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The Leader, looking around upon his followers, lifted his voice and said : —
"This was a warrior, who died the death of a warrior. There was joy in his voice! "
The men to whom the strange experience nar­rated in this story came, afterward banded thenv selves together in order the better to serve their people, to present to the young men of the tribe an example of generosity in time of peace and of steadfast valour on the field of battle. They kept together during their lives and added to their num­ber, so that the society they formed continued to exist through generations.
The story and song which has been handed down through all these years as the inspiration of the founders of the Ma-wa'-da-ni Society, embodies a truth honoured among all peoples, — that death can­not silence the voice of one who confronts danger with unflinching courage, giving his life in the defence of those dependent upon his prowess. Such a man might fall in the trackless wilderness, and his bones lie unhonoured and unburied until they blanched with age: still his voice would ring out in the solitude until its message of courage and joy should find an echo in the heart of the living.
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E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III