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IlarigH, . October 6, ita.
Vol. XIV. ,; f. I ready waiting (f3. "i a 4 i dnrl'or anH more inrtnrintf (nal 7viiiwwv rz::rczz.t unr : j!, w sin.oi.ed um the THE DUE All ; OR, THE FINGER OF PROVIDENCE ClLYFTEfc. II. (concluded.) Mr. Forrester listened to Walton' nar rative with the 'greatest interest. " Perhaps" added Walton, " y.ou arc in clined to think that I yield too easily to influences of childish credulity, since I am anablc to bauish h mere dream .from my mind, but I have contended in vain against my feelings." "By no means, my 'dear sir," replied Mr. Forrester, earnestly; after a few mo menta' silence. 44 1 should pitv the man ""My embarrassment but augmented ly. - According!, John lemmings was t u u:t ;.oorv - Mr sent fnf" to the naisonagej where alton, I ly Hi IS Itllli'ib u low j 4 '. . y i - - i . i .n.ninnk art darker and more torturing (-pale and trembling, was ari who could immediate!? BhaL- nff thr . . , j impression produced by such a dream as this; in my opinion it would be a far stronger proof of presumptuons heedless news than of .rational incredulity. From that, which in common lancuajre coes bv the name of' suparstition, we are both free I think. The vividness of your dream, and the resemblance which the spot to which you were led, bore to that seen-in your slumber, are so remarkable, that in my opinion it is our imperious duty to in vestigate it farther. Yet, as secrecy may be of the greatest importance in this case, wc will admit no one into our confidence. m This very night, if you think proper, we will go to that place ; if, on farther inves tigation, we find any thing that confirms the facts indicated by your dream, wo wil reflect carefully as to the course which-we would then pursue. In consequence of this arrangement, as soon as evening had given place to night and but a few scattered lights were seen gleaming from- the windows of the village, Mr. Forrester and Walton started upon their way. There was no moon, but the stars fenr, down their beams from a cloud less sky. It was about midnight when they reac.hed that by-path. During the afternoon Walton bad pro vided the necussary implements ; he now pointed out the spot which he had teen in his dream, T tt. , .,,i., mmA task. Tacy had toiled for more than an hour, seldom allowing' themselves a mo ment's rest, and exchanging a few words in a whisper, when Walton's spade struck against some obstacle ; he suffered the full light of the lantern to fall upon the ground, and after a short scrutiny, he exclaimed 44 Gracious heaven ! all is true 1 then it is no illusion I" He leaned for support against Mr. For rester, pointing to the ground, where the remains of a human body were visible. The two man stood for a few moments beside the yawning grave, in the deepest agitation. It was evident that a dark deed had been committed here. This spot had been witntss to a Tmurder, the groaas of a dying man had echoed here, followed by the stillness, of death. Years must have rolled by since then ; wrapped in the dark mantle of night, the murderer had consigned his victim to the cold and silent earth. No mortal eye had ween the deed, no mortal ear had heard . the, quick throb bing pulses of the murderer, as he glanced shyly around, his eye falling at intervals upon the earth, where lay the victim of his fury, But seldom had human feet trodden the solitary unfrequented path ; the wankering Indian alone reared his tent at times beneath the aged oak, en ticed by the safe- seclusion of the spot. For many a year the flowers had exhaled their perfume over the unsuspected grave, but the cyo of that Holy Being which never sluinbeTs nor sleeps, bad beheld the accursed deed, had recorded it in his book, and now at the self same hour, in the gloom and stillness of the niglf the grave gave up its dead, and the secret was re vealed. "Frightful ! frightful P exclaimed Wal ton, the fearful decdohas indeed been committed, then and tVwhora ? Oh, the thought is horrible!" J "In truth the affair ' is as"? strange as it is frightful," remarked Mr. Forrester, en deavoring to soothe the emotion which disturbed himself as well as his companies, " but we must take courage. He, who has so wonderfully brought this deed to light, purposes, donbtless, a merciful end thereby; we will trust, therefore in Him, and be assured, that He will guide our steps aright. In trembling haste, they filled up the crave, and returned to the village. A considerable time had passed durinif th performance of their task, and before thev reached home the night had disappeared. t .o sky was bathed infte light of the ri sing sun; the earth bestrewn with dewy diaraonds,sparkled in the light of the fiiend ly orb, the flowers awaked from their slum ber, exhaled a fresher perfume, and songs , of joy echoed from every thicket. By this time they had reached the gate of the parsonage ; they entered, and Mr. Forrester led Walton into his study. Here knew each other.' "I 4 It is exactly five nd twenty years since vour reverenca to the parsonage,' replied John. 1 1 remember it as as well as if it had beenrvrday.' ( I am nleapednoiind that your memo ry is so good,' said wr: rorresier, havo Rrtmn nnestioSS to ask COnca for 1 concerning' 1 . 1 uuniri T nntni an p.p.iuat.inn of murder c ertrvraam desireu w "" ' i t t'f I : . r ArriAUlt.nral iwnnomv. at . mm, Dhn i!io rivifi ni nil m snrnfi inaLicr ui . - o . - , -1 . , .i i m.A V, mmraon?. anr anneared save mine, wno lias acvotea tue suengin ouce ouew . - - i r ----- -r v v'l ' ' V; Rhnnh T before .them WTtli a ci i-u. icm . bring down his gray hair,, burdened with His frame was tall, bis cheek were xn- saame ana .ai?iace, io a uisuwuui - P . 1 .. .1- t - i.i oD o1rw iV creemno- unon inn. ir i. . nrt fn? Kir in inia nni i mimi. ac naooivr , --- r, v ... 1 . . - e 1 i -r..- ,l -1 mr fl'-ar John, arp nri an- ness ; et this secret remain buneci iorever iou wu :Tft( : p ? in th'e silence of night. And still,-! shall I quaintaneea,' sMr. orreser 'many, a never oe aoie io jook u uou jii;u.niwuu w r , feelmz of horror. An, if ho r'onld hd sent to some, distant Uud, where I miffht never behold him agin I O . n ' ' i t .1 " My dear sir" said Mr. Forrester,; uau our suspicions been excited by events ap- . tv..i:i ... parently fortuitous, we would' oe ai iioeiiy to puisue our invent lHtions, or discon tinue thern ; but here the finger of bod points out to us the path which wo must tread. We have, as vet. no proot ot ..i . w y L.ummings guilt, but grounds for strong suspicion only, yet Ihave something to auciose of which I hesitated to iniorm you, when you first told mo of your dream, as I w'as unwilling to strengthen : the im- pvession which it made upon your mind until farthor, proofs. were discovered of its signiticancy. More than twenty years ago, Susanna Wilmot, the young girl to whom Cum- mmgs was attached, ws in my service. ri .... j . one was a merrv". hIitlisoin rrpturp with J r w- - ""J " f rosy cheeks and laughing eyes ; she was the beauty of the "villao' am! whpn T y O ' "" ,-. . heard that John Curainings was a favoied suitor, I was greatly pleased, and together with my wife forwarded the match in eve ry iuitablo way. His quiet and consider ate character, would form a proper equiji brura, we thought, to Susanna's light and carelesa -temperament; whenever, there fore, we heard John jesting or . chatting wun ner in the yard, or at the door, we were always gratihed at this suspicious omen. The affair nrocrrassed favorably until a yonng stranger came to the villace. to visit a distant relative. -Frank Gordon; 1 remedie.a-HA& 'h announced the have some questi things long pastj. w me,.have you no recollection or ayo'g a.i'vj, vu ascy a fow weeks here;iBe village,. about five 4. i 1 1 and twenty veariai and who has never . . - - j j 7 since been hearlti' Mr. rorrester bpied to hear unmmings 1 . i . . ' Y. I a answer ; DUt thqiifcter was unaoie vo ut ter a word ; hef Vfesped the back of a . . ... i c - . . c chair, and Ieaneqitlpn it ior support. "Mr. Wa ton hi had a most extraor dinary dream, whiii stands in connection, as we think, with nnt individual, said the clergyman, and rw&out appearing to re mark Oumraingsritation, he proceeded to rehearse that sorular vision? wnue Walton gazed, wit deep angiwsli, at the old man's chan&iiz countenance- John listened .with , dee attention. At nrst, a convulsive movem nt of his lips alone tes tified to his in ware emotion,, but when the worthy clergyman spoke of the murder, described the plates' and the struggles of ahe dying man, h trembled in every limb ; his Jace becarae?leadly pale, his hands sank from the support which they had grasped, and he fell senseless to-' the floor. Forrester and Vlton earned him to a sofa, and after the application of several was an orphan ; but he was as cay, IWe- it soon became eviden: that she preferred him to her former admirer. And, singu lar to say, continued Mr. Forrester, m a low voice, " this favored rival was a sai lor." Walton shuddered ; his blood ran icy . cold. " I remember him very distinctly," re sumed Mr. Forrester, J he was a comely, blooming lad, full of life and activity.- Although I looked upon Susanna's con duct as imprudent, yet I was by no means surprised thaf she gave him . the prefer ence. Although bnt one and twenty years ot age, he had already made three long voyage, du ms aescripuan oi me ioreign ands that he had seen, of their inhabi tants, their fruits, their birds,' and beasts, cast John Cummings, tedious village tales sadly into the shade. The bve-rrdulged in golden dreams le wato$"fflake one voyage more, return in six months and marry her. Poor Su sanna wepT bitter tears at his departure, but she consoled herself with the cheering prospect of her lover's safe return. Boon, however, her hopes were' mingled with anxieties, for month after month passed by, and not a line, not a word reached her. No tiding came to cheer her during the long winter ; spring also, summer and autumn returned, then a sec ond long, sad winter and her joyous hope gave place to sad despondency. I madu every inquiry after the young sailor, but it seemed that he had not sailed ia the ves sel which he had named to Susanna. Wn conoluded, therefore, that he had gone on board another : but when or when w , were unable to discover. Susanna's health at last began to fail, and we thought' xt best that she should return to her family. who lived in a distant county. For a fe' months we cherished the hone that sh- would soon recover, and be able to re sume her place in our household, but he mind was so completely depressed, that i turn consciousness, lie nnciosea house of Mr. Walton for the dark ccH of a criminal. ' , . , - Scveral weeks passed by lefore the trial cattie oh." Mr. Fori ester, daily visited the unhappy man, and listened with the warm est svrupathy to the outpourings of his heavily burdened soul. I he' good man strove, long and earnestly, to dispel his gloom and despair, and to inspire him . . with humble repentance and conhdence m God's mercy ; he endeavored to imprest upon his heart, that the Lord of life and of "death, even in the strictest judgment is not lorgetfnl of mercy. But it was ldn: before these words of consolation , found entrance iafco the heart of the un happy criminal. r .. . . At his trialT Cumming confessed -his guilt, and rerused to make the defence al lowed him by the laws. "1 am a murderer," he exclaimed, " God himsilt bar brought the bloody , deed to light ; I am euilty ' ' .'he sentence of the law was pronounced on him.' He listened to it cahfllv and qnetly." From this hour- his employer Sel dom left hiui ; Walton seemed to fe6l a sad pleasure in conversing, reading and praying with him. The air of his prison and his mental aeonv bad changed-, the prisoner's outward form ; his frame was beh'uhis cheek ple and sunken, his eve dim and hollow ; but the peace of a heart confi- dent in the mercy ot (iod, was visible in all his features.. He spoke much of the past Ot V alton s kindness toward him of the children, to whom he clung with unspeakable love andj as he uttered their names, his toice faltered, and tears coursed down his cheeks. . . - ;. " They ; loved me," he said, " but the name of. old tTohn Cummings must be a forbidden sound to their ears ; it must nev er soil their innocent lips. ' May Qod bless, them !" he exclaimed, raising his bands towards "heaven, in an attitude of prayer. On the evening before his -execution, .Walton and Cummings partook of the sac rament.of the Lord's Supper. Grimmings then ;sank into a soft and quiet slumber, and did not wake until the morning of his last'day. Once more ho joined with Mr. Forrester in "fervent prayer, and t lien await- v., U,,UJ, lue moment or the last sum- re- eves, glanced timidly abouhjrnHnd tried (mons. -This came, and Cummings was the Bit;.h offi - ers, in order that he might return homo to his family ; but leaving f his leilow-settlers behind, thoy tooK nira away with. them again, adapted ; him into the family of one of their chiefs. aodaJIovr- ed him to hunt or spend hhTtlnve ia ttq way v most agreeable to hi inclination. Une day he went with them to mike salt, when be met wirh four hundred and f:y. .wa.' . riors paiuted and armed, and ready to set , out against FortBoonsborough. He imme diately d ter mined, at a great risk of his life, to make bis escape, trembling as he. was for the salety ot his taniily and settle ment.; In four days he reached Boonsbo rough, a distance of one hundred and six ty nules, making only ona meal by the Tfay. Not a'minute was to be lossnd.he began to strengthen his log defence., and fortify himself as strongly as possible. The In dians finding he had escaped, delayed their attack ; and having received a rein forcement or men, in which were a few ' troops, he determined to brave all dangers and defend himself to the last. At Ingth a ferocious. Indian army made its appear ance. Boon encouraged his little garri son to maintain an obstinate defence, death being preferable to captivity, though hi hope of resist i? R with success was but faint. The crud and savage enemy also. he might well ealculute, would become doubly enraged by a protracted resistance; bat Ukc brave men, determined to let fate do its worst and thing nothing of final con sequences, he let the Indian chief know hi.s resolution. Upon this the latter de manded a parley w.th nine of the garrison ; aitielcs were proposed for an arrangement without bloodshed ; but on signing them they were told it was the Indian custom to shake hands with each other by way of .sealing their engagement- Oa comply in.', each Indian grappled his man iu or der to make him prisoner, but, by a mira cle, eight out of the nine succeeded, in f extricating themselves, Boon being among the number, and they got safe into the garrison: A furious attack was now made upon thefort, which lasted nioe days and nights, during which only twe men were killed and four wounded' by the besiecers, wiu in return suuereoseverciy. The lort td'spefck but in ""vam."" "After ha!jn svsl- lowed a few drops of a strengthening cor dial, he exclaimed Woe "upon me, unhappy mau, the hand of God lies heavily upon me !' " Be calm, Cummings, and listen to me, said Walton. "I would cive all I am worth in the world if I could believe yon innocent, but do not be precipitate, make no unnecessary confessions, and fear noth 1CU IO me r!-Aee Ot XSCUUXn--wlrtolarr-.V a short distance from the prison. Death like stillness prevailed among the vast crowd, that surrounded the gallows. Not a sound was to be heard, as the old man stepped slowly forward, and casta last and farewell glance around. Once again. be beheld the bright and glorious sun Shining in the clear blue heaven, once - aain he inhaled the freh ing from me. I promise you most sol-r j morning air, and 'a thought of thcCst, of eraniy, thatl will never testuy acainst you htne smiling eat-tti, and the creen bills and in this matter." "The hand of God lies heavily upon me," replied Cummings, trembling violent ly, " and who is able to turn aside his chastisements? Mycrimemust be known to all the world. 1 will deliver myself up to justice, ion shall hear' all. It was a tale of jealohsy and bloody revenge, lie had secretly followed the lovers to the appointed place of meeting had witnessed their tender parting had heard them utter vows of fidelity, and hopes cf a happy meeting. A fit of fury seized him, and he swore that such a day should never dawn lor them, and after a few hours his fearful oath was sealed by the bloody deed. He described his feel ings of triumph, which all the reproaches groves, which his foot would tread no more, flashed .across-his mind for a moment, but for a rnomeut only. He felt the hand of the clergyman press his own, he heard hi vcice in earnest prayer, utrer the solemn words "lam the Resurrection and the Life ! saith the Lord," and this world with its joys and sorrows disappeared from his eyes, and the future, with its heavenly hopes, opened upon his vision, and calmed and strengthened bis departing soul. In a few moments all was over. ' The fearful chastisement demanded by the law was inflicted. ., - ' was considered advisable that she shonl-4 'should perish on some distant coast and remain at xiome, ani ior many years w have heard nothing from her. All these circumstances combined, ren -der it my duty, as I think, not to keep si lence, concerning the discovery of th body. Yet I will not follow my ow. Daniel Boon. Bonn crginally belonged to the State of North Carolina, where he cultivated a of his conscience were unable to silence, tarm. In'mmmnv with five other indi- when his victim lay at his feet; then the viduals, he left that vicir.kv in 1769, and ourneyed to where the present village ot Boonhoro', in Kentucky, row stnd. He began erecting a house, surrounded by a stockade or olose palisade formed of the square trunks of trees placed close togeth er and sunk deep iu the earth, a precau- ion absolutely necessary to be taken in t" frontier settlement continually exposed . 'zi.i ' i ' i : . t the a'tftcks or tnc native inuians When his" little fort was completed, he removeo nis esiaounuicub iu m nuw North Carolina, "conducting thither, his wiie and daujrhters, the first whne females r hat tad ever trod ou the shores or tne m m Kentucky river. lit; was soon, joined ny mir or five other families, and thirty or m i i.l i fr7 mpn settlers. JLiiev naa several j - - - - r sudtlen, terrible remorse that followed this storm of passion, the aversion which he felt toward the former object of his love, and the tears or discovery which haunted him, year after year, like a -frightful grin ning spectre. ' s; His first thought had been to leave the country, but the fear of exciting suspicion determined him to remain- a terrible tri al to remain and listen to all the conjee; tares made by his neighbors, to :. witness their astonishment, to hear theirconiments and allusion?, which pierced his very heart. In the mean whi'e years passed bv, and uie auan ra iw uuliuu. xnaia Railor judgment alotie in thiss.matter. I wil consult a friend, a highly - distinguishei' and excellent member of the bar on th subject; I will explain all to him, withot giving names, however, and wait ffr bv advice before proceedirig farther ... ' , 4 He saved ' my llfi V cried Walton,, i. aiguish, concealing his face in his handn, 4 and shall I send him to the gallows !' 4 lake courage, vv alton " said Mr. For .' rester, 4 try to be calm"; the feelings of tb human heart, evn the noblest, need watch ing and controlling.' Mr. Forrester wrote to his friend on thi following day. In answer, he was advise I the Utter gave freu course to his emotion. to examine the supposed criminal private none' return to tell the talc, was m.thin unexampled in the annuls of human mis fortune, and; except" the fahhful Susanna, carcely any one thought longer of' poor Frank Gordon. , Cummings fears and anxieties, at last. gradually disappeared, and his-conscience had by degrees grown qmct. it is true. he had, in an iiour ot turums passion, com mitted a fearful crime, hut he enjoyed the confidence and esteem of his fellow rnanT; the avenging hana ot l rovidencehad'spar ed him ; each day the remembrance of th bloody deed became less painful and op pressive, and in the lapse of time, he could look with a certtin degree of satisfaction upon the course of his honest and indus trious life. w Cummings surrendered himself up int0 the hands of justice, by making a full con fession to a neighboring magistrate, and in a few days, he exchanged the cheerfu time repulsed the attacks t tne mauns - r ........ . i blodstied ; but at length, while mak- log salt trom some uimc pjjuuw v mi jireafdiUauee fnmi his home, Boone wa miprised, together with twenty-seven of his -MMtlris, by upwards oi a uunarea sa- ae?. wno were ou iuc iuJiuu w icucw their attacks on his intant colony, lie . capitulated with them "on condition that tbeirjives should be spared, and they were immediately marched away to an India'n town on the Miami river, a long distance off, and finally conducted to the Britih governor, Hamilton, at Detrior, the Indian scrupulously abiding by the terms on which Boon had surrendered to them. These jfl3 of nature, however, got so attached to their prisoner on their mar:b, that they would not resign binTto the British gov ernor, nor even part with him for a hun dred pounds generously offered for him by of the fort were sUuk full of the bullets the - xU length ' hostilities ceasing, Boon's wife, who on bis first captivity,, supposing him killed, had set off with her family on horseback through- the woods a lono- and dangerous distance into North Carolina was orougni oacc co ner husband a second time to his new residence, where he hoped fur the luture to pursue his peaceful occu pations unmolested. His sifferings and perils had been great, but his courage and c .ustancy had surmounted them all, and he had just reason to calculate at last tip- ' on a period of repose. Boon, however, was not to end his daya amid the advantages of social life. By si.n.e chicanery of the law, a flaw in his land title was made out, and his entire eMato was taken from him. This cut the old man to the heart. Takiag his rifle, fie crowed the Mississippi, and plunged into the unknown and immense country ..n the banks of the Missouri. On the shores f this mighty river he reared a !..g huu to which he attached no idea' of pi noaiMiicy, but held himself constantly ren iy to retire yet farther from .civilrzed ma' . should he approach too near his der crt -solitude. With the exception of a son who resided with his father, according t-i some accounts, but without any one, according to others,. his dog and gun we're his only companions. He planted the seeds of ;i few esculent vegetables around , bis fi agile dwelling, but his principal food he obtained by hunting. He has been seen st-ated on a log at the entrance of his but' by au exploring traveller, or far more fre quently by the straggling Indian. His rifle Vet.rally lay across his knees and his dog at I. is side, and he rarely went farther from horat:than the haunts of the deer and the wild turkeywhich constituted his principal support. In his solitude he wo-.M sometimes speak of his past actions, ai.d . f his indefatigable labors, with a glow of .W hght on his countenance that "ladica t how dear they were to his" heart, and would ther. become at once s lent and de-j-i-u-d. He would survey his limbs, look at his shrivelled hands, complain of the duun. ss of his siVht and lifting tK r w r , it ajo to Lis shoulder take aim at a distant object, and say that it trembled before his viainn j thnt hiseyes were losing their power, rub- nii-.sr tnem wiiu ms bsnds, and lamentibe that hw youth -and manhood we're gone but hoping his legs .would serve hira to the : : rast of life, xi carry hni to spots frequen ted by1 game, that he might not starve It does not appear that he talked much of the ingrati nde of mankind towards him. Thus he ri&ftftpd tVirnnV t:r. ami i rs was etween ai?htv n1 - .. -"cjr years oi ace. conttntad m hi, wild solitude, and in his security from injesdee and rapacitv. At last, he was one day ?ound dead on his knees, with his rifle cocked and resting oa the trunk of a fallen tree, as if be had just pfen going to take aim. 4 V