It seemed incredible that man could be so perfidious--that we had really seen with our own eyes the thing that we had seen; but when we returned to the fort
, the shattered wall gave us ample evidence that there was no mistake.
He did the cooking for the other men in the fort, the dish-washing and the drudgery.
At the fort Beauty Smith left him securely tied and went in to bed.
As he was reconnoitring the fort, he perceived an Indian peeping through an aperture.
Unluckily, the trappers and their allies, in searching for the fort, had got scattered, so that Wyeth, and a number of Nez Perces, approached the fort on the northwest side, while others did the same on the opposite quarter.
According to the best of his calculations they had made sufficient easting during the past two days to have brought them to a point almost directly north of Fort Dinosaur and as nothing could be gained by retracing their steps along the base of the cliffs he decided to strike due south through the unexplored country between them and the fort.
To the best of Bradley's reckoning they were some twenty-five miles north of Fort Dinosaur, and that they might reach the fort on the following day, they plodded on until darkness overtook them.
Logan's fort was besieged by a party of about two hundred Indians.
Duquesne, eleven other Frenchmen, and some of their own chiefs, and marched up within view of our fort, with British and French colours flying; and having sent a summons to me, in his Britannick Majesty's name, to surrender the fort, I requested two days consideration, which was granted.
I will swear it,' I answered, 'provided that the fort
is not endangered.
The travellers defended themselves bravely; some of the cars were barricaded, and sustained a siege, like moving forts
, carried along at a speed of a hundred miles an hour.
One would be to dismount the gentle ones, and let their beasts range the plain, by sending the Mohicans in front, we might then cut a lane through their sentries, and enter the fort
over the dead bodies.
But let us be quick--the king may change his mind in an hour; and at all events it is more difficult to replace a man in the Fort
l'Eveque or the Bastille who has got out, than to keep a prisoner there who is in.
An appalling splash within two yards of him was followed by a loud, rushing sound, DIMINUENDO, which seemed to travel back through the air to the fort
and died in an explosion which stirred the very river to its deeps
And all around these forts
and castles lay the eternal forest, and the roll of the drum died away in those deep solitudes.