the game, which is the most exciting sport of the red
men. Each one has a bat curved like a crosier, and ending in a racket.
Posts are planted apart on the open prairie.
At the beginning of the game, the ball is placed midway between the goals.
The eyes of the players flash; their cheeks glow; their whole nature kindles.
A blow is struck; all crowd with violence and merry yells to renew it; the fleetest in advance now driving the ball home, now sending it sideways, with one unceasing passionate pursuit.
On that day the squaws entered the fort, and remained there.
, the commander, with one of his lieutenants, stood outside of the gate watching the game, fearing nothing.
had played from morning till noon; when, throwing the ball close to the gate, they came behind the two officers, and seized and carried them into the woods; while the rest rushed into the fort, snatched their hatchets, which their squaws had kept hidden under their blankets, and in an instant killed an officer, a trader and fifteen men. The rest of the garrison, and all the English
traders, were made prisoners, and robbed of every thing they had; but the French
traders were left at liberty and unharmed.
Thus fell the old post of Mackinaw
on the main.
The fort at Presque Isle
, now Erie
, was the point of communication between Pittsburg
It was in itself one of the most tenable, and had a garrison of four and twenty men,1