Laughing Eyes; A Tale of the Natchez

Laughing Eyes; A Tale of the Natchez

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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. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ...arm, and the sun shone cheerfully upon happy homesthen, fell the instantaneous, simultaneous blow. A discharge of fire-arms in the direction of the galley was heard. Each warrior of the band who had approached the Vessel, leisurely picking his man and making his aim sure, had killed every sailor on board. This was the preconcerted signal; and was followed, far and wide, by discharges so close upon each other, that they seemed to make but one whole. Even as they started, and turned to observe the meaning of the first report, the white men, saving three or four, for miles, within the fort or about it, sleeping, eating, walking, working, whatever or wherever they were, fell dead before they knew what threatened them. "Such being the dispositions of the Indians, and the hour having come," says the Governor of Louisiana, in his report of the massacre, " the general assassination of the French took so little time, that the usssxcnn or THE FRENCH. 51 execution of the deed and the preceding signal were almost one and the same thing. One rifle discharge closed the whole affair, with the exception of the house of La Loire des Ursins, in which were eight men, who defended themselves with desperation. They made good the house against the Indiana the whole day. Six of them were killed, and when night came the remaining two made their escape. When the attack began, La Loire des Ursins happened to be on horseback, and being cut off from his house by intervening foes, he fought to death, and killed four Indians. Thus it cost the Natchez but twelve men to destroy two-hundred-and-fifly of ours, through the fault of the commanding ofiicer, who alone deserved the fate which was shared by his unfortunate companions." As for the haughty...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236818113
  • 9781236818119