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The chief was dead, when Captain Lappel and his handful of menlooked round.[Pg 241] Already the fire from the wharf was reached,but the Indians were too busy with the dead brave to see thewhite men there. Lappel's little party was too few and too far awayto help him, and they could not afford to waste time and powder inattacking the lodges of the Indians or making an attempt to storm thefort by escalade. Instead they fired from outside the palisades, andthough they were prone to attract the attention of the besiegers,the British kept well in the background. The light gray and white of theskies had changed to black, and in the still, warm air the overstricken forestsettled into silence, made eerie by the flash of the guns of the shoulderturning on the green lawn and woods outside. The Indians began tomove off the bodies of the slain and drag them into the lodges,and placed some to cover the bulwarks, while the rest gatheredabout the chief's body. Then some of the warriors broke away, andthe rest went to seek the great tree, under whose spreading boughsthe dead chief had lain.
Steve and his small party, after a day's rest, were ready tocontinue. They crossed the river [Pg 245] and made their way alongthe steep foot-hills of the eastern bank until they came to the mouthof another stream, whose banks were covered with thickets of alders,holly, and hemlocks. There they struck into the western maple woods,where the light must have come out, for on the next clear day therewas dense forest, and in it a clear, dead, silver water running overlayers of gray rocks.
The town of Louisbourg, situated on an island at the mouth of atributary of the St Lawrence, was one of the principal French portson the Atlantic coast. The fortress was built in 1713 by Louis de Bienville, Governor General of Louisiana, on the site of what had... The only enemies of Louisbourg, which was sited in a positionit could not possibly be taken by an enemy, were weak and scattered Indiansand now and then a solitary Englishman. The Province of Acadiewas obtained from France by the Treaty of Utrecht (1713) by which Englandsecured to herself Acadia and Nova Scotia, and Louisbourg became inLatouille's time the first complete and formidable stronghold within theBritish Empire. It was taken by Sir Charles Morris in the year 1758, andpresently the French ceded to the British all of their possessions onthe American continent north of the river Ohio. d2c66b5586