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52:Fort Dodge. Iowa. September 1861

Lieutenant John O’Neill and three soldiers have been patiently waiting for Finbar to arrive. O’Neill has been looking forward to meeting Finbar but is bemused to see him arrive with a young black woman. When he hears what has happened, O’Neill suggests that he arrange for one of his men to accompany Belle to Chicago. His brother owns a hotel there and he will give Belle a job. O’Neill assures her that she will be an employee and not a slave. Belle is appreciative but Finbar senses she does not want to go. He asks her if she wants to come to Dakota. O’Neill warns her that it is a frontier post but if she can put up with the discomfort he feels sure that his Colonel will find her a job. Belle seems relieved.

53:Fort Emmet. Dakota Territory. October 1861

The journey takes three weeks. Finbar gets to know O’Neill and realises how passionate he is about an independent Ireland. Most of his family died during the famine. O’Neill tells Finbar that he is planning to return to Ireland and join the Fenian cause. Finbar is interested to hear about the situation with the Indians. He asks O’Neill what he knows about the Metis and especially their young leader, Jean-Paul Goulet. Both men are increasingly fascinated by Belle, who is obviously far better educated than most other black women they have met. She is beginning to talk more openly, but immediately clams up when asked about her background. At one point on the journey a party of Sioux surrounds the group but O’Neill defuses the situation. When they arrive at Fort Emmet, Mangan, not fazed at all to see Belle, greets Finbar enthusiastically.

54:Dakota Territory. October 1861

Mangan invites Finbar to accompany him on his last tour of the outlying forts before winter sets in. The time spent together allows Finbar to understand how Mangan

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