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Tao Te Ching

Lao Tzu, James Legge (trans.)


Novalis Including Hymns to the Night

Novalis, George MacDonald, Thomas Carlyle


The Souls of Black Folk

W. E. B. DuBois


The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde


NARRATIVE OF MY CAPTIVITY AMONG THE SIOUX INDIANS

by FANNY KELLY

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portion of the party, in my own capture, and a horrible captivity of five months' duration.

Of my thrilling adventures and experience during this season of terror and privation, I propose to give a plain, unvarnished narrative, hoping the reader will be more interested in facts concerning th^ habits, manners, and customs of the Indians, and their treatment of prisoners, than in theoretical speculations and finewrought sentences.

Some explanation is due the public for the delay in publishing this my narrative. From memoranda, kept during the period of my captivity, I had completed the work for publication, when the manuscript was purloined and published; but the work was suppressed before it could be placed before the public. After surmounting many obstacles, I have at last succeeded in gathering the scattered fragments; and, by the aid of memory, impressed as I pray no mortaPs may ever be again, am enabled to place the results before, I trust, a kind-judging, appreciative public.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I. Page

Early History—Canada to Kansas—Death of my Father—
My Marriage—" Ho! for Idaho!" — Crossing the Platte
River—A Storm, .11

CHAPTER II.

The Attack and the Capture, . . . . . .19

CHAPTER III.

My Husband's Escape—Burial of the Dead—Arrival of the Survivors at Deer Creek—An ill-timed Ball, . . .28

CHAPTER IV. Beginning of my Captivity, . 37

CHAPTER V.

Plan for Little Mary's Escape—Tortures of Uncertainty—Unsuccessful Attempt to Escape, 45

CHAPTER VI.

Continuation of our March into the Wilderness—Suffering from Thirst and Weariness—Disappearance of my Fellow-prisoner—Loss of the old Chief's Pipe, and its Consequences to me—A Scene of Terror, . 49

CHAPTER VII.

Powder River—Another Attempt to Escape—Detection and Despair—A Quarrel—My Life saved by "Jumping Bear," 02

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CHAPTER VIII. Paoi

The Storm—Arrival at the Indian Village—The old Chief's Wife—Some Kindness shown me—Attend a Feast, . . 72

CHAPTER IX.

Preparations for Battle—An Indian Village on the Move— Scalp Dance—A Horrible Scene of Savage Exultation— Compelled to join the Orgies—A Cause of Indian Hostility —Another Battle with the White Troops—Burial of an Indian Boy—A Hasty Retreat—Made to act as Surgeon of the Wounded—Mauve Terre, or Bad Lands, . . . .92

CHAPTER X.

Mourning for the Slain—Threatened with Death at the Fiery Stake—Saved by a Speech from Ottawa—Starving Condition of the Indians, 106

CHAPTER XI.

Meet another White Female Captive — Sad Story of Mary
Boyeau—A Child Roasted, and its Brains Dashed out—
Murder of Mrs. Fletcher—Five Children Slaughtered—Fate
of their Mother, . . 112

CHAPTER XII.

First Intimation of my Little Mary's Fate—Despair and Delirium—A Shower of Grasshoppers—A Feast and a Fight— An Enraged Squaw—The Chief Wounded, . . . .120

CHAPTER XIII.

Arrival of "Porcupine"—A Letter from Captain Marshall—
Hopes of Rescue—Treachery of the Messenger—Egosega-
lonicha—The Tables Turned—Another Gleam of Hope—
The Indian "White Tipi "—Disappointed—A White Man
Bound and left to Starve—A Burial Incident, . . . 129

CHAPTER XIV.

Lost in the Indian Village—Black Bear's White Wife—A small Tea Party—The White Boy-captive, Charles Sylvester—The Sun Dance—A Conciliating Letter from General Sibley—A Puzzle of Human Bones—The Indian as an Artist—I Destroy a Picture and am Punished with Fire-brands —A Sick Indian, 136 CHAPTER XV. Pa<m


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