THE SEARCH FOR FOOD
THEN it was that our pinnace was made ready for a
voyage, and with five of the strongest men on board, was sent
along the coast to trade with those Indians who called
themselves Narragansetts, taking with them everything
in the way of trinkets which was in the general store,
or could be gathered up from among the housewives.
 Great was our rejoycing, five clays later, when the
men came back, bringing with them an hundred bushels
of Indian corn. This seemed like a large amount
of food, and yet, so many were the mouths to be fed
from it, it was, so father said, scarce enough to hold
life in our bodies three days, if so be it had been divided
equally among all.
Father told us that three men, who were of the
poorer people, had walked all the way from Boston
town to Plymouth; but even there, where a harvest had
been gathered, they could get no more than one half-
bushel of meal made from Indian corn.
It was a time of famine such as I pray God we may
never know again. In my home, until these dreary
days, there had been no scarcity of food, and yet again
and again did I save a crust of rye bread, thinking it a
dainty to be nibbled upon slowly so that I might have
longer the pleasure of eating.
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