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
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-