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with the deplorable sight of seeing a fellow mortal reduced to such extremity, afforded him all the relief in his power; he gave him such provisions as he had collected for himself, and with the greatest labour and fatigue conveyed him to his hut, which was above sixty miles distant from the place where the generous American found him. The savage expressed the strongest sense of gratitude to his deliverer; and at parting, told him, that if ever he should be so unfortunate as to see him in distress, he would spill the last drop of his blood to relieve him, or alleviate his sufferings,

In the beginning of the year seventeen hundred and fifty-cight, the generous American had the misfortune to be taken, with several others, by a party of Indians; and used with all the shocking barbarity these savage invaders so often exercised on the innocent inhabitants. At last, spent with fatigue, and the inhunian treatment

· bę. he had met with, he was unable to follow his unrelenting masters to their village ; he sunk under the weight of their savage cruelty, and expected every moment the friendly stroke that would put at once a period both to his life and sufferings. . · The Indians now gathered round him, and were just going to exercise on him their inhuman tortures, when a company of their countrymen joined them, in their return froin hunting, among which was the Indian whose life he had some years before so fortunately preserved. He viewed the unfortunate stranger with great attention, and soon perceived him to be no other than his former deliverer. Almost distracted at seeing his benefactor in such distress, he few to his assistance, raised his head from the earth, and used every method in his power to revive him, and fill his breast with the hopes of life and liberty.

His

His countrymen were amazed at his conduct; and one, more savage than the rest, endeavoured to separate him from the prisoner, and execute on him their brutal tortures. But the faithful Indian opposed his insulting countrymen, and related the obligation he was under of saving the prisoner from their fury; and supporting the life of a person to whom he was indebted for his own. " If you persist,” said he to his countrymen "in your design of destroying the prisoner, you must open a passage through my breast to strike the blow-He generously assisted me when hunger had almost deprived me of life; and I will now rescue him, or perish in the attempt."

The Indians applauded his conduct, and permitted him to dispose of the prisoner as he pleased. Having thus obtained the liberty of his deliverer, he conveyed him to his cabin, and by the most assiduous care and attention, recovered his health and

strength

strengih; and then conducted him through the forests to his habitation,

“ This instance of gratitude may serve to convince us, that the Indians, if properly instructed, might be rendered useful members of society; and perhaps many of their vices are owing to the pernicious examples of our own countrymen; who, instead of instilling into them the principles of virtue and religion, have debauched their morals, and taught them deceit instead of probity; and drunkenness instead of abstinence."

FATIMĄ.

FATIMA.

As Fatima was musing one day in herchamber, şhe perceived a fly entangled in the spider's web : the struggles it made to get loose, awoke her pity; and the exultation with which it soared about in the air, when she had delivered it from the danger, shewed its sense of the blessings of liberty. This thought awoke repinings in the mind of Fatima, that made all the splendour and pleasures that surrounded her tasteless. She retired into the garden to indulge her restless meditations, till wearied with wandering, she laid her down under the shade of a tree; she had not enjoyed the refreshment of slumber long, before she was awoke by a poignant sting from

a fly,

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