"I do believe," thought Cadmus, "that this may be the cow that was foretold me.
Whether it were the oracular cow or some other one, it did not seem reasonable that she should travel a great way farther.
"O brindled cow," cried he, in a tone of despair, "do you never mean to stop?"
Several persons who happened to see the brindled cow, and Cadmus following behind, began to trudge after her, precisely as he did.
"I am pretty well acquainted with the ways of cattle, and I never knew a cow, of her own accord, to go so far without stopping.
The secret of it was, you must know, that the cow was an enchanted cow, and that, without their being conscious of it, she threw some of her enchantment over everybody that took so much as half a dozen steps behind her.
The strangers grew very fond of Cadmus, and resolved never to leave him, but to help him build a city wherever the cow might lie down.
While they were talking of these schemes, and beguiling the tediousness of the way with laying out the plan of the new city, one of the company happened to look at the cow.
Then the Sea Cow began to travel northward very slowly, stopping to hold absurd bowing councils from time to time, and Kotick followed them, saying to himself, "People who are such idiots as these are would have been killed long ago if they hadn't found out some safe island.
Kotick followed, and the pace astonished him, for he never dreamed that Sea Cow was anything of a swimmer.
No one but a sea cow or a seal would have dreamed of there being such a place, and when he looked back at the cliffs even Kotick could hardly believe that he had been under them.
A week later he and his army (nearly ten thousand holluschickie and old seals) went away north to the Sea Cow's tunnel, Kotick leading them, and the seals that stayed at Novastoshnah called them idiots.
"I did but cut off the tail of that man's cow. He betrayed me.
A freshgathered cow's tail lay on the floor, and by its side two pieces of black velvet-~y black velvet-rudely hacked into the semblance of masks.