| 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 |
SURPRISED BY SAVAGES
THE fort, as it was called, had been built only of the
branches of trees, and might easily have been overrun by
savages bent on doing us harm.
It was while Master Wingfield, with thirty of the gentlemen,
was gone to visit Powhatan's village, and the others were
hunting for gold, leaving only my master and the preacher to
look after the serving men and the laborers, that upward of an
hundred naked savages suddenly came down upon us, counting to
make an end of all who were in the town.
It was a most fearsome sight to see the brown men, their bodies
painted with many colors, carrying bows and arrows, dash out
from among the trees bent on taking our lives, and for what
seemed a very long while our people ran here and there like
ants whose nest has been broken in upon.
 Captain Smith gave no heed to his own safety; but shouted for
all to take refuge in our house of logs, while Master Hunt
did what he might to aid in the defence; yet, because there
had been no exercise at arms, nor training, that each should
know what was his part at such a time, seventeen of the
people were wounded, some grievously, and one boy, James
Brumfield of whom I have already spoken, was killed by an
arrow piercing his eye.
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