pipkin's FEARFUL ADVENTURES. 29
VOU 'alf. When that young lady, su, was a hinfant in harms,
ind I carried her about from morning till night, and did every
(iiing for her but just furnish her her nourishment, we were swt-
flng peaceably over at Mrs. Poller's, and he away, when we
were surprised by several hundred bloody Indians, who sur¬
rounded the 'ouse with their tomahawks and knives, yelling like
jinfernal fiends and brandishing their weapons and firebrands—
and there was never a bolt to the door, and only a single-
barreled rifle in the 'ouse. I tell you, sir, I thought our time
had come. I just pushed ]Mrs. Potter and the baby under the
bed; and then a thought seized me. Potter had a small can-
nister he'd just brought home, with a couple of pounds of
powder in it, and I cotched that and rushed out into the
thickest of 'em, all the while they striking at me and M'hoop-
ing; and I poured out the powder and touched it off with a
coal from the fireplace, which I threw out the window, and it
went off and blew forty or fifty of 'em up, and frightened the
rest so they run like deer. I tell you it shook the windows
right out of the 'ouse and knocked the chimney down. One
Indian was blowed right through the door. O Lord, but me
and Potter had a time burying them dead savages ! I was
sick enough of the country, I tell you; and if I hadn't been
looking for my master, I'd have taken my baby on my back
and started for 'ome."
" A very thrilling adventure, indeed, Mr, Pipkin."
" Me and Potter put up a pen to catch wfld turkeys, and I
went out alone hearly one morning to see if there were any
game, and a wolf who'd been after the turkeys got after me.
He was so close once that he bit off the tail of my coat—not
this one, the one I wore over—but I can show you the place
—but I climbed up a tree, and there I staid, he a 'owling
around the trunk of it, till Potter came out to see what was
the fuss. I've seen perflous times, I tefl you, sir."
" Yon have, indeed, for a man of your size."
" I didn't care so much for my own danger, and none of the
comforts of civflized life, as I did to see my young lady a-
growing up a heating mush with a pewter spoon, or a wearing
pinafores made of the same as Mrs. Potter's check haprons. I
used to take her aside and tell her 'ow to 'old her fork ; and
that a Lancaster young lady had never been seen to make