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"[Col. Thursday is meeting with Cochise - Beaufort translates from Cochise's spanish into english]
Sgt. Johnny Beaufort: He says, The Apaches are a great race, sir. They've never been conquered. But it is not well for a nation to be always at war. The young men die... the women sing sad songs... and the old ones are hungry in the winter. And so I led my people from the hills. And then came this man.
[indicating Meacham]
Lt. Col. Thursday: [Cochise speaks more - Beaufort pauses] What did he say?
Sgt. Johnny Beaufort: Well, sir, a free translation would be that Meacham's a yellow-bellied polecat of dubious antecedents and conjectural progeny. Cochise's words, of course, sir - not mine.
Lt. Col. Thursday: [looks at Meacham] That's a matter of opinion.
Sgt. Johnny Beaufort: [Cochise continues - Beaufort translates] He is worse than war. He not only killed the men, but the women and the children and the old ones. We looked to the Great White Father for protection. He gave us slow death. We will not return to your reservation while that man
[indicating Meacham]
Sgt. Johnny Beaufort: is there or anyone like him. Send him away and we will speak of peace. If you do not send him away, there will be war. And for each one of us that you kill, ten white men will die!
Lt. Col. Thursday: Are you threatening us?
Captain Yorke: Don't interrupt, sir, it's an insult.
Lt. Col. Thursday: I'll not sit here and be threatened. Beaufort... no preliminary nonsense with him... no ceremonial phrasing. Straight from the shoulder as I tell you, do you hear me? They're recalcitrant swine and they must feel it.
Sgt. Johnny Beaufort: He's only speaking the truth, sir.
Lt. Col. Thursday: Is there anyone in this regiment that understands an order when it's given?
Sgt. Johnny Beaufort: What does the Colonel wish me to say, sir?
Lt. Col. Thursday: Tell them I find them without honor.
[Beaufort translates the words to Cochise]
Lt. Col. Thursday: Tell them they're not talking to me, but to the United States government. Tell them that government orders them to return to their reservation. And tell them that if they have not started by dawn, we will attack. Tell 'em that!
[Col. Thursday turns and walks away - Cochise and his group walk away]
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"Lt. Col. Owen Thursday: Assuming you found Cochise, would he listen to you? Would he believe you?
Captain Yorke: Cochise knows me, sir. I've never lied to him. And if you can assure him decent treatment for his people...
Lt. Col. Owen Thursday: I'll confess he interests me. These eastern newspapers... I hadn't realized Cochise was so well known.
Captain Collingwood: Oh, he's known. He's had the laugh on every troop in the southwest, these three years. Six campaigns... out-generaled us, out-fought us, out-run us.
Captain Yorke: That's just the point, sir. There aren't enough troops in the whole territory to MAKE Cochise come back. But, one man - a man he trusts - might persuade him.
Lt. Col. Owen Thursday: Carbine against his spine might be more persuasive.
Captain Yorke: Well, I'll go in unarmed, sir. I can't fight my way in. Either walk in or...
Lt. Col. Owen Thursday: [to himself] The man who brought Cochise back...
[to Capt. Yorke]
Lt. Col. Owen Thursday: I'm for it, Captain. How many men will you need?
Captain Yorke: One, sir. Sergeant Beaufort.
RSM Michael O'Rourke: PRIVATE Beaufort, sir!
Lt. Col. Owen Thursday: Why him?
Lt. Col. Owen Thursday: He speaks Spanish - so does Cochise. My Apache has its limits.
Lt. Col. Owen Thursday: Shouldn't you take another officer instead?
Lt. Col. Owen Thursday: Well, Sergeant Beaufort was...
RSM Michael O'Rourke: PRIVATE Beaufort, sir!
Captain Yorke: Private Beaufort was a major in the Confederate army... an aide to Jeb Stuart.
Lt. Col. Owen Thursday: Hmm. I remember Kaydet Stuart. He was...
Captain Collingwood: Quite.
Lt. Col. Owen Thursday: Were you saying something, Captain?
Captain Collingwood: I said, Quite, sir.
Captain Yorke: I'd like to leave at once if the Colonel has no questions.
Lt. Col. Owen Thursday: Hmm? What?
Captain Yorke: Questions, sir?
Lt. Col. Owen Thursday: No. No questions. Proceed, Captain... take your ex-rebel.
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"Lt. Col. Owen Thursday: Captain Yorke, send a wagon and a detail to repair the wires and bring back the bodies.
Captain Yorke: Yes, sir. Sergeant Major, assemble a platoon from A Troop...
Lt. Col. Thursday: A platoon? I said a detail, Captain: an officer and four men.
Captain Yorke: The apaches may still be around, sir...
Lt. Col. Thursday: I'm running a command not a debating society, Captain Yorke.
Captain Yorke: A detail of four men. I will be in command...
Lt. Col. Thursday: Mr. O'Rourke will be in command.
Captain Yorke: Mr. O'Rourke in command. Have them take sixty rounds of carbine ammunition per man...
Lt. Col. Owen Thursday: That's a lot of ammunition for men who've been trained to shoot. Thirty will be ample.
Captain Yorke: ...thirty will be ample... and eighteen per revolving pistol. You'll call for volunteers.
RSM O'Rourke: With the colonel's permission, I volunteer.
Lt. Col. Owen Thursday: Permission refused. Carry out your orders, Sergeant Major.
Captain Yorke: You'll leave within the quarter hour, Mr. O'Rourke. Questions?
[RSM O'Rourke has left the office. Lt. O'Rourke salutes Col. Thursday and leaves]
RSM O'Rourke: [speaking to his son outside] Michael. Michael, you know what's expected of you, now.
2nd Lt. Michael O'Rourke: Sure, Dad, I know.
[leaves the building]
RSM O'Rourke: [to the bugler] Derice, go get Quincannon out of the guardhouse. Wait.
[to the courier]
RSM O'Rourke: O'Feeney, go to the stables and find Mulcahy, Shaddock and Johnny Reb. Tell 'em they're volunteerin' for an extra-hazardous mission... above and beyond the call of duty. Tell 'em their regiment is proud of 'em. Now, get goin', the whole of youse."
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"[Col. Thursday is meeting with Cochise - Beaufort translates from Cochise's spanish into english]
Sgt. Johnny Beaufort: He says, "The Apaches are a great race," sir. "They've never been conquered. But it is not well for a nation to be always at war. The young men die... the women sing sad songs... and the old ones are hungry in the winter. And so I led my people from the hills. And then came this man.
[indicating Meacham]
Lt. Col. Thursday: [Cochise speaks more - Beaufort pauses] What did he say?
Sgt. Johnny Beaufort: Well, sir, a free translation would be that "Meacham's a yellow-bellied polecat of dubious antecedents and conjectural progeny." Cochise's words, of course, sir - not mine.
Lt. Col. Thursday: [looks at Meacham] That's a matter of opinion.
Sgt. Johnny Beaufort: [Cochise continues - Beaufort translates] "He is worse than war. He not only killed the men, but the women and the children and the old ones. We looked to the Great White Father for protection. He gave us slow death. We will not return to your reservation while that man
[indicating Meacham]
Sgt. Johnny Beaufort: is there or anyone like him. Send him away and we will speak of peace. If you do not send him away, there will be war. And for each one of us that you kill, ten white men will die!
Lt. Col. Thursday: Are you threatening us?
Captain Yorke: Don't interrupt, sir, it's an insult.
Lt. Col. Thursday: I'll not sit here and be threatened. Beaufort... no preliminary nonsense with him... no ceremonial phrasing. Straight from the shoulder as I tell you, do you hear me? They're recalcitrant swine and they must feel it.
Sgt. Johnny Beaufort: He's only speaking the truth, sir.
Lt. Col. Thursday: Is there anyone in this regiment that understands an order when it's given?
Sgt. Johnny Beaufort: What does the Colonel wish me to say, sir?
Lt. Col. Thursday: Tell them I find them without honor.
[Beaufort translates the words to Cochise]
Lt. Col. Thursday: Tell them they're not talking to me, but to the United States government. Tell them that government orders them to return to their reservation. And tell them that if they have not started by dawn, we will attack. Tell 'em that!
[Col. Thursday turns and walks away - Cochise and his group walk away] "
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