Excerpt: ...of a splendid little river, and a little natural clearing around it. About five minutes later I came upon some Delaware 126 Indians and as they wouldn't believe me when I told them who I was, they made me a prisoner. I got away in the night, and here I am." John's eyes opened wide, and excitedly he demanded to know all the particulars ...Read MoreExcerpt: ...of a splendid little river, and a little natural clearing around it. About five minutes later I came upon some Delaware 126 Indians and as they wouldn't believe me when I told them who I was, they made me a prisoner. I got away in the night, and here I am." John's eyes opened wide, and excitedly he demanded to know all the particulars of Ree's adventure. Tom Fish whistled a long, low note and almost closing his eyes, he looked toward Ree with a squint which was more expressive of his astonishment and interest than words could have been. As the three of them sat on the thills of the now useless cart, Ree told them more fully of his experiences. Many were John's outbursts of interest, and Tom whistled in his peculiar way more than once. "Can't more than kill us, and we may as well die that way as starve to death," said the old hunter, as Ree spoke of the probability of the Indians soon finding their camp, and straightway he began preparations for breakfast. As they gathered about the savory meal which soon was ready, the conversation turned again to the mysterious attack which had ended the life of their horse. John could not be persuaded that it was not some prowling Indian who had fired the shot, 127 but Ree urged both him and Tom to be on their guard constantly and he would be the same, he said, for there was no knowing when another bullet might come whizzing toward them, nor when one of their own lives might not be thus snuffed out. As breakfast was finished, John and Tom pleaded with Ree that he should lie down and get some rest, but he took a cold bath in the brook close by, instead, and would not listen to them further. All three were keeping their eyes open to detect the approach of Indians, for they did not doubt the savages would soon come, especially since the re-kindling of the fire had sent a stream of smoke steadily skyward, and now this signal of their whereabouts was made all the more...Read Less
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