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Their Genius and Temper being before discribed I shall now describe their Manner of Making War.

War in this Country often happens from mere trifles; however what we may think a trifle may seem to them of Great Consequence — The Districts have all a parting or Boundary line, frequently a river, which separates their lands from each other. If any dispute happens the party Who happens to be the Occasion of it are Calld upon to make good any damage or defeciency which if they refuse to do war is declared in this Manner — The Priests and the head Men of the Contending Party being Assembled near their Bounds,

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