JAMES FENIMORE COOPER - The Last of the Mohicans Retold by John Escott
7 The Trail.

Three days had passed. Fort William Henry had burnt
down. The French soldiers had gone. The Indians had
gone. The bodies of many English soldiers, women and
children lay on the ground.
In the evening, five men walked through the forest.
Munro, Duncan, Hawk-eye, Chingachgook and Uncas
were looking for Cora and Alice. They found the dead
bodies of many English people. The five men were sad
and angry.
Suddenly, Uncas shouted to the others, 'Look!'
He had a small piece of cloth in his hand.
'That is a piece of Cora's dress!' said Munro.
Uncas found footprints on the ground, near a tree.
'Three people and a horse have stood here,' he said.
Then Chingachgook found Alice's necklace. And he
found another piece of Cora's dress.
Duncan took the necklace. He smiled. 'Alice is alive,'
he said.
'Miss Cora has left a trail,' said Hawk-eye. 'She has
left pieces of her dress. We can follow this trail. But
we must go quietly. Magua is with them.'
'But it is late,' said Hawk-eye. 'We will eat some
food. We will sleep here tonight. Tomorrow we will
follow Miss Cora's trail.'
Very early the next morning, Hawk-eye woke the
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English officers and the Mohicans.
The five men followed Cora's trail. It led them to
Lake Horican. Uncas and Chingachgook found a canoe
in the grass near the lake.
The five men got into the canoe. The Mohicans
paddled it along the lake.
After half an hour, Uncas spoke quietly.
'Smoke,' he said. He was looking at a small island in
front of them.
'Smoke from a fire,' said Hawk-eye. 'And there are
two canoes.'
Suddenly, some Hurons ran from the trees on the
island. They got into the two canoes.
'They are following us,' said Duncan. 'Paddle faster!'
'No! Stop paddling, Chingachgook,' said Hawk-eye. 'I
will shoot them.' And he lifted his long gun.
He fired. A Huron in the first canoe fell into the
lake. The Hurons stopped their two canoes. They did
not follow.
Chingachgook and Uncas started paddling again.
The five men went on. They went north, up the lake