The government has long had very stringent laws against the selling of spiritous liquors to the Indians. This traffic is known as "bootlegging." When Sgt. Hunt, of the 8th Cavalry, stationed at old Fort Whipple, in southern Arizona, found a drunken Apache, with a tell-tale flask, he reported at once to Col. Moberlyn, who ordered Capt. Frazier with a detachment, to find the bootlegging miscreant. The captain galloped away to the nearest ranch house, where lived Jim Fancher, his wife, and daughter, and Romero, a half-breed foreman, whom the captain suspected. The troopers look up quarters in the barn on the hay. Romero saw he was suspected. He escaped, mounted his horse, met the Apache band, and made a night attack on the ranch, murdering the troopers as they slept and firing the house, to which the sergeant had escaped. Jim bethought him of an old subterranean passage, dug to the river bank and by this means made their way to the fort. Romero rode to the colonel to exculpate himself, ...
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