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8. He had scarcely quitted the shore, when an arrow was shot at him, and he cried out, "Colter, I am wounded!" Colter remonstrated with him on the folly of attempting to escape, and urged him to come ashore. Instead of complying, he instantly levelled his rifle at the Indian, and shot him dead on the spot.
9. This conduct, situated as he was, may appear to have been an act of madness, but it was doubtless the effect of sudden but sound reasoning; for, if taken alive, he must have expected to be tortured to death, according to their custom. He was instantly pierced with arrows so numerous, that, to use Colter's words," He was made a riddle of."
10. They now seized Colter, stripped him entirely naked, and began to consult on the manner in which he should be put to death. They were at first inclined to set him up as a mark to shoot at, but the chief interfered, and, seizing him by the shoulder, asked him if he could run fast.
11. Colter, who had been some time amongst the Keekatso or Crow Indians, had in a considerable degree acquired the Blackfoot language, and was also well acquainted with Indian customs; he knew that he had now to run for his life, with the dreadful odds of five or six hundred against him, and those, armed Indians; he therefore cunningly replied, that he was a very bad runner, although he was considered by the hunters as remarkably swift.
12. The chief now commanded the party to remain stationary, and led Colter out on the prairie, three or four hundred yards, and released him, bidding him save himself if he could. At this instant the horrid war-hoopt sounded in the ears of poor Colter, who, urged with the hope of preserving his life, ran with a speed at which himself was surprised.
13. He proceeded towards the Jefferson Fork, having to traverse a plain, six miles in breadth, abounding with the prickly pear, on which he was every instant treading with his naked feet.
14. He ran nearly half way across the plain before he ventured to look over his shoulder, when he perceived that the Indians were very much scattered; and that he had gained ground to a considerable distance from the main body; but one Indian, who carried a spear, was much before all the rest, and not more than one hundred yards from him.
* Pronounced prá-re, an extensive tract of land, mostly level, destitute of trees, and covered with tall coarse grass. They are numerous in the western states and territories, and frequently extend farther than the eye can see.
+ War-hoop, the savage yell of war.
15. A faint gleam of hope now cheered the heart of Colter : he derived confidence from the belief that escape was within the bounds of possibility; but that confidence was nearly fatal to him; for he exerted himself to such a degree, that the blood gushed from his nostrils, and soon almost covered the fore part of his body.
16. He had now arrived within a mile of the river, when he distinctly heard the appalling sound of footsteps behind him, and every instant expected to feel the spear of his pursuer. Again he turned his head, and saw the savage not twenty yards from him.
17. Determined, if possible, to avoid the expected blow, he suddenly stopped-turned round-and spread out his arms. The Indian, surprised by the suddenness of the action, and perhaps by the bloody appearance of Colter, also attempted to stop -but, exhausted with running, he fell, whilst endeavoring to throw his spear, which stuck in the ground and broke.
18. Colter instantly snatched up the pointed part, with which he pinned him to the earth, and then continued his flight. The foremost of the Indians, arriving at the place, stopped till others came up to join them, when they set up a hideous yell.
19. Every moment of this time was improved by Colter; who, although fainting and exhausted, succeeded in gaining the skirting of the cotton-tree wood, on the borders of the Fork, through which he ran, and plunged into the river.
20. Fortunately for him, a little below this place was an island, against the upper part of which, a raft of drift timber had lodged. He dived under the raft, and after several efforts, got his head above water amongst the trunks of trees, covered over with smaller wood to the depth of several feet.
21. Scarcely had he secured himself, when the Indians arrived on the river, screeching and yelling like so many fiends They were frequently on the raft, during the day, and were seen through the chinks by Colter, who was congratulating himself on his escape, until the idea arose that they might set the raft on fire.
22. In horrible suspense he remained until night, when, hearing no more of the Indians, he dived under the raft, and swam silently down the river, to a considerable distance, where he landed, and travelled all night. After seven days Ajourneying, he arrived at Lisa's Fort, on the Yellow Stone, however, during be dubated from wool,
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Charles II.* and William Penn.f-FRIEND OF PEACE.
WHEN William Penn was about to sail from England for Pennsylvania, he went to take his leave of the King, and the following conversation occurred:
"Well, friend William," said Charles, "I have sold you a noble province in North America; but still I suppose you have no thoughts of going thither yourself."
"Yes, I have," replied William," and I am just come to bid thee farewell."
"What! venture yourself among the savages of North America! Why, man, what security have you that you will not be in their war-kettle in two hours after setting foot on their shores?"
"The best security in the world," replied Penn.
"I doubt that, friend William; I have no idea of any secu rity against those cannibals, but in a regiment of good soldiers, with their muskets and bayonets. And mind I tell you before hand, that, with all my good will for you and your family, to whom I am under obligations, I will not send a single soldier with you."
"I want none of thy soldiers," answered William, "I depend on something better than thy soldiers."
The king wished to know what that was.
"Why, I depend upon themselves-on their own moral sense even on that grace of God which bringeth salvation, and which hath appeared unto all men."
"I fear, friend William, that grace has never appeared to the Indians of North America."
"Why not to them as well as all others?"
"If it had appeared to them," said the king," they would hardly have treated my subjects so barbarously as they have done."
"That is no proof to the contrary, friend Charles. Thy subjects were the aggressors. When thy subjects first went to North America, they found these poor people the fondest and kindest creatures in the world. Every day they would watch
Charles II. King of England, A. D. 1660, and reigned 25 years.
for them to come ashore, and hasten to meet them, and feast them on their best fish and venison and corn, which was all that they had. In return for this hospitality of the savages, as we call them, thy subjects, termed Christians, seized on their country and rich hunting grounds, for farms for themselves! Now, is it to be wondered at, that these much injured people should have been driven to desperation by such injustice; and that, burning with revenge, they should have committed some excesses?"
"Well, then, I hope, friend William, you will not complain when they come to treat you in the same manner.”
"I am not afraid of it," said Penn.
"Aye! how will you avoid it? You mean to get their hunting grounds too, I suppose?"
"Yes, but not by driving these poor people away from them." "No, indeed! How then will you get the lands?" "I mean to buy their lands of them."
Buy their lands of them! why, man, you have already bought them of me."
"Yes, I know I have, and at a dear rate too; but I did it only to get thy good will, not that I thought thou hadst any right to their lands."
Zounds, man! no right to their lands!"
"No, friend Charles, no right et all:—What right hast thou to their lands?"
"Why, the right of discovery; the right which the Pope and all Christian Kings have agreed to give one another."
"The right of discovery! a strange kind of right indeed.Now suppose, friend Charles, some canoe loads of these Indians, crossing the sea, and discovering thy Island of Great Britain, were to claim it as their own, and set it up for sale over thy head, what wouldst thou think of it ?"
"Why-why-why," (replied Charles,) "I must confess I should think it a piece of great impudence in them."
"Well, then, how canst thou, a CHRISTIAN, and a CHRISTIAN PRINCE too, do that which thou so utterly condemnest in these people whom thou callest savages? Yes, friend Charles, and suppose again that these Indians, on thy refusal to give up thy Island of Great Britain, were to make war on thee, and having weapons more destructive than thine, were to destroy many of thy subjects, and to drive the rest away, wouldst thou not think it horribly cruel ?"
The King assenting to this with strong marks of conviction, William proceeded-" Well, then, friend Charles, how can I,
who call myself a Christian, do what I should abhor even in heathens? No, I will not do it-But I will buy the right of the proper owners, even of the Indians themselves. By doing this himself, in his justice mercy, by insure his blessing on my colony, if I should ever live to plant one in North America."
The Ungrateful Guest.-GOLDSMITH.
1. PHILIP, king of Macedon,† is celebrated for an act of private justice, which does great honor to his memory. A certain soldier, in the Macedonian army, had, in various instances, distinguished himself by extraordinary acts of valor; and had received many marks of Philip's approbation and favor.
2. On a particular occasion, this soldier embarked on board a vessel, which was wrecked by a violent storm; and he was cast on the shore, helpless and naked, with scarcely any appearance of life. A Macedonian, whose lands were contiguous to the sea, came opportunely to be witness of his distress; and, with the most humane and charitable tenderness, flew to the relief of the unhappy stranger.
3. He bore him to his house, laid him on his own bed, revived-cherished-and comforted him; and for forty days, supplied him freely with all the necessaries and conveniences which his languishing condition could require.
4. The soldier, thus happily rescued from death, was incessant in the warmest expressions of gratitude to his benefactor; assured him of his interest with the king; and of his determination to obtain for him, from the royal bounty, the noble returns which such extraordinary benevolence had merited. He was at length completely recovered; and was supplied by his kind host with money to pursue his journey.
5. After some time, the soldier presented himself before the king; he recounted his misfortunes; he magnified his services; and this inhuman wretch, who had looked with an eye of envy on the possessions of the man by whom his life had been pre
* Philip became king of Macedon, 360 B. C. He was a brave, artful and ambitious man. He aspired to the sovereignty of Greece, but was assassinated by Pausanias, 336 B. C., while meditating the conquest of Persia, at the head of the Grecian forces. He was succeeded by his son, Alexander the Great.
+ Macedon, an ancient kingdom in the northern part of Greece, now embraced in Turkey in Europe.