A Selection of Some of the Most Interesting Narratives, Or the Outrages Committed by the Indians in Their Wars with the White People: Also, an Account of Their Manners, Customs, Traditions, Religious Sentiments, Mode of Warfare, Military Tactics, Discipline and Encampments, Treatment of Prisoners, &c. which are Better Explained, and More Minutely Related, Than Has Been Heretofore Done, by Any Other Author on that Subject ; Many of the Articles Have Never Appeared in Print; The Whole Compiled from the Best Authorities, Volume 2

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From the Press of A. Loudon (Whitehall), 1808 - Indian captivities
 

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Page ii - BBOWN, of the said district, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the words following, to wit : " Sertorius : or, the Roman Patriot.
Page 126 - Indians in a huddle before the gate, where were barrels of powder, bullets, flints &c., and every one taking what suited. I saw the Indians also march off in rank, entire — likewise the French Canadians and some regulars. After viewing the Indians and French in different positions, I computed them to be about four hundred, and wondered that they attempted to go out against Braddock with so small a party. I was then in high hopes that I would soon see them flying before the British troops, and that...
Page 127 - ... and also a great many scalps. Those that were coming in, and those that had arrived, kept a constant firing of small arms, and also the great guns in the fort, which were accompanied with the most hideous shouts and yells from all quarters ; so that it appeared to me as if the infernal regions had broke loose.
Page 11 - ... on him, so that in a short time he had nothing but coals of fire and hot ashes to walk upon. In the midst of these extreme tortures, he called...
Page 128 - He had some ashes on a piece of bark, in which he frequendy dipped his fingers in order to take the firmer hold, and so he went on, as if he had been plucking a turkey, until he had all the hair clean out of my head, except a small spot about three or four inches square on my crown; this they cut off with a pair of scissors...
Page 130 - ... received with great seriousness and solemnity in the room and place of a great man. After what has passed this day, you are now one of us by an old strong law and custom. My son, you have now nothing to fear — we are now under the same obligations to love, support and defend you, that we are to love and defend one another ; therefore you are to consider yourself as one of our people.
Page 12 - An old squaw (whose appearance every way answered the ideas people entertain of the Devil,) got a board, took a parcel of coals and ashes and laid them on his back and head, after he had been scalped; he then raised himself upon his feet and began to walk round the post ; they next put a burning stick to him as usual, but he seemed more insensible of pain than before. The...
Page 126 - I had observed some of the old country soldiers speak Dutch ; as I spoke Dutch I went to one of them and asked him what was the news. He told me that a runner had just arrived, who said that Braddock would certainly be defeated ; that the Indians and French had surrounded him, and were concealed behind trees and in gullies, and kept a constant fire upon the English ; and that they saw the English falling in heaps, and if they did not take...
Page 149 - ... which were skinned by pulling the skin off the neck, without ripping. After they had taken off the hair, they gathered it in small plaits round the neck and with a string drew it together like a purse ; in the centre a pin was put, below which they tied a string, and while it was wet they blew it up like a bladder, and let it remain in this manner until it was dry, when it appeared nearly in the shape of a sugar loaf, but more rounding at the lower end. One of these vessels would hold about four...
Page 180 - I must be one of those who were to take care of the drunken people. I did not like this ; but of two evils I chose that which I thought was the least — and fell in with those who were to conceal the arms, and keep every dangerous weapon we could out of their way, and endeavor, if possible, to keep the drinking club from killing each other, which was a very hard task.

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