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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE.
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a mns'ftivi grttnHe block bus, about twontv foot "Will thoy oat you?" some on inquired : for there was
i i mm ;, r - -i m i fii, r. i,?'i. , ia riiify of spectators around, tho performers by this time,
high. rl hr granfl worlt is nbOM (Wtwn foot high, So 1koy ft8 not f lh6y X and you lay
that tin- total bright wlllbs about thirty-five foot. It lyouraolf out to bo eoton, bid i a()A tiioir'" habit to go for
r.n! nxrnv 4J11 OHO If urill In thflt Hi O-lnH ' MmM flosll, RftpUs, Hilts, barrios, bugs Mild Ally small
cost ovot $40,000. II will be seen that the fcKn-lglmo thoy Jftn p!ck up glltiBfles tlloif immblo' patttos rt
otis old horo bnu juft relied in his magnificent, horse j a general thing." , , '
on tho summit of a rifclri uclWity, ni-ff lo take a LTho Jo-ayl lioBtlor GlisiJ
swooping Mftw of the batllcuelUv The hl)rsos, bead 8tyio : A .
is llu'ownnk nittf Ufcuv the ruler's firjh chtfck Oil '"Bears are particularly fond of fat, juieVpigs : arid'
,, ,. ,A '& , L t Li .:? onco give them a tasto of human Hoshwhy, I shouldn't
the bit, aaliifc Wl$le4ttitude convoys fcho impress- wnut my children to be playin' in the "woods a good many
ion of rapid motion saddoiilf- chnck&d. TbQ don miles of their den! ,,, , , .
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H IJUHIIALM1 If 111 lilt UUlr ..IJW&V ' 11UU UIHiiUdl. nv
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sits like a soldier, not like a circus
and tbe noble horse reminds one of
passage in Job, which Is familiar to every reader
Tho figures are about twice tbe size of life.
fellow, and when tho sun shown so plonsant and the woods
looked so inviting ho,. wasn't lo be afraid of bears.
"Tho woman stopped to see hor husband folla4)igbciG0h
that he wnsoutttitig, anjl then woufc hack to' tlioMiouso
but just before hIio got tlioi'orslio saw tltUiplduoy com
ing' out of tho woods on tho ofihor side. HfaS alone; he
was wliio a a sheet, and so frightonotkafy first that he
couldn't speak. ' .iJft'1"
'Mohnuy," svs she, catching hoUrqfllnmf "what is the
' A bear !M he tfasped out at htyt.
"Whoro ia your little brother? whs her uoxb quostion.
"1 don't know," said he, too mucli frightohod to kuo
anything just then. "
"NVhore did you leave ymir brother V said.ho.
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-ridetr or lockoy ; whore I was brought up wall;4 as much as 404yoar ago. i tie. "A bear took him !" said he. Wk .
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A11 Amuileatt lrig:ato from 15a!tIniorc eanio,
H'jrgxinii mouutod forty, tho Itloharcl by lmuio,
WonL to arulEo in tho channel of old Emjtuml
AVJtilr an ai)l tfOinmnilor,LMmV Jonos WKl$ri5Va,n.
We 'had not sail 'a long before we did osy ,,
jv iui'kv lurtv-JOiir, mm it uvutvvw' ur :
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irnl i.Uni- Inim 1:itiliiic with n irim.l.rnii.
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; what, that is a loadod gun set in suoh a way thoba boar'" ",01j. Johnny, toll me true 1 Think ! whaftti wisJrii)?'
or any game that's curious about it must come up to it "In the woods , ho said. MSear come along I run.'
the way it p'nits : a bait is hung bofore the muzzle, and a "She caught him up, and hurried with him into the
string runs from that to the trigger. ; woods. She begged him to show her whore he was. with ,
"Ho was a ouuning fellow, and he put out an iuvcsliga- his littlo brother when tho bear came alotig. Tie pointed'
;tin' paw at tho piece of pork bofore trying Ins jaws on it : j out two or three places. In one of thorn the earth was
so instead of gettin1 a ballot in the head, he merely had 1 soft. There were fresh tracks crossiug itbear tracks.
a., bite of his paw shot oil. 1 here wore but two claws I here was no doubt about it.
left on that foot, as his bloody tracks showed.
"Ho got off ; but his experience scorned to have soured j
Those two warliko ships, full mv
Our Captain pursued to tho bold
rii h sttnjo,
At tl6 honr of twolve Plorco camo al.allo, , .
Willi a fond spoaiiing trumpot. "When u came you?" he erica;
Qlclc giva m an answer, 1 hatlcd you before,
Or tilts very Instant, a broadside I'll pour."
Pan) .Tones ho exclaimed : "My bravo boys, we'll not run ,
Xj&Hzvcty bra w. seaman stand eloao to hfs g-nn ;"
When -ti.urondRlde was flrod by these bravo .EngHShiuon,
AnU'wc bohl Buckskin heroes returned it again.
Wc fought tliom Ave glasses, nve lassos most hot,
Till fifty brave acamon lay dead on tho spot,
And full seventy more lay bleeding in their gore.
Whilst the Ploroe'3 loud cannon on the Richard did roar ;
Our gunner nfhightod, unto Paul Jones ho came,
" Our ship is a sinking, likewise In a ilamo.
Paul Jones ho replied in the height of hi-' pride,
"If we can do no butter We'll sink alongside.'
At lengtn our shot flew so quick thoy could not stand,
The flag of proud Britain was forced to come down;
The lilon bore down and the Richard did rake,
Which caused tho heart of br.ive Richard to aehev
Oonie now, my bravo Jiuokskins, we've taken a prisse,
A largo forty-four and a twenty likewise ;
They are both noble vessels, well laden with store;
Wo will toss eft tho can to our country once more.
Godkholp the poor widows, who shortly must weep.
For thfi loss of their husbands now sunk In the dqep : .
Wp'll drink to brave Paul .Tones, who with Sword in hand
Shone foremost In notion and gave ns command;
The Hostler's Story.
liis disposition, lie owed a spito to the settlement.
"One night a groat row was hcardiumy uncle's pig-pen.
Ho and the boys rushed out with pitchforks, a guu, and a
lantern. Thoy know what the trouble was, or soon found
out. A huge blaok bear had broken down tho side of the
pen ; ho had seized a fat porker, and was actually lugging
him off in his arms 1 The pig was kicking and sijunhng,
but the bear had liim fast. He did not seem at all in
clined to give up his prey, evon when attacked. He
looked sullen and tigly ; but a few jabs from a pitohfoik
and a shot in the shoulder conviuco.l him iliat lie was mak
ing a mistake.
"He dropped the pig and ran off before my untie could
load up for another shot. The noxt morning they exam
ined his tracks. It was old Two Claws.
"But what spilt him for being a quiet neighbor was
something that happened about a year after that.
"There was a roving family of Indians encamped near
jthe settlement; hunting, fishing and making moccasins
aud baskets, which they traded with the whites.
"One afternoon the Red-Sky-of-the-Morning, wife of the
"Water-Snake-with-the-Long-Tail, came over to tho settle
ment with some of their truck for sale. She had a pa
poose on hor back trapped on a board ; another squaw
traveled with hor, carrying an empty jug.
"Almost within sight of Gorman's grocery. Red-Sky
took off her papoose and hung it on a tree. The fellows
around the store had made fun of it when she was there
once before, so she preferred to leave it in the woods rather
than expose it to the coarse jokes of the boys. The little
thing was used to such treatment. Whether carried or
hung up, papoosoy never cried.
"Tho squaws traded off this truck, and bought, with
other luxuries of civilization, a gallon ol wluskey. They
drank out of the jug, and then looked at more goods.
Then they drank again, and from being shy and silent,
as at first, they giggled and chatted liko a couple of silly
white girls. They spent a good deal more time and mon
ey at Gorman's than they would if it hadn't been for tho
"It was a terrible situation for a poor woman. Sho ran
with him after her, to whore her husband was chopping,
3JY .T. T. TJ10WJJRIDGE,
"What amused us most at the Lake House last summer
was tho performance of a bear in the back yard.
Ho was fastoned to a polo by a chain, which gave him
a range of a dozen or fifteen feet. It was not very safe for
visitors to come within that circle, unless they were pre
pared for rough hauding.
He had a way of suddenly catching you to his bosom aud 1 whiskey, but finally
picking your pockets ot peanuts and candy it you car-! woods.
ried any about you in a manner which took your breath ! "They went chattering and giggling to the tree whevc
away. Ho stood up to his work on his hind legs iu-a quite j the papoose had been loft. There was no papooso there,
human fashion, and used to paw aud tongue with amazing i "This discovery sobered them. They thought at first
skill and vivacity. He was friendly, and didn't mean any that the follows around tho store had played them a tiick
harm, but he was a rude playfellow. by taking it away ; but-by-and-by the Red-Sky-of-tho-
I shall never forget the ludicrous adventure of a dandi- Morning set up a shriek,
fied !N"ow Yorker, who camo out into tho yard to feed "She had found tho board not far off, but noiapoosc
bruin on seed-cakes, and did not feed him fast enough strapped to it, only something that had told the story of
He approached a trifio too near, when all at once the ( what had happened,
bear whipped an arm about him took him, to his embrace, ' ''There was bear trades around the spot. One of the
"went through" his pockets in a hurry. The terrified prints showed only two claws.
lace ot me struggling ana screaming fop aud the good-na-, "The Ked-bky-ot-the-Morning went back to tno camp
with the news ; the other squaw toilowca with the jug.
Well," continued tho one-eyed hostler, ' I needn't' try
to describe what followed. They went back to the house
and Rush took his riilo and started on the track of the
bear, vowing that ho would not eomo back without either
the child or tho bear's hide.
"The news went like wild-fire through tho settlement.
In an hour and a half a dozen men with their dogs were
on tho track with Rush. It was so much trouble for him
to follow the trail that they soon overtook him, with the
help of tho dogs. v
"But in spite of them the bear got into the mountains.
Two of the dogs came up with him, aud ono, tho only. one
that could follow" a scent, had his back broken by a stroke! '
of his paw. After that it was almost. impossible to track
him, and one after an other tho hunters gave up and re
"At last Rush was left aloue, but nothing could induce
him to turn back. He shot some small game in the
mountains, which he cooked for his supper, slept on tho.
ground and started on the trail again in the morning.
"Along in the forenoon he camo in sight of the bear as
he was crossiug a stream. He had a good shot at him as
ho was climbing the bank on tho other side.
"Tho bear kept on, but it was easier tracking him after
that by his blood.
"That eveuiug a hunter, haggard, his clothes all in tat
ters, found his way to a backwoodumu's hut over in White's
Yalley. It was Hush. He told his story in a few. words
as he rested on a stool. He had found no traces of his
child, but ho had killed tho bear. It was old Two Claws.
He had left him ou tho hills, and come to tho settlement
The hunt had taken him a roundabout course, and he
was then not more than seven miles from home. The
next day, gun in hand, with the bearskin strapped to his
back the carcass had been given to his friend, the back
woodsman he started to return by an easier wTay through
was a sad revenue ho had had, but there was a grim
started to go back through the ' sort of satisfaction in lugging homo the hide of old Two
"As he camo in sight of his log house, out ran his wife
to meet him, with what do you suppose? littlo Johnny
draggmg at her skirts, and tho lost child in her arms.
riien. for the first tune, the man dropped, but he-
He clung to
tured, business-like expression of the fumbling and mun
ohiug beast, offered the funniest kind of contrast;.'
The one-eyed hostler, who was the bear's especial guard
ian, lounged quite leisurety to the spot.
"Keep still, and he won't hurt ye," ho said turning his
quid. 'That's one of his tricks. Throw out what you've
got, and he'll leave ye."
Tho dandy made haste to help bruin to the last of the
.seed-cakes, and escaped without injury, but in a ridiculous
plight his hat swashed, his necktie and linen rumpled
;and his watch dangling ; but his fright was the most
laughable part of all.
The one-eyed hostler then made a motion to the beast,
-who immediately climbed the pole aud looked at us from
the cross-piece at tho top.
"A bear," said tho cue-eyed hostler, turning his quid
again, "is the best-hearted, knowin'est critter that goes
on all-fours. I'm speakeu' of our native black bear, you
tniderstand. The brown bear ain't half so respeotable,
aud the grizzly is ono of tho ugliest brutes in creation.
Come down here, Pomp"
Pomp slipped down the pole and advanced toward the
one-eyed hostler, walking on his hind logs and rattling his
"Playful as a kitten !" said the one-eyed hostler, fond
ly. Mm show yo,"
Ho took a wooden bar from a clothes-horse near by, and
madb a lunge with it at Pomp's breast.
No pugilist or fencing-officer could have parried a blow
more neatly. Then the one-oyed hostler began to thrust
and strike with the bar as if in downright earnest.
"Rather savage play," I remarked. Aud a friend by
my 'Side, who never misses a chance to make a pun, ad-
"ii-es, a decided'act of bar-bearity,"
"01i he like
cos it I said the one-eyed hostler. "You can't
And indeed it was so. No matter how or whore the
blow was aimed, a movement of Pomp's paw, as quiok as
a flasb of lightening, knocked it aside, and he stood good
humoredly waiting for more. "Once in a while," said the
one-eyed hostler, restiug irom the exercise and leaning on
"When tho Water-Snake-of-the-Louff-Tail heard that
his papoose had been eaten by a bear he felt, I suppose,
very much as any whito father would have felt under the
circumstances. He vowed vengeance against Old Two
Claws, but consoled himself with a drink of tho fire-water
before starting on a hunt.
"Tho braves with him followed his example. It wasn't
in Indian nature to start until they had emptied the jug,
so it happened that old Two Claws got off again. Tipsy
braves can't follow a trail worth a cent.
"Not very long after that a woman in tho neighboring
settlement heard her children scream one day in the woods
near the house. She rushed out and actually saw a bear
lugging off her youngost.
"She was. a sickly, feeble sort of a woman, but such a
sight was enough to give her the strength and courage of
a man. She ran and cought up an axe. Lucky she had
a big dog. The two went at the bear.
"The old fellow had no notion of losing his dinner just
for a woman and a mongrel cur. But she struck him a
tremendous blow ou tho back ; at tho same time the pup
got him by the hind leg. He dropped the young one to
defend himself. She caught it up and ran, leaving tho
two beasts to have it out together.
"Tho bear made short work with tho cur : but instead
of following tho woman and child, he skulked off into tho
"The settlers got together for a grand hunt ; but Two
Claws for tho tracks showed that ho was tho soouudrol,
escaped into the mountains, and lived to make more
trouble another day.
"The child? Oh, tho child was scarcely hurt, it had got
squoezed and scratched a little in the final tussle ; that
"As to the bear, he was next heard of in our settle
ment." The hostler hesitated, winked his one eye with an odd
expression, put a fresh quid into his cheek, and finally ro
sumed: "A brother-in-law of my uncle, a man of the name of
illush, was one day chopping in the woods about halt milo
didn't get down any further thau his kuees.
his wife and baby and thanked God lor tho miracle.
"But it wasn't much of a miracle, after all.
"Little Johnny had been playing around the door, and
lost sight of the baby and maybe forgotten all about
him when he strayed into tho woods and saw the bear.
Then ho romembored all that he had heard of tho danger
of being carried off and eaten, and of course he had a
terrible fright. When asked about his little brother he
didn't know anything about him, and I suppose really im
agined that the bear had got him.
"But the baby had crawled into a snug place under the
side of the rain-trough, and there he was, fast asleep all
the while. Then ho woke two or three hours alter, and
his mother heard him cry ; hor husband was far away on
"Truo tins story I've told ? " added the oue-eyed host
ler, as some one questioned him. "Every word of it ! n
"But your namo is Rush, isn't it?" I said.
Tho one eye twinkled humorously.
""My name is Rush. My uncle s brother-in-law was
ray own fathor."
"And you ?" exclaimed a bystander, ., "'
"I," said tho one-eyed hostler, "am the very man w'ho
warn't eaten by the bear when I was a baby ! "
the bar, while Pomp retired to his pole, "there's a bear of I from the house, when his wife wont out to carry him his
his species that's vivacious aud bloodthirsty. Generally, , luncheon, one left two children at home, a boy about
you lot them alone, and they'll let you alone They won't
run from you, maybe, but they voVt go out of their way
to pick a quarrel. They don't swagger around with a
five years old aud a baby just big enough to toddle around.
Nerve, as tho blending of tho mental and physical stay
ing power is generally termed, is not at all a novel qual
ity with the majority of men, but, like all other attributes,
is of a comparative and resolute character. Many a man who
would not hesitate to follow in tho lead of a forlorn hope,
orrido in the front ranks in a cavalry dash, shrinks with
painful tear from a dentist ; while a woman who would
run at tho sight of the mcokest cow in the meadows will
po through the ordeal with Spartau fortitude.
Tho nerve that is supplemented by speculative intellect
and calculating shrewdness is tho most' valuable, as well
as tho most gonuino. Probably no better spoeimen of this
sort was over evinced than by a young Polo, Lcckinski by
namo, a lancer in tho sorvice of Murat.
The French Marshal was in Madrid during Napoleon's
invasion of Spain, and found it necessary to communicate
with .) unot in Portugal. But tho woods and conntry from
Madrid to Lisbon swarmed with Castanos' lorces, tho Span
ish guerrillas. Russia at that time was not only a friend
but an ally of Franco, and in his quandary, Murat went to
Strogonofiz tho Russian ambassador to Spaiu, told him of
his situation, and waited upon diplomatic cunning to help
Tho Russian encouraged him wonderfully. "Send mo,"
ho said, "tho most intelligent of your Polish lancers.
on their shoulder lookin' for some fool to lcuook it
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"The boy had ofton boon told that H he strayed away I Those roies are very uiougnuui men, unu vaiuamo m mi
into tho woods with his brother, a bear plight carry thorn oxtromity. Tho Admiral, Siuivan, is in the port at Lisbon,
off, and sho charged him again that afternoon not to go Wo will dross your Polanderin Russian uniform and send
away from the house ; but ho was an onterprising little I him with the dispatohos for the admiral. Even if cap-