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one hand and two in the other, and they, finding themselves descending, fluttered out their pinions instinctively.
6. The boy, too, had on a carter's frock, secured round the neck, which, filling with air from beneath, buoyed him up like a balloon, and he descended smoothly to the ground; when, looking up, he exclaimed to his companion, “Now you shall have none !” and ran away, sound in every limb, to the astonishment of the inhabitants, who, with inconceivable horror, had witnessed his descent.
CHAPTER X X XIII.
TO A SNOW-BIRD.
1. LITTLE “ chipping, ," "chipping” bird,
Why is it thy notes are heard
2. Dost thou love this frosty air?
Dost thou love the trees all bare ?
3. Much I fear thy tiny feet
wilt thou say
4. Hark! dost hear the northern blast,
Howling, whirling, rushing past !
5. “No!” methinks I hear thee say;
“God protects me all the day;
2. She saw her brother Peterkin
Roll something large and round,
In playing there, had found;
3. Old Kaspar took it from the boy,
Who stood expectant by ;
And with a natural sigh,
8. “With fire and sword the country round
Was wasted far and wide,
And many an infant, died ;
9. “ They say it was a shocking sight,
After the field was won;
Lay rotting in the sun;
10. “Great praise the Duke of Marlb'ro' won,
And our good Prince Eugene."
Said little Wilhelmine.
Charles. Well, friend William ! I have sold you a noble province in North America ; but still I
suppose you have no thoughts of going thither yourself.
Penn. Yes, I have, I assure thee, friend Charles; and I am just come to bid thee farewell.
Char. What! venture yourself among the savages of North America! Why, man, what security have you
that you will not be in their war-kettle in two hours after setting foot on their shores?
Penn. The best security in the world.
Char. I doubt that, friend William ; I have no idea of any security against those cannibals, but in a regiment of good soldiers, with their muskets and bayonets. And mind I tell you beforehand, that, with all my good will for you and your family, to whom I am under obligations, I will not send a single soldier with you.
Penn. I want none of thy soldiers, Charles; I depend on something better than thy soldiers.
Char. Ah! and what may that be?
Penn. Why, I depend upon themselves — on the workings of their own hearts on their notions of justice - on their moral sense.
Char. A fine thing, this same moral sense, no doubt; but I fear you will not find much of it among the Indians of North America.
Penn. And why not among them, as well as others ?
Char. Because, if they had possessed any, they would not have treated my subjects so barbarously as they have done.
Penn. That is no proof to the contrary, friend Charles. Thy subjects were the aggressors. When thy subjects first went to North America, they found these poor people the fondest and kindest creatures in the world. Every day they would watch for them to come ashore, and hasten to meet them, and feast them on the best fish, and venison, and
corn, which was all that they had. In return for this hospitality of the savages, as we call them, thy subjects, termed Christians, seized on their country and rich hunting grounds, for farms for themselves! Now, is it to be wondered at, that these much injured people should have been driven to desperation by such injustice; and that, burning with revenge, they should have committed some excesses ?
Char. Well, then, I hope you will not complain when they come to treat you in the same manner.
Penn. I am not afraid of it.
Char. Ah! how will you avoid it? You mean to get their hunting grounds too, I suppose ?
Penn. Yes, but not by driving these poor people away from them.
Char. No, indeed! How, then, will you get the lands? Penn. I mean to buy their lands of them.
Char. Buy their lands of them! Why, man, you have already bought them of me.
Penn. Yes, I know I have, and at a dear rate, too; but I did it only to get thy good will, not that I thought thou hadst any right to their lands.
Char. How, man! no right to their lands !