AT THIS time there happened a remarkable thing. I know not whether the story told by Plato be true, that one Herus Armenius (whom Clemens will have to be Zoroaster), being slain in war, lay ten days among the dead, and then, being brought away and on the twelfth day laid on a funeral pile, he came to life again. But it is true that one Simon Stone, being here wounded with shot in nine several places, lay for dead (as it was time!) among the dead. The Indians coming to strip him attempted with two several blows of an hatchet at his neck to cut off his head, which blows added, you may be sure, more enormous wounds unto those portholes of death, at which the life of the poor man was already running out as fast as it could. Being charged hard by Lieutenant Bancroft, they left the man without scalping him; and the English now coming to bury the dead, one of the soldiers perceived this poor man to fetch a gasp, whereupon an Irish fellow then present advised them to give him another dab with an hatchet, and so bury him with the rest. The English, detesting this barbarous advice, lifted up the wounded man and poured a little fair water into his mouth, at which he coughed; then they poured a little strong water after it, at which he opened his eyes. The Irish fellow was ordered now to hail a canoe ashore to carry the wounded men up the river unto a chirurgeon; and as Teague was foolishly pulling the canoe ashore with the cock of his gun, while he held the muzzle in his hand, his gun went off and broke his arm, whereof he remains a cripple to this day. But Simon Stone was thoroughly cured, and is at this day a very lusty man; and as he was born with two thumbs on one hand, his neighbors have thought him to have at least as many hearts as thumbs!
Reader, let us leave it now unto the sons of Aesculapius to
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Publication information: Book title: America Begins:Early American Writing. Contributors: Richard M. Dorson - Editor. Publisher: Pantheon. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1950. Page number: 142.