Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription DESPAIR OP ENEMOYA. 421
day in November we find him once more on the borders of the little lake, and looking across to the happy haven which he sought. He paused for an instant only to take from the bough from which it depended the clear yellow gourd, such as was everywhere placed conveniently for the wayfarer, and scooped up a sweet draught from the flowing waters. Then he sought out a little canoe,� one of many which lay along the shore,
and paddled out into the lake, making his way toward the well-remembered headlands, where Missouri was wont to play with the children of her sister, Tanewahakila, the wife of his cousin, the grim warrior of Ouanawega-poree. It somewhat surprised Enemoya that he seemed to be unseen by the villagers, of whom he himself beheld none ; and it was with a feeling of inquietude that he looked vainly to the headlands he was approaching for some signs of Missouri herself. But, when he reached the island, and his little boat shot up along the silvery beach, lie began to tremble with a strange fear at the deep and utter silence which prevailed everywhere. He pushed rapidly for the lodge of Tanewahakila, but it was silent and untenanted. The fire had gone out upon the hearth. Ile was confounded, and hurried off to the village. Here he found the women and children gathered within the picketed enclosure, and, from a score of tongues, he soon learned the disaster. Missouri had disappeared. She had been seen borne upon strong Pawnee shoulders to the boat at the upper end of the island, and, before the alarm could be given, she had been carried safely to the opposite side. Not knowing how many of the subtle Pawnees were about, the old and decrepit warriors of the village had all set off on the route said to be taken by the enemy. As yet, there was no report of' the result. But what report, or what result, could be anticipated
unless that of disappointment � from a pursuit against young and vigorous foes, undertaken by the superannuated ? Poor Enemoya listened with the saddest feeling of hopelessness and desolation. One stupid moment motionless he stood ;" then, having heard all which the women had to tell, he darted off in pursuit, resolved to perish or rescue his dusky beauty from the talons of her cruel ravishers !
While Enemoya was thus, with all his soul and strength, urging the pursuit, Kionk, with his captive and his companions,