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be fupposed, enquiring of him how he came to be hurt; and who, 'tis very rational to believe, told them that a flash of fire first, and immediately after that, thunder from their gods, had killed those two, and wounded him: This, I say, is rational ; for nothing is more certain than that, as they saw no man near them, so they had never heard a gun in all their lives, or so much as heard of a gun; neither knew they any thing of killing or wounding at a distance, with fire and bullets; if they had, one might reafonably believe, that they would not have stood so unconcerned, in viewing the fate of their fellows, without fome apprehension of their own.
Our two men, though, as they confessed to me, it grieved them to be obliged to kill so many poor creatures, who at the same time had no notion of their danger; yet, having them all thus in their power, and the first having loaded his piece again, refolved to let fly both together among them; and singling out by agreement which to aim at, they shot together, and killed, or very much wounded, four of them; the fifth, frighted even to death, though not hurt, fell with the rest ; fo that our men, seeing them all fall together, thought they had killed them all.
The belief that the savages were all killed, made our two men come boldly out from the tree before they had charged their guns again, which was a wrong step; and they were under fome surprise, when they came to the place, and found no less than four of the men alive, and of them, two very little hurt, and one not at all: this obliged them to fall upon them with the stocks of their musquets; and
first, they made sure of the run-away savage, that had been the cause of all the mischief; and of another that was hurt in his knee, and put them out of their pain ; then the man that was not hurt at all came and kneeled down to them, with his two hands held up, and made piteous moan to them by geltures and figns, for his life ; but could not say one word to them that they could understand.
However, they signified to him to sit down at the foot of a tree thereby; and one of the Englishmen, with a piece of rope-twine, which he had by great chance in his pocket, tied his feet fast together, and his hands behind him, and there they left him ; and, with what speed they could, made after the other two which were gone before, fearing they, or any more of them, should find the way to their covered place in the woods, where their wives, and the few goods they had left lay: they came once in fight of the two men, but it was at a great distance; however, they had the satisfaction to see them cross over a valley, towards the sea, the quite contrary way from that which led to their retreat, which they were afraid of; and, being satisfied with that, they went back to the tree where they left their prisoner, who as they supposed, was delivered by his comrades ; for he was gone, and the two pieces of rope-yarn, with which they had bound him, lay just at the foot of the tree.
They were now in as great a concern as before, not knowing what course to take, or how near the enemy might be, or in what numbers ; so they resolved to go away to the place where their wives were, to see if all was well there, and to make them
easy, who were in fright enough to be fure; for though the favages were their own country folks, yet they were most terribly afraid of them, and perhaps the more, for the knowledge they had of them.
When they came thither, they found the favages had been in the wood, and very near the place, but had not found it ; for indeed, it was inaccessible, by the trees standing fo thick, as before, unless the perfons seeking it had been directed by those that knew it, which these were not; they found, therefore, every thing very safe, only the women in a terrible fright; while they were here, they had the comfort of seven of the Spaniards coming to their assistance ; the other ten, with their servants, and old Friday, I mean Friday's father, were gone in a body to defend their bower, and the corn and cattle that were kept there, in case the favages should have roved over to that side of the country ; but they did not spread so far. With the seven Spaniards came one of the savages, who, as I said, were their prisoners formerly, and with them also came the savage whom the Englishmen had left bound hand and foot at the tree ; for it seems they came that way, saw the slaughter of the seven men, and unbound the eighth, and brought him along with them, where, however, they were obliged to bind him again, as they had done the two others, who were left when the third ran away.
The prisoners began now to be a burden to them ; and they were so afraid of their escaping, that they thought they were under an absolute necessity to kill them for their own preservation: however, the Spaniard governor would not consent to it; but or
dered, that they should be sent out of the way to my old cave in the valley, and be kept there, with two Spaniards to guard them, and give them food: which was done; and they were bound there hand and foot for that night.
When the Spaniards came, the two Englishmen were so encouraged, that they could not satisfy themselves to stay any longer there ; but taking five of the Spaniards, and themselves, with four mus. quets and a pistol among them, and two stout
quarter staves, away they went in quest of the savages; and first, they came to the tree where the men lay that had been killed ; but it was easy to fee, that some more of the favages had been there ; for they attempted to carry their dead men away, and had dragged two of them a good way, but had given it over; from thence they advanced to the first rising ground, where they had stood and seen their
camp destroyed, and where they had the mortification still to see some of the finoke; but neither could they here see any of the savages: they then resolved, though with all poslible caution, to go forward towards their ruined plantation : but a little before they came thither, coming in sight of the sea shore, they saw plainly the savages all embarking again in their canoes, in order to be gone.
They seemed sorry at first that there was no way to come at them, to give them a parting blow; but upon the whole, were very well satisfied to be rid of them.
The poor Englishmen being now twice ruined, and all their improvements destroyed, the rest all agreed
to come and help them tó rebuild, and to assist them with needful fupplies. Their three countrymen, who were not yet noted for having the least inclination to do any thing good, yet, as foon as they heard of it (for they, living remote, knew nothing till all was over) came and offered their help and assistance, and did very friendly work for several days, to restore tlicir habitations, and make necessaries for them; and thus, in a little time, they were set upon their legs again.
About two days after this, they had the farther satisfaction of seeing three of the favages canoes come driving on shore, and, at some distance from them, with two drowned men; by which they had reason to believe, that they had met with a storm at sea, and had cver-set some of them; for it blew very hard the night after they went off.
However, as some might miscarry, fo. on the other hand, enough of them escaped to inform the rest, as well of what they had done, as of what hapa pened to them; and to whet them on to another en. terprise of the same nature, which they, it seems, resolved to attempt, with sufficient force to carry all before them; for, except what the first man had told them of inhabitants, they could say little to it of their own knowledge; for they never saw one man, and the fellow being killed that had affirmed it, they had no other witness to confirm it to them.
It was five or fix months after this, before they heard any more of the favages, in which time our men were in hopes they had not forgot their former bad luck, or had given over the hopes of better; when, on a sudden, they were invaded with a most