Harrod's fort was then defended by only sixty-five men, and Boonsborough by twenty-two, there being no more forts or white men in the country, except at the Falls, a considerable distance from these, and all taken collectively, were but a handful to the numerous warriors that were every where dispersed through the country, intent upon doing all the mischief that savage
barbarity could invent.
The quick ear of the savage
caught the click of the lock; in a twinkling he grasped the barrel, forced the muzzle downward, and the contents were discharged into the earth at his feet.
approached us, not running, but making hostile demonstrations.
The captain had barely time to draw a clasp-knife with one blow of which he laid the young savage
dead at his feet.
"What can the Hurons do?" returned the savage
, speaking also, though imperfectly, in the French language.
There was between them and my castle the creek, which I mentioned often in the first part of my story, where I landed my cargoes out of the ship; and this I saw plainly he must necessarily swim over, or the poor wretch would be taken there; but when the savage
escaping came thither, he made nothing of it, though the tide was then up; but plunging in, swam through in about thirty strokes, or thereabouts, landed, and ran with exceeding strength and swiftness.
The barest fraction of a second before his spring another beast of prey above him leaped, its weird and savage
cry mingling with his.
In the savage
state every family owns a shelter as good as the best, and sufficient for its coarser and simpler wants; but I think that I speak within bounds when I say that, though the birds of the air have their nests, and the foxes their holes, and the savages
their wigwams, in modern civilized society not more than one half the families own a shelter.
The high-spirited and fearless bee-hunter received the intelligence with delight, declaring his readiness to engage the whole of the savage
band, should it become necessary to effect their object.
The young Englishman's first intimation of danger was a chorus of savage
yells from the forest behind him.
He often told us how the savage
Oens men "when the leaf red," crossed the mountains from the eastern coast of Tierra del Fuego, and made inroads on the natives of this part of the country.
This building appeared to be the head-quarters of the valley, where all flying rumours concentrated; and to have seen it filled with a crowd of the natives, all males, conversing in animated clusters, while multitudes were continually coming and going, one would have thought it a kind of savage
Exchange, where the rise and fall of Polynesian Stock was discussed.