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fofr?,.rtfo' Specimen Ooplos sent Froe on Hequost. '
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Whoro tho rooks arc grey hnd tho shore is stoop,
'Anil tho waters boltw look dark and (loop, ..-
"Whoro tho rugged pino in Its lonely prido,
"Loans gloomily ovor tho murky tldo ;
Whoro tho roods unri rushes arc long arid rank -'
And tho woods grow thick on the vrindiiig bank-;
Where tho Shadow is heavy tho Whole day through,
Thiro lies at Its moorings tho old canoo.
'. CL'housolcss paddles arc idly dropped,
Xillcoa sea-bird's wings that tho storm, has lopped.
" .A Ml crossed on tho railings, ono o'econe, .
Liko tho folded liands when the work Is done.; ,'
f - WliHo busily back and forth between ,n vi. .
iitiTbo spider stretches his livly screen, . .'-,;, .
And tho solemn owl, with Ida dull -Hooihoo"
Settles down on tho sulo of tho old canoe. ,v,.i ,.
Tho storn,lialf sunk tn the slimy wave, ,
, Kptgslowly away In its living gravej-..,.
And tho green nioss creeps o'er tho dull decay
,Hldingits mouldering dust away, , ; ,
Liko tho hand iliat plants o'or the tomb a ilowor,
Or the ivy that mantles tho falling JLower ;
"While many a blossom of lovoilest hue
Springs up o'er the stern of the old canoe.
Tho ciirrontless waters are dead and stllj,
Buttho light vind plays witli the boatiVat will,
And lazily in and out ngixin ' " " '" -
It floats tho length of tho..ruty chahi, ','.,
Iiike tho weary march of tlio hands i ,0timq,
That moetand part at tlio noontide Chime;'
And tho shore is kissed at each, turn anew, .
By the dripping now of the ol'd canoo. ' "' ,
O'U' tnany a time with a careless Hand,: ' ' . J ' l 'Hy '
'iliayopush it away from the pebbly strand, ' ' '''
And paddled It down where tho 'Stroam "runs? quick, "-'V
Wiidro the whirls are wild and tho eddies thick, ' '"'?
AuiUnughed as loaned o'or tho rocking side; '""ti; '
And lobked "below in the broken tide . ' v a '
To see that tho faces and boat word two ' 4
That weWmirrored back from the old canoe.
But, now as I lean o'er tho crumbling'sido
Arid look below in the sluggish tide,
Tho face that I soo there is urnvor grown, - -,-:
And thoiaugh that I hoar has asoberer tone,
And tho hands that lent to tho light skiir wings
Harogrown familiar with sterner things,
But I lovo.to think of thohOurs that. snn
As I rooked whoro tho whirls their white spray shell', -''
.are me iuo?soms waved or the green
the old canoe.
riplifc ma while. Doit, man, Georclio Eh, I wduld
haVo clone far more for yoti.''
But appeals of this kind hnd becomo common enough
by tins time, unci Gcoitlio only shook his head mournfully,
ftnci passed on. You may think it was a heartless action,
because your ideas of war aro at variance with tho bare
reality but to my mind that mournful shake of tho head
tokl of tho tumultuous, unspeakable feeling surging
through the poor fellow's snn1.
Alas! alas! War in all its phases is barbarous audcruol,
and man. is mortal ; therefore it is not to bo wondered at
n, in such extromo moments, former friendships aro for
gotten in the all-engrossing thought self-preservation.
1 also had until then passed on, shutting my ears against
tho pitious cries ; turning my eyes away from the out
Stretched hands ; but tho despairing look of poor Allan
ononacn went to tho depth of my heart, and being still
comparatively steady on my legs I lifted him up, aucl with
some assistance placed him on my back, and iu this way
managed to carry him for a mile or two.
when I set him down again he seemed to have recover
ed wonderfully, and with tliri aid nf mr m.m o,i n
cftsional lift oirmy- back; he succeeded in staggering for
ward until wo reached Cortmiu.
zr,! k fato..-
.- ,..w v.., ,uyyu uo, uuu we ourat out on them
and swonfc tlmm awnv iiirv o . fum,
o itouuoon sweeps
and swopfc them away before us,
sand of the desert.
Our company was .full of impetuous spirits and -Stron-ach
and I tound ourselves borno forward in pursuit of tho
retreating enemy, almost to tho muzzles of the roservo
companies' guns. auivo
Horo a close and deadly volley was sent into us,, arid
on omfti Jincs?nS " danSei ean to mil'back
Wo had not rott-oatod many paces however, wheni
musket ball struck me iu the leg in rear of tho knee iob
and I dropped like a winged pigeou, "neo.jomt,
Stronach was down hnsiirlft mo in r,,, :l. .. ., 44tJM
: t'hJSSr; "yo$
insuiibiVbie: b m lor tue paiQ-i
" Thank Providence, it's no worse," ho said. "WV.n'
ssrs, wt$ b iinc3-pat your as a"
But he was uot destined to reach
. . ..
O'or -tho mouldering stern of
"Forward, Black Watch J V .
fnl for tho helD I hnd boon .iblft tn o-ivA him nnri b?c
festations of the feeling, coupled with the simplicity of his
maimer, and the honesty of liis heart, drew me irresist
ably towards him.
I kneW that he Came from "Rltrin. flirrmnrlt lmtr!nn-enftl.ii
jtqiim while iii Lisbon and elsewhere ; but. nowhe told
mo aoout. ins lanuly, and I learned from the narrative that
he had a father, mother, and sister alive.
Shortly after our arrival in .front of tho town, I advised
hiai strongly to put himself on the sick list, as ho was
almost knocked up ; but ho would not listen to this, assur
ing me that ho was all right, and expressing his determin
ation to sticic to iiis regiment to tho last, and if fortune
so .ordained it, to have a parting shot at the enemy.
That the French would attack us we never doubted, for
theywere numoricallvstrono-Ai' n.uA tim nneikmn fiimr i,ri
talcon Up m front ot us was more advantageous than that
uyuupieu uy our troops ; out as to how or when they
would deliver their attack wo could only, of course hazard
a guess, and meanwhile our embarkation of the sick, the
urtvuu-v, uun cno stores -went on uuinterruptedly.
.t On the morning of the battle Allan Stronach audi were
aitbuig logeuier coujecturing about this and. other liko
matters, when he suddenly changed tho conversation by
"I say, Gordon, I had a queer dream last uirht, anJ I'm
very dootfu' whether I'll ovor cross tho Grampitus ao-aim"
I held out my hand and ho grasped it firmly.
'You may depone! upon my fulfilling vour request,
Stronach," I answered- "That is, if auy "thug serious
does happen to you ; but in the meantime, put them back
in your pocket, and let us dismiss such dismal forebod-
JLlJ IO UL'UUJHXS LCI NS1.V Hinr r tinnn (hnoo nmrnnn'n 1 nl mr n !,. .,,,,7 t T-.
- . . . . " '-j ww i.ii vuvou i.i viii'VO iv iivuiv utii-i uuniLiyuLi iii;z.!iv v:i.rfi i nnnioi n .: ..
inoncship sprang up hetwcdn us. He was sincerely grate-1 utter a sharp word of command, anr 1 ESi tl ,?
Lhismani- I behold tho boar-skiu caps of the Frencli ffreuadiBrW
goal, for ore we
Meanwhile siens of activitv wnm nvnvvwiiki-d Ana....
able along the enemy's lines, and about ono o'clock in the
afternoon of tho sixteenth day of January, ISOS-a day I
shall never forget the French Marshal begatUo mass
troops upon his left flank, a movement Avhioh aws soon
after followed by a swift and resolute attack uron our
The right of our line was defended by our division
under Sir David Baird, supported by a division Winder
Lord William Hentinok and with us was tho Comniindor-in-Chiof
Sir John Mooro, who personally snperinunded
the disposition ot tho troops. i
Bofoi'O thieo O'clock tho action Iind hnmm annl nrt
iron hail from tho enemy's cannon, was falling thitklv
Thoro was a. villiago on the right of our position whih,
from strategic reasons, was destined to becomo an objecrpf
uhlllltmii nnnt-noh il tnumMln .nlilnK t. r T7I. .!. t
ot attack flowed steadly on, liko a torrent of red-hot lav
rushing down a mouutain side.
Un, liko irresistible lurolhng ocean
glittering bayonets ; its proud,
lorwaitt in tne van.
Tho Foit.y-Sccond, or -Black Watch," the regiment
to which I had tho honor to belong, passed through dur
ing the Peninsular War-all tho vicissitudes attendant
upon the lite of .a, soldier; but nowhere did -it display
itself to bettor advantage than during the days of tho
distressing rotreat irom Vstorga to Oorunua
Bravo, high of hope, and light of heart, woro tho
bosoms which beat beneath tho tartau, when the British
host, under Lieutenant General Sir John Mooro, advanc
ed lrom Lisbon to the Douro to form a junction with the
Spanish General Ronmna ; and not less brave, if heavv
and despairing, woro those same hearts when, after the
dispersion of the native armies, they turned their faces
resolutely eastward, and began that over memorable re
treat. Desolation sat upon tho mountains: heavy snows
blocked up tho roads ; torrents of rain and slcor, borne
upon icy wings of the winter wind, incessantly in our
faces; our drouched plumes and tartans hung abjectly
about us, liko rags upon stioks in a, corn field ; horrors
seen and unseen, accumulated around us ; death hovered
in our vim, and the advance guard of the French, liko a
pack of hungry wolves, hung upon our rear.
Suffering from tho pangs of hunger, for rations woro
scanty ; destitute of fires, for tho soaked wood would
never burn ; inarching aucl sleeping in our dripping-wot
clothes, with exhausted strength and diminished nuniber
wo drew near to Coiunna. "'
It was during those last days of tho rotreat; that an inci
dent haunened. tho results nf whiHi worn nvM!., ..
all-powerful iuUuonco on my future career.
A. young man name Allan Stronach, belong ing to our
company, who had hithorto trailed his weary limbs after
him with xmilngging spirit, now sank down nterly exhaust
ecu It was well-known that every availablo means of
transport un side and wounded wore filled to overflowing,
and to )o loft behind now, when so near tho goal j to die
where ho lay, or to fall a prisoner into tho hands of tho
oiieniy, scorned to go to tho poor fellow's heart liko a
Ho made a piteous appeal to those around him, and
particularly his comrade, to support him oven for a few
'Goordie," ho pleaded feebly, "dinna leave mo lift mo
up man, an' lot mo lean on vour arm for a. biltoelr o' tlm
oad. This faintnoss will wear oil, man, an' I'll bo a J shall not give thorn an iuoh of ground
looming through the smoke-mish.
"Drop mo, Allan," I cried, "drop me, and run. Tho
enemy have re-formed, and are advancing to deliver an"
other attack; Let me go, Stronach, and save yourself."
Whewd.clnspiD, me still firmly round tho
waist. "I'll take you n, or die with you."
We were now within pistol-shot of our outposts, and
somo of them alarmed at our shouting, were rushing tbi
wards us, when Allan's foot slipped iS a furrow which
had been ploughed up by a cannon ball, and we rollgS
together on tho ground. TJ
Ho wis on his feet in an insfnnf nri , :...i.i it
stooping to pick mo up when, the advancing, grenadiers
having caught sight of the outposts, sent a volley tavoik
the field ; lyid the shoot of flame had scarcely dofl a;Vay
of me Sfef0nttoh staered lncl JoU forward heavily on -top
I have a vague recollection of being trampled upon by
many feet; of hearing indistinctly the steady tramp of
heavy massesot men, ; the roll of musketry, and the belch
mg of the deep-mouthed cannon; of mad rushing, of
men uacKwam anct lorvvard, and of hearing high above
forovTl" the well-lmowu war cry of "'Scotlantl
When I regained fully tho possession of my senses'!
was being lifted irom lie ground by my.com rades. '
Strouach's body was laying in frout of me, faco upward
and I saw that the bullet had struck his left tempFeTS
penetrated to the brain. F u
Rough as I was, my feelings overpowered me, audi
could fnot retrain, from shedding tears i but there was '
httlo time to indulge in vain regrets, therefore' I secured the
Bible and the letters, and covering his faco with mv
w rf ln' I Passed his ioy-hauo and muttering a
last farewell permitted myself to be borne off to tho
transport with a soul lull of unutterable thoughts.
I learned afterwards that tho gallant Baird liad lost an
arm, and that the heroic Moore had .laid down his life on
tho hold, to preserve- untarnished tho honor of the
British army ; but of all the irreparable losses of thac
glorious but dearly won battle, the most irroparable to
mo was the young hero from Elgin, who laid down his
life for his friend.
Shortly after my arrival in Scotland I visited - Allan
Stronach s father, and placed in his hands the sad tokens
ot his son s death ; but it is foreign to my nature to mi
trade upon tho privacy of any sorrowing spirit, therefore
I Trill not dwell on tho deeply felt and uolrfy borne anguish
of the bereaved parents ; but a few words about a certain
member ot the family is still necftssaw f ,i.A I"
- j MwlwWuiy
Allans sister was a charming, comely girl, but I do
not think it was her beauty which bewitched nie : rath'ta
vrrr unnl A,l. m. 1
i ' Y I 4M4w""s " m'ti iwucu mu i cmnK, nor guueiossness of heart hop vivfnr ,7
ranks of living valour , crested with fluttering colon and greatest 'charm of aU, she said I shoo'ed me hc&t'a'Jk
crlittorunr bavonets : its nrond. ilnfiunh onttUa axVn,mit, uri . ; w, &" JO eft. mo uesc O a.V
w" -"""'B . i, u wutouiarnoa, and now, with tho frosts of
s y ., m , ,r my, lloaa x look onok upon my wedding
Our pickets and advanced posts received them gallant- Jay as the luckiest dav of m wv
r. Dllt ttlfiv nnilln nor. nlorJr ni n. ninmmit- flm miJ. Pl i i .. ... ". i
' r. fx.. OI m wuo ima mY ly, and proud too
i ouhw halt iu my walk, -caused by tho gun-shot' 'wound
wich is my souvenir of Gorumia.
ly, but they could not check tor a moment tho rush of
that torrent ot steel. But swiftly, suddenly, a long lino
of white vanor rushed from tho front nfmii- li'tino friiA-nri
J by a broad sheet of flame, siud tho simultaneous 'discharge
, of tho ( musketry of a whole division, sending death and
un.vuu mtu uimr qiuvunug, rauKS.
Volley followed volloy in rapid succession, aud the head
of their column sank down, beiorotho deadly lead storm
like long grass before tho scythe of a mower.
' ijtit they advanced unfalteringly ; deployed with tlio
utmost precision and opened upon us a withering fire.
fPlll)C Wit wtfMwl nilim1ninil ilk OI ll r1 .1,..,-... .. ,.1..,1 . 4.1... l..i.
hail whibtling around us, tho stem commands of our ! ffi!'?" A " "Electricity 1" answered tho OUT old lady?
Qillcorsrintrhiir through thntvunoinRvoil nliiwn Hi itwnco. . " 0i,i JRS I VOOkon I has. I was striti!r lw liiii?,vioS.
ant rattle of the musketry, until tho living tongues of fire snmmol,'ut it didn't do mo no sort of good.;"
rPorwatd. Blnok WiUoh 1" Shmitnd Sir Tlvl,l Bii C, ,...,r S ..?,?.?' "" arted Aftov conteraplttliug thorn
fSSnseJSSJ.. " wi. " wi : joT3w SSTSS Z ?X?l
illllfl vnn hnr tli....1 i'i,t. . : ---. - .r .
jvv. vjr UU j,, niuo more courage. '
mB lot is not a happy one. Ko sooner is ho free from"
HIS Mothers unron.strinm; nnrl cliYnoi. fi.o t.,. u ifcA,
irSXQi?f sp,niQ tyrant. iu piuk autl AV"ifc0 Slll marries? '
lm 1 5- iheU b0.f es mt,11 ? bby-wes along, and than
Uie baiy bosses the whole family. ' ,y .
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