Adventures of Buffalo Bill from Boyhood to Manhood
THE BOY STAGE DRIVER OF THE OVERLAND.
Armed six months longer of Pony Riding over the dangerous trail of
seventy-six miles, ridden by day and night in all kinds of weather,
Buffalo Billy met with an adventure that was the cause of his again
finding another occupation.
The Indians had become very troublesome as fall came on and a
number of pony riders had been killed and stations burned along the
route until there were few who cared to take the risks.
The stage coaches also were often attacked, and on one occasion
the driver and two passengers were killed and several others were
But Billy did not flinch from his long, lonely and desperate
rides, had seemed to even take pleasure in taking the fearful chances
against death which he was forced to do on every ride out and in.
One day as he sped along like the wind he saw ahead of him the
stage coach going at full speed and no one on the box.
At once he know there was trouble, and as he drew nearer he
discovered some Indians dash out of a ravine and give chase.
As he heard the clatter of hoofs behind him he looked around and
saw a dozen red-skins coming in pursuit, and felt confident that he must
have dashed by an ambush they were preparing for him, by suddenly
changing his course and riding around instead of through a canyon.
The stage coach was now in the open prairie, and dashing along
the trail as fast as the horses could go, while the Indians in close
pursuit numbered but three.
Billy was well mounted upon a sorrel more, and urging her with
the spur be soon came in range of the red-skin furthest in the rear and
Down went the pony, and the Indian was thrown with such violence
that he was evidently stunned, as he lay where he had fallen.
Another shot wounded one of the remaining Indians, and they
hastily sped away to the right oblique in flight, while Billy dashed on
to the side to the coach.
There were five passengers within, and two of them were women,
and all were terribly frightened, though evidently not knowing that
their driver lay dead upon the box, the reins still grasped in his
Riding near, Billy seized his mail bags and dexterously got form
his saddle to the stage, and the next instant he held the reins in his
He knew well that Ted Remus, the driver, had carried out a box of
gold, and was determined to save it for the company if in his power.
His horse, relieved of his weight and trained to run the trail,
kept right on ahead, and be, skillfully handling the reins, for he was a
fine driver, drove on at the topmost speed of the six animals drawing
Behind him came the Indians, steadily gaining; but Billy plied
the silk in a style that made his team fairly fly, and they soon reached
Here the red-skins again gained, for the road was not good and in
many places very dangerous.
But once over the ridge, and just as the Indians were near enough
to fill the back of the coach with arrows, Billy made his team jump
ahead once more, and at breakneck speed they rushed down the steep road,
the vehicle swaying wildly, and the passengers within not knowing
whether they would be dashed to pieces, or scalped by the Indians, or
which death would be the most to be desired.
But Billy, in spite of his lightning driving, managed his team
well, and after a fierce run of half an hour rolled up to the door of
the station in a style that made the agent and the lookers on stare.
But he saved the box and the lives of the passengers, and several
days after was transferred from the, Pony Rider line to stage driving on
the Overland, a position he seemed to like.