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|by Edward Eggleston|
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JOHN STARK AND THE INDIANS
 JOHN STARK was a famous general in the Revolution. But this
story is not about the Revolution. It is about Stark before he
became a soldier.
When he was a young man, Stark went into the woods. His brother and
two other young men were with him. They lived in a camp. It was far
away from any houses.
The young men set traps for animals in many places. They wanted to
catch the animals that have fur on them. They wanted to get the
skins to sell.
The Indians were at war with the white people. One day the young men
saw the tracks of Indians. Then they knew that it was not safe for
them to stay in the woods any longer. They began to get ready to
John Stark went out to bring in the traps set for animals. The Indians
found him, and made him a prisoner. They asked him where his
Stark did not wish his friends to be taken. So he pointed the wrong
way. He took the Indians a long way from the other young men.
But John Stark's friends did not know that he was a
he did not come back, they
 thought that he had lost his way. They
fired their guns to let him know where they were.
When the Indians heard the guns, they knew where the other hunters
were. They went down to the river, and waited for them. When one of
the men came down, they caught him.
Then John Stark's brother and the other man came down the river in a
boat. The Indians told Stark to call them. They wanted them to come
over where the Indians were. Then they could take them.
John knew that the Indians were cruel. He knew that if he did not do
what they told him to, they might kill him. But he wished to save his
brother. He called to his brother to row for the other shore.
When they turned toward the other shore, the Indians fired at them.
But Stark knocked up two of their guns. They did not hit the white
men. Then some of the other Indians fired. Stark knocked up their guns
also. But the man that was with his brother was killed.
John now called to his brother, "Run! for all the Indians' guns are
His brother got away. The Indians were very angry with John. They did
not kill him. But they gave him a good beating.
Stark running the Gauntlet
 These Indians were
from Canada. They took their prisoners to their own village. When
they were coming home, they shouted to let the people know that they
The young Indian warriors stood in two rows in the village. Each
prisoner had to run between these two rows of Indians. As he passed,
every one of the Indians hit him as hard as he could with a stick, or
a club, or a stone.
The young man who was with Stark was badly hurt in running between
these lines. But John Stark knew the Indians. He knew that they liked
a brave man.
When it came his turn to run, he snatched a club from one of the
Indians. With this club he fought his way down the lines. He hit hard,
now on this side, and now on that. The young Indians got out of his
way. The old Indians who were looking on sat and laughed at the
others. They said that Stark was a brave man.
One day the Indians gave him a hoe and told him to hoe corn. He knew
that the Indian warriors would not work. They think it a shame for a
man to work. Their work is left for slaves and women. So Stark
pretended that he did not know how to hoe. He dug up the corn
instead of the weeds. Then he threw the hoe into the river.
 He said, "That is work for slaves and women."
Then the Indians were pleased with him. They called him the young
After a while some white men paid the Indians a hundred and three
dollars to let Stark go home. They charged more for him than for the
other man, because they thought that he must be a young chief. Stark
went hunting again. He had to get some furs to pay back the money the
men had paid the Indians for him. He took good care that the Indians
should not catch him again.
He afterwards became a great fighter against the Indians. He had
learned their ways while he was among them. He knew better how to
fight them than almost
In the Revolution he was a general. He fought the British at
Bennington, and won a great
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