Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Short Stories | 2003
Transcription The Sergeant casting his eyes about
him, became aware that without some
sudden and unlooked for circumstance oc-
curved in their favor, the assailants must
make good their entrance. The door,
although strongly barred, was not to be
wholly depended upon, under the force
which the Indians could bring against it ;
and with the aid of their hatchets it could
be cut down before morning. This, how-
ever, would prove a work of labor, and
there was no doubt that the people of the
town could and would afford them in
some manner, their assistaned. Much,
however, could not be looked for from
the citizens, who were limited in- num-
ber, and whose means of attack, and de-
fence were alike limited and scanty. In
an excursion during the night too, and
unacquainted with the disproportion and
force of their enemies, they had every
thing to apprehend, and their conjectures
were not calculated, by any means to di-
minish the extent of their apprehensions.
The Sergeant, therefore, concluded most
wisely, that his resources must be looked
for in his own possession----and set him-
self industriously abort devisinemeins
for his-defence.
In the meantime, the attack of Redfoot
and his companions had been regularly
commenced and perseveringly continued.
They- had made. several assaults against
the door with large timbers and beams,
borne ,by several hands, and forming
rudely constructed catapults. The door,
well barricadoed and defended by a 1ight-
wood bar, of no moderate dimensions,
withstood their efforts, until an ugly hole
was made in one of the pannels, through
which. a pole being thrust was made to
turn about, so as to fracture and still far-
ther increase the aperture. It was now
for the Sergeant to do something'worthy
of the village reputation he had hitherto
enjoyed. Waiting his opportunity with