Crossed Swords; A Canadian-American Tale of Love and Valor
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...of face be so false at heart!" Faint and stricken at his averted look, she hastily drew back into the chamber and with a low moaning, fell aweeping bitterly. With quick orders at the fortified gate, it opened and closed after him, and he vanished from her sight; but if he could have seen the white fingers waft toward it a kiss from lips a-quiver with the ache in her breast, he would not so eagerly have craved the death to which he believed he was marching. The day following, the sun was sinking toward the west, behind hills verdant in the bloom of the early spring, and the river flowed majestically and peacefully on, here and there broken into foam by an occasional rapid. Through the glades of the forest and across the streams on their way, watchful against ambush, grudging even the delay needful for rest and refreshment, the relieving force pushed on until within gun-shot of the threatened post. Nothing gave them warning that a few hours before, with scarce a show of resistance, it had fallen. Unsuspicious of such a disaster, and hopeful that there was yet time for its salvation, Vanrosfeldt and his men moved confidently and rapidly toward it, when suddenly there arose from five hundred savage throats the hideous war-cry which had presaged many a deed of horror, and tortures, that to chronicle their details would-pale the face of the bravest. A momentary wavering, and the suddenness'of the surprise past, the voice of the leader was heard above the hellish yells of the attacking savages, calling upon his men to rally; his own keen sword sending more than one redskin dead to the grass. Soon under the feet of white man and Mohawk, it became trodden flat and gory in the fierce fight. Not until a third of the soldiers had fallen, were...
- 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
- 13 Sep 2013
- United States
- black & white illustrations