Sergeant Silk the Prairie Scout
"Blind? No!" Silk smiled. "I mean he lost it--had it brushed off his head--when it was dark night. If it had been daylight, he'd have seen it dangling from the twig that caught it as he passed."
"And why have you brought it away with you?" Percy was curious to know. "It doesn't look worth restoring to its owner. I should have let it hang."
"I suppose you would," nodded Silk. "But although it's only a worn-out cloth cap, heavy with rain, I'm interested in it--very much interested. I've learnt a lot about its owner already."
"I don't see how," said Percy. "What do you know about him, anyhow?"
Sergeant Silk thrust the cap under his arm and took the rein in his fingers.
"Not more than you could have found out yourself," he answered. "I followed his trail and discovered that he'd left his pony hitched to a tree, back of the bluff there, while he went on foot through the orchard towards Crisp's homestead, coming back the same way. It was when he was