Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Simms Review (Vol 11: No 1) >> Chronicles of Ashley River — No. 4 >> [Page 24]

image of pageExplore Inside

[Page 24]

Short Stories | 2003
Transcription a valorous and most praiseworthy caution,
the good citizen beheld, with the.tttmost
anxiety and attention; throuh the hole, the
activity of the chief, Redfoot.
This wily savage, now completely so-
bered, evinced all the cool and brutal de-
termination which is so peculiar to the
Indian warfare. The patience and forti-
tude with which they support defeat, and
the persevering tenacity with which they
hold on and cling to every advantage,
however limited, was evinced by him in
his present encounter. Be Was now op-
posed, however, by one who joined to all
the enthusiasm and boldness of the Irish
character, the Aivary and watchful conduct
of the Englishman ; and who permit-
ted no movement, however slight, on
the part of his enemies, to go unattended
to. The Chief Redfoot had, with a great
and remarkable effort, thrust the fork of
a pine sapling, hastily cut from the neigh-
boring grove, into the aperture already
made in the door. 'A close and united
application of - this beam, would sud-
denly and infallibly have torn it from its
hinges ; and nothing could then have pro-
tected the inmates of the house from
their savage ferocity. This danger was
averted, hacvever, by the active and vi-
gorous arm of the Sergeant, who quickly
throwing aside his arms, seised a broad-
axe which fortunately lay beglde the door,
and. with one blow separated the joint of
the sapling, upon which, as upon -a pivot,
the-remainder of this novel engine of War
was made to turn. - About this time a sud-
den and' unexpected discharge of fire
arms, among the assailants, from a neigh-
boring house, gave an increased degree of
hole to the besieged. One of the In-
dians had fallen, and for a few moments,
a pause was made in their attack. They
returned to it, however, with a vigor un-
abated, and a ferocity that seemed to have