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The Lion and the Skunk.
I met a lion in my path.
(•Twa.- on a dreary autumn night,)
Who ga.e u:“ ;ho alternative
To either run or light. •
I dare not turn upon the *■•%»•«
I dare not think to run avtsy,
lor tear tb“ -J x... b.t.-k
Would Bth.v in a., hi- prey.
Sc, iußDie;i : rg a fearless air.
Though F. ; ., ; 1 was f u ll of fright,
I eaid _a:*i \ 6*t king,
"I will not r_, .t light.”
We t» dr-reel,
I corn- .
■ ■'m. „ -
* a *- ■
A 1 year* ’ gin t» o< ol my blond,
i t., .at au weald daunt my spunk,
" lh.ui -■ uient omiertasu
• ; o 't' u uumau skuak
Vv hilj reading recently an account of
4he i iillV.l massacre of several white
iambics by the Biackfoot Indians, we
were reminded of a thrilling event
which occurred lu the “Wide West,” a
short time tub-sequent to the Revolu
tion, in which a highly accomplished
young lady, the daughter of a distin
gul-hc.] editor of the American Army,
flayed an important part. The story
being of a most thrilling nature, and
exhibiting hi a striking manner the
“Perils of the Border,” wo have con
cluded to give an extract from it, as
orignally published, as follows :
The aiglc on the right bank of the
■Great Kanawha, formed by its junction
with the Ohio, is called Point Pleasant.,
and is a place ol historical note. Here,
on> the of October, 17 74, during
what is ksovn as Lord Dunmorc's War.
was fought one of the fiercest and most
desperate battles that ever took place
between (ho Virginians and their forest
After the battle in question, in wbicb
the Indians were defeated with great
loss, a fort was erected jy the victors,
which bocaxr,3 a post of<great impor
tance throughout the sanguinary scenes
of strife which almost immediately fol
- wed, and which in this section of the
country vm-tg continued for many years
after that establishment of peace which
acknowledged the United Colonies of
America a tree and independent nation.
At the landing of the fort, oa the
nay our story opens, was fastened a
fiat-boat of the kind u-ed by the early
navigators of the Western rivers.
Upon the deck of that boat, at the
moment we present the scene to the
reader, stood five individuals, alike en
gaged in watching a group of persons,
who were slowly approaching the laud
yig* Ofjhese five, one was a stout,
flock negro, in partial livery, and evi
dently c ! or body servant ; three
were Lcatn.. aud borderers, as indica
ted by thnr re ..;h, bronzed visages and
coarse auir. ut the filth was a young
man, so ae two and twenty years of age,
of a fits, commanding person, and a
«lear, opthi intelligent countenance ;
ami iu iho lofty carriage of his
iu the gleam of his large, bright, hazel
eye —there was something which deno
ted one of superior mind ; but as wo
| shall have occasion in the course of our
narrative to fully set forth who and
what Fugeno Fairfax was, we will leave
him fur the present, and turn to the ap
proaching group, whom he seemed to be
regarding with a lively interest.
Of this group, composed of a middle
aged man and four .females, with a
b.ack female servant following stfmo five
paces iu the rear, there was one whom
the most casual eye would have singled
out and rested upon with pleasure The
lady iu question, was apparently about
twenty years of age, of slender and
graceful figure, and of that peculiar cast
of feature, which, besides being beauti
ful in ( very lineament, rarely fails to
effect the beholder with something like
a charm.
Her traveling costume —a lino brown
habit, high iu the neck, buttoned clcse
! ly over the bosom and coming down to
i.c; small,pretty feet, without tra lin.: on
the ground —was both neat and becom
ing , and with her riding cap and its
waving ostrich plume, set gaily above
i her Sowing curls, her appearance con
trasted forcibly with the rough ut.polish
ed looks of those of her sex beside her,
with their linsey bed-gowns, scarlet j-.cti
coats, and bleached linen caps.
“Oh, Blanche,said one of ti e more
venerable of her female comp anions,
pursuing a conversation which had been
maintained since quitting the open fort
behind them, “I cannot bear to let you
go \ for it jest seems to me as if sv-rno
thing were going to happen to you, and
when I feel that way, something gencr-
My does happen.”
“Well, aunt,’’replied ialancho.wim c
light laugh, “I do not doubt in the least
that something will happen—for I ex
pect one of these days to reach my dear
father and blessed mother, and give
them such an embrace as is due from a
dutiful daughter to her parents —and
that will he something that has not hap
pened lor two long years at least.”
“But 1 don’t mean that, Blanche,”
returned the other, somewhat petulantly;
“and you just laugh like a gay and
thoughtless girl, when you ought to be
serious. Because you have come sal.
thus far, through a partially settled
country, you think, perhaps your own
pretty face will ward off danger in the
more perilous wilderness—l ut I warn
you that a fearful journey is before you'
Scarcely a boat descends the Ohio that
docs not encounter mare or less peril
from the savages that prowl along either
shore ; and some of them that go
freighted with human life are heard of
no more, and none are left to tell the
“But why repeat this to me, dear
aunt,” returned Blanche, with a more
serious air, “when you know it is my
destiny, good or bad, to attempt the
voyage ? My parents have sent for un
to join them, be tire peril wbat St may.”
“You never did know wnat it was to
fear !” pursued lire good woman, rather
proudly.. “No,” she repeated, tinning
to the others, “Blanche Bertrand nuv
did know what it was to ftur, I be
“Just like the father !” joined in (ho
husband of die matron, the brother of
Blanche’s mother, the comm: nder of
the station, and the middle aged gentle
man mentioned as one of the party :
“a true daughter of a true soldier Her
father, Colonel Philip Bertrand, God
bless him for a true fit-art, never did
seem to know wbat it was to fear—and
Blanche is just like him.”
By this time tire parties had reached
the bout ; and the young man already
described —Eugene Fairfax, the secre
tary of Blanche’s father—at once step
ped forward, and in a polite and deffer
cntiul manner, offered his find to the
different females, to assict them on
board. The hand of Blanche was the
last to touch him—and then bat slight
ly, as she sprung quickly and lightly to
the deck—but a close oberver might
have detected a slight flush which man
tled his noble, expressive features, as
his eye for a single instant met hers..
She might herself have seen it—per
haps she did—but there was no corres
ponding glow on her own bright, pretty
face, as she enquired, in the cairn, dig
nified tone of one having the right to
put the question, and who might also
have been aware of the inequality of
position between herself and him she
addressed !
** W o Gro VV lxox*o Domooratlo l?rln,olpl©s Loati.”
“Eugene, is everything prepared for
our departure ? It will not do for our
boat to spring a leak again,' as it did
coining down the Kanawha—for it will
not be safe for us, I am (old, to touch
either shore between the different forts
and trading posts on our route, this side
of our destination— the Falls of (he
“No, indeed !” rejoined her aunt
quickly ; “it will be as much as your
lives are worth to venture a foot from
the main curr nt of the ('bio—lor news
reached us the other dav, that many
boats have been attacked this spring,
and several lives lust ou board.’’
“No one feels more concerned n! out
the safe passage o! Miss Bertrand t!
rm.-eli,” replied Eugene, in a dell ren
tiai tone ; ‘ and siuee our arrival here,
I have left nothing undone that 1
thought might possibly add to her se
curity and comfort.”
“ 1 bat is true to my personal knowl
edge, ’’ joined in the uncle of Blanche ;
“and I thank you, Mr. Fairfax, in be
half of my fair kinswoman. There will,
; pci haps,” he pursued, “bo no great
danger, so long as you keep in tbs cur
rent ; but your watch must not be neg
lected fur a single moment, either day
or night; and do not, I sol ranly charge
and warn you, under any circumstances,
or on any pretense whatever, suffer
yourselves to bo decoyed to either
“I hope we understand ouv duty Let
ter, Colonel,” said one of the men re
“I doubt It not,” replied the com
mander of the point ; “I believe you
are all faithful and (rue men, or you
would not be selected by the agent of
Colonel Bertrand, for taking down uv-jp
precious freight tbun_yoa ever earned
before; hut still the wisest and the best
of men have lost their lives Ly giving
oar to tbs most earnest appeals of hu
manity. You understand what I mean r
White men, apparently in the greatest
listrcss, will Laii your boat, rcpicsent
themselves as having just escaped from
(he Indians, and beg of you lor the
lore of God, in the most piteous tones,
to come to their ’(.lief ; but turn a deaf
ear to them—to each and all of them—
even should you know tho pleaders to
be of your own Lin ; for in such a case
your own brother might deceive you—
not wilfully and voluntarily, perhaps —
but because of being goaded on by the
savages, themselves concealed. Y-os,
such things have been known as one
tiicnd being thu used to lure another to
his destruction ; and to be caut'ous.
vigilant, and true, and may tho God
keep you from all harm !”*
As he finished speaking, Blanche
proceeded to lake an affectionate leave
of all, receiving many a tender message
for her parents liotn those who held
them in love and veneration : and the
boat boat swung out, and began to float
down with the current, now fairly en
tered upon the most dangerous portion
of a long and perilous journey.
The father of Blanche, Colonel Phil
: ip Bertrand, was a native of Virginia,
, and a descendant of cne of the llugue
not refugees, who fled from their native
’land, after the revocation of the edict
!or Nantz in 1665. lie bad been an
officer of some note during the Revolu
tion—a warm political and pcisonal
; friend of tie au hor of tho Declaration
; of Independence—and a gentleman who
i always stood high in the esteem «f Lis
i associates and cotemporarics.
Though at one time a man of wealth,
! Colonel Bertrand had lost much, and
■suffered much, through British invasion;
j and when, shortly after the close of the
! war, he had met with a few more seri
| OU3 reverses, tie bad been fain to ac
cept a grant of land, near the Falls of
the Ohio, now Louisville, tendered him
by Virginia, which then held jurisdic
tion over the entire territory, now con
stituting the oi Kentucky*
The grant bad decided the Colonel
upon seeking his new possessions, and
building up a new home in the then
Far West, and as his wife had insisted
upon accompanying him ou his first tour,
he had assented to her desire, on condi
tion that Blanche should be left among
her friends, till such time as a place
could be prepared which might in some
degree be considered a fit abode for one
so carefully and tenderly re wed.
Blanche would gladly have gone with
her parents; but on this point her father
had been iuexoriablc —declaring that
she would have to re.main at the East
till he should sec proper to send for her; j
and as ho was a man of positive charac-'
ter and a rigid disciplanarian, the mat
ter had becc-settled without argument
When Colonel Bertrand removed to
the West, Ei gene Fairfax, ns we hare
seen, accompanied him ; and coming of
age shortly aster, he had accepted the
liberal Offer of his noble benefactor, to
remain with him in the capacity o! pri
vate secrojaiy and confidential agent.
Oq taking possession of his grunt, the
Colonel bad a.most immediately erected
a fort, and off red such inducements to
settlors as to speedily collect around
him <jui:e a Hr!; community—of which,
: • a matter of course, he became the
h, ad and eh; I ; and to supply the
v ■;;.,of h-s i j tami-.y and others, and
ino: in u legitimate way,
be i.iiti op‘. ■ store and filled it with
goods. Iron! i:.e Eastern marts, which
goods were transported by land over the
mountains tef tt e Kanawha, and thence
by water to the halls of the Ohio,
1 whence their lemoval to Fort Bertrand
I became an easy matter. To purchase
j and ship these goods, and deliver a
! package of letters in the East, Eugene
; had teen thrice despatched —his third
! commission als, extending to the escort
ing cf the b ar ii'ul heiress, with her
! servants, to her new home. This last
commission had eon so far executed at
[ the time chosen for the opening of our
I story, as to bring the different parties
!to the mouth of the great Kanawha,
whence the, reader La*seen them slowly
flouting off upon the still, glassy bosom
of “the belle of livers/’
The day, which was an auspicious one,
passed without anything occurring
worthy of note, until near four o'clock,
when as Blanch 3 was standing on the
forepart of to cl ok gazing at the lovely
y.t -U:;) • : :A '- d I=s*', u
seemingly suddenly leave a
[ limb of a gigantic tree, (whose mighty
I branches extended far over the river,
and near which the boat was then swayed
by the action of the current,) and light
with a crash upon the deck-of the boat,
not more than eight feet from her. One
glance sufficed te show her what the
object was, and to freeze the blood in
her veins. Ths glowing eyes of a huge
panther met he'r gaz<f. The suddenness
of the shock which this discovery gave
her was overpowering. With a deafen
ing shriek she fell upon her knees and
| clasped her Lands before her bicast
The panther crouched for her deadly
leap; ere she sprang, the hunting-knife
of Eugene Fairfax (who, with the steers
man, was the only one on deck besides
Blanche,) was buried to the hilt in her
side, inflicting a severe but not fatal
wound. The infuiiatcd beast at once
turned upon Eugene, and a deadly
struggle ensued. But it was a short
one. The polished blade of the knife
played buck and forth like lightning
flashes, and at every plunge it was
buried to the hilt in the panther's body,
•who soon fell to the deck, dragging the
dauntless Eugene with her. On seeing
iicr protector fall Blanche uttered an
other shriek and rushed to his aid ; bat
assistance from stouter arms was at
hand. The boatmen gathered round,
and the savage monster was literally
hacked in pieces with their knives and
hatchets, and Eugene, covered with
blood, was dragged from under bis car
cass. Supposing him to be dead or
mortally wounded, Blanche threw her
arms around his neck and gave way to
a passionate burst of grief'. But he was.
not dead—be was not even hufiJL.®fti
the exception of a few slight J&sjimfs
The blood with which
was (he panther's, not hm mvn. JJut
Blanche’s embrace was his—a priceless
treasure—an index of her heart’s emo
tions and affections. It was to color
his whole future, life, as will bo seen in
the grogress of our stoty.
Slowly and silently, cave the occa
sional creak, dip and splash of the
steersmans oar, the boat of our voy
agers was bore along upon the bosom of
the current, ou the third night of tho
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 shoul
der, accompanied by the words, in the
gruff v» ice of the boatman ;
“I say, Cap’n, here’s trouble I”
“ W hat is it, Dickinquired Eugene,
starting to his feet.
_ “Don’t you see (bar’s a heavy fog
rising, that 11 soon kiver us up so thick
that we won t be able to tell a white
man from a nigger ?»» replied the boat
man—Dick Winter by name—a tall,
bony, muscular, athletic specimen of his
“Good heavens! so there is!” ex
claimed Eugene, looking off upon the
already misty waters. “It must have
gathered very suddenly, for all was clear
a minute ago. Wbat is to be done
now ?” This is something I was not
prepared for, on such a night as this.”
“It looks troublous, Cap’n, I’ll allow,”
returned Dick ; “ but we’re in for’t
that’s sartin, and I s’pose we ll Lave to
make the Lest on’t.”
“But what is to be done ?—what do
you advise ?” asked Eugene in a quick,
excited tone, that indicated some degree
of alarm.
“Why, ef you warn’t so skeered
about (he young lady, and it warn’t so
dead agin the orders from head-quarters,
my plan would be a clar and easy one—
I’d just run over to the Kaintuck shore
and tie up.”
“No, no,” said Eugene, positively ;
“that will never do, Dick—that will
never dot,! I would not think of such
a tiling l or am< ner.t! We must keep
in the current by all means !”
“Ef you can,” r-joined the boatman ;
“but when it gits so dark as we can’t
tell one thing from t'other, it’ll he pow
erful hard to do ; and ef wc don't run
agin a bar or bank afore morning, in
spite of the best o'u*, it’ll be the luckiest
go that ever I had a hand in. Sec,
Oap’u—it’s thickening up fast ; we
can’t see eyther bank at all, nor the
water nyther ; the stars is girtin’dim,
and it looks as if thar war a cloud all
round us.”
“I see ! I see !” returned Eugene,
excitedly. “Merciful Heaven! I hope
no accident will befall us here—and yet
my heart almost mi-gives me !—for this,
I believe, is the most dangerous part of
- -y-Vthe tvJwrc, ei
«*♦ boats have been captured by the
savages ” *
Saying this, .fastened below,
where he found the other boatmen
sleeping so soundly as to require con
siderable effort on Ids part to wake them
At last, getting 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 he wished their presence on deck,
“A fog, Cap’n,” exclaimed one, in a
tone which indicated that he compre
hended the peril with the word.
“Hu-b !” returned Eugene ; “there
is no necessity for waking the others,
and having a scene. Up ! and follow
me, without a word !”
He glided hack to the deck, and was
almost immediately joined by the boat
men, to whom he briefly made known
his hopes and fears.
They thought like their companion,
that the boat would be .-afest if made
fast to an overhanging limb of the Ken
tucky shore ; —hut frankly admitted
that this could not now be done without
difficulty and danger, and that there
was a possibility of keeping the current.
“Then make that possibility a cer
tainty, and it shall be the best night’s
work you ever performed!” rejoined
i Eugene, in a quick, excited tone.
“We’ll do the best wo can, Cap’n,”
was the response ; “but no man can be
sarlin of the current of this here crooked
tream.in a foggy night.”
A long silence followed—the voyagers
slowly drifted down through a misy
darkness impenetrable to the eye—-
when suddenly, our young commander,
'who was standing near the bow, felt the
extended branch_ ,of an overhanging
limb silently brush bis face. He started
with an exclamation of alarm, and at
the same moment the boatman on the
right called out ;
“Quick, here, boys ! we’xe agin the
shore, as sure as death !”
Then followed a scene of hurried and
anxious confusion, the voices of the
three boatmen mingled together ia loud,
quick, excited tones.
“Bush off the bow !*’ cried one.
“Quick • altogether, now ! over with
her !” shouted another.
“The de’il's in it! she’s running
aground here and a muddy bottom !”
almost yelled a third.
Meanwhile the laden boat was brush
ing along agaiust projecting bushes and
overreaching limbs, and every moment
getting more and more entangled ; while
the long poles and sweeps of the boat
men, as they attempted to pu.-h her ofi,
were often plunged, without touching
bottom, into what appeared 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 wi-hed to
avoi-1 At length. sc
a minute from the- fh- ..
a kfod of settling togerfi a it v?cre,
and the boat became fail t:.mmova
The fact was announced by Dick
Winter in his characteristic manner—
who added, with an oath, tl t it. was
just what he expected. For a moment;
or two a dead silence folic, i, as if
each comprehended that the mat er was
one to be viewed in a very ecri js light,
“I’ll get over the bow, and try to get
the lay of the land with my feet.” ,-aid
Tom Harris ; and forthwith he set ah:
the not very pleasant undertaking.
At this moment Eugene beard his
name pronounced by a voice that seldom
failed to excite a peculiar emotion in bis
breast, and now sent a strange thrill
through every nerve ; and hastening
below, he found Blanche, fully dressed,
with a light in her hand, standing just
outside of her cabin, in the regular
passage which led lengthwise through
the center of the boat.
“1 have heard something, Eugene,’’
she said, “enough to know that we have
met with an accident, but nut sufficient
to fully comprehend its nature.”
“I ni'orfunatcly,about two hours ago,’*
replied Eugene, “we suddenly bueamw
involved in a dense fog. r»n«t, in sj.-lfe of
our every precaution and e-ire. wi have
>un agr uni— it may be against the
Ohio shore- it in v be against an island
—it is o dark we cen’t tell. J?u» he
not alarmed. Miss Blanche*” he hur y
riedl added ; “1 trust, we shall soon be
cfl at agarin ; though, in any event. (Ik*-
darkness is sufficient to conceal us f
the savages, even were they in th
umb v”
*■ 7 *’A UO jnuiahs, - - re
Jilancbe; “but I have always
stood that they are somewhat rc r y
for their acuteness of hearing
such is the case, there would l>
cessit" r ' f ♦heir ~iy t
made acquainted with our locaiithg,
ing from the loud voices I heard a m .
minutes ago.”
“I fear we’ve been rather imprudent,”
said Eugene, in a deprecating tone j
“but in the excitement ”
His words were suddenly cut short by
several loud voices of alarm from with-*
out, followed by a quick and heavy
trampling across the deck ; and the
next moment f-eth Harper and Dick
Winter burst into the passage, the for
mer exclaiming:
“We’ve run plum into a red nigger’s
nest, Cap’n, and Tom Harris is already
butchered and scalped !”
And even as be spoke, as if in con-
Urination of his dreadful intelligence,
there arose a series of wild, piercing,
demoniacal yells, followed by* a dead
and ominous silence.
So far wc have followed the lovely
heroine and her friends in this adven
ture ; but the foregoing is all that we
can publish in our columns. The bal
ance of the narrative can only be found
in the New York Ledger, the great
family paper, which can bo obtained at
all the periodical stores where papers
are sold. Remember to ask for the
“Ledger,” dated .May 22d. and in it you
will get the continuation of the narra
tive Jtrom where it leaves off here. If
there are no book-stores, or news offices
convenient to where you reside, the
publisher of the Ledger will send you a
copy by mail, if you will send him five
cents in a letter. Address Robert Bon
ner, Ledger office, 44 Ann street, New
York. This story is entitled “Perils of
the Border,” and grows more and more
interesting as it goes on.
Beginning to Talk.— On a certaip
occasion, we won’t say exactly when,
the counsel took some exception to the
ruling of the court, (and we won’t be
personal by saying what court,) on a
certain point, and a dispute arose. “If
the court please,” said the counsel, “I
wish to refer to this book for a moment,”
and at the same time picked up a law
volume. “There’s no uso cf you re
ferring to any book,” exclaimed tho
court angvi'y ; “I have decided the
pint.’’ “But, your honor,’, petsisted
the attorney—“ Now, I don’t want to
hear any thing on the subject,” yelled
the court, “I tell you I have decided
the pint.” “I know that,” was the re
joinder, “I am satisfied of that—but
this is a volume of Blackstooc; I’m
certain that he differs with your honor,
and I only want to show you what a
great fool Blackstone waa.” “Ah, in
deed !” exclaimed the court, smiling «U
over—“now you begin to talk.”
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