Posted by Elaine on April 30, 1998 at 13:50:23:
I think I've given more consideration to the plausible scenarios of Jo's missing horse than can be considered reasonable. However, since it managed to become a news story, accidentally of course, many scouts have been hunting and tracking, searching for the whereabouts of the vanished equus.
For those who are not sure which horse we are concerned with, it's the one Nathaniel, Uncas, and Chingachgook are leading to John Cameron's cabin. During conversation that evening, it was made clear that the trio were heading to Schuylerville to trade their skins to the Dutch for silver. The skins, of course, were packed on the horse's back. After the following day's lacrosse game, the next time we see our Mohican heros, they are following the tracks of a war party..... no skins, no horse. The question then, is what happened to the Schuylerville trip, the furs, and the horse?
Was there a side trip to Schuylerville in between lacrosse and ambush? (Schuylerville was not exactly on the way.) Were the trio packing silver in their deer skin haversacks? Was the pelt laden horse stolen during the lacrosse game? These are the things that make one lose sleep at night.
Netherlander Ilse said that no Dutch kin made such a trade, and if they had, she would have known. That leaves either horse theft or a change in the Mohicans' plans. Maybe they decided to trade the skins (and horse) to some Brit at Cameron's Cabin for wampum and brandy after all???
They didn't appear to be drunk, however, while tracking the war party.
So..... we've received a few "tips" on the whereabouts of the horse. Some claim it was given to John Cameron as payment for their supper. Others claim it was lost to a Mohawk through a poorly made bet by Chingachgook during the lacrosse game (which HE was not playing).
Still others have sworn they saw General Webb seated on the VIH on his way to Fort Edward. But who knows for sure?
If anyone knows the whereabouts of Jo's missing horse, please do tell!!! She'll feel a whole lot better and we can finally put this issue to rest.
Then there's Joe..... Joe Hinson/Colonial Joe. What must we do to get him to speak again? Joe? Are you out there? Gayle has a question for you.
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