Daniel Boone, Master of the Wilderness

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11.

Sheltowee, the Ingrate

DANIEL BOONE was now a Shawnee, but his fellow tribesman did not have such implicit faith in the efficacy of their own magic as to trust him completely. When he left camp, he was likely to see someone lurking along his trail. Once, when Blackfish gave him permission to turn his horse out to grass, he was secretly amused to see that the old chief had posted armed Indians to watch him from concealment. Worst of all, his little Indian sisters were set to watch him, and there is no vigilance like a child's.

Boone was careful to show every sign of contentment and went quietly about the Indian camp, whistling to himself as he usually did at home, "apparently so contented among a parcel of dirty Indians." He was, in fact, living the life he loved best. Some of his fellow prisoners were amazed and disgusted.

Blackfish and his squaw treated him with invariable affection, addressed him as "son," made no distinction between him and their two real children. They had recently lost a sonkilled, it is sometimes said, by Boone's own men in the rescue of the kidnapped girls—and Boone had now, by tribal ritual, taken his place. The other two children were little girls. One, Pom-me-pe-sy, was an ill-tempered little creature of four or five; the other, Pim-me-pe-sy, an agreeable little girl of one or two, whom Boone helped care for. With the silver trinkets Hamilton

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  • Daniel Boone *
  • Contents *
  • Illustrations *
  • Introduction to the Bison Book Edition *
  • Introduction *
  • 1 - The Boones of Pennsylvania 3
  • 2 - To the Yadkin Valley 15
  • 3 - Goodbye to the World 44
  • 4 - First Attempt at Settlement 66
  • 5 - Public War, Private Treaty 81
  • 6 - The Wilderness Road 89
  • 7 - Life at Boonesborough 110
  • 8 - Three Kidnapped Daughters 124
  • 9 - Year of the Three Sevens 141
  • 10 - Prisoner of the Shawnee King 156
  • 11 - Sheltowee, the Ingrate 178
  • 12 - Blackfish Lays Siege 195
  • 13 - Treasons or Stratagems? 229
  • 14 - Red-Skinned Raiders 239
  • 15 - The Year of Blood: Siege of Bryan's Station 263
  • 16 - The Year of Blood: Death at the Blue Licks 288
  • 17 - The Thirteen Fires 310
  • 18 - Land Trouble 340
  • 19 - Elbow-Room 351
  • 20 - Last Frontier 384
  • Acknowledgments 419
  • Bibliographical Essay 425
  • Notes 435
  • Index 469
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