Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 250 SOUTHWARD HO !
ample at the feast for all the parties. Each will get enough,
and probably of the very commodity he desires. If he does
not, it is only because there is not quite enough for all, and the
dish happens to be nearer me than him ! Nevertheless, we
take for granted that harmony will furnish the atmosphere of
the feast to-day. It will render grateful the various dishes of
which we partake. It will assist us in their digestion. We
will eat and drink in good humor, and rise in good spirits.
Each one will entertain and express his proper sentiments, and,
as our mutual comfort will depend upon a gentlemanly conduct,
so no one will say or do anything to make his neighbor feel
uncomfortable. If you know that the person next to you has
a corn upon his toe, you will not tread on it in order to compel
his attention to your wants ; and, should you see another about
to swallow a moderate mouthful of cauliflower, it will not be
your care to whisper a doubt if the disquiet of the person in the
adjoining cabin was not clearly the result of cabbage and chol-
era. This forbearance is the secret of harmony, and I trust we
shall this day enjoy it as the best salad to our banquet.
And now, how much of this harmony is possessed among
our people in the states ? Are you satisfied that there is any
such feeling prevailing in the nation, when, in all its states, it
assembles in celebration of this common anniversary ? Hearken
to the commentary. Do you hear that mighty .liellabaloo in the
East ? It comes from Massachusetts Bay. It is just such an
uproar as we. have heard from that quarter for a hundred years.
First, it fell upon the ears of the people of Mohegan, and Nar-
aganset, and Coneaughtehoke---the breechless Indians�and
it meant massacre. The Indians perished by sword-cut and
arquebus-shot and traffic�scalps being bought at five shillings
per head, till the commodity grew too scarce for even cupidity
to make capital with. Very brief, however, was the interval
that followed. Our Yankee brethren are not the people to
suffer their neighbors to be long at peace, or to be themselves
pacific. Very soon, and there was another hellabaloo ! The
victims this time were the Quakers ; and they had to fly from a
region of so much prosperity, using their best legs, in order to
keep their simple scalps secure under their broad brims. What
was to be done to find food for the devouring appetite of these