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their muskets at the chief, while the officers drew their swords and pistols. The chief and his body guard retreated, the gates were closed and the siege, which continued for more than a year, commenced.
By similar acts of treachery, or by sudden and unexpected assaults, every post west of Oswego, excepting Niagara, Fort Pitt and Detroit, fell into the hands of the dusky foe within a fortnight afterward. At Michillimackinack, Indians came to the fort at the close of May, as if to trade. Every day they engaged in the exciting pastime of ballplaying on the plain near the fort. On the 2d of June, their squaws came with them, entered the fort, carrying hatchets and knives concealed under their blankets. The commander of the fort and the lieutenant were standing outside watching the game, when the ball was thrown to the gate. Some Indians rushed after it, and coming behind the officers carried them off to the woods. Others rushed in and slew most of the garrison.
After a year of war on the frontier, the beleaguered forts were relieved and the enemy sued for peace. The haughty Pontiac refusing to yield, went to the Illinois country where no Englishman had been and where the French flag yet waved. Among the tribes there, he exerted his eloquence to induce them to make war on the English. He sent an ambassador to New Orleans to ask the French to aid him; but he failed. For some years, Pontiac, who was a Catawba adopted by the Ottawas, continued to be a disturbing element. An English trader employed a vagabond Indian to kill him. For a barrel of rum, that savage stole softly behind Pontiac, while he stood in the forest leaning on his gun in a reflecting mood, and buried his hatchet in his brain.
The colonies were now comparatively at peace.
Noah Stevens and his cousin Jean Baptiste returned to New York, where Jean Baptiste Stevens married Adrianne Blanc and settled in the State, while Noah made his home in the city.
Their fathers, Elmer and George Stevens, passed their days in Virginia, each living to a ripe old age and witnessing the beginning of that Revolution out of which grew the great American Republic.
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