The Day Fort Larking Fell Author:Will Henry Preacher Nehemiah Bleek, legendary hero of Will Henry's dramatic Maheo's Children, once again leads his band of Indian orphans on the warpath of high adventure, but this time the results is one of the most hilarious in contemporary fiction about the Old West. — The times were dangerous ones for free men of dark skin color; the white man's cavalr... more »y still prowled the Colorado plains hunting down the pitiful few Cheyenne who had escaped the treacherous attack upon their people at Sand Creek. One white man remained loyal to the Cheyenne-Preacher Bleek.
Since Sand Creek, Preacher had lived with the hunted bands, trying to teach the Indian children the ways of the white settlers, so that the young people might survive where their parents were too old to learn and so must perish.
Taking as many of the youngsters as he could crowd into his old prairie schooner, the Argonaut, Preacher fled the dark memory of Colorado. His mission was to find Major Alexander Kindthorpe, a friend of the Indians, and commander of famed Fort Larking, in Kansas. At Kindthorpe's post, Bleek believed, the children would be safe until they could be properly returned to their own people.
But Kindthorpe had been replaced and the new commander-hard eyed Captain Julius Strinker-seized the Cheyenne children from Bleek and ordered them sent immediately to the white man's Indian schools in the East.
Preacher Bleek swore to Maheo, the Cheyenne god, that this must never be; that he would set the Indian children free again, or give his life in the attempt.
How Preacher and the young Indian captives, aided by powerful Wee Katie Mehaffey, the fort's wild Irish rose, also the post laundress, outwitted and over whilmed Captain Strinker, Corporal Blemmish, Sergeant Schmerd, Lieutenant Funder and the entire United States Cavalry at Fort Larking, Kansas, is one of the classics of frontier fiction.
Here is the story of Preacher Bleek's Curse as it is still remembered by very old Cheyenne warriors yet living on the reservations of their vanishing people. In the hands of Will Henry, a master storyteller himself, it becomes unforgettable, touching the heart with its Indian humor.« less