Ankle High Moccasins
To slow them down meant certain death. On the third night of their capture, however, the Indians were lax in providing guards over the two boys. As their captors slept, the two boys made their escape. They took off without their shoes. Before long, though, they realised that they wouldn't get far on bare feet. While his brother lay low, Lewis stole back to the camp and got the boy's moccasins. But that wasn't enough for feisty Lewis. He went back a third time and stole back his father's rifle and powder horn from the Indians.
The boys now set out for home. The Indians soon set out in pursuit but the Wetzel boys eluded them. They crossed the Ohio River on a raft they had made. They finally dragged themselves back into their village clearing to the amazement of their family.