How Daniel Boone found his wife – American Folktale
Late in the middle of the night, Daniel Boone and one
of his friends were out hunting deer in a way that was used by many hunters
during that time, which was called fire hunting. The way to fire hunt is that
the hunter would catch a pan of pine knots of fire in a pan and carry it through
the woods. The light from the fire would reflect in the eyes of the deer. This
would confuse the deer and the hunter was able to shoot it.
When Daniel and his friend came close to a creek
bed somewhere in North Carolina, Daniel noticed blue eyes shining out of the
darkness. Daniel climbed down from his horse, aimed his rifle, but found he was
unable to shoot. He had never seen a blue-eyed deer. He heard the rustling as
the deer escaped. Daniel headed after the deer, over a fence and out into a
meadow. The moonlight showed that the deer he was in fact chasing was a young
woman. He followed the young woman all the way to her house where he met her
father, which happened to be a close neighbor.
As the man of the house welcomed Daniel into their
home, a younger boy and girl rushed in to tell their father about the adventure
of their older sister. She walked into the room, still glowing from her near
death encounter with the moonlight shining on her golden hair.
Daniel at once fell in love and began to court
Rebecca. He never gave up until she agreed to become his bride.
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