Hardscrabble

Hardscrabble
or, the Fall of Chicago. A Tale of Indian Warfare

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Hardscrabble by John Richardson

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1850

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Hardscrabble
or, the Fall of Chicago. A Tale of Indian Warfare

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of certain vague apprehensions for others, his mind had been in a great degree unhinged by an unaccountable presentiment of evil, which instinctively had come over it that day. It was this, that, inducing a certain irresoluteness of thought and action, had led him into a manifestation of peevish contradiction in his address to Ephraim Giles. There are moments, when, without knowing why, the nerves of the strongest--the purposes of the wisest, are unstrung--and when it requires all our tact and self-possession to conceal from others, the momentary weakness we almost blush to admit to ourselves.

But there was no time for reflection. The approach to the door was suddenly shaded, and in the next instant the dark forms of three or four savages, speedily followed by others, amounting in all to twelve, besides their chief, who was in the advance, crossed the threshold, and, without uttering a word, either of anger or salutation, squatted themselves upon the floor. They were stout, athletic warriors, the perf

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Set in 1812, this rather stilted historical novel covers life in and around what the writer calls the Fort of Chicago, by which he presumably means Fort Dearborn. The novel begins with a Winnebago attack against a remote farm, the "Indian warfare" referred to in the subtitle. There's lots of detailed, but boring description, a love story, and a number of loose ends that are never tied in.