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THE RED STORM
Or the Days of Daniel Boone
J 0 E L
The vast forests of Kentucky had re
verberated to the sound of the wood
man's ax. The tide of population was
flowing toward that wild and picturesque
country which had been represented by
those who had explored Its fertile levels
as another Eden.
A fort had been erected on the south
ern bank of the Kentucky river by Dan
iel Boone, that daring and indoniitabl-
man whom no danger could appnll and
no difficulties discourage. At the dis
tance of eight miles from Boone's fort
Captain John Harrod had built a sec
ond fortification, while Colonel Logan
had raised a, third at St. Aspnh's, in Lin
coln county. The few adventurous set
tlers that had penetrated into that coun
try were continually harassed by savage
' foes, not unfrequently led on by French
men and British Canadians. '
Bold men worked in the new clearings
with' arms by their sides, and became
soldiers by necessity. -The thrilling
scenes that were of daily occurrence at
that period eclipse the pen of romance,
and imagination is surpassed by start
ling reality. The shrill warwhoop grew
strangely familiar to . the ears of the
pioneers, and the shafts of destruction,
hurled from the rifles 'of ambushed ene
mies, were continually ' striking down
friend and neighbor. Aided by the Brit
ish posts at Detroit, Vincennes and Kas
kaskia, the Indians began a war of ex
termination. Against Boonesborough In
particular was their hostility directed.
A few rods below the Salt Lick, near
which a fort and stockades had been
erected by Daniel Boone and his asso
ciates, there was a highly romantic spot,
half shut in by trees. A grassy glade
sloped down to the water, and gentle
eminences, and rocks overgrown with
verdure, formed very acceptable seats for
those who might enjoy the tranquil beau
ty of nature in her spring vestments.
A young lady, in the summer of maid
en loveliness, was reclining upon a mossy
knoll, and the waters of the Kentucky
were flowing at her feet. She had gath
ered violets and evergreens, and a wreath
of the latter bound her brows with a
careless grace, while the former she was
leisurely forming into a bouquet Her
face was uncommonly attractive, and her
figure very symmetrical in its outlines.
That common figure of the blending of
the lily and the rose was perhaps never
more felicitously illustrated than upon
the fair cheeks of Rosalthe Alston. The
soft, pensive expression of the eyes, and
the sweet light of intejligence that
streamed from beneath the penciled lids,
4 were enough to fix the beholder's atten
tion In a steadfast and admiring gaze.
The sound of human footsteps upon
the river's bank caused Rosalthe to cast
hurried and alarmed glances around her,
It was not deemed safe, at that time, for
females to venture out of sight of the
etockades. Rosalthe had In this Instance
as on several other occasions, violated
In some degree the established custom;
for, from the spot where she had been
reclining the stockades were not visible.
, The cause of Rosalthe's alarm -wag dl
Tectly apparent; a man appeared in the
glade, and, without hesitation, approach
ed her. The young lady drew the folds
of her light scarf hastily about her per
son, and was on the point of leaving the
spot with considerable precipitation,
When the intruder addressed her.
"Stay, mademoiselle! Why should you
fly at my approach? Am I indeed a
savage? Is my skin red?"
"Excuse me, Monsieur Le Bland," she
said, rather coldly, "if my fears appear
ed somewhat excited, for I did not ex
pect that is, I had no reason to sup
pose that my pleasant meditations in this
agreeable retreat would be Intruded
"I am, then, It would seem, to be re
garded as an intruder?" asked Le Bland,
. In a tone less courtly than at first,
i - "No matter, sir let the subject pass.
,., I seek no cause of disagreement," . re
turned the lady, with a smile.
"Neither do I, fair Rosalthe; your
frown of displeasure would make me mis
erable," said Le Bland, earnestly.
A scornful smile played for an instant
over the rosy lips of the lady; Le Bland
observed it, and contracted his brows.
"Coldness may not quite crush me,"
he added, "contempt I never could bear."
"The old theme, Mr. Le Bland; the
old theme," returned Rosalthe.
"It is a theme never old with me.
Small streams may be turned aside Into
new channels, but large and swiftly Sow
ing rivers cannot be easily diverted. It
is thus with the human affections; when
they become fixed and strong they cannot
be changed or trained to flow in other
directions. I have sought you, Mademoi
eelle Alston, to lay bare my heart before
you, and to ask you to see the treasures
of love that are garnered there. But
your impatient gestures, your curling lip,
your rebuking glances, forbid me to pra
"I am glad you have done," she said,
"and you could not better evince the
good sense which I have always given
you credit for possessing than by so do
ing. I will now return, and hope you
will enjoy the beauties of this pleasant
morning and of this lovely spot as truly
as I have done."
"Not yet, mademoiselle not yet, I
have other matters to discuss which re
el u ire your earnest attention. I refer to
the dangers which environ and menace
you on every tide. The red men of the
wilderness are gathering in great nunv
bers to march against Boenesborough
end level it with the dust," returned L
"Whence had you this information?"
"From one of my countrymen whom I
accidentally met while out hunting yes
terday." "Who Incites our savage foes? Who
supplies them with arms and ammuni
tion?" interrogated Rosalthe, with in
"I know what you mean," said Le
Bland, coloring. "I am aware that it is
reported that the British posts aid and
encourage the Indians in their move
ments. But to the subject unller consid
eration. I have heard, -from undoubted
authority, that Captain Du Quesne will
soon appear before Boonesborough with
a large body of savages, to demand its
"And what will be the consequences if
Daniel Boone refuses to yield?"
"The consequences will be that Du
Quesne will hurl his savages against
Boonesborough, and take it by storm.
The slaughter will, in such a case, I
fear, be indiscriminate. And now comes
the most important part of my business:
It is to earnestly request you to go to
Harrodsburgh, and istay until after this
tragedy is enacted."
Le Bland paused and waited anxious
ly for an answer, but Rosalthe remained
"Will you go. to Harrodsburgh, Made
moiselle Alston, In order to escape the
fate in reserve for yonder brave but
infatuated families t" asked the French
"And leave my dearest friends?" sain
Rosalthe, calmly. "Your motives may
be excellent, sir, but I reject your xoun
sel. I will not go; I will remain and
share the fortunes of those I love, what
ever they may be. But I would 'not
appear ungrateful. I thank you for your
kind attentions. Adieu! ' My decision
"It is not it must not be!" cried the
Frenchman, emphatically. "I can I
will not consent to such a sacrifice!"
"I cannot understand whence comes
your Intimate knowledge of the contem
plated movements of the Indians and
their French and British allies," said
Rosalthe. "Neither can I fully appre
ciate the motives which can induce yotf
to offer safety to me and no others.
You have been for a period the guest
of the settlers, and) Captain Boone, my
father and others have treated you with
kindness and true hospitality; why not
go to them and make known the dan
ger that is hourly drawing nearer and
"There are many reasons that shape
my actions which I cannot explain, bnt a
strong an irresistible desire to . save
you has Induced me to give yon a word
of timely warning."
"My resolution to dare every peril
with natural guardians and protectors is
as strong as human will can make it,"
"Promise me, at least, that you will
lock this secret in your own bosom, and
reflect on what I have said for four-and-twenty
hours," continued Le Bland, con
"I will make no promises, if you
please," answered the young lady.
"How vexatious! how perverse!" ex
claimed the Frenchman, petulantly.
"Mademoiselle, you must listen to rea
son; you must be rational; you must
promise to keep my secret for at least
twenty-four hours," and Le Bland placed
himself before her and barred her fur
Rosalthe quailed before the stern
glances of Le Bland, and would have
called for assistance had she dared; but
the terror which the Frenchman's con
duct Inspired, sealed up her' lips, and
shrinking from him, she exclaimed:
"I promise; let me pass."
"It Is well; be careful that In some
unguarded moment you do not betray
the secret," rejoined Le Bland, In a mild'
er tone, but without, moving from her
"This Is annoying, sir, and 111 becomes
you as a guest and a friesd," said Miss
Alston, whose perturbation momentarily
iucreased, and was now mingled with
some just indignation.
"Stand aside, sir, if you are a gentle
man," said a voice that made Rosalthe's
heart bent with gladness. She beheld
a young hunter at the distance of a few
yards away, with a rifle In his hand, a
powder horn and ball pouch slung at his
side, together with the usual accompant
ments of Buch a calling. The stranger's
face was somewhat flushed with resent
ment, and his eyes were fixed sternly
upon the Frenchman.
Le Bland, who appeared chagrined
and displeased, stepped from Rosalthe's
path, bowed as she passed, and then
turned towards the hunter with an
presslon that might be construed into
anything rather than approbation.
With a smile of contempt he scanned
him from head to foot, then remarked
as if his words were intended for no
ears save his own.
"A knight In a hunting shirt a speci
men 01 tne miant cnivairy oi iven
tucky. Young fellow, what may be
your business with me?"
"I have no further demand to make
of your courtesy, sir," replied the hunt
er, looking after the retreating figure
"Extremely modest and ingenuous
youth!" exclaimed the Frenchman, iron'
lcally. "By what particular combination
of letters are yon usually known?"
"The condescending monsieur wishes
to know my name; it la Allan Norwood,"
replied the hunter
"Did It ever occur to you, excellent
Allan, that meddling with other people's
affairs Is not always safe and profitable
business?" said Le Bland, knitting his
"I have some knowledge, proud
Frenchman, of what belongs ro a gentle
man. I know how to defend my honor,
and punish Impertinence," rejoined Al
"You are there, are you? You carry
it bravely. I'll humor your mood, my
doughty rustic, and though you are not
my equal, I will meet you on equal
terms. . Have you pistols, worthy Al
lah?" . "I have, and yon may take your.eholee
of the pair," answered the hunter, calm
ly. "Let us walk yonder, then, out of
hearing of the settlers, and adjust this
little affair." "
The two now diverged from the river's
bank, Le Bland leading the way. rush
ing aside the bushes at every step and
passing over some pretty rough ground
they soon reached a large growth of
wood, free from underbrush and brakes,
and emerging from that they" stood on
the border of one of the beautiful levels
characteristic of the country.
Allan paused to admire the natural
beauty of the spot, and the Frenchman
observed him asknnce. While the parties
stood thus a small bird alighted on a
willow bush at about a distance of ten
"I'll trouble you for one of those pis
tols, sir," Baid Le Bland quietly.
Allan instantly complied with his re
quest, and gave him his choice of a
brace of well furnished pistols with rifle
barrels. The Frenchman took one of
them and remarked, with his usual court
liness of style, "that he was considered
a very good shot, but want of practice
had unfitted him for nice shooting."
With these words, and smiling agnia
he raised the weapon, fired without much
apparent care, and the bird fell dead.
'Rather clumsily done for me. i
should have shot his head off; but it is
all owing to want of practice. Be good
enough to load It, young man, and we
will soon finish this business," added
Le Bland carelessly, but at the same
time glancing stealthily at Allan to ob
serve the effect of the shot.
It Is one thing to shoot at a bird
and another to shoot a human being," re
plied the hunter coolly. "Such a feat
does not surprise me; I have done as
much myself. But there Is one' art in
which I have never been emulous to ex
cel; I allude to the art of dissimula
"Rash and foolish boy! You have pro
voked your fate. Your tone and manners
are highly offensive, and add greatly to
the sin of your first rudeness," retorted
Le Bland, angrily.
"I care nothing for the loftiness which
you affect; I only remember the cause
of this auarrel. You offend an Insult
to a vounz and beautiful maiden. I ap-
Dear as her chamnion. and will abide tne
result, whatever It may be," answered
the hunter, firmly.
Le Bland measured the ground by
paces; and then walked back to his for
"Who will give the signal to nre, since
we have no seconds?" asked Allan.
"I will arrange that. I have an alarm
watch which Btrikes any given time, by
reculated movement. I will set It so
that it. will strike in precisely two min
Le Bland drew a repeater from his
pocket and proceeded to set It with much
nonchalance. When he had done so, he
hune it by the chain upon a bush. A
minute of deathlike silence elapsed, when
the Frenchman suddenly dropped his
weapon and exclaimed:
"The game is up!"
Norwood Instinctively turned his gaze
toward the spot upon which Le Bland's
eyes were fastened, and perceived a man
of a figure bold and striking. He was
dressed in deerskin hunting shirt and
leggings, and his feet were encased in
Indian moccasins. The handle of a hunt
ing knife, the blade of which was thrust
Into a sheath under the wallet, was visi
ble, while in his right hand he held a
"Tis Daniel Boone!" cried Le Bland,
"Put up your pistols, and we will defer
this business until another time; for I
do not wish to Incur his displeasure."
Allan mechanically placed his weapon
In its accustomed place, and then Daniel
Boone approached toward them.
"Mr. Le Bland, what means this"
"Pantomime, sir; nothing but panto
mime," replied Le Bland, somewhat dis
concerted by the reproving glances or
the far-famed forester.
"Let it end thus, sir, for we want no
more diooq snea man husuiulo ueceu-
slty requires. I perceive that there is a
quarrel between you and " this ybung
stranger; but drop It right here, and. let
It go no further. If you are wise, you
will take my advice", for I assure you
that your friends at the settlement yon
der are not numerous."
The Frenchman reddened, and for a
moment was embarrassed by the sharp
tones and keen glances of the pioneer.
"As you will, Captain Boone. I yield
to your cooler judgment," he said at
Boone stood for a few seconds as if
lost In reflection, and then turning ab
ruptly to Allan, added, with much frank'
"Come with me, young man, to
Boonesboroueh. You appear to be of
that class which we need at this crisis;
vou shall be welcome to hunter s fare.
This honest and open invitation made
Norwood's heart beat with pleasure, for
he trusted he should again see the fair
mAldon fnr whose Bake he had dared
the nrnnd Frenchman's ire.
"Will vnn bo with us?" asked the
nlnneer. addressing Le Bland.
"Not now, I will follow presently,"
replied the latter. Daniel Boone and
Allan Norwood then walked toward
Bonesborough, whie the Frenchman, giv
ing our hero a threatening glance, moved
slowly away. . .
(To be continued.
CAUGHT BY THE
Pneumonia Po'lowed La Grippe Pe-ru-na
the Remedy That Brought Relief.
Mr. T. Barnecott, West Aylmer, On
tario, Can. writes: '
"Last winter I was ill with pneu
monia after having la grippe. 1 took
Peruna for two months when I became
quite well, and I can say that any one
i an be cured by it in a reasonable time
and at little expense."
Systemic Catarrh, the Result of La Grippe.
Pe-ru-na Receives Credit for
Present Good Health.
Mrs. Jennie W. Gilmore, Box 44,
White Oak, Ind. Ter., writes:
"Six years ago I had la grippe,
which Was followt d by systemic catarrh .
The only thing I used was f eruna and
Manalin, and I have been in b. tt r
health the last three years than for
years before. I give Peruna all t,he
credit for my good health."
Pe-ru-na A Tonic After La Grippe.
Mrs. Chat. . Wells, Sr., Delaware.
Ohio, writes: "After a severe attack
of la grippe,' I took Peruna and found
it a very good tonic."
"Most Effective Medicine Ever Tried for
Koht. L. Madison. A. M., principal
of Cullowhce high school, Painter, N.
C, is chairman of the Jackson county
board of education. Mr. Madison Bays:
"I am hardly ever without Peruna in
my home. It is the most effective
medicine that I have ever tried for la
Mrs. Jane Gift, Athens, 0 , writes:
"I had la grippe very bad. My hus
band bougnt Peruna f r me. In a very
thort time I saw improvement and was
soon able to do my work."
Not Ambition fur Father.
' A New Hampshire man who had at
various times been a candidate for
public office, says the Boston Herald,
has a small son about 6 years of age.
The Herald says 0 years, and that part
of the story la probably aa true as the
The lad, who had been meditating
upon the uncertainties of kingly ex
istence, asked his mother:
"If the King of England should die,
who would be king?"
"The Prince of Wales."
"If the Prince of Wales should die,
who would be king?"
Ills mother endeavored to explain,
but the boy, with a deep breath, said:
v "Well, anyway, I hope pa won't try
"Well," pondered the new answers-to-correspondents
editor, "I wonder
how to answer this. Here's a sub
scriber who wants to know what's a
good thing to take ink stains out of
"That's easy," replied the sporting
editor, "a pair of scissors." Philadel
Independent of It.
"My friend, how can you consent to
live under such a government as this?"
"No; I'm a-funnln' of a moonshine dis
tillery." Atlanta Constitution.
Catarrh is usually regarded as nothing more serious than a bad cold or
Blight inflammation of the inner skin and tissues of the head and throat,
when it is, in fact, not only a vexatious and troublesome disease, but a, com
plicated and dangerous one. It is true that Catarrh usually begins with a
cold in the head, but when the poisons, which are thrown off through the
Becretions, find their way into the blood, it becomes a constitutional trouble
that affects all parts of the body. It has more annoying and disgusting symp
toms than any other disease. There is a sickening and offensive discharge
from the nostrils, a constant buzzing noise in the ears, headaches and pains
in the eyes are frequent, while filthy, tenacious matter drops back into the
throat requiring continual hawking and spitting, and in certain stages of the
disease the breath has an odor that is very offensive. Catarrh is worse in
Winter, because the cold weather closes the pores and glands, and the pois
ons andunhealthy vapors which should pass off that way are thrown back
on the tender linings and tissues, causing the inflammation which starts
the unhealthy secretions to be ab
sorbed by the blood. When the blood
becomes diseased with this catarrhal
matter all kinds of complications may
be looked for. As the blood circu
lates through the body the foul mat
ter fipds its way into the stomach,
ruining the digestion and producing
chronic Dyspepsia, or Catarrh of the
stomach. It also affects the Kidneys,
Bladder and other members of the body, while the general health is weak
ened, appetite lost and the patient feels despondent and half sick all the time.
But worst of all, if the trouble is not checked the lungs become diseased from
the constant passage of poisoned blood through them, and Catarrh terminates
in Consumption, the most fatal of all diseases. You cannot get rid of Ca
tarrh by treating it with sprays, washes, inhalations, etc., because they only
reach the membranes and tissues, while the real cause of the trouble is in the
blood. These relieve the annoying symptoms for a time, but the poison is
all the while getting a stronger hold on the system and when they are left
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With 6. 8. 8. THE SWIFT SPECIFIC CO., ATLANTA, GAm
RELEASED BY PE-RU-NA
Suffered Twelve Years Prom After Effects
of La Grippe.
Mr. Victor Patneaude, 828 Madison
St., Topeka, Kan., member of Knights
and Ladies of Security, writes:
'Twelve years ago I had a severe at
tack of la grippe and I never really re
covered my health and 'strength but
grew weaker every year until I was un
able to work.
"Two years ago I began using Peruna
and it built up my strength so that in
a couple of months I was able to go to
"This winter I had another attack of
la grippe, but Peruna Boon drove it out
of my system.
"My wife and I consider Peruna R
An Old Independent.,
The death of Senator David Wark,
the oldest member of the Canadian
Parliament, recalls an .anecdote which
Illustrates his remarknble independ
ence. At the age of 101 he was still
holding the seat which had been his
for almost half a century.
During his last years his family had
been worried about his habit of trav-,
eling alone In mid-winter from his
home in Fredorlcton, New Brunswick,
to his post In Ottawa. They urged him
to let his daughter accompany hlra.
Senator Wark would have none of
"A man of my age," he said, "has
all he can do taking care of himself,
without having a woman to look
Running No Risk.
Hardup I'll never go to that res
taurant again. The last time I was
there a man got my overcoat and left
his In its place.
Weloff But the proprietor wasn't
to blame, was he? , ,
"No, but I might meet the other
The Idea of conscription has become
more unpopular than ever in England
since the Japanese introduced the new
style of fighting. The Trades Union con
gress In Leeds has declared by acclama
tion against any Britisher being compell
ed to fight for his country.
.DANGEROUS Several years ago my blood was bad
and I had in addition a dreadful case of
Catarrh. My nose was stopped up,' I
bad headaches, ringing noises in my
ears and felt unfit for work. I com
menced the use of S. S. S. on the recom
mendation of a friend, and in a short
time it oured me sound and well. It put
my blood in good condition and I havo
never had the slightest return of the)
Catarrh since that time.
GEO. D. CAEB,
No. 209 Edgar St. Evansville, Ind.
cnarges cease, tne general condition oi
, the system is strengthened, every one
i of the annoying and disgusting symp
toms pass away, and the patient is left
in perfect health. S. S. S. is the best
remedy for Catarrh. It goes right into
the blood and removes all effete matter
and catarrhal poison and cures the dis