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INDIAN STORY AND SONG
enemy, but the Leader paused and addressed the youth: —
"Was it here that you saw the enemy? "
"Yes."
"Look on the ground and tell me what you see? "
Surprised at the words, yet obedient, he turned his scrutiny from the trees to the grass upon which they stood, and detected there the traces of the feet of an animal. As he gazed silently at the tracks, absorbed in his thoughts, the dawn came slowly on. The Leader was the first to speak : —
"I had seen a wolf pass here when I was going the rounds of the camp, and when you reported to me I had but just returned to my bed. I arose and came with you, to be quite sure that we had both looked in the same direction and had seen the same thing. A warrior must learn to distinguish a man from a wolf, even in the darkness of midnight."
The youth heard the words in silence. At last he said, "A warrior has much to learn; and it is well if, while he learns, he brings no trouble to his friends." Then, standing beside the veteran Leader, in the light of the coming day, he sud­denly broke into song, voicing there on the instant the feeling born of his night's experience.
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E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III