Leo Hunter had not exaggerated the resources of Mr.
Leo Hunter in the character of Minerva, receiving the company, and overflowing with pride and gratification at the notion of having called such distinguished individuals together.
Leo Hunter, starting up, in an affected rapture of surprise.
But when the Hunter had finished his sleep and awoke, he found that his love had betrayed him and left him alone on the wild mountain.
But the Hunter had listened to their talk, and as soon as they had gone he rose and climbed to the summit.
The Hunter now lay down and slept off his weariness.
Be all this as it may: the course of our party of bee hunters is to make a wide circuit through the woody river bottoms, and the patches of forest on the prairies, marking, as they go out, every tree in which they have detected a hive.
The consequence is numberless disputes and conflicts between them and the bee hunters: and often a party of the latter, returning, laden with rich spoil, from one of their forays, are apt to be waylaid by the native lords of the soil; their honey to be seized, their harness cut to pieces, and themselves left to find their way home the best way they can, happy to escape with no greater personal harm than a sound rib-roasting.
They were chiefly the settlers of the western part of Missouri, who are the most famous bee hunters on the frontier, and whose favorite hunting ground lies within the lands of the Kansas tribe.
I remember, later in the voyage, seeing Kerfoot, another of the hunters, lose a finger by having it smashed to a jelly; and he did not even murmur or change the expression on his face.
For the most part, the remaining four hunters leaned on the table or lay in their bunks and left the discussion to the two antagonists.
Voices were heard faintly halloaing in the direction of the two gigs; and though this reassured us for Joyce and Hunter
, who were well to the eastward, it warned our party to be off.
He felt the necessity, also, of having a greater number of hunters
, not merely to keep up a supply of provisions throughout their long and arduous expedition, but also as a protection and defense, in case of Indian hostilities.
The hunters, grizzled and gray, and lusty and young, were aghast.
"Let him go; it will teach him a lesson," the hunters said.