cambridge had I come across a don whose method was better.
A Tenderfoot in Colorado (Timberline Book) by R. B. Townshend
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