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His captors soon brought the bleeding under control by binding powdered and chewed sassafras leaves to the wound.
By the time Wells reached the stricken Indian, Wetzel had tomahawked and scalped him.
Lewis refused surrender demands and managed to get the canoe out of rifle range, but not before his father John Wetzel, Sr. His brother Martin suffered a flesh wound in the shoulder which did not prove serious. Allman, Lewis Wetzel's most devoted and recent biographer, contends that from this date, as concerned their forays against the Indians, "he and his brothers now hunted for sport and vengeance."5 Judgment of Wetzel by his contemporaries is revealing.
General Josiah Harmer was outraged when in 1791 Wetzel shot and seriously wounded QueŸshaw-say, a Delaware chief and peace emissary to Fort Harmer, Marietta, Ohio.
Although Wetzel warned Mills that the Indians might lay in ambush for just such an attempt, he persisted.
Lewis accompanied him only to see his worst fears realized.