A DAY OF FESTIVITIES
THE Indians had come out from their villages for
a frolic, and the fact that the governor was hidden
from their view did not prevent them from having it.
Some of the younger ones ran races, in which we
lads joined; but we did not make a very good
showing, for when it came to fleetness of foot, the savages
could beat us out of sight.
That the day might be remembered, some of the
women sent out food for all who were gathered
around the pond; the Indians brought acorns, which
 we roasted by fires built for that purpose, and the
squaws came laden with hominy, or Indian corn
roasted before being bruised in one of the stone mortars,
and then boiled. They also had baked a large lot
of taw-ho, the root of a plant said to be poisonous; but
the savages seem to thrive on it, as they do on
katniss, which looks to be much the same as taw-ho,
save that the roots are larger.
Well, as I have said, all the men and lads of the
town who were not gathered at the tavern, as well
as the Indians, squaws, and papooses, which last are
brown babies, were gathered by the pond taking
part in racing and leaping, when who should appear
but our William Penn, having come to see those who
were making his city.
As a matter of course, all the chief men followed
at his heels, and we lads gave way, thinking it was not
seemly to indulge in such trifling sports while the
governor was present; but he, speaking as if we were
his equals, insisted that the sports should go on.
He even seated himself on the ground where he
could see what was being done, and one of the squaws,
most like not knowing that William Penn was the
owner of all the country, offered him roasted acorns
To my surprise he took the food as if f it were
something of which he stood greatly in need, and ate heartily
 while he watched the savages jump over each other's
backs, every man striving to outstrip his neighbor
in the distance leaped.
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