Full text: The story of Columbus and the World's Columbian Exposition

GuacaNaGARI Proves A FrIgEND—CoLony TO BE FoRMED— 
Cotumpus Saits AND Meets PinzoN—THEY Start FOR 
Wee Guacanagari came on board as a friend, his heart 
i cherished the most hospitable and kindly intentions, and 
to Columbus he must have been welcome as the sunlight. 
Every act of his seemed patterned after a generous model. He 
had already furnished three houses to shelter the Spaniards, 
and to hold the articles taken from the wreck, and he offered 
to provide more if they were needed. 
While conversing with the admiral and again renewing his 
assurances of friendship, a canoe came up from a remote part 
of the island, full of natives, bringing pieces of gold to be 
traded for hawks’ bells. The Indians were passionately fond — 
of dancing, which they performed to the time of songs, and 
the beating of a sort of drum made from the trunk of a tree — 
and the rattling of small hollow pieces of wood. When they 
received the hawks’ bells they hung them about their persons, 
and as their clear, tinkling music rang out, their joy ges no 
bounds. 3 | 
The sailors who came back, told Columbus that gold had 
been found quite plentifully, and that the natives parted with it 
for the veriest trifle. Guacanagari, observing the face of the 
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