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The Road to Frontenac   By: (1874-1936)

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THE ROAD TO FRONTENAC

by

SAMUEL MERWIN

New York Doubleday, Page & Co. 1901

Copyright, 1901, by Frank Leslie Publishing House. Copyright, 1901, by Doubleday, Page & Company.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I. Captain Menard Has a Lazy Day. 1 II. The Maid. 19 III. Mademoiselle Eats Her Breakfast. 38 IV. The Long Arrow. 61 V. Danton Breaks Out. 83 VI. The Fight at La Gallette. 103 VII. A Compliment for Menard. 127 VIII. The Maid Makes New Friends. 147 IX. The Word of an Onondaga. 169 X. A Night Council. 191 XI. The Big Throat Speaks. 212 XII. The Long House. 235 XIII. The Voice of the Great Mountain. 254 XIV. Where the Dead Sit. 272 XV. The Bad Doctor. 293 XVI. At the Long Lake. 314 XVII. Northward. 337 XVIII. The Only Way. 359 XIX. Frontenac. 383

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

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"Half way down the steps was a double file of Indians chained two and two." Frontispiece

"Sitting on a bundle was, a girl, perhaps eighteen or nineteen years old." 36

"The Indians walked silently to the fire." 64

"Menard stood ... smiling with the same look of scorn he had worn ... when they led him to the torture." 256

THE ROAD TO FRONTENAC.

CHAPTER I

CAPTAIN MENARD HAS A LAZY DAY.

Captain Daniel Menard leaned against the parapet at the outer edge of the citadel balcony. The sun was high, the air clear and still. Beneath him, at the foot of the cliff, nestled the Lower Town, a strip of shops and houses, hemmed in by the palisades and the lower battery. The St. Lawrence flowed by, hardly stirred by the light breeze. Out in the channel, beyond the merchantmen, lay three ships of war, Le Fourgon , Le Profond , and La Perle , each with a cluster of supply boats at her side; and the stir and rattle of tackle and chain coming faintly over the water from Le Fourgon told that she would sail for France on the morrow, if God should choose to send the wind.

Looking almost straight down, Menard could see the long flight of steps that climbed from the settlement on the water front to the nobler city on the heights. Halfway down the steps was a double file of Indians, chained two and two, and guarded by a dozen regulars from his own company. He watched them until they reached the bottom and disappeared behind the row of buildings that ended on the wharf in Patron's trading store. In a moment they reappeared, and marched across the wharf, toward the two boats from Le Fourgon that awaited them. Even from the height, Menard could see that the soldiers had a stiff task to control their prisoners. After one of the boats, laden deep, had shoved off, there was a struggle, and the crowd of idlers that had gathered scattered suddenly. Two Indians had broken away, and were running across the wharf, with a little knot of soldiers close on their heels. One of the soldiers, leaping forward, brought the stock of his musket down on the head of the nearer Indian... Continue reading book >>




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