As the party were putting in for the shore shortly after noon to search for food a slender, naked savage watched them for a moment from behind the dense screen of verdure which lined the river's bank, then he melted away up-stream before any of those in the canoe discovered him.
Kaviri's own canoe went in advance of the others a short distance, and as it rounded a sharp bend in the river where the swift current bore it rapidly on its way it came suddenly upon the thing that Kaviri sought.
Then he stood waiting, for there was but one canoe and two men--little danger to him and his followers in that.
Now the canoe was within easy speaking distance of the shore.
Damon drew back so suddenly that he tilted the canoe, and the black paddlers looked around wonderingly.
"Wait, I'll show you," and he called up the canoe just behind.
It is possible that Heyward's estimate of danger differed in some degree from that of the scout, for, instead of replying, he now sat in silence, while the canoe glided over several miles of water.
The eyes of the Sagamore moved warily from islet to islet, and copse to copse, as the canoe proceeded; and, when a clearer sheet of water permitted, his keen vision was bent along the bald rocks and impending forests that frowned upon the narrow strait.
They were resolute, however, and launched their boat, while the wary chieftain followed at some short distance in his canoe. Scarce had they rowed a mile, when a wave broke over their boat and upset it.
When the weather had moderated and the sea became tranquil, the one-eyed chief of the Chinooks manned his state canoe, and conducted his guests in safety to the ship, where they were welcomed with joy, for apprehensions had been felt for their safety.
"Our king and headmen held council, and I was one in the canoe
that paddled all afternoon and all night across the lagoon, bringing word to the people of Pauloo that in the morning we would attack the fishing camps at the one time and that it was for them to take the schooner.
Dag Daughtry made the lip-noise so low that the old man did not hear, and Michael, springing clear from sand to canoe
, was on board without wetting his feet.
It was all grass clear to the canoe
, so I hadn't left a track.
“Approach, Mohegan,” said Marmaduke; “approach, Leather-Stocking, and load your canoe
, many canoes
, urged by paddles or sailed before the wind by the weight of the freshening South East trade on spread fronds of coconut palms, moved across the smooth surface of the lagoon.