Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Short Stories | 2003
Transcription means, to lift a huge and unwieldy body
into his citadel. A further glance re-
vealed the character of his visitor. But
a moment longer, and he would have
been in the power of his late visitor, the
chief Redfoot—for it was he, who, hav-
ing watched his opportunity, and inform-
ed by the nasal organs of the Sergeants
of the state of affairs above, had veutured
to climb up to the window and would iu
a few seconds have penetrated into the
apartment and from thence into the house
itself, had not the leg of the Sergeant
afforded an unseen grasping place, by
which, althoug`i the savage had raised
himself into the window, the sleeper had
been fortunately awakened. A moment's
reflection sufficed to inform the Sergeant
what was necessary to be done. Accor-
dingly, with one blow from his fist, he
struck the intruder from the position he
had taken, and with a repetition of the
argument, safely thrust him- back upon
the ground below.
This drawback, or rather pushback to
the success of the Savage, seemed the
signal for a general assault. In a moment
a terrible yell, since better known as the
far-famed war-whoop, and common to all
the savages, in general, from Maine to
Mexico, arose about the dwelling. By
a peep, v Mich nearly proved fatal to the
curious Sergeant, he saw from the win-
dow at least thirty savages dancing about
in wild contortions in the moonshine. A
flight of arrows and stones, on the exhi-
bition of his visage, announced the re-
spectful attention which they seemed de-
sirous to maintain towards him ; while,
with some large instrument, another par-
ty proceeded to the hammering and for-
cing of the door below. Rory M'Allis-
ter, although a brave fellow, and one of a
race able to do any thing, and meet any
exigency, was nevertheless quite incapa-
ble of multiplying himself. He come-