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Through the Looking Glass

Lewis Carroll

Mortal Coils

Aldous Huxley

Tao Te Ching

Lao Tzu, James Legge (trans.)

Paradoxes of the Highest Science

Eliphas Levi

Grey Hawk

by James Macaulay


The old chief returned a few days afterwards. He brought with him an old white hat, which I knew, from a mark in the crown inside, to be that of my brother. He said he had killed all my father's family, and the negroes, and the horses, and had brought my brother's hat that I might see he spoke the truth. I now believed that my friends had all been cut off, and was on that account the less anxious to return. This, I think, was the purpose of the old man, who was thereby relieved from the fear of my leaving them, for I had now become more useful to him as a drudge in all sorts of work.

But only a small part of his story was true. Long after, when I had left my life among the Indians, I went to see Kish-kaw-ko, who was in prison at Detroit, and 1 asked him, " Is it true that your father has killed all my relations?" He told me it was not true; that Manitoo-gheezik, the year after I was taken, returned to the woods near our house, about the same season; that, as on the preceding year, he had watched my father and his people planting corn, from morning to noon; that then they all went into the house except my brother (who was then nineteen years of age). He remained in the field ploughing with a span of horses, having the lines about his neck, when the Indians rushed upon him. The horses, terrified, started to run. My brother was entangled in the lines and thrown down, when the Indians seized him. The horses they killed, and carried my brother away into the woods. They crossed the Ohio before night, and had proceeded a good distance in their way up the Miami. At night they bound my brother to a tree, securely as they thought. His hands and arms were tied behind him, and there were cords HUNGER AND ILL-TREATMENT. t$

round his neck and breast, but having managed to bite through some of the cords, he got a knife that was in his pocket, with which he cut himself loose. He immediately ran towards the Ohio, at which he arrived, and which he swam across, and reached my father's house at sunrise in the morning. The Indians were roused by the noise he made at first getting away, and pursued him into the woods, but in the darkness of the night were not able to overtake him. His hat had been left in the camp, and this they brought to make me believe that they had killed him.

All this I learned long after. In the belief that my father and his people were dead, I remained another year with the Indians under Manito-o-gheezik, gradually having less and less hope ot escape, although I did not forget what the traders on the Maumee had said about coming to fetch me. I wished they would remember their promise. It was a life of much misery. Often the men got drunk and sought to kill me. At such times I ran and hid myself in the woods, and dared not return till the drunken bout was over. They got the rum from other Indians, who had obtained it in bartering with the traders. During these two years the suffering at times from actual hunger was terrible. Though strangers, not of the family, sometimes gave me food, I had never enough to eat. If it had not been for the old woman— "the Otter woman " as they called her, the Otter being her totem, or mark—and her daughter I must have perished of hunger. Kish-kaw-ko, the eldest son, was only a slight degree less savage and cruel than the father

and the two younger brothers, who continually maltreated me. Only once while I was at Sau-ge-nong did I ever see white men. Then a small boat passed, and the Indians took me out to it in a canoe, threatening to kill me if I said anything, but rightly supposing that my wretched appearance might excite the compassion of the traders or whatever white men they might be in the boat. They threw to me some bread, apples, and other things, all which, except one apple, the Indians took from me.

I had been a little more than two years at Sau-genong when a great council was called by the British agents at Mackinac. This council was attended by the Sioux, the Winnebagoes, and many remote tribes of Indians, as well as by the Ojibbeways, Ottawwaws, and others nearer the place of council. Manito-o-gheezik went, and on his return I soon learned that he had there met his kinswoman, Net-no-kwa, who, notwithstanding her sex, was regarded as the principal chief of all the Ottawwaws. This woman had lost her son, of about my age, by death; and having heard of me from some of our people, she wished to purchase me to supply her son's place. Whether this is common, or whether she was struck with the fancy on hearing that it had been done by " the Otter woman," the wife of Manito, her kinsman, I do not know. When my Indian mother, the Otter woman, heard the proposal she was angry, and vehemently protested. I heard her say, "My son was dead and has been restored to me; I cannot lose him again." She really had come to regard me with


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