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No man in England could get a Patent for an Indian-rubber band, or an iron-hoop, without feeing all of them.
They will thankfully barter as many salmon as will feed a ship's crew one day for a file or two, or needles, or a tin-canister, or piece of old iron-hoop, or any trifling article of hardware; and so long as the vessel remains, they and other tribes of their kindred will frequently visit it, and bring animals and fish to barter for what is literally almost valueless to European adventurers.
We occasionally exchanged pieces of iron-hoop for two other kinds of fish, the one a bream, the other a barbel, with the natives, and the eagerness with which they met our advances to barter, is a strong proof of their natural disposition towards this first step in civilization.
Most of them that we saw were about the breadth and thickness of an iron-hoop, and their singular form marks that they are not of European make.
Only then will I be willing to don the iron-hoop crown he wore and undertake the duties of a king.”
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