By Louis L'Amour
Callaghen’s enterprise is soldiering. For two decades he’d fought world wide, from China to the deserts of California; now he’s a personal within the U.S. Cavalry, poorly paid, his enlistment approximately to expire. He’s able to stream on…until he comes throughout a startling discovery: a treasure map belonging to a lifeless lieutenant who would possibly not were all that he appeared. The map issues the right way to an underground river of gold…or does it? to determine, Callaghen must struggle the hardest battle of his lifestyles: opposed to a fierce Indian warrior, a vindictive commanding officer, and a ruthless gang of outlaws who’ll flip what could be a river of gold right into a river of blood.
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Doesn’t pay to move too quick, Beamis. ” “You mean I can’t get out? ” “You joined, and now you’ll have to fill out your time. ” “But what about my wife? ” “If she does, you’re better off without her. Settle down, man. ” He walked back to the encampment. The moon was rising, and there was already a thin glow over the mountain. It would be a tricky night, for on such a moonlit night shadows appear to move, and one may suddenly develop a feeling that a shadow is an Indian. It was very still. Captain Hill came outside his quarters.
The men slept well, for they were tired. Callaghen was to stand watch the first few hours, to be relieved by Private Baldwin. The night was very clear, and as always in the desert it was cool, almost cold. The heat of the day vanished with the sun, for the rocks and sand did not hold the heat, but surrendered it quickly to the night. Callaghen was wary. He was an experienced soldier, and he did not like the feel of the night, and he had been watching the Delaware. The eastern Indian came of a tribe that numbered great trackers and warriors among them, but they had been driven from their homeland and were now scattered widely over the West.
He should bathe them, but he was afraid if he took his boots off he would never get them on again, for his feet would swell. They were blistered, he knew, and it must be the same with the feet of all the others. What had the Delaware meant about the questions the lieutenant had asked, he wondered. It was natural for a man who was new to a country to ask questions. They moved out into the desert when the stars were out, and a cool wind blew low across the earth. Scarcely a leaf stirred, the wind was soft and easy, and the only sound was the whisper of their footsteps in the sand.