Thrilling Adventures Among the Early Settlers: Embracing Desperate Encounters with Indians, Tories, and Refugees; Daring Exploits of Texan Rangers and Others ...

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J.C. Potter, 1861 - Frontier and pioneer life - 384 pages
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Page 76 - ... dogs ; and so I turned and went to them. I found, when I got there, they had treed the bear in a large forked poplar, and it was setting in the fork. I could see the lump...
Page 189 - The next evening, the adjutant-general came in, and requested her to walk up to his room, as he wished to put some questions. She followed him in terror ; and when he locked the door, and begged her, with an air of mystery, to be seated, she was sure that she was either suspected, or had been betrayed.
Page 106 - Kentucky shore, evidently reconnoitering them with great suspicion. He called loudly upon them for assistance, mentioned his name and made known his condition. After a . long parley, and many evidences of reluctance on the part of the crew, the canoe at length touched the shore, and BENHAM and his friend were taken on board. Their appearance excited much suspicion. They were almost entirely naked, and their faces were garnished with six weeks
Page 74 - Lee. His uniform, worn out when he assumed it, was now hanging in rags about him, and he had not been shaved for a fortnight ; he wished, very naturally, to improve his appearance before presenting himself before the Secretary of War ; but the orders were peremptory to bring him as he was.
Page 39 - ... it, Andrew gained an advantage. Still the Indian was but a second too late, for his gun was at his shoulder, when Andrew's ball entered his breast. The gun dropped from his hands and he fell forward upon his face upon the very margin of the river. Andrew, now alarmed for his brother, who was scarcely able to swim, threw down his gun and rushed into the river in order to bring him ashore; but Adam, more intent upon securing the scalp of Big Foot as a...
Page 39 - Andrew's gun, however, was empty, having just been discharged. Fortunately, Big Foot had also seized the gun with which Adam had shot the lesser Indian, so that both were upon an equality. The contest now was who should load first Big Foot poured in his powder first, and drawing his ramrod out of its sheath in too great a hurry, threw it into the river, and while he ran to recover it, Andrew gained an advantage. Still the Indian was but a second too late, for his gun was at his shoulder, when Andrew's...
Page 74 - Philadelphia. Lee improved the opportunity to take the old gentleman aside, and told him who he was, and why he was thus disguised ; the justice only interrupted him with the occasional inquiry, " Most done ?" When he had finished, the magistrate told him that his story was very well made, and told in a manner very creditable to his address, and that he should give it all the weight it seemed to require.
Page 103 - Fortunately, a large tree had lately fallen near the spot where he lay, and with great pain, he dragged himself into the top, and lay concealed among the branches. The Indians, eager in pursuit of the others, passed him without notice, and by midnight all was quiet. On the following day, the Indians returned to the battle ground, in order to strip the dead and take care of the boats.
Page 67 - ... he would be hanged as a spy. He had supposed, beforehand, that he should find no difficulty in escaping at any moment ; but he saw that their conductor had prepared arms for them, which they were to use in taking the life of any one who should attempt to leave them — and then the oath. He might possibly have released himself from its obligations, when it became necessary for the interests of his country ; but no honorable man...
Page 75 - I now was compel'd to move on more slowly ; and was frequently falling over logs, and into the cracks made by the earthquakes, so that I was very much afraid I would break my gun. However I went on about three miles, when I came to a good big creek, which I waded. It was very cold, and the creek was about knee-deep ; but I felt no great inconvenience from it just then, as I was all over wet with sweat from running, and I felt hot enough. After I got over...

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