necticut was desolated.
Twenty Englishmen sent to treat with the Nipmucks were nearly all treacherously slain (Aug. 12, 1675) near Brookfield.
They fired that village, but it was partially saved by a shower of rain.
Early in September (12th) Deerfield was laid in ashes.
On the same Sabbath-day Hadley, farther down the river, was attacked while the people were worshipping.
Defending a garrison House against attack. venerable-looking man, with white hair and beard, suddenly appeared, witfe, William). Over other settlements the scourge swept mercilessly.
Many valiant young men, under Captain Beers, were slain in Northfield (Sept. 23), and others— the flower of Essex —under Captain Lathrop, were butchered by 1,000 Indians near Deerfield.
Encouraged by these successes, Philip now determined to attack Hatfield, the chief white settlement above Springfield.
The Springfield Indians joined him, and with 1,000 warriors he fell upon the settlement (Oct. 29); but the English being p