It was an unthoughtful act in a man who has so often slept with the war-whoop ringing in the air, to let off his piece within sound of an ambushment
! But then it was a natural temptation!
I took him on the posteerum, saving the lady's presence, as he got up from the ambushment
, and rattled three buckshot into his naked hide, so close that you might have laid a broad joe upon them all”—here Natty stretched out his long neck, and straightened his body, as he opened his mouth, which exposed a single tusk of yellow bone, while his eyes, his face, even his whole frame seemed to laugh, although no sound was emitted except a kind of thick hissing, as he inhaled his breath in quavers.
If there were just six of us, lad, what a beautiful ambushment
we might make upon them, from this very spot--it won't do, it won't do, boy; keep yourself closer, or your head will be seen--besides, I'm not altogether strong in the opinion it would be lawful, as they have done us no harm.--There they bend again to the river--no; here they come up the swell--now is the moment to be as still, as if the breath had done its duty and departed the body."