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One Pollor and fifty rout if not paid iu ix mouths
JO 11 WORK.
l'lain, Fancy, Ornamental, (in colors or uot,)
executed with lU'tttuciM uud despatch, at this office
3rQ vrVr VTR 7t CO -
VAR lil'HEN COUNTY OlilCKKS.
A. 11. BLACK MAX,
Register, of Peed, Attorney at Law, and Notary
rutdi., will attend to the btiues of Convey
ftiicinjf, druwing agreement, applications for
o-otinty land, will, Ac tho pui chase ami sale
f roul estate, payn eat f taxes, examination of
title itnd the compromising of conflicting titles,
etc. Office in the Court House-. 6 ly
A. IV. NASH,
lii'lge of Probate, and Notary Public, Van Puren
Co. ConvoyjHein and other businet pertnin
injr to said nthcea promptly attended to. Will
ftlao attend to tho uurcnapo and rule of Peal
Mutate, Examining Title, paying Taxo. pro
curing Heunty Lied Warrants, Vc. OUico in
tho Court House-, 'id door on the rivht. 91.
C II A N I) LKIt IU V 1 1 A 1 t 1 ) S,
iAttoruty, Solicitor and Counselor tit Lnw. Prose
cuting Attorney, and Circuit Court CniiimMhioncr
for tlie County'ot' Van Uurcn, liounty Paud uud
Pension Ajfent. Contracts drami, uud collect
ing 1 roii.j tly attended to.
'Olhcw in iho Court llouie. lPUf.
Paw Paw, .... Michigan.
"County Trciu-urer, Van Pwrin County, Notary Pub
lic, tVe., w ill fttend to tlio purchase and sale of
Kenl Estate, examining titles, payit g Taxes, pro
curing liounty Lund urri'ntu, V. OlhVc in
tke Court Hou.ve. 1-ly?
T. It. 1 1 AK HI SOX,
Plain, Fancy, News and Ornamental Printer
Handbill?, Pop'cr. Cards, Pall Tickets, .tc. spro
dily and quickly executed with nratm-ss and dis
patch All orders respectfully solicited. Prices
moderate Noutih iim k Ojtick north fide ol
main Etruet, Paw Paw.
Ir. W. Brown can bo found at all times at his
rooms over Pinon, Warren and C'o's .tore, and
is prypared to exceuto elegantly and well, all
kinds of work in the lino of hi pi ..!Vsi,.ii.
Troth extracted, fillsd with K"ld or siher foil
Hiid new ones inserted, .Miifrly or iu setts, upon
the moat improved principle of the art. 1 1".
J jaler in Groceries and Provisions, Fivh. Fruit.
IS'nt, Paint, Oil, Yankeo Notion, Wno'lon,
Willow aiid Sione Ware, Conleciioncry, Ciifurs,
Drwrn and Medium', P-oki airl Statimi"ry,
uru LiiUOra fjr Medicinal and .Mechanical pur
pose etc., c. "2i I
.o. oniMK? Paw raw
v. w, n!-:lli:c k,
I0 tier iu Dry (ioods, tJroeeKcs. Beady .Made Clo
thing, Hoot and .Shots, IJiit and Caps, (ioods
fold at the loun-t figures, kinds of prdit
takeii in exchan-. .loro oiu dour vr.t of .
.'mith A CoV. I'lcan' :, o me a call.
I'aw l'aw, I ' Midi.
THr fhrnptit M.-t. Minn .t ItAinlln, nod lriic
A Co' have c lu-ive pat'-ntrd ipronvi iio nt.-.
Benj. Bandull. Lnrcneo. A;: nt enn furnish and
n.iriant tor durability, at Factory prirc-. voice
loud or soft and tui.u in l!o cpial temperament.
Lawrence, Nov. 1, ls.'i". L'btf.
Maufaeti)rer ot und deal r in Winsor Cottujrc nr.d
can J.t chairs. Turning. rcp.diinL', C'C. e.'
euted ou nhorl not leu. htcnelimc for na'e xi'd
MKtflMtly on hnnd. Shop opposite-the Metho
dirt Church, in the nw cabinet hhop.
Paw l'aw. July SU, 1S37. l-'Oly
AT Till; TTY KI'OKK
flppooite tin- Court House, in l'aw Paw, may be
Iw'JuJ u good ussortnicnt of Bonis l fiioi:s, man
utVcturcd tv uit tno trade and warranted to suit.
Alfo, a choio helectioll of Famii.v (i:o i:iiiks for
.! cheap by T. A. (SKAMJIIB,
12-1 v. A. d. SOBTOKK.
Jib L'.VSDi.V, bavin- eslablil.d hin'df in
J l'aw l'aw village for the p irjM.se of f..llowiti,'
the above lui-ine-s will ntt :i I to nil job--" in his
line with dillieuce and di.atch.
Oaulent rLi)iii;!ircl t Older.
l'aw l'aw, Mich.. March 21th, ls'.s. .', t-!y.
ii. ;. in ru n a. co.,
Wholesale and Befall d'-alcr.; in American, l'mr
li.ih and (icrman Hardware; also, lion. Nails
and (las.; Cooking, Parlor uud Box Stoves,
Jin Lopp...- an. N.eet Iron Ware. J hose w,sl-
ing to tradt? will please give us a call before pur- I
chiininjc elpenhcre. 160. l'aw l'aw, Mich. .
O. P. OOKTON",
Dealer in Crockery, fl.i and China. ware, 1'aper
HaDpinp, Window .Shadus and Curtains, Cut
lery, Jewelry, Yanked Notions, Stone and Last
cm, Ware, te.. North tide of Main st. first
dor wc!t of K. tL Butler .t Coh., Hardware
0. M. ODKLL, M 1).
Homcopnthlo I'hysician, Surgeon
cm cnM.-u, nnd I
ObaUtrieian. Also, dealer in Books fc Station-
1 1 . . .11 V, f,....,,l ., I , 1
liesid nc on tho corner of NiIch At Vavt l'aw ht.
directly south of Chas. Selbck's.
I.'. H3IITJI A CO.,
Wholoalo and Itetail Ioalcrs in l'oreiffn nnd Io
mestic Dry Goods, Heady Made Clothing. Boots
A Shoes, (Iroeorics, Ac., Ac. Lonp Brick Store,
Corner of Main and Kalamazoo et., l'aw Paw,
Michigan. 1M. ly.
M. K ALLEN,
llannfactnrer of and denier in ft1! kinds of Cabinet
Waro) omiHtins In part of Bureaus, Table,
IlcJ-ftteadi, Lounes, Toilet, Washing ann Light
Btands, etc.jCV'. Collins Hiadc to ordir. Waro
rooma oppchito the M. K. Church, Main-ft. i7
A. BANGS c5 CO.
Proprietor Paw Paw Livery Stable. Ilorpen nnd
Carriage at all timen to let. Po.hsciicpm con
veyed to any part of tho country wih patch
c - u I - : . e L'-.l - n.. i e i
Stable in rear of Kxclmi;e Hotel.
II USJ A II IS H 1 .11 M O N S,
Clock and Watch maker, and Jeweler. Mntfawnn,
Michigan. Itcpnirin done in the bet manner
aud ou reasonable terms. 1 50-1 y:
W. II. HAWKINS
Ocaler in Dry Goods, Groceries, Hardware, Itoady
Madc Clothing, Boots aad 8hne?, Ilntaand Cnpa,
die. Store, aouth sido Main street. 4-ly
Taken in the mot superb and life-liko mnnvr , and
put up in superior
STYLE A XI) FlXlSf.
Ladie'a and Gcatleraan'aro invited to cull at Uh
office and Gallery and examine for thtn;elve.
Charge in accordancs 'vith fh tirr.?-.
raw IJlcb. M7-tf. W. pntury.
VOL 4. NO. 8.
LAWTON UUSINUSS CARDS.
I). K. NWIlirr,
Manufacturer and dealer in all kinds of Cabinot
Ware, eonsiaitiiij; in part of Bureaus, Tables,
Bedsteads, Lounges, Toilet, Washing und Liht
Stands, Ac., Ac., Coflins made to order. All
kiivli of produce and lumber taken iu payment
for which will be paid the highest market price.
Wurerooins, ono door north of the Bed Black
sinith'ii shop. 147-tf.
Law ton, Michigan.
V. 1. SMITH k into.,
Dealers in iiroeories and Provisions, Pish Fruits,
Confectionary, Cigars, Paint, Oils, (Jlass, lye
Stuffs, Yankee Notions, Per'nmry, Prus and
Medicines, Wooden and Willow ware, Pure Liq
uors for Mcdieinial and Mechanical purposes,
Books und .Stationery, etc., etc.,
. P. Smith,
K. K. Smith, j
MOM'.M ILNTAL .MAUHlii:,
Of tho be.t quality, latest styles, and of superior
lini.sh, manufactured to order at the shortest no
tice, und the lowest possible price at mv shop.
157-0n. W. J. Mi KI XNLY.
Lawton, - - - - Mich.
j. i,. f'liAsi:,
Conruiission Merchant, and Pealor in all kLd- of
Prus, Patent Medicines, Paints, Oil., lirofo
rics, Ac Ac. All of which will bo sold to suit
sni.HONS Ac DAULLNC,
Pculer in Sa.h. I'dinds and Doors, and ull kinds of
Cabinet Ware, at the Steam Saw Mill.
Lawton, 117-tf. Mich.
Manufacturer und Dealer in all kinds of Cabinet
rnre, consisting of Ilurcaiis. lbihtiads Ta-
bbs, I ouiicst Stands L'tr.f Col'iusi
made to order, liivc him a call. lol'-ly.
bus. saxtox & di:vi:v,
Have formeil a co-partnership for the practice of
Medicine and Surgery in nil ita departments.
All calls promp tly attended to, day or ni&ht.
A pnd assortment of choice medicines arc kept
constantly for sale.
Brendsville, .... Mich.
a. t. siiri'i'ALr,
(bate of the firm of White X Mcteulf, I'tica, X.T.,)
Mirgical and Mechanical Dentist. All opera
tions performed in the be.-:t manner, nad with
new and improved instruments. Olhco over .1.
M. Ilnbb'ird's Mu-ic Store, corner of Main and
Burdick streets, Kalamazoo. 21tf.
K A LA 31 AZOO IIAKKIIV,
SDYMOl'K A Co.. ,ire piej-arcd to fill all order
l'.r 'rarkcis, Cookirv, C'ake, It(iK and
nil hinds f I read. Sfiop directly op site
Fish's Flour St'ie, Main tSlteet, Kalamazoo,
IJ( ( rhi'i's ThoUilit.
As T :row older, a.ul como nenrcr to
death, 1 look up j it more and more with
complacent joy, and out of every longing
I hear Hod say, 4i O thirsting, hungering
one, come to me." What the other lift;
v.-ill bring 1 know not, only that 1 shall
awake in (iod's likeness, and sec him as
he is. If a child had been bo' ii and spent
all his life in the .Mammoth ( ave, how
impossible would it hi; for him to compre
hend the upper world . JJ is parents
ILHU IUU IIIY1-1 'oovi i dunlin.-
night tell him of its life, and light, ami
jcauty, anefrtts sounds of joy; they might
heap up the sand into mounds, ami trv to
show him by pointing to stalactites how
grass, and flowers, find trees grow out of
the ground, till at lenght, with laborious
thinking, the child would fancy ho had
gained a true idea of the unknown hnd.
And vet, thought he longed to behold
it. when the dav came that ho was to ro
forth, it would hi with rejrrct for tho fam-
j ilar crystals, and the rock-hewn rooms,
I and the'ruiiet that reigned therein. Put
i when he came up, some May morning,
with ten thousand birds singing in the
trees, and the heavens bright, and blue,
j f H f sni;LT)lt aml tl0 wi,,d-blowing
, , ' . ,. .."
soitly tliroitgu iuo young icaes, an a-giu-
tor with dew, and the landscape stretching
away green and beautiful to the horizon,
with what rapture would he gaze about
him, and, and see how poor were all the
fancying and tho interpretations which
were made within the cave, of the things
which grow and lived without; and how
would lie wonder that he could have rc-
"-retted to k ave the silence and tho dreary
, , r ? i nn i, c,. .iinn
emerge from this cave of earth into that
land where Spriug growths are, and where
is .Summer, and not that miserable travc.tic
which wc call .Summer here, how shall wc
wonder that wc could have clung so fond
ly to this dark and barren life !
Heat on, then, U heart, and yearn for
dying. 1 have drunk at many a fountain
but thirst came again ; I have, fed at many
a bounteous table, but hunger returned; i
have seen many bright and lovely things,
but, while T gazed, their luster faded.
There is nothing hero that can give me
rest; but when 1 behold thee, O Ciod, I
shall bo satisfied !
(.Sod has appointed certain insects, birds
and beasts to bo destroyers. They
consumo decaying matters, theyroll up and
and feast on filth. To their palate life is
unseasoned and insipid, but death has fla
Will IV 1 1 OA U" H'"iv- J"
vor. Such, alio, aro minor critics in lit-,
i !....: i . i l
ur.uuiu, iry inert iu iuoiai, aim nu c. iiuni-
crs in religion.
It is not work that kills men; it is
worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly
put more upon a ma'n that he can bear.
Worry is rust upon blade. It is not tho
revolution that destroys the machinery,
but tho friction. IVar secretes acida ; but
love and trut arc sweet juices.
They arc not reformers who simply
abhor evil. Such men become iu the
end abhorcnt thenuelvr.
There h always romcbcly to t dieted
in any 6ne who is uppcrmo: t.
PAW PAW, MICH., FKIDAY, JUNE i 1858.
Tin; pjanus or Tin; itoiintit.
of tllO fri'Mltlul massacre Ol FOVCnii "1U-
families by the Wuck-foot Indians, ro
were reminded of a thrilling event whu-h
occurred in tuc 4.Vild Wcst,"a short time
bulscqucntly to the devolution, in which
a highly aeconiplihhed young lady, the
daughter of a distinguished ofliecr of the
American Army, played an important
part. The story being of a mo.t thrilling
nature, and exhibiting in a striking mau
ner the " Perils of tho Jorder," we have
concluded to give an extract from it, as
originally published, as follows :
The angle on the right bank of tho
(Jreat Kanawha, formed by its junction
with the Ohio, is called Point Pleasant,
and is a place of historical note. Jit-re,
on the 10th of October, 1774, during
what i.s known as Lord Punniorc's War,
was fought one uf the fiercest mnl most
desperate battles that ever took place be
tween tho Virginians and their lbrcst bV.s.
After the battle in question, in which
the Indians were defeated with great loss,
a furt was hero erected by the victors,
which became a post of great importance
throughout the sanquinary scene of strife
which :iluiot immediately followed, and
which in ihia section of the country were
continued for many years after that e.stab
fthracnt of peace "which acknowledged
lie United Colonics of America a frae and
At the landing of the fort, on the day
our fctory opens, was fastened a Hat-boat
of. the kind used by tho early navigators
of the Western rivers.
Upon the deck of this boat, at the mo
mcnt wc present the ocni to the reader,
stood live individuals, alike engaged iu
watching a group of persons, mostly fe
males), who were slowly approaching tho
landing. Of these five, one was a stout,
sleek negro, in partial livcy, and evident
ly a llouso or body servant ; three weic
boatmen and borderers, as indicated by
their rough, bronzed visages and coarse
nttirc; but the fifth was a young man,
some two-aud-tweiity years of age, of a
lino commanding person, and a clear, open,
intelligent countenance; and iu the lofty
cariiairo of hi head in tho ulcitrii of his j
I:irp;e, brSjjjltt, L ;..! -yc,'tt;cie v. ,--'
thing which denoted ono of superior min i;
but J'.s we shall have occasion in the, coiir? -
of our nar-ative to fully K-t forth who :i:;d
what hugene rainax was, wc will leave
him for the present, and turn to the an-
proaehing group, whom he seemed to be
I reg ir'ding with lively interust.
Of this group, composed of a middle-
aged man and four females, with a black
female servant following some live or six
paces in tho rear, there was ono whom
tho most casual eye would have singled
out and rested upon with pleasure. The
lady in question, was apparently about
twenty years of age, of a slender and
graedful figure, and of that peculiar cat
of feature, which, besides bein beautiful j
every lineament, meiy r.uis to Mi el
the beholder with something like a charm. '
Per traveling costume a lino brown
habit, high in tho neck, buttoned closelv !
.. . i l , I ' I
over tuc uosom aim coming oowu 10 uer
small pretty feet, without trailing on the
ground was both neat and becoming ;
and with her riding-cap aud its waving
ostrich plume, set gaily above her flowing
curls, her appearance contrasted forcibly
with the rough, unpolished looks of those
of her sex beside her, with their linscy
bed-gowns, scarlet llannel petticoats, and
bleached linen caps.
"Oh, IManche," said one of the more
venerable of her female companions, pur
suing a conversation which had been
maintained since quitting the open fort
behind them, " I cannot bear to let you
go ; for it just seems to mc as if some
thing were going to happen to you, and
when 1 feel that way, something generally
" Well, aunt," returned Ulanchc, with
a light laugh, "I do not doubt in the least
that something will happen for I expect
one of these days to reach my dear father
and blessed mother, and give them such
an embrace as is duo from a dutiful
daughter to her parents and that will be
something that has not happened for two
loug years at least."
Jhit I don't mean that, IManchc,"
returned tho other, somewhat petulantly ;
"and you laugh just like a gay and
thoughtless girl, when you ought to be
serious. Uccausc you have come safe
thus far, through a partially settled couu
try, you think, perhaps, your own pretty
face will ward oil danger in tho more per
. 1 A 1
ilous wilderness but I Main you that a
fearful journey is before you !
l.i . , i .i i ii
a boat (lesccnd.s t he t Mno. t lint does noi
i . . i . - .i i
encounter more or less peril from the I Cohmcl J'ertrand had lost much, ami suf
sav.igc s that prowl along cither shore ; nnd fercd much, through l.ritish invasion ; and
Ktine of them that go down freighted with j when, shortly after the close of the war,
human life, arc heard of no more, nnd !
none ever return to tell the tale.
"Hut why repeat this to mo, dear
aunt," returned Ulanche, with a iiirr-2 se
rious air, " when you know it is my des
tiny, cither good or bad, to attempt the
voyage? My parents have sent forme
to join them in their new home, and it i
my duty to go to them, be the peril what
" Vou never did know what it was to as his wife had insisted upon aecompany
fear!" pursued the good woman, ralhcr ing him on his first, tour, he had assented
proudly. "No, she repented, turning
K the others, "' Ulanche Pertrand never
did know what it was to fear, I believe!".
" Just liko her father !" joined in the
husband of tho matron, tho brother of
Blanche's mother, tho commander of the
station, and the middle-aged gentleman
mentioned as ono of the party ; " a true
daughter of a true soldier. Her father,
Colonel Philip Pertrand, Clod blesa him
for a true heart ! never did seem to know
what it was to iearaud Planchc is just
Py this time the parties had reached
the boat; and. the young man alrcadv.
uctc-uue-u lAigeno rainax, tno secretary
of Plauchc's father at once stepped for
ward, and, in a polite and deferential
manner, offered his hand to the different
females, to assist them on board. Tho
hand of Planchc was tho last to touch his
and then but slightly, as she sprung
quickly and lightly to tho deck but a
close observer miirht have detected the
slight flush which mantled his noble, ex
pressive features, as his eyo for a single
instant met hers. Sho might herself have
seen it perhaps she did but there was
no corresponding glow on her own bright,
pretty face, as she inquired, m tho calm,
diguilied touc of ono having tho rijjht to
put tho question, and who might also have
been aware of tho inequality of position
between herself and him she addressed !
" Kugeno, is everything prepared for
our departure ? It will not do fur our
boat to spring a leak again, as it did com
ing down the Kanawha-fur it will not be
safe for us, 1 am told, to touch cither
shore between the different forts and
trading-posts on our route, this sids of
our destination, tho rails of the Ohio.
" Xo, indeed 1" rejoined her aunt, quick
ly : " it will be as much as your lives aro
worth to venture a foot from tho main
current of the Ohio for uews reached us
only tho other da, that many boats had
been attacked this spring, and several lost,
with all on board."
" Xo ono feels more concerned about
tho safe passage of Miss Pcrtrand than
myself," replied Kugeno, in a defeiential
tone; ami since our arrival here, I have
left nothing undone that I thought might
possibly add to her security and comfort. "
"That is true, to mv personal knowl-
- ' jitttl i tlo of IMuwoba j
' and I thank you, Mr. Fairfax, in behalf
A' mv fair kinswoman. There will, pcr-
j haps," ho pursued, " be no great danger,
so long as you keep in the current ; but
your watch must not be neglected for a
single moment, cither night or day; and
jdo not, 1 mo.it solemnly charge and warn
vou, under any circumstances, or on any
pretence whatsoever, suffer yourselves to
be deceiyed to cither shore !
"I hope wo understand our duty better,
Colonel, said one of tho men respectfully.
" I doubt it not," replied tho com
mander of the Point ; " I believe you are
all faithful and true men, or you would
not have been selected by the nrent of
Colonel Pcrtrand, for taking down more
piecious ueiui, man you ever cameo, oe
Lvvc : but still the wisest and the best of
men have lost their lives by giving car to
the "most earnest appeals of humanity.
V .. 1 a 1 - -1 i T . . 1 AIM :i.
Vou understand what I mean? White
men, apparently iu the greatest distress,
will hail your boat, represent themselves
a.s having just escaped from tho Indians,
and beg of you, for the love of (iud, in
the most piteous tones, to como to their
relief; but turn a deaf car to them to
each and all of them even should you
know tho pkadors to be of your own kin ;
for iu such a case your own brother might
deceive you not wilfully and voluntarily,
perhaps but because of being goa.ied on
by tho savages, themselves concealed.
Yes, such things have been kuown as one
friend being thus used to lure another to
his destruction ; and so bo cautious, vigi
lant, bravo and true, and may tho good
(Jod keep you all from harm !''
As ho finished speaking, HIanchc pro
ceeded to take an affectionate leave of all,
receiving many a tender message for her
parents from those who held then in love
and veneration ; and the boit swung out,
and began to float down with the current,
now fairly entered upon tho most danger
ous portion of a long and perilous journey.
Tho father of IJIanche, Colonel Philip
ertrand, was a native of Virginia, and a
i descendant of ono of the Huguenot refu
gees, who lied from their native land after
tho revocation of the edict of Nautz in
H1G5. lie had been an officer of sonic
note during the Kevolntiou a warm po
litical and personal friend of the author of
the Declaration of Independence and a
gentleman who had always stood high in
the esteem of his associates and cotcmpo
raries. 'i i.,.i. t , i: .. - r .
iuouuu .h omu huh; a iu;ui m maim,
no nad met with a lew more serious re
verses, he had been fain to accept a grant
of land, near the Falls of tho Ohio, now
Louisville, tendered him by Virginia,
which then held jurisdiction over the en
tiro territory now constituting the State
The grant had decided the Colonel upon
peeking his new possessions and building
up a new hone in the then Far Wct ajid
WHOLE NO. 161.
to her desire, on condition that Ulaneho
should bo left among her friends, till such
time us a place could bo prepared which
might in some degree bo considered a fit
abode for one so carefully aud tenderly
Ulanche would gladly have gone with
her parents ; but on this point her father
had been inexorable declaring that she
would have to remain at the East till ho
should see proper to send for her; and as
he was a man of positive character, and a
riiiid disciplinarian, the matter had boon
settled without argument.
When Colonel IJertrand removed to tho
West, Kugeno Fairfax, as wo have seen,
accompanied him ; aud coming of age
shortly after, ho had accepted the liberal
offer of his noble benefactor, to remain
with him in the capacity of private secre
tary and confidential agent. Ou taking
possesion of his grant, tho Colonel had
almost immediately erected a fort, and of
fered such inducements to settlers as to
spcecdily collect around him quite a little
community of which, as a matter of
course, ho became tho head nnd chief;
and to supply the wants of his own samily
and others, and increase his gains iu a
legitimate way, he had opened a store, and
filled it with goods from the Eastern marts,
which goods were transported by land
over the mountains to the Kanawha, uud
theuco by water to the Falls of tho Ohio,
whence their removal to Fort DerUnd be
came an easy matter. To purchase and
ship these goods, and deliver a package of
letters to friends in the East, Eugene had
been thrice dispatched his third commis
sion also extending to tho escorting of tho
beautiful heiress, with her servants, to her
new home. This last commission had
been so far executed at the time chosen
for tho opening of our story, as to brin
the different parties to the mouth of the
great Kanawha, whence the reader has
seen them slowly floating oft' upon the
still, glassy bosom of "the belle of rivers."
The day, which was an auspicious one,
passed without anything occurring worthy
of note, until near four o'clock, when, as
Blanche. was standing' on the fore part of
the deck gazing at the lovely scene which
surrounded her, ishe saw a seemingly lly
iug body suddenly leave a limb of a gi
gantic tree, (whose mighty branches ex-
toTulod fur over the river, nnd near which
the boat was then swayed by the action of
the current,) and alight with a crash upon
the deck of the boat, not more than eight
feet from her. Ono glance sufficed to
show her what the object was, and to
freeze the blood in her veins. The glow
ing eyes of a huge panther met her gaze.
The suddenness of the shoek which this
discovery gave her was overpowering.
With a deafening shriek she fell upon her
knees and clasped her hands before her
breast. The panther crouched for his
deadly leap, but ere ho sprang, the hunt
ing knife of Eugene Fairfax (who, with
the steersman, was the only person on
deck besides Ulancho,) was buried to the
hilt in his side, inflicting a severe but not
fatal wound. The iuftiriated beat at once
turned upon Eugene, and a deadly strug
gle ensued. But it was a short one. The
polished blade of tho knife played back
and forth like lightning flahes, nnd at
every plunge it was buried to tho hilt in
the panther's body, who soon fell to the
deck, dragging the dauntless Eugene with
him. On seeing her protector fall, Blanche
uttered another shriek and rushed to his
aid; but assistance from stouter arms was
at hand. The boatmen gathered round,
and the savage monster was literally hack
ed in pieces with their knives aud hatch
ets, and Eugene, covered with blood, was
dragged from under hU carcass. Sup
posing him to bo dead or mortally wound
ed, IMinche threw her arms around his
neck and gave way to a passionate burst
of grief. But he was not dead he was
not even hurt, with the exception of
few slight scratches. The blood with
which he was covered was the panther's,
not his own. Uut IJlauehc's embrace was
his a priceless treasure nu index of her
heart's emotions and affections. It was to
color his whole future life, as will bo 5ccn
in tho progress of our story.
Slowly and silently, save the occasional
creak, dip, and plash of the steersman's
oar, the boat of our voyagers was borne
along upon the bosom of the currrnt,on the
third night of the voyage. The hour was
waxing late, and Eugene, the only one
astir except the watch, was .suddenly
startled, by a rough hand being placed upon
his shoulder, accompanied by the words,
in the gruff voice of the boatman :
" I say, Cap'n, here's trouble !"
"What is it, Dick?" impaired Eugene,
starting to his feet.
" Don't you see thar's a heavy fog rising,
that'll soon kivcr us up so thick that wc
won't bo able to tell a white fiom a nig
ger?" replied the boatman Dick Winter
by name a tall, bony, muscular, athletic
specimen of his class.
"(Jood heaven ! so there is!" exclaim
ed Eugene, looking olT upon tho already
misty waters. It must have gathered
very suddenly, for all was clear a minute
ago. What is to Ut done now ? This is
something 1 was not prepared for, on such
a night as this."
14 It locks troublous, Crtp'n, I'll allow,"
rtturnod Dick ; " but w-'re in for't, that-'
Poud, (all kind,)
Always to he found for a!o an ahove.
sartain, and I 8p
e we'll have
the host on't."
" Hut what is to be
you advise?" asked Eugene, in aH
excited toue, that iudicatcd some M
" Why, of you war'nt so skeered r.
the young lady, aud it war'nt fj.
agin the orders from head quarto
plan would bo a cl'ar and easy oi.
just run over to the Kaintuck bhorc;
" No, no," said Eugene, positively;
" that will never do, Dick that will never
do! I would not think of such a thing
for a moment ! Wo must keep in tho
current by all means!"
" Ef you can," rejoined the boatman;
" but when it gits so dark as wc can't tell
one thing from t'other, it'll bo powerful
hard to do; and cf wc don't run agin a
bar or bank afore morning, in spite of the
best o' us, it'll bo the luckiest go that ever
I had a hand in. Hec, Cap' u it's thick
ening up fast; wo can't sec eyther bank
at all, nor the water nyther; the stars iu
gettin' dim, and it looks as if thur war a
cloud all round us."
" J see ! I see !" returned Eugene, ex
citedly. " Merciful Heaven ! 1 hope no
accident will befall us here and yet my
heart almost misgives mo ! for this, I be
hove, is tho most dangerous part of our
journey tho vicinity where most of our
boats have been captured by tho savages'
.Saying this, Eugene hastened below,
where ho found tho boatmen sleeping fo
soundly as to require considerable effort
on his part, to wake them. At last, get
ting them fairly roused, he informed
them, almost in a whisper, for he did not
care to disturb the others, that a heavy
fog had suddenly arisen, and ho wished
their prescuee on deck, immediately.
" A fog, Cap'n?" exclaimed one, in a
to?c which indicated that ho comprehend
ed tho peril With tho word.
" Hush !" returned Eugene; " there is
no necessity for waking the others, and
having a scene. Up ! and follow nie, with
out a word !
lie glided back to the deck, and was
almost immediately joined by the boat
men, to whom he briefly made known his
hopes and fears.
They thought, liko their companion
that the boat would be safest if made
fast to an overhanging limb of tho Ken
tucky fcUoro : but frankly admitted that
thjs could not now bo done without diffi
culty and danger, &nd that there was a p03
sibility of keeping the current.
" Then make that possibility a certain
ty, and it shall be the best night's work
you ever performed!" rejoined Eugcne;
in a quick, oxcited tone.
" We'll do tho best we can, Cap'n,"
was the response ; " but no man can b
sartiu of the current of this here crooked
stream in a foggy night."
A long silence followed tho voyagers
slowly drifted down through a misty dark
ness impenetrable to the eye when, sud
denly, our young commander, who was
standing near thw bow, felt the extended
branch of an overhanging limb silently
brush his face. lie started, with an ex
clamatiou of alarm, at the panic moment
the boatman on the right called out:
" (vHiick, here, boys ! wo'ro agin tho
shore, as sure as death !"
Then followed a scene of hurried and
anxious confusion, the voices of three
boatmen mingling together in loud, quick,
" Fush off the bow !" cried one.
" Quick ! altogether, now ! over with
her !" shouted another.
" Thedo'il'sinit ! she's runningaground
here on a muddy bottom !" almost yelled
Meantime the laden boat was brushing
along against projecting bushes and over
reaching limbs, and every moment getting
more and more entangled whilo ; tho long
poli s and sweeps of the boatmen, as they
attempted to push her off, were often
plunged, without touching bottom, into'
what fsppeared to be a soft, clayey mud,
from which they were only extricated by
such an outlay of strength as tended still
more to draw the clumsy craft upon the
bank they wished to avoid. At length,
scarcely more than a minute from the rrrst
alarm, thero was a kind of settling together,
as it were, and the boat became fast and
Tho fact was announced by Dick Win
ter, in his characteristic manner who
added, with an oath, that it was just what
he expected. For a moment or two a dcaoT
silence followed, as if each comprehended
that the matter was one to be viewed in i
very serious light.
I'll get over the bow, nnd try to git
the lay of tho land with my feet," siid
Tom Harris; and forthwith he set about
the not very pleasant undertaking.
At this moment Eugene heard his
name pronounced by a voice that fcldotu
failed to excite a peculiar emotion iu hit
breast, and now sent a strange thiill
through evory nerve ; and hastening be
low, he found Blanche, fully dressed,
with a light in her hand, standing just
outside of her cabin, in the regular pas
sage which led lengthwise through the
center of tho boat. ;
44 I have heard something. " Eugene,"
she said ; "enough to know that we have
met wjth an accident, but not Miflicientto
"uncKnt to fully compnlndid iffl nature.