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WHEELING, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 18«l».
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■ ^SCZIIAWEOUS.
Hy „ (4, Western Ruieie of
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■ l \CK OF BRYANT S STATION.
I| , tv of no place nearer. f.irat the sour
ct * f tftc Mississippi or the Rockv'imn
* is where the refuge of a ‘Station tsntm
esoJiry. Tito la-t one to the west will
got have mouhlercth an<l histc;
j, con will be only the depositories of the
X i iwledge, what the tcrin ll
■: >jj readers in the United St-* 's, it is*
H ./uly. a large allowance, that "■
4;>.. ! of the first seniors of ihe west,
L-all them, the ‘old residenters, have »
di|!r;ct idea of their min is of the aspec
an< intent of the establishment. I hive
j>el i in a number, that were on our north
v.Atern and southern frontiers, during the
war with Great Britain. I "ill endea
v r to transfer to my reader the distinct
Bums, which was thus impressed upon
£:| own mind.
HHir first img.-ants that fix'.1 themselves
in jt‘xe» lair valley of Tentucky and Tonnes
sn. came in companies ao societies. A
,v; ’red neighbors, friends, connexions,
old and voting, mother ant! daughter, sire
an infant, the house dog and the domes
tic animals, all set forth on the patriarchal
v. derncss trooping, as on a fr >lic. No
^■tuption of the tender natal ant! moral i
t|ls. no revulsion of the reciprocities of
4Ti :
'I
■ man and good will was in their hearts.
Hi! on their breasts, as they came over the
Hiuntains in the wide domain of the red
-,x and the wild howlers of the desert.
Hkc the gregarious tribes, and the vernal
Migrations of the sea-fowl to the interior
!u ton. they brought all their chanties, their
■ horns with them. Their state of iso
) tun concentered th*sc kindly feelings,
nhas been found, that the current of hu
n; in affections flows more full and strong,
ill proportion, ns it is less divided, and di
vlrtcd into numerous channels. This
clmmu iity, coming to survey the new as
Bets of u nature, measured only by the
■agination, new dangers, a new world.
tsJ in some sense a new existenco, were
M'ina to each other by a sacrament, ns old
a tho human heart. I have a hundred
tilies heard th" remains of this race of the
■Men age deplore the distance and cold
tlss f tiie measured, jealous and proud
iijtcrci irse of the present generation, in
comparison of the simple kindness, the
fitmk and domestic relations of thoso pri
B val days, reminding me of the aff*ctmg
accounts of the mutual l»vo of Christians
I the early periods of the church.
■ Another circumstance of the picture
night to bo redeemed from oblivion. 1:
si-ipect that the genera! imores>ion of fine!
1 les and gentlemen of the present day
is that the puritans of Plymouth, theepis
■bpalians of Jam stow.i and the back
o ! unen of Kentucky and Tennesso
xr re p* rsons of an aspect, garb, beard.
Bdress. and toute tnstmble, very little ten*
Bug to attempt unregulated movements o}
Bo heart; m other words, precise, ugly*
Bid natural dampers of love. Truth is,
B:y were just the reverse of all this. On
I mark, how careful the ruling elders of
Bid godly men of New England were, that
t'bo women should veil, and conceal their
■harms. It is notorious, that a woman
■ras churched there, for cutting off tho ends
If flie fingers of her gloves, and exposing
Site tips of her dainty and delicate lingers
In the manifest annoyance and disruption
t tho spiritual thoughts in the bosom of
Bv; worshipping beholders. What other
Ku:t mall history bears. 1 had almost said.
Inch sublime testimony to the charms of
■he charmers of tint day? If stands, in
fu-t. in the history of tho triumphs of beau
Lv, like the famed text quoted by Longinus
n relation to the sublimity. What Hue
ellowsthe Virginians must have been, to
m e melted down the stern hearts of the red
ronaen at the first glance, as in the case of
'ocahontas.
However it might have been with the
\tlantic progenitors. 1 have no doubt that
he first sellers of Kentucky and Tennes
ice were a race of a beauty as rare, as their
courage nnd virtues, t have conversed
ivith some hundreds of these people; and
hey are the finest looking ancients, male
md female, that I have seen, noble, square
brms. open chests, brig.t, clear and truth
filing eyes. The ladies, I admit, had a
ittle more of the ainazonian, than com
forts with our modern notions of a pretty,
squire-riggid insect, nvule pale by strong
tea, late hours, dissipation, brag, vinegar
nnd chalk. Hut I can easily believe,
that these venerable pi'rarchs affirm, that
Ihese people were, tor the most part, per
feet Apollos and Yen vises. I have seen
their sons and daughters; and I believe,
that children arc apt to inherit the physical
ond mental likeness of th«nr parents; and
- ...-—p- f
I it is my clear conviction, that there is, noi
'» o r -! .‘«c. n finer ! x>king race ol
■ men A: w .-m t:, than in these states.
.Never, ia .ess, !ovt* has softened tioWR eveo
there, to t malady of slight levers and chills I
jc ‘m’.iu'.vu with the continued and ardent
lever, w inch rioted in the veins of their la-1
llicrs and mothers.
As I s iid. theso eminent societies bro't
all their charities with them. Those feel
n -ns received even an accession of energy
and intensnoss from those peculiar circum
fences, which render a similar sojourn in
an Indian wilderness, the strongest cement
oi neighborly affections. The air, before
the toVests were levelled, was generally re
markable for its salubrity. The chase
yielded tho most salutary viands aiul im
Msurablo appetite and digestion corres
ponding. Tu these denizens of the flow
ering wilderness hte was the sensation of
high health, Herculean vigor and redun
dant joy. It was invigorating to lunr the
oxhalatory interjection, tire safety-valve re
spiration, as they struck their well temper
pd axe into the ouormous trunk of the tree,
they were about to fall. 'These were the
men, who were parents of the pionie-' and
roses, that now bloom there; mid of the
men of square form, unbicnehing cheek,
and sure rifle shut; the players with thun
derbolts, the swimmers of the Misssissippi
and tho challengers of battle with a whole
manegerte of pnnttera and wildcats, with a
supernumerary zebra to kick withal.
V\ lien the s cul band had planted their
f«xt in tho virgin soil, the first object was,
to fix on a spot ccutral to one of the most
upland ailuvians of gentle swell md decliv
ity, where pawpaw, carte arui wild clover
marked exu'mrant fertility; and wh re the
woods were so open, that lb* hunter could
ride in any direction at half speed. Tho
curse of party feuds and political asperity
had not yet smitten tho soil with sterility;
and it yielded, ahnist without other culti
vation, than planting, from eighty to a hun
died bushel of maize to the acre; and all
other desirable products in proporti >u.
Game was so abundant that two hunters
would often kdl eaougti i i two days, to
last a station of a hundred souls a month:
and these rehustious young swains and dam
scls wore not of your rioe cake and water
caters neither. They walked, plaved. dan
ced. hu ited and love I in strength and glad
ness; and their consumption of tender ven
ison was in proportion.
Th« u^xt tiling, after finding the centra5
mint of this hunter's paradise, was Jo build
a ‘Station* which now remains to be d \s
scribed. It was desirable that it should
tie near a flush limestone spring; and if a
saltlick and prodtgioua sugar maple or
chard were close at ban I, so much tho bet-;
ter. The next preliminary step was, to
clear a considerable area, so that nothing
should be led to screen an enemy from
v«ew and a shot. If a spring could be en
closed, or a good well dug in the enclosure,
it was considered an important element;
but as an Indian siege nover extonded lie
yond two days, and as wafer enough to
iast through the emergency, could always
be restored in a resorvoir, it was deemed
still more important, that tho position
should be on a rising ground, ns much
as possible overlooking the adjoining for
est. Tho form was a perfect parallolo
gram, including from a half to a full acre.
A trench was then dug. tour or five fen
deep, and contiguous pickets planted in it,
so as to form a compact wall ten or twelve
feet from the ground. The pickets were
of hard and durable timber, nearly a fi> »i
in diameter; and formed a rampart beyond
the power ot man either to leap, m over
throw, bv th« exercise of individual and
unaided physical power. As the angle*
were small projecting squares, ofstill stron
ger materials and planting, technically cal
led flankers, with oblique |>nrt holes; so
that the sentinel within could rake the o<
ternal front of the station without being ex
*o*o I ton shot without. Two*folding g ite-»
in the front and rear, swinging on pmdi
gions wooden hinges, give ingress and e
gress to the men and teams in time of sc
euritv. At other times, a trusty sentinel
on the roof of an interior building, was sta |
tioned so as to bo able to descry at n dis-1
tauce every suspicious object. The gate*,
arc always firmly barred by night; and;
sentinels through its sileut watches rcliev
ed each other m turn. Xothing can be;
imagined more effectual for its purposes,!
than simple contrivmce in the line of lor
title-, hon. True these walls would not
have stood against the battering ram of
Josephus, or the balls of a six pounder.
But ;!i '>• were proofagoust Indian strength
and itience and rifle shot. Tiie only ex
pedient was, to undermine (hem; or destroy
them w ith tire; and this coul 1 not ho ensi
lv ii :e, without exposing them to the ritlc
of the Hankers. Of course there are few
recorded instances, w here they were taken
when skillfully and resolutely defended,
fheir regular forms, in the centra' wilder j
es ;. their aspect of security, their social
eitv show rentier them delightful objects
to .1:1 immigrant, who hid came two hun
drt d leagues, without seeing 0 humai> hab
itation. Around the interior of these walls
the building of the little community arose,
with antral clean esplanade for dancing
md wrestling, and the other primeval, a
mn^ 'mcnts of the old days. It is ques
tionable. if heartier and happier eating and
(sleeping, wrestling and dancing, loving &
marrying fall to the lot of th- ir descendants
who ride in coaches and dwell in spacious
mansions. Venison and wild turkeys,
sweet potatoes and pies smoaked on the
tab!-; and persimon and maple beer qua!
led as well, at least far health, us Madeira
or nectar. The community spent their
nerry evenir gs together; and while their
fires blazed bright within the little and sc
cure square, tiio far howl of wolves, or o
veil the solitary war whoop of an Indian,
sounded in the ear of the happy and reck
less dwellers, like the driving storm, pour
ing on the sheltering roof,ihovo the head of
the traveller, safely noted in Ins clean and
quiet bed; that is, brought the contrast of
comfort and security in more hornofelt cm
nliasi.s to the bosom.
Such a Station was Bryant’s in ITS’3.
(t was tin nucleus of the settlements of
'hat «! ihghf.'u! and rich country, of which j
Lexington >• the present centre. There|
we e at this time hut two others north of!
die fviihn ky i.\, r Is was more open to!
attack than acv other in tlie country. The j
Mtami <>n tin; n : rh, and the Licking on I
die south of ill' Ohio, were long canals.,
winch leu lam uo north iuvo «u t ie sava-j
ijes between tho lakes id the the Ohio{
directly on if. In the simmer of tinsyear j
:i e-rand a^senib! ago convened a! Cinlieo ;
the Tho Cherokeca Wyandota, {’awns,'
l*.»:fovvato;Ti!«j-«, and most of the tribes bor-j
dering on the lakes vere represented in it. j
besides their Chief#, and some Canadians i
they wor** aided by the counsels of tho two
(iirtys and MKot, reuegado whites. 1
have ma la dligem inquiry, touching tho
i»i' griuhv of these men, particularly Si
mon Gtriv; a svrelch, whoso name is of
inoro notoriety in the instigation of tho
wars and massacres of these Indians, than
•my olhrt. in the records. No tortured cap
tivo escaped t'r m in those times, who
could not fell the fharo, which Simon 1 *ir
fv had in his suforing-; no burnings or
murders, in wind ho assisted not either
with hi* presence his counsels. I have
gained no specific information, except th it j
'hey wire supposed to be refugees from
Pennsylvania They added tho calculat
ing and combining powers of tho white* to
di • instinctive cunning and ferocity of the
*ivagi s. T!>.>y but their warlikepropen
sity ? wi I. > it their magnanimity; ond their
appetite for blood without their active or
i ssivc courage. I’hev had tlio bad pro
perties of the whites and Indians, unmixed
with tho good of either, The crucify of
'In* Indians had somo show of palliating
eir umstmens. Hut theirs was grutuit
uou -, cold Idooucd and without visible mo
tive. Vet Simon dirty, like tho people,
am mg whom ho dwelt, sometimes took a
frenk of kindness, no reason could be a*,
signed wherefore and once or twice saved
iu unhappy victim from licing roasted a
live. This renogado lived in plenty, and j
sm .ked hts pipe, and drank off his whis i
key i.i his log palace, consulted by t!i; In-j
dm:* as an oraclo. »Ie was soon clad in;
a rulHed shirt, a soldier's coat, pantaloons
and gaiters, belied with pistols and dirks;;
nd wore a watch with an enormous length!
f»t chain and tissci otornaments; an. pr.iD-j
abiv, tho spoils of murder; and as lie had*
a strong affect it ion of wisdom, there is no
i!on! r, but in these days he would havej
ivorn green spectacles. So habited, he j
swelled in the view of the unhappy Indian1
viptivcs, like the peacook spreading his
morning plumage. There is little doubt, j
that ’ saved by his interposition, were
s »:tre»l that he might have white admirers,
and display to them his grandeur and the
extent of his influcnco among the Indian.'*.
The great assemblage to which l have
referred, g ithered round the shrine of Si
mon (iirty fu-counsel, touching the point,
which it was expedient to assail. He pain-,
»ed to them the delights of tho lan<i of cane.!
clover, deer, buffaloes; and the fair val !
lie; of the Kat tuckeo, for which so much
blood had been shed. Ho described the!
gi i.Itj il encroachments of tho whites; and
i!v' n ers .tv of a determined effort, if they j
wn!d i ver «v:nio ;> >sses.sir»n of their rich ,
an ! drlightfoi >if lie warned them.;
tf the present order of things continued tint I
t!ie w hites would soon leave them no hunt j
ing gonads worth retaining; and no means .
ofprucuring rum, with which to warm and !
cheer their desolate hearts, or blankets to
clothe their inked backs. They were ad ;
vi- cd to descend th • Miami, cross tin O
:io, ascood the Ticking ami paddle their;
canoes to the very contiguity of Bryant’s
Station. 'Tho speech was received with
yells and enthusiastic applause.
Away marched this cohort of biped
wolves, howling through tin forest to their
canoes on the Miami, dirty, in his ruf
tied shirt and soldier coat, st liked at Choir
head, silently feeding upon his own gran
deur. Tho Station against which they
were destined, enclosed forty cabins.
Phev arrived before it, August 15. 1TS2,
in the night. In the morning the inhabi- j
fants were warned of their presence, by
being fired upon, as they opened their doors j
The time of their arrival was providential. ’
In two hours most of the efficient males of
the Station, were to have marched to the
two other Stations, which were reported toj
h ive been attacked, i i.a place would j
thus have born left completely defenceless.
The garrison found means to despatch one
of their number to Lexington, to announce
the assault ar.d crave aid. Sixteen moun
ted men and thirty one on fi>ot were iramo
diatelv marched off* to their aid.
The number of assailants amounted to at
least six hundred. In conformity to the
common modes of Indian warfare, thev
| attempted to gain me place by stratagem
i The great body concealed themselves a 1
tnong h g'i weeds upon the opposite side
ot the Station within pistol shot of the
spring, from which it was supplied with
water. With a detachment of a hundred,
they commenced a false attack upon the
southeast angle, with a view to draw the
attention of the garrison to that point.
The strntngom was predicated on the be
lie! that the inhabitants would all crowd to
the point of assault, and. leave the opposite
one defenceless. But here they reckoned
without their host. Ttw people instantly
penetrated their purpose; and instead of re
turning their tiro, conunapced, what ought
to have been completed kelcre, repairing
the palisades and putting the Station in a
condition of defence. I he high and lux
uriant Jamestown weeds near the spring
instructed these experienced backwoods
men, that a host of the foo lurked beneath]
their sheltering foilage, there to await the]
corning Inrth of the men, to draw water tor
the supply of tho garrison, Let modern
wives who hesitate to follow their husbans
to this place, because it is deemed unheal
thy; to that, because it will remove tnem
from the scene of their accustomed pleas
ures hear and prepend! These noble wives,
mother-*, daughters and sweet hearts, 1
dare affirm, handsomer, than ever cither
Juno or Venus or Minerva, or any of the
grace5*, and the nymphs to hoot, appeared
on Mount Olympus, informed the men
that there was little probability, that the
Indians would lire upon them, as their
garno was undoubtedly the men: and that
•ven if they did shoot down a lew of them,
it would m no way diminish the resources
oftho garrison. The illustrious heroine
anned themselves with buckets, and mar
died down to the spring, espying here and
there a painted face, and an Indian body
crouching under the thick 1’oilngc. Whe
ther tin Indians were facinatod with their
beauty, nr their courage does not appear.
Hut so it was, they fired not, and these
fur and generous ones come and went, un
til the reservoir was eufilciently supplied
with water, f depend upon traditionary
rather than written documents for iho fiet,
that a round number of kisses wore exch tn-j
g • I with these heroic ladies, who had so
uo'dy jeoparded themselves, and provodj
that the disinterested during of affection is I
cot u mere poet’s fiction.
After such an ex implo, it was no ways |
difficult to procure voung volunteers, ready 1
to try the Indians in tho samo way. AsJ
they deemed they had scarcely advanced]
f omtlie station, before a hundred Indians;
fired upon them. They retreated within |
the palisade; and tho whole Indian force;
rose, yelling and rushed upon the enclo
sure. They howled with more disappoint- j
incut and rage, when the found every thing]
prepared for their reception. A well di
rected fire drove them to a mnro cautious;
dis'.ncc. Some of the more desperate of;
their number, however, ventured on the ]
least exposed point so near, as to bo able I
to discharge burning arrows upon the roofs ,
of the houses. Soma of them were fired, j
and burnt. I* it an easterly wind provi
dcntially arose at the moment and secured
the mass oftho buildings from the spread
ing of the flames; and the remnant they,
could not rc tch with their arrows.
The enemy lurked b ick to their covert
m the weeds; waiting, pantherliko, for sa
fer g ime. They h «d been informed or they
had divined it, that aid was expected from
Lexington; and they arranged an ambus
cade, to intercept it. on its approach to the
garrison. When tho reinforcement. con
sisting of forty six persons came in sight,
tho firing had ceased. The enemy were
ail invisible; and they came on in the reck
loss confidenco, under the impression tL.it
they had marched under a false alarm.
\ Ian:,* opened an avenue to the ctatio.*,
through a thick cornfield. This lane was
ambuscaded on either side bvfnc Indians,
for a hundred yarns, fortunately, it was
dry and mid summer, the horsemen raised
such a cloud of dust, that they hustlined
the close fire of the Indians, without losiiiir
a m in or even a horse. The footmen were |
less fortunate# They disperesed in the!
cornfield, in hopes to reach the garrison I
unobserved. But masses of savage con i
stantly increasing, between and tiie sta ■
tion intercepted them. H ird fighting en ;
sued, and two of them were killed and four j
wounded. Soon after the detachment had !
joined their frionds. and the Indians were |
lying close tu their covert again, the nu
merous thicks and herds of the station came
im quietly, ruminating as they made theirj
way to their night pens. Upon these j
harmless animals the Indians h id unmo
lested sport; and they made a complete dos-j
(ruction of them.
A little after sunset, the famous Girtyl
covertly approached Uie garrison, mounted ‘
a stump, whence he couUi be heard by the]
people within, and demanded a parley, and:
a surrender of the place. lie managed his •
proposals with no small degree of art, ns
signing in imitation of commanders of nu
merous armies, that they were dictated bv i
his humanity; that lie wished to sparo the
effusion of human blood; that, in case of a
surrender, he could answer for liio secun-!
IV of the prisoners; but that in the event of |
taking the girnson by storm, he could not;,
that cannon were approaching, with a rein*.
furcemcnt m which case they must be a-.
ware, that the palisades could no longer
avail, to secure them from the numerous !
and ioccnsH foe. I!*-*
Pad the more ctiect. in producing conster j
nation, as the garrison knew, that the'
same toes had u-ed cannon in ths attack of.
Ruddle’s and Martin’s Stations. Some.
faces blenched. Two had been already1
slain, and the four wounded were groan
ing among them. Some of the more con )
sidcrate, apprised of the tolly of allowing
any such negociator in such a way, to in ,
tinndato the garrison, called out *o shoot
the rascal, adding to bis name the custom
ary Kentucky epithet. <*irty insisted up
on his promised security, as a tlag of truce
while this negociation lasted; and demand
cd with great assumed dignity, if they Know
who it was thus addressed them. A spir :
Med young man, of whom the most Honnru ;
ble mention is made in the subsequent an-1
nals of Indian warfare, was deputed to
answer the renegade negociator. 11 is ob
ject was to ilo away tha depression of thai
garrison; and perhaps to gam n reputation
tor waggery* as lie already had tor hard
lighting. ‘Yes,’ replied Reynolds, ‘we
know you well. You aro one of those
cowardly villians, who love to murder wo
men an children; especially there of vour
own people. Know Simon (*irty! \es;
liis fdher was a panther and his dam a
wolf. I havo a worthless dog that kills
lambs. Instead of shooting him, I have
called him Simon dirty. You c.X|>cct rn
inlhrcemcn's and cannon do you? Wo
expect reinforcements too, and in numbers
to give short reconing to your cowardly
wretches. Cannon! you would not dare
touch them off* if you had them. Even if
you could batter down our pickets, I for
one, hold your people in too much con 1
tempt, to honor them by discharging fire!
arms upon them. Should you take the]
trouble to enter our fort, 1 have been roa>t 1
ing a great number ol hickory switches,
with which we mean to whip your naked
rascals out of tlie country.
“Now you be d--1,* says Simon,
apparently no way - edified, or fluttered by
the reply. A fleeting to deplore the obsti
nacy, and infatuation of the garrison, the
man of ruffl 'd slrrt, and soldier coat re
turned; and the firing commenced again.
The besieged gave a good account ol eve
ry one, who came near enough to take a
fair shot. But before morning, the main
body marched away to the lower Blue
Licks, where thov obtained a signally fatal
triumph. The Indians and flic Canadian*
aro said to have exceeded six hundred; and
tho besieged numbered forty two riflemen,
before their reinforcement.
The following appendix to iho above
ronl history, wo frankly confess, tscoms
rather apochryphal, nnd is not unlikely to
have been foisted into tho Kentucky an
nuls by some wag. Though there arc not I
wanting commentators, who discover m-j
trinsic evidenco of its fidelity in the nar j
rative. We leave tho reader to yettio the j
question for himself. We give as we have
received. It scorns to us to be a spirited
sketch on ihc energetic and somewhat wild
manners of the brave ana free spirits of tho
former generation in that state.
Tho Kentuckians of those days, carry
ing their lives in their band, were faithful
to the obediancc of precept, to'take no
thought f»r the morrow.’ While gloom
was retiring from iheir forehead, joy shone
again on their chocks. As soon as they
were aware, tint the merciless prowlers
had left the vicinity foP good, they paid due
honors to the dead, who h id fallen, while
coming to their aid. The wounded wore
nursed with tiictendercsi assuidity. These
duties of humanity duly performed, the
subsequent afternoon and evening were
devoted to iho joy and hilarity of a kind of
triumph i! jubilee. The tables groaned with
good cheer; and, as there were then no
temperance societies, a reasonable portion
of-Old Mdnonguhcla ryo whiskey,’ which
even in those early days was deemed a
drink of most salutary beatification, was
added to the parsimon and maple beer.
All, not excepting even those* who had
been most zealous for treating with Simon
(iirty, overwhelmed Reynolds with well
earned compliments, ana aonwrauan oi u,;
spirit atifl oratory. The gentlemen were
scarcely more hearty in expressions < fthis
<ort. than the ladies; among whom, being
handsome, and of a brave and free spirit,
he had been a favorite before. There was
something particular in the wistfuhiess,
with which Sarah McCracken contempla
ted Inin this evening. Sarah was Irish,
six feet and nn inch, her limbs admirably
turned, and her frame as square, and pro
portioned as an Italian statuary would have
desired for a model. Her hair was f.ur,
and inclining to yellow; and in her face,
piony red was sprinkled on a ground of
lilly white; and withal site carried a hook
nos.1, aa abund int vocabulary of Kc 11 ky
repartee and a termagant spirit curiously
compounded of frolic sod mischief.
rah had b( *»n wooed to no purpose by evo-,
ry yfluog man of any pretensions in the !
vicinity. It was clearly understood, tint,
no lover would ho favored, until he should
!>o able publicly to give her a fair fall, arui |
noose her. and as they were in tlie habit of
managing a wild, or as the phrase was, j
a ‘severe’ colt. More than one had strug
gled for tiro prize. But they fared like the
Philistine upon Sampson; or as Pabitha|
Grumbo managed with .her tiney suitor.;
young Mr. Thumb. Reynolds had sighed |
among the rest; and had surveyed the pre- j
raise* with feehng-u not unlike those, with I
which a hostilo man of war regards th ■;
re-*!: n’ Gibraltar. 'Vlion <jnesti‘j$ed by1
the young men, why he na i no a ••■i.i.it
ed to noose this preijy and ‘severe’«olt,
he discussed the value of the prize, much
as the fox did the grapes.
In the triumph and expansion of heart,
of that evening of deliverance, two or three
fine young girls find been noosed; and to
their credit, be it recor ed, thev were over
«l>er as gentle and docile, as they had been
wild and unmanageable belo e. Wijei, er
Reynolds felt stronger, after the ampin hon
or" and praises lie had won, or whether
there was a consenting languor in Sarah
McCraken’s eye, doth trot a trear 1 bo
tact is sun niuou wnnoui nr.y maiory
conjectures. Reynolds, with h ueit rord
o* Huffitlo hair,T> «de up to ** «rali. evincing
a show ot’the rcqmsm; hardihood, ol pur
posing a trial to noose her. ‘Come u»,'
saul Surah. "Faint heart never won lair
la«lv.' Jig*, reels, s-^orts, frolics, rile*
shooting, every other excitement was in*
stantlv absorbed in the kerncr i iterests of
witnessing the trial at noosing, (t com*
meneed with energy lor which I huvt no
comparisons. The contest of the stran
ger with the (iinnt of Gauntly, or evo.i that
between /F.nenfl and Turnus, for tli«* hand
and kingdom of bavinia, afford no adeq ltd
parallel of illustration, fears of luugnler
streamed from the eyes of the spectators;
and it actually made them pant, that sultry
August evening, to see the exertion of ath
letic power, the intertwining of hands, too
bending of arms and the dishevelling ol
lochs. Some times her fine form seemed
to bond to the muscular powers of the you. ig
warrior; at other times, to avail of the Ken
tucky phrase, *shc flirted lum as though
they had boon playing pitchpenny.’ Some
times one scale preponderated with tho
chances of victory, and sometimes tho o
ihcr. Hut no golden sign was hung out
in tho skies. Reynolds began to show
Inborious respiratio t, and the ladies (O
cheer, and the gentlemen to ciespo id. Hilt
at the very moment when his power* -rein
ed to be sinking under the prowess ol the
lair and btowzed female llercuns. mo
destinies threw a heavy weigh' ..do ins
scale, and hers instantly kiCKed the oeuin,
for In! an almost imperceptible irip ot mo
in «-lo bestowed tier at tier lengtn ... me
white clover. tide the woods rung with
united acclamations, die lover followed up
his conquest, Tho‘severe’coit wa. uoo*
sc«l as in**olity us a l.unli.
Tacru were not wanting sly guls, ut*
mates ot the station, who used ui private to
insinuate to tier, that the slip was mtcaihoQ
al. Sarah always assumed a kii.wmg
look on the occasion; and uunstuU, t .ut
she had touud no cause to repent toe tall.
Rev nolds, it is well known, iiem.veu nobly
afterwards at the battle of the little L,n;»s.
lie it was, who hoi .g m aflnrdu)s lit
tle* in the habit of‘striking tile post,’. s me
Indt ins have it. or m 0U1 plirjio, blowing
Ins own l’rumpct—started tho prove bid
Kentucky boast—‘1 have the h uniaootost
horse, dog, rifle and wife m alt n.ealuc«vv,*
TnntLUvo Sror.y An extraordinary
story is told by eaptaiii Wallace, ot u lover
and Ins Mistress, who were saved in a
singular manner from the jaws of a shark.
A transport, with part of a rftgitnent on
hoard, was sailing with a gentle breeze
along tho coast of Ceylort; one of the ofli
cers was leaning over the poop rail mg con
versing with a young lady who bad in
spired him witii the tender passion; (lift
fair one w as in the cabin, and in the act
ol handing a paper to her lover, when over,
reaching herself sho fell mlo the H<*a, and
supported by tier clothes drifted astern*
the olficor lost no time in plung.ng m after
her, ami upheld tier with one arm. The
sails wero quickly backed, tins snip lay to,
and preparations wore made to lower a
boa!; when to tho dismay of ail on board,
a large shurk appeared fioui under tho
keel ot the vessel, amt glided tow aids h;»
victims; a shout of terror from (tie igon
ized spectators called the attention of the
oflicer to the approaching danger; he sntr
tlio monster’s fenrtui length nearing him.
uc n; tde a despr r ite effort, plnogi.o and
splashed the waier so as to frighten tho
shark, who turned and dived uway out of
si^ht; the current hud now carried the offi
cer and the lady close to the vessel, whoa
tho slifrK appeared a second time nod w agr
in the act of turning on his back to s.ezo
one of the baplesa pair, when a private ot the
i officer’s company, who was standing in the
hammock nettings, jumped fearlessly <*•
vcih ar t wdh n bayotiet in his hand, which
ho plunged info the back of the shark,
which instantly disappearing, the thr<»
were released from their perilous situation.
Tur nkthop or rtfmvcTfotr.
Our rr-vl* r< will recollect that wo published
from i Fren- It paper an account of« moat impor
tant (liwovirfj by M. D- I.-iforrc, by mearm of
•atf»a r adin* and pronunciation of lanfuatgav
are t injfht i'» the apart* of front nine to forty hour#
From tlie f/ilowine par iffrapli which i* taken fn»ra
a I’itw paper, it will lie pweaived that hia theory
ii ilenit to Ire terwlere J practically useful,
4 \V« undrrat-md tii it M. I.af»rre'* (vatetn of.
education, called mTiiMif for tea* hirt* to reac
it i few* hour#, hat received >h** aanrtion of.! Cera*
in.«-.:iin, app>nnt<*-l by the M. niater of Public I ri
se ruction to examine it. and iho Koval Council of
the University, and a f’jrcufar In* iu coowoornre
been addre««*d to the Rectort of all *Ihj \c«»leu.ies
in tlw Kingdom, p»««crib.i.g iti introdoetinn into*
the elementary «clr'ioIj."
I* cnifHit, *ve «U'»po*e. he loo/ before the »ppf *
c> bihtjp of thu discovery to r«iier;J isi§tn*ct»or.
will hr; tested by actual n*l eyten«he el,’H*rin»«i*»t,
and in the event of it* *ue o»j, ve ln*p* i“ w-itne^
iti » rly Uitr i .uaO 'U into oiir a» h<* !»•
£e\rtr Or-**.

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