THE RED STORM Or the Days of Daniel Boone By JOEL ROBINSON CHAPTER III. Allan Norwood, with a few hardy ad venturers, had floated down the Ohio aud Kentucky in boats and reached, af ter encountering innumerable perils, the vicinity of the new settlements. Leav ing his comrades to refresh themselves after nights and days of toil and danger, our hero took his rifle and sallied forth to explore the country a little and learn how near they might be to Boonesbor ough and Ilarrodsburg, when he acci dentally became a party to the scene between Rosalthe Alston aud Le Bland, Allan was the son of a wealthy farm er and received a very liberal education. Naturally bold and adventurous, he felt a strong repugnance to any of the learn ed professions. He longed for a life of activity. Accounts were daily reaching Ohio, through various channels, of the sufferings and romantic adventures of Daniel Boone, Benjamin Logan, John Harrod and other pioneers; and those re markable stories made Allan conceive the bold design of penetrating to that wild region, to share in the excitement and danger of a backwoodsman's life. This resolution being formed and a plan of operation matured, the requisite material, in the shape of enterprising young men, was speedily found to co operate with him, and the perilous under taking was achieved. As Allan walked toward Boonesbor- ough with its daring founder he could not refrain from observing him with deep interest; and he truly appeared to him the most remarkable man of the age; for he had explored alone the mighty for ests of Kentucky, braving singly the fury of the exasperated savages, who follow ed his footsteps day and night to de stroy him and prevent him from carry ing back to his countrymen the history of the most delightful country under heaven. But thus far he had escaped the deadly hostility of the wily sav age, and the man of sleepless nights and weary days, ordained by God to carry life and civilization into the distant wil dernesSj now stood beside our hero with firm foot and lofty brow. When they reached Boonesborough Norwood paused to examine the manner in which it was constructed. It con sisted of a dozen cabins built of heavy logs, ingeniously interlaced at the ends, and separated from each other by par tions of the same material. These cab ins formed one side of the fort, being highest on the outside, the roofs inclin ing inward. Strong stockades were rais ed around these at suitable distance, and In the angles of the cabins block houses of the most substantial kind were erected. These projected about twenty inches beyond the outer walls of th(j cabins and stockades, and were amply provided with loopholes. Allan, after making these observations, remarked "that the whole must have been the work of considerable labor." "You are right, young man, and it was not only a work of much labor, but a work often interrupted by sudden at tacks of the savages. It reminded me of Nehemiah repairing the wails of Jeru salem, when his workmen wrought with one hand and held the spear with the other," replied the pioneer; and then led the way to a large gate of slabs, upon which he struck a few blows with the butt of his rifle. Directly footsteps were Jieard and a voice asked: "Who dar?" "It is one of our colored fellows," re marked Boone to Allan, and then re plied to the negro's reasonable inquiry: "It Is me, Andrew." "I doesn't know any sich white fei Ier," was the immediate response. "Come, don't keep us waiting; hurrj," rejoined Boone. "Dat you, Massa Boone?" asked An drew, in more respectful tone. The forester replied that It was; the negro opened the door, and the parties entered the inclosure. Allan glancd at Andrew while he was closing the gate, and perceived that he was considerably advanced in life, his woolly hair being gray with age, though his figure was not bowed by the weight of years. "A faithful, but rather eccentric fel low is Andrew," observed Captain Boone. He then lifted the rude latch and ushered the young hunter Into his cabin. A respectable looking female met him on the threshold, whom he intro duced to Allan as Mrs. Boone. A young woman of eighteen or twenty he pre sented as his daughter Elizabeth, Nor wood had entertained a hope that the maiden whom he had seen In the morn' ing might prove to be the daughter of the famous pioneer, but when his gaze rested upon Elizabeth Boone, although she was fair, he could not so far master his feelings as to realize no disappoint ment at the discovery. A lad of about fifteen years of age was cleaning the tube of a rifle, and was the forester's eon. Captain Boone Informed his family that his guest, who was from the State of Ohio, had come to examine the conn try, and hoped he would receive such hospitality as their poor dwelling could afford; to which Mrs. Boono responded in an appropriate and kindly manner and set about making preparations for dinner. . While the meal was being prepared, Allan proceeded to relate the partlcu- lars of the morning's adventure, to which his host listened with earnest attention "Did you hear any portion of the con rersation that passed between the young woman and the Frenchman?' he asked, "I am auite certain that I heard th latter refer to some dangsr tt an taunt nent and pressing kind that menaced this settlement, or the neighboring one." "And you say, moreover, that he wish ed to extort a promise of some kind from her?" continued Boone. "It was that which caused me to in terfere in her behalf; and the promise of secrecy I doubt not had reference to the danger which threatens you," re joined Allan. "This matter, may be of the greatest importance to us, Mr. Norwood. Were there any names mentioned, that you can remember?" resumed the forester. "Yes, a name was mentioned which I now recollect Du Quesue, I think it was." Daniel Boone sprang from his seat with a sudden and angry impulse. "Du Quesne, did you say, sir?" he exclaimed. "Then there is indeed dan ger, for he Is an instrument to do us harm. The Indians will rally around him to crush us. I have heard his name; he acts under the authority of the Brit ish posts, and has been active In dis tributing arms and ammunition among the savage tribes." "Allow me to Inquire who this Le Bland is who came so near sending a bullet through my body?" rejoined Allan. "That question Is not easily answered, young man. I need information on the subject myself. He came among us about four weeks ago. He has man aged to make himself peculiarly agree able to Esquire Alston, and that he loves his handsome daughter Rosalthe is no secret among us. The girl fears him. What the secret of his influence Is, I have not been able to discover." "Does Mr. Alston favor the preten sions of the Frenchman?" asked Allan, earnestly. "Most decidedly. Esquire Alston was formerly a man of wealth, and could Indulge In the luxuries of refined life. He also has indubitable claims to a no ble ancestry, ne married into a distin guished family, and his daughter receiv ed an education far superior to that which usually falls to the lot of young ladies. Having lost most of his wealth by an unfortunate investment, he turned his attention to this new country, and had the courage to dare a pioneer's life, but if Squire Alston has any weak point, it is that his sweet daughter should mar ry a gentleman." The conversation was Interrupted at that moment by the entrance of Simon Kenton, a man whose name is honorably mentioned in the annals of Kentucky history. His face had a frank and hon est expression which served as a pass port to the good opinion of Allan. The brief ceremony of introduction had scarcely been finished before another In dividual made his appearance in the cabin of the pioneer. This was Joel Logston, a man of extraordinary mus cular power, and of whose wonderful ex ploits tradition is yet eloquent. He was followed by one of the largest and ugli est dogs that ever aspired to the friend ship of a human being. On account of the explosive and fiery nature of his disposition his master had bestowed upon him the name of Vesu vius. Vesuvius was a snappish and fret ful cur, given to sudden, violent and dan gerous eruptions of the lava of wrath, when it became imperatively necessary for all within a certain area to with draw themselves speedily to escape In stant worriment with tooth and nail. This ungentle mastiff always walked about six inches behind Joel Logston, except when engaged in his favorite pur suit of hunting, for on these occasions he was invariably In advance of every thing in the shape of quadruped or bi ped. Joel Logston was quite as celebrated for his marvelous narrations and extrav- gant style as for his physical strength. No man of the three settlements could tell with such incomparable self-posses sion and coolness such stories as he did. With this strong proclivity to exaggera tion was combined a rough drollery and good nature that made him at all times very agreeable companion. It Joel naa any malice In his heart it manifested it self in putting Andrew in mortal fear by causing Vesuvius to showhls teeth and make several hostile demonstrations toward him. Nor was Andrew the only subject of these currish persecutions. Mr. Alston's colored man, Exquisite Eb ony, was another martyr to Joel and his mastiff. While Allan was partaking of the substantial hospitality of the pioneer in the form of excellent venison and other wholesome aud palatable viands, Log- Bton amused all the parties by relating one of his recent adventures, in which he asserted, with much modesty of man ner, that he had no doubt slain four teen Indians with his own hand, besides doing to death a litter of bears of six months, with their sire and dam. For the truth of this reasonable statement he appealed to Vesuvius, who answered with a short, sharp and expressive yelp, and then fixed his fiery eyes upon An drew in such a threatening manner that the latter retreated to the farthest cor ner of the room, rolling his eyes in great alarm. Simon Kenton, though a braver man in the hour of danger never held a rifle, sat Bilcnt and reserved as a young maid en; but Allan observed that his eyes sought the neat figure of Lizzie Boono as she moved lightly about the dwelling, CHAPTER IV. Rosalthe returned to the fort much perplexed aud agitated by the singular connuci or Le Bland. .Notwithstanding the high place which he occupied in the estimation of her father, she had never valued him as an acquaintance; on tho contrary, she had never felt at ease in his society. The cause of her aversion to the insinuating Frenchman she could not herself understand fully; but it was not the less gonuino for that reason. Encouraged by her father's good opin ion, he had made declarations at variouH times of the nature and tendency of which she could not affect to misappre hend. Rosalthe, on all such occasions, had given no word of hope, and with a careful regard to his feelings endeavor ed to make known her sentiments with out wounding his pride. The conversation winch had transpor- ed on the bank of the river appeared abundantly confirmatory of her fears and suspicions. To the young stranger who had so opportunely appeared to assist her she felt truly grateful; but the re flection that she had possibly involved him In a quarrel with a dangerous man added much to the anxiety of her mind. She was on the point of making known the state of her feelings to her father, In respect to Le Bland, when he com menced to speak highly In his praise, dwelling particularly upon his gentle manners and the frankness which char acterized him in every act In life. I esteem him," added Mr. Alston, 'for his numerous good qualities for the kindness of his heart, for the dignity and refinement of his manners and for all those noble traits which constitute true manhood." Rosalthe felt her blood mounting tu- multuously to her cheeks, and tears of regret filling her eyes. She was much pained that a man of her father's dis crimination should be so egregiously de ceived in the Frenchman's character. But she was misapprehended; for Alston, ob serving her confusion, attributed it whol ly to another cause and remarked, with a meaning smile, that "she need not be confused about the matter, for he fully appreciated her feelings and should not reproach her for anything that might have passed between Le Bland and her self, of whose honorable Intentions he: was entirely persuaded." And to make Rosalthe's position more mortifying, Mrs. Alston observed in re lation to the subject of her husband's eulogy: "That he was a very pleasant gentleman, and she hoped her daughter would be so fortunate as never to form any acquaintances less respectable; and she should not object to her preferences when they were so judiciously made, as in the present instance." Mr. Alston then hinted that he was a man of wealth and was about to make a large purchase of land lying on the opposite bank of the Kentucky river. He stated that the idea was a good one, and would prove exceedingly profitable, as it would doubtless quadruple In a few years the capital Invested. Rosalthe perceived at once that her father's mind was filled with a splendid bubble, which would burst sooner or later and end in cruel disappointment. Whether her fears magnified the danger and trial in reserve for her or himself, time only could prove; but it was plainly appar ent to her that the wily Frenchman ex ercised almost unbounded influence over her father's movements. It appeared to her that the time had come to speak boldly and reveal all that her promise did not oblige her to lock within her own bosom. She could assure her father that he had completely mis taken her sentiments in regard to Le Bland, and that she disliked him with more real Intensity than she -was sup posed to love him. While thoughts of this nature were passing rapidly through her mind, the door was opened by Ebony, the colored servant, and the subject of her thoughts entered the cabin. He glanced quickly from one to the other, greeting them with his accustomed suavity. He took a seat near Mr. Alston and conversed with him in that peculiar, agreeable, easy and confidential manner which had so won upon his esteem. Rosalthe could overhear but little ot what was said, but she often caught such words as "land, loans, investment, which induced her , to believe that the land speculation was the one under dis cussion. Le Bland finally arose and approached our heroine aud said to her in a low voice: "Pardon my earnestness this morning, My desire to save you from what ap peared a pressing danger made me, I fear, somewhat rude. I am happy to say now that I was not correctly inform ed in regard to Captain Du Quesne and his Intentions. You may sleep in safety, fair Rosalthe, and rest assured that there is one who will shield you from Indian cruelty." Then you free me from my position returned Rosalthe. No, gentle Rosalthe," he answered, In his most engaging tones. "I cannot ab: solve you from your promise; for speak ing of the subject might produce unnec essary alarm. 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