PENN JOINS IN THE SPORTS
THEN it was our governor did that which caused
the heart of every lad present to warm toward him,
for when the Indians had done their best, and the
victor was pluming himself over the knowledge that
he had distanced all the others, William Penn,
throwing off his coat, made a straightaway leap, seemingly
without exerting himself overly much.
A great shout went up from the Indians, who
gathered around quickly to measure the distance covered,
and then we white people yelled ourselves hoarse,
for the governor had leaped a good four inches further
than the best of the savage jumpers.
From that moment our William Penn had a warm
place in the heart of every man and boy, white or
brown. He had shown that he was not one of those
high and mighty ones, who, because of being set to
rule over the people, holds himself aloof, as if made
of better stuff than those under him, and we loved
him for it.
The sports went on, after a time, the governor
remaining with us, watching eagerly all that took
 place; but he did not give any further proof of what
he could do, much to our disappointment.
Because of his eating what had been brought by
the savages, as well as that sent to the pond by our
mothers, the men of the town could do no less than
follow his example, and while the women of
Philadelphia were straining themselves to cook that which
should particularly tempt the appetite, all hands
were feasting on the food of the Indians.
A merry time did we have of it on that first day
after William Penn came among us, and if it so be
that there is ever a festival in Philadelphia which
can surpass it, I shall be much surprised.
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