Incidents of Border Life: Illustrative of the Times and Condition of the First Settlements (Classic Reprint)

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Ive got to the town about the middle of the day, where we got some squas'hes to eat; the next morning we set out for Fort Duquesne the morning after that we came to several Indian camps - whey gave us some bfead, which was the first we tasted from the'tifne we were taken. About a mile or two before we came to the fort, we met an old Indian, whose dress made him appearcvery terrifying to us; he had a brown coat on him, no shirt, his breast bare, a breech-clout, a pair of leggins and moccasons, his face and breast painted rudely with vermillion and verdigris, a large bunch of artificial hair, dyed of a crimson color, fixed on the top or crown of his head, a large triangle piece of silver hanging below his nose, that covered almost the whole of his upper lip his ears (which had been out according to their peculiar custom) were stretched out with fine brass wire, made in'the form (but much larger) of what is commonly fixed in suspenders, so that, perhaps, he appeared some °ng like what you might apprehend to be a likenesskof the devil. 5 he approached toward us, the rest said something to 'him, - he took hold of me by the arm, and lashed me about from side to side, at last he threw me from him as far as he was able, then he took hold of my brother, and served him the same way. Shortly after that, they stopped and painted us, tying or fixing a large bunch of hawk's feathers on the top of each of our heads, then raisedlthe war halloo, viz. One halloo for each scalp, and one for each prisoner, still repeating at certain intervals; we met several Indians who came running out to meet us - we were taken to the middle of their encampment into one of their chief's huts after they had given a narrative of their adventure, the old chief drew out a small bag from behind his bed and took out a large belt of wampum and fixed it round my neck we then started down to the fort, a great number of Indians of both' sexes were para ded on each side of the path to see its as we went along; some of them were shoving in'little fellows to strike us, and others advising me, to strike them, but we seemed to be both afraid of each other.

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