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AUTHOR'S PREFACE. Vii of the book is of the author's own composition, ex- cept where otherwise indicated in the text. The three concluding stories,-" Girty, the Rene- gade," "The Doomed Wyandot," and " Sketch of a Pioneer," by William D. Gallagher and Otway Curry, respectively, are taken from "The Hesperian, or Western Monthly Magazine." The author's grateful acknowledgments are due to his friend, Florus B. Plimpton, Esq., the writer of the Introduction, and to Prof. W. H. Venable, for useful suggestions.