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607 > Page 607 of Back-woodsmen, or, Tales of the borders : a collection of historical and authentic accounts of early adventure among the Indians / by Walter W. Spooner with an introduction by Florus B. Plimpton.

NEW ENGLAND STORIES. and wrongs are told in the following vivid manner by Mr. Crafts: " The hardships endured by the prisoners, and the cruelty suffered at the hands of their captors, were terrible, even to adults; and to a child of such a ten- der age, who fared no better than the rest, they must have been fearful indeed. They were divided as prizes among the captors, and the little girl, separated from the others, became the property of one of the Indians, who was probably neither better nor worse than the others; but she was subjected to many cruel threats, suffered for want of food, and was abused by squaws and Indian children. Once her master, placing her against a tree, loaded his gun, as if he intended to shoot her. But whether he repented of his purpose, or it was merely an idle and cruel threat, he con- tented himself with terrifying her. She was pushed into a river by a squaw, but fortunately succeeded in saving herself from drowning by catching at some bushes on the bank. She was left asleep in the wil- derness, while the Indians went on their way, careless whether or not she perished; but fear lent her strength and speed, and following their tracks in the snow, she at last overtook them, glad, even in their cruel com- pany, to escape from the deathly solitude of the woods. At last the frequent threats of the Indian boys, that she was soon to be burnt to death, seemed to henr about to be realized. A large fire had been kindlec and her master calling her to him, told her she must be roasted alive. It may have been an idle threat, but the cruel impulses of the savages sometimes led 607