Stories of Old Kentucky

Stories of Old Kentucky

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Excerpt: ... the whites, but rejoined it at a distant point. Knowing the country well, the Indians took this divergent path, expecting to intercept the pioneers at the point of reunion. Passing this point in safety, the white men soon came to a deep gully. Mr. Yates easily cleared it, but his companion, being very much exhausted, fell against the farther bank and rolled at full length to the bottom. He gave himself up for 104 lost. Over went the two Indians like deer, so intent upon catching the foremost man they apparently did not notice Downing. "The bear growled and hugged him close." For a while fear kept him still, but finally thinking the Indians were far away, the young man walked to the shallow part of the ditch. Just as he reached a 105 place so shallow that he was no longer concealed, to his astonishment and dismay he beheld one of the savages returning, apparently in search of him. Having neglected to reload his gun, and seeing the Indian advancing upon him, he threw it away and again trusted to flight. The white man ran and the Indian ran. It was a race for life, but as they ascended the long ridge, so steadily did the Indian gain upon him that when Downing ran along one side of a big fallen poplar, the Indian passed along the other, evidently expecting to seize him at the upturned root. However, just there lay a huge mother bear and her cubs. So rapidly was the Indian running that by the time he had discovered Mrs. Bruin, she had discovered him; and though his salutation was an exclamation of horror and a plunge of his great knife, the bear only growled and hugged him close. So happy was Downing over this timely meeting of his two enemies, that he joyfully fled to the fort, where he found his companion resting from his exciting race. Those in the fort soon received a vivid account of how Downing's life, providentially, had been saved by the hug of a bear. A KENTUCKIAN DEFEATED THE BRITISH There was born in Virginia, on November 19, 1752, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 188.98 x 246.13 x 2.54mm | 104.33g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236729404
  • 9781236729408