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TITLE (EDIT)
The Butterfield Stagecoach Mystery
DESCRIPTION
This is actually a story written by my father. It is based on the legends of the Stage Coach Line.
[698 words]
AUTHOR
D Donely
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
*****sitting here "trying" to write....
[June 2003]
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The Butterfield Stagecoach Mystery
D Donely

Who knows what goes on in the night, when we're tucked in tight? What strange things happen, to us when we're asleep?Who among you has heard the tale of the "Butterfield Stage Coach"? The stage line has long been shut down of course. But the route it took is still here. It was an old indian trail, and in fact, it was here before the indians. Then it was used by the fur trappers that came west, from Arkansas. Then it was used by men on horseback. Then eventually by the stage coach. Then in more recent times by the Model A, then it was paved into the roads we use today. In a sense, the old stage line is still there. My great-grandmother was part Cherokee Indian. She and my great-grandfather moved to the Ozarks in the 1890's. They set up home in the oldest mountain range in America, the Ozarks. Their home was one of the many stage stops along the Butterfield Stage route. They were many miles from the nearest neighbor. I built a house a hundred yards from the stage stop ruins, two and half years ago. The old house had been torn down many years before, and the lumber had been used to build a corral and old feeding shed. I had been having this dream the first two months I lived in my house. I would be asleep, and I would see the muzzel of a revolver close up to my face, and the smoke rising from the barrel. I would see this in my mind for about 10 seconds, then I would hear the report of a firearm as if the sound from the revolver was delayed. I would be jarred awake, with the report from the gun still ringing in my ears. This went on for weeks. Then it got to the point where I could even smell the smoke. Several times while I was asleep, it would sound like an old Stage Coach pulling up in front of the house.I would hear muffeled voices for a few seconds, then I would feel a hand on my shoulder, shaking me awake. The first few seconds I was awake I could still hear the voices. Then all would be quiet. By this time I was used to the strange sounds, and would go back to sleep. Then one night, I was jarred awake by gun fire, and of a man screaming. As if hell itself was after him. I set straight up in bed, this time it was no strange dream. The man was still screaming. I went to my front door. As soon as I opened it, the blur of a stage coach went by. Then it was gone. But, a man lay on the ground still screaming. I turned on the flood light, and there lay a man, holding his leg. I could see bone coming through his pant leg. There was a revolver not three feet from him. I stood there for a few seconds, letting this scene filter in my mind. Then I realized this was no dream. I went to the man to make sure he was real. And he begged for help. I called the police, and the man was taken to hospital. I didn't hear anything else until the Police Chief, who is a friend of the family's, stopped by one day. He told me the rest of the story. The man had confessed that he was going to break in and kill whoever lived in the house. He said some crazy indian woman had stepped in front of him and barred him from the door. His gun had not been fired, but her gun had. He claimed a stage coach had come out of nowhere after she shot him, and she had gotten aboard. Then the stage coach dissappeared. The Police Chief ended the story by shaking his head, and saying, this is the biggest crazy I have seen in all my years of police work. Was this man crazy? If so, then I was too. The dreams have stopped, and I thank my great-grandmother for saving me that one dark, Ozark night.

 

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