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The journey of the gentle giants - chapter five - the captain part 1

Ebenezer remained still some day in the city. It had to make still provisions and purchases. In addition it wanted to meet its oldest son Mathew, which already was for several days here. That wanted to make its offering with the Woodman's and particularly with their daughter Linda. Erbenezer was only quite, Linda was what one called a good part. One would see which from it would develop, Mathew was now old enough for a marriage. In addition it would be completely well, if it had a woman, he one day the farm would nevertheless inherit.
Hellpaw and Flower took something like that calmly, because cats see such things from completely different view. With the Woodman's no cats lived, therefore Hellpaw and Flower were usually busy and just with itself in these days became Flower in heat. Hellpaw was only more than quite and from there came it also that Flower became pregnant in this time.
There were only very few cats in the city, from there had it no competition to fear. In addition were the few tomcats of the city no forest cats and from there much smaller and by far not as strong as Hellpaw.
The family Woodman lived at the outskirts of a town and Christian Woodmann had a shop, which acted with iron goods. It was often for a long time on the way into the Biddeford removed far, where he bought commodity, nails, fittings, barbed wire and other things from iron. If it actually came to a connection between Mathew and Linda, the families would visit themselves more frequently.
Two days later Ebenezer with its family traveled back. Mathew rode good-tempered on its horse beside. On the farm nearly everything was correct, only the pigs the corral had broken through and the vegetable garden had rummage. But none had run away. The damage was repaired fast and then went everything again its everyday course. Later Flower four boy, two little tomcats and two kittens bore two months. The high summer was straight past, when Mathew wanted to visit once again the Woodman's. And naturally it would bring along a gift for Linda. He thought about this and that one, but which gave it already on the farm, which in accordance with its worshipping would be?
Then it had the idea! Two kittens from Flowers throw, that would be the correct gift. Linda was much, knew Mathew. The small cats were now four months old and could come now well into a new home. He selected the red-spotted tomcat and the black-and-white kitten.
A name it did not want to the two to give, it with pleasure Linda leave. On one summer morning, still before incipient crack of the dawn he rode loosely. With the horse it would be than with the carriage and in the evening in the city would already be faster.
It had carpentered days before a small wood cage, in which two cat brothers and sisters were accommodated now. The cage was firmly fastened with the saddlebags. The two kittens did not fit the whole at all. Only the close cage, then this shaking and rocking.
They were excited both complete and were pleased, when Mathew inserted a break. But it did not let it also there from the cage. The sun lowest point already, when they reached the city. Linda was, it not there had still another provision to settle. Sarah, Lindas mother, welcomed it and asked it in here. Over the cage it had put and turned a cloth the whole off on the ground. Sarah looked with surprise on it, because she heard strange scratching noises from it, then a completely quiet 'mauuu'. Finally also Linda came.
The greetings failed very cordially, in addition, formally. Mathew and Linda would now most of all alone have been, but they forced the expected politeness to a formality, from which they would most of all have escaped. And then main header Mathew the cloth of the cage. There they sat, red and black-and-white. Totally fur balls. And like it looked.
Linda had enchanted completely. She loved animals, no own had however up to now possessed. Then it reached into the cage and took both out. 'As they are called?' Linda asked. 'Oh, it have still no name, I thought, you give them names.' Mathew answered. 'I will think about which fit names them.' Linda meant. Then she did not mention the topic any longer.
But one saw it all day long looking at the cats and played her again and again with them.
The tomcat examined the house intensively and ran excited from a corner into the next, while the cat remained rather with Linda and wanted to cuddle. Thus Linda came finally to a resolution. ' You see Mathew, like the small one run around and the girl like my small sunshine with me remain?' 'Yes, those are so sweet both' 'even, and therefore I call the red Racer and the girl Sunshine.' Thus brothers and sisters had received a name and settled in themselves fast at the family Woodman.
Racer often roamed by the city, while Sunshine rather remained at the family. It got accustomed after short time on to follow Linda and its father everywhere. There were now some cats and tomcats was three of it forest cats here and meanwhile. The others had bring along the settlers from far Europe. The time passed and brothers and sisters was now much more than a half year old. Still they were not as largely as an full-grown forest cat, but nevertheless already very impressive. And in the autumn Sunshine became for the first time in heat. In the nights the shouting and hue and cry in the garden for the family were not to be borne nearly. All tomcats of the city had met there.
Blacky and Sir Fluffy, the two forest tomcats, finally constituted a running under itself. They were not to the largest and strongest and all different one had the trace of an opportunity. In the following time Sunshine became still more attached and followed above all Christian everywhere. Since it never disturbed, it was quite him. The people grinned and gossiped secretly behind reproached hand, but since Christian with its iron trade was viewed a man, it remained thereby. Some, which had already heard of the large cats of the farmers, it said even that this would be the worst not even. The family did not worry about it and the cats less than ever. Sunshine was now pregnant and in some weeks it would bear. The autumn had already far progressed, when Christian made itself once again on the way to Biddeford.
He wanted to buy goods there the winter ago and the large car and the horses had therefore prepared. And like probably Sunshine would so often accompany it. The trip there would take three days and would remain it also some days in Biddeford around its business to lock. Sunshine had made and enjoyed themselves it on the car between some covers comfortably the trip. They made more frequent for rest and Sunshine use that, in order to see roam and whether it could hunt somewhat. At night Christian in the car slept, while Sunshine explored the area. She had found also markings of other cats and at the second night a meeting point. Some cats were there, of the farms, in addition, which of that completely few, which lived still in the wilderness.
Which they advised among themselves, never someone experienced, but Sunshine returned very contently to the car. In the midday of the third day they arrived at Biddeford. During the travel it had remained calm. Christian had, like all travelers, a rifle, but only for security, that on the ways were few humans on the way. Different it was in Biddeford. That was near because of the sea and the port was not far. The sailors celebrated and caroused in the Saloons and often gave it to controversy. Anyhow the sheriff and its assistants had to do all hands fully. Sunshine was not first time here and looked curiously from the car, when they brought in into the city. Some men saw it, looked only very surprised and began to laugh. Because a cat on a car, that had not ever given it and then also still so a large and with so a close fur!
Some had heard already of the fact that there would be on the farms giant cats, which followed humans such as dogs, but had seen here in Biddeford so a cat still nobody. It gave also some, which regarded Sunshine at first sight as a raccoon.
Two ships had gone recently outside into pool before anchors, one of it with freight out of Boston for Christian's iron goods shop. Therefore also much enterprise on the roads of Biddeford prevailed. There were resellers, sailors, the stevedore, in addition, dubious riff-raff, like in each port.
Christian had to make finished first the office around the papers, before he could fetch its commodity in the depot. Always followed of Sunshine, he went along at business and Saloons. It had sunk in such a way in thoughts that he collided suddenly with a man, who came straight from a Saloon.
It apologized, then he viewed the man more exactly. It reminded it somehow with its horn glasses of a raccoon. Obviously he was sailor, as Christian could recognize easily by his clothes. The man apologized likewise, then he bent and stroked themselves Sunshine over the head. 'A beautiful cat. I love cats and have which. How is she called? ' 'Sunshine is called you,' said Christian, 'nevertheless with whom has I the honour?' 'Oh, it excuse sir, I did not introduce myself. Call they me simply Tom, to their services. I am a cab steward on GLEN LAURIE, those at present in pool before anchors lie.' 'No cause Tom, it passed nothing. My name is Christian Woodman, I am in business here.' 'Much Mr Woodman pleases. But now they excuse me, I on the ship are expected.'
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It turned itself and Christian checked it still another one while. A sailor as a cat friend, which did not give it everything. Then it entered head-vibrating the office.
Tom was rather sour. The first leading seaman had only chicaned and had shoo it all day long. Navigation sugar licking was not natural, but which this muck chap organized, went too far. He swore himself, one day it a captain on GLEN LAURIE would be and then it past would be with the harassment.
It had to calm down only somewhat, therefore he had gone from the pool to Biddeford and in the Saloon some drinks had only approved themselves. And then also still before the Saloon the collision with this reseller. Today was not simply its day. The only ray of hope had been the cat, which this Woodmann had had with itself. Tom liked cats very much.
Because it belonged also to Toms obligations as a cab steward to see after the cats and ensure that always which on board were. Lately enormously over hand the cats had taken and only the rats was able these troubles to be dammed. Unfortunately it had to bring new cats again and again on board, because some got lost in strange ports and did not find the way back not in time, if GLEN LAURIE ran out. Tom dreamed of which would give it to ship cats, which always remained with it and did not run away. In the winter it was particularly bad, because many cats were not used to this to climate and died. Newly arrived settlers from Europe brought sometimes their cats also, but not too often happened, in addition those wanted to give their cats only rarely and thus remained the problem existing.
Grumpy it made itself back on the way after Biddeford pool.
In the meantime Christian a paper stuff behind itself had a quantity. Sunshine had rolled up itself on a chair and slept. Outside before the office it became loud. Probable was again possibly a controversy under drunk one entrance, but yes nothing concerned it.
Finally everything was settled and with Sunshine as a result went to Christian again to outside. Outside the controversy had in the meantime escalated. Some stevedore agreed not probably with the result of a poker game and accused themselves mutually the wrong play. Became ever louder and first punches fell. Christian made a far sheet around the rowdys and crossed the road. Suddenly a shot fell. Sunshine pressed itself on the ground and Christian turned immediately to the arguing from their direction the shot had come.
He did not see, as behind him a horse with an one-horse carriage by the shot in panic came and on it to gallop. The horse touched it only, but crashed one-horse carriage fully against its legs and rolled away over it. It lay in the dust and could not move any longer. Some people came stormed, also the sheriff with two assistants. Someone had brought and had calmed the horse down to a halt, while the sheriff worried about the controversy muttons. Christian wanted to rise, but it did not succeed to it. Sunshine had recovered also from the fright and came to Christian. It sniffed at it, rubbed and began to purr. Some men raised Christian and carried it away from the road. Sunshine yowled, but nobody gave their attention, all attention was directed toward Christian. Someone called after the physician. Short time after the physician came and examined him. 'Yes, sir, there is the leg broken. I will have to seem it and then will become we further to see.' he meant, 'however you are not from Biddeford. Have do they an accommodation here?' 'No,' Christian answered , 'I wanted only my goods to fetch and only then after an accommodation look.' 'Oh. I'm sorry sir, but that might not be possible.
I will quarter it some nights with me, then we become further marriages.'
Sunshine had watched the whole one, but did not understand her, what humans made. Christian was injured, there should he a safe hiding place nevertheless look for and be quiet. But humans behaved often strangely and them accepted it just. Well, it would be with it and it healthy purr, as the cats made it in the wilderness. Because even if it did not know, why like that it was all cats well-known that purr faster let injuries heal, above all, if bones were injured.
But humans lifted now Christian on a stretcher and carried it into a house. Sunshine wanted to follow them, but the men did not permit it. Christian did not have now severe pain and saw Sunshine. It would certainly have ensured that she could go with it. So however it sat before the house of the physician and waited. It dawned already and Sunshine waited still. But then it became hungry. Now to get here or two mice no problem was and she knew, where Christian was, it could return at any time here. But the next day passed and Christian did not come back not. Several times she heard its voice, therefore he had to be still here. It furnished itself on a longer latency and continued to expand her excursions always.
Tom had seen to rights in the meantime on GLEN LAURIE after that and now on the way to the farm. The farm, been because of the edge of the small port Biddeford pool, was called Tarbox farm and was Toms at home, if GLEN LAURIE lay here in the port. It belonged to Joseph Tarbox, a friend of Enoch Snow, the captain of GLEN LAURIE. Captain Snow had also ensured that Tom with the cats on the Tarbox farm could live, if the ship lay here in the pool before anchors. On the farm the cats were accommodated, which it took then also on the ship, if it went the travel. GLEN LAURIE would only run out in some days, therefore he could remain by then on the Tarbox farm. When it entered the house, he of three the rat hunter was joyfully welcomed. Tom looked around, four would have had nevertheless to be, where was Snuggles? After some looking for he found final Snuggles. The tomcat had crawled away itself behind the kitchen bank and looked rather miserable.
It was already old, over 14 years, and Tom did not have to go to enough money over with him to the veterinarian to Biddeford. In addition it that with cats was versed, doubted because actually looked it only after the horses and the cattle of the farmers in the environment. Thus Tom nothing else remained to stroke and scratch softly as Snuggles. For a long time it employed with the tomcat and it was late, as it to bed went. At this night had it for the first time the dream.
Sunshine came to a safe throw hiding place in the search for on the land bridge, which connected Biddeford with Biddeford pool. In the city it was it to bustlingly, it needed a calm place where it their children to the world to bring could. Outside hardly were houses and some few farms. Air smelled here differently, salty. There were on the land bridge only some small farms here after two days of the search in the city and the environment it had come. And it saw masts in the distance. Where masts were, since were also ships. Although the masts and concomitantly the ships were still rather far distant, it pulled them there. Nevertheless she had to find soon a safe place, because meanwhile pushed the time and the birth was approaching briefly. On the way it went past at one of the farms. In the garden of the farm she saw somewhat strange. A man was busy straight to dig in this garden a hole. Beside it a small wooden box stood.
Sunshine noticed the sadness of this man. It had tears in the eyes. Slowly Sunshine approached. A smell lay in air, a smell of death. And it came from the crate. There a dead cat was in it, Sunshine smelled it. And now it recognized the man. It was this Tom, which it had met some days ago as well as Christian before the Saloon. Now Tom put its tools in the grass and wanted for the crate to reach. Surprised he stopped, when he saw Sunshine. It seemed, as if it thought. Sunshine could smell the sadness of this man formally. She viewed it and began to miaow. Tom bent itself to it down and began to scratch softly it the head. Sunshine permitted it, yes it enjoyed it formally. 'You are nevertheless Sunshine, if I remember quite.' Tom said. 'Yes, you are Sunshine! How do you come here? Where is Mr. Woodman?' It did not receive an answer, Sunshine only looked at it. Then it rub around its legs.
With tears in the eyes it took the wooden box and sank it in the hole which it had dug. Then it dug the hole again too. Sunshine had watched the whole one incomprehensibly, it did not understand not, why Tom assigned the crate with the dead cat had. Again it rub to it around the legs. But then it remembered that in the old narrations the speech was of the fact that sometimes the Vikings had exactly the same made it. At least it knew the history of Snorri, which had also buried Geyfa and Aldavinur, when they had died. This Tom became ever more pleasant their. For a long time Tom stood still at the cat grave and Sunshine remained with it.
Then he bent and main header Sunshine highly. He began to stroke it, while he went slowly toward the house. One could enter it over a large porch. Inside the house looked like each farm house. And it smelled after cat! To see Sunshine could not do, but the smell was clear. There also a kitchen was in the Tom with Sunshine on the arm to be busy now began.
'You look, as if you are hungry, looks we times which we in such a way have.' From a small barrel it got a piece of salt meat and held it for Sunshine under the nose. Those sniffed for a start, but then she snatched at the meat. Then Tom set itself the cat into a large armchair, on the lap.
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He stroked Sunshine again at the back and began then their belly to scratched softly. Suddenly it shortened. 'Big God, you are about pregnant?' It scanned its belly. 'Yes, completely clearly and as I see, your babies very soon to the world will come. Now, then I think my love times, you remain only times here. Tomorrow Molly will come, then we become further marriages.' Sunshine felt with Tom very well and began to purr. Again Tom began to talk, as if the cat would be humans. 'You know it are strange. Three days ago I returned from GLEN LAURIE here and found Snuggles suffer forwards. It was over 14 years with me and such a dear tomcat.' Tom stroked Sunshine again, then he continued: 'In the night I had the first time this strange dream. There many long-haired, large cats were, exactly like you. They lay, sat and stood on a meadow. And right in the middle a large tomcat with short, sand-colored skin. It worked somehow honour-intimidating. And it looked at me, in a kind, which thoroughly went to me. Do you know like that are, if humans are looked at by a cat in this kind? You do not know it! A long time looked at it me in such a way and I meant, my internal was outward. Then the tomcat began to speak. With the ship's kobold, he began to speak really, the devil is me to get, if it like that were not. He said only: ,Give them a homeland.' Only this ,give them a homeland.', nothing else. Then I woke up.' Sunshine main header the head and looked at Tom.
'And today,' Tom continued, 'Snuggles died. It was very often the only one with me on sea and, which found the way back always in time to the ship. Only the last two trips did not participate it, because he was already old and on the Tarbox farm its charity received here.' Tom came again the tears. 'And in the last night, before he died, I had then again the same dream. ' Again he stroked Sunshine. 'You, I know asked myself, what he means. But if I see you in such a way, as you came to me and when, then I believe to know, what the sand-colored tomcat in my dream me wanted to say. But we will see.'
Sunshine turned immediately the ears after the noise, then the head. There she saw the cat.
It crept slowly to the door in here, distrustfully the view toward Sunshine directed. It was smaller than these and had a short black-grey touched skin. Slowly it approached. 'That is Cheri,' said Tom, 'it lives also here. Then are there still Buster and Diabolo. I think, you with them will cope, it am more frequently new cats here and her know that, if someone draws in new here. 'Sunshine looked curiously about Cheri, which came carefully more near. No, no hissing, no embossments, only caution. Much caution, one never knows…
But then the ice was broken. Cheri sniffed at Sunshine and let it happen. Then it began to lick Sunshine over the head. It was taken up on the Tarbox farm!
Buster and Diabolo met it only late at the night. It gave with the two tomcats then nevertheless only a considerable hissing, but then it was called welcome also by them. Also the tomcats were smaller and had a very short skin. In the morning Sunshine felt a first painful pulling in the belly. The birth was imminent. Tom had got ready to it in the living room a large cart with a cushion, into which she withdrew herself. It was not yet midday, when it had born three kittens, one boy and two girls. It bit the navel cord through and licked the three tiny cat babies drying. They looked for their teats immediately and began to drink.
Tom was the whole time in the proximity and everything had observed.
When he saw that everything had run well and the kitten was obviously healthy, it said to Sunshine: For 'you made that property. But soon Molly and I come to you one while will alone leave. I will go to Biddeford and will see whether I Mr. Woodman finds. I must say it nevertheless where you am and which happened, was not?' Around midday Molly came. Jonathan and Molly Haley lived a mile on Haley Farm, about remotely from the Tarbox farm and Molly came over more frequently and looked after Toms cats. The Tarbox family busy was also glad also with the cats and Joseph over the fact that which were on the farm, but they could not worry in such a way about as they would actually have wanted. Molly was completely enchanted of the newborn children and it would most of all have to snuggle.
But it knew that she had to leave Sunshine and their children for first in peace.
She already some of the so-called 'farmer cats' or also 'Shag Cats', how they were sometimes called, had heard, which should live on the farms in the forests, scattered far, but had seen it still none. And here was now one and which for a beautiful. Molly could not look away no more.
Tom had meanwhile finished. It wanted after Biddeford, and looks whether Mr. Woodman still in the city was. Nevertheless he had to know, where Sunshine was now and that it would remain one while with it. In the city he could not find the businessman, then he asked his way himself. But only the farrier could give it information. With it cars and horses of the iron goods reseller were stored, from there knew he that Christian Woodman was in the house of the physician.
It knocked at the door. Christian asked itself, who it could be it knew that the physician was at present except house. Its leg had put in splints the physician, but the pain was still violent, although several days had now already passed. 'In here.' Christian called. Slowly the door opened and a head with horn glasses on the nose pushed itself in here. Christian could suppress grinning quietly only with difficulty. Because the head had, particularly because of the glasses, a distant similarity with a raccoon. Then it came it again into the sense.
That was nevertheless this Tom, with which he had collided before the Saloon. What wanted here?
'Pardon sir, if I trouble it simply here, but I would talk gladly with them.' Christian was irritated. 'Talk with me? About what, we know each other or err nevertheless only volatilely,
I me?' 'Now sir, it is because of their cat, Sunshine.' 'Is with it, I have myself already asked which, where she is. I cannot look after it, how they can recognize easily. Did you happen somewhat? 'No sir, there I can calm her down, her am and her am in my care. Yes, and sir, it is like that, it had this morning a throw of three kittens. From there I think that it is the best, if it remains one while with me, if they agree.' Christian had known that Sunshine was pregnant, but he had believed that up to the birth still some time remained and would be it then again at home.
Well, it was now just like that and this Tom seemed a cat connoisseur to be. In addition at time nothing else remained for it. Thus it agreed Toms proposal. It had sent a mounted messenger to its family, with a letter, in which he explained the situation. He had not mentioned Sunshines disappearance, because Sarah, its wife, would have different concerns now. Its daughter would be sad, but did not go now differently. 'Now,' Christian, 'I said thanks them that they worry about Sunshine and as soon as I can go again I will in any case perceptibly show up Mr…?' 'Tom, as I already said.' 'Only Tom?' 'No sir, actually Thomas. Thomas Coon.'
And in such a way Sunshine and their kitten on the Tarbox farm remained. The GLEN LAURIE ran out after some days toward Boston. The cargos were full with corn, from there had Cheri to do Buster and Diabolo quite around the rats, which had on board crept to hold in the down. Passengers were only two on board, both business travelers, from there had Tom in its function as a cab steward not all too much to do. Molly Haley provided in the meantime for Sunshine and her kittens. Joseph Tarbox was relieved that its family did not have to do that, because they had enough work on the Tarbox farm. And after three weeks was GLEN LAURIE from Boston back.
One day moved an one-horse carriage forward and a man with a sprag stepped out pedantically. Christian Wooodman made a visit on the farm. There he was welcomed cordially by the family Tarbox and also Tom was.
Christian had so far recovered that he could travel home and he wanted to look after Sunshine. To carry forward it could not do it yet, but their kitten were still too small. Thus it would probably have to remain the winter over with Tom. But it knew, there was it well supplied. And it asked Tom, how he could appear perceptibly. The only move around. 'Now, Mr. Woodman, it is like that…' 'Out with the speak, and no inhibitions!' 'Sunshine will fetch sir, it after the winter again, only…' 'Which, only?' 'It is simply like that we to the three small ones to have accustomed and them much like, from there, sir, if it is not to be measured ask ourselves I it, whether we could not keep one or two.' 'Thomas, which is the least, with whom I can thank you. But they know which, I give them all three.'
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Tom was speechless, that it had not expected. Christian remained still some time on the Tarbox farm and went back then against evening after Biddeford. Thus Sunshine drew thus its kitten up on the Tarbox farm. Tom called the tomcat Silver, because he had a nearly silver-colored skin, the two cats gave it the names Blinky and Jessy. The winter came and the three became larger. They discovered the farm and their environment. With Cheri, Buster and Diabolo they got along mostly well. Sometimes it gave a rumpling and a hising, but fast everything was again good. The winter passed and the first blooms was held out to the sun, when an open carriage came moved forward. Christian Woodman was to be fetched with its daughter Linda come around Sunshine.
There was large greetings and then wanted Linda right after Sunshine to look. Those sniffed only carefully at its hand, then she recognized Linda and began to purr immediately. Christian Woodman and its daughter remained still another one day on the Tarbox farm. Then they drove with Sunshine home.
There they the open carriage had and not Christ to heavy carriage, the trip only two days would last. In the evening of the first day they made for rest in a small farmstead. There they wanted to stay overnight. Sunshine had been jerky in the last hours, therefore she had taken to Linda on the arm and had scratch softly.
The sun was already to goes down and it wanted some more in the carriage to check, when Sunshine it suddenly jumped from the arm and ran on the forest.
Linda was only frightened, then she, loud after Sunshine calling, ran after. The trees did not stand here so closely, there was also hardly undergrowth, so that she could follow the cat. Sunshine ran now no longer, but ran only in a somewhat faster speed. Linda could follow it. She called now no more, but tried only to follow the cat. It was already nearly dark and it could Sunshine just recognize. They were already deep in the forest, when Sunshine stood still sudden. Slowly the cat continued. The moon came up in the meantime and its pale light gleamed by the trees. Linda did not know, how she should interpret Sunshines behavior. Anyhow it could recognize that the cat down-saw only on something and descended slowly somewhere then. As carefully as possible Linda stalked itself more near. You were offered a strange picture. There was a small lower, covered with old leaves. Two trees and a quantity bushes grew also therein. At a side was a free surface. Perhaps it was also because of the weak moonlight, but Linda did not believe to trust its eyes. Because on the free surface six, no, sat in the middle now were it seven, cats. As far as it could recognize in the dawning light, one of it was Sunshine. It could not do the others, but were everything these large, long-haired forest cats. They sat simply so there. Nothing else happened. It was quiet. The cats looked at themselves occasionally mutually briefly, that were everything that was to be recognized by movement. Linda did not know, how long she had confessed already there and had observed this uncanny ceremony. It did not dare to agitate.
Suddenly, as on a command, all cats rose and ran away in different directions. Also Sunshine ran back on the way, which she had come. It had to go past inevitably at Linda. That did it also, but she ran by to it that, as if those would be missing. Linda was speechless and made no step. There Sunshine stopped, turned, and looked at Linda, as if she would request the young woman to finally come along but. Those was completely in disorder. Sunshine had known that she was there! And it had accepted as completely natural.
Starting from the day Linda regarded all cats with other eyes.
On the Tarbox farm meanwhile everything ran its used to course. Tom was with the GLEN LAURIE to Philadelphia on the way and Silver, Blinky and Jessy was with it. For three brothers and sisters it was the first sea voyage. He had also carried Buster and Diabolo forward. Cheri had remained on the farm, because a mouse huntress was used also there. Molly looked occasionally after it. One in the evening wanted to go it straight home, when she heard a quiet miaow. It looked around after it and saw it there an enormous long-haired tomcat, which examined her interested. It was similarly as Sunshine, large and long-haired. Astonished if it examined it, then it said: 'Where do you come? To whom do you belong? '
The tomcat looked at it further and the irritated Molly so quite.
But then it continued to go toward Haley Farm. Once it turned and the tomcats sat still at the same place and looked to Molly. The thing went to it the whole night no longer by heart and thus decided it to go on the next day quite early once again to Tarbox it was only one mile there. When it arrived there on the next morning, the tomcat before the doorstep sat, as if it would have expected it. Joseph Tarbox already was on the fields, but the door was actually never locked. Thus it opened the door and ran in immediately the tomcat, as if he would know where he wanted and would be been versed here. 'Well well,' say Molly 'you meant wants to probably stay here. You can do that on my account also. Nevertheless I will ask around whether you someone misses. Tom comes back only in one week and then becomes we further marriages. But by then you need a name.'
It viewed the tomcat more exactly. It was grey with black spots. On the back it had a remarkable black strip. 'You know which,' said Molly 'I call' you Strippes, because you have the hilarious strip on the back.' Strippes showed by nothing whether he agreed with the name choice and began the house to explore. Cheri was not in the house, but he smelled her. But obviously it did not have anything against the fact that still more cats in the house lived. Molly decided to look each day after Strippes. On Sunday they would go with Jonathan to Biddeford into the church, there could ask them then some people whether they missed their tomcat. But their surprise was large, when it came back on the next day and found two further of these long hair cats in the house. Them were completely astounded.
Sunday came and by then two had emerged and had taken quarter again. Now were already five! Molly did not believe no more the fact that the cats someone belonged and had run away simply in such a way. There more put behind. Strippes meanwhile seemed to probably-feel here. It had been quite starved out days ago, when he had arrived here. The long migration was probably debt to it. Molly did not know it, but it was one of the few forest cats still in the wilderness had lived. Some time ago under the cats a message had spread like a run fire. It came of a cat named Sunshine. It had met with others at a meeting point and had actually only reported, how it had lately been issued it. And it had told of Thomas Coon.
Nobody experienced ever, what the cats on this meeting otherwise still told and which it seems to have decided, but sometimes, then it, has it knowledge of things, which remain locked for humans. Anyhow all, which lived still in the wilderness, made themselves on which way after Biddeford pool and Strippes were only first been, which had arrived.
Later GLEN LAURIE in the pool put on three weeks.
And there had changed very much. When they lay in Philadelphia before anchors, the first leading seaman had begun once again controversy. It had been as so often drunk. Then it had argued with captain Snow and the controversy had more and more escalated. When the first officer wanted to intervene, the leading seaman its measurer had pulled out and the first officer had stabbed. Naturally the leading seaman had been arrested immediately and the first officer had been brought into a hospice. Whether it would survive, knew still nobody.
As if that would be not yet enough, some the crew for the incident their had required this year and from board had gone. Captain Snow could not blaim it them. But now it stood only with a third of its crew there.
On the fast one no replacement was to be found. Thus it offered the place of the first leading seaman to one of the remaining simple sailors. And Tom should become first officer, because he knew that Tom wanted to make the captain patent anyway and eagerly learned already now. In addition it liked Tom and also its cats and it would be pleased, if Tom of one day could take its place. It had known Toms father Israel, had already fought it together in the war of independence. Thus the four-mast schooner with Thomas Coon ran in as first officer in Biddeford pool. With Buster and Diabolo on the arm and Silver, Blinky and Jessy as a result the freshbaked first officer made itself on the way to the farm.
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In Philadelphia it had had a small problem with Buster and Diabolo solve with the departure. The two were roamed and Tom had trouble, them just in time to discover, before the ship put down. Silver, Blinky and Jessy were also several times from board gone, however only for a little while, otherwise they had followed it nearly like dogs with foot. With the consideration, whom he should carry forward during the next trip, it arrived on the farm. Molly expected it already. It was somewhat in disorder. 'Did something happen?' Tom asked. 'I do not know. No, actually not. Or nevertheless. Thus come in only times.' In the living room it sat down only times into an armchair. It looked around. Everything was as usual. Suddenly there was a rumbling and a Joseph Tarbox came in to the door.
'Ah Thomas, there are you yes. There you us yes which crumbled.' Tom understood now nothing at all more. Suddenly a large hairy cat came into the area by the still opened door. It looked around, jumped on the window board and lay down. All different in the area ignoring it looked to the window. Tom looked at Molly asking. 'I may present,' said her 'Strippes!' Tom said still nothing. 'Oh yes, before I forget it,' Molly continued there, 'would be also still Carlos, Ramses, Dotty and Marie Lou. Only with it you it know.' Tom brought only 'wa… Wa… Wa…?' out. 'Thomas, I does not know, where they come. Jonathan was in Biddeford and all kinds of people asked whether they miss their cat. Nobody misses a cat. And all are it here from the same race as Strippes. Some farmers have such cats, but I do not believe that they ran away there. Those came here from alone and intentionally.'
Now Tom had to some extent seized itself. He thought. He liked cats very much and most of all a whole heap of it would have had. But it lived just on the Tarbox farm and Joseph Tarbox belonged. Therefore however he was now first an officer and had more this year. Now, he would agree with Joseph, which determines nothing against few dollars a more to have. And also Molly Haley would not go out empty. Strippes meanwhile did not seem to interest the whole in the slightest. He had already known, when he arrived here that he was at the correct place. All, which lived still in the wilderness, knew and them would come. In full length Strippes lay stretched on the window sill and felt simply only well.
The whole evening they debated and finally were certain, which could remain cats. The farm was largely enough and it was nearly self-supports. Thus was also regular. Only over one week of late days GLEN LAURIE ran, because only again new one shank had to be hired. This time were six cats also on board, but Tom had carried forward only the again tightened, because he had made the experience also with them that they followed him at every step and turn. The schooner should be this time longer on the way, the route led this time across Boston, New York and Philadelphia to Portsmouth. Strippes was thereby on this travel and GLEN LAURIE is also enough there in the pool before anchor had lain and also a quantity of food as freight on board had, a quantity of rats had tightened. Anyhow it got three of these gluttonous beasts directly on the first day. But there were loose boards in one there lead to end up, behind it did not approach and behind it the rat people had entrenched themselves exactly. The other cats tried also, but the rodents could itself by the close slots obligations. But cats have patience, much patience. Strippes had also patience. The rats were careful and smart, but them floated sometime hunger after outside and into the cargos. Everything looked like it, as if Strippes would rest itself or would sleep, but he was wide awake. There, it rustled, then it heard that patter small feet. Motionlessly he remained. Slowly a small nose point pushed itself by the gap and sniffed. Still the tomcat did not agitate itself. Now one grey lip and two rolling eyes showed up. The rat was very careful. Still Strippes did not make a movement. The rat seemed to be safe now that no danger threatened. It came out completely and wanted to run to the barrels. But Strippes was faster. With a short leap it had depressed and packed it with its paws it in the neck. The rat tried to resist and escape, but against Strippes that was offering no prospects. With that wriggling rat between the teeth it looked for a little place, at which he could play a little with the booty, before he ate her. In the further process of the trip the smart rats became ever more careful, in addition, ever hungrier and Strippes and the other cats made themselves one joke to drift them into the tightness. Finally the GLEN LAURIE had achieved its first goal, Boston, and the stevedore went to it the load deleting. Tom wanted to make still another provision in the city. When it left the ship, he stated with astonishment that Strippes, Ramses and Marie Lou followed him. Now, if they wanted, Tom did not have anything against it. In the city it excited considerable attention with the cats, was that nevertheless somewhat an unusual sight. Dogs yes, but cats… Anyhow all remained with him, also as he in a Saloon looked in briefly. Carlos, Silver and Dotty had remained on board, them had not received that Tom was not any more on GLEN LAURIE. While Dotty slept, the two tomcats explored the dock and the harbor facilities. They departed however never too far from the ship. Some cats lived here, but that were no forest cats. Was so rather all the same to the two tomcats and if one of it were in heat, they used the situation. New freight was invited and GLEN LAURIE made themselves on the way to its next stage goal, New York.
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The cats Tom followed also there everywhere and likewise were it in Philadelphia. Thus everything had settled down and with the time lived seventeen forest cats on the Tarbox farm. Two years had passed, when captain Enoch Snow went into the retirement. It pulled after Provincetown in Massachusetts. Thomas Coon became now a captain of GLEN LAURIE and on all its travels accompanied him the forest cats. Naturally he had to do more as a captain than before, he had about everything to actually worry, but he never neglected the cats thereby. And they always followed it, if it went from board, even in the pubs and Saloons or if it negotiated once again with business partners.
Already soon the people talked about the moved captain Coon and its cats, but Tom did not bother about it and thus heard the people on gossip secretly also sometime. It also always gave away young kitten, if on the ship or on the Tarbox farm too many became. And ever more frequently it happened that somewhere in the ports a cat had a throw of long-haired kittens. Then it meant again: 'Exhibition, again a Coon cat!' Tom received already and was pleased somehow it also about it. Sometimes business negotiations were very hard and Tom were glad if it could in the evening into the bunk.
On one day it had been particularly arduous. Its business partner wanted to absolutely press the freight charges and Tom had trouble its prices to implement. It was accordingly tired, when he put into the bunk. At this night he dreamed again. There was again this meadow. And whereupon were again many of the gentle giants. But this time they ran around and played with one another. Tom had suddenly the feeling that there still someone would be. Everything was somehow unreal. He looked the sand-colored tomcat on the ground and saw he him there. That looked up to it and began to talk. 'this were the losing, the leaving, but you gave them a name and thus a homeland. All cats will be always grateful for it. But the cats do not estimate like humans material things. From there are their thanks that your name is not forgotten and with them will be always connected.' The dream faded and to Tom woke up. To basing the bunk was appropriate for Strippes rolled up and slept. Tom sat up and stroke to it over the skin. He saw now much differently and believed the secret of the gentle giants to know. Strippes moved in the sleep and Tom stroke to it again over the back.
The tomcat woke up and viewed it from its unfathomable cat eyes.
In them lay a gratitude, which was not to be seized into words.
The tomcat began to purr quietly.
Finally they had arrived, their travel were in the end. They came over the sea from the old person world, it hunted, them fought and death were pervasive, but they were strong, them survived. And never they forgot Leif and the Vikings. But by captain Coon found it in this country Maine their new homeland. And to the country in that they now live and after the captain the kinship of the gentle giants are still today designated: Maine Coon.

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'It was really a long travel.' Edward says. 'Yes, that they had,' answer Miezka, 'however with it are history not yet in the end.' 'Which happened still?' Edward wants to know. 'Know you, it were in former times never very numerous and it gave a time, there believed humans, her would have become extinct. But there were it still and with the time became it more and more. And humans liked it very much. There was there a man, was called Joseph E. Brennan, that was first in the state Maine. Humans call something so governor. And it proved Maine Coon an honour, as her to the cats since the time of the Pharaos any longer do not assign became.
Because after the time calculation of humans it happened in April that of year 1985 that just this governor Joseph E. Brennan Maine Coon cats state cats appointed and it let enter officially into the state books by Maine.
Thus after they all their troubles and all contrariety found to despite their place. And with humans they came even back into the old world and the circle closed.' 'Miezka, from where you know this history?' 'I know a Maine Coon, Milwaukee are their name. From their I received this history. Because she have a son, its father was no Maine Coon tomcat, but that is not important. This son was Mowgli, of which I had told you.' 'Mowgli?' does Edward 'your Mowgli?' 'Yes, Mowgli, my companion. I loved it in such a way, but he had to leave this world, the illness was stronger.
And therefore, little Edward, please I you, if you see a Maine Coon's cat, remembers, what went through Maine Coons, as they suffered on their search and as many died and them all contrariety to the defiance remained nevertheless, which they wanted to be in each case: The gentle giants.'
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