By Louis L'Amour
Callaghen’s enterprise is soldiering. For two decades he’d fought around the world, 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 movement 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 tips to an underground river of gold…or does it? to determine, Callaghen should 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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I don’t think so. At least, he trusted him enough to let him hold his orders for him. I saw the man give him his orders at the stage. ” Holding orders, or delivering them? Callaghen watched the horses, talking idly with Mercer on half a dozen topics. Then he went back to the compound and stepped suddenly into his quarters. Croker was there, and he had Callaghen’s duffel bag upon a cot, open. ” Croker turned sharply. “I was out of smokin’. ” “I don’t smoke. ” Croker’s smile was forced. “Say, that’s right!
He should move, he knew, for the heat was more intense down here. He should move, but he could not. Yet he must. They must try for the water. “All right,” he said aloud, and nobody stirred. “We will go now,” he said, but there was no movement, no response. Summoning all his strength, he pushed himself up. He got to his knees and slugged the Delaware. ” he managed. ” The Delaware got up, swaying on his feet. Then he helped Croker to his feet, and between them they got Walsh up. Callaghen stood erect.
The water hole was supposed to be in that clump of mesquite, yet he had still seen no tracks. Nor were there bees, an almost certain indication of water if the bees were flying toward it. He faced the situation calmly. He had been close to death too many times not to know that he was living on borrowed time. If there was water there they would drink, and if there was no water they would die. There was no chance of going farther, at least not for Walsh, and perhaps not for Croker. He had been watching carefully, and he did not believe there were more than eight or ten Indians.