More Ammunition, by Oren Arnold, Storiette
Dramatic True Stories from the Great West, No. 11
Sudden terror gripped Mrs. Lewis Stevens of Arizona when she glanced out the window on this morning in 1874. Her husband was in town 30 miles away. She alone guarded their three small children, here at Lonesome Ranch. And she had just seen a "rag" move on a bush outside. "I haven't hung out any rags!" she whispered to herself. Quickly then she picked up her shotgun. BANG! The rag was an Apache Indian's headpiece! He leaped up, screamed, and fell dead. Savages had surrounded the house by stealth! For hours she fought them off, shooting from her windows, displaying fine courage. Late that day cowboys heard the noise, came and drove the Indians away. "I'll take word in to Mr. Stevens at town, ma'am," one cowboy volunteered. "Just write out whatever you want to say." This pioneer mother thought hard, then wrote her message. In due time Mr. Stevens received it, and read: "Dear Lewis: The Apaches came. I am might nigh out of buckshot. Please send me some more. Your loving wife."