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VOL. XIII. IVO. 6.
Our Inalienable Birthrights Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
NEW SERIES, IIO. 6.
SS HO YP P mce OTer Hubbard
. O. DU lb Ji, Blake's, MMu Street.
MONTPELIER, VERMONT, THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 1856.
TlT? YfV J 8)1,60 .trirtly In adranec.
1 .LUliHO, $4,00 at the year's end.
IttiscellcMji.
Going to the Races.
T U13IS MILTOX,
A memorable day was the third day of Inst
June to Mary and Henrietta Coxe, two young
daughters of Simon Coxa, the ourpontor of Ab
orleigh, for it was the first day of Aacot races,
and the first time of their going to that eele
bratod union of sport and fashion. There is ne
pleasure so great in the eyos of our country
damsels as a jaunt to Ascot. In the first place,
it is when open alike to rich and poor, elegant
us an opera, and merry as a fair ; in the sec
ond, this village of Aberleigh is situato about
fourteen miles from the course, just within dis
tance, almost out of distance, so that there is
commonly enough of suspense and difficulty I
the slight difficulty, the short suspense, which
add such jest to pleasure.
All peoplo love Ascot races ; but our country
lasses love theui above all. It is thoir favorito
wedding jaunt, for half our young conplcs are
married in the race week, and ono or two match
es have seemed to me got up purposely for the
occasion ; and of all the attentions that can be
offered by a lover, a drive to the races is most
irresistible. In short, so congenial is that gay
scene to love, that it is a moot point which are
most numerous, the courtships that conclude
there1 in the shape of bridal excursions, or those
which begin on that favored spot in the shape
of parties of pleasure ; and the dclicato exper-
iment called " Donuin thoaueation." is so often
rutin uractice on the verv course itself, that
when Robert Hewett, the young farmer at the
Holt, asked Master Coxa's permission to escort
his daughters, not only the good carpentor, but
his neighbors, the blacksmith and the shoe
maker, looked on this mark of rustic gallantry
as the precursor of a declaration in form ; and
all tho village cried out on Hotta Coxa's ex
treme good luck, Hetta being supposed, and
with some reason, to be the chief object of his
attention.
Robert Ilowett was a young farmer of the old
school, honest, frugal and industrious; thrifty,
thriving, and likely to thrive; one of a fine
yeomaoly spirit, not ashamed of his station,
and fond of folljwing tho habits of his fore
fathers, sowing his own corn, driving his own
team, anil occasionally ploughing his own land.
As proud, perhaps, of his blunt speech and
homoly ways aj some of his brother farmers
were of their superior rcfinment and gentility,
and nothing could exceed the scorn with which
Robert Hewett, in his market cart, drawn by
his good horse Dobbin, would look down on one
neighbor on his hunter, and another in his gig.
To the full as proud as any of thom was Rob
ert, but in a different way, and perhaps a safer.
He piqued himself, like a good Englishman, on
wearing a smock frock, smoking his pipe, and
hating foreigners, to our intercourse with whom
he was wont to ascribe all the airs and graces,
the new fashions, and tho effeminacy which an
noyed him in his own countrymen. He hated
the French, he detested dandies, and ho abhorred
fine ladies, fine ways, and finery of any sort.
Henrietta Coxe was a pretty girl of seventeen,
and had passod the greater part of her life with
an aunt in the next town, who had been a lady's
maid in her youth, and had retired thither on a
small annuity. To this aunt, who had been
dead about a twelvemonth, she was indebted
for her namo, rather too fine for common wear
I bolieve she wroto herself Henretta Matilda ;
a large wardrobe, pretty much in the same pre
dicament ; an abundant stock of superfine no
tions, some skill in mantua-making and milli
nery, and a legacy of a hundred pounds to be
paid on her wedding day. Her beauty was
quite in the style of a wax doll ; blue eyes flax
en hair, delicate feature, much resembling that
sweet pea which is known by the name of the
painted lady. Very pretty she was cortuin'y,
with all her airs and graces ; and very pretty
in spito of her airs and graces, did Robert Hew
itt think her; and love, who delights in con
trasts, and has an especial pleasure in overset
ting wise resolutions, and bending the haughty
self-will of the lords of the creation, was begin
ning to make strange havoo in the stout yeo
man's heart. His operations, too, found a very
unintentional coadjutrix in old Mrs Hewitt,
who, taking alarm at her son's frequent visits
to the carpenter's shop, unwarily expressed a
hope, that if her son did intend to marry one
of the Coxes, he would have nothing to do with
the fine lady, bnt would choose Mary, the elder
sister, a dark-haired, pleasant looking young
woman of two-and twenty, who kept the house
as olean as a palace, and was the boast of the
Tillage for industry and good humor. Now this
unlucky caution gave Robert, who loved his
mother, but did not choose to bo managed by
her, an additional motive for his lurking pref
erence; by piquing his self-will ; and to which
the little- damsel herself, in the absence of oth
er admirers, took visible pleasure in his admira
tion ; so that affairs seemed drawing to a crisis,
and the party to As ot appeared likely to end
like other jaunts to the same plaoo, in a wed
ding. It is true that the invitation which had
been readily and gratefully accepted by her sis
ter, had been received by Miss Hotta with some
little demur. " Going to tho races was delight
ful ; but to ride in a oart behind Dobbin was
odious. Could not Mr. Hewitt hire a phaeton,
or borrow a gig? However, ns her sister seem
ed to wish it, she might porhaps go, if she
could find no hotter conveyance.'' And with
this conoession the lover was contented; the
moro especially as the destined finery was in ac
tive preparation. Flounces, furbelows, nnd
frippery, of all descriptions, enough to stock a
milliner's shop, did Hjtta produce for the
adornment of her fair parson ; and Robert louk
ed on in silence, sometimes thinking how pretty
she wquld look ; sometimes, how soon he would
put an nnd to such nonsenso when onoe thoy
were married ; and sometimes, how odd a figure
he and Dobbin should cut by the side of so
muoh beauty and fashion
Neither Dobbin nor his master were fated to
be so honored. The evening before the races
there happened to be a revel at Whitley Wood ;
thither Hetta repaired ; and thore she had the
ill fortune to be introduced to Monsieur Auguste.
a young Frenchman, who had lately hired a room
atB., whero he vended eau do Cologne, and
French toys, and essences, and did himself the
honor, as hie bills expressed, to cut the hair and
the corns of the nobility and gentry of the
town and neighborhood. Monsieur was a dark,
sallow, foreign-looking personage, with tremen
dous whiskers, who looked at once fierce and
foppish, was curled and perfumed in a manner
that did honor to his double profession, and
wore gold rings in his ears and on his fingers, a
huge bunch of seals at his side, and a gaudy
brooch at his bosom. Small chanco had Robert
Hewett against such a rival, especially when,
smitten with her beauty, or her hundred pouuds,
lie devoted himself to Hetta's servico, made fine
speeches in most bewitching broken English,
braved for her sake the barbarities of a country
dance, and promised to initiate her into the
mysteries' of the waltz and the quadrille ; and,
finally, requested the honor to conduct her in a
crbriolet, tlio next day, to Ascot raoes. Small
chance had our poor farmer against such a Mon
sieur. The morning arrived, gloomy, showery and
cold, and at tho appointed hour, up drove the
punctual Robert in a new market cart, painted
bluo with red wheels, and hia heavy but hand
some horse Dobbin (who was indeed upon occa
sion the foro horse of the team), as stoek and
shining as good feed and good dressing could
make him. Up drove Robert, with his little
sister (a child of clevon years old, who was to
form one of tho party) sitting at his sida ;
whilst equally punctual, at Master Coxe's door,
stood the sisters ready dressed; Mary in a dark
!Sown - a handm9 b1i. lni Pretty traw
bonnet, with a cloth cloak hanging on her arm ;
Hetta in a flutter of gauze and ribbons, pink
and green, and yellow and blue, looking like a
parrot tulip, or a milliner's doll, or like any
thing under tho sun but an English country
girl. Robert looked at her and then at Mary,
who was vainly endeavoring to persuado her to
put on, or at least, to take a cloak, and thought
tor once, without indignation, of his mother's
advice ; he got out, however, and was preparing
to assist them into tho cart, when suddenly, to
the astonishment of everybody but Hotta, for
sho had said nothing at home of her encounter
at the revel, Monsieur Auguste made his ap
pearance in a hired gig of the most miserable
description, drawn by an equally miserable jade,
alighted at the house, and claimed Mademois
elle's promise to do him the honor to accompa
ny him in his cabriolet. The consternation was
general. Mary remonstrated with her sister
mildly but earnestly. Master Coxe swore the
should not go ; but Hotta was resolute ; and
farmor Hewitt, whose first impulse had been to
drub the Frenohman, changed his purpose when
he saw how willingly she was to be carried off.
" Lot her go," said he ; " Monsihur is welcome
to her company ; for my part, I think they are
well matched. It would be a pity to part them.'"
And, quickly lifting Mary into the cart, he
drove off at paace of which Dobbin, to judge
from his weight, appeared incapable, and to
which that illustrious steed was very little ac
customed. In the meanwhile, Hetta was endeavoring to
introduce her new beau to her father, and to
reconcile him to her change of escort ; and the
standors by, consisting of half the men and boys
in tho village, were criticising the Frenchman's
equipage. ' " I could shako the old chaise to
pieces with ono jerk, it's so ramshackle," cried
Ned Jones, Master Coxe's foreman. " The
wheel will come to pieces long before they got
to Ascot," added Sam, the apprentice. " The
old horse has a spavin in the off fore leg, that's
what makes him so lame,'' said Will Ford, the
blacksmith. ' And he has been down within
the month. Look at his knees ! " rejoined Jem,
the carter. " He's blind of an eye," exclaimed
one urchin. " He shines," cried another.
" The reins are rotten," observed Dick, the col
larsmaker. " The Frenchman can't drive," re
marked Jack, the drover, coming up to join the
crew, " ho,d nearly as possible run foul of my
pigs." " He'll certainly overturn her, poor
thing," cried ono kind friend, as, overcome by
her importunities, her father at length consent
ed to her departure. " The chaise will break
down," said another. " Break ! he'll break
her nock," added a third. " They'll be drench
ed to the skin in this shower," exclaimed a
fourth ; and amidst those consoling predictions
tho happy couple departed.
Robort and Mary, on thoir sido, proceeded for
some time in almost total silence! Robert too
angry for speech, and Mary feeling herself,
however innocent, involved in the consequences
of her sistor' delinquency ; so that little passed
beyond Anne Hewitt's delighted remarks on the
beauty of the country, and the hedgo-rows,
bright with tho young leaves of the oak, and
gay with tho pearly thorn blossoms and the del-
irate briar rose.
Anne and Mary onjoyed the raoos much.
they saw the lino of oarriages, nina diep more
carriages than they thought ever were built ;
and the people moro poopla than thoy thought
the whole world could hold ; had a confused
view of the horses, and a distinct one of the
riders' jacketts ; and Anne, whoso notions on
the subject of racing had been rather puzzled,
so far enlarged her knowledge and improved her
mind as to comprehend that yellow, crimson,
green and blue, in short, all the colors of the
rainbow, were trying which should come first to
the winning post; they saw Punch, a puppet
show, several peep-shows, and the dancing dogs ;
itdmired the matchless display of beauty and
elegance when the weather allowed tho ladies
to walk up and down tho course ; were am u sod
at the bustle and hurry-scurry, when a sudden
shower drove them in the shelter of their car
riages. In short, they had seen everything and
everybody, except Hetta nnd her beau, and
nothing had been wanting to Mary's gratifica
tion but the assurance of hor sister's safety ;
for Mary had that prime qualification for
sight-soer, the habit or thinking much on what
she came to see, and little of herself. She
made light of all inconvenience, covered little
Anne (a delicate child) with her own cloak
during the showers, and oontrived, in spite of
Robert's gallant attention to his guoat, that
Anne should have the best place under the um
brella, and the most tempting portion of the
provisions ; so that our farmer by no means
wanting in moral taste, was charmed with her
cheerfulness, her good humor, ond the total ab
sence of vanity and selfishness ; and when, on
ascending the cart to return, he caught a
glimpse of a pretty foot and anklo, and saw how
much exercise and pleasuro had heightened her
complexion, and brightened her haxel eyes, he
ceuld not help thinking to himself, " my mother
was, right. She's ten times handsomer than her
sister, nnd has twenty times more sense ; and
besides she does not like Frenchmen."
But where could Hetta be ? what had be-
como of poor Hetta ? This question, which had
pressed so heavily on Mary's mind during the
races, became still more painful as they proceed
ed on thoir road home, which, leading through
cross country lanes, far away from the general
throng of the visitors, left more leisure for her
affectionate fears. They had driven about two
miles, and Robert was endeavoring to comfort
her with hopes that their horse's lamenoss had
forced them back again, and that her sister
would be found safe at Aberleigh, when a sudden
turn in the lane discovered a disabled gig, with
out a horse or driver, in the middle of tho road,
and a woman seated on a bank by the side of a
ditch a miserable object, tattered, dirty, shiv
ering, drenched, and crying as if her hoart
would break. Was- it could it be Hotta 1
Yes Hetta it was. All the misfortunes that
had been severally predicted at their outset had
befallen the unfortunate pair. Before they had
travelled three miles, their wretched horse had
fallen lame in his near fore leg, and had lost
tho off hind shoe, which, as the blacksmith of
the place had gone to tho races and nobody
seemed willing to put himself out of the way
to oblige a Frenchman, had nearly stopped them
at the beginning of their expedition. At lust,
however, thoy met with a man who undertook
to shoe their steed, and whose want of skill
added a prick to their other calamities ; then
Monsieur Augusto broke a shaft of the cabri
olet by driving against a post, the Betting nnd
bandaging of which broken limb made .mother
delay ; then came a pelting shower, during
which, tbey were obliged to stand under a treo;
then they lost their way, and owing to the peo
ple of whom Monsieur inquired not understand
ing his English, and Monsieur not understand
ing theirs, went full five miles round about ;
when they arrived at the Chequers public house,
which no effort could induco their horso to pass,
so there they stopped perforce, to bait and feed,
then, when they were getting along as well as
could bo expected of a horso with three lumc
legs nnd a French driver, a waggon came against
them, carried away their wheel, threw Monsieur
Auguste into the hedge, and lodged Miss Henri
etta in the ditch ; so now the beau was gone to
the next village far assistance, and the belle
was waiting his return on the bank ; and poor
Hotta was evidently tired of her tine lover and
tna manifold mis-adventures which his unlucky
gallantry had brought upon her, and accepted
rory thankfully tho offer which Anne and Mary
utade, and Robert did not oppose, of taking her
into the cart, and leaving a line written in pen
cil, on a leaf of Mary's pocket-book, to inform
Monsieur of her safety. Heartily glad was
poor Hetta to find herself behind the good steed
Dobbin, under cover of her sister's warm cloak,
pitied and comforted, and in a fair way to get
home. Heartily glad would she have been, too,
to have found herself reinstated in the good
graces of her old admirer. But of that she
saw no sign. Indeed, tho good yeoman took
iome pains to show that, although ho bore no
malice, bis courtship was over. He goes, how
ever, oftener than ever to the carpenter's house;
and the gossips of Aberleigh say that this jaunt
to Ascot will have its proper and usual catas
trophe a merry wedding ; that Robert Hewitt
will be the happy bridegeoom, but that Hetta
Coxe will not be the bride.
A Musk-rat Hunt.
Tbo following extraot from The Hunter's
Fea.it, noticed last week, will be found to pro-
sent a very interesting account of the babbits of
the musk-rat, and the ingenuity employed by
the trappers in taking him, It is given as
coming from the lips of tho " Hunter-natural
ist, is probably designated :
" Chinoawa," ho began, " a Chippeway or
Ojibway Indian, better known at the fort as
Old Foxey,' was a noted hunter of his tribe.
I have grown to be a favorito with him. My
well known passion for the chase was a sort of
masonic link between us; nnd our friendship
was farther augmented by the present of an
old knife for which I had no farther use. The
knife was not worth twopence of sterling mo
mey, but it made ' Old Foxey' my best friend ;
and all his " hunter craft' the gatherings of
about sixty winters became mine.
I had not yet been inducted into tho mystery
of rat-catching," but the season for that 1 no
ble sport at length arrived, and the Indian hun
ter invited me to join him in a musk rat hunt.
Taking our ' traps' on our shoulders, we set
out for the place where the game was to be
found. This was chain of small lakes or ponds
that run through a marshy valley, some ten or
twelve miles distant from the fort.
The traps or implements, consisted of an ice-
chisel with a handle some five feet in length, a
small pick-axe, an iron-pointed spear barbed
only on one side, with a long straight Bhaft,and
a light pole about a dozen feet in length, quite
straight and supple.
We have provided ourselves with a small
stock of eatables as well as materials for kin
dling fires but no Indian is ever without those.
We had also carried our blankets along with us,
as we designed to make a night of it by the
lakes.
After trudging fur several hours through the
silent winter forests, and crossing both lakes
and rivers upon the ice, wa reached the great
marsh. Of course, this, as well as the lake,
was frozen over with thick ice , we could have
traversed it with a loaded wagon and horses
without danger of breaking thiough.
We soon came to some demid-shaped heaps
rising above the level of the ice. They were of
mud, bound together with grass and flags, and
were hardened by the frost. Within each of
these rounded heaps Old Foxey knew there were
at least half a dozen muskrats perhaps three
times that number lying snug and warm and
huddled together.
Since there appeared no hole or entrance, the
question was how to get at the animals insido.
Simply by digging until the inside should be
laid open, thought I. This of itself would be
no slight labor. The roof and sides as my com
panion informed me, were three feet in thick
ness ; and the tough mud was frozen to the
hardeness and consistency of a fire brick. But
after gotting through this shell, where should
we find the inmates? Why, most likely, we
should not find them at all after all this labor.
So said my oompanlon,- telling 'BitTst the same
timo that there were subterranean, or rather
subaqueous passages, by which the muskrats
would be certain to make off under the ice long
before he had penetrated near them.
I was quite puzzled to know how he should
proceed. Not so Old Foxey. He well knew
what ho was about, and pitching his traps down
by one of tho ' houses,' commenced oppera
tions. The one ho hnd selected stood out in tho lake,
some distance from its edge. It was built en
tirely upon tho ice; and, as tho hunter well
knew, there was a hole in the floor by which
the animals could get into the water at will.
how then was he to prevent them from escaping
by tho hole, while we remove the covering or
roof? This was what puzzled me, I watched
his movements with interest.
Instead of digging into the house, he com
menced cutting a hole in the ice with his ico-
chiscl about two feet from the edge of the mud.
That being accomplished, he cut another, and
another, ultil four holes were pjprced, forming
tho corners of a squaro, and embracing the
houso of the muskrat within.
Leaving this house, he then proceeded to
pierce of similar set of houses around anothor
that also stood out on tho open lake. After
that he went to a third one, and this and then
a fourth wore prepared in a similar manner
He now returned to the first, this timo taking
carototroad lightly upon the ice and make as
little stir as possible Having arrived there, ho
took out from his bag a square nut made of
twisted deor thongs, and not much bigger than
a blanket. This in a most ingenious manner
he passed under the ice, until its four corners
appeared opposite the four holes ; where, draw
ing them through, he made all fast and 1 tant
by a lino stretching from one corner to the
other.
His manner of passing the net under the ico
I have pronounced ingenious. It was accom
plished by reaeving a line from' hSe to hole, by
means of the long slendor pole already mention
ed. The pole, inserted through one of the
holes, conducted the line, and was itself con
ducted by means of two forked sticks that gui
ded it, and pushed it along to the othor holes.
The line being attached to the corners of the
net made it an easy matter to draw the latter
into its position.
All the dotails of this curious operation wore
performod with a noisless adroitness which
showed ' Old Foxey' was no novipo at ' rat
catching.' The not being now quite taut along the lowor
surface of tho ice, must of course completely
cover the 'Hole' !n the floor. It followed,
therefore, that if the muskrats were ' at home.'
i
they wore now ' in the trap.'
My companion assured me that they would be
found insido. Tho reason why ha had not used
tho net on the first cutting the holes, was to
give any membor of the family that had been
frightoned out, a chance of returning ; and this
he know thoy would certainly do, as these crea
tures cannot remain very long under the
water.
He soon satisfied me of the truth of his state
ment. In a law minutes, by means of the ice
chisel and pick-axe, we had pierced the crust of
the dome : nnd thero, apparently half asleep,
became dazzled and blinded by tho sudden influs
r l-i.i i .1 i . i. .,
oi uguir were uu less wniii eigni lull grown
musquashes !
Almost before I could count them, Old Foxey
had transfixed the whole party, one after tho
other, with his long spear.
We now prooeeded to anothor of the houses,
at which the holes had been out. There mv
companion went through a similar series of op
erations ; and was rewarded by a capture of six
moro ' rats.'
On opening a fourth, a singular seene met
our eyes. Thero was but one muskrat alivo,
and that one seemed to bo nearly famished to
death. Its body was wasted to mere ' skin and
bone ;' and tho animal had evidently been a
long time without food. Beside him lay the
naked skeletons of several small animals that I
at once saw woro those of tho muskrat . A
glance at the bottom of the nest explains all.
The hole, which in the other houses had passed
through the ico, and which we found quite open,
in this one was frozen up. Ihe animals had
neglected keeping it open, until the ice had got
too thick for them to break through ; and then
unpolled by the cravings of hunger, they had
preyed upon each other, until only one, the
strongest, survived.
I found upon counting the skeletons, that no
less than eleven had tenanted this ice-bound
prison.
The Indian assured me that in seasons of very
severe frost such an occurrence is not rare. At
such times the ico forms so rapidly, that tho an
imalsperhaps not having occasion to go out,
for some hours find themselves frozen in ; and
are compelled to porish of hunger, or devour
one another !
It was now near night for we had not reach
ed the lake until late in the day and my com
panion proposed that we should loave further
operations until the following morning. Of
course I assented to the proposal, and we par
took ourselves to some pine-trees that grew on
high banks near the shore, whore we had de
termined to pass the night.
Thoro we kindlod a roaring fire of pine-knots ;
but we had grown very hungry, and I soon
found that of the provisions I had brought, and
upon which I had already dined, there remained
but a scanty fragment for supper. This did not
trouble my companion, who skinned several of
the ' rats,' give them a slight warming over the
fire, and then ate them up with as much gout as
if they had been partridges. I was hungry,
but not hungry enough for that, bo I sat watch
ing him with some astonishment, and not with
out a slight feeling of disgust.
It was a beautiful moonlight night, one of
the clearest I ever remember. There was a lit
tle snow upon the ground, just enough to cover
it; and up against tho white side of the hills
could be traced the pyramidal outlines of the
pines, with their regular gradations of dark
needle-clothed branches. They rose on all sides
around the lake, looking like ships with furled
sails and yards square-set.
I wan in a reverie of admiration, when I was
suddenly aroused by a confused noise, that re
sembled the howling and baying of hounds. I
turned an enquiring look upon my companion
'Wolves!' he replied, unconcernedly, chaw
ing away at his ' roast rat.'
The howling sounded nearer and nearer ; and
then there was a rattling among dead trees, and
quickly ropeated " crunch, crunch,' as of the
hoofs of some animal breaking through frozen
snow. Tho next momont a deer dashed past in
full run, and took to the ice. It wus a large
buck, of the 'Caribou' or reindeer species
(Cervus tarandus,) and I could see that ho was
smoking with heat, and almost run down.
He had hardly passed the spot, when the howl
again broke out in a continued strain, and a
string of forms appeared from out the branches.
They were about a dozen in all ; and they were
going at full speed like a pack of hounds on
the view. Their long muzzles, erect ears, and
huge gaunt bodies, worooutlined plainly against
the snowy ground. I saw that they were wol
ves. They wore white wolves, and of the lar
gest species.
I had suddenly sprang to my feet, not with
the intention of saving the deer, but of assisting
in its capture ; and for this purpose I siezed the
spear, and run out. I heard my oompanion, as
I thought, shouting some caution after me ; but
I was too instant upen the chase to pay any at
tention to what he said. J had at the moment
a distinct perception of hunger, and an indis
tinct ideaof roasting venison for supper.
As I got down to tho sh :ro, I saw that tho
wolves had overtaken the deer, and draggod it
down upon tho ice. The poor creature made
but poor running on tho slippory track, sprawl
ing ut every bound ; while tho sharp claws of
its pursuwors enabled then to gallop over the ice :.
liko cats. The deer had, no doubt, mistaken
the ice fur water, which these creatures very of
ten do, and thus become an easy prey to wolves,
dogs, and hunters.
I run on, thinking that I would soon scatter
the wolves, and rob them of their prey. In a
few moments I was in their midst, brandishing ; breadth, it presents a fertility equal to tho finest
my spear ; but to my surprise, as well as terror, j part of Egypt. It is three miles abovo the Is
I saw that, instead of relinquishing tho deer, j land of Elephantine : and the most remarkable
several of them still held on it, while the rest ' feature in the scenery is caused by the Nile dash
surrounded me with open jaws, and eyes glanc ing through the wild confusion of granite rocks,
ing like coals of fire. with which its bed for many miles is thickly
I shouted and fought desporately, thrusting ;
the spear first at one and then at another ; but
the wolves only became moro bold and fierce,
incensed by the wolves I was inflicting.
For several minutes I continued this unex
pected conflict. 1 was growing quite excited ;
and a sense of terrible dread coining over me,
had almost paryilzed mo, when tho tall dark
form of the Indian, hurrying over tho ice, gave j
me new courage ; and I plied tho spear with all
my remaining strength, until scverul ol my as
sailants lay pierced upon the ice. Tho others,
now seeing tho proximity of my companion
wi;h his huge ice-chisel, and frightened, more
over, by his wild Indian yell, turned tail and
scampered off.
Three of them, however, had uttered their
last howl, and the door was found close by al
ready half dovourod. '
There was enough loft, however, to make a
good supper for buth myself and my compan
ion ; who, although he had already picked the
bones of three muskrats, made a fresh attack
upon tho veuison, eating of it as though ho had
not tasted food for a fortnight.
".When I Grow up to be a Man!"
Well my lad, what then? Do you expect
more liberty to do as you please, or more pow
er to do what is right ? if the former, it would
be better for the world and infinitely better for
yourself that you should never " grow up to be
a man." The mere enjoyment of a largor lib
erty will only bring disastrous results in your
mental and moral constitution. You will bo
surely engulfed in the vortex of dissipation and
wrong, and be left at the close of life, a wreck
on the shore of the great ocean of eternity wait
ing for the wave that shall sweep you to retribu
tion. Man has something else to do, than to
follow up his own desires, and that you will
find out most certainly " when you grow up to
be a man." Yoii ought to learn it now.
Whon I grow up to be a man! Do you know
what tho responsibilities of manhood are ? We
fear not. There are many young men of mid
dle life, too who are in the midst of the very
action of thoir responsibilities and tbey do not
feel their obligation. They are living for them
selves, and throwing away duties and responsi
bilities in the wantom and wicked torpidity of
idleness, or in the giddy chance for pleasures-
Do you wish to grow up liko thom? Alas
there is a fearful aeoount to be given at tho end
of such a lifo a fearful retribution to be ex
pected. God has given to them manhood with
its powers ferbenificent purposes. No man can
live to himself nnd escape tho responsibility.
Man must do something in the world for its ben
efit. They must work and add something to
its productive industry, either directly by bodi
ly labor, or indirectly by the exercise of their
mental powers. If tho health inherited or ex
pected from parents does not require the work
of the body it will furnish no excuse for the
neglect of doing something for the benefit of
the world in which our Creator has placed us.
Let young men reflect on this remark. Tnere
are many who are drones in society buzzing
about in a lazy pursuit of selfish pleasure, doing
nothing to add to the honey of the hive from
such, an account will be demanded of the pow
ers, of the hive-powers bestowed upon them,
and of their use for the good of society. What
a sad account must some render of manhood
wasted and mental powers debauched of the
means of doing good neglected of tho work of
lifo ill-done of lifo itself frittered away in
trifles ! It is a serious thing to " grow up to be
a man.
When I grow up to be a man.! A man !
What a being ! How noble how excellent !
What a destiny there is beforo him ! born to bo
one of a struggling mass of human beings of
hia own day and generation to work and labor
through the scene of probation here and then
rise to the dignity and employment of angels
hereafter ! It is a great and glorious thing to
be a man ! How much more great he who shall
control the destinies of the generation, who shall
be pointed out as a blessing to those around him,
who shall have made his mark on tho whole hu
man race by the benefits he had conferred upon
them ! All cannot attain this high place, it is
true, but all can reach after it. Our Maker
has placed us in different circumstances and
given us sufficient powers and opportunities
Ho will reckon with his creatures " according
to what a man hath, and not according to what
a man hath not." There is no idleness in His
kingdom. Idleness is sin. Are you ready for
all this, my lad, " when you are grown up to
be a man ? "
Wuen I grow up to be a man ! The timo
will come soon enough my boy ; do not hasttn
its approach by wishing. It will come fraught
with its responsibilities. The cureless playful
ness of childhood will be over soon enough,
without shaking the sands of Time's hour-glaBS
to hurry -them through. Enjoy the hours of
amusement now while you can. Manhood has
labors " from morn to dewy eve." They press'
upon him at all hours nnd form his constant
duty. His moments of relaxation are " few
and far betwoen ; " often but tho accidental
dipping of his road in tho honor of the rock as
he is hurryiyg on to battle. The period of rest
is not in this world.
Cataracts of the Nile. Tho banks of the
Nilo are often picturesque and beautiful ; and
the eastern side, to tho Arabian Gulf, is bound
ed by high mountainous ranges, composed of
grauite", porphyry, and marblo, of the greatest
variety of colors. Lofty granite rocks. encliise
the green and fertile valley of Jarjar, a narrow
oasis rescued from the surrounding desolation.
Pre-eminent in beauty amid the numerous islands
which etud the river with their emerald verdure,
is the " Garden of the Tropics," called by the
Egyptians the " Island of Flowers." Within
the space of a milo in length and a quarter in
strewed. The no se of the cataracts tornied by
the river, which boils and foams amid a tbou-
Band rocks, is heard at a distance of three miles.
The stream, forcing its way through tho innu
merable islets situated near this spot, is tossed
about in every direction, forming numbeiless
little cascades, and presents to tho traveller's
eye a scene of peculiar grandeur and effect. The
no;,e resembles that of a tempestuous ocean
beating on a rocky shore.
Napoleon. Napier, in his history of the
Peninsular war, makes the following exccllont
and just remark on Napoleon :
" Self had no place in his policy savo as hi
personal glory was identified with France and
her future prosperity. Never before did the
the world see a man soaring so high and devoid
of all selfish ambition. Lot those who, honestly
seeking truth, doubt this, study Napoleon care
fully ; let them read the record of bis second
abdication, publishod by his brother Lucien.that
stern republican who refused kingdoms at the
price of his principles, and they will doubt no
longer."
This is from a British writer who studied the
affairs of the times in which Napoleon flourish
ed, with more than ordinary fidelity itnd intelli
gence ; and who, withal, is as regular a speci
men of John Bull, as ever put pen to paper.
ihrictn.
Swiss Courting.
When a girl is arrived at a marriageable age,
the young men of the village assemble by con
sent on a given night at the gallery of the chalet
in which the fair one resides. This creates no
manner of surprise in the minds of her parents,
who not only wink at the practice, but are never
better pleased than when the charms of their
daughters attract the greatest number of admir
ers. Their arrival is soon announced by sundry
taps at the different windows. After the family
in the house hai been roused and dressed (for
the scene usually takes place at midnight, when
they have all retired to rest), the window of the
room prepared for the occasion, in which tho
girl is first alone, is opened. T hen a parley
commences, of a rather boisterous description ;
each young man urges his suit with all the ele
ounce and art i f which he is possessed. Th
fair one hesitates, doubts, asks questions, but
comes to no decision. She then invites the party
to partake of repast of cakes and kirsch-wasser,
which is prepared lor them on me umcuny.
deed, this entertainment with the strong water
of the cherry forms a prominent feature in the
proceedings of the night.
After having" regaled themselves for some time
during which, and through the window she has
made use of all the witchery of woman's art,
she feigns a desire to get rid of them all, and
will sometimes call her patents to accomplish
this objeot. The youths, ho wever art not to b
put off; for, according to the custom of the
country, they have come there for the express
purpose of compelling her, on that night, there
and then, to make up ker mind, and to declare
the object of her choice.
At length, after a further parley, her heart is
touched, or at lean she pretends it is, by the
favored swain. After certaiu preliminaries be
tween the girl and her parents, her lover is ad
mitted through the window, where the affiance
is signed and sealed, but not delivered, in the
presence of both father and mother. By the
consent of all parties, the ceremony is not to ex
tend beyond a couple of hours, when, after a
second jollification with the kirsch-wasaer, they
all retire the happy man to bless his stars, but
the rejected to console themselves with tho hope
that at the next tournament of love making they
may succeed better. Is general, the girl's de
cision i laker) in food part by all, and is regard
ed as decisive. llealhman's Switzerland.
An Exacting Husband.
Wycherly, the comedian, married a girl of
eighteen, when he was verging on eighty.
OL ..1- fl r - , . ...
oiiuriiy arier, rroviaence was pleased, in its
mercy to the young woman, to call the old man
to another and a belter world. But ere he took
his final departure from this, he summoned his
young wife to his bedside and announced to her
that he was dying ; whereupon she wept bitterly .
Wycherly lift' d himself up in the bed, and gaz
ing with tender emotion on his weeping wife,
said
" My dearest love, I have a solemn promise
to exact from you before I quit your side forever
here below. Will you assure me my wishhs will
be attended to by you, however great the sacri
fice yon will be called on to make? "
Horrid ideas of suttees, of poor Indian widows
Wing called on to xpire on funeral pyres, with
the bodies of their deceased lords and masters,
flashed across the brain of the poor woman.
With convulsive eflort and desperate resolution,
she gasped out an assurance 111 at his commands,
however dreadful they might be, should be obey
ed. Then Wycherly, with a ghastly smile, said
in a low solemn voice :
" My beloved -vife, the parting request I have
to make of you, is that when I am gone (here
the poor woman sobbed and cried most vehe
mently ) when 1 am in my cold grave (Mrs.
Wycherly lore her hair,) when I am no longer
a heavy burden and a tie on you (' Oh, for
Heaven's sake ! ' howled Mrs. W., ' what am I
to do? ') -1 command you my dear yonng wife
('yes, y-e-s,' sobbed Mrs. W.) on pain of in
curring my malediction ( y-e-s. dear,' groaned
the horror-stricken wife,) never to marry an
old man again ? "
Mrs. Wych-rly dried her eyes, and, in the
most fervent manner, promised that she never
would and the faithful woman kept her word
for life.
A Dutchman Abroad. " Hello, friend, can
you tell me the way to Reading? "
" 0, yaw, I could tell you so besser as no
body. You must first turn the barn round 'de
pritch over and brook up strgam, den de first
house you come to is my proder Hans'a big barn;
dat ish de biggest barn on dish road ; it ish
eighteen feet ono way and eighteen back again.
My proder Hans thought to thatch it mit shin
gles, hut he sold dem. and shingled mit straw,
and clapboard it mit rails ; after you go by my
proder Hans's big barn, de next house you come
to ish a haystack of corn stalks built init straw ;
but you must not stop dere too. Den you take
the road on your shoulder, and go down as far as
de pritch, den you turn right again. Veil you is
coming back, you come by a house dat stands
ght back alongside of a little yaller tog. He
runs and says pow, wow, wow' and pites a lit
tle piece out of your leg, den he runs and Ehumps
into an empty pig pen dat has four sheep in it.
Den you look away upon de hill down dere in de
swamp dere and sues a blue white house painted
red, mit two front doors on de backside: well,
there Uh where my proder Hans live, and he
would tell you so besser than I could I dun t
know."
Wear a Shawl. The Brooklyn Eagle thinks
that shawls should be worn by the masculine
gender for the following rhyming reasons :
' If you want to be in fashion, wear a shawl ;
if to ladies an attraction, wear a shawl ; if to
sheep and cows a terror, or like shanghais is full
feather, or even range -ipon the heather, wear a
shal ; if your lips are badly moulded, and your
shirt and vest unfolded, or unpleasant to behold,
wear a shawl ; if you're courting some fine lin
net, wear a shawl you iniuht wrap your lassie
in it, in your ehnwl. It', tike charity on pins,
and hides a multitude of sins although it causes
grins does your shawl. I you wish to be a
dandy, wear a shawl. In a word it is a most
useful article and may wrap your feet head,
knees, make a seat, a blanket, a bed, a pillow, a
wrap-rascal tir a Scotch plaid of your shawl."
I happened to get into conversation with a
young Iiishman. who wished to claim for his
Emerald Isle the honor of being the birth-place
of certainly more than two-thirds of the great
men lhat ever lived, and adorned the world with
their brilliant minds, or startled it by their won
derful deeds.
The contention was rather spirited, in the
course of which I alluded to a paragraph it
Mooney'e History of Ireland, wherein it says
lhat Napoleon of Irish descent.
With a resentful look, and an indignant toss of
the head, he replied
Well, what of lhat? There's a good many
Frenchmen Irish. "Charley Firn.
We have read some queer church-yard inscrip
tions in our day, but none, fur simplicity, equal
to the following, recently discovered by some
Old Mortality in Jersey :
' Be wu One of 'em ,
Well, Htm!1
Apropos db bottis. Italy has often been
compared to a boot and it is a boot, we should
say, that would almost give its soul, if it could
nly see the last of Austria. Punch.

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