towards the white people, towards heaven, and the earth successively.
The strangers, however, proved to be drovers, with cattle for the troops, on their way to Council Bluff.
"In consequence of being thus detained, it was late in the afternoon when the party arrived at the Platte river, and as they had still eighteen miles to travel, and it was indispensable to their safety that they should reach the village before dark, Mr. Dougherty urged his horse rapidly forwards. The Indians, who were all on foot, ran the whole distance, halting but twice, in order to cross the Elk Horn and Platte rivers, although one of them was upwards of sixty years of age, and three of the others were much advanced in years.
"As they drew near the Oto village, they were discovered by some boys who were collecting their horses together for the night, and who, in a telegraphic manner, communicated intelligence of their approach, to the people of the village, by throwing their robes into the air.
The party was soon surrounded by tho inhabitants, who rushed towards them, riding, and running with the greatest impetuosity. The greatest confusion reigned for some tune the Otoes shouting, hallooing and screaming, whilst their Konza visiters lamented aloud. Shaumonekusse soon arrived, and restored a degree of order, when the business of the mission being made known in a few words, the Konzas were taken up, behind some of the horsemen, and conveyed as rapidly as possible, to the lodge of Shongotongo, lest personal violence should be offered them on the way. They did not, however, escape the audible maledictions of the squaws, as they passed, but were stigmatized as wrinkled-faced old men, with hairy chins, and ugly faces, and flat noses.
"After running this species of gauntlet, they were quiet ly seated in the lodge, where they were sure of protection. A aquaw, however, whose husband had been recently killed