This, as well as the loss of a deckhand overboard, was the effect of the hurricane, and though the end of the trip came amid sunshine and sweet-scented tropical breezes, many could not forget the dangers
through which they had passed.
It was a feature peculiar to the colonial wars of North America, that the toils and dangers
of the wilderness were to be encountered before the adverse hosts could meet.
About this time I returned to Kentucke with my family; and here, to avoid an enquiry into my conduct, the reader being before informed of my bringing my family to Kentucke, I am under the necessity of informing him that, during my captivity with the Indians, my wife, who despaired of ever seeing me again, expecting the Indians had put a period to my life, oppressed with the distresses of the country, and bereaved of me, her only happiness, had, before I returned, transported my family and goods, on horses, through the wilderness, amidst a multitude of dangers
, to her father's house, in North-Carolina.
If, in our country, valour were rewarded by heraldic honour, this phrase -- which it seems so easy to speak, but which only he, with such a task of danger
and glory before him, has ever spoken -- would be the best and fittest of all mottoes for the General's shield of arms.
Since you have, perhaps, heard but confused accounts of my seven voyages, and the dangers
and wonders that I have met with by sea and land, I will now give you a full and true account of them, which I think you will be well pleased to hear.
Here is neither boat nor bridge, and the river is so full of hippopotami, or river-horses, and crocodiles, that it is impossible to swim over without danger
of being devoured.
Safety from external danger
is the most powerful director of national conduct.
The bordering States, if any, will be those who, under the impulse of sudden irritation, and a quick sense of apparent interest or injury, will be most likely, by direct violence, to excite war with these nations; and nothing can so effectually obviate that danger
as a national government, whose wisdom and prudence will not be diminished by the passions which actuate the parties immediately interested.
Whence could it have proceeded, that the Athenians, a people who would not suffer an army to be commanded by fewer than ten generals, and who required no other proof of danger
to their liberties than the illustrious merit of a fellow-citizen, should consider one illustrious citizen as a more eligible depositary of the fortunes of themselves and their posterity, than a select body of citizens, from whose common deliberations more wisdom, as well as more safety, might have been expected?
If even the angle of a respectable Triangle in the middle class is not without its dangers
; if to run against a Working Man involves a gash; if collision with an officer of the military class necessitates a serious wound; if a mere touch from the vertex of a Private Soldier brings with it danger
of death; -- what can it be to run against a Woman, except absolute and immediate destruction?
Then, satisfied that no danger
lurked near, he descended slowly to the ground beside the boy.
At a later date we began to feel less in danger
of their eyes, for to an eye in the dazzle of the sunlight outside our refuge must have been blank blackness, but at first the slightest suggestion of approach drove us into the scullery in heart-throbbing retreat.