Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Short Stories | 2003
Transcription The foxes were better off. Even their
stock of provisions was entirely destroyed
and the children had scarce a bannock of
bread left them to munch at school.' A
picture like this exhibited at one view
before their eyes, while it made many of
them despond, brought forth from the en-
terprising and determined an immediate
vigorous and corrosponding action. It
was agreed to with- but one dissenting
voice, that an immediate removal from
the site of their late habitation was ren-
dered. unavoidable. Situated as they
then were in almost immediate-- connec-
tion with the savages, suffering tinder
their excitement and desire of revenge,
it was impossible for them to endeavor
to rebuild where they then were. Ano-
ther objection to the old scite, was now
for the first time found in the difficult
of navigation. No vessels of any burden
being able to ascend to the point of land
upon which the late village had stood and
their cargoes being landed with consid-
ernble pains and difficulty by the aid of
large annd unwieldy flat-bottomed lighters
and much time being consumed in this
process. It now became a question as to
their next choice of situation Some be-
ing for a removal farther down, but upon
the same side of the river on which they
then were. This however, was held to
be liable to the same objection as that
now held, and but for the facts of the ex-
istence of the little hovel of the old wo-
man, Mrs Tchew, upon Oyster Point, it
is probable that until some time after the
foundation of the present good city of
Charleston had not been laid. A shelter
was afforded to the children and infants
by this hovel, while a structure of bushes
and branches formed the dwelling place
of the remainder. With this plan of ar-
rangements determined upon, they began
to make their preparations for their de-
The boats having been got in readi-