Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
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maiden, who was seized by the hair by one of the captors as soon
as Enemoya had shown himself, while a knife lifted over her bo-
som threatened her with instant death at the first demonstration
of attack. Never had Enemoya before found himself in a situ-
ation in which he was so little capable of resolving what should
be done. But the squatters who accompanied him were persons
of as much shrewdness and experience as daring. While they
felt that confidence and boldness were prime qualities of the
warrior, they also well knew that rashness and precipitance
would be fatal to their object. They held counsel among them-
selves, never consulting the red chief, though he stood up and
listened. The Anglo-Norman has profound faith in parliaments.
We must argyfy the case with these red devils," was the con-
clusion to which they came. They had profound faith in their
ability for argyment." The result of their deliberations was
to send forth one of their number, accompanied by Enemoya,
bearing a white handkerchief at the end of his rifle, and a long
pipe in his left band both signs of truce and amnesty´┐Żthe
calumet that of the red men, the flag that of the white. The
object was to ascertain upon what terms the maiden would be
given up. Of course they did not know what issues hung upon
her fate, or what was her destiny, or that she was the subject
of an awful oracle.
CHAPTER VIII.
AT the appearance of the flag and the Omaha chief, Kionk,
followed by three others, emerged from his place of shelter.
They advanced to meet the flag without apprehension, though
both parties kept their weapons ready, and their eyes bright.
Treachery is a warlike virtue among the savages, and our squat-
ters well understood the necessity of covering an enemy, each
with his rifle, while their comrades were engaged in conference.
How shall we report this conference ? It would be impossible
to follow step by step the details, as developed in the broken
English of the one party, and the half savage Pawnee of
the other. But the high contracting parties contrived, after a
fashion, to make themselves separately understood. Our squat-
ter embassador had little hesitation in coming as promptly to the