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came near the village the names of those who had fallen in battle. As each name was called, the wife or mother of the slain man rent the air with sudden cry and wail, so that the whole village vi­brated with the sound of sorrow as the victorious warriors drew near. In the midst of all this com­motion the aged watcher remained motionless, giv­ing no sign of emotion as the wailing grew in vol­ume, and stirring not even when he heard the names of his two sons called in the long death-roll.
"As the warriors entered the village, the Herald proclaimed the names of those who had distinguished themselves in that memorable fight. Slowly the men of valour approached their aged chief, who bowed acknowledgment as each one spoke and laid at his feet a trophy of war.
"Among the veterans came a young warrior, who, in this his first battle, had, in a hand to hand con­test, wrenched a club from the grasp of his antago­nist, and had slain the enemy with his own weapon. This club he presented to the old man, recounting the deed. The chief, lifting the weapon, exclaimed with a dramatic laugh : 'Ha, ha, ha ! It is thus you should treat your enemies, that they may fear you. My exhortations to our young men have not fallen
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