True Stories of New England Captives Carried to Canada During the Old French and Indian Wars

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Press of E.A. Hall & Company, 1897 - Deerfield (Mass.) - 407 pages

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The very best of reading, it brings to life the arduous experiences of our grandparents.

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Page 21 - For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Page 14 - A strange fish! Were I in England now (as once I was), and had but this fish painted, not a holiday fool there but would give a piece of silver; there would this monster make a man: any strange beast there makes a man: when they will not give a doit to relieve a lame beggar, they will lay out ten to see a dead Indian. Legged like a man! and his fins like arms! Warm, o
Page 10 - As soon however as they see that they are safe, and have laid aside all fear, they are very simple and honest, and exceedingly liberal with all they have; none of them refusing any thing he may possess when he is asked for it, but on the contrary inviting us to ask them. They exhibit great love towards all others in preference to themselves: they also give objects of great value for trifles, and content themselves with very little or nothing in return.
Page 99 - Indians, a captain among them and always our great friend, met me coming in and told me Stebbins was run away, and the Indians spake of burning us, some of only burning and biting off our fingers by and by.
Page 206 - Nature these cates with such a lavish hand Pours out among them, that our coarser land Tastes of that bounty, and does cloth return, Which not for warmth, but ornament, is worn; For the kind spring, which but salutes us here, Inhabits there, and courts them all the year.
Page 94 - It was afternoon when we now crossed that river; we travelled up that river till night, and then took up our lodging in a dismal place, and were staked down and spread out on our backs; and so we lay all night, yea so we lay many nights. They told me their law was, that we should lie so nine nights, and by that time, it was thought we should be out of our knowledge. The manner of staking down was thus: our arms and legs stretched out were staked fast down, and a cord about our necks, so that we could...
Page 101 - I had wallowed in that snow, but could not rise : then he took his coat and wrapt me in it, and went back, and sent two ; Indians with a sled. One said he must knock me on the head ; the other said no, they would carry me away and burn me...
Page 95 - Here they had a great Dance (as they call it) and concluded to burn three of us, and had got Bark to do it with, and as I understood afterwards, I was one that was to be burnt, Sergeant Plimpton another, and Benjamin...
Page 95 - Indian, all the company being upon a march ; I was left with this Indian, who fell sick, so that I was fain to carry his gun and hatchet, and had opportunity, and had thought to have dispatched him and run away ; but did not, for that the English captives had promised the contrary to one another ; because, if one should run away, that would provoke the Indians, and endanger the rest that could not run away.
Page 92 - Here two other Indians came running to us, and the one lifting up the butt end of his gun, to knock me on the head, the other with his hand put by the blow, and said I was his friend. I was now by my own house...

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