JAMES FENIMORE COOPER - The Last of the Mohicans Retold by John Escott
2 Lost in the Forest.

A few miles west of Fort Edward, three men were
sitting near a river. Two of the men were Indians. The
other man was a white man. Chingachgook and his
son, Uncas, were Mohicans. The white man was a
scout called Hawk-eye. Hawk-eye had a long
hunting-gun.
The three men were talking.
'My tribe is the oldest Indian tribe,' Chingachgook
said. 'The blood of the Mohican chiefs is in me. Many
summers ago, my tribe came here to the land of the
Delawares.'
'Where are the Mohicans now?' asked Hawk-eye.
'Where are the flowers of those summers?' said
Chingachgook. 'Gone. All dead. After my death, Uncas
will be the last of the Mohicans.'
Suddenly, they heard a noise. They turned quickly.
Hawk-eye lifted his gun. 'Who is it?' he said.
Duncan Heyward rode out of the forest. Cora and
Alice followed him.
'I am an English officer,' Duncan said. 'We have
come from Fort Edward. How far is it to Fort William
Henry?'
Hawk-eye laughed. 'Fort William Henry? You are
going the wrong way,' he said. 'You are near Glenn's
Falls.'
'The wrong way!' said Duncan. 'Then we are lost.
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But our Indian guide--'
'You have an Indian guide but you are lost in the
forest?' said Hawk-eye. 'That is very strange. Is he a
Delaware?'
'He is called Magua. He is a Huron,' said Duncan.
'But he lives with the Mohawks, and he is a guide for
the Eng--'
'A Huron!' said Hawk-eye quickly. 'You can trust a
Mohican or a Delaware. But you cannot trust a Huron!
Your guide will lead you to his friends. They will kill
you. Let me see him.'
Magua was standing behind Cora's horse. Hawk-eye
looked at him. Then he went and spoke to
Chingachgook and Uncas.
Magua moved quickly. He ran into the forest.
Hawk-eye, Chingachgook and Uncas tan after him. But
Magua escaped.
'What can I do?' thought Duncan. 'We are lost.'
He turned to Hawk-eye. 'Will you take us to Fort
William Henry?' he asked. 'We will give you money.'
Hawk-eye looked at Cora and Alice. 'We will take
you,' he told Duncan. 'Money is not important. We
will not leave you and the two young women here.
Magua and his Huron friends will find you. Come now
-- quickly!'
Duncan and Hawk-eye spoke to Cora and Alice.
The sisters got off their horses. The Mohicans took the
animals away.
'They will hide the horses until the morning,' said
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Hawk-eye. He pulled a canoe from the tall grass at the
side of the river. 'Get into the canoe,' he said. 'We will
go to a cave and we will stay there tonight.'
Duncan, Cora and Alice got into the canoe.
Hawk-eye pushed the canoe to the middle of the river.
Then he got into the canoe. He started to paddle along
the river. Soon they heard the sound of a great
waterfall in front of them -- Glenn's Falls.
A few minutes later, they saw the waterfall.
Hawk-eye paddled the canoe across the great waterfall.
Alice was afraid. She closed her eyes. Hawk-eye
stopped the canoe by a large flat rock. Cora, Alice and
Duncan got out of the canoe.
'Wait on the flat rock!' Hawk-eye said to them. 'I
will bring the Mohicans.'
A few minutes later, Hawk-eye came back with
Chingachgook and Uncas. The scout led everybody to
a cave behind the waterfall. The cave was deep and
narrow and dark. Hawk-eye immediately made a fire.
Alice looked at the tall young Mohican, Uncas. 'A
strong man is guarding us,' she said quietly to her
sister. 'We will be safe tonight.'