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Upon the whole the Behaviour of these Animals was so orderly and rational so acute and judicious that I at last concluded they must needs be Magicians who had thus metamorphosed themselves upon some design and seeing a Stranger in the way were resolved to divert themselves with him or perhaps were really amazed at the sight of a Man so very different in Habit Feature and Complection from those who might probably live so remote a Climate Upon the Strength of this Reasoning I ventured to address them in the following Manner Gentlemen if you be Conjurers as I have good Cause to believe you can understand any Language therefore I make bold to let your Worships know that I am a poor distressed English Man driven by his Misfortunes upon your Coast and I entreat one of you to let me ride upon his Back as if he were a real Horse to some House or Village where I can be relieved In return of which Favour I will make you a Present of this Knife and Bracelet taking them out of my Pocket The two Creatures stood silent while I spoke seeming to listen with great Attention and when I had ended they neighed frequently towards each other as if they were engaged in serious Conversation I plainly observed that their Language expressed the Passions very well and their Words might with little Pains be resolved into an Alphabet more easily than the Chinese I could frequently distinguish the Word Yahoo which was repeated by each of them several times and altho it was impossible for me to conjecture what it meant yet while the two Horses were busy in Conversation I endeavoured to practice this Word upon my Tongue and as soon as they were silent I boldly pronounced Yahoo in a loud Voice imitating at the same time as near as I could the Neighing of a Horse at
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