Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription TROUBLE IN CAMP. 429
by gravely proposing to them, as they rested in camp, the very
hour that Enemoya was making his bargain with the white men,
to seek for another captive." He was not quite sure that a
woman sacrifice was contemplated by the gods, or would be ac-
ceptable to them. He very much doubted it himself. Indeed,
how should it be so. It was the war-god to whom the victim
was to be offered, and what should the victim be but a warrior.
They had seen the defenceless condition of the islet. It would
surely be easy to cast the snare about the feet of some one of
the veterans, and carry him off, as they had carried off Missouri."
The brother-in-law answered with a sneer
Is my brother prepared, when he bath taken the old war-
rior, to leave the damsel behind him ?"
This was a puzzler, by which Kionk began to see that he was
suspected. But he was a bold fellow, who did not care much to
offer apologies or excuses. He answered with equal promptness
and determination :
" No, indeed ; the captive woman is comely, and would be
the mother of many braves to a chief among the Pawnees."" As if the Pawnees had no women of their own," was the
reply of the other ; and his sentiments were clearly those of the
larger number of his companions.�Kionk, bold as he was, was
not prepared to take the bull by the horns at that moment. He
saw that public opinion was against him, and he must wait events.
And this forbearance became much more essential, when his sav-
age brother-in-law deliberately urged upon the party " to subject
Missouri to the fire torture where they then were, and thus ren-
der the matter certain. They would thus free themselves from
an incumbrance ; would be better able to turn upon their ene-
mies ; could then strike and scalp with impunity, and revenge
themselves fearfully for all the taunts of their impudent assail-
ants, made safe by the oracle, to which they had found it so
painful to submit. The requisitions of the oracle once complied
with, they would be free to use their scalping-knives on every
side."
It required all the logic and eloquence of Kionk to silence
this terrible suggestion, one which better taught him to under-
stand the extent of his newly-awakened passion for his beauti-
ful and dangerous captive. His argument proved conclusive