By Louis L'Amour
Callaghen’s company is soldiering. For two decades he’d fought around the globe, 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 won't were all that he appeared. The map issues tips on how to an underground river of gold…or does it? to determine, Callaghen must struggle the hardest conflict 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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The Indians are different, too. ” “Yes. That is, we had our orders and were waiting for the stage. ” “Too bad to have lost him. ” He paused just a moment. “I forwarded his things to his sister. ” “He had some friends in Los Angeles, Sergeant. One, at least. ” “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.
You brought us through,” the Indian said quietly. “You are a good man, Callaghen. ” “We have a long way to go,” was Callaghen’s reply. He squatted on his heels where he could watch the approach from under the brush. ” he asked. “I have heard of it. ” “Yes, I think so. ” He brought his head into position. “You are a good man with a gun, Callaghen, and you are a good leader. You knew about mesquite and salt grass as indicators of water. ” The Delaware got up and stretched. The water in the hole was clearing as the silt settled to the bottom, and he drank long and deep, then drank once again.
Callaghen did not look up. “Get back to your duty,” he said hoarsely. ” Croker did not move. “You are not an officer. ” Callaghen stood up stiffly and turned around. “Croker, you’ve got one chance to live. ” Croker hesitated, but then he turned and went back through the mesquite, and Callaghen dropped to his knees again. He was a tall man, with wide shoulders, a well-setup man who ordinarily moved easily and with some grace. Around the post he was something of a mystery. Everyone knew that his enlistment period would soon be over.