The boy explained that it was not that, and she let him go, in relief.
She showed no especial repugnance at the idea, but refused flatly, nevertheless. "I can't do that," she said, dropping down into the hammock and swinging herself with the tip of her foot on the floor.
"Nothing much," he told her. He and Taylor could take care of the talking. Her part would be just to stand by and pay attention. "But he is goin' to be. That's what I come so quick to tell you." He stopped again. She echoed "To luncheon!" in amazement. "But, Jack, he was a soldier, wasn't he?"
He sat staring over her head for a moment of silence. "I foresaw it when I told Cabot I'd take her." Arizona had its full share of murder and sudden death. But New Mexico had more than that. Spring passed on there, with warmth for the snow-wrapped mountains, and blistering heat for the dead plains, and her way was marked with lifeless and mutilated forms.
Landor drew rein and turned upon him with oaths and a purpled face. "What the devil are you trying to do now?" he said.
"I am far from being sure that that is entirely to be desired, very far," said Cairness, with conviction. He had never ceased to feel a certain annoyance at[Pg 319] the memory of that year and a half of Felipa's life in which he had had no part.
He was a simple, sullen Apache, and his untutored mind could only grasp effects. Causes were beyond it. He did not, therefore, understand that coal had been discovered on his reservation, also silver, and that the agent and the agent's friends were trying to possess[Pg 175] themselves of the land in order to dispose of it to the Eastern capitalist.