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No, 21 North Fourth Street. This dwelling was built in primitive style, of logs, in the form of a double cabin, of which one Iroom was tenanted by Mrs. Coleson and her family of four persons, two sons and two daughters, all grown to maturity; while the other was occupied by a hunter named Marts, his wife and three children. The hour was twelve o'clock at night. One of the daughters was still busily engaged at the loom, and the other was spinning flax.
Both -young men had retired to rest, so had the children of Mrs. Marts, though that lady and Mrs. Coleson were sitting up waiting the return of Marts, and wondering why he did not come. In these new settlements, it is not unusual for families, to be supplied with food for months from the forest and the river. Thus the skill of the husband and father is brought into daily requisition.
His return at nightfall laden with the spoils of the chase, is anticipated with the fondest anxiety by the wife and her little ones. Should he be un- avoidably detained by accidents, wandering out of the way, or other misfortunes, she experiences all the tortures of apprehension and sus- pense; goes to the door and looks out, listening every few minutes, ' Whether can she banish the thought that something dreadful has happened, until re-assured by his well known step and welcome voice.
Coleson, her voice falling to a mysterious whisper,and if it is not death, never you believe me again; John says it is nothing, but I am older than John. You speak of the dog," said Mrs. Marts, I will go to the door and listen, maybe I'll hear something of Marts. Marts, eyeing her companion with a soft of iamazed curiosity.
Mart- held up her fingEr: in a litening rtritd. These animals were enclosed as usual in a pond near th hbihs6, and 4i; repeated' snorting and galloping announced the presence ofribtme objeot "terror. Coleson ascended to the loft, Where her sons slept. John the elder was wide awake and hadtkeei for some time. He had ten:bteen upon the- point of calling his brother Thoma-s, but had been as oftfn restrained by the fear of incurring ridicule, and the reptoach of timidity, in that neighborhood, an unpardonable blemish on the charac- ter of a man.
From the commencement of the aiarminig symptonS, he" had felt convinced that mischief- was brewing. Risingi atiibfice, when his mothn e 'appeard, the movement awakened Thortad, Whb deimanded - What, was the matter? By this time both Mrs. Coleson; and her sons had -eached -the brse. Coleson, who had lived long upon the frontier and probably had detected the Inidian tone in the words just uttered, sprang forward and ordered Mrs.
Marts not to admit them, declaring that they were Indians. The young men immediately sprung to their arms, which were always charged, prepared torepel an enemy.
The Indians finding that their true character had been discovered, be- :gan to thunder at the door with great violence, but a single shot from a loop-hole compelled them to shift the attack to some less exposed point and unfortunately they discovered the back door of the cabin, which was much less securely guarded and which communicated with the apartment where the girls were at work The rifles of the brothers could -not be brought to bear upon all points at once.
By means of rails taken from the yard fence, the door was broken open, and the two girls were at the mercy of the savages. Ann was immediately secured, stripped entirely naked, and subjected to the most horrible of personal outrages; but Sally, seeing the fate of her sister, determined to die rather than sur- render. Seizing a large carving knife she had been using in the loom, she defended herself desperately, and stabbed one of the Indians to the heart, before she was tomahawked.
Presently the crackling of flames was heard, accompanied by a triumphant yell from the Indians, announcing that they had set fire to that division of the house which had been occupied by the daughters, and of which they held undisputed possession. The fire was quickly communicated to the rest of the building, and it became necessary either to abandon it or perish in the flames. In the one case there was a bare possibility that some might escape; in the other, death would be inevitable. The rapid approach of the file allowed but little time for consideration. Even then the flames had made a breach, and some of the Indians were preparing to enter.
The door was thrown open, and all rushed out; Mrs. Marts with her infant, to follow as she best could. In their eagerness to secure the provisions and valuables belonging to the house, the Indians at first paid little attention to their escape, and Mrs. Coleson had reached the stile and was crossing over, when she waa severely wounded in several places by rifle balls, she fell shrieking in agony; her son, paralysel by grief and horror, stooped over to assist ner, when he was instantly.
The other young man sucoediou' in reaching the fence unhurt, but in the act of passing was vgorn.
He made a gallant defence, firing upon the enemy as they pproached, and then wielding the butt of his rifle witjh a fury, that drew their whole attention upon himself, he gave Mrs. Marts and her children an opportunity of effecting their escape. However, he was ooon overpowered by s, wounded both in the head and breast, and taken prisoner. Marts might have escaped to a place of safety with her children, had she taken advantage of the darkness and pre-occupation of the enemy and fled, but instead of that the terrified woman ran around the house wringing her hands, and shrieking in frantic despair.
This was followed by a faint moan. One of the savages had sunk his toma- -hawk in her brain. She was then scalped, her body mutilated in a shocking manner, and then thrown warm and bleeding- into the flames. One of the other children, a boy about three years old, screamed and wept at the dreadful fate of the baby.
This irritated the savages. One of them took him by the heels, dashed him against a tree, stabbed and scalped him, then threw him also into the fire. The other child, a girl, was too frightened even to weep, hence she was suffered to live.
Thus of two happy families of five persons each, only four individuals escaped the slaughter, and these were exposed- to all the horrors and sufferings of captivity in mid-winter. The cold was intense, the snow two feet upon a level; the prisoners thinly clad.
The young men in the hurry of the moment, when first attacked, had forgotten to put on their coats and since then they had not had the opportunity; now with no protection but their shirts and trowsers, the cutting north wind seemed to peirce their very bones, still, as it congealed the blood around their wounds, and thus prevented the bleeding, it proved a real advantage to them.
Their own sufferings were forgotten in witnessing the dreadful condition of their sister, and being denied the privilege of assisting her. The Chief, White Eagle, in an unusual fit of amiability allowed her the use of some old garments, which were only serviceable as being better than none. The captives were hurried off in a northerly direction and soon. While they were busy about this John Cole- son counted them, and the whole amounted to forty eight, including two white men, who were with them painted and plumed and Xt v were; several of the Indians could speak English, and the.
The greater were Sioux, thoi;gh there were individuals belonging to other tribes. After stopping, perhaps fifteen minutes, they d their journ'ey, and were soon ed by other parties of Indians, so ile on foot, otlher's on horseback, but all loaded wit plunder and accompanied by prisoners of all ages and conditions. The savages wore snow-shoes, and travelled rapidly, driving their captives before them like so many cattle.
When one ga-ve out entirely, and blows were powerless to makeo him or: her. Thus, the of eaptil'v gradually diminished, and before morning all the more delicate wotwn: and many of the children had perished. An hour before sunrise they halted for breakfast, and kindled a rire. The captives wanted to approach in order to warm their stiffened limib i this the Indians, in mere wantoness of cruelty, forbade-hence the poor tiled creatures were obliged to keep in constant motion to prevent theit being frozen.
Some of the captives got a morsel or two to eat, but by far the greater received nothing, though suffering the' keeest pangs of hunger. Here the Indians appeared to hold a council, 'aid after it closed, they broke up into parties of two or three, and went ofl in different directions, each one appropriating to himself such captives as he claimed. This arrangement was a great grievance to the unhappy prlisoners, as the dearest friends, who might have found some consolIaton in siharing each other's sorrows and knowing each other's fate, were thus separated, perhaps forever.
Ann Coleson parted from her brothers with many tears. They, with their captors, went off toiwards the Great Missouri, while hers took the direction of the Northern Lakes.! She, 'and a little girl, named Mary Ellis, whose parents had both been slain:, were accompanied by two Indians and a Canadian halt-breed, who led "hem to a place in the woods where three horses were picketed; each of the Indians mounted anid took a prisoner behind him--the' Canadian' mounted the third horse, and started:in the lead.She has company in the shower - Cinehouse - Nude Area
Indian master gave her a pair of leggins, lined with fur, and moccasins for the protection of her feet; she also received a small portion of dried deer's flesh, and a spoonful of whisky, which in her exhausted condition was exceedingly palatable and nourishing. They travelled all day very hard, and that night arrived at a large camp, covered with bark, which by appearance might hold one hundred men; they took her, however, about three hundred yards from the camp, into a large, dark cave-bound her arms, spread a bed of buffalo and wolf skins, and laid down, one on each side of her.
The next morning they were ed by s of their former party, who had only separated from them and gone off in another direction in order to mislead and baffle pursuit, should one be instituted. They had many prisoners with them, some of whom it seemed had been condemned to the fiery torture, and painted black; others were manacled hand and foot, and all bore the marks of extreme hard usage.
Ann Coleson looked in vain for her brothers, but though she recognized the Indians by whom they were captured, she saw nothing of them. Had they been exchanged for others? Or had they given out and been left on the road? This seemed most probable, and deeply as she felt their loss, her sorrow was modified by a feeling of satisfaction that they were beyond the reach of farther trouble. This day they proceeded amid dreadful storms of snow and occasional torrents of rain, which drenched them to the skin, through a barren and desolate country, where it was impossible, with the wet moss and green brushwood, to kindle a fire.
The Indians marched on with stoical indifference, mindless alike of wind or weather. Sometime through the day they killed a deer, which was cut up and eaten raw; the heart, warm and bleeding, was given to Ann-hunger is not fastidious, she devoured a small portion, and concealed the rest about her person till some future time.
She soon discovered that the savages were making preparations for another plundering expedition. Spies were sent out to discover whether any white men were in the neighborhood. After a short absence they returned with intelligence that they had seen six log houses, about twelve miles distant, on the east side of the river that communicates with Rainy Lake.
All was now warlike preparation; the guns, knives and spears were carefully examined, and as they learned that the nature of the ground would render it easy to advance unperceived, it was determined to steal upon their victims in this manner. This plan was executed with. They then moved with tinost stealth in the direction of the houses, taking care not to t he hills which concealed their approach. Here they left their prisoners, all bound to trees, with gags in their mouths to prevent their making any aoise or giving the alarm, and here they made their last preparations for the attack.
The Indians tied up their hair in a knot, behind, lest it should be blown in their eyes; painted their faces black and red, which gave them a most hideous aspect; deliberately tucked up the sleeves of their jackets close under the armpits, and pulled off their moccasins; while some, still more eager to render themselves light for running, threw off their jackets, and' stood'with their weapons ready in their nands, quite naked, except their breech clothes. It was near one o'clock in the morning when afieir arrangements were completed.
The settlers were all quietly sleeping unconscious that danger was so near, when the Indians uttered a tremendous whoop and simultaneously rushed from their concealment. In an instant the un- fortunate wretches, men women and children, were aroused.
The men. The Indians however, had completely surrounded them; many were murdered in cold blood, and all the dwellings were set on fire. These people were all Germans, against whom the savages had con- ceived a particular spite. One girl, about sixteen years of age, ran from the burning house of her parents, and came directly to the tree where Ann Coleson was bound; she was pursued by two Indians, one of whom stuck a spear in her side; she fell at Ann's feet, and clasped her ankles so tightly, that it was with difficulty she could extricate herself from the dying sufferers grasp.
Notwithstanding the danger to herself, Ann solicited very hard for her life, but the murderers made no reply until they had both stuck their spears through her body, and transfixed het to the ground; they then looked Ann sternly in the face, and com. The wretched creature seemed to understaia the purport of her words; she raised her eyes, and said something in German. Even in this most miserable state, the love of life was predominant; for though this might justly be called the most merciful act that could be,door the poor creature, it seemed to be unwelcome.
Exhausted as :sl iS1? After this inhuman butchery, the Indians again separated, different parties going off in different directions; some professedly to hunt, the others to plunder and devastate the outside settlements. They evidently feared to come in, contact with the United States troops-their chief aim - and great delight being to surprise and butcher some frontier family, pick off some careless hunter, or kidnap women and children.
They seemed also excessively afraid of the escape or recovery of their prisoners, and hence hurried them away by long and 'painful marches to their re- motest towns. Of the incidents connected with this long and wearisome journey, Ann Coleson gives a graphic and interesting description Their party consisted of five persons, three Indians, herself and a captive boy. The want of forage, probably, or perhaps some other reason, had caused them to leave all the horses behind. Miss Coleson, in her Journal, mean- ing herself and the boy, whose name was Frank Scott.
Among all the Indian tribes the females are expected to perform the drudgery, hence they had no mercy upon me, and not being accustomed to such work or such traveling, the sledge I was compelled to draw with the weight of plunder upon it, caused me to suffer intolerable fatigue. They gave me a pair of snow shoes, but not being accustomed to their use, which can only be acquired by a severe apprenticeship, they proved an encumbrance rather than otherwise.
The snow shoes were heavy, and soon became thickly clogged with ice, there being much water between the surface of the river and the snow, which froze immediately; it was necessary to be provided with short sticks for beating this off. Before us was one uniform white expanse of snow, on each side a thick impenetrable forest.
The poor boy, my fellow captive, was no better off he was an invalid, suffering from disease of the heart, and altogether unable to endure such wearying toil. I wished to sympathize and con- verse with him, but the Indians forbade it; we were watched and guarded with the utmost jealousy-each look or word they interpreted to be sig- nificant of some plan to escape. The Indians had become much kinder in their manner towards us, not only allowing us a tolerable meal of roasted meat, but suffering us to sit by the fire, which was: thegreatest of all comforts.
The fire-place ran along the entire end of the building, and was filled with enormous logs, the one at the back of the hearth being so heavy as to require the strength of two or three men, with the aid of levers, to bring it in; over this fire the moccassins and leggins of the whole party were hung to dry. To beds, and all other comforts except what fire could bestow, we had bidden adieu-but a pile of skins lay in one corner, and wrapped in one of these I slept soundly on the floor. At every step my feet 'felt as if chained to the ground, by ice and clotted snow, and as the shores of the 4ver widened the feeling of disappointment was added to our other "oubles: the point on which our eyes were wistfully fixed, appeared, after an hour's hard toiling, scarce nearer than before.
Headland seemed separated from headland by interminable space, and we looked, oh, how long and vainly for the end. During the afternoon a snow storm came on, beating directly in our faces; it blew a hurricane; we were unable to see each other at a greater distance than ten yards, and the drift made the surface of the snow through which we were toiling, appear like an agitated sea. Wheeled round every now and then by the wind, the cloud which enveloped us was so strong that it produced a sense of suffocation. Even the Indians admitted that it was impossitle to proceed; the forest was near, and there we took refuge, turning our shoulders to the blast, and preparing to bivouac for the night.
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