History of Alabama, and Incidentally of Georgia and Mississippi: From the Earliest Period, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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Walker and James, 1851 - Alabama
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Page 287 - Indians who were willing to give themselves up ; but they ripped up the abdomen of every pregnant woman, and killed almost all those who were nursing their children, because they were disturbed by their cries and tears. They did not kill the other women, but made them their slaves, and treated them with every indignity during the two or three months that they were -their masters. The least miserable were those who knew how to sew, because they kept them busy in making shirts, dresses, etc.
Page 368 - Spirit had blessed them with a magnificent river, abounding in fish ; with delicious and cool fountains, gushing out from the foot of the hills; with rich lands, that produced without cultivation; and with vast forests, abounding in game of every description. But now the whole scene is changed. The country is no longer half so beautiful; the waters of Alabama begin to be discolored; the forests have been cut down ; steamers have destroyed the finny race; deer bound not over the plain; the sluggish...
Page 294 - ... their wounds as well as they could, and for the purpose of aiding their flight from that fatal shore, they threw into the river everything they had in their boat, preserving only some pieces of raw bacon for their nourishment. It had been their intention to stop in passing at the Natchez, but having seen that the houses of the French were either demolished or burned, they did not think it advisable to listen to the compliments of the Indians, who from the bank of the river invited them to land.
Page 292 - Missionary, clothed himself in his garments, and shortly after announced to the Natchez, that his nation had redeemed their pledge, and that the French settled among them were all massacred. In this city there was no longer any doubt on that point, as soon as they learned what came near being the fate of Father Doutreleau. This Missionary had availed himself of the time when the Indians were engaged in their winter occupations, to come and see us, for the purpose of regulating some matters relating...
Page 320 - SouthCarolina to send up a commissioner, Colonel Fox, to demand him as an enemy to public repose. He took him into custody in the great square of their state house. When he had almost concluded his oration on the occasion, one of the warriors rose up and bade him forbear, as the man he intended to enslave was made a great beloved man, and had become one of their own people.
Page 290 - Scarcely had they returned to their own village, when loaded with presents they received from the Natchez, they followed their example and imitated their treachery. Uniting with the Corroys, they agreed together to exterminate the French. They began with Father Souel, the missionary of both tribes, who was then living in the midst of them, in their own village.
Page 106 - Is near the square, and is constructed after the following manner: Eight posts are fixed in the ground, forming an octagon of thirty feet diameter. They are twelve feet high, and large enough to support the roof. On these, five or six logs are placed, of a side, drawn In as they rise. On these, long poles or rafters, to suit the height of the building, are laid, the upper ends forming a point, and the lower ends projecting out six feet from the octagon, and resting on posts five feet high, placed...
Page 290 - French boats that were descending the river to be on their guard against the Natchez. We believed for a long time that the promises of this chief were very sincere, and feared no more Indian perfidy for our post among the Yazous.
Page 355 - I would have rejoiced in devoting the rest of my days to such objects ; but, through a sort of fatality, which, for some time past, has obstinately thwarted my best concerted plans, I have frequently lost the fruit of my labors, and, perhaps some ground in your excellency's confidence, therefore have I come to the conclusion, that it is no longer necessary for me to struggle against my adverse fortune. I hope that better luck may attend my successor. During the...
Page 168 - No. 1. The large sacrificial mound, seventy feet in height and six hundred feet in circumference. This mound is cover1847 ed with large forest trees, from four to five hundred years old. A shaft has been sunk in the centre to the depth of sixty feet, and at its lower portion a bed of human bones, five feet in thickness, and in a perfectly decomposed state, was passed. " No. 2, 2. Like the former, have hearth stones on the summit, with charred wood around them, which would show 169 that they, too,...

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