yelled the Missourians, before the battle had lasted ten minutes; and, breaking from the wagon, they retreated to the ravine, and concealed themselves there, some seven or eight of them being wounded.
One was shot through the mouth by a Sharpe's rifle bullet.
He had been squatted behind the wagon wheel; the ball hit one of the spokes, shivering it, and the border ruffian, in trying the juggler's feat of catching it in his mouth, got it lodged somewhere away about the root of the tonguheir spirits — as most of them were mere boys — and to intimidate the enemy.
He returned to the ravine; the firing was still kept up. It is proper to state that Brown and Shore's men had but four guns of long range; there were only three or four Sharpe's rifles in both companies.
Pate's prisoners and the wounded.
While the firing was going on, one of Pate's men got up and swore he would see to the prisoners.
A guard had been stationed to watch the three Free State prisoners, the tent in