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Burroughs, Edgar Rice - Apache Devil

Burroughs, Edgar Rice - Apache Devil

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 A Project Gutenberg of Australia eBook Title: Apache Devil (1933) Author: Edgar Rice BurroughseBook No.: 0300271.txtEdition: 1Language: EnglishCharacter set encoding: ASCII--7 bitDate first posted: March 2003Date most recently updated: March 2003Project Gutenberg of Australia eBooks are created from printed editions which are in the public domain in Australia, unless a copyright noticeis included. We do NOT keep any eBooks in compliance with a particularpaper edition.Copyright laws are changing all over the world. Be sure to check thecopyright laws for your country before downloading or redistributing thisor any other Project Gutenberg file.To contact Project Gutenberg of Australia go to http://gutenberg.net.auFurther information on contacting Project Gutenberg, the"legal small print" and other information about this eBook may be foundat the end of this file.** Welcome To The World of Free Plain Vanilla Electronic Books **** eBooks Readable By Both Humans and By Computers, Since 1971 ******* These eBooks Are Prepared By Thousands of Volunteers! *****----------------------------------------------------------------- A Project Gutenberg of Australia eBook Title: Apache Devil (1933) Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs APACHE DEVILChapter OneGERONIMO GOES OUT
 
THE silver light of Klego-na-ay, the full moon, shone downfrom out the star-lit heavens of an Arizona night upon thecamp of the Be-don-ko-he Apaches; shone upon sleek coppershoulders; shone upon high cheek bones; softened the cruellines of swart, savage faces--faces as inscrutable as isthe face of Klego-na-ay herself.Shone the silver moonlight upon Nan-ta-do-tash, the izze-nantan of his people, as he led them in the dance, as heprayed for rain to save their parched crops. As he danced,Nan-ta-do-tash twirled his. tzi-ditinidi about his head,twirled it rapidly from front to rear, producing the soundof a gust of rain-laden wind; and the warriors and the women, dancing with Nan-ta-do-tash, listened to the tzi-ditinidi, saw the medicine man cast hoddentin to the four winds, and knew that these things would compel the wind andthe rain to come to the aid of their crops. A little to one side, watching the dancers, sat Shoz-Dijiji, the Black Bear, with Gian-nah-tah, friend of  boyhood days, companion of the war trail and the raid.Little more than a youth was Shoz-Dijiji, yet already a warchief of the Be-don-ko-he, proven in many battles with thesoldiers of the pindah-lickoyee; terror of many a scatteredhacienda of Sonora and Chihuahua--the dread Apache Devil.The old men beat upon the es-a-da-ded, the primitive drumof buckskin stretched across a hoop; and to their cadenceNan-ta-do-tash led the dancers, his naked body painted agreenish brown with a yellow snake upon each arm; upon his breast, in yellow, a bear; and upon his back the zig-zaglines of lightning.His sacred izze-kloth, passing across his right shoulder,fell over his left hip. Of a potency almost equal to thisfour strand medicine cord of twisted antelope skin was the buckskin medicine hat of Nan-ta-do-tash by meanS of whichhe was able to peer into the future, to foresee theapproach of an enemy, cure the sick, or tell who had stolenponies from other people.The downy feathers and black-tipped plumes of the eagleadded to the eflicacy and decoration of this potent head-dress, the value of which was further enhanced by pieces of abalone shell, by duklij, and a snake's rattle whichsurmounted the apex, while in brownish yellow and dirty 
 
 blue there were depicted upon the body of the hat clouds, arainbow, hail, the morning star, the God of Wind, with hislungs, the black Kan, and the great suns."You do not dance with the warriors and the women, Shoz-Dijiji," said Gian-nah-tah. "Why is it?""Why should I?" demanded the Black Bear. "Usen has forsakenthe Shis-Inday. No longer does He hear the prayers of Hispeople. He has gone over to the side of the pindah-lickoyee, who have more warriors and better weapons."Many times went Shoz-Dijiji to the high places and made big medicine and prayed to Usen; but He let Juh steal my little Ish-kay-nay, and He let the bullet of the pindah-lickoyee slay her. Why should I dance to the Kans if they are blind and deaf?""But did not Usen help you to find Juh and slay him?" urgedGian-nah-tah."Usen!" The tone of the Black Bear was contemptuous. "Noone helped Shoz-Dijiji find Juh. No one helped Shoz-Dijijislay him. Alone he found Juh--alone, with his own hands, hekilled him. It was Shoz-Dijiji, not Usen, who avenged Ish-kay-nay!""But Usen healed the wound of your sorrow," persisted Gian-nah-tah. "He placed in your heart a new love to take theplace of the old that was become but a sad memory.""If Usen did that it was but to add to the sorrows of Shoz-Dijiji," said the Black Bear. "I have not told you, Gian-nah-tah.""You have not spoken of the white girl since you took herfrom our camp to her home after you had saved her fromTats-ah-das-ay-go and the other Chi-e-a-hen,!" repliedGian-nah-tah; "but while she was with us I saw the look in your eyes, Shoz-Dijiji, and it told me what your lips didnot tell me.""Then my eyes must have known what my heart did not know,"said Shoz-Dijiji. "It would have been better had my heartnot learned, but it did."Long time have we been friends, Gian-nah-tah. Our tsochs,

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