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East Saginaw courier. (East Saginaw, Mich.) 1859-18??, June 16, 1859, Image 1

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WOLtaiE J.
J "' THE SOLDIER'S WIFE.,.
A THUILLl.va EH ETCH.
One of tlio most striking cases of
presence of mind and sclf-possesion of
which wo have any recollection, came to
light on a trial which took place omo
years silica in Ireland. Tho story looks
like a fiction, but wc have reason to be
lieve it is true. A woman traveling
along a road to join her husband, who
was a HoMicr quartered at Athloue, was
joiucil by a pedlar, who was goinging tho
same way. They entered into conversa
tion during a walk of some hoars, andns
the day tcgnuto wane, they agreed that
they should stop for the night at a house
of entertainment, and pursue their pod
estrain journey the next day.' They
reached au humble inn, situated in a
lonely spot by the road side, and fatigued
after a long day's walk, they were glad
to find themselves under a roof. Having
refreshed themselves with tho substantial
supper set before them, they expressed a
wish to retire. They were shown into
the traveler's room, and went to rest in
their respective beds. The pedlar, before
retiring had called the landlord aside and
given into his keeping the pack which he
had unstrapped from his back till the
morning, telling him that it contained a
considerable sum of money and much
valuable property. . They were not long
in bed before the pedlar fell into a sound
sleep; but the por woman, perhaps fi'om
over fatigue, or from thoughts of meet
ing her husband next day, lay awake.
A couple of hours might have passed,
when she saw the door slowly opened, and
a person entering holding a light, which
he screened with hi hand. She instantly
re'ognizod in him one of the young men
sh? had seen below son to the landlord.
lie advanced with stealthy step to the
b'dsido of the pedlar, and'watehed him
fra few seconds. He then went out,
and entered again with his brother and
father, who held in his hand a large p::w
t.r basin. They went on tiptoo to the
b'dside whero the pedlar lay in a deep
s'cep. One of t lie young mm drow out
a knife, and while the father held the
bisin so as to catch the blood, he cut the
i) or vidtim's throat from car to ear. A
s'ight, half-audible groan, and all was
fit ill, save the cautious movements of the
party engaged in the deed. They had
brought in with them a huge sack, into
which they quickly thrust the unresisting
body, i he poor woman lay silent in her
l?d, fearing that Ji'" turn wool I rnim
n -.t. She heard low mutterings among
the men, from which she soon gathered
that they were debating whether they
should murder her too, as they feared that
she might have it in her power to betray
tVm.
One of them said he wa3 sure she was
asleep, ami that there was no occasion to
trouble themselves more; but to make
mire of this case one of them canto to the
belsido with the ca:ille in his hand, and
the other with a knife. She kept her
eyes closed as if in sleep, and had such
c implet? command over herself a 4 not to
betray in Iit countenance .any sign that
she was conscious of what was going on
The caudle was placed close to her eye;
the knife drawn across close to her throat;
she never winced, or ahowed by nr.
i:iclliCTlt lit' fc.it J re or jf limb tbuti.ho
arinrchcn led danger. So the men whi:s
nered that she was sound a si? en that
nothing was to be feared from her, and
they went out of the room, removing the
sack which contained tho body of the
murdered man. How long must that
night of horror have seemed to the poor
lone woman how frightful was its still
ness and darkness! The pres. nice of
mind which had so astonishingly cnamei
her to act a part to which she owed her
life, sustained her through all the trying
scenes which she had vet to rasa. She
did not hurry from her room at an un
reasonable hour, but waited until she
heard all the family astir for sometime
she then went down and said she believe
she had overslept herself in consequence
of being greatly tired. She asked where
tho pedlar was, and was told that he was
in too great a hurry to wait for her, but
that he had left a sixpence to pay for her
breakfast. She sat down composedly to
that meal, and forced hersclt to purta!
with apparent appetite of the food set
before her. She appeared unconscious of
the pes w.neli with deep scrutiny wen
fixed upon her. "When the meal was
over, she took leave of the family, an
went on her way without the least appear
nnco of discomposure or nv.-.trut. She
1 ad jrocneded but ft short way when she
was joined by t wo strapping looking wo
men. One look was snflicicnt to convince
h(rthat that they were tho two young
men, and one thought to assure her that
hlio was yet in their power, and on the
very verge of destruction. They walked
sid.; by hIiI'!, cntere I into conversation
11 V;ed her where she was going, and told
I.it that their real lay toe samo way
they questioned her p. to where sho had
lo.lg.vl tho night before, a;td mad'! most
111 n ite inqu.rrs about the family lnhal
iting the Ik.ih" of entertainment. He
fl'.uwcM worn quits i;n?nibarravvlt an
she sii I t'n fum'ly appearo 1 to be decent
11 id c'l d, n.td ha I treated her vcrv well
For t v b jiirs the tvrig m?n continue
by h t side, an I watching with the mo-
t c -uti ii.iu r irlaoc :s any change in her
comic ia:v a. id aing questions which
hlls'i" n -t b 't u fnUy-po-scssed, might
J1.1 p li In r 't her gn.i d. It was no
1:11 her .!. -: ! I ; ou-sani ms had left her
n id t ! i sh' sr.v her husband comin
along th 1 r a 1 to m"et her, that she ls
b"r If r ji inrtnd wlii- h ib" bud s k k
ren.'.f pT"isl, nnd ttnrvi'ig h'.T ill
lulu viiiii i;M'itcd a ray,
clcctcrt poetry.
LAW Vt. a AW.
Ritllim In hi ffll-G wiUwyr
biuii liiirf In the alroi't nawytir;
On ilie luwji r'n aiixion lucii,
Y1111 coiil'l rcu'l a Jiuutly cum,
N.-..,lii, In; . .
Wlillo tli nwvor, Kiiuut and grim,
Ou rough Mini knotty limb, s
Kuu a :iw,
Xow the naw-horiic oomod to me
Llk n diiulilo X tu foe;
And tliu taw,
Which ever wy 'twiu thrust,
JJut Iw follwil by the lul,
Like the law.
And tho l'tr on tliu trtv W,
Like tt client on tho ruck,
l'layi'd it pit
A the U'liiptirvd tf'i-th nf utrcl
M:ili wumikI thut would nut Leal,
Through the heart. .
And each ncvcrcd htick thnt fell,
In tin fullliiif Kfeiix d to tell
All, Iih )laiii,
Of tliu tnnny everecl tied,
Tliiit In l:iw K'liU wilt unxH,
lli'liigiiij 1'iiln. '
Thon me thuuM the rturdy iw,
That wuk umImk nxe nnd uvv
On the wihmI,
Ifi'ld i iei!ni mine of wealth,
With It honed toll nnd health,
lKilng g'Hid.
If the rhlpt that Htrew.M the irround,
liy xonie lriekeu widow found,
in her 1. feil,
Hhould by liuht and wHrnith impart
ltleKKlnu to her aed In art,
ll;Hy deed!
Till coiicIuhIiiii, then, I draw:
That no Xf rritt ofjuw,
TwiNtinv lndiu rubber law,
It It kihmI
A tlm exereiBf if J'aw,
Oil tin hum I Le of a mw,
r'awliiK wood.
TI1K TIMB TO MAKUV,
Ilie would he wine, thin commcd iflve
"Let Iovu'h fond 'iifon cm1!
Tho mini who curly wed will live
To ihlnk huii( 11' a fool.
The L'lillinK fhaiii t tint fret hit limh,
Wear dei-jHT day by dnv;
KxjifHf nee little te:rhe hi ill
Who itlvf the heart It way.
lie wiely wed who weddeth t.tte,
A thrlf.y, uiilinaHBioiiod mule."
When wrinkled onk Khull twInliiR cllnijr,
With triiiJnlM like the vino;
When rnviMm, like tlm linf.ct,
With melody d'vn.f;
When honey droim froin wlthor'd le;irc,
And not from mitimicr llowerx;
When winter l.rii'K n pibh n clieavo,
And now rl i-1 It , nunny hours;
When truth abiied mnk f; ilehouM r1((ht,
(Jo wilhcriiij wed uud tlnd deli'ht.
The trcmhllnir noted young 1lrl awake,
ltic MWeelly Into tnne,
Ai Anril I'tid, fXiundliit innko,
The flowery wreath of dune;
80 love beKUii In life' yonnu day.
Mature with n:nili)od' jirime
Ileflen the canker of decay.
And Mronu'or xrow with time;
O, early (iimll' lovi-' niiotial wine,
And all that't bett in lite I thine.
bl'KAK NO ILL..
Kay. )eak no III; n kindly word
'dm iu' i'r leae llnif behind,
And oh, to Went ho eaeh lale we'ic heard,
I far beneaih noble mind.
Full oft n tiftte r wed lit wiwii
l. oh...-u.t in,... l r KI1.1I. r 1 t,
For hut little uimhI tie known,
Still let u ieak the bet we can.
Olve me the heart that fain would hide,
Would fain another. fault ell'ace;
How ran It jileamire human )r'li,
To roe hniuanlty but tiv.
No, let u reach a h'i:l'i r mode,
A nobler entininle of man;
lie ciirnint In the nearch of uimhI,
A id ifiik of all the bit wu can.
Then jK -iik ti 111, hut lotiletit lie
To other failing own,
If you're the flrt n fault to e,
He not the llrrt to mnku it known;
For He I but a j'aii.n day,
No lip limy te'.l how brief it :tn;
Tle" oh! the I'itle t in.- wo May,
Ift' peak of nil tho ht we ran,
NICK 1'EOrLE.
We like to see nice people, that is to
say, pretty nice, but not to a troublesome
degree. Vc like to see 11 gentleman with
a well-brushed coat ; but we would not
advise him to brush it so as to make it
threadbare. W e admire a pair of well
lished boots ; but we should not think
it advisable to polish them to such a de
gree as to form a mirror for all the cats,
dogs, and monkeys to sco their faces in
C! llimii 11 IICU:MiU jr 10 vvity man n
comfort ami decency to have a clean set
u' it 1. :i 4.. ..-..
of teeth; but we should account it worse
than labor lost to brush them bo as to
take off tho enamel. We like to see a
man' beard and whiskers neatly arrang
ed ; but we should think a man poorly
employed who r-pent all his time in ar
ranging his beard and whiskers. Wo
admire a neatsctting shirt collar; but
we would not have a man perpetually
pulling up his shirt-collar to make it set
well.
Wo like to sec a lady exceedingly nice;
that is, in everything that concerns the
piopriety or comfort of her household.
In fact, it seems to us that a woman can
scarcely be too nice in tho matter of
cookery, the arrangements of the table
and general cleanliness of her house
In personal neatness she cannot be too
exact: not that she should spend her
time beforo the glass which, indeed, is
not apt to be the case with a lady who is
habitually neat.
Hut, with ali this, wo would have a
woman avoid all troublesome and rnucu
Jons nicety. Tor a la lv to-whitcwash
the walls of her house is both pleasant
healthy, and sweet; but to whitewash the
woo l she burns is mora n.ce man wise
lu 81)1110 part of the country it is cus
tomary to sprinkle sand upon the floor,
If skillfully done, it, in occasional in
stances, looks wonderfully nice but
then it is exceedingly inconvenient in a
bed-room, and, after all, Vi neither more
nor less than a nice speeUs of dirt. It
is very praiseworthy tout things in
their right places: but the ilisposition
which aomo nice housewives possess, to
bo abvayn "putting thing to rights," is
monstrously vexatious niul troublesome
when exercised in the sanctum sanctorum
of man's study, by carefully disarranging
the paper, and wrongly putting his liter
ary matters to rights.
XouTit CiaoLtxA Uau.-koom. ".Miss.
ean I bnvo the pleasure of dancing will
yo i the next'ootilioii r'
"Well, I don't know-."
o I'm;'!'.;-" "!, perhaps V
"Well, if you mnt know, I ain't piiti
d.-nc ch 'Hhij ty t"tcz'.(!H:
EAST SAGINAW, MIOIIICtAN, JUNE 1G, '1859.,
MY FIUST DUEL;
OR TIlK EFFECTS OF TASSIOX.
"Father, Mr. C was talking to
day about old college times, when ho and
you were studehU together at M
University in the north, and in the course
of his conversation, spoko of a duel
which you and a friend of yours fought
while there. How was it V What was
tho cause ? Tell me, won't you ?"
"Well, my boy, it was one of those
affairs of honor, as they are now called,
which I thought a brave and chivalrous
thing to enter into, and for which I am
now heartily ashamed. However I will
relate it to you, ami bid you bo careful,
unless you fall into as dire and unneces
sary a snare as I, from the impulse of iny
ovcr-piiek tcmin.-r uixl revengeful spirit,
become entangled. Mother, do you wish
to hear it:' Ibis was addressed to my
wife, a clear, blue-eyed dame, now look
ing with eyes of starngo alarm on me
and her boy, this having been the first
time she had ever, during the course of
our married lile dreamea 01 buch au
adventure of her husband's.
"Oh, yes. I should like to know some-
thing of that myself."
Well, then, here it is. Mwcntyycars
ago saw 111c a member of the Freshman
classat M University, a careless, reck
less, fearless boy of sixteen. My father,
(Jod bless him! presented me, when 1 left
his roof-tree in Florida, in order to amuse
myself in my leisure hours, fearing I
might over-work myself if I had no iu-
lucctncnt otherwise, with a line light 11 lie,
a suit of Indian-dressed deerskin, powder
and bullet-pouch, and to crown all, a
hirjjre, inanificeutlv-made dog, which he
hail brought home with him from Ireland,
whither he had been a vcar or two before.
This hound was of a mouse color, with a
fine fox nose, long slim legs, and stood
nearly four feet high. His eyes were
inner still, always watohlng somo object,
even at his meals ; and as to his general
reputation among tho fellows lie could
outrun, out-scent any dog within a hun
dred miles of M . Satan was the
namo he bore at honnand for old remem
brances this diabolical name followed him
wherever he went. Among the numbers
of the unacknowledged secret and sport
ing club, to which 1 belonged, yclept
"The Provisional (loverniiient, " was
(Jeorge 1' , a rather fat and unscru
pulous sportsman, whose whole time was
spent, instead of at his bonks, as it should
have been, courting the woods, and deal-
in;' destruction upon all irame, of what-
tittnlity, tliMt eriu hnuliiifr
path, lo him, as u leader, 1 could have
bowed 111 submissive homage; but as a
shot, with liilo or pistol, I acknowledged
no superior at that time, for I was then
perfect marksman, rtrange feats 1
could tell you as to my aim and general
prowess, but they have no connection
with the present relation.
One Saturday morning, deorge came
to me and said :
"'Weil, Jim, there was a fine fall
of snow last evening, an I the rabbits and
squirrels will be plentiful: shall we try
the woods r
"I rave him no answer for a moment,
and he resumed 'If you do not wish to
go, I will take Satan and go alone.
Now Satan had a great dilhculty in
distinguishing between us, as to who was
his master, (Jeortre assuming as much
dontrol over him as I did myself, ami tho
log would follow him with as little per
suasion as ho would me.
" Well, (jeorge, wait a moment till I
dress myself, and I will accompany you."
I went to my room, equipped, . and
started out, rillo on my shoulder, for the
piney woods.
"I forgot to tell you in my preamble
that (jleorge's father was one of tho pro
fessors in tho University, and that in
college honors (Jeorge outranked :r.C.-
The house he lived in was situated with
in the college grounds, and immediately
behind the boundary of tho same, the
wood i commenced thick and uncleared.
It wat the season when the farmcis gath
ered, in pails and buckets, the sap of the
sugar maple, and boiled the saccharine
juico until tho consistent sugar was ob
tained. It was a favorite amusement of
ours to go to the sugar camps, far away
in tho woods, ami sit around the big fires
and li sten to the jokes of tho boilers and
taste the steaming syrup. , It had been
our custom every day to go at the even
ing gloaming and stay till lato at night,
smoking our short pipes, and drinking
our 'old rye' out of a leaf noggin; ami
we never thoughtoursclvcs far from home
until wo had left the nugar boilers four or
five miles behind.
"Histant about four miles from our
domicile was the largest and most com
plete sugar camp in the country. To
wards this we now bent oursteps. Satan
coursed on before, racing here and there,
sometimes starting a deer' or a rabbit,
which we endeavored to kill and bag with
varied success, while on ho went, yelling
and scouting, as if all was but play to
him. Leisurely wp followed, often excit
ed by the breakof a deer acrossonr path,
but never varying from our accustomed
track, save to pick up our game. About
noon we reached the camp, and around
the fire made in tho snow, and composed
of combustible substances of every des
cription, we found our old cronies, tho
suar boilers, nd were heartily welcom
ed, as just in 'pudding time.' There, in
tho snow, some half-dozen yards from the
fire, they were silting upon benches and
log, eating their noon-day meal. We
were, of course, invited to partake, and
fpiickly disposing of our rilles, accoutre
ments and ame, fell to work in right
hungry and masterly stylo, and did our
dutj- with tho best among thfiu, our long
march having sharpened our already
gnawing appetites, ?atan received as
much of a welcome :vs his masters, and
was regaled with Lis sharf, never scru
pling to take his bit from ono more than
another. Conversation now turned upon
tho state of the woods, and tho quantity
of game, anil where it was best found,
and in the greatest quantity. This camp
was honored with tho namo of "Tho
I'aglc's Nest," it being tho topmost eyrie
in a long raugo of Lills, which stretched
towards tho eastward from us, far as the
eyo could reach, and on various occasions
tho great bald eagle illustrious emblems
of our country's liberty, had made it a
consecrated spot whereon to bnild their
enormous nests."-'tiJl on tho height in
the fissures, betwixt two great rocks,
could bo found ' )sseji and twigs, rem
nants of tho r,i" restinj.r-.Iafj of thco
gigantic birds. Many a shot had (jeorge
ami I had at one of these feathered aris
tocrats, from the verr spot on whidh we
now stood, and although marksmen of
superior ability, yet neither hud been
able to oblige one of them to stoop from
his high flight. Wi were told game had
been seen that very morning, making a
range towards another track of highland,
some five miles distant, and that without
doubt we should findstraggling parties of
deer between our piesent stand and the 1
'Toad Fellow,' another valley between
the hills, far away to the east. We soon
finished our chat, anl .started on the trail,
Satan, as usual, lead.ng the way. After
a few hundred yardshad been passed, and
Satan had been lost sight of for Home
time, we were astonished by hearing far
ahead the loud baying of the dog, yelling
in sifch a manner tint we were convinced
game must have been started, and that of
a superior quality to what we had been fol
lowing. On we went, as fast as we could
clear a track through the underbrush,
stealing along stilly and slyly, for fear of
rousing some hidden partridge or timid
rabbit beforo we were near enough to
draw the bead upon them. On, however,
we went, swiftly and surely, Hearing
faster and faster tho hound's cry, and the
yell ringing clearer and shriller through
the frozen air, vibrated against the hill
side, and echoed far away. .lust as we
reached within a few yards of our canine
friend, who seemed to be perfectly mo
tionless, save as to baying, we distinctly
heard a rustling in tho bushes, and saw
the liery eyes ami black, shaggy no..le
of u young black bear. Frightened I
admit I was, nnd sprang back a few feet
upon the first sight, but the manly liriu
ness of (Jeorge re-assured me, nnd 1 re
tittoo.1 wy fteps. He very coolly raised
his rille to his shoulder, nnd as" near as 1
could judge, frunj the direction of his
aim, he pointed directly between the
beast's eyes and pulled the trigger. I at
the same moment stilled the dog, and
waited to see the effect of the shot, in
tending to put in my bullet if his had
proved ineffectual or insufficient. Hut
'man proposes.' etc. Uofore T could
Lrilis; inv rille to my shoulder tho bear
had disappeared, and his tramp, as he
crunched the dead branches under the
snow, could be distinctly heard fast re
ceding lroin Ins hiding-place, while the
baying ot the tlog, in lull chase, rever
brated through the gorges as if miles
away. Off we started, the dog still lead
ing us, and on we traveled, until night
brought us to a halt, wearied, hungry uud
unsuccessful. Satan was where we knew
not; still rinarintr at intervals, far off to
tho north, could be heard his yell, grow
ing fainter and lamtcr as we listened
I put myVlog-call to my mouth, and blew
the the usual blast for him to return; but
he came not. Cold, wet, and chilled, wo
turned us back, resolving in our mind to
sleep at the camp all night ami go home
in tho morning. In au hour wc had
reached tho high ground, and could see
plainly the red liirht of thrt r,',;:.:ir-nre.
f : 1 . 1 , - .1 :
u cieuriy ana piainiy in me
frosty air, coloring the tlectmg snow
ciouus with a ytilow clare. Trudirnig
along with as much celerity as possible,
wo made from tlsi woods, striking n di
rect track to the clearing, which, after
having fallen in the snow a hundred times,
and almost barely escaping rolling down
tho innumerable precipices which wo were
obliged to pais, wo reached, after the
boilers had devoured their supper. Xo
supper l This was a new inducement for
anger, and our feelings at our poor suc
cess wcro not the most gracious and en
viable. v 0 concluded to turn home,
Rtippcrlcss and tired as wo were, and
waited only for tho rising of the moon to
start. During our detention here, wh
should come stalking into our mid-t, will
Ins his ears scratched, his hide harked his
hair discolored and bloody, but our inter
nal friend, Master Satan V Uy all appear
ances he had indiscreetly introduced him
self to our other black friend, the bear,
and some not over-aminablo endearments
had been exchuned between them, from
the effects of which Satan bad hurriedly
returned to us in tho unseemly state he
now presented. Ono ear lopped rather
heavily to ono side, scratched and bleed
ing, tho flesh almost cut through, while
the other still retained the old, Lishiona
bly-foppish crectness, customary to his
aristocratic lineage. His lad, carried on
ordinary occasions stretched out while
running 10 its . stroigntest tension, or
curled gracefully over his slcck'and shin
ing badk, was now drooped to the ground
and hung, as if in shame, between his
legs. arious were the speculations of
the assembled group as to the final de.ti
nation of our wounded but still untamed
adversary, and many were tho place
notorious for their wildness and diflidult.
approach, named .i the final retreat and
cover of tho foe. These con lectures, l
th.ti"h they inspired us with the Iimm of
once again meeting with the brute nnd
exchanging cvaiplinicnto with him, were
little adapted to cool our feverish blood,
now aggravated by the taunts of some of
the by-standers, and by a raging appetite
ami depressing weariness.
"Tho moon having now attained a
height at which it cast her rays over the
tree-tops, and lit up the forest with her
silvery beams, simultaneously we both
arose, determined to make home before
wo starved to death, or become too fret
ful to bo agreeable. Tramp, tramp 1
crunch, crunch ! wo paced it over the
now crispy snow, which during tho day
had thawed slightly, and now, since night
had set in, had frozen till a crust covered
tho whole expanse of ground, breaking
crcakingly underneath our feet. On we
wulked, unconscious of the. presence of
each other, busied only with our own mel
nneholy thoughts-, and desiring neither to
con verso nor listen to conversation. The
moon shone clearly above us, and every
onjeci was us uihimci to mo eye as it
would have been had it been noon-.lav.
(Jeorgo was walking a rod or two behind
me, and nt intervals would increase the
listanco as ho lagged behind, to five or
six. JNitan walked sil-ntly, majestically,
and as if tired, in (Jeorgc's roarand like
a well-bread hound as ho was, followed in
the steps of his masters. Tims we strode
along, until within a hundred rods of the
house, and then, by some unaccountable
circumstance, Satan intruded his nose,
and then a good part of his body, between
tho legs of the already irritated (jeorge,
and naturally enough, down came the
butt of the rille upon his devoted heal.
"My attention was attracted toward
the now picturesque group, from hearing
tho long, loud yell ot pain which Satan
littered at the rebuke, thereby frighten
ing me, and disturbing the stillness of
the night. I turned to sec the cause, and
heard (Jeorge curse the tlog, threatening
at the same time to shoot him if again so
awkward. He was now some distance be
hind me, and picking up a piece of frozen
enist, I demanded why he struck the
hound, and threatened to shoot him if he
lid so aain, at tho same time lliu;in
the ice at his head, which unfortunately
truck linn. He bowed his head when he
felt the blow, but the next moment I saw
him bring his rille hurriedly to his shoul
der anil draw the hammer back. I sprang
for a stump near bv, but before 1 reached
it, I felt in my right side 0 sharp, cutting
pain, as if a red hot iron was scorching
my vitals. Down I fell, full leiiiii uu
the snow, ami for a moment all was dark
and bloody before my eyes. I now felt
the warm blood oo'.'ng gush by gush out
of the wound ma le by the ball. ... At that
moment, no thought of death or dying
crossed my mind; all my energies, all my
thoughts, nil my mind, were bent on the
means to revenge myself. I had no faults
at that time : nil I seemed to remember
was tho cowardly ad vent age taken of 1110
by my friend (Jeorge! Awrt aeemje it!
seemed searing my brain; tliese words
seemed burning into mv- very life-blood,
seemed cutting my every nerve and urg-
iiilT me to action.
Presently this blinding fit passed off,
but the desire for revenge still hung
around 1110 with fearful tenaciousness. ;
Satan, nearly wild with excitement, al
ways jumping 111 advance at tho report
of the lilies, was Hying hither and thith
er around me, smelling at my side, and
rubbing his cold nose against my lace,
appearing to know and understand the
hurt 1 had sustained, and seemingly en
deavoring to evince the most pcfov-t dis
approval of the net. I had fallen near
tho stump, behind which I had at first
endeavored to finl shelter; and raisin.'
myself to my feet, although tho effort
gave mo tho most intense pain, I stag
gered on to an immense decaying lo-;
near by, falling upon it as soon as having
reached it. Down behind this I lay for
a few moments, in tho most feeMo state,
mv whole system racked with the most
excruciating anguish; and, with a power
ful cllort of t.'io will, at Ion-th raised
myself to my knees, and levelled my rifle
across tho long. I now looked around
for (Jeorge. For a few moments every
object, snow, trees, stumps ami sky, all
seemed revolving about mc, and I sup
posed myself, drowning, or rather swim
ming in an ice-ocean. The moon tlill
shone brightly, and tho woods were clear
er than before to my excited fancies. I
looked after tho dizziness had pa ssed, f ji
several second.i for (.Jeorge, usJosdy, b it
when I had become' more c. imposed, al
though stiil in great agony from the
effect of lay wound. I just raw hi.i
shadow on the show, a hundred j?&t, ot
s o from my position, and there I deter
m'ned to wait his first motion, and then
send a bullet through his heart or head.
While waiti ig thus I debated with myself
whether t aim for tho brea d or even.
My deterniinition was at lat formed,
and I mentally concluded to direct my
ride at his hea l and and kill hi;n doa I,
so dead, in fact, that he could never ex
plain the cause or manner; Tims I lay
deliberately plotting A murder, the fear
of (Jod, or what should co ne a!'tr, never
once entering my mind. Thus I reason
ed: he had sfiot 1115 in a moment of pas
sion, he should therefore be subjected to
all the nfter-comequeneej which invesa
rily follow such nil a:t. -That t'i? ball
hrt'i entered my ri-j-ht side, glancd oft
against mv lowest rib, and cut through
my liver, I was convinced, and now, up
on reflection, I stood a fair, almost a cer
tain chance, of going upon tho long, un
ceasing journey which I had now fully
resolved he should bear me company.
ami lend the way, too. (Jo I only Aniows
from whom I inherited such idi sh pas
sions, such damning hate v'l bitter ani
mosity toward any who had Injured me,
but t'heso thougldH coursed through
my brain, nnd jtend of stilling the le
ver which w4'how fit heating my I4o 1
ami aggravating my bitter a.'sions, seem
ed further irritating all tho worse feel
ings more und ore. It seemed an age
I waited, but firm to deuth, I neither
spoke nor cried, although my sufferings
were indiscribable. At length I just
saw tho upper part of (Jeoige's body
bent around the stump, and then I drew
back the hammer of tlm rille, and draw
ing the butt to my shoulder as best 1
could in my uneasy, position, I prepared
to aim. Up he rose quick and sudden
ly, and the moment he lid so my finger
drew buck tho trigger and sent the ball
whizzing towards his head. This lay
effort cost mo all mv strength, and fall
ing back 0:1 the snow, my ears, heart
and very soul were pierced through by
tho most horrid s ream of pit in 1 ever
heard, and then all sense vanished from
my mind, a'l light from my Cj( s, idi feel
ing from my body, nnd 1 seemed v.J dea 1.
I had faulted.
"One morning 1 awoke, as from a hor
rid dream, and remembering nothing of
the occurrences beforo narrated, 1 at
tempted to raise my hand to my bejel
whbdi was now aching badly, when I dis
covered I possessed not tlie least power
of motion, and could spcuk 110 word above
a whisper. 1 made a slight ejaculation,
and before the word was concluded,
(Jeorge was standing beside my bed, teats
running down his cheeks, and his eyes, al
most starling from his head. '(Jod be1
thanked, dim, you arc yourself again,'
said hf as soon as he discovered 1 was
sensible of his presence, which I could
only assure him by n pastly smile, being
too weak to speak even a word.
" 'Ho you know how long you have
been sick? he asked.
"I replied with my eyes in the nega
tive, nnd he continued :
" 'You have been subjected to all this
pain and trouble by my infernal temper,
and it is now six weeks agone since I
tlrew the bead on you. Your shot stri'ck
mo on the collar-bone and shivered it as
if it had been pajM-r. I fell on the snow,
nnd after lying for a short time, I crawl
ed down to the houso nud alarmed the
inmates by my tale. Satan had been be
fore nie, and had yelled, ami barked, and
stratched at the doors until he gained
admittance, and then had set up the most
dismal howling, running back and forth
from tho room to the outer door, to the
astonishment and surprise of ull. .They
had heard the shots and supposed llicm
to bo the mere announcement of our
near approach, it having been our cus
tom to lire just before reaching the house
you know, and they thought no more of
it, until our long delay frightened them,
and they were just coming to look for
us as I gained the doorway. They im
mediately sought after you, and when
found you were brought here, fainting
anil perfectly insensible. The doctor
was instantly sent for, the bullet extract
ed, and morning discovered you perfect
ly prostrated with a violent brain fever.
Don't touch your head, it has been shav
ed, and now has no hair on it longer
than a pin. You must be very quiet and
mako 110 exertion to move, tho doctor
says, and you will soon be up and around.
Satan has entirely recovered, and here,
Satan, come and see your master.'
lie called the dog, who had been lying
watching tis during the wholo conversa
tion, seemingly understanding the wh'ltt,
and as much interested as cither of us.
With leap like n deer he sprang with
his fore-paws upon tho bed and saluted
me with a joyful cry, as he saw I reeog.
uized and took notice of him, and then
in fond submission, commenced to lick
my face and hands. He seemed almost
crazy with delight, and (Jeorge was
obliged to drag him forcibly away from
uief in ordvir to keep him from smother
ing me, in his joy.
"Can you ever, will you forgive my
ha.dv act of hateful passion?' said
(Jeorge, the tears streaming from his
eyes afresh-and fulling upo,i ny hand,
which he. had now imprisoned between
his own; .'(Jod knows I did not know
what I was doing when I pulled the
trig .re r of my ri.l and I have repented
in bitterness of the net night and day,
und prayed and cur ie I myself for thi s
devil's work, .iiin, I will watch you,
stay near you, be your fiiend, any tiling
for you, if you will but say you will for
give m.'
I could not spak, the big tears of pity
and affection fr hirn wh had always
been my ftiwil, were f iling mv eves and
Welling my pillow, a;el my fcclb.gs of
remorse Un" the . part I had enacted n
this nearly fatal dram 1, were choking me,
and the thoughts of nil the ki.i lnn l lov
ing i:ista:ie'S of friendship ( Jeorge had
always sh nni mo were exciting my brain
and heat t in r.;u::i a mauncr that it was
providential I did iut relapse, nearly
driven ns I was raving mud again, and
no word c mi l I have spokeii to s.nthe
his tviHiish ha 1 bis li'e been at stake.
I tried to say, ' I'es, (Jeorge, I d forgive
yo 1, indeed I d ),' but the words stuck to
my throat, H.td my only reply was a faint
jiressiirc of his hand, of which ho ervily
interpreted th meaning, dud t'uii t'.io
doctor ottered the room, I to 1113 o;i-
fejblol ideas at the time, rather rudely
reproached (Jeorge fr so d.c.ti:ig me,
us, weak as I a i'kv ilrwFi,'
sane. This wai the last ti uj wo ever
spoke of the matter, by mutual ngrec
meiiL ' For six I'lontli.s 1 lay, however,
J.ctwecii life and d at'i, an 1 (Je rg.' my
only attendant, (for he would permit no
ono to wait upon rue but himself, nnd I
tb'sired no Letter nurse,) always near me.
(Jradually my strength returned, and
then ho" strovo to entertain me by read
ing to inc from my favorite authors, or
b. communicating to me the n.nvs,
gathered purposely, of all t!i3 vill.ige.
NUMBElt 1.
Slowly but surely I progressed toward
health, and at last was permitted to leave
the room. My first essay was by riding
with (Jeorge, who drove me with care '
und anxiety far over the 'Eagle-Ncst.V
We were better friends than ever, adver
sity had drawn a baud around our heart
which no misfoi tuue could sever; and at
this lute day (Jeorgo C is the most
esteemed . an 1 dearest and nearest and
most confidential friend your father pos- '
sesses, ns'you- well know. I learned
from others part of what I have told yoiv 'i
(for ho' never spoke of Ids attention,) '.,
hat (Jeorge, as soon as hbf broken bono
na I been re-set, immediately commenced C'
to nurse me, and bad absolutely watched
at my bed side day und night, until my J
final recovery. I have often , laughed
and joked with him upon our mauy eld v
trumps together, but wo never Iiavc ad- 4
verted, or even, hinted, to the bcar-luuit 1
at the 'Eagle's-nest,' or our unfortunate-
return. He begged me to give him Sa-
tan when 1 left M ', and I could do
no lev:, than to comply with his wish; and
long the old dog, for he is now dead, ul- I
though but a short tune since, lived with . t
him, tracking the deer till they were all 1
exterminated, and then degrading him
self and caiiino family by hunting tho J
timid rabbits from the woods and prcci- I
pices.. -The 'Eiigle's-Xest' is now a clear- I
ed farm, and tho i;pot is sown yearly with
wheat or other grain, in which wc foolish
boys disgraced our humanity and indica- P 5
ted our precocious sense of honorf by
li'ditinjr our riRST duel. Knickcrlocker.
'the Rattle
Fields
Hilly.
of
Northern "7
Though regarded in Modern GeorivV
phy us a part of Italy, the country whicf
lies North of tho peninsula, Eombardy, :
and that part of Continental Sardinia
cast of the Alps, was known in llomarr
History as Cisalpine Caul.
For a long time it was tho centre of a
hardy barbarious race, who were the chief
enemies of Italy, anil the obstacle and 1
terror of Rome. Here Brcnnis gathered 1
tho wild hordes that poured down upon '
Koine, massacred the Senators and Priests
in tho Forum, hemmed tho troops in tho -Citadel,
and retired only after destroying
the city. ' ' ,
It was the last part of Italy tobesflb- . .
ducd, and then it was held as a foreign (
conquest, not as a part of Home. Ever
after it was 'thc.ucsaa &f-contending" na" X
lionalilics, and the grcut battles of tho
world were fought upon its soil, but not 1
for it; for no matter which side won, it
w as still the victim of tho conqueror.
'ilie contest between Carthago and
Homo was fought here. IlAnibal cros
sed the Alps, with the loss of half his
army, laid siego to Turn (Taurini) ond" t
pitched ins camp upon 1110 nanus tuo
Ticino), and then encountered the army
of Scipio, who had thrown a bridge over
tho river. The Roman Consul defeated
was comptAW 'to retreat over tho Po -
ibSitroying the 'bridge behind him, to bo
regain defeated at. Trcbia, and to meet a ;., '
latai, and as 11 at nrst appeared, a nnal ,
oveir jiw to Roman arms at Lake Thrasy
mem The history of this campaign, as mi-;
nutely described at the time, and as ill us-'
trated by tho Commentators on the ArtJ
of War, reads like a campaign of Xapo
con. Like the victories of tho Mondcn. - ' '
Conqueror, it was followed by tho sub
mission of all Caul; which, versatile n
now, turned against its conquerors, when
the fortuues of war began tochange. ;
It was upon the Raudean plains, the
8"at of modern Mih.n, that Cams Mariu
defeated the Cimbri (101 B.C.) ina baf
tie which lasted th'reo days, and whic'
postponed for many centuries the barbar
invasion. . . j
Under the first Triumvirate Cisalpin
Caul fell to the charge of Julias Cicsai I
and when ho passed the Rubicon, he wa. '
regarded as having invaded Italy, and dc-
lied Rome. ...
In the fall of tho Empire the (Joths V
desolated this Northern region; and tho '
Lombards, a tribe) of (Jermans, who had
been invited in, asstipendarics,provcd even )
more cruel than tho (Jotlc. The) held it..
under a succession of twenty-oncMonarc! s
In DG'J, Oxno the Great,, a Faxon, was
ero-.r:eil nt Mil.il with thn iron' pmwii nf
Lombard', and at Homo with thogoldan i
crown of the Eur im, It is the crown of
the C:csars tiat the JinerijxlJCtvUf-
clniiu t.T a:t:: i!iS' reign over Aus
tria ami Germany, as Conquests of tho'
lioruati Crown. For several centuries
the Gcrhian Emperors were recogni.Tvd
as the , Sovereigns of all Italy. Then
CiiARtioua,i: annexed it to the Empiro
of the Franks. Then ogsin it fell to
Germany. " ,
Tho power of the Church broke this
supremacy. Thgr'opes encouraged tho
Northern Provinces to revolt, and th
Lombard league was formed, which tri
umphed at the battle of Lcgnanoin 117G,
and the peace of Constance pave freedom
the Italian cities, and laid the foundation
the Republics of Genoa, and Flore'
and Venice.
. In this struggle Fnr.nr rum lUnn Ar
burned Tt-rtoua, destroyed Crema,
rased Milan to tho ground. ,Thc
cities built Alessandria, the present ,
Northern mva -ion. I his Itaban In .nplr
was short-lived; and the history of Itxly
vas one of infernal wars, alternated by
inva .ions from without. ,
The battle of 1'avirt, another of t v
greflt battles of tho world, was fof. ." V
upon its svil, between Cmaklks the t .
of Austria, nnd Fawnr I. of Fur.ci .
which the lattfr wn routed and t 1
prisoner, and wrote lotnt 'all wtj
but honor.",- ' - r- 1 . ' v;,..,
"Wiuuc't on 1: f r-.)

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