pieces and throw every piece into the water. A fish would then eat the
flesh, and, as it did so, the boy must put his hand into its mouth, and he
would get the ring. The girl promised to come back to life, when the boy
hesitated to kill her. He did as she directed him, but he failed to throw
one little finger into the water. After putting his hand into the fish's
mouth and obtaining the ring, he started to take it to her father. He was
sad because the girl was gone, but as he turned away from the creek, she
came smilingly down the creek bank to meet him.
They went to the father and he seemed very pleased, telling the
boy that in a little while he could choose the girl he wanted. Some hours
later all the girls were led before the boy. By magic each looked exactly
like the other. The boy chose the girl who had helped him, distinguishing
her form the others by her short finger, and they got married. (1)
THE ALLIGATOR AND THE EAGLE
Many legends are told about the alligator which has long been a
favorite animal with the Seminoles. Nearly every Indian hut today has an
alligator pen near it. The story the Indians tell about the loud "Ah-ah-ah!"
the alligator makes when he is surprised is perhaps the favorite one.