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by John Breckenridge Ellis
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Since the seizure of Gledware the child had been lying on the rude table in the midst of a greasy pack of cards—cards that had been thrown down at the sound of his galloping horse. The table supported also much of the booty captured from the wagon-train while on the dirt floor beside it were prizes of the freebooting expedition too large to find resting-place on the boards. (Excerpt)
It came over him with disconcerting suddenness that he had lost a great deal of time, and that every moment spent in the covered wagon was fraught with imminent danger. It was not in his mind that the hand of highwaymen might discover his hiding-place. Knowing them as he did, he was sure they would not come so far from their haunts or from the Sante Fe train in pursuit of him.
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