An Excursion to the Mammoth Cave, and the Barrens of Kentucky: With Some Notices of the Early Settlement of the State

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A. T. Skillman & son., 1840 - Kentucky - 148 pages
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Page 42 - The cliffs that rear their haughty head High o'er the river's darksome bed, Were now all naked, wild, and grey, Now waving all with greenwood spray ; Here trees to every crevice clung, And o'er the dell their brandies hung ; And there, all splinter'd and uneven, The shiver'd rocks ascend to heaven...
Page 18 - The last dreadful act of barbarity, which led to their punishment and expulsion from the country, exceeded in atrocity all the others. Assuming the guise of Methodist preachers, they obtained lodgings one night at a solitary house on the road. Mr. Stagall, the master of the house, was absent, but they found his wife and children, and a stranger, who, like themselves, had stopped for the night. Here they conversed and made inquiries about the two noted Harpes who were represented as prowling about...
Page 111 - It was a sorrow laid across the path of the revolutionary struggle. To this frontier, with the imperfect buildings, it was, indeed, a period of desolation. From the middle of November to the middle of February, snow and ice continued on the ground without a thaw. Many of the cattle perished, and numbers of bears, buffalo, deer, wolves, beavers, otters and wild turkeys, were found frozen to death. Sometimes the famished wild animals would come up in the yards of the stations along with the iame cattle.
Page 128 - Brother, says he, we have given you a fine land, but I believe you will have much trouble in settling it.
Page 147 - After stating what he proposed, I suggested, whether there would not be danger in it, whether such a course would not injure his own prospects, as well as those of the whig party in general.' His reply was, ' I did not send for you to ask what might be the effects of the proposed movement on my prospects, BUT WHETHER IT is EIGHT ; / would rather be right than be president.
Page 38 - The more I see of Palestine, the more I am persuaded that it was once one of the first countries in the world. The time was, I doubt not, when all these rocks were covered with a fine vegetable mould.
Page 114 - ... was vain. The savages carried their unhappy victim to a little town on the headwaters of Mad river, about six miles above the spot now occupied by the town of Springfield, Ohio, where they tied him to a stake, and burned him with excruciating tortures. After this heartrending event, which took place in March, 1781, the families, seven in number, abandoned the farms they had been cultivating, and took refuge in the station. This step was rendered absolutely necessary, for the Indians were prowling...
Page 18 - ... murders and robberies of the most horrible and brutal character. The district of country through which they passed was at that time very thinly settled, and from this reason, their outrages went unpunished. They seemed inspired with the deadliest hatred against the whole human race, and such was their implacable misanthropy, that they were known to kill where there was no temptation to rob. One of their victims was a little girl, found at some distance from her home, whose tender age and helplessness...
Page 19 - Harpes attending to their little camp by the roadside ; the men having gone aside into the woods to shoot an unfortunate traveler of the name of Smith, who had fallen into their hands, and whom the women had begged might not be dispatched before their eyes. It was this halt that enabled the pursuers to overtake them. The women immediately gave the alarm, and the miscreants mounting their horses, which were large, fleet, and powerful, fled in separate directions. Leeper singled out the Big Harpe,...
Page 77 - O Nature ! all thy shows and forms To feeling, pensive hearts have charms; Whether the summer kindly warms With life and light, Or winter howls, in gusty storms, The long, dark night...

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