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PUBLISHED WHUKhV, AT HONOLULU, OAIIU, SANDWICH ISLANDS.
j. J. JAItVES, Editor.
SATURDAY, SKPTEMBER 12,1840.
Vol. 1. 2Vo. 14.
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j (( o:n Itidcd iVoin No. 12.)
! "Lions !" returned lie, "oh yon have? hoard
' nl't'.ii'iii, thou, wo have' just now as noble a
c : 1 1 j 1 c as yo'.i will find this shlo the Atlantic,
Inr ni;iv be the o'her too; liowover, about that
1 1 wont be stubborn. You see that large?
t lit over yonder, on the gri-e-n; well, then;
ft'i' v have got Painters, Timers, ('antelopes
jmi'l Cain "Is; Monkeys by the dozen, and
I t.m a na.ing big lions, that look (ierce enough
stitii'ie away a man s stomach lor a week.
"Well, that is purtv tolerable slick, I cal
culate, what ? real imi in al ! and no hoeus
j poms sMi'l'sid skins ? well if wo d n't havo
.soiii" t'ni) with those creatures mv name isn't
ij.irk Do-diitle. Won't wo Mr. Parleyvoo:"
".Monsieur Contretemps, if )t vou pleae;
ros ve shall be very tippy to visit them. Ah,
i:ia chore patrie, jive you ever vice the Na
tional collection sit Paris ? Ah, voila vice
manage-no mngniliepie; ! (lontHnon will you
do mo tie? honor;" ho added bowing, and
extending his snuiTbox towards tis.
"Thiukye, JI r. Countrytongs, but I don't
deal in the article," said Mr. Doolittlo. "Ah,
lint tnv dear Do-but-le-etlo, you will find it
ve r go id, extraordinaire; No! veil, chacun
l it son gout.
1 "I'd just as leave smell rotten tree dust.
as I made the chap do, that first got rnc to
; try tiiat toliaceo powder, and put such an
jiti-nial lit of sneezing on me, that I have
not got over it yet, but it comes back at
jodds and ends oi tunes, and sets mc in a
pucker of passion, I ted ye."
"Yat you do at l,;in?" inquired Monsieur.
"Yes, what was it?" repeated I.
I "Well you must know, for it's not. pretty
j particularly short, well no matter about that,
however as I was faying."
"I'ardonez moi, 1 do not recollect."
1 "Darn it, now, you hadn't ought to do
1 lat as I was saying, no 1 wasn't saying
ja ivtliing; now you see that is the effect of
fitting flustrated, so I'll begin as good as
f new. You see. a chan that wool to srb .,!
wita me, down east, put it into, my head to
!nc!l some of that tarnal snulf; he said as
how it was genteel, and till that, and he came
over me rather more than I relished on the
whole; well, tis I said, it threw me con
siderable out of sorts, and says I, all to
myself, young man you'll get served lor that,
as sure as your name is 'Peaceful."
"Oh Trampiille! que e'est drole!"
IE No one day we had been taking a kind
rot' a (rain;), and we went up a hill, not e.-
iressive high, nor terrible steep. However,
wr got to the top, and sat down to breathe
jii Mvnnd, on the hollow trunk of an old dead
lie, that had been laying there ior a heap
01 )'i is for what I know; and we got talk
ia2 about one thing and another, says, I,
"Peaceful Zador, you're broader across the
Moulders than I am." "No," said ho "Zach,
Lin't." "()h, your grandmother," says I
'yon would whip two like mo as easy tis
hull eoni, however, wc can soon tell, do
"u think you can creep through that log?"
"ml he swore it was big enough for both of
"Now," says I, "I'll lay you the big--j(,t
pumpkin on our farm, you can't creep
'"rough as quiek as 1." "Done," was the
u"id, and down 1 went, and in the quivering
a corn leal, was out on tho other side,
j'?ue o the worse for wear. Then he laid
hat down, and walked into tho !or in fine
j5,h', and 1 heard him pushing his way
through like; a mole underground; "how do
you like the snul'," says 1, as I knocked
away a stone from behind the tree, and
down it rolhd, like a snow-slip in spring
time, whiz, bounce and away, till it brought
up against a young apple tree, and smashed
its rotten sides to pieces. Out jumped Peace
ful, for all the world like the old beatify
Minerva in the days of .Jupiter: I just
waited to hear his yell, and 1 know his wind
was not huit, then oil I shot, and the first
thing I knQw rightly I was shelling com by
the side of Patience Peahody, w ith a lace
as long as the I st of .lune."
"Hather rough handling." 1 observed.
"If you do serve your friend in dat Jiiiin
ner, I had not oiler to you my tabac; but
yaro, I did mean noting."
'C)!i, ceitaiu! Mr. Counlrytongs; but here
we ;ue at the wild beast's den, and I wish
.some particular conversation with these gen
Alter usual preliminaries, we were in
troduced into a circular area ofooiisiderable
size, surrounded by cages, containing vtirious
native and foreign animals, which, though
pronounced by the Frenchman to be vastly
inferior to tho national menagerie at Paris,
was 'pas tres mauvaise.' Mr. Doolittlo was
extremely inquisitive about the nature and
habits of all the animals; and his curiosity
was several times only nllaved by tho pugna
cious disposition manifested by its subjects.
Once he seized a monkey by tlie tail to exam
ine it more closely, but was "glad to release it,
after receiving, a pretty severe? bite from the
snappish beast. Put bis attention, as well
tis of all the other spectators, was engrossed
by a lion of terrific size and majestic, mien.
A large black mane overhung his forehead,
and mantled his gigantic and muscular neck.
His eyes wen? closed, and his head reclined
and supported upon his lore paws that hung
from the front oftho cage, and his beautiful
ly smooth and tawny body reposed gracefully
at full length, while his tufted tail was oc
easionally moved to and fro with exquisite
grace? and dignity. The keeper and the pro
prietor of this exhibition, aroused him from
the recumbent posture, by blows from an
ignoble cowskin, and by pinching the ear of
the royal animal, caused him to utter such
a roar as cleaved the air like thunder. Jiy
frequent irritations his rage was excited, his
eyes Hashed, ho lashed his sides furiously,
and moved rapidly back and forth in his nar
"There,", exclaimed tlie keeper, "is the
unrivalled African li in there is not a match
for Lint in the country, nor in Europe."
( " Ah! if I vns in France," ejaculated Mr.
"Net so tarnal fir as that, neither," said
Mr. Doolittlo, with an tiir of thoughtfulnoss;
"what will you bet that I won't find someth
ing that will make him knock under, and beg
"Any thing you have got to throw away
two, three, fair hundred' dollars," was 'the
"Four, let it be then; and let the landlord
hold the stakes. Jf I am not on the spot by
ten o'clock tomorrow morning, ready to do
what I have promised, the money is yours.
So good bye till then."
The host held the? wager, and Mr. Doo
littlo went oil' in high glee, cautioning us not
to be surprised in case of his absence durin"
the night. This notice was of some advant
age, for had he remained absent, and that
without warning, my doubts of his sanity and
safety would have received an unpleasant
Deprived of him, as a companion, Mr. C.
who was, in reality, a very sensible man
when conversing in bis mother tongue?, which
I gave him to understand was not a de-ad
language to rue, made? the hours fly very
rapidly by his lively e:emvorsation, his shrewd
and just observations, and his patriotic eulo
giuins on his native? hind. Night had set
fufhut 31 r. Doolittlo had not ut appear
ed; and fatigued by the exertions of the day,
we early re tired to rest.
It was late when J rose, and on coin
ing elown to breakfast I noticed an unusual
busth? in the bar-room, and in flu? precincts
of the tavern. The report eifthe uuprccedent
e el challenge had been bruited abroad by
inany-temgued rumor, and such is the uni
versal thirst for neivolly, that vehicles of
every description poureel into the village,
frcighteel with young and old, me n, weiinen,
anel children, to hcholel a e-eunbat such as the
bull fights of Spain had neve r eepialled or
the? shows of Koine never surpasseel. Still,
the? champion had not arrived, and as it
wanted but half an hour eif the appointed
time, the stake? holder, Monsieur and 1, pro-e-e
oeloel to the intended field of battle, loilow
e'd by the e-urious and gaping Multitude?. A
station whs assigned us near the? e age, anel a
large space; eleiemleel by posts and ropes for
the oonvenienice ef till parties e-once'rued.
The keeper was enjoying himsedf at the e-x-pense
of the? "crazy Yankee-," tis he- called
him, anel scouting the ielea of the possible
fulfilment ef his promise.
"The feilow," said ho, "has got more--meiney
than he- knows what to do with: pdiaw!
Nerei has m.t touched a morsel l!:r twi'iitv
!bur heiurs, anel is as savage as wedf; the ele--vil
himself weitild make but half a meal, e-e.uhl
he- by hold em him. Yhat time is it, land
lord?" "It wants Ave minutes of ten," was the
It is impossible to describe or oeinceivo
the intense interest that thrilled through the
crowel as the? fatal moment drew near. JO very
breath was stilled, ami curiosity forgot the
numerenis animals arounel, fei gaze- whedly
em the Lion. He? steioel ere-ct, slowly shak
ing his heael and bulky mane-, as eq euing his
closeel eyes, he- uttered a plautive howl, that,
by de-grees subsided into a rough, sepulchral
"A half minute ef time!" exclaimed the
"Hallo, there," shouted a voie-e from
without, "I elid not bargain to pay the toll
when I came back!" and Mr. Doelittle burst
past the el r-kecpcr, rushed through the
throng, anel leaping the barrier, stooel in the
midst, just as the lar.dlorel uttered, "Ten!"
He was cine-red with mini and sweat, ami
his garments wore torn he we?re no hat
but uneler his arm he-Id a handkerchief, ap
parently containing something within it. The
keeper leioked at him with an air of triumph,
as he said to him: "I kne-w you would lose,
tis well as I knew ten o'clock must come-;
lour hundred d -liars is not such bad wind
fall, net te speak of the rapid business we
have done to day."
"Step that everlasting tongue of vours,
elon't crow before morning, as the; iiirtner
stiiel to his rooster: as you say, four hundred
dollars is not so bael. Did I not so tell you that
1 would find a master lor your growh-r yon
der, anel by buitems! I wouM have fought
him myself for want of a bette-r, but to light
with dumb beasts is good enough for those
that are like them."
"Oh, le sauviige!" said Monsie-ur.
"Ye-s, I weiuld have pounded his hide at a
steam-boat rate, I tell ye; but there's no
occasion for all that tremble just now, so let
us by, mister but stay, we will have the
Aceonlingly, two respectable farmers were
associated with myself as umpire's of the
contest, anel having eleehiroil eur readiness
to hegiu, we bogged Mr. Zae-h to produce
"That is e-iisily done neiw, although I had
tin everlasting beithor to ge t the- ercetur,"
saiel he, as he shiwly unfolded (he luiuel
kerchief, and proeluccd a e-onnuon html r
"Pho!" saiel one.
"The man is crazy!" exclaimed the village
The- k.o-per smiled, ami looked grccdiK
low a i els the stakes.
"Oh, wait a second," observed Zach,
while he? cautiously thirst his champion under
the grating eifthe lion's cage, and then drew
back to watch the- preigrcss of the operation.
The li hi had lain elown, with his back
towards tho teirteii.se, and he now looked care
lessly over his shoulele rs, tis much as if ho
would have saiel. "you are' not eatable."
Seion, howeve-r, as if conscious of the con-te-mpt
eifthe huge beast, the tortoise opened
his house with si short sharp hiss, but as
quickly close d it, lbr lhe lion started at the
sound, and turned rouml upon his opposite
side. He; then rose, snulleel at, and walked
rouii'l it se-ve-ral times, without discerning
any sign of life; ami presently, as if in sportive-
humor, laid his paw upon' its back, draw
ing it back anel futh. He then settled him-se-lfin
a coiu hdn! position, and eeunmoneed
a game en" fiot-bali, throwing the tortoisu
from side- lo siele, as a boy tosses a ball from
one hand to the: other; and appearing migh
tily eh lighted with his amusement. The ob
ject of this disiespe-ctful treatment remained
as" epuet, and apparently as life-loss as a stone,
and the spectators began to tiro of what they
now conce iveel to be a concerte-el hoax, to
draw their patronage. Suddenly Don Lion
changeel his plan, and once more snutfeel
about, the toitoise. then extending his long
rough tongue, he began to lick it as a cat does
he r ye. uug kitie-ns, at one time above, at an
other be-low, when in an instant, and to tho
unsp'-akahlo astonishment eifall present, but
one, the; temgue- of the lion was seen to he en-cumbe-red
with the whole weight of the tor
toise; the cunning reptile had silently opened
the? crevice of his shell, and in an unguarded
moment entrapped the end ofthc lion'stongue
in its vice-like grasp. In vain did he endeavor
to extricate himself; he started back shook
his heael violently, anel even applied his paws
to force? the enemy from his hold. 'ut every
moment served but to increase his agony in
a part so cxepiisitely sensitive, and render
the gripe still tighter than before. He lay
elown. and tumbled with intensity of suffer
ing; the iimisture ran from his 'mouth, his
lips were mantled with white foam, and from
those e-ye-s that so lately Hashed fire, stream
eel ignoble tears, while his groans came upon
the e-ar, with a sensation of such piteous and
sickening horror as I had never experienc
ed. It seemed its if every nerve was wrung
with anguish, anil every muscle was powcr-I'-ss.
The rustics shrunk back in terror, and
many a lass's fair chee k was meiistcned with
trickling te-ars; it was a sight teio painfully
grand, to be hold without cumtion ; te sec that
magniii'-e-nt animal, the king of the forest,
with which we associate every idea of native
nobleness and magnanimity, to see him whom
a pomlerous anel mighty elephant hael failed
tei subline, writhe uneler the power of an in
glorienis reptile, and sink nerveless in the
grasp eifone ofthc lowest created beings.
The keeper who had been struck with
amazement at this unexpected exhibition, was
now terilied beyond measure at the situation
of his royal favorite, anel offered twice tho
amount ofthc stake if the victor would re
lease him. This eilier he declined, but
pocketing the money which was unanimously
deM'Iared to be? his, he bade him keep the
lion quie't for a lew moments. This cemrse
the animal seemeel to be? prompted te bv in
stinct; he lay 'till as death, scarce breathing,
and motionless in every limb. Very soon
the tortoise finding no violence? was inteneleel,
relaxed his Imld, and the lion started up with
a bound ami a yell that shoedi the fteuitest.
heart; but so entirely exhausted was he, that
In sank into the farthest corner eifthe cage?,
unwilling, or unable? to move', or even to
elevour the fooel placed before, him.
Zach removed the; e-emepie reir, anel as we
walki-il towards the tavern, he atuuseel him
self with examining its beautiful shell, and
its admirable aelaption lbr dolonce.
"A pritty smart critter," said he, "cou-side-ring
it was never brought up to the
hade." - ' '