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y\ND AS THE CAVALRYMEN MAKE CAMF. AND VET HE CONTINUES TO OPERATE IN THIS AREA.' WE KNOW THAT DAGGARTANDHIS GANG WAYLAID A MEXICAN WASON TRAIN LAST MONTH AND STOLE A SHIPMENT OF SILVER. . THE WHOLE THING STILL DOESN'T MAKE SENSE.. .

SENOR DASSART/ THE CAVALRY 8REAK CAMP ) COME THIS WAY-' ~] Suddenly. ^N% 1 gj iiS : A ^TAKE COVER/ ON \ V TH E DOUBLE.' GO AT ] y ONCE/ Hours later. YOU HAVE A PLAN BUT FIRST I WANT MANUEL TO ROUND UP AS MANY MEN / AS HE CAN.' JMAY8E THEN. i .'NKIMS.I'M JUST AS ANXI0U5 AS ALLOF YOU TO SET THAT SILVER OUT. f"S_ (AMBUSH/X. I'LL EXPLAIN EVERYTHING. IT'S SCIN6 TO TAKE SOME TH.. OUR TIMING. A* 1 pX f -Ml8Ji FlBi\ ^L^n^/' j 1 »»' JTir^§a|l -^fH* TOflii . SHE 15 VERY SOOD. without warning.. ONLY WITH THE CAVALRY FATROLL1MS THE AREA.. gy.' SET THEM HEflE BEFORE ] SUNUP.as dawn tinges the western sky..

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PAGSART. BUT ONLY A SHORT DISTANCE S6HJND.Shortly afterwards. | fwBLL.. Y/and the cave where it worked. \ m HI Hi JVw 1 re aiff -^ : >5x \. here 1/ we hid the silver is just L */\ around the next bend/^ WE ARE.' ] .. in echo canyon.4 .

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50AM I. SERGEANT.7TSTHE AFTERNOON SHADOWS LENGTHEN! DAVIS 15 PAST N. somehow r SIVE THE ORDER "RD MOUNT/ WE'LL FOLLOW DAVIS' TRAIL AND] \ SEE WHAT WE CAN FIND/ \ H V IT LOOKS FISHY/ .' I'M) AND THERE'S SETTING V/ORRIED/ySOMETHINS ELSE! DAGGART WASN'T WITH THAT BUNCH WE iii CHASED off. SIR/ ^ DUE.

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The following. CAPTAIN. NOT ONLY WILL OUR MEXICAN FRIENDS 8E 1 x ms PLEASED WITH THE RETURN OF THEIR SILVER. . BUT I'VE RECEIVED WORD THAT THE AMBUSHERS WHO PLOTTED WITH DASSART WERE CAP- TURED AS THEY CROSSED THE .T A S00D ' PIECE OF WORK ALL AROUND. - day..

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. AS THE WESTBOUND SPECIAL ROUNDS A BEND. BUSY LIKE I TOLD-jOU. MO/ WHAT'S OUR J'SEE THAT YOU SET A NEXT MOVE? GOOD BLAZE GOING/ IT I piFTEEN MINUTES LATER..E TO THE NORTH OF FORT LOWELL l SHOULD BECOMING \GET TH09E TORCHES THROUGH PRETTY SOON. — f .JftEAtmm.

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' I NO PART OF YOUR DlflTY BUT WE'RE TOLD VOL) LONSASO I'D J BROTHERS.I'LL HAVE DEALS.' HAVE NO PART OF YOUR LIFE. I'D CHANGE MY AMND? .' _-/ I'VE COME WHATEVER MADE YOU TMIMK ) * LO^ 5 WAY.

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WE DO MAKE . 1 GREAT TEAM/ .I WAS RIGHT.

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SADDLES BOOTS DO iVE PURSUE } NO.' 1 SEANT.' THAT'S THOSE INDIANS WERE ARAVAIPA JWW I'M WORRIED/ INDIANS! THE LEAST WARIT COUtO MEAN LIKE OF ALL THE TRIBES/ j TROUBLE-SWKK/S \l S TROUBLE/ .' WE'LL . SERI CAN'T FISURE OUT CAPTAIN. CORPORAL! OUR ORDERS THEM SIR ? J WEffE TO RETURN TO THE FORT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. RlDE_ON IMMEDIATELY/ THERE'S STILL ONETHING KNOW.

JT.MERCER WAS A SAD . SIR. BUT THIS HUNCH OP YOURS..AND THAT'S SOLDIER.' MEN WERE THAT MERCER WAS AND HE DESERVED HIS DISSENTENCE HONORABLE DISCHARGE ALONS WITH 'WAS UPTHfS PRISON SENTENCE AT MONTH. LABOR. A I AND HIS ABOUT FORTUN- V^I'M SLAD Or THAT.HE DID THREATEN REVENGE... CAPTAIN. HIS ALL OF ATELY..' YOU REALLY BELIEVE THIEF.' . BUT REMEMSER.' NONE OF OUR HURT.

BRIMS PEACE ASAIN AND SO WHITE CAPTAIN ) I W'i-L MEET My WOULD HAVE BiS TALK TO -^WHlTE SROThER SETWEEN^AS HE W'iShES.' YOUR PEOPLE AND HIS PEOPLE.' Jl WILL COME ALONE. AS PROOF WMWWd .

SHORTLY AFTERWARDS. . AT SNAKE PASS.

.SOON THE MUFFLED FILL POUND OF HOOFBBATS AIR. THE .

THEY'RE WORKING THEMSELVES INTO A STATE ALL RISHT.^S NISH7 [_ \-.' A FEW MORE HOURS OFTHfSANQTHEY'LL TEAR LOOSE LIKE A 5P00KEDUP HERD/ .

YOU MEM KNOW WHAT TO DO! I'LLWKE CARE OF TMINSS HERE.' .

ADAMS.. THAT'S BUT YOU'RE THE LOWEST OF THEM A RIGHT. BUT THEN." YOU'D START A WAR. MERCER.^UE SHADOWS WEAVE AMD SHIFT. HAVE AND I'LL INNOCENT PEOPLE KILLED. SEEM ALL KJNOS. JUST TO / HAVE MY SATISFV -/OUR PERSONAL GRIPE-WAY VET/ I'VE ALL.' N/ X .

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LIKE THE SKILLED INDIAN RIDERS DEVELOPED THE TRICK OF HANGING TO ONE SIDE OF THEIR HORSE. BY COMPARISON. WHILE SHOOTING THEIR RIFLE'FROM A POSITION UNDER THE PONY'S NECK THE BITTERLY FOUGHT INDIAN WARS ENDED FINALLY WITH THE CAVALRY VICTORIOUS. mm^zm INDIAN PONIES WERE RACED OFTEN TO DEVELOP STAMINA. BUT THE CAVALRYMAN WAS A SKILLED HORSEMAN. LEAVING THE RIDERS' HANDS FREE.BUT THE PRICE WAS HIGH. .WARRIORS ON HORSEBACK WILD HERDS OF MUSTANGS. BRED FROM HUNTER STOCK.THE CAVALRY HORSE WAS MUCH HEAVIER THAN THE INDIAN PONY. IN TEN YEARS OF FIGHTING. AND IN BATTLE THEY WERE GUIDED BY THE PRESSURE OF LEGS AND FEET. THOUSANDS OF LIVES WERE LOST OH BOTH SIDES AND THE COST TOTALED OVER 40 MILLION DOLLARS.THIS MAGNIFICENT HORSE WON FAME FOR ITS GREAT STRENGTH AND REMARKABLE ENDURANCE. AND EARLY BUFFALO HUNTER HE COULD FIRE AS ACCURATELY FROM THE SADDLE AS ON FOOT. WERE FIRST CAPTURED AND TRAINED BY THE APACHE INDIANS.DESCENDANTS OF HORSES BROUGHT TO MEXICO BY I6TH CENTURY 5PANISH CONQUI STADORES.

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