No Pay No Work
The Old Arm-Chair
Coals of Fire
The Little Hero Of Haarlem
The Grand Falls of the St. John
The Power of Kindness
A Mother's Love
The Abenaqui's Story
Falls of Niagara
Lost In The Woods
The Arctic Regions
THE POWER OF KINDNESS.
WILLIAM PENN, the founder of Philadelphia, in the
United States, always treated the Indians with justice
and kindness. The founders of colonies have too often
trampled on the rights of the natives, and seized their
lands by force. But this was not the method of Penn.
He bought their land from the Indians, and paid them;
he made a treaty with them, and kept it. He always
treated them as men.
After his first purchase was made, Penn became
desirous of obtaining another portion of their lands,
and offered to buy it. They returned for answer that
they had no wish to sell the spot where their fathers
were buried; but to please their father Onas, as they
named Penn, they said that they would sell him a part
of it. A bargain accordingly was concluded, that in
return for a certain amount of English goods, Penn,
should have as much land as a young man could travel
round in one day. But after the land was measured,
the Indians were greatly dissatisfied; for the young
Englishman walked much faster and further than they
had expected. Penn noticed their dissatisfaction, and
asked the cause.--"The walker cheated us," they re-
plied. "Ah, how can that be?" said Penn, "did you
not ourselves choose to have the land measured in
this way?" -- "True," answered the Indians, "but
white brother make a big walk." Some of Penn's
comrades became indignant, and insisted that as the
bargain was a fair one, the Indians should be com-
pelled to abide by it. "Compelled," exclaimed Penn;
"how can you compel them without bloodshed?" Then
turning to the Indians, he said, "Well, brothers, if we
have given you too little for your land, how much
more will satisfy?" This proposal gratified them.
The additional cloth and fish-hooks which they asked
were cheerfully given; and the Indians, shaking hands
with Penn, went away perfectly pleased. When they
were gone, the governor, looking round on his friends,
exclaimed, "Oh, how cheap and mighty a thing is
kindness? Some of you spoke of compelling these
poor creatures to abide by their bargain; I have com-
pelled them, but by another force than the sword--the
force of kindness!"
Nor did Penn go unrewarded for this kind conduct.
The red men of the forest became the warm friends of
the white stranger. Towards Penn and his followers
they buried the war-hatchet. And when the colony of
Pennsylvania was pressed for provisions during a time
of scarcity, the Indians came cheerfully forward to its
assistance with the produce of their hunting.
--The Law of Kindness.