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THE HE-DHU'-SHKA
"If a youth passed by, singing his death song, the old man would ask : —
11 'Who is that young man? He promises well.' Upon being told whose son he was, the aged man shouted: 'Ho-o! You have the spirit of your father. Be like him : turn not your face from the foe!'
"All day the old man stood at his door as though rooted to the ground. As the hours sped on, fainter and fainter grew the shouts and the cries of the con­tending men, until finally the sounds died away. Even then the venerable man moved not from his tent, but still stood watching. Lower and lower dropped the sun toward the western horizon, and all through the village anxious faces were turned in the direction whence the last sound of the fight had been heard. Suddenly a woman cried,—
'* * There they come!'
"At her words the old man leaned forward, straining his dim eyes to discern the distant figures on the far-off hill. In single file, on the warriors came, one preceding another, according to the grade of the honours he had won in the battle. The Her­ald hastened forth from the village to meet them and to learn their tidings. After a halt he turned and came on in advance of the men, shouting as he
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E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III