SIGNS OF REBELLION
NOW it can well be understood that such measures as these
caused no little in the way of rebellion, and during the two
hours Nicholas Skot cried the proclamation through the streets
and lanes of the village, the gentlemen who had
 determined to
resist Captain Smith were in a fine state of ferment.
It was as if a company of crazy men had been suddenly let
loose among us. Not content with plotting secretly against
my master, they must needs swagger about, advising others
to join them in their rebellion, and everywhere could be
heard oaths and threats, in such language as was like to
cause honest men's hair to stand on end.
For a short time Nathaniel Peacock and I actually trembled
with fear, believing the house of logs would be pulled down
over our heads, for no less than a dozen of the so called
gentlemen were raging and storming outside; but disturbing
Captain Smith not one whit. He sat there, furbishing his
matchlock as if having nothing better with which to occupy
the time; but, as can well be fancied, drinking in every word
of mutiny which was uttered.
Then, as if he would saunter out for a stroll, the captain
left the house, which was much the same as inviting these
 ones to attack him; but they lacked the courage,
for he went to the fort without being molested.