The next day they rose at five; their morning
prayers were finished, when, as the day dawned, a war-whoop and a flight of arrows announced an attack from Indians
They were of the tribe of the
Nausites, who knew the English
as kidnappers; but the encounter was without further result.
Again the boat's crew give thanks to God, and steer their bark along the coast for the distance of fifteen leagues.
But no convenient harbor is discovered.
The pilot of the boat, who had been in these regions before, gives assurance of a good one, which may be reached, before night; and they follow his guidance.
After some hours' sailing, a storm of snow and rain begins; the sea swells; the rudder breaks; the boat must now be steered with oars; the storm increases; night is at hand; to reach the harbor before dark, as much sail as possible is borne; the mast breaks into three pieces; the sail falls overboard; but the tide is favorable.
The pilot, in dismay, would have run the boat on shore in a cove full of breakers.
‘About with her,’ exclaimed a sailor, ‘or we are cast away.’
They get her about immediately, and, passing over the surf, they enter a fair sound, and shelter themselves under the lee of a small rise of land.
It is dark, and the rain beats furiously; yet the men are so wet, and cold, and weak, they slight the danger to be apprehended from the savages, and, after great difficulty.
kindle a fire on shore.
Morning, as it dawned, showed the place to be a
small island within the entrance of a harbor.
Tile day was required for rest and preparations.
was precious; the season advancing; their companions were left in suspense.
The next day was the ‘Christian Sabbath.’
Nothing marks the character