| Peter of New Amsterdam|
|by James Otis|
|The story of the Dutch colony at New Amsterdam, through the eyes of the young lad Peter. Relates its settlement by the West India Company under the leadership of Peter Minuit, their transactions with the Indians including the purchase of the island of Manhattan, their overthrow of the Swedish forts to the south, and their surrender to English forces in 1664. The portrait of the contrasting figures of Peter Minuit and Peter Stuyvesant enlivens the narrative. Numerous black and white illustrations complement the text. Ages 8-10 |
I GO MY WAY
 WHATEVER speech these two may have had together
afterward, I know not; but certain it is that Master
Marais, speaking to me hastily, as if it were not well
I should hear what passed between him and his
friend, directed that I go my way until nightfall,
when I was to come into the University grounds with the
intent of seeing him.
It was all very well to tell me to go my way; but I had
none. One section of Leyden was the same as another
to me, who was penniless and hungry,
casting about in the
hope of earning as
much, by whatsoever employment
came my way, as
would buy what
might serve for supper.
However, I was
not so dull as to
fail in understanding
that Master Marais
would have me out
 of his path for a time, and I went off rapidly, as
though business in Leyden would come to a standstill
if I did not make haste.
Then, once out of sight of these two, I looked about,
keeping my eyes wide open in the hope of seeing one
who required my services, but failing utterly, so that
when night came, hunger had such a hold upon my
stomach that I was like to have begged from
whosoever passed me on the street.
Had I done so, it would have been the first time
in my life, and since that afternoon I have had no
reason to ask in charity aught of any one, for surely have
I earned double that which I have ever received.
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