Treasons or Stratagems?
THE siege was hardly past when the jealousies or suspicions among Boonesborough's leaders, which had barely been glossed over while the Indians were on the other side of the palisades, broke out openly. The Callaway and Boone families had been friends and neighbors for a long time. Colonel Richard Callaway had been one of the first settlers in Kentucky. He and Boone had worked together from the beginning. Their daughters had been captured by the Indians while out for a boat ride together; and the two fathers had jointly directed the rescue, each heading one of the two parties. The success of Boone's men and the failure of Colonel Callaway's may not have improved the colonel's temper. The links between them had, however, been drawn still closer when young Flanders Callaway, the colonel's nephew, married Jemima Boone.
But in spite of these years of friendship there had been bitter dissension and dark suspicion during the siege. Colonel Callaway had fiercely objected to the Paint Creek expedition and to what he thought Boone's foolhardiness, or worse, in leaving the fort to parley with the enemy. Boone, to be sure, was personally acquainted with Chief Blackfish and Chief Moluntha, and Callaway had not the privilege. But the parley had actually gained three days' time—a success which probably increased the good colonel's ire.
Even though it had proved an eventual success, Boone's in