Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1 Page: 411 of 432
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smoke of his log-house, he is lord of an untrammelled
mind and iron frame. The roof that shelters
his little ones is the work of his own hands; the
venison that smokes upon the board, and the deerskin
that furnishes his hunting-gear, are the spoil
of his practised eye and untiring step. Alone he
ventures on the Indian's hunting-ground, and.' in
defiance of the law of the Red Man, bears away a
share of the prey. Perhaps the chace absorbs too
much of his time-perhaps he falls a victim to the
jealousy of the savage-still his career has not been
in vain;-he has made a lodgment in the waste, he
has opened a track for the van-guard of civilization,
the ranks of which will expand for the reception of
his posterity. In a few years, where the short, sharp
crack of the out-settler's rifle startled the silence of
the pine-forest, the voice of Christian worship is
heard in the language of Old England; institutions
kindred to our own predominate; industry, in its
varied branches, prospers; and a fresh accession is
made to the extending empire of morality and
The American frontier-man may be said to exist
in a state of continual warfare;-he experiences,
the toils of acti- e service in clearing and cultivating
his ground, its anxieties in guarding against a
treacherous enemy, and its perils in encountering
that enemy, and the beast of prey. Confident in
what he dare do and can endure, with all the feelings
of his nature roused to vengeance by some sanguinary
Indian outrage, he sallies fortll in pursuit
of the exulting savage. Following unweariedly on
his trail, he traverses the prairies, swimming the
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Kennedy, William. Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1, book, January 1, 1841; London. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2389/m1/411/: accessed April 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .