The Ranche on the Oxhide_ A Story of Boys' and Girls' Life on the Frontier
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Title: The Ranche on the Oxhide
A Story of Boys' and Girls' Life on the Frontier
Author: Henry Inman
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Chief Scout Executive.
THE RANCHE ON THE OXHIDE
THE RANCHE ON
LATE CAPTAIN UNITED STATES ARMY
BREVET LIEUTENANT COLONEL
THE OLD SANTA F… TRAIL
Charles Bradford Hudson
GROSSET & DUNLAP
By THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.
Set up and electrotyped. Published July, 1898. Reprinted
December, 1905; December, 1908; October, 1909; June, 1911.
New edition September, 1906; August, September, 1911; March,
June, 1912; July, 1913.
J. S. Cushing & Co.—Berwick & Smith Co.
Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.
GEORGE INMAN SEITZ
THE RANCHE ON THE OXHIDE
In 1865-66, immigrants began to rush intothe new state of Kansas which had just beenadmitted into the Union. A large majorityof the early settlers were old soldiers who hadserved faithfully during the war for the preservationof their country. To these veterans theGovernment, by Act of Congress, made certainconcessions, whereby they could take up"claims" of a hundred and sixty acres of thepublic land under easier regulations than othercitizens who had not helped their country inthe hour of her extreme danger.
Many of them, however, were forced to goout on the extreme frontier, as the eastern portionof the state was already well settled. Onthe remote border several tribes of Indians,notably the Cheyennes, Kiowas, Comanches,and Arapahoes, still held almost undisputedpossession, and they were violently opposed tothe white man's encroachment upon their ancestralhunting-grounds, from which he droveaway the big game upon which they dependedfor the subsistence of themselves and their families.Consequently, these savages became veryhostile as they witnessed, day after day, the arrivalof hundreds of white settlers who squattedon the best land, felled the trees on the marginof the streams to build their log-cabins, andploughed up the ground to plant crops.
Late in the fall of 1866, Robert Thompson,a veteran of one of the Vermont regiments, havingread in his village newspaper such glowingaccounts of the advantages offered by Kansasto the immigrant, decided to leave his ancestralhomestead among the barren hills of the GreenMountain State, and take up a claim in the farWest. The family, consisting of father, mother,Joseph, Robert, Gertrude, and Kate, after a