| Richard of Jamestown|
|by James Otis|
|Follow the fortunes of orphan Richard Mutton as he travels to the New World with Captain John Smith and takes up residence with him in the new colony of Jamestown. See the struggles they go through to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table while the majority of their fellow colonists shirk the work of establishing the colony for the pursuit of gold. Observe how their relationships with the native Americans change over time and how, when they are just on the point of abandoning the colony, a new contingent of colonists arrives to bring fresh hope to the Jamestown settlement. Numerous black and white illustrations complement the text. Ages 8-10 |
AN EXCITING ADVENTURE
WE waited to hear the tale until he had refreshed himself
after the long journey, and then what Captain Smith told us
was like unto this, as I remember it:
After leaving the village, he had sailed up the river until
there was no longer water enough to float the barge, when,
with two white men and the two Indians, he embarked in a
canoe, continuing the voyage for a distance of twelve miles
or more. There, in the
wilder-  ness, they made ready to spend
the night, and with one of the savage guides my master went
on shore on an island to shoot some wild fowls for supper. He
had traveled a short distance from the boat, when he heard
cries of the savages in the distance, and, looking back, saw
that one of the men had been taken prisoner, while the other
was fighting for his life.
At almost the very minute when he saw this terrible thing,
he was suddenly beset by more than two hundred yelling,
dancing savages, who were sweeping down upon him as if
believing he was in their power beyond any chance. The
Indian guide, who appeared to be terribly frightened,
although it might have been that he was in the plot to
murder my master, would have run away; but that Captain
Smith held him fast while he fired one of his pistols to
keep the enemy in check.
Understanding that he must do battle for his life, my master
first took the precaution to bind the Indian guide to his left
arm, by means of his belt, in such fashion that the fellow
would serve as a shield against the shower of arrows the
savages were sending through the air.
Protected in this manner, Captain Smith fought bravely, as
he always does, and had succeeded in killing two of the
Indians with his matchlock, when suddenly he sank knee deep
into a mire. It seems that he had been retreating toward the
canoe, hoping to get on
 board her where would be some chance
for shelter, and was so engaged with the savages in front of
him as to give little heed to his steps.
Once he was held prisoner by the mud, the enemy quickly
surrounded him, and he could do no better than surrender.
Instead of treating him cruelly, as might have been expected,
these brown men carried him from village to village, as if
exhibiting some strange animal.
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