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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY.
sparse growth of stunted trees, which, with some
scrubby bushes growing adjacent afforded them a
good camping ground. Some of the Indians had lain
down in the bushes to rest, while others were roasting
meat over a stick fire and eating. It was agreed
among the Rangers that they would charge across the
glade on horseback and put themselves between the
Indians and their horses, then dismount and open fire.
The charge was made and all dismounted before firing,
except William Moss, who fired two shots from
his horse. Though surprised the Indians gathered
their guns and returned the fire, forming as they did
so, in a kind of battle line, in which manner they made
two separate charges, evidently intending, if possible,
to reach their horses. But they were repulsed each
time, and a third line was broken up before they
got well out of the timber, under cover of which it was
formed. One buck, bolder than the rest, advanced
alone at some distance to the right of the others, and
without firing his gun, which, however, he held grasped
in an upright position, seemed determined to make
his way to the horses. He came to within a few feet
of the Rangers, some of them firing at him, when
suddenly he turned and retreating to the edge of the
timber, fell forward stone dead, but, as was afterward
found, still tightly grasping his gun. About this
time three or four of the Indians started up a chant
and began to file off under the bluff, the others followed
suit, and almost in a twinkling, nothing more
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