62 History of Marshfield.  

[Thanks to Linda Smith for transcribing this chapter]

number of poles together, began to push it backward against the house, but this fire was quenched by a sudden shower of rain.   The scene was terrific.   The Indians were transported with rage.   Their faces hideously caricatured with paint, their passionate gestures, and the wild and furious expression of their countenances, after the repeated obstacles which had prevented their purpose, all conspired to excite the unfortunate inmates of the house with the most gloomy and fearful apprehensions, but their courage never quailed.
   "The Indians offered no quarter, and they disdained to ask it, but with stout hearts stood steadily to the contest.   Within the house were seventy souls, and what added to the horror of the situation, many of them were women and children.   At last, by one of those chances which sometimes occur when all hopes of relief seem to be terminated, they were succored by a company of English from Boston, who marched to their relief, and they were relieved."
   The tribe of Narragansetts joined King Philip, but after our English soldiers enter their country, made peace with them, and among the articles of the treaty was the following:
   "VI.   The said gentlemen in the behalf of the governments to which they do belong, do engage to the said sachems and their subjects, that if they or any of them shall seize and bring into either the English governments (Colonies), or to Mr. Smith, inhabitants of Narragansett, Philip sachem alive, he or they so delivering shall receive for their pains, forty trucking cloth coats; in case they bring his head they shall have twenty like good coats paid them; for every living subject of said Philip's so delivered, the deliverer shall receive two coats, and for every head one coat, as a gratuity for their service herein, making it appear to satisfaction, that the heads or persons are belonging to the enemy, and that they are of their seizure."
   The generalship of our townsman and commander-in-chief was strikingly manifested by the victory gained over King


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