The Spirit of the Border
"Jim, come out here," called Edwards at the window of Mr. Wells' cabin.
The young man arose from the breakfast table, and when outside found Edwards standing
by the door with an Indian brave. He was a Wyandot lightly built, lithe and wiry, easily
recognizable as an Indian runner. When Jim appeared the man handed him a small
packet. He unwound a few folds of some oily skin to find a square piece of birch bark,
upon which were scratched the following words:
"Rev. J. Downs. Greeting.
"Your brother is alive and safe. Whispering Winds rescued him by taking him as her
husband. Leave the Village of Peace. Pipe and Half King have been influenced by Girty.
"Now, what do you think of that?" exclaimed Jim, handing the message to Edwards.
"Thank Heaven, Joe was saved!"
"Zane? That must be the Zane who married Tarhe's daughter," answered Edwards, when
he had read the note. "I'm rejoiced to hear of your brother."
"Joe married to that beautiful Indian maiden! Well, of all wonderful things," mused Jim.
"What will Nell say?"
"We're getting warnings enough. Do you appreciate that?" asked Edwards. "'Pipe and
Half King have been influenced by Girty.' Evidently the writer deemed that brief sentence
of sufficient meaning."
"Edwards, we're preachers. We can't understand such things. I am learning, at least
something every day. Colonel Zane advised us not to come here. Wetzel said, 'Go back to
Fort Henry.' Girty warned us, and now comes this peremptory order from Isaac Zane."
"It means that these border men see what we will not admit. We ministers have such hope
and trust in God that we can not realize the dangers of this life. I fear that our work has
been in vain."
"Never. We have already saved many souls. Do not be discouraged."