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Page 39 - I well remember that when a little boy the family were sometimes waked up in the dead of night by an express with a report that the Indians were at hand. The express came softly to the door or back window, and by a gentle tapping waked the family; this was easily done, as an habitual fear made us ever watchful and sensible to the slightest alarm. The whole family were instantly in motion...
Page 40 - My stepmother waked up and dressed the children as well as she could, and being myself the oldest of the children, I had to take my share of the burdens to be carried to the fort. There was no possibility of getting a horse in the night to aid us in removing to the fort.
Page 136 - I want to return as much as any person can do; but if I leave the country now, there is scarcely one single man who will not follow the example. When I think of the deplorable condition a few helpless families are likely to be in, I conclude to sell my life as dearly as I can in their defense, rather than make an ignominious escape.
Page 40 - All this was done with the utmost dispatch and the silence of death; the greatest care was taken not to awaken the youngest child ; to the rest it was enough to say Indian, and not a whimper was heard afterwards.
Page 234 - Child all the Relegan I have to Love and fear god beleve in Jeses Christ Don all the good to my Nighbour and my self that I Can and Do as Little harm as I Can help and trust on gods marcy for the Rest and I beleve god neve made a man of my prisepel to be Lost...
Page 40 - Besides the little children, we caught up what articles of clothing and provision we could get hold of in the dark, for we durst not light a candle or even stir the fire. All this was done with the utmost dispatch, and the silence of death. The greatest care was taken not to awaken the youngest child. To the rest it was enough to say Indian and not a whimper was heard afterward.
Page 236 - He had what phrenologists would have considered a model head— with a forehead peculiarly high, noble, and bold— thin and compressed lips— a mild, clear, blue eye— a large and prominent chin, and a general expression of countenance, in which fearlessness and courage sat enthroned, and which told the beholder at a glance, what he had been, and was formed to be.
Page 173 - ... children in their laps, and other children swung in baskets on horses, fastened to the tails of others going before; see them encamped at night expecting to be massacred by Indians ; behold them in the month of December, in that ever-memorable season of unprecedented cold called the 'hard winter...
Page 235 - The stature and general appearance of this wanderer of the western forests, approached the gigantic. His chest was broad and prominent; his muscular powers displayed themselves in every limb; his countenance gave indication of his great courage, enterprise, and perseverance; and when he spoke, the very motion of his lips brougnt the impression, that whatever he uttered could not be otherwise than strictly true.