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The White Squaw

By Captain Mayne Reid

Illustrations by Anon

Published by George Routledge and Sons.

This edition dated 1875.

The White Squaw, by Captain Mayne Reid.

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THE WHITE SQUAW, BY CAPTAIN MAYNE REID.

CHAPTER ONE.

A DEADLY INTRODUCTION.

The last golden gleams of the setting sun sparkled across the

translucent waters of Tampa Bay. This fading light fell upon shores

fringed with groves of oak and magnolia, whose evergreen leaves became

gradually darkened by the purple twilight.

A profound silence, broken by the occasional notes of a tree-frog, or

the flapping of the night-hawk's wings, was but the prelude to that

wonderful concert of animated nature heard only in the tropical forest.

A few moments, and the golden lines of trembling light had disappeared,

while darkness almost palpable overshadowed the scene.

Then broke forth in full chorus the nocturnal voices of the forest.

The mocking-bird, the whip-poor-will, the bittern, the bell-frog,

grasshoppers, wolves, and alligators, all joined in the harmony incident

to the hour of night, causing a din startling to the ear of a stranger.

Now and then would occur an interval of silence, which rendered the

renewal of the voices all the more observable.

During one of these pauses a cry might have been heard differing from

all the other sounds.

It was the voice of a human being, and there was one who heard it.

Making his way through the woods was a young man, dressed in half-hunter

costume, and carrying a rifle in his hand. The cry had caused him to

stop suddenly in his tracks.

After glancing cautiously around, as if endeavouring to pierce the thick

darkness, he again advanced, again came to a stop, and remained

listening. Once more came that cry, in which accents of anger were

strangely commingled with tones appealing for help.

This time the sound indicated the direction, and the listener's

resolution was at once taken.

Thrusting aside the undergrowth, and trampling under foot the tall

grass, he struck into a narrow path runningparallel to the shore, and

which led in the direction whence the cry appeared to have come.

Though it was now quite dark, he seemed easily to avoid impediments,

which even in broad daylight would have been difficult to pass.

The darkness appeared no barrier to his speed, and neither the

overhanging branches, nor the wood-bine roots stayed his progress.

About a hundred paces further on, the path widened into a rift that led

to an opening, sloping gradually down to the beach.

On reaching its edge, he paused once more to listen for a renewal of the

sound.

Nothing save the familiar noises of the night greeted his ear.

After a short pause, he kept on for the water's edge, with head well

forward, and eyes strained to penetrate the gloom.

At that moment the moon shot out from behind a heavy bank of clouds,

and, with a brilliant beam, disclosed to his eager gaze a tableau of

terrible interest.

Down by the water's edge lay the body of an Indian youth, motionless,

and to all appearance dead; while stooping over it was another youth,

also an Indian. He appeared to be examining the body.

For some seconds there was no change in his attitude. Then, all at once

he raised himself erect, and with a tomahawk that flashed in the

moonlight above his head, appeared in the act of dealing a blow.

The hatchet descended; but not upon the body that lay prostrate.

A sharp report ringing on the air for an instant silenced all other

sounds. The would-be assassinsprang up almost simultaneously, and two

corpses instead of one lay along the earth.

So thought he who fired the shot, and who was the young man already

described. He stayed not to speculate, but rushed forward to the spot

where the two Indians lay. He had recognised them both. The one upon

the ground was Nelatu, the son of Oluski, a distinguished Seminole

chief. The other was Red Wolf, a well-grown youth belonging to the same

tribe.

Only glancing at the would-be assassin to see that he was dead, he bent

over the body of Nelatu, placed his hand upon the region of his heart,

at the same time anxiously scanning his features.

Suddenly he uttered an exclamation of surprise. Beneath his fingers a

weak pulsation gave signs of life. Nelatu might yet be saved.

Pulling off his hat, he ran down to the beach, filled it with water,

and, returning, sprinkled the forehead of the young Indian.

Then taking a flask containing brandy from his pouch, he poured a

portion of its contents down the throat of the unconscious youth.

These kindly offices he repeated several times, and was finally rewarded

for his pains. The blood slowly mantled Nelatu's cheek; a shivering ran

through his frame; and with a deep sigh he gazed dreamily upon his

preserver, and at the same time faintly murmured "Warren."

"Yes, Warren! Speak, Nelatu. What is the meaning of this?"

The Indian had only the strength to mutter the words "Red Wolf," at the

same time raising his hand to his side with apparent difficulty.

The gesture made his meaning clear. Warren's gaze rested upon a deep

wound from which the blood was still welling.

By the tremulousmovement of his lips, Warren saw that he was

endeavouring to speak again. But no sound came from them. His eyes

gradually became closed. He had once more fainted.

Warren instantly flung off his coat, tore one of the sleeves from his

shirt, and commenced staunching the blood.

After a time it ceased to flow, and then tearing off the second sleeve,

with his braces knotted together, he bound up the wound.

The wounded youth slowly recovered consciousness, and, looking

gratefully up into his face, pressed the hand of his deliverer.

"Nelatu owes Warren life. He will some day show his gratitude."

"Don't think of that now. Tell me what has happened? I heard your cry,

and hastened to your assistance."

"Not Nelatu's cry," responded the Indian, with a faint blush of pride

suffusing his face. "Nelatu is the son of a chief. He knows how to die

without showing himself a woman. It was Red Wolf who cried out."

"Red Wolf!"

"Yes; Red Wolf is a coward--a squaw; 'twas he who cried out."

"He will never cry out again. Look there!" said Warren, pointing to the

lifeless corpse that lay near.

Nelatu had not yet seen it. Unconscious of what had transpired, he

believed that Red Wolf, supposing him dead, had gone away from the spot.

Warren explained.

Still more gratefully did the Indian youth gaze upon the face of his

preserver.

"You had an encounter with Red Wolf? I can see that, of course; it was

he who gave you this wound?"

"Yes, but I had first defeated him. I had him on the ground in my

power. I could have taken his life. It was then that, like a coward,

he called for help."

"And after?"

"I pitied and let him rise. I expected him to leave me, and go back to

the village. He feared that I might speak of his defeat to our tribe,

and for this he determined that my tongue should be for ever silent. I

was not thinking of it when he thrust me from behind. You know the

rest."

"And why the quarrel?"

"He spoke wicked words of my sister, Sansuta."

"Sansuta!" exclaimed Warren, a strange smile overshadowing his features.

"Yes; and of you."

"The dog; then he doubly deserved death. And from _me_!" he added, in a

tone not loud enough for Nelatu to hear, "what a lucky chance."

As he said this he spurned the body with his foot.

Then turning to the Indian, he asked--

"Do you think you could walk a little, Nelatu?"

The brandy had by this time produced an effect. Its potent spirit

supplied the loss of blood, and Nelatu felt his strength returning to

him.

"I will try," said the wounded youth. "Nelatu's hour has not yet come.

He must not die till he has paid his debt to Warren."

"Then lean on me. My canoe is close by. Once in it you can rest at

your ease."

Nelatu nodded consent.

Warren assisted him to rise, and, half carrying, half supporting,

conducted him to the canoe.

Carefully helping him aboard, he shoved the craft from the shore, and

turned its prow in the direction of the white settlement.

The moon, that had become again obscured, once more burst through the

black clouds, lighting up the fronds of the feathery palms that flung

their shadows far over the pellucid waves.

The concert of the nocturnal forest, for a time stayed by the report of

the rifle, burst out anew as the boat glided silently out of sight.

CHAPTER TWO.

THE SETTLEMENT.

The site of the settlement to which the canoe was being directed merits

description.

It was upon the northern shore of Tampa Bay.

The soil that had been cleared was rich in crops of cotton, indigo,

sugar, with oranges, and the ordinary staples of food.

Through the cultivated lands, mapped out like a painter's palette, ran a

crystal stream, from which the rice fields were watered by intersecting

rivulets, looking like silver threads in a tissue.

Orange groves margined its course, running sinuously through the

settlement.

In places it was lost to sight, only to re-appear with some new feature

of beauty.

Here and there it exhibited cascades and slight waterfalls that danced

in the sunlight, sending up showers of prismatic spray.

There were islets upon which grew reeds, sedges, and canes, surmounted

by groups of caricas, and laurel-magnolias, the exogenous trees

overtopped by the tall, feathery palm.

In its waters wild fowl disported themselves, scattering showers of

luminous spray as they flapped their wings in delight.

Birds of rare plumage darted hither and thither along its banks,

enlivening the groves with their jocund notes.

Far beyond, the swamp forest formed a dark, dreary back-ground, which,

by contrast, enhanced the cheerfulness of the scene.

Looking seaward, the prospect was no less resplendent of beauty.

The water, dashing and fretting against the rocky quays, glanced back in

mist and foam.

Snow-white gulls hurried along the horizon, their wings cutting sharply

against an azure sky, while along the silvery beach, tall, blue herons,

brown cranes, and scarlet flamingoes, stood in rows, their forms

reflected in the pellucid element.

Such were the surroundings of the settlement on Tampa Bay.

The village itself nestled beneath the hills already mentioned, and

comprised a church, some half-dozen stores, with a number of substantial

dwellings, whilst a rude wharf, and several schooners moored near by,

gave tokens of intercourse with other places.

It was a morning in May, in Florida, as elsewhere, the sweetest month in

the year.

Borne upon the balmy atmosphere was the hum of bees and the melody of

birds, mingled with the voices of young girls and men engaged in the

labour of their farms and fields.

The lowing of cattle could be heard in the distant grazing grounds,

while the tillers of the soil were seen at work upon their respective

plantations.

There was one who looked upon this cheerful scene without seeming to

partake of its cheerfulness.

Standing upon the top of the hill was a man of tall, gaunt figure, with

a face somewhat austere in its expression.

His strongly lined features, with a firm expression about the mouth,

marked him for a man of no common mould.

He appeared to be about sixty.

As his keen grey eyes wandered over the fields below, there was a cold,

determined light in them which betrayed no pleasant train of thought.

It spoke of covetous ambition.

Behind him, upon the hill top, of table shape, were poles standing up

out of the earth. Around them the sward was trampled, and the scorched

grass, worn in many directions into paths, signified that at no distant

period the place had been inhabited.

The sign could not be mistaken; it was the site of an Indian encampment.

Elias Rody, as he turned from gazing on the panoramic view beneath, cast

a glance of strange significance at these vestiges of the red-man's

habitation.

His features assumed a sharper cast, while a cloud came over his face.

"But for them," he muttered, "my wishes would be accomplished, my

desires fulfilled."

What were his wishes? What his desires?

Ask the covetous man such a question, and, if he answered truly, his

answer would tell a tale of selfish aspirations. He would envy youth

its brightness, old age its wisdom, virtue its content, love its joys,

ay, even Heaven itself its rewards, and yet, in the narrow bigotry of

egotism, think he only claimed his own.

Elias Rody was a covetous man, and such were the thoughts at that moment

in his mind.

They were too bitter for silence, and vented themselves in words, which

the winds alone listened to.

"Why should these red-skins possess what I so deeply long for; and only

for their short temporary enjoyment? I would be fair with them; but

they wrap themselves up in their selfish obstinacy, and scorn my

offers."

How selfish others appear to a selfish man!

"Why should they continue to restrain me? If gold is worth anything,

surely it should repay them for what can be only a mere fancy. I shall

try Oluski once again, and if he refuse--"

Here the speaker paused.

For some time he stood in contemplation, his eye roving over the distant

view.

As it again lighted upon the settlement a smile, not a pleasant one,

curled his lip.

"Well, there is time yet," said he, as if concluding an argument with

himself. "I will once more try the golden bribe. I will use caution;

but here will I build my house, come what may."

This natural conclusion, to an egotistic mind, appeared satisfactory.

It seemed to soothe him, for he strode down the hill with a springy,

elastic step, more like that of a young man than one over whose head had

passed sixty eventful years.

CHAPTER THREE.

ELIAS RODY.

Whilst Elias Rody is pondering upon his scheme, let us tell the reader


生词表:
  • deadly [´dedli] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.致命的 ad.死一般地   (初中英语单词)
  • purple [´pə:pl] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.紫色 a.紫(红)的   (初中英语单词)
  • occasional [ə´keiʒənəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.偶然的;临时的   (初中英语单词)
  • chorus [´kɔ:rəs] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.合唱;齐声 v.合唱   (初中英语单词)
  • harmony [´hɑ:məni] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.调合,协调,和谐   (初中英语单词)
  • interval [´intəvəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.间隙;(工间)休息   (初中英语单词)
  • pierce [piəs] 移动到这儿单词发声  v.刺穿;突破;洞察   (初中英语单词)
  • advanced [əd´vɑ:nst] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.先进的;高级的   (初中英语单词)
  • running [´rʌniŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.奔跑的;流动的   (初中英语单词)
  • parallel [´pærəlel] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.平行的 n.平行线   (初中英语单词)
  • daylight [´deilait] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.日光;黎明   (初中英语单词)
  • opening [´əupəniŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.开放;开端 a.开始的   (初中英语单词)
  • brilliant [´briliənt] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.灿烂的;杰出的   (初中英语单词)
  • indian [´indiən] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.印度的 n.印度人   (初中英语单词)
  • instant [´instənt] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.立即的 n.紧迫;瞬间   (初中英语单词)
  • sprang [spræŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  spring 的过去式   (初中英语单词)
  • forehead [´fɔrid] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.额,前部   (初中英语单词)
  • contents [´kɔ:ntents] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.容纳物;要旨   (初中英语单词)
  • throat [θrəut] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.咽喉;嗓子;出入口   (初中英语单词)
  • mutter [´mʌtə] 移动到这儿单词发声  v.&n.咕哝;嘀咕   (初中英语单词)
  • apparent [ə´pærənt] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.显然的;表面上的   (初中英语单词)
  • gesture [´dʒestʃə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.手势 v.打手势   (初中英语单词)
  • movement [´mu:vmənt] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.活动;运动;动作   (初中英语单词)
  • instantly [´instəntli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.立即,立刻   (初中英语单词)
  • gratefully [´greitfuli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.感激地   (初中英语单词)
  • encounter [in´kauntə] 移动到这儿单词发声  vt.&n.偶然相遇;冲突   (初中英语单词)
  • thrust [θrʌst] 移动到这儿单词发声  v.&n.猛推;冲;刺;挤进   (初中英语单词)
  • wicked [´wikid] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.邪恶的;不道德的   (初中英语单词)
  • aboard [ə´bɔ:d] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.&prep.在…上   (初中英语单词)
  • silently [´sailəntli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.寂静地;沉默地   (初中英语单词)
  • stream [stri:m] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.河 vi.流出;飘扬   (初中英语单词)
  • sunlight [´sʌnlait] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.日光   (初中英语单词)
  • hither [´hiðə] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.到此处   (初中英语单词)
  • thither [´ðiðə] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.到那里 a.那边的   (初中英语单词)
  • contrast [´kɔntrɑ:st] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.对比 v.使对比(照)   (初中英语单词)
  • prospect [´prɔspekt, prəs´pekt] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.景色;境界 v.勘察   (初中英语单词)
  • horizon [hə´raizən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.地平线;范围;视野   (初中英语单词)
  • scarlet [´skɑ:lit] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.猩红色 a.猩红的   (初中英语单词)
  • florida [´flɔridə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.佛罗里达   (初中英语单词)
  • elsewhere [,elsweə] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.在别处;向别处   (初中英语单词)
  • atmosphere [´ætməsfiə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.大气;空气;气氛   (初中英语单词)
  • cheerful [´tʃiəful] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.快乐的;高兴的   (初中英语单词)
  • strongly [´strɔŋli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.强烈地;强有力地   (初中英语单词)
  • standing [´stændiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.持续 a.直立的   (初中英语单词)
  • selfish [´selfiʃ] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.自私的,利己的   (初中英语单词)
  • wisdom [´wizdəm] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.智慧,聪明,才智   (初中英语单词)
  • virtue [´və:tʃu:] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.美德;贞操;长处   (初中英语单词)
  • speaker [´spi:kə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.演讲人;代言人   (初中英语单词)
  • argument [´ɑ:gjumənt] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.辩论;争论;论证   (初中英语单词)
  • conclusion [kən´klu:ʒən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.结束;结论;推论   (初中英语单词)
  • scheme [ski:m] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.计划;阴谋,诡计   (初中英语单词)
  • edition [i´diʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.版本;很相似的   (高中英语单词)
  • profound [prə´faund] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.深奥的;渊博的   (高中英语单词)
  • tropical [´trɔpikəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.热带地区的   (高中英语单词)
  • startling [´stɑ:tliŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.惊人的   (高中英语单词)
  • cautiously [´kɔ:ʃəsli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.小心地;谨慎地   (高中英语单词)
  • barrier [´bæriə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.栅栏;屏障;障碍   (高中英语单词)
  • penetrate [´penitreit] 移动到这儿单词发声  v.贯穿;穿透;渗透   (高中英语单词)
  • dealing [´di:liŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.交易;来往   (高中英语单词)
  • distinguished [di´stiŋgwiʃt] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.卓越的,著名的   (高中英语单词)
  • anxiously [´æŋkʃəsli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.挂念地;渴望地   (高中英语单词)
  • unconscious [ʌn´kɔnʃəs] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.无意识的;不觉察的   (高中英语单词)
  • repeated [ri´pi:tid] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.反复的;重复的   (高中英语单词)
  • faintly [´feintli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.微弱地,软弱无力的   (高中英语单词)
  • consciousness [´kɔnʃəsnis] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.意识;觉悟;知觉   (高中英语单词)
  • dreary [´driəri] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.阴郁的;枯燥无味的   (高中英语单词)
  • hurried [´hʌrid] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.仓促的,慌忙的   (高中英语单词)
  • whilst [wailst] 移动到这儿单词发声  conj.当…时候;虽然   (高中英语单词)
  • melody [´melədi] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.悦耳的音调;乐曲   (高中英语单词)
  • mistaken [mis´teikən] 移动到这儿单词发声  mistake的过去分词   (高中英语单词)
  • significance [sig´nifikəns] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.意义;重要性   (高中英语单词)
  • brightness [´braitnis] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.光明;快乐   (高中英语单词)
  • temporary [´tempərəri] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.暂时的 n.临时工   (高中英语单词)
  • enjoyment [in´dʒɔimənt] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.享受;愉快;乐趣   (高中英语单词)
  • restrain [ri´strein] 移动到这儿单词发声  vt.抑制;管束;限制   (高中英语单词)
  • soothe [su:ð] 移动到这儿单词发声  vt.安慰;镇定;减轻   (高中英语单词)
  • strode [strəud] 移动到这儿单词发声  stride的过去式   (高中英语单词)
  • setting [´setiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.安装;排字;布景   (英语四级单词)
  • evergreen [´evəgri:n] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.常绿的,常青的   (英语四级单词)
  • whence [wens] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.从何处;从那里   (英语四级单词)
  • hatchet [´hætʃit] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.短柄小斧   (英语四级单词)
  • simultaneously [,siməl´teinjəsli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.同时,一起   (英语四级单词)
  • exclamation [,eksklə´meiʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.喊(惊)叫;感叹词   (英语四级单词)
  • brandy [´brændi] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.白兰地酒   (英语四级单词)
  • warren [´wɔrən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.养兔场;大杂院   (英语四级单词)
  • corpse [kɔ:ps] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.尸体   (英语四级单词)
  • potent [´pəutənt] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.有(势)力的;烈性的   (英语四级单词)
  • lighting [´laitiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.照明,发光   (英语四级单词)
  • silvery [´silvəri] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.银一般的   (英语四级单词)
  • intercourse [´intəkɔ:s] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.交际;往来;交流   (英语四级单词)
  • seeming [´si:miŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.表面上的 n.外观   (英语四级单词)
  • austere [ɔ´stiə] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.严峻(格)的;质朴的   (英语四级单词)
  • accomplished [ə´kʌmpliʃt] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.完成了的;熟练的   (英语四级单词)
  • contemplation [,kɔntem´pleiʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.注视;冥想;打算   (英语四级单词)
  • animated [´ænimeitid] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.栩栩如生的;活跃的   (英语六级单词)
  • assassin [ə´sæsin] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.刺客,暗杀者   (英语六级单词)
  • speculate [´spekjuleit] 移动到这儿单词发声  vi.思索;推测;投机   (英语六级单词)
  • taking [´teikiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.迷人的 n.捕获物   (英语六级单词)
  • tremulous [´tremjuləs] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.发抖的;震颤的   (英语六级单词)
  • doubly [´dʌbli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.加倍地,双重地   (英语六级单词)
  • cultivated [´kʌltiveitid] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.在耕作的;有教养的   (英语六级单词)
  • plumage [´plu:midʒ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.羽毛;漂亮衣服   (英语六级单词)
  • jocund [´dʒɔkənd] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.欢乐的,愉快的   (英语六级单词)
  • cheerfulness [´tʃiəfulnis] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.高兴,愉快   (英语六级单词)
  • seaward [´si:wəd] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.&ad.朝海(的)   (英语六级单词)
  • resplendent [ri´splendənt] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.灿烂的;辉煌的   (英语六级单词)
  • dashing [´dæʃiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.勇猛的;生气勃勃的   (英语六级单词)
  • obstinacy [´ɔbstinəsi] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.顽固;(病痛等)难治   (英语六级单词)

  • 上传人 欢乐鱼 分享于 2017-06-26 17:33:55
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