Adventures of Pioneer Children, Or, Life in the Wilderness
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. THE LOST SISTER. AN AUTHENTIC DETAILED HISTORY OF TUB ABDUCTION OF FRANCES SI.OCIM, WHEN A CHILD, FUOM THE WYOMING VALLEY, BY THE DELAWARE INDIANS--DISCOVERED SIXTY YEARS AFTER--THE PATHETIC STORY OK HEIt LIFE. "On Susquehanna's side, fair Wyoming! Although the wild flowers on thy ruined wall And roofless homes a sad remembrance bring Of what thy gentle people did befall, Yet thou wert once the loveliest land of all That see the Atlantic's wave t'leir morn restore."--Campbell. The poet and the historian have hallowed the valley of Wyoming, and every thing pertaining to it seems to be wrapped in an atmosphere of romance. Indian tradition pictured it a vale of enchantment, upon which the Great Spirit ever smiled. The name Wyoming (long valley) is derived from the lancuarrc of the Delaware, a tribe that held dominion The author, having in his possession notes taken by him many years ago (by permission), from Col. G. W. Ewing's unpublished manuscript account of his discovery of Frances Slocum, and the meeting between the brothers and sister and the over the valley from time immemorial, until the whites, who were pressing from the East, being attracted by the beauty of its landscape and the fertility of its soil, located there. The following description of this charming spot, as it was found by the pioneers, is from the pen of a descendant of one of its first settlers: "Such were the common scenes when the white people first came to Wyoming, which seems to have been founded by nature a perfect Indian paradise. Game of every kind was abundant. The quail whistled in the meadows; the pheasant rustled in its leafy covert; the wild duck reared her brood and bent the reed in every inlet; the red deer fed upon the Kills, while in the deep forests, within...
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