The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 3

By Edgar Allan Poe

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feet long and five
broad, there were a hundred and ten savages in all. They were about the
ordinary stature of Europeans, but of a more muscular and brawny frame.
Their complexion a jet black, with thick and long woolly hair. They were
clothed in skins of an unknown black animal, shaggy and silky, and made
to fit the body with some degree of skill, the hair being inside,
except where turned out about the neck, wrists, and ankles. Their arms
consisted principally of clubs, of a dark, and apparently very heavy
wood. Some spears, however, were observed among them, headed with flint,
and a few slings. The bottoms of the canoes were full of black stones
about the size of a large egg.

When they had concluded their harangue (for it was clear they intended
their jabbering for such), one of them who seemed to be the chief stood
up in the prow of his canoe, and made signs for us to bring our boats
alongside of him. This hint we pretended not to understand, thinking
it the wiser plan to maintain, if possible, the interval between us, as
their number more than quadrupled our own. Finding this to be the case,
the chief ordered the three other canoes to hold back, while he advanced
toward us with his own. As soon as he came up with us he leaped on board
the largest of our boats, and seated himself by the side of Captain
Guy, pointing at the same time to the schooner, and repeating the word
Anamoo-moo! and Lama-Lama! We now put back to the vessel, the four
canoes following at a little distance.

Upon getting alongside, the chief evinced symptoms of extreme surprise
and delight, clapping his hands, slapping his thighs and breast, and
laughing obstreperously. His followers behind joined in his merriment,
and for some minutes the din was so excessive as to be absolutely
deafening. Quiet being at length restored, Captain Guy ordered the boats
to be hoisted up, as a necessary precaution, and gave the chief (whose
name we soon found to be Too-wit) to understand that we could admit no
more than twenty of his men on deck at one time. With this arrangement
he appeared perfectly satisfied, and gave some directions to the canoes,
when one of them approached, the rest remaining about fifty yards off.
Twenty of the savages now got on board, and proceeded to ramble over
every part of the deck, and scramble about among the rigging, making
themselves much at home, and examining every article with great
inquisitiveness.

It was quite evident that they

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