In a Fishing Country

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Macmillan, 1922 - Camping - 263 pages
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Page 190 - ... cry announced, with sufficient intelligibility, the departure of the TURTLE. "A quarter .of an hour elapsed in silence, and I waited impatiently to discover what was to be the next incident in this scene of imposture. It consisted in the return of the spirit, whose voice was again heard, and who now delivered a continued speech. The language of the GREAT TURTLE, like that which we had heard before, was wholly unintelligible to every ear, that of...
Page 135 - The moon and the weather May change together; But change of the moon Does not change the weather. If we'd no moon at all, And that may seem strange, We still should have weather That's subject to change.
Page 190 - As he approached the tent the skins were lifted up as much as was necessary to allow of his creeping under them, on his hands and knees. His head was scarcely within side, when the edifice, massy as it has been described, began to shake ; and the skins were no sooner let fall, than the sounds of numerous voices were heard beneath them ; some yelling ; some barking as dogs ; some howling like wolves ; and in this horrible concert were mingled screams and sobs, as of despair, anguish, and the sharpest...
Page 111 - Is there nought in the heaven above, whence the hail and the levin are hurled, But the wind that is swept around us by the rush of the rolling world ; The wind that shall scatter my ashes, and bear me to silence and sleep With the dirge, and the sounds of lamenting, and voices of women who weep...
Page 27 - ... again. This animal was four hours about us, and apparently watching us. It came sometimes within twenty feet of the rock on which we were. It was at least from twenty to twenty-five feet long, and shaped exactly like a pike ; its jaws were from five to six feet long, with a row of large teeth on each side, of a yellowish colour. It kept itself sometimes for nearly a minute on the surface of the water.
Page 190 - Articulate speech was also uttered, as if from human lips ; but in a tongue unknown to any of the audience. After some time, these confused and frightful noises were succeeded by a perfect silence ; and now a voice, not heard before, seemed to manifest the arrival of a new character in the tent. This was a low and feeble voice, resembling the cry of a young puppy. The sound was no sooner distinguished, than all the Indians clapped their hands for joy, exclaiming, that this was the Chief Spirit, the...
Page 32 - ... this was beyond the Valley of the Shadow of Death, and also out of the reach of Giant Despair ; neither could they from this place so much as see Doubting Castle. Here they were within sight of the city they were going to ; also here met them some of the inhabitants thereof; for in this land the shining ones commonly walked, because it was upon the borders of heaven. In this land also the contract between the bride and the bridegroom was renewed : yea, here, as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the...
Page 190 - ... for spirits are supposed by the Indians to be as fond of tobacco as themselves. The tobacco accepted, he desired the priest to inquire whether or not the English were preparing to make war upon the Indians ? and whether or not there were at Fort Niagara a large number of English troops ? These questions having been put by the priest, the tent instantly shook; and for some seconds after it continued to rock so violently that I expected to see it levelled . with the ground.
Page 191 - At this, the transport was universal ; and, amid the clapping of hands, a hundred voices exclaimed, "I will go, too! I will go too !" The questions of public interest being resolved, individuals were now permitted to seize the opportunity of inquiring into the condition of their absent friends, and the fate of such as were sick. I observed that the answers, given to these questions, allowed of much latitude of interpretation.
Page 192 - I yielded to the solicita'ions of my own anxiety for the future; and having first, like the rest, made my offering of tobacco, I inquired, whether or not I should ever revisit my native country? The question being put by the priest, the tent shook as usual; after which I received this answer: " That I should take courage, and fear no dan" ger, for that nothing would happen to hurt me; and " that I should, in the end, reach my friends and

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