One of the few incidents of Indian warfare naturally susceptible of the moonlight of romance was that expedition undertaken for the defence of the frontiers
in the year 1725, which resulted in the well-remembered "Lovell's Fight." Imagination, by casting certain circumstances judicially into the shade, may see much to admire in the heroism of a little band who gave battle to twice their number in the heart of the enemy's country.
Three great safes were ranged along one side of the wall, piles of newspapers and maps were strewn all over a long table, and a huge Ordnance map of the French and Belgian Frontiers
stood upon an easel.
The want of fortifications, leaving the frontiers
of one state open to another, would facilitate inroads.
Perhaps no district throughout the wide extent of the intermediate frontiers
can furnish a livelier picture of the cruelty and fierceness of the savage warfare of those periods than the country which lies between the head waters of the Hudson and the adjacent lakes.
"Is it a wonder that we were a conquering race, that we were proud, that when the Magyar, the Lombard, the Avar, the Bulgar, or the Turk poured his thousands on our frontiers
, we drove them back?
Later, I learned that my surmise was correct, and this was but one of a great chain of similar posts that dotted the new frontier
of the black nation into whose hands I had fallen.
In 1809 the intimacy between "the world's two arbiters," as Napoleon and Alexander were called, was such that when Napoleon declared war on Austria a Russian corps crossed the frontier
to co-operate with our old enemy Bonaparte against our old ally the Emperor of Austria, and in court circles the possibility of marriage between Napoleon and one of Alexander's sisters was spoken of.
Late in the evening a skirmishing party of the French and a skirmishing party of the Germans had met, by accident, near the little village of Lagrange, close to the German frontier
. In the struggle that followed, the French had (for once) got the better of the enemy.
That gentleman having acquired sufficient fortune, sold out his interest and retired; and the leading spirit that succeeded him was Captain William Sublette; a man worthy of note, as his name has become renowned in frontier
The arrangements that may be necessary for those angles and fractions of our territory which lie on our northwestern frontier
, must be left to those whom further discoveries and experience will render more equal to the task.
for I have heard How, when the Ch`is and Weis embattled rose Along the frontier
, when the Chings and Hans Gathered their multitudes, a myriad leagues Of utter weariness they trod.
The individual in question was a half-breed, named Pierre Dorion; and, as he figures hereafter in this narrative, and is, withal, a striking specimen of the hybrid race on the frontier
, we shall give a few particulars concerning him.