The bullet, driving with momentum sufficient to perforate a man's body a mile distant, struck Tudor with such force as to pivot him, whirling him half around by the shock of its impact and knocking him down.
It was but a short time after that that Tudor tried the same trick on him, the bullets pattering about him like spiteful rain, thudding into the palm trunks, or glancing off in whining ricochets.
The rifles flashed, the leaves and bark of the oak flew into the air, and were scattered by the wind, but the Indian answered their assault by a taunting laugh, sending down upon them another bullet
in return, that struck the cap of Hawkeye from his head.
"They killed him with the sash," said Brown carefully; and then, as Flambeau protested: "Yes, yes, I know about the bullet
. Perhaps I ought to say he died of having a sash.
De Smith-Pocahontases ain't 'fraid o' nothin', let alone bullets
At sight of his beloved paintwork thus defaced, he jumped up and shook his fist at the fishermen; but a second bullet
smashed into the cabin not six inches from his head, and he dropped down to the deck under cover of the rail.
The pulse of war that beat from the West suggested the companionship of battling thousands; here was naught but silence, and himself, and possible death-dealing bullets
from a myriad ambushes.
The Englishman slid to the bottom of the canoe as a bullet
whizzed above him.
The best I could hope to ac-complish was to divert the thing from the girl to myself and then to place as many bullets
as possible in it before it reached and mauled me into insensibility and death.
But what, in addition to the tell-tale bullet
, appeared to fix the ruthless deed with peculiar certainty on the trapper, was the accumulated evidence furnished by the trail; which proved, notwithstanding his deadly hurt, that the wounded man had still been able to make a long and desperate resistance to the subsequent efforts of his murderer.
The waistcoat, the knife, the pocket-book, and bullet
, had been placed by himself where found, with the view of avenging himself upon Mr.
Happy the blest ages that knew not the dread fury of those devilish engines of artillery, whose inventor I am persuaded is in hell receiving the reward of his diabolical invention, by which he made it easy for a base and cowardly arm to take the life of a gallant gentleman; and that, when he knows not how or whence, in the height of the ardour and enthusiasm that fire and animate brave hearts, there should come some random bullet
, discharged perhaps by one who fled in terror at the flash when he fired off his accursed machine, which in an instant puts an end to the projects and cuts off the life of one who deserved to live for ages to come.
Not a sign of a bullet
anywhere--the wound, evidently made by a sharp blade, had penetrated the heart.
began to whistle among the branches and nip at the trees.
I cried to Delcarte not to fire until we reached his side, for I was fearful lest our small caliber, steel-jacketed bullets
should, far from killing the beast, tend merely to enrage it still further.