Young Lion of the Woods eBook

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one occupied by a person named Sayhon, and the other by a man named Crabtree.  It may be, that the Captain settled on Spry’s lot because he could trade here to the best advantage.  Here he commenced business after expending forty pounds, sterling money, in repairing the log house and adding a store room, made of solid logs.  About the middle of September, 1770, he opened out his wares and began business.  A few days later several Redskins came to his shop and warned him to move away from the place, threatening, if he did not do so, to burn his buildings and goods.

The Indians did not trouble him further until the middle of November, when about thirty of them came to his place of business with beaver, otter, raccoon, mink and other skins.  These he took in exchange for blankets, powder and other goods, the Indians appearing well satisfied with the exchange.  About a fortnight later the Indians again returned in numbers, accompanied by a white man who acted as spokesman.  The white man, a peculiar looking character, with one eye looking due north and the other due east, from beneath a forehead very much resembling that of a monkey, stuttered out to Captain G.:  “We-e-e-e co-co-me t-t-to war-war-warn you t-to g-g-g-git ou-out.  Th-the la-lan-lands ar-are Free n-sh le-le-lands, an-and th-the In-in-d-dans we-we-will dri-dri-drive aw-all de-de-damd E-e-en-glis way, an-an gi-gi-give the-the-em b-b-b-back to Fre-e-e-nsh.”  The Indians and their low-browed, cross-eyed spokesman then left the Captain’s place of business without uttering another word.  On Christmas day, 1770, or about one month after their last visit, eight of the Indians, accompanied by two squaws, returned to the store at Grimross Neck and whooped out in tones of fury, “Fire, blood, scalps.”

Captain Godfrey immediately barred his shop door, and also the door of his house, seeing that the savages were bent on mischief.  The children were inside the store and house, and were terrified and trembling.  At length the Redskins became so excited and noisy and so wild in their movements, that the place seemed like a pandemonium.  They were-armed, each one having a knife about ten inches in length stuck in his belt.

Captain Godfrey consulted with his wife as to the wisest course to be pursued, but no definite line of action was arranged.  The two old muskets were in the bedroom, loaded, not having been discharged since they were fired off on leaving Fort Frederick.  The Captain’s wife ran to the room and brought out both guns into the kitchen.  She handed one to her husband remarking, “if the brutes attempt to force their way into the house shoot the first one that puts his moccasin over the door sill.”  At this time the howling, yelling and cursing of the blood-thirsty fiends would strike terror into the stoutest heart.  Finally they took up a large stick of wood that was lying near the kitchen door and made a desperate attempt to smash it in.  Mrs. Godfrey, who had stood near the door for sometime, appeared calm and decided amid all the murderous clamour.  She stepped back a pace, and placing the butt of the musket against her hip, with the muzzle slanting upwards, stood firm as a statue.

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