MODE OF WARFARE. 123
"The Guinans," said he to me, without drawing in any way on my patience, " wear the same arms as we do. They are neither stronger, nor more skilful, nor more vigorous. We have two modes of fighting them. Sometimes we give them a grand battle at mid-day, and then we meet them face to face, under a burning sun ; at other times, during some dark night, we creep in silence to their dwelling-places, and if we be able to surprise any of them we cut off their heads, which we take away with us, and then we get up a feast, such as you have already witnessed."
That word " feast " recalled to my mind the sanguinary orgie, or carousing, I had been present at, and particularly the share I had taken in it, so that I felt I was blushing and growing pale by turns. The Indian took no heed of it, and went on thus :
" In the grand battles all the men belonging to a village are compelled to take up arms, and to march against the foe." In the grand battles all the men belonging to a village are compelled to take up arms, and to march against the foe.