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AN ATTACK BY THE SAVAGES
JUST after sunset, and before the darkness of night closed in,
those who had been on shore came back very
 hurriedly and in
disorder, bringing with them in the foremost boat, two wounded
"They have had a battle with some one, Master," I reported,
before yet the boats were come alongside, and for the first
time that day did Captain Smith appear to be deeply concerned.
I heard him say as if to himself, not intending that the words
should reach me:
"Lack of caution in dealing with the savages is like to cost us
Half an hour later I heard all the story from Nathaniel
Peacock, who had believed himself fortunate when he was
allowed to accompany the party on shore.
According to his account, the company from the fleet roamed
over much of the land during the day, finding fair meadows
and goodly trees, with streams of fresh water here and there
bespeaking fish in abundance.
Nothing was seen or heard to disturb our people until the
signal had been given for all to go on board the boats, that
they might return to the ships, and then it was that a number
of naked, brown men, creeping upon their hands and knees like
animals, with bows and arrows held between their teeth, came
out suddenly from amid the foliage to the number, as Nathaniel
declared, of not less than an hundred.
While the white men stood dismayed, awaiting some order from
those who chose to call themselves leaders,
 the savages shot
a multitude of arrows into the midst of the company, wounding
Captain Gabriel Archer in both his hands, and dangerously
hurting one of the seamen.
Captain Gosnold gave command for the firearms to be discharged,
whereupon the savages disappeared suddenly, and without delay
our people returned to the fleet.