Concordance for An adventure with the Apaches / by Gabriel Ferry [pseud.]

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2. rprised by a band of Apaches, his deadly enemies, Redv.-ood had been obliged to
3. ; The wilderness was the fog was slowly 8 A Scene on the Prairie. river in the
4. or other interlacing shoots. But nearly opposite the large islet was a of rathe
5. slet was a of rather space It completely stripped vegetation. was the road that
6. nd themselves had been formed originally by the trunks of trees whose roots had
7. ge of greenery that consort od strangely to .A ^ot^Mt? OH the f'ntirinr. with th
8. Khl hringin^ nH liiiv<' hccii iiHcfitlly llu; (•i(i[)loy<'(l in ncjir Viilii7
9. mii niun^hcH l,welv<' niid while iiinely mile; jVal days in in no ;',re!il I'm i
10. l)i';'in;i on I'.nl, lioi-Hehack, ninely Ik lo (ell. hefore he an willi un a yea
11. the poor fellow has changed I can easily understand within a few days. it; when
12. t places that man was born?" " Certainly," replied Pepe, with gravity " that is
13. ." "Do not Jest; I am speaking seriously," returned the Canadian. " I shall leav
14. , does not this slumber snatched hastily between two dangers in the wilderness s
15. youth, " how the child slumbers, softly lulled by the murmur isle, of the strea
16. Scene on the Prairie. Canadian willingly enough, and habit had rendered a roving
17. them." "Let him sleep, Redwood; possibly his dreams, the dreams one has at his a
18. her pursue and tear him to life Possibly his chances of would Every- be greater
19. rity loves silence, youth sleeps quietly only in the midst of noise." In Redwood
20. loves silence, youth sleeps quietly only in the midst of noise." In Redwood agai
21. ian dropped on his breast head pensively and fell into a sad reverie, glancing f
22. n again his buffalo-skin boots. Suddenly the latter exclaimed "Hold on! What did
23. as Poor stag! you say, he is cer- tainly the emblem of life in the wilderness."
24. w\i\i an air of triumph. "Yes, certainly,'^ returned the Spaniard, " he will sel
25. him love And the old hunter first gently shook the young man, after warning him
26. g man, after warning him by too suddenly. voice, so as not to waken him CHAPTEK
27. ng back in order through its more freely nostrils the needful like stag to its l
28. med in by a circle of enemies constantly contracting around him, and he stopped
29. ped to recover a little breath. Suddenly he wheeled round, turned upon the wolve
30. stifles humanity in the hearts of nearly all men. '' Isn't it fine ?" shouted th
31. , the joy of Fabian himself. made doubly happy by and that which he felt "Come,
32. we shall see many more Here you see only the worst side of these American solitu
33. n ; from amidst foam, and simultaneously, emerged the head and antlers of the st
34. while others, less courageous, ran madly along the river bank, yelping dolefully
35. along the river bank, yelping dolefully as they went. The stag- was within a sh
36. had remained cries on the shore suddenly hushed their and " fled away in great h
37. they were drinking, were galloping madly on the plain. Some Indian horsemen, mou
38. er the frightened animals. first At only three Indians were visible ; but, one a
39. visible ; but, one after another, nearly a score emerged above 24 Pursuers and P
40. ace of the fearless hunter became deadly pale. A mournful, but eloquent, look wa
41. ful, but eloquent, look was silent reply to the Redwood's mute interro- gation o
42. the object. These vast savannas, lately so deserted, had suddenly become a scen
43. vannas, lately so deserted, had suddenly become a scene of tumult and confusion.
44. erils more threatening than the unlikely one of being discovered. "Ah !" he bega
45. lers in cities will never see it is only in the wilderness they are met with." B
46. painful subject of apprehension speedily increased his anguish. Without changing
47. and Pursued. This unfortunate, suddenly discovered in one of the evolutions of
48. except in the the the river, Indians fly were everywhere. rection, Then he must
49. hen he must in that dihis and he quickly turned horse toward the opening bordere
50. nr eyes?" throat Pepe looked inquiringly at Eedwood. life "I am answerable God,"
51. your before the Canadian, it if solemnly: "I could not answer for we were discov
52. three The life is men, yours especially, Fabian, more precious than that of one
53. as we are?" persisted Fabian, generously. "Intrenched as we are!" went on Eed- w
54. of those red devils, you would presently see a hundred instead of twenty ; may G
55. o of an Indian caught him, and violently lifted unhappy man, lost from the saddl
56. me to an end, for shouts of joy suddenly greeted a proposition made by one of th
57. e of the three vrhite men, and leisurely returned to his band. He listened grave
58. eturned to his band. He listened gravely to the result of the deliberations of t
59. s of the Indians, and made a brief reply, motioning his warriors to wait for him
60. e islet on the borders of the apparently as uninhabited as in the days when the
61. n the days when the stream flowed merely for the birds of the air and the buffal
62. und?" " None," replied Pepe, laconically. The breeze which murmured through the
63. river reeds was, in fact, the sole reply which the Indian obtained. Black Bird s
64. " muttered Pepe the Sluggard, " and only a goose would betray himself by trying
65. d, without becoming couraged, " are only three/'' and he emphasized this word to
66. eir position ; numbers as well as " only three against twenty, to and the red wa
67. rather than aid the Indians their deadly enemies. to triumph even over " Do you
68. e bullet of a good would, carry my reply." The Indian, however, remained quite c
69. if exclaimed the Canadian sorrow- fully, we had entered two miles further !" up
70. ained," went on the Indian sententiously, " becomes a terrible enemy." " We say
71. h the ; islet," said Pepe, unconcernedly " and if the Indian has no other speak,
72. in fact, the bullet rifle from the badly handled into sank whistling the water a
73. re, side. then turned and gazed intently on every " Yes/' said Pepe, " look for
74. way by the chief returned on their newly capari- soned horses, themselves armed
75. freedom. Five other warriors immediately departed in their turn. " That spoils "
76. poils " Suppose it," said Redwood, sadly. we should make an attack while there a
77. ould make an attack while there are only fifteen of them," said Pepe. " No," rep
78. pleases, Fabian," said Pepe, tranquilly. "No man ever had a nobler shield than
79. ield than this giant's heart, which only beats with fear for you." The Indian ch
80. done ?" added the Canadian, sorrowfully. Still another fear tormented him. He h
81. y may courage ?" answered Fabian, simply, in a tone of soft reproach. listen to
82. the Canadian. " See how his eye proudly contradicts the simplicity of his langu
83. h deep anxiety, when Black Bird suddenly made fer for a sign to dethis frightto
84. at off, down on the sand and took slowly and with hesitation, per- haps to gain
85. given him, the cap- tive crossed safely a part of the distance lying between hi
86. f his feet, and the which Still, prickly the Indian fig, pierced them, soon made
87. of the Indians reached thrust furiously at him by a bound and him with his lanc
88. ith his rifle at his shoulder, anxiously watched the various of a single chances
89. orpse. him who now seemed Yet, presently, this corpse v/as seen to rise all blee
90. here is is a spark of in him, if he only scalped, we will save him yet, for one
91. The hunat the river ter looked steadily and firmly bank. cried to He saw him th
92. the river ter looked steadily and firmly bank. cried to He saw him the unlucky v
93. While saying these words Redwood lutely reso- entered the river. Any it other m
94. as mov- ing forward, the water gradually growing shallower around hira, when an
95. nning the Gauntlet. to the scalped fully, man, who was groaning dole- he said: a
96. osition on his large compress thoroughly first of willow leaves, crushed M^ater.
97. ho con- Running the Gauntlet. 63 stantly cherished the idea of keeping Fabian wi
98. since, trees, the plain, was now merely an immense sheet of sand, where nothing
99. do you think of it, Pepe? There are only seventeen of them now," said the Canadi
100. Gauntlet. "If Pepe, " it; there are only seventeen," returned I don't say if but
101. s of God," to re- Eedwood, brought sadly back his on account of Fabian. refreshe
102. ns had shown themselves was sufficiently protected like by enorfrise mous roots
103. t the on which the attack would probably be renewed was defended by nothing but
104. es and some trunks of trees but recently stranded there. siiificed A few minutes
105. s of the islet from more than one deadly attack. "Do you see, Fabian," said Eedw
106. were in a stone fortress. You will only be exposed to bullets which may come fr
107. bout to be followed by a long and deadly struggle. The Canadian advised to be sp
108. truer aim; trembling clasp, who silently returned to it, and then he pressed Fab
109. which blocked its passage were the only sounds that broke the profound silence
110. ers at the moment when night was quickly bushes. falling with its train of am- T
111. ead their snares," said Eedwood, gravely; "the hour when these human It is of ti
112. em to be Meanwhile the shadows gradually deepened. to The bushes on the river ba
113. the expected danger had itself, suddenly presented to " does it not seem you tha
114. young man pushed aside the rushes gently and looked attentively at the spot in-
115. the rushes gently and looked attentively at the spot in- dicated by Redwood. " I
116. ump of osier, a bush which was certainly not there an hour ago." " it is Ah !" s
117. center, the center, Fabian," he abruptly ended. Two the shots parted at the same
118. of the other clump of shook convulsively. Pepe, Fabian and Eedwood had flung the
119. their " Unless I mistake, there are only fifteen of them now," exclaimed the Can
120. aspen shaking over yonder, and certainly not the wind that moves them.. is No do
121. ve that the hunter had guessed correctly. 74 The Stratagem. " The deuce ! we mus
122. . Fabian was watching him '' attentively. If I had a white soldier in front of m
123. he Stratagem. peated firing, momentarily emerged from his stupor to mutter in a
124. d of tigers roaring in the shadows? Holy Virgin! have pity on me!" " It would be
125. e is down like this," said he " the only thing to keep your eyes it on the summi
126. e summit of the trees; place is the only us. from which they can reach Do them n
127. nspired by Heaven, for they had scarcely lain down on the ground before a shower
128. , moment been but the projechorizontally, having not launched them. his cap coul
129. ach The and Canadian vest, as if quickly pulled down he had himself fallen under
130. ailed in the islet after this apparently deadly dis- charge. Cries of triumph gr
131. n the islet after this apparently deadly dis- charge. Cries of triumph greeted t
132. every liiovement of the Indian, pletely hidden last the who was not comAttainin
133. ted on a large branch and then carefully put out his head. The sight of the corp
134. t Apache showed rifle himself completely and pointed his in 80 The Stratagem. is
135. ying to fascinate his enemies ; suddenly he raised the barrel of his air, weapon
136. rs moved no more than if they had really been corpses. Then the Indian gave a ye
137. . already dead; 81 he took aim as calmly as a marksman feast, contesting a prize
138. contesting a prize at a village finally and concluded to fire. At the same inst
139. and contented himself with " Scoundrelly Black Bird, account before long." I'll
140. anwhile their trick was not yet ])letely successful. comstill Some doubts must h
141. until it has begun to decay, but finally conclude to do so. The Apaches will act
142. ite bank seemed deserted; then presently an Indian showed himself, but cautiousl
143. an Indian showed himself, but cautiously, patience of the to tempt the enemy in
144. adian counted ten of them, paint plainly visible in the moonlight. " The Indians
145. t to the last. In that way they can only approach us distance from each other, a
146. entered the river, and the successively moon shone All upon nine others. moved
147. e might have fancied them riors, ghostly warspirits, returning from the land of
148. its, returning from the land of silently and marching upon the waters. To the In
149. was about to fire on the chief, greatly to the regret of Pepe, who had a score
150. of the hunters had warned him, suddenly dived and disappeared beneath the water
151. nd thrown down the Canadian had promptly their rifles behind them so that Fabian
152. n islet, hand, on the edge of the deadly struggle. awaiting the "There are still
153. ches dead like vultures, which pick only at on, bodies? Come dogs, !'' vultures,
154. back to the shore. now hasten- Suddenly he caught a glimpse of a body floating
155. ross, and the current made his it gently drift. Pepe took up weapon again and ai
156. gain and aimed at first ; more carefully than then he low- ered the muzzle again
157. dian. The Enemy Reinforced. " No. I only 89 wanted to break his shoul- der, so t
158. f where we are." " Faith there were only us two, gaining the other side of the r
159. e." "Agreed," said Eedwood, thoughtfully; " but Fabian scalped ! and that wretch
160. tchers who have mutilated him so cruelly already! At any rate, we The Enemy Rein
161. ance changed his attitude, except iously at the sky. anxas But the moon glided s
162. he sky. anxas But the moon glided slowly as azure. common across its sheet of st
163. nd I why did we count think I shall only ten in the river? make no mistake in su
164. moon were already falling more obliquely on the light eddies of the river, and a
165. efaction. Yells had risen simultaneously from both banks of the river, in sounds
166. s it," replied the Canadian, sorrowfully, " whether there are a hundred The Enem
167. mes I longed to give you I could earthly greatness; at other times think of noth
168. that I loved, living being and the only place was you. who could take its What
169. nters came to interrupt these melancholy reflections. "Let the white the voice.
170. ubt- A it brief instant of silence reply. prevailed ; then was broken by his " B
171. his life shall be spared, ; my but only his the other three must die." Redwood
172. hree must die." Redwood scorned to reply to this offer, still more insulting tha
173. to Eedwood, he saw in the Indian's reply was the rejection of his heroic sacrifi
174. ailed the three friends feel more keenly that, but for this reinforcement of the
175. t us try," said he, " to employ usefully the few remaining hours before daybreak
176. asked Pepe. " To make our escape, surely." "And how?" " Ah ! that is the puzzle,
177. e in the river, piece of wood cautiously and presently the black mass was floati
178. , piece of wood cautiously and presently the black mass was floating gently in t
179. ently the black mass was floating gently in the current. friends watched For som
180. e, believe now that it would be cowardly." " That man," added Fabian, " has dren
181. one ?" asked the Ca- nadian, sorrowfully. "Let us the look," said Fabian and Pep
182. d Pepe at same time. This was, unhappily, one of those cases where all human res
183. an insurmountable obstacle to Presently the escape of the three liunters. the f
184. on either bank, that they were entirely deserted, for no enemy was visible near
185. e bosom and of the river began gradually to condense close around the islet. The
186. more distant, then disappeared entirely, and soon the fires showed merely as pa
187. tirely, and soon the fires showed merely as pale and indistinct gleams beneath t
188. he bravest men can lose heart, assuredly this Besides the fact that the inevitab
189. final consolation of a chance to dearly as possible. Hemmed in by enemies whom
190. leeps around us," said he ; " not merely the Indians on the bank, life in but ev
191. s sleeping !" interrupted Pepe, bitterly ; " yes, like this water which all seem
192. the deer. to suggest, Redwood?" briefly, " No," replied the Canadian, his while
193. ur own interest of all?" " Xo, certainly not," replied Redwood re- " but let us
194. n now and the ex- haustion of our supply of provisions. To land at any place on
195. ince the is number of In- dians probably more than tripled. Dying would be nothi
196. uld be nothing. be But we would probably and I made prisoners, tremble at the 11
197. ndemned before execution ; but presently, as also happens to that unfortunate, w
198. fatal when he remembers is moment merely deferred, shakes the bars of his dungeo
199. enouement, shook convul- terrible sively one of the tree-trunks against which ho
200. e. A reddish gleam penetrated insensibly the veil of mist extended above the riv
201. e clouds. The three hunters had scarcely time to be surprised by the apparition
202. life of the wilder- and its incessantly repeated dangers had given the Canadian
203. , and his presence may of mind generally became redoubled in case of peril. " Ye
204. case of peril. " Yes," said he, in reply to Pepe's exclamation, "I see W'hat it
205. illiant Idea. 119 flame which constantly increased. Not to far from the bank one
206. l vengeance said fall. Redwood, solemnly, And, as he saw the Indian in fact, as
207. ping his foot, " I shall die more easily now that I have sent before me into the
208. meanwhile, fire The Canadian, was coolly watching the mass of which, on going it
209. rhaps," still said the Canadian, briefly, eoTitinuing his examination. his teeth
210. if it were not that we shall pres- ently be under a rain of bullets force us to
211. s for that flaming raft as for a firefly floating in the air." In constructing t
212. the to take fire, which had acted solely foliage. smaller branches and the This
213. threw out a more glowing then presently the water hissed, and 124 A Brilliant I
214. ved repeated the trembling tone. quickly." "Oh! speak, Pepe, speak " Did you not
215. be so visible." The brave Canadian only took time enough to shake hands with hi
216. s- These plaintive notes, which suddenly turbed the silence of the night at the
217. ng us." The Canadian had the same barely concluded when harmony was repeated fro
218. erisive, sometimes gloomy, which exactly con- firmed the supposition of the old
219. he water, sometimes disappeared entirely from the surface, like a diver seeking
220. and bring it " Well," asked Pepe quickly, when the Ca- nadian came up to take br
221. well, I think," re- Redwood; "I see only one at present 130 -A Brilliant Idea. w
222. ing twenty feet into the air more easily than I under shove of this islet which,
223. formed around the islet, which presently be- gan rocking on its base like a vess
224. he which began then to to revolve gently on itself, and follow root, the current
225. elf, and follow root, the current gently. An enormous sunk deeply in the river-b
226. current gently. An enormous sunk deeply in the river-bed, had broken in the vig
227. ised !" cried he, " the last is and pnly obstacle which detained us overcome, an
228. urged by the current, almost insensibly, it is true, but still it advanced. liv
229. ents of the floating islet too anxiously to exchange a single word. break, but t
230. re sunrise, condensed still more heavily the vapors rising from the river. The f
231. The fires on the banks now appeared only like the stars which grow pale in the f
232. he floating island, no matter how gently 134 Between Hope and Despair. it was dr
233. larm the reefs on which it may presently be tossed by the waves, so the three hu
234. uld not give it a direction. Fortunately, the fog was so heavy that even the tre
235. to losing all his resources. you frankly, Redwood, for some time past you." I sc
236. ood, for some time past you." I scarcely know " True ; I scarcely know myself,"
237. ou." I scarcely know " True ; I scarcely know myself," replied the Canadian, sim
238. ow myself," replied the Canadian, simply, " and yet—" for a Redwood did not fi
239. t seemed him that he caught indistinctly the white and fantastic shapes assumed
240. but just now One of the fires shed only a pale gleam through the mist gradually
241. a pale gleam through the mist gradually increased of the trembling its luster b
242. to the warrior ing on his lance. Happily, the fog was too thick for the Apache,
243. , dark as mass of the floating as softly a water-bird on the sarfaee of the rive
244. ope and Despair. I an arrow, how quickly would send that in the other human biso
245. hich the savage watched illuminated only a narrow circle. All of a sudden the Ap
246. breath and con- tinued to glide silently over the surface of the stream. " Could
247. see whether the current we are in really sets to- ward the shore; if it does, we
248. you must do your best to paddle silently." As he finished this advice, Pepe soft
249. As he finished this advice, Pepe softly broke in two a piece of dead wood and f
250. were about to be swallowed up, suddenly took a direction away from 144 Between
251. The branch, some under-current, suddenly floated toward the shore. There was no
252. he shore. The curtain of mist, uniformly left, condensed to right and proved to
253. f the islet and tree. paddled vigorously with the branch of a Like a horse long
254. d, and followed the current more rapidly. Kept by the Canadian it in the deepest
255. Redwood turned the left, raft obliquely toward the and in about a reaching the
256. the islet, bank, struck it so violently that a large crack appeared in the midd
257. he looked about in amazement. him " Holy Virgin !"' he exclaimed, " must I hear
258. id these words the Canadian rever- ently uncovered his gray head and cordially e
259. ly uncovered his gray head and cordially extended his hand to Pepe and Fabian. A
260. he suc- which composed it were cessively torn out rent, and pushed into the cur-
261. tint succeeded the obscurity. A Happily that branch of the river which they wer
262. ll three entered the water, which barely rose to their knees, and they soon land

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