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An Excursion to the Mammoth Cave, and the Barrens of Kentucky: With Some ...
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Page 18 - The last dreadful act of barbarity, which led to their punishment and expulsion from the country, exceeded in atrocity all the others. Assuming the guise of Methodist preachers, they obtained lodgings one night at a solitary house on the road. Mr. Stagall, the master of the house, was absent, but they found his wife and children, and a stranger, who, like themselves, had stopped for the night. Here they conversed and made inquiries about the two noted Harpes who were represented as prowling about...
Page 128 - Brother, says he, we have given you a fine land, but I believe you will have much trouble in settling it.
Page 147 - After stating what he proposed, I suggested, whether there would not be danger in it, whether such a course would not injure his own prospects, as well as those of the whig party in general.' His reply was, ' I did not send for you to ask what might be the effects of the proposed movement on my prospects, BUT WHETHER IT is EIGHT ; / would rather be right than be president.
Page 17 - They seemed inspired with the deadliest hatred against the whole human race, and such was their implacable misanthropy, that they were known to kill where there was no temptation to rob. One of their victims was a little girl, found at some distance from her home, whose tender age and helplessness would have been protection against any but incarnate fiends. The last dreadful act of barbarity, which led to their punishment and expulsion from the country, exceeded in atrocity all the others.
Page 38 - The more I see of Palestine, the more I am persuaded that it was once one of the first countries in the world. The time was, I doubt not, when all these rocks were covered with a fine vegetable mould.
Page 114 - ... was vain. The savages carried their unhappy victim to a little town on the headwaters of Mad river, about six miles above the spot now occupied by the town of Springfield, Ohio, where they tied him to a stake, and burned him with excruciating tortures. After this heartrending event, which took place in March, 1781, the families, seven in number, abandoned the farms they had been cultivating, and took refuge in the station. This step was rendered absolutely necessary, for the Indians were prowling...
Page 19 - Harpes attending to their little camp by the roadside ; the men having gone aside into the woods to shoot an unfortunate traveler of the name of Smith, who had fallen into their hands, and whom the women had begged might not be dispatched before their eyes. It was this halt that enabled the pursuers to overtake them. The women immediately gave the alarm, and the miscreants mounting their horses, which were large, fleet, and powerful, fled in separate directions. Leeper singled out the Big Harpe,...
Page 113 - ... the small reliance to be placed upon present appearances, their flattering prospects were all at once damped by a melancholy event that filled every heart with gloom. Joseph McCoun, a promising lad, the youngest and the darling son of his father, and the favourite of the whole family, was surprised and carried off" by a party of Shawanoe Indians, while looking after some cattle in an adjoining glade.