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The Rulers of the Lakes




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Excerpt: ...We must make our blow so heavy that it will check Dieskau for a while and give Colonel Johnson's army time to march." "Even so, Dagaeoga. Look at the Mountain Wolf. He has a pair of field glasses and he is studying the island." Rogers stood on a knoll, and he was making diligent use of his glasses, excellent for the time. He took them from his eyes presently, and walked down to Robert and Tayoga. "Would you care to have a look?" he said to Robert. "Thank you, I'd like it very much," replied young Lennox eagerly. The powerful lenses at once brought the island very near, and trees and bushes became detached from the general mass, until he saw between them the French and Indian camp. As Tayoga had asserted, many of the warriors were asleep on the grass. When nothing was to be done, the Indian could do it with a perfection seldom attained by anybody else. Tandakora was sitting on a fallen log, looking at the mainland. As usual, he was bare to the waist, and painted frightfully. Not far away a Frenchman was sleeping on a cloak, and Robert was quite sure that it was De Courcelles. St. Luc himself was visible toward the center of the island. He, too, stood upon a knoll, and he, too, had glasses with which he was studying his foe. "The command of the water," said Rogers, "is heavily against us. If we had only been quick enough to build big boats of our own, the tale to be told would have been very different." "And if by any means," said Willet, "we contrive to drive them from the island, they can easily retreat in their fleet to another, and they could repeat the process indefinitely. George has many islands." "Then why not capture their fleet?" said Robert in a moment of inspiration. Rogers and Willet looked at each other. "It's queer we didn't think of that before," said the hunter. "'Twill be an attempt heavy with danger," said Rogers. "So it will, my friend, but have we shirked dangers? Don't we live and sleep with danger?" "I was merely stating the...

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