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THE RED STORM
Or the Days of Daniel Boone
By JOEL ROBINSON
CHAPTER XXI. (Continued.)
"I am not master of my own wife and
child," he muttered. "The one threat
ens me, and the other refuses to obey.
All my plans are continually thwarted;
I am always to be opposed by both
mother and daughter. And so it is with
the Qirty affair. He is good enough for
Innis; and in that matter I will have
my way, In spite of resistance, threats,
tears or entreaties."
"You will never live to see Innis wed
ded to such a false knave," replied Mrs.
McKee. "The moss will gather upon
your bones first."
"He will soon own a great deal of
land on the south side of the Kentucky
"Just enough to bury his vile body
In!" said Mrs. McKee.
"The Indians have promised It to him
when Boonesborough, Harrodsburg and
Logan are leveled with the ground, and
not a white settler has a foothold in
this country," rejoined McKee.
"That time will never be," responded
the Indian spouse. "The white stations
will remain long after the red men have
lost their power. The descendants of
Daniel Boone will build their houses In
peace upon the graves of the Wyan
dots, the Shawnees, and the Cherokees."
"Accursed prophetess of evil! What
will stop your dismal croaklngs? Your
boding voice sounds In my ear when any
great project is started that promises
well to all eyes but yours. Even at this
very moment Boonesborough may be in
flames; for Girty and Du Quesne have
already attacked it with hundreds of
"They'll fail and go away like whip
ped dogs," responded Mrs. McKee.
With a threatening glance at each,
McKee arose and left the cavern.
"Can Boonesborough hold out against
so many enemies?" asked Innis, after a
"Yes; it has always been able to de
fend itself; why shouldn't it now?" re
plied her mother. "Long-Knife (Daniel
Boone) is there, and he is a very great
warrior. The station can't be taken
while he's alive. We will go up there
and see what they're doing."
"To Boonesborough?" asked Innis.
The Indian mother replied in the af
firmative. In a short time they both
Issued from the subterranean dwelling,
end walked In the direction of the sta
tion. CHAPTER XXII.
The bold pioneers at the fort awaited
with painful anxiety the return of the
heroic women who had descended the
slope to procure water from the spring.
Eliza Ballard and Matilda Fleming were
the two last of the party to fill their
vessels with the sparkling fluid. While
they were In the act of doing so, a
half-dozen Wyandots, headed by Girty,
rushed from the covert of the surround
ing shrubbery, seized the two maidens,
and in spite of their resistance and
shrieks, bore them away before the men
at the fort were scarcely aware that
anything had happened. Joel Logston
was the first to realize fully the new
misfortune ehat had befallen them.
"Come on, men! To the rescue!" he
shouted, running to the open gate; while
several young men followed him with
"Stop, I command you!" cried Daniel
Boone, In tones distinctly heard above
the confused tumult of sounds.
"Away, away!" exclaimed Joel, with
terrible earnestness. "I hear only the
shrieks of those females. I listen only
to their calls for help. Let me go I
"And if you go with those ready to
follow you, who will defend the fort?
Who will protect those who yet remain
to us, and have equal claims upon our
exertions?" replied Captain Boone.
"And what would it avail If we should
attempt a rescue?" said Reynolds, who
had been among the first to follow
Logston. "We can effect nothing
against hundreds of savages; we should
be cut down In a moment, and thus
would our lives be thrown away, with
out accomplishing anything. Let us re
main and trust the two maidens to the
care of God."
By this time the rest of the women
were at the gate, which was Instantly
opened for their admission. Strange to
relate, they had, with one or two ex
ceptions, maintained their self-posses'
sion to such an extent as to bring with
them the several vessels of water which
tney nao. procured. While tney were
entering, a strong body of Indians,
among which were several Frenchmen,
tried to rush in after them; but a well
directed fire from the fort forced them
to retreat, with severe loss.
Joel Logston appeared unlike himself;
he threw down his rifle and leaned
ngnlnst the stockades, gloomy, silent and
dispirited. Daniel Boone attempted to
"Look," he said, pointing toward the
parents of the girls who had been cap
tured, "they are striving to bear their
grief with Christian fortitude. They
ore struggling with Roman firmness to
master their paternal instincts; to listen
to the admonitions of duty; and bow to
the stern adraotlons of Providence. Be
a man, Joel."
"All this trouble has come of that
Frenchman," said Logston, bitterly. "I've
never felt right since he's been among
us. II is very clear to me that be'
Men notour mors nor less tnan a scr
on us ever since he's been here, and
you'll find it so."
"Such remarks, Mr. Logston, are ex
tremely offensive to me," said Mr. Al
stron. 'I can't help it," retorted Joel. "I
know I'm right, and have good reasons
to say what I do. I never like to hurt
nobody's feelings, nor nothing of that
sort; but I do like to tell the truth, and
to see justice done to all. Why did
Silas Girty speak about this Le Bland,,
if he didn't know this man, and what
was he doin'? Your Frenchman talks
a gre.it deal about makin.' his fortin' on
Kentucky land; and I know very well
how he expects to make It. The land
he has so much to say about Is right
here where we stnnd; and if he ever
gets it Boonesborough 11 be a pile of
ruins and he'll walk over our graves.
That's what will happen, Mr. Alston,
think of it as you may. Twenty-four
hours haven't passed since Gjrty offered
me two thousand acres of land to Join
the Ingins against the white stations."
"Le Bland has my friendship and es
teem; nearer relationship, it Is well
known, has been talked of. I still find
it impossible to believe all the dark re
ports which I hear of him. I hope you
will pardon me if I act the friendly
part, until I have ocular evidence of his
guilt," rejoined Mr. Alston.
Daniel Boone replied that he trusted
they were all willing to make a proper
allowance In the case, considering how
great had been his friendship for the
man; but so far as his own feelings
were concerned he had no doubt of Le
During the morning and the greater
portion of the forenoon, the defenders
of Boonesborough were constantly em
ployed in repelling attacks made at dif
ferent points, and In many Instances
conducted with much spirit and resolu
tion; but about noon the assaults ceased
While each stood at his post, trying
to assign some plausible reason for this
sudden suspension of hostilities, a white
man was seen approaching cautiously,
bearing a flag of truce.
"It's Girty!" said Joel, raising his
"Don't fire," exclaimed Boone. ; "Let
us hear what he has to say."
Finding that he was not fired upon,
Girty mounted a stump and addressed
the pioneers as follows:
"I have come to summon yon to sur
render. It's no use for you to resist;
if you surrender promptly no blood will
be shed; but If you will not listen to
reason, and give us instant possession,
we will batter down your works about
your ears with cannon that we momen
tarny expect; lor, know that we are
expecting not only cannon, but rein
forceraents, also. What en ybu do
against such numbers? Nothing; every
man of you will be slain.
"Shoot him down," cried several of
the foresters; but Boone bade them to
"Perhaps you don't know me?" added
Girty, with much pomposity of manner.
"You have asked if we know you,"
said Reynolds, showing himself boldly.
'Hear our answer; we know you well
We know you as the vilest of men liv
ing; we know you as a cowardly rene
gade, recreant to all that is noble in the
human character; we know you as a
monster of wickedness, and as a blood
stained villain. The name of Girty
will be spoken of with contempt
by all those who shall hear of his
treachery In all time to come. I have
worthless dog that kills lambs; In
stead of shooting him, I have named
him Silas Girty, and he has never held
up his head since; for he knows that
everybody despises him. You talk large
ly about reinforcements. What could
you do with cannon? Such cowardly
wretches would be afraid to fire them
if you had ever so many. We also ex
pect reinforcements; and It will be well
for you to be off before they get here
Should you batter down our stockades,
as you pompously thraten, we are fully
prepared for that contingency, for we
have roasted a score or two or hickory
sticks, with which we intend to sally
out and whip you out of the country as
we would thieving curs."
Reynolds' sarcastic speech put the
renegade in a towering passion. He
poured forth a volley of threats.
"I have two of your young women In
my power," he added, "and it would be
better for you to be a little more hum'
ble; but I shall enter your works and
pay you off for your Insolence.
"It s a thousand pities I hadn t made
an end of you out In the woods there!"
cried Logston. "How does your head
'It will never be well till yours Is out
of sight. I shan't soon forget that mean
trick you served me; it will go hard
with you. for that, Joel Logston!" re
"Don't tempt me; you make a fine
mark for my rifle at this particular
time," said Joel, menacingly.
"I'm under a- flag of truce," returned
"I wish you- was under the ground!"
added Joel, impatiently. "Mind what
you say. I warn you, for no human
power shall prevent me from shooting
you, if you provoke me further. What
care I for a flag of truce, when it floats
over the head of such a villain?"
It was easy enough to be seen that
Girty began to feel uneasy and fearful
ot Muiequsnces, if be was not more
careful In his spocch; he therefore prn
dimtly, addressed hliiisulf to Dunlol
Boono, nnd risked for an answer to curry
lnek to his army.
Toll your rod crow and your ruf
tlnnly French allies that Hoonosborough
will never bo given up whllo two sticks
it remain together," replied the pio
Promptly. "This is our final nn-
Y'rty leaped down from the stump in
rather undignified haste, considering that
110 was Ullilor n flu IT of triipn. Shnnfa nt
lofiance and iWlnlnn frnm tlm f.ii-f
lowed him until ho was again with his
Reynolds nmt Mr. Flemlnir worn In tV,
block-house nearest to the river. Andrew
and ExciuisitB Ebonv wnm aHui.iino
within a few feet of them looking cau-
iously tlirouch the Ioonhol es. At il I f.
ferent parts of the structure stern
faces were seen, begrimed with powder
mi oust. Each heart felt that danger
was pressing, and every pulse throbbed
with anxiety. The attention of the pio
ners was suddenly attracted bv an ex.
clamatlon of surprise from Exouisite
'What now?" asked Daniel Boone.
"Will yer look der?" said
Right afore your eyes."
1 don t see anything but the river."
rejoined the captain, after looking a
momen from one of the loopholes.
Don t yer see. Massa Boone. It am
changed Its color; It am just like mud
as one darkey is like anudder," returned
The pioneer looked again from the
block-house, and the truth of the negro's
remarks was at once apparent. The
waters of the Kentucky were no longer
of their natural color, but deeply col
ored as when, swollen with heavy rains,
the loose red soil is washed away. For
an instant the pioneer was at fault.
This is strange," he exclaimed; "what
can yon make of it, men? Ah! I un
derstand it all! They are digging a
trench; they Intend to let the water In
You are right" said Fleming, mourn
fully. "Boonesborough Is no better than
The pioneers looked gloomily at each
other; they thought of their wives and
children; brave men wiped' away'tears,
that, perhaps, were never guilty of the
like weakness before; but they were not
selfish tears; they flowed for those un
able to defend themselves from savage
"Girty must have put this Infernal
idea into their heads," said Reynolds.
Possibly not; for I heard Le Bland
remark once, that Boonesborough might
be easily undermined, and the whole of
us drowned out like so many rats," re
plied Mr. Fleming.
"De women folks won't have to go
arter no more water," observed Ebony,
No; de water will come arter dem."
"Dar's more of de' mischief!" ex
"So there Is; they're shootin flamin'
arrers at us to set the works on fire,"
said Joel Logston.
The women and children had learned
by this time what was going forward,
and every part of the fort resounded
with cries and lamentations. Hus
bands and wives, parents and chil
dren, embraced each other tenderly,
thinking that they would soon be parted
forever in this world.
"Death must come to us all in some
form or other," said Boone, addressing
the mournful and panic-stricken group,
in a calm, subdued and solemn voice.
It is an Irrevocable law of God that
all created beings should die. Seeing
that death is something that cannot be
evaded, It becomes us to meet It with
firmness and Christian philosophy. So
far as I am able to judge, the term of
our earthly lives is drawing to a close.
must certainly regard It in this sad
light, unless some means can speedily
be devised to thwart this ingenuity of
our enemies. I enjoin upon you all to
be calm In this terrible emergency. Let
the women and children all take shelter
in the block-house, and be careful not to
encumber and embarrass their brave
defenders. I desire implicit obedience,
and if it is accorded, all may yet be
The forester paused, and the effect of
his words was instantly obvious; the fe
males checked their tears, and the men
grasped their arms with fresh resolu
tion. "Mr. Reynolds," added Boone, "take
about half of our able-bodied men,
gather up all the picks and shovels, etc.,
that can be found, and hasten to the
enclosure on that side', toward the
river; If our foes mine, we must coun
termine." This order was received with loud
cheers, and the plan was so promising
that every man felt a new hope spring
ing up in his bosom.
"Cut a trench eight feet wide and as
long as you can, within the stockades,
and, we will baffle them yet. While
you are digging, the rest of us will keep
a sharp lookftut that they don't set us
(To be continued.)
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