Adventures of Buffalo Bill from Boyhood to Manhood
A CLEVER DISGUISE.
WHILE riding Pony Express the road on Buffalo Billy's run became
infested with roadagents, who were wont to halt every rider they could
catch, and also rob the stages.
The chief of these outlaws was noted as a man of gallantry, for
he never robbed a woman, no matter what the value of her personal
effects might be.
Ladies with valuable diamonds in their ears, and rings that were
worth a small fortune, were always spared by this man, who became known
by his forbearance to the fair sex as the "Cavalier"
Poor men were also exempt from being robbed by the Cavalier; that
is If he really thought a man was poor and not "playing possum," to get
off from paying the toll demanded.
In halting a stage the driver was never robbed, but Government
and the Company's moneys were always taken, and well-to-do travelers had
to pay liberally.
Pony Express Riders were never robbed of their pocket money, but
the mail was invariably searched for money.
Once only had Buffalo Billy been halted by the Cavalier, though
the other riders had frequently been brought to a halt and made to pony
That once Billy had shown fight, had tried to run by, and his
horse had been shot; but he slightly wounded the Cavalier in the arm,
and for it he was told if he ever attempted resistance again he would be
This did not trouble the young Rider in the least, but he made up
his mind that he would not be caught; and after that the road-agents
found it impossible to bring him to a halt, and his mails always went
through in perfect safety.
At last it became rumored that Buffalo Billy had been removed to
another part of the road, and that as no riders could be found to take
his long night rides, a daughter of one of the stock-tenders had
volunteered for it, and the company, knowing her ability as a rider,
accepted her services until another could be found.
The first night on the ran she arrived at the other end on time,
though she reported that she had been halted by the Cavalier and four of
The road agent seemed greatly surprised that a woman, in fact a
young and very pretty girl, should be riding the road, but she made
known the circumstances, and he told her she should always go through
unmolested by him and his men.
But he made the mails, carried by the other riders, and the
stage-coach passengers, suffer for his leniency to the Girl Rider, and
the Government and both the express and stage companies offered a large
reward for the capture of himself and men alive.
This seemed to do no good, although a number of attempts were
made to capture him, which signally failed, and the reward was increased
and added "dead or alive."
All this time the Girl Rider often met the Cavalier in her rides,
and when the moonlight nights came on, he would often, as she were
flying along, dash out from some thicket, and ride with her ten or
The more be saw of her the more he seemed to admire her, and his
times of joining her increased, and he seemed to so enjoy his rides with
her, that he would, when she went into a station to change horses, make
a circuit around it, and joining her beyond, continue on for another
dozen miles, for he rode a fleet steed, and one of great bottom.
One night as they thus sped along he told the Girl Pony Rider
that he had learned to love her, tho' he had never seen her face in the
daylight, and that he had accumulated a large sum, for he had a treasure
hiding-place in the mountains, and, if she only would love him in return
and fly with him, he would be the happiest of men, and give up his evil
The maiden promised to think of it, said it was so sudden and
unexpected, that she had never loved before, and did not even then know
her own heart, and with this she dashed on her way like the wind.
The next night the Cavalier again met her, and again renewed his
vows of love, and she told him she had thought of it, and would stand by
him until death parted them.
The Cavalier went into ecstasies over this, and an evening was
appointed when they should leave the country together, which was a night
on which the Girl Rider knew she was to carry quite a sum of money in
huge bills to the paymaster of the company at the other end of the line.
The night in question came round, and the cavalier road-agent, as
he had promised, had relays of fresh horses every twenty miles until
they should have gone two hundred, which would put them beyond pursuit;
in fact the company would not discover for twenty-four hours just what
had happened, the outlaw and maiden both believed, so considered
At the hour he had agreed to meet the maiden, the Cavalier was on
hand at the timber, mounted on his finest horse, dressed in his best,
and carrying a couple of large saddle-bags loaded with treasure,
consisting of his lion's share of the robberies, and which included
watches, jewelry, gold, silver and paper money.
The maiden asked him to dismount and arrange her saddle-girths,
and as he was stooping she threw down the rein of his horse which she
was holding, and to which she had attached something, and away he
started in a run, for the violent motion had frightened him; but he soon
came to a halt.
Rising to his feet the Cavalier suddenly felt the cold muzzle of
a revolver pressed against his bead, and heard the words-:
"You are my prisoner; resist and I will kill you; up with your
He tried to laugh it off as a joke, but she was in deadly
earnest, and he soon found it out.
Leaning over she took the weapons of the road-agent from his
belt, and told him to move on ahead.
He could but obey, for he know she would kill him if he did not.
A mile up the trail and the stock-tender's station came in sigh,
and in the moonlight they both saw a crowd of men awaiting them there.
Once more the Cavalier begged for his release; but she was
determined, and marched him straight up to the crowd.
"Well, Billy, you've got him," cried a voice as they approached.
"I most certainly have, and if you'll look after him I'll go and
fetch his horse, for I've got a book fastened to his rein and he can't-
"Billy!" cried the road-agent.
"Yes, I am Buffalo Billy, and I assumed this disguise to catch
you and I've done it."
"Do you love me now, pard?"
The road-agent foamed and swore; but it was no use; he had been
caught, was taken to the town, tried, found guilty of murdering and
robbing and ended his life on the gallows, and Buffalo Billy got the
reward for his capture, and a medal from the company, and he certainly
deserved all that he received for his daring exploit in the guise of a
young girl, and a pretty one too, the boys said he made, for he had no
mustache then, his complexion was perfect, though bronzed, and his waist
was as small as a woman's, while in the saddle bag as bight did not
As to the Cavalier, Billy said he deserved his name, and
certainly talked love like an adept at the art, and his lovemaking, like
many an, other man's led him to rain and death.