All the time that Buffalo Bill was driving stage his thoughts were turning to dark-eyed pretty Louise Frederici in her pleasant Missouri home, and at last he became so love-sick that he determined to pay her a visit and ask her to marry him at once.
He was no longer a boy in size, but a tall, elegantly-formed man, though his years had not yet reached twenty-one.
He had saved up some money, and off to Missouri he started, and his strangely-handsome face, superb form and comely manners were admired wherever he went, and people wondered who he was, little dreaming they were gazing upon a man who had been a hero since his eighth year.
He soon won Louise over to his way of thinking, by promising he would settle down, and they were married at farmer Frederici’s home and started on their way, by a Missouri steamer, to Kansas.
Arriving at Leavenworth, Buffalo Bill and his bride received a royal welcome from his old friends, and they were escorted to their new home, where for awhile the young husband did “settle down.”
But at last, finding he could make more money on the plains, and that being to his liking, he left his wife with his sisters and once more started for the far West, this time as a Government scout at Fort Ellsworth.
It was while in the capacity of scout at Fort Barker and Fort Hayes that Buffalo Bill added to his fame as an Indian-fighter, scout and guide, for almost daily he met with thrilling adventures, while his knowledge of the country enabled him to guide commands from post to post with the greatest of ease and without following a trail, but by taking a straight course across prairie or hill-land.
While in the vicinity of Hayes City Buffalo Bill had a narrow escape from capture, with a party that was under his guidance; in fact death would very suddenly have followed the capture of all.
A party of officers and their wives, well mounted and armed, were determined not to go with the slow wagon-train from one fort to the other, and accordingly Buffalo Bill was engaged to guide them.
He made known to them the great dangers of the trip, but they being determined, the party started, some dozen in all.
For awhile all went well, but then Buffalo Bill discovered signs of Indians, and hardly had the discovery been made when a large force, over two hundred in number, came in sight and gave chase.
Of course the party were terribly alarmed, and regretted their coming without on escort of soldiers.
But Buffalo Bill said quietly:
“You are all well mounted, so ride straight on, and don’t push too fast, or get separated.”
“And you, Cody?” asked an officer.
“Oh, I’ll be along somewhere; but I’ve got a new gun, a sixteen-shooter, and I want to try just what it will do.”