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The Forest Runners

A Story of the Great War Trail in Early Kentucky

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Published: 1908
Language: English
Wordcount: 80,019 / 226 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85.7
LoC Category: PS
Series: Young Trailers
Downloads: 2,081
Added to site: 2005.02.11
mnybks.net#: 9584
Origin: gutenberg.org
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d a word of protest, and he resolved that he would not cry out if he could help it. They should not rejoice too much at his sufferings; he would die as they were taught to die, and he would show to them that the mind of a white boy could supply the place of a red man's physical fortitude. But Henry might come! Would he come? Oh, would he come? Resigned to death, Paul yet hoped for life.

He opened his eyes, and the warriors were still standing there, looking at him; but in a moment one approached, and, bending down, began to strike flint and steel amid the dry leaves at the boy's feet. Again, despite himself, the shivering chill ran through Paul's veins. Would Henry come? If he came at all, he must now come quickly, as only a few minutes were left.

The leaves were obstinate; sparks flew from the flint and steel, but there was no blaze. Paul looked down at the head of the warrior who worked patiently at his task. The second warrior stood on one side, watching, and when Paul glanced at him he saw t

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