The Whig aristocracy cannot conquer Canada
.— anarchy in the administration.
The rangers at Fort William Henry
The forests, pathless with snows, the frozen lake, the wilderness, which has no shelter against cold and storms, the perilous ambush, where defeat may be followed by the scalping-knife, or tortures, or captivity among the farthest tribes,—all cannot chill their daring.
On skates they glide over the lakes; on snow-shoes they penetrate the woods.
In January, 1757, the gallant Stark
with seventy-four rangers, goes down Lake George
, and turns the strong post of Carillon.
A French party of ten or eleven sledges is driving merrily from Ticonderoga
to Crown Point
sallies forth to attack them; three are taken, with twice as many horses, and seven prisoners. But before he can reach the water's edge, he is intercepted by a party of two hundred and fifty French and Indians.
Sheltered by trees and a rising ground, he renews and sustains the unequal fight till evening.
In the night, the survivors retreat; a sleigh, sent over the lake, brings