| 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 |
BAKING BREAD WITHOUT OVENS
IT was in this town of Powhatan's that I discovered how to
bake bread without an oven or other fire than what might be
built on the open ground, and it was well I had my eyes open
at that time, otherwise Captain Smith and I had gone supperless
to bed again and again, for there were many days when our
stomachs cried painfully because of emptiness.
While my master was talking with the king, Powhatan, on
matters concerning affairs at Jamestown, I saw an Indian
girl, whose name I afterward came to know was Pocahontas,
making bread, and observed her carefully. She had white
meal, but whether of barley, or the wheat called Indian
corn, or Guinny wheat I could not say, and this she mixed
into a paste
 with hot water; making it of such thickness
that it could easily be rolled into little balls or cakes.
After the mixture had been thus shaped, she dropped the
balls into a pot of boiling water, letting them stay there
until well soaked, when she laid them on a smooth stone in
front of the fire until they had hardened and browned like
unto bread that has been cooked in the oven.
But I have set myself to the task of telling how we of
Jamestown lived during that time when my master was much
the same as the head of the government, and it is not well
to begin the story with bread making.
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