Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
in one state, and had rather overthrow themselves, than
not attempt some new thing daily."
The first civil troubles among the colonists began about
a common soldier, named Guernache. He was a drum-
mer of the band, and for some offence, the character of
which is unknown, but which has been represented as too
small to have justified the severity with which he was
treated, he was hung without trial, by the orders of captain
Albert, This commander appears to have been of a stern,
uncompromising, and perhaps tyrannical temper. Such,
at least, is the description given of him by those whom
he ruled´┐Ża description not to be received without great
caution, since it is made to justify their own violent and
insubordinate conduct while under him. His usual treat-
ment of his men was said to be harsh and irritating ; and,
while they were yet aroused and angry because of his
alledged injustice to Guernache, he added still farther
to the provocation by degrading another soldier, a favorite
of the people, named La Chere. This man he banished
to a desert island about nine miles from the fort, and there
left him to starve without provisions ; his avowed desire
being, that he should perish of hunger. This conduct,
if truly reported, might well justify the mutiny which
followed. A threat of their imprudent commander, to
treat in like manner those who complained of this in-
justice, precipitated a revolt. The colonists conspired
against him, rose suddenly in arms and slew him. This
done, they brought the banished La Chere back from his
place of exile, where they found him almost famished.
They then chose a leader from their ranks in the person
of one Nicholas Barre', a man described by Laudonniere