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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
925. A Savage
By John Boyle O’Reilly
DIXON, a Choctaw, twenty years of age,
  Had killed a miner in a Leadville brawl;
Tried and condemned, the rough-beards curb their rage,
  And watch him stride in freedom from the hall.
“Return on Friday, to be shot to death!”        5
  So ran the sentence,—it was Monday night.
The dead man’s comrades drew a well-pleased breath;
  Then all night long the gambling-dens were bright.
The days sped slowly; but the Friday came,
  And flocked the miners to the shooting-ground;        10
They chose six riflemen of deadly aim,
  And with low voices sat and lounged around.
“He will not come.” “He ’s not a fool.” “The men
  Who set the savage free must face the blame.”
A Choctaw brave smiled bitterly, and then        15
  Smiled proudly, with raised head, as Dixon came.
Silent and stern, a woman at his heels,
  He motions to the brave, who stays her tread.
Next minute flame the guns,—the woman reels
  And drops without a moan: Dixon is dead.        20


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