I doubt not that, with my help, you can attain to some one of the frontier
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.
It had been handed in at a town near the Belgian frontier
about eight hours before:--
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
Campaigns are wasted in reducing two or three frontier
garrisons, to gain admittance into an enemy's country.
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.
They had recently seen a chosen army from that country, which, reverencing as a mother, they had blindly believed invincible--an army led by a chief who had been selected from a crowd of trained warriors, for his rare military endowments, disgracefully routed by a handful of French and Indians, and only saved from annihilation by the coolness and spirit of a Virginian boy, whose riper fame has since diffused itself, with the steady influence of moral truth, to the uttermost confines of Christendom.* A wide frontier
had been laid naked by this unexpected disaster, and more substantial evils were preceded by a thousand fanciful and imaginary dangers.
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.
"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?