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logs, so as to be able to fire upon the enemy.
"Not yet," replied Stuart; "it will not do to show fear or
distrust; we must first hold a parley. Some one must go out and
meet them as a friend."
Who was to undertake the task! It was full of peril, as the envoy
might be shot down at the threshold.
"The leader of a party," said Miller, "always takes the advance."
"Good!" replied Stuart; "I am ready." He immediately went forth;
one of the Canadians followed him; the rest of the party remained
in the garrison, to keep the savages in check.
Stuart advanced holding his rifle in one hand, and extending the