Pioneer Days

Pioneer Days

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...and what are you going to hunt?" asked Williams. He looked around, with a savage expression, and answered: "Balt Williams, I am going to the woods to hunt revenge. You thought me a boy--an unfeeling idiot--who could stand by and see his father murdered without striking one blow in his defence. Now hear me"--and with his left hand resting on the muzzle of his rifle, and his right lifted towards heaven, he continued: "May the curse due his murderer rest on my soul forever, --may disease and premature decay waste my body, and remorse and everlasting despair prey on my spirits, my name be abhorred while I live, and my memory accursed when I die, --if I have not my revenge. No human threshold will I cross, with no living being will I hold intercourse, or companionship, till my knife drinks his blood. I know him well; I saw his face and figure when he did the murder, and this morning I marked his tracks upon the sand. I will hunt him to his death. He took my father's scalp--let him look to his own!" And he ground his teeth with rage. Williams tried to persuade him to remain at home, urging the folly of one so unused to the ways of the Indians, and to tracking the forest, undertaking to track an old warrior, especially at that time, when the woods were filled with hostile Indians. But it was of no avail. He caught up his bags, and, shouldering his rifle, started for the woods. Balt returned to the settlement, and related the story. All agreed that he must be insane, and that, unless he was brought back, he must inevitably perish by the hands of the Indians. In the morning, Balt, with several others, started in pursuit of him, and striking his trail followed it several days, but finally lost it where it came to a river. They at...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123655597X
  • 9781236555977