In fact he had totally forgotten the Sioux Tetons
, and all the other perils of the country, when, about the middle of the afternoon, as he stood near the river bank, and was looking out for the boat, he suddenly felt a hand laid on his shoulder.
In the mean time the Teton warriors had not been idle.
Here the Teton paused long and warily to make his observations, before he ventured further.
Turning from the line of his former route, the Teton dragged himself directly towards the margin of the thicket.
A long, and, on the part of the Teton, an anxious and painful silence succeeded, before the deep breathing of the traveller again announced that he was indulging in his slumbers.
It might have been a minute before the Teton chief drew back, and seated himself with the whole of his form without the linen tenement.
When he had effected his object, and had taken an instant to become acquainted with the nature of the localities within the enclosure, the Teton used the precaution to open a way through which he might make a swift retreat.
It was necessary for the Teton to maintain the position he had taken, for many long and weary minutes, in order to make sure that he was no longer watched.
The hand of the wandering Teton passed over the downy coat, the meek countenance, and the slender limbs of the gentle creature, with untiring curiosity; but he finally abandoned the prize, as useless in his predatory expeditions, and offering too little temptation to the appetite.