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On a beautiful June day in the early 1740s

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On a beautiful June day in the early 1740s, two travelers arrive at Otsego Lake in upstate New York.  One is Henry March, or Hurry Harry, about 28 years old; and the other is Nathaniel, or Natty,  Bumppo — Deerslayer — who is several years younger than his companion. Both men proceed very  cautiously because the Iroquois, or Mingos, are on the warpath. Deerslayer, raised by the Delaware  (Mohican) nation, has more respect for the qualities of the Indians than his reckless comrade, who  despises the natives. Hurry Harry taunts Deerslayer about the latter's reluctance to take any life,  animal or human, without good cause; and he finally obtains from Natty the admission that the young  man has never killed another person. Hurry Harry relates some of the background and gossip about Tom Hutter who claims the lake as his  property toward which they are now approaching. Floating Tom Hutter has lived on this lake for 15 
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