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all the mo●re because it was so totally unexpec■ted, and yet the two men ther■e—Jayhawkers though they were and l●oade

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r the virtue of● the parole. At the two extremities of their■ peculiar warfare there was either life or ●death. Having chosen deliberately a■s between the two, no middle ground was known to■ them. Press Webb approached to within sight ●of Kansas City from the old Independen●ce road, made a complete circle about t●he place, as difficult as the ■traveling was, entered

Westport notwithsta■nding the presence of a garri●son there; heard many things told■ of the plans and number of the■ Federal forces upon the border; passed d■own between the

  • ■tely; “Death,” the
  • younger Ja●yhawker blanched to his chi
  • n and put a■ hand on the
  • shoulder of his comrade.
  • The ■two listened to the cou

Kansas river and wh●at is now known as West Kansas Cit●y, killed three foragers and captured two ●six-mule wagons near the site of the present ga■s works; gathered up five head of excellent■ horses, and concealed himself fo●r two days in the Blue Bottom, ■watching a somewhat notoriou■s bawdy house198 much frequented

nt, with every■ human facul ty roused and abno●rmally impressionable. S
hould any one not u●n derstanding the scene pass, they wou
ld not be a●ble to comprehe nd the situation—on●e man standing barehea
ded, solemnly, ■and all t he eyes bent keenly forwa■rd as ano
ther man drew from a h at a dirty s■lip of folded paper and read therefrom som●ething tha
t was short like a m■onosyllable and sepulchral like a shroud. ●“Life,
” sai d the second ballot, a
nd “Life 癖 said the third. The fourth was for d eath■ and made a tie. Something lik
e the be■atin g of a strong ma n’s heart mig●ht hav
e been heard, and some■thing as though a brave man ●were breathing pai
nfully through his■ teeth les t a sigh escape him. W
hitsett cried● out: “One more ballot yet t●o be opened. Let it tell t
he● tale, Tro w, and make an e nd to this thing spee?/td>
鰀ily.” Trow, with scarcely any more emo●tion than a sur geon has when
he● probes a bullet wound, un folded the remaini■ng
slip of paper, and read, “Life”! ■197 The y ounger Jay hawker fell ■

upon his k

by ●Federal soldiers. This kind of houses dur●ing the war, and when located upon dang?/p> nees and t

鰁rous or debatable grounds, wer■e man traps of more or less sinister■ histories. Ele

he elder e

ven women bel●onged to this bagnio proper,■ but on the night Webb stalked it and struc

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