The Edward T. LeBlanc Memorial Dime Novel Bibliography

Item - Red Plume, the renegade

(Beadle's Dime Novels edition)
(Beadle's Pocket Novels edition)

Combined Summary

Online Full Text: Northern Illinois University (Beadle's Dime Novels edition)
Northern Illinois University (Beadle's Pocket Novels edition)
Series: Beadle's Dime Novels — no. 86
Beadle's Pocket Novels — no. 131
Alternate Title: Red Plume, the renegade : a tale of the Blackfeet country
Subjects / Tags: Delaware Indians
Frontier and pioneer life
Great Plains
Indian captivities
Indian women
Indians of North America
Murder
New Englanders
Nez Percé Indians
Revenge
Sihasapa Indians
Trappers
Western stories
Whalers (Persons)
Wind River Valley (Wyo.)
Wyoming
Yellowstone River Valley
Author: Henderson, J. Stanley, 1830-1889 (pseudonym used by Willett, Edward, 1830-1889)
Dates: October 31, 1865 (Beadle's Dime Novels edition)
July 1, 1879 (Beadle's Pocket Novels edition)
Publishers: Beadle's Dime Novels edition: Beadle and Company (New York: 118 William St.) -- United States of America
Beadle's Pocket Novels edition: Beadle and Adams (1872-1898) (New York: No. 98 William Street) -- United States of America
OCLC Numbers: 1029626074 (Beadle's Pocket Novels edition)
16782741 (Beadle's Dime Novels edition)
ENGL 330 Spring 2018's Thoughts: "A young warrior and Native woman are walking together. She is La-la, wife of the band’s chief, Fat Bear, and he is Kotselo, a capable hunter. When the story begins, Fat Bear is out on a hunt, so the two use the time to speak to one another. La-la reveals that Fat Bear thinks Kotselo loves her, which Kotselo does not deny. The band's medicine woman, Asmootah, admonishes the pair. The focus then shifts to a family of Massachusetts settlers led by their patriarch David Carver. David's nephew is Eben Carver, a whaler who is "out of water" and has blatant romantic feelings toward his cousin, Ellen. Suddenly, a shot is heard and the party huddles together. They learn that the source of the commotion is Frank Steele, the quintessential "man's man," being handsome, young, physically capable, and skilled with his weapons. He is invited to stay with the Carvers and Ellen immediately falls for him, drawing the ire of cousin Ebin. They are attacked by a group of Natives, but with Steele's help, the party escapes with only two casualties, but Steele and Ellen are taken prisoner. Ebin and Black Beaver, a Native of the Delaware tribe and a friend of the Carvers, follow the trail of the attackers. Here the setting reverts back to the Native tribe, with Fat Bear and his party returning with Steele and Ellen as prisoners. Fat Bear treats La-la and Kotselo horribly, so, in an act of vengeance, Kotselo kills Fat Bear, steals La-la, and escapes with Steele, leaving Ellen behind. Kotselo and Steele come across a man who turns out to be a Steele's partner and calls Kotselo "Red Plume," because of the red plume he wears. Red Plume and La-la enter the village of the Nez Perce, where they are accepted into the tribe. The focus switches back to Ebin and Black Beaver, who witness Kotselo's mutiny and escape. They are captured by the Natives, but distract them with sleight-of-hand tricks. Eben convinces the Blackfeet tribe to allow him to try to reanimate Fat Bear in the sweat lodge. He uses this time to speak with his captive cousin, Ellen, who expresses joy that Frank Steele is safely out of the camp. Eben stalls for a few days, but then the entire Blackfoot tribe decides to uproot and move locations. The focus switches again, with Steele and Red Plume teaming up in order to rescue Ellen and destroy the Blackfoot tribe. In the meantime, Eben has been stalling, buying more time to rescue Ellen. At last, the heroes arrive and save the day. Eben proposes to his cousin, Ellen, who instead marries Frank Steele. Red Plume receives a promotion and Eben, without a place, shares in Red Plume’s victory, transformed into a completely different person than he was at the beginning of the story."--Jon Bunte, undergraduate student at NIU enrolled in ENGL 330, Spring 2018

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