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has now become a floating one, to be overwhelmed

by the first outburst of the storm. Make the floating

Island firm and stationary. Posterity will praise thee

for it, and the memory of it will never fade. At the

first news of that death, we abandoned everything,

and brought only tears with us, being quite prepared

to receive thy orders and to comply with thy demand.

Therefore, speak now, and ask whatever satisfaction

thou wishest, for our lives and our property belong

to thee. And, when we strip our children to bring

thee the satisfaction that thou desirest, we shall tell

them that it is not thee whom they must blame, but

him who has made us criminals by striking so evil a

blow. Against him shall our indignation be turned,

and for thee we shall never have aught but love. He

had caused our deaths, and thou wilt restore us to

life, provided thou wilt speak and tell us thy

thoughts."

[128] After replying to that harangue, we placed

in their hands a bundle of small sticks, a little larger

and thicker than matches, tied together; these

indicated the number of presents that we desired as

satisfaction for the murder. Our Christians had

informed us of all their customs, and had strongly

urged us to be firm if we did not wish completely

to spoil matters pertaining to God and those that

concerned ourselves,— which they considered as

their own affair, and the greatest interest they had in

the world.

The Captains at once divided the sticks among

themselves, so that, as each Nation provided a portion

of the presents demanded, reparation was made

to us according to the custom of the country. But

it was necessary for each one to return to his own

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