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four and five foot about and twenty feet in
length, on which our swine feasted. This
creature has very short legs, insomuch that
it rather drags along than walks, and it is
easy to follow the track of it, either among
the weeds or on the sands, where it has
been. It is very ravenous, and attacks either
Men or beasts when they are within reach
in the river, and comes also ashore to seek
for food. It has this particular quality, that
it flies from such as pursue and pursues
those who fly from it. I have shot many
Of them dead.
The woods are composed of trees of several
sorts. There are oaks, some of them
ever-green and never without leaves, others
like ours in Europe, bearing a fruit much
like our galls, and lose their leaves in winter,
and another sort not unlike ours in
Prance, but the bark of them thicker; these,
as well as the second sort, bear an acorn,
differing from ours both in taste and
There is a sort of tree which bears small
berries, which, when ripe, are red and indifferent
pleasant. It bears twice a year, but
the second crop never ripens. There is anOther
tree, bearing a fruit not unlike cassia
intaste and virtue.
There are others of the sort I had seen
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