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The Blackhawk War

BY HENRY LITTLE, 1875

The impressions made upon me at that time were so deep and lasting, that even now, after a lapse of fourty-three years' time, are nearly as fresh and vivid as ever. It is a cause for most devout thankfulness that so many survived that fearful crisis.
A short time previous to the commencement of the Black Hawk war, a Mr. Wells, a brother of the Hon. H. G. Wells of this place, removed from Ohio and located in Prairie Ronde, and with him came his father to assist by his counsel in making a location, and to see him get started. The Messrs. Wells brought with them several hired men to work for them. That company brought in with them several rifles for an occasional pastime in hunting the wild game. The knowledge of the existence of those rifles finally came to the ears of a Mr. Somebody or Somebodies, but who he or they were I never learned. Upon the receipt of that information Mr. Somebody was troubled exceedingly. It distracted his thoughts by day, and his dreams by night were perplexing. Whether awake or asleep, it was rifles, rifles, and nothing but rifles, rifles! The more he pondered upon that great evil the worse it grew. Finally, in his despair he exclaimed that it was too much for human endurance, and that it was the last feather, and would surely break the camel's back. At last a new idea struck him which promised to extricate him from that awful dilemma, and he fortunately was not so far gone but that he might take advantage of the friendly suggestion.

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