Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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of his life”— no one answered. Upon <At> this he sprang into the water; and diving to the bottom, found one of them fastenend to the bottom some small roots.— He took hold of him and tore up the roots to which he was clinging, and brought him out. He then told the bystanders to get [illegible] <a> barrels for the purpose of rolling him on them <it>, in order to make them him disgorge the water which they he had taken in. He then went in again and found the other two in the same situation as the first, and saved them in like manner. <x> After rolling them a short time on barrels he took them to the house, and gave them every possible attention, until they had so far recovered as to be able to speak. As soon as they could talk one of them fixing his eyes upon Daniel said, Mr. Mack, we have reason to look upon you as our Savior; for you have delivered us from a watery grave; and I would that I could always live near you. We are now assured that you have not only wisdom to counsel, but when men have spurned your advice, you have that greatness of soul which still leads you to risk your own life to save your fellow man— No, I will never leave you as long as I live, for I wish to convince you that I ever remember you, and, that I will never slight your counsel again. In this they were all agreed, and carried out the same in their future lives.
 
Chapter 7
Chap. 7.
 
Solomon Mack
 
My youngest brother, Solomon was born, bred, and married in the town of Gilsum, and State of New- [p. 25]
of his life”— no one answered. At this he sprang into the water; and diving to the bottom, found one of them fastenend to some small roots.— He took hold of him and tore up the roots to which he was clinging, and brought him out. He then told the bystanders to get a barrel for the purpose of rolling him on it, in order to make him disgorge the water which he had taken in. He then went in again and found the other two in the same situation as the first, and saved them in like manner. x After rolling them a short time on barrels he took them to the house, and gave them every possible attention, until they had so far recovered as to be able to speak. As soon as they could talk one of them fixing his eyes upon Daniel said, Mr. Mack, we have reason to look upon you as our Savior; for you have delivered us from a watery grave; and I would that I could always live near you. We are now assured that you have not only wisdom to counsel, but when men have spurned your advice, you have that greatness of soul which still leads you to risk your own life to save your fellow man— No, I will never leave you as long as I live, for I wish to convince you that I ever remember you, and, that I will never slight your counsel again. In this they were all agreed, and carried out the same in their future lives.
 
Chapter 7
Chap. 7.
 
Solomon Mack
 
My youngest brother, Solomon was born, bred, and married in the town of Gilsum, and State of New- [p. 25]
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