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The rain had now ceased entirely. The two Indians poled the dugout through the darkness until they reached the swamp, following a route known only to themselves, and soon were surrounded by a morass of trees, low growth, vines and shallow water. The promised island was reached within an hour. There they helped Cudjo lay his master on the chickee floor. This hut consisted of a raised platform of small logs covered by a roof of overlapping palmetto fronds, some hanging like an elongated fringe over the edges and comprising the only protec­tion against the elements of the otherwise open sides. Here William snuggled safely to sleep beneath his blanket to begin his restoration to health.

A few days later their two Indian friends stopped by on a hunting expedition. Cudjo understood their gutteral lingo of mixed Indian, Spanish and English enough to interpret the news for William's benefit.

A great furor had been raised by the British over their prisoner's escape and disappearance, together with that of his servant. A thorough search of the camp and interrogation of Indians and negroes produced not a single lead to follow in the quest for the refugees. The broken bars and dangling rope provided the solution of the means of escape but belief was growing that both men had perished in the waters of the moat and their bodies been carried to the sea. The Indians were confident that the hue and cry would soon die as none of the few members of the camp having knowledge of the escape or present whereabouts of the two men would betray them. Cudjo had chosen his helpers and laid his ground work well.

After their capture the servant had managed to keep some of his master's and his clothing. The friendly Indians provided them with food. These essentials of living coupled with total rest and freedom from anxiety, permitted William to regain a measure of his strength so steadily that within a few weeks he was ready to under­take the journey home. The British had not confiscated his money and he was able, through Cudjo's intercession, to persuade one of the Indians to give him a contraband gun with a small amount of ammunition, in exchange for some coins to be made into a necklace.

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