Sola, sola, wo ha, ho, sola!While one of the lovely beings we have so cursorily presented to the reader was thus
lost in thought, the other quickly recovered from the alarm which induced the exclamation, and, laughing
at her own weakness, she inquired of the youth who rode by her side:
Are such specters frequent in the woods, Heyward, or is this sight an especial entertainment ordered on
our behalf? If the latter, gratitude must close our mouths; but if the former, both Cora and I shall have
need to draw largely on that stock of hereditary courage which we boast, even before we are made to
encounter the redoubtable Montcalm
Yon Indian is a runner of the army; and, after the fashion of his people, he may be accounted a hero
returned the officer.
He has volunteered to guide us to the lake, by a path but little known, sooner than
if we followed the tardy movements of the column; and, by consequence, more agreeably
I like him not
, said the lady, shuddering, partly in assumed, yet more in real terror.
You know him, Duncan,
or you would not trust yourself so freely to his keeping
Say, rather, Alice, that I would not trust you. I do know him, or he would not have my confidence, and
least of all at this moment. He is said to be a Canadian too; and yet he served with our friends the Mohawks,
who, as you know, are one of the six allied nations.1 He was brought among us, as I have heard, by
some strange accident in which your father was interested, and in which the savage was rigidly dealt
by; but I forget the idle tale, it is enough, that he is now our friend
If he has been my father's enemy, I like him still less
! exclaimed the now really anxious girl.
not speak to him, Major Heyward, that I may hear his tones? Foolish though it may be, you have often
heard me avow my faith in the tones of the human voice
It would be in vain; and answered, most probably, by an ejaculation. Though he may understand it, he
affects, like most of his people, to be ignorant of the English; and least of all will he condescend to speak
it, now that the war demands the utmost exercise of his dignity. But he stops; the private path by which
we are to journey is, doubtless, at hand
The conjecture of Major Heyward was true. When they reached the spot where the Indian stood, pointing
into the thicket that fringed the military road; a narrow and blind path, which might, with some little inconvenience,
receive one person at a time, became visible.
Here, then, lies our way
, said the young man, in a low voice.
Manifest no distrust, or you may invite
the danger you appear to apprehend
Cora, what think you
? asked the reluctant fair one.
If we journey with the troops, though we may find
their presence irksome, shall we not feel better assurance of our safety
Being little accustomed to the practices of the savages, Alice, you mistake the place of real danger
If enemies have reached the portage at all, a thing by no means probable, as our scouts are
abroad, they will surely be found skirting the column, where scalps abound the most. The route of the
detachment is known, while ours, having been determined within the hour, must still be secret
Should we distrust the man because his manners are not our manners, and that his skin is dark
Alice hesitated no longer; but giving her Narrangansett2 a smart cut of the whip, she was the first to
dash aside the slight branches of the bushes, and to follow the runner along the dark and tangled pathway.
The young man regarded the last speaker in open admiration, and even permitted her fairer, though
certainly not more beautiful companion, to proceed unattended, while he sedulously opened the way