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COOK, Mrs. Hosea and Mrs. Jesse, pioneers. Of their early life nothing authentic is known, in 1792 they, with their husbands, were occupying two log cabins in the Innis settlement near Frankfort, Kentucky In April of that year a band of Indians made an attack on the settlement, and at the first onslaught killed one and mortally wounded the other of the husbands. The wounded man crawled to the cabin, where he gave directions for barricading, and then breathed his last. The widows, with three children crying at their skirts, prepared to defend themselves to the utmost. There was a rifle, but there were no bullets. A musket-ball was finally discovered, but it was too largo for the bore. In her frenzy it was bitten in two pieces by one of the women. The Indians began with their tomahawks to cut through the door, and, in English, demanded instant surrender. Through a narrow aperture in the logs one of the women fired the rifle, and one of the chiefs fell dead. The infuriated savages swarmed on the roof and set fire in several places, but from the loft underneath the roof the flames were extinguished as fast as they burned through, until the water was exhausted, when the women used some eggs, which were broken and spread over the burning roof. They also used the bloody clothing of the man that lay dead below to check the flames. As a result of their intrepidity, the raid was unsuccessful, and the savages sullenly retired.
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