| 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 |
BUILDINGS OF STONE
 AFTER the fort and the storehouse had been finished,
the Dutch laborers were set about cutting out stone
from the ledges of which I have spoken, to be used in
the place of bricks. From this rock Master Minuit
decided that a more secure warehouse for the
company's goods should be made, and, also, a dozen or
more of the men were set about building a mill to be
worked by horse-power, so that it might be possible
to grind the grain.
This horse-mill also was to be built of stone, with a
large loft that would be used as a church.
There had been no ministers brought over when we
came in the Sea Mew; but in place of them were two
zeikentroosters, which is a Dutch word for
"Con-  solers of the Sick;" but what they might be called in
plain English I know not. It appeared to me that the
zeikentroosters in Holland were much the same as
deacons in England, though as to this I may be wrong.
At all events, there were two of them came in our
ship, and, until the first minister arrived, they held
regular meetings out of doors while the mill was being
built, and afterward in the loft.
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