The Beaver, who happened to hear the remark, Protested, with tears in its eyes, That not even the rapture of hunting the Snark Could atone for that dismal surprise!
Yet still, ever after that sorrowful day, Whenever the Butcher was by, The Beaver kept looking the opposite way, And appeared unaccountably shy.
He came as a Butcher: but gravely declared, When the ship had been sailing a week, He could only kill Beavers.
So it would seem, Three Eagles," Grey Beaver answered, lying his hand on the cub; "and this be the sign of it.
Then Grey Beaver took a knife from a sheath that hung around his neck, and went into the thicket and cut a stick.
Grey Beaver made mouth-noises which White Fang interpreted as not hostile, so he came still nearer.
He heard Grey Beaver chuckle above him, and he knew the sound was not hostile.
But Grey Beaver laughed loudly, and slapped his thighs, and told the happening to all the rest of the camp, till everybody was laughing uproariously.
A few beavers were taken every night, and salmon trout of a small size, so that the camp had principally to subsist upon dried buffalo meat.
Food was given to both; they skulked about the camp like hungry hounds, seeking what they might devour, and having gathered up the feet and entrails of some beavers that were lying about, slunk off with them to their den among the rocks.
Just as he ended his address, the head of a large beaver was thrust from the door of a lodge, whose earthen walls had been much injured, and which the party had believed, from its situation, to be uninhabited.
As the Indians moved away in a body, and with a step that would have been inaudible to the ears of any common man, the same venerable-looking beaver once more ventured his head from its cover.