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Page 9 of Address at the three hundredth anniversary of the settlement of Jamestown / by Hon. Thomas Nelson Page.

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the shores of New Foundland, where the fishing fleet from Europe might always be found, was defeated, possibly by the return of Captain Smith;-at least, he has the credit of it. The guns of the Fort were trained on the mutineers, and Ken- dall, the ring-leader, was promptly tried and shot. Curiously, the discovery of the plot was due to a private who was under sentence of death for having struck the President when the latter was beating him, and who, when he was mounting the gallows, divulged the conspiracy. Smith himself came near falling the victim to a partisan faction, he was tried for having lost his men during his explora- tion, but his life was saved by the unexpected return of Newport with provisions and reinforcements for the Colony. Among these was an element which possibly did more to establish the new plantation than even the provisions, for among the new immigrants were a number of women. Once more came the starving time; but young Pocahontas appears to have been the guardian angel of her new-found friends. The time is filled with exploration, with attacks on their Indian enemies, and counter attacks, with charges and counter charges; but all the time the little Colony was establishing itself for England and for her Faith, at the cost of as brave and devoted lives as were ever laid down for the cause of Religion and of Freedom. In the Nova Britannia, dated February, 1609, are given the plans, objects and hopes of the Virginia Company. The chief objects are stated, "First to advance the Kingdom of God. Second, to advance the Kingdom of England. And third, to relieve and preserve those already of the Colony, and lay a solid foundation for the future good of this Commonwealth." Time fails on this occasion to mention the names of even the leaders of those wonderful men, and yet more wonderful women, who laid the foundation for the future good not only of this Commonwealth of Virginia but of this great Common- wealth of the United States. Unnamed as they are, and un- 9