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came to a small stream. I was very thirsty and I scooped some of the water up in my hand, and drank it. ,
Then I continued to go along through the woods. I was very anxious to get to the shore, for fear the vessel would be gone. But the greater my anxiety, the less seemed to be my chance of getting out of the forest. It was quite cloudy, and I had no means of telling the direction in which I was going.
For four hours I continued to push on, imagining that I was going toward the shore ; but, what was my astonishment and grief, at length to find myself returned, to the same spot where I had remained during the night.
I was a good deal discouraged, for I was quite lame, and felt myself very weary. But as I deemed it folly to despair, so long as anything could be done, I set about climbing up the precipice, in hopes of seeing the sea.
After climbing to a considerable height, I saw the highlands, which I knew formed the
coast. I now descended, and determining to be more cautious than before, I guided my course, as I had seen the Indians do, many years before, in Vermont. I will tell
how this is done, so that if you ever get lost in the woods, you may be able to get out.
I looked forward, and fixing my eye upon three trees that ranged with each other, I went forward to the farthest of them. I then observed three other trees that ranged in the same way, and proceeded as before. In this manner, I soon reached the open ground.
Being clear of the woods, I now began to consider the probability, that the vessel had been driven off by the gale. As fast as I could, I ascended a hill, from which I knew that I could see the place, where the vessel had been anchored.
With a beating heart, I reached the top, and all my fears were realized. The gale was still blowing upon the shore, and the surf came tumbling and foaming against the rocks. But the ship was gone! With an anxious eye,
I looked over the water, in every direction, but nothing could I see, but the rolling and restless billows.
Weary and disappointed, I sat down upon the ground. For sometime, I gave myself up to the most melancholy thoughts. But after awhile, I grew very hungry, and began to look about for something to eat.
But I saw nothing fit for food. At length, overcome with fatigue, I laid myself down, and fell asleep.
I slept for many hours, and when I awoke, it was again night. I was also very much alarmed to observe at a little distance from me a bright fire, and at least twenty savages around it. Most of them were men, and the
I was but a few rods from them, and it was impossible to think of escape.
I however remained still, but at length, a party of ten or twelve others, came up the hill, and were on the point of stumbling over me. I rose up, and they rushed upon me with a loud
shout. They then hurried me along to the fire, where I was immediately stripped of my hat, jacket, waistcoat, and shoes. My knife and tobacco box were taken from me, and I was pulled about in the rudest manner.
The women, in particular, treated me in a very rough way, and seemed to manifest toward me most savage feelings. After this, several of the chiefs went aside, and talked a good deal to themselves. I supposed they were holding a council, to determine what should be done with me.
I had very little doubt they would resolve to kill me, and one of them came forward, with a short war club in his hand, I believe for that purpose. But another chief interfered and my life was spared.
They then brought some meat in a basket, and they all sat down, and began to eat. 1 knew that these people made it a practice to eat human flesh, and I have very little doubt but what they were then eating the body of some captive taken in war. They offered me some of the meat, but I refused it with a shudder. They then gave me some potatoes, which had been roasted in the fire, and these I found very good.
After remaining here for two or three hours, the savages went away, and took me with them. We went to a village, about two miles distant, and here I was kept for two days. On the third day, the storm had entirely abated. All at once, there was a great bustle in the village; then the men all went off, and left me in charge of some of the women.
I had now no doubt that our vessel had returned, for I observed that all the men ran toward the shore. I endeavoured by signs, to inquire of the women, if the vessel had come back, but I could not make them understand me.
I resolved to wait a little while, till the vessel' had probably anchored, and then try to make my escape by running. After waiting about two hours, I prepared to make the attempt. Taking advantage of the moment, when the faces of the women who guarded me, were
sprang up, and rushed out of the cabin, or hut, in which I was confined.