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John Carper, thee has fallen into ruin to save me. “This is a good tame brute and a fast," he said If thee dies I will die also.”
as he urged the new horse to his speed ; "only he Carper, fairly screaming to his horse, and strik- is too low for my legs, and if he sinks at all in the ing him with boih heels, drove on furiously to the mud will be apt to run from under me." outlet. He reached it nearly two hundred yards He had not ridden a minute, when he heard firing in advance of the first horseman of the er.emy. in the great glade in which the chase had begun. The two behind, badly mounted, were a quarter of the shots were numerous. He drew up. On a a mile in the rear, and still losing ground. If current of the light wind came the shouts of men Carper could continue his pace, he had but one and other noises, which assured him that rescue enemy to fear. A mile onward from the begin- had arrived and a battle, or new chase, begun. He bing of the outlet, after passing for that distance was not long in putting this past doubt; and Nelly, between thickets which occasionally met in his within half an hour of her fall from the terrible way, he gained a second glade. The earth here black, was sase amongst her Lost River friends. 725 wet and he turned a little to the right to gain They greeted her presence with shouts and every firmer ground, and, in doing so, interposed a part of extravagant demonstration of joy. The flower of the thicket and wood between him and his pursu- the Lost River maidens was well beloved, and ers. As he torned, a neigh was heard from behind. would have been sorely missed if rescue had never It came from the mouth of the leading Indian and overtaken her. not from his horse; it was a trick to arrest the The newly arrived party had come within view speed of the stallion. It was successful. The of the great glade as the chase was going on; had blaek horse threw op his heels.
attacked the Indians as soon as possible; had killed "Nelly, sit back, if you can," said Carper pite- two or three of their number and driven the rest onsly. He was on the withers of his steed; the off
. Girty was not among the killed. A part of Quakeress had followed his forward motion. A the white force was still in pursuit, having pressed second neigh-the black horse threw his heels yet on so far as to be out of sight when the hanter and higher into the air.
Nelly joined those least advanced. This pursuit “Nel, if you can't sit back, we are gone.” Carper determined to join with ulterior views. He Carper had risen from the withers to the neck. would press it at least to the banks of Cheat River ; Cinging to the mane, his rifle crossing the crest, examine into the condition of things at Ridgway's Nelly fast locked about his waist, the young hunter, seulement—from which the horses, recently in the never very graceful or expert as a horseman, made possession of the Indians, must have been taken ;-anything but a gallant and heroic figure. A third and, afterward, return to Lost River by the southloss of the brute's heels completed the work; the ern route, in order to bury the boy Tobe, and rehunter was pitched some feei forward and struck gain the horse and goods left on the banks of Blackthe soft glade, with his Quakeress safe at his back. water Run. As for the black stallion, he sent a Her plump little person bounced off and rolled hunter after him, vowing never himself to mount bahart opon the grass. Sharpnose barked and him again in any extremity. soapped at the black's heels in revenge. Carper
Nelly's return was to be begun without delay-was almost instantly upon his feet-rifle in hand. except of a few hours for rest and refreshment. The leading Indian dashed out of the narrow pass Four safe hunters, detached from the party, were between the thickets. It was Tobe's murderer, to conduct her back, carrying her behind them on with the eagle-plume and bar sinister of white horseback, by turns, by the direct route to Lost paint. Carper fired and tumbled the warrior from River. bis horse's back. It was one of those great shots
Carper bade her an affectionate farewell, and which only the best of our riflemen, accustomed the lovers parted in the glade. to strike a buck in his bound, can make. The Indian fell with the reins in his hands; he struggled
CHAPTER VII. in vain to rise; his horse pulled a little and then stood still, panting from the race. The black, The reader will please go back with me to the making a gallant round, with crest listed and tail house of Joshua Biake. He will suppose the litstreaming, thundered up to the strange horse and the Quakeress to have been restored to her uncle, dying man. He yerked his heels in a hostile man- and all parties 10 have returned from the pursuit ner at the latter, but seemed to claim friendship which had resulted so fortunately to her. A great with the animal of his own kind. Carper, without fire was burning in the kitchen hearth and casting staying to load his rife, approached his enemy, its light through the windows upon the fruit trees dragging Nelly, whom the fall had somewhat bewil- and out houses, which were beginning to darken dered, after him; drove the black off with a blow, in the twilight of a pleasant evening. Joshua had seized the reins of the strange horse, mounted, a crowd of guests about him, William Mace and his drew the stupified girl op behind him, and resumed five grown sons being of the number. Vanslaken,
the Dutchman, was present from the valley of the
South Branch. He had escaped massacre, having “What do you say to that ?" said the reader trireceived timely notice, from a cow-boy, of the ap- umphantly. proach of the Indians, and had sustained no even- "I
say I will do by thee, as I am bound to do. tual loss, his horses and goods being returned to Thee shall certainly marry the girl, if thee has won him. He had been more fortunate than Daniel her own consent." Ridgway, of Cheat River; the Lost River party The hunter seized the Quaker's hand in rough had found that poor man dead in his door-way.
ecstasy. Well, that is downright dealing" he At the moment of time at which I resume my exclaimed. “ Your drab is true blue after all. narrative, John Carper, who had returned the day when shall we have the wedding ?" before, was endeavoring to draw Joshua Blake aside, for greater privacy in the conversation which with an extremely innocent look and tone.The
“Well, that is another matter," answered Joshua, he wished to hold with him.
child is young, at present.
Thee most wait some " It is not necessary, friend John," said the Quaker, " that thee should speak with me private
three years, at which time she will be of a more
marriageable age." ly. The company is friendly, and thee and me may speak out.”
The hunter was utterly confounded. He stood Well, then,” said the hunter, no little annoyed before the Quaker with mouth and eyes wide openthat so many persons should be made to hear so
the paper held at half-arm's length. delicate a demand as that for the hand of his mis- “Why," stammered he, “in three years, Nelly tress--"well, then, I saved Nelly from the In- will be twenty-one, and then I wont want your dians, Mr. Blake, and she is now safe and well.” consent. Do you mean to break your bond !"
“I am grateful to thee, friend John, for the “ If thee will inspect the obligation, thee will manly services which thee has rendered the child, find that no mention is made of the time at which also for the redeeming of the money. Thee shall thee and Ellen shall marry. Thee, in thy doubt of surely have a just proportion for thy services ; 10 me, has overreached thyself. If thee had trasted be computed at a time when we are at greater lei- to my bare word, thee should presently have marsure."
ried the girl. But thee took, instead of it, the bond, I must mention here, that the bag of dollars had and by the bond thee must abide." been found amongst the bundles, left by the Indians Carper looked again at the paper. His hand on Blackwater run, and brought safely back to the shook and his jaws were clamped together, whilst Quaker.
a flush of passion began to mount to his forehead. “ It is not of the money that I want to speak to “Do you mean to say,” he at last quietly asked, you,” said Carper : "in fact, I give up my part." that you will take advantage of my not putting But you gave me your written obligation, that if I the time in the paper, and break the bargain as it brought Nelly back, I should have her for my wife. must have been understood between us ? Do you I want to know when we shall be married.” As mean to say that ?” he spoke, he pulled the paper, which Joshua Blake • Thee must not get into a heat on the subject," had signed, from his pocket.
answered Joshua, who observed the hunter's rising “If thee will read that paper, friend,” said Joshua, colour, and construed the quiet of his manner aright. “ I will do as, on clear understanding, I find that I “Whether thee shall presently marry Nelly, or wait have promised.”
three years, depends upon additional matters. I Carper read the paper in the midst of a crowd have spoken thee publicly on this subject, because of grave faces, which were turned up with looks two or three of the friends here present know conof inquiry and interest. With some bashfulness, but cerning it and are ready to advise thee forcibly into a great deal of dogged resolution-for driven as he courses, which will give thee Nelly at once. If was to a public demand of what he considered his thee expects to be obliged, thee must thyself right, his courage came to his aid, and he deter- oblige.” mined to hold his ground stubbornly-he decypher- The Quaker then proceeded to inform Carper of ed and read, in a loud tone, the bond, which he felt the meditated tory rising; that this rising would was conclusive.
take place in a few days ; that if he lent himself to "Whereas Joshua Blake and John Carper are their cause, to which they were anxious to bind wishing to get back my dear Ellen Blake from the him, as an able soldier and a man of influence with felonious Indians, into whose blood-thirsty hands the young hunters of the region, he should be capshe is fallen, and whereas John Carper mistrusts tain of a company, and, even before setting out for in my mind, the said Joshua Blake of a promise service in the lower country, marry Nelly Blake. he has made of Ellen to me for a wife, if I bring These declarations and persuasions were strengthher back; now the said Joshua Blake binds him-ened by occasional words from the elders of the self and his heirs 10 said John Carper, to give my company; who, it seemed pretty clear, had put dear Nelly Blake lo said John Carper for a Joshua upon this plan of using his rightfol power wife.”
over his niece, to induce the young hunter to lead
bimself to their views. Carper, after hearing the, John, thee has been poorly repaid for thy kindness whole, answered
But thee is in no personal danger.” " You have your opinions, and I have mine. If “ Nelly, your friends are at open war with me you think it right to take the British side in the now. Will you be true lo me?" war, take it and stand up to the consequences; that Surely thee need not ask that. Yes, thee will is part of the business. I was at Saratoga, and find me true to thee in all things, now and forever.” elsewhere, with General Morgan, and it is likely
“I believe you, Nel. As soon as possible you that, baring talked with more men, I know more must run away with me.” of what our duty is than you ; but whether I do or “ Hush, John," said the Quakeress, “ I hear a Dot, it is certain that, believing as I do, if I were noise in the distance.” to join your party, I should be an infernal rascal. " What is it?" Now I tell you three things: I will marry Nelly
“The noise of horses coming at a trot up the Blake in a very short time-I will not join your
river." h insurrection-lastly, I will start for Win
“ Listen well and tell me what you hear.” chester, to-night, to let General Morgan know " They come more quietly. The trot is now a what you are doing."
walk." Saying these words, the hunter called loudly to
“ Look out; probably they are in sight." Nelly, and she came to his call.
The Quakeress, stepping to a point of advan"Good bye, Nel,” he said. “ Broadbrim has tage, used her keen eyes, and then returning to cheated me in the transaction which we had about the door, whisperedyot. Don't mind it. We must take care of our- “ It is a great number of men upon horses. Some selves. I will see you again in a day or two." are coming, by the road, to the house ; and some He turned to the door, leaving the Quakeress are moving around under the shade of the mounembarrassed by the crowd and greatly distressed. tain. I must get back.” The elder Mace had exchanged whispers with
The girl scampered off, looking like a ghost, in his sons. As Carper stooped in the door-way,
her white night-dress, and crept by an open winfre strong men threw themselves from behind in a
dow into her closet. She had scarcely done so, erowd upon him. After a Serce resistance, he was
when Sharpnose, drawing his head from the hole, thrown down and disarmed. A consultation was
which he had been burrowing under the foundaheld amongst the elders. The result of it was that tions of his master's prison, snuffed the dirt from the disarmed hunter was dragged, with his hands his nostrils, gave a leap outward and barked furisecurely tied behind him, to the smoke-house, a
ously. The rush of shouting horsemen immedistrong building of heavy logs, and there locked up.
ately followed. It was the force sent under MorThis was quickly done, and just before the thick gan to suppress this foolish tory movement in the door, studded with wrought nails, closed upon him, valley of Lost River. News of such a movement be heard Joshua Blake say
had reached the lowlands some days before, and * This is distressing enough, friend John; but
now the rough hero was present to deal with it. ibee has threatened to endanger our safety. I
By sunrise a scene of great confusion had clo
sed at the house of Joshua Blake. His friends think thee will hardly journey so far as Winches- had been seized and were in the hands of the great ter to-night."
captain of the Cowpens. One of the Maces had The hunter's answer was a most energetic, but Oseless oaih.
been needlessly shot. Morgan's bugler killed him. It was near day-break.
With this exception no blood was shed. As the The house of the Qua- hubbub subsided, thumps, kicks and shouts were ker, still crowded with its company, had long been sileat. Nelly Blake stood at the door of the smoke
heard in the direction of the smoke-house. Carboase.
per was presently led out, and caine forward, with "John!" she called in a low voice.
his hands still bound behind him, and with the most
extraordinary mask of red dirt thick upon him from “Nelly-is it you? God bless you, I thought the top of his head to his shoulders. He had been you would be here some time or other." As the girl received this answer, conveyed, as
attempting to force himself through the opening
made by Sharpnose. her own speech had been, through the key-hole, honest Sharpnose came around the house and gave
“ Who the devil, are you?" said Morgan, as the her a cordial salutation. Carper whistled and the hunter approached. Untie the man, and let him dog went back.
wash his face." He is digging me out," said the hunter.“ But Carper, no little mortified at his uncouih apperhaps you have the key."
pearance, contained himself before so important a * No,” said Nelly, “ I have not.
Uncle Blake person, until, his bonds being cat, he had used his took care that I should not get it. He knew that freedom to cleanse his face of its disguise. thee would not stay long if I got the key. Ah, “ Why, my brave fellow, I know you now.
Eh! How do you do, Jack? What's the mat- “ Jack Hogeland has killed Girty."
After a few moments, during which his wife and Carper began to tell his story.
the Quaker remained silent, and in that awed ex“ Take a little grog to wash the mud out of your pectancy with which we await the story of a death, mouth," interposed the great man, handing him a he proceeded to a detail of the circumstances. The gourd of whiskey-and-water.
substance of his account was as follows. He and The hunter's story was at last told. Morgan Hogeland were coming in from the hills, but had called up Joshua Blake-swore at him for ten moin- turned from their direct course to find, and drive utes, and then said :
in, the milch cows. Going up a green hollow, sha“I know Jack Carper very well. He is a stout, ded with wild poplars and papaws, they heard the respectable young man. I have seen him do good ringing of a cow bell. At first they held on their fighting. There is no law for making you give us way in the direction of the sound, but on a repetia wedding to-night; but if you don't, I will tie you tion of it, came to a stand. The bell sounded as to my horse's tail, and lead you back to Win if it was swinging, and not in the tremolous tinchesier, for this bit of tory business. Do you kle commonly made by the motion of the feeding hear ?"
animal. Carper proposed to his companion that Joshua Blake did hear, and, after an interval of they should go over a hill, and, making a turn, quiet stubbornness, consented. A messenger was come in at the upper end of the hollow. While sent in haste to Morefield for the parson. Morgan they were doing this, they heard the bell ringing, continued his route op Lost River, effectually ex-at intervals, in the same strange manner. They terminated the misjudged insurrection, seized a reached the upper end of the hollow, and crept on Scotchman by the name of Claypole, who was sup- under the papaws, Carper giving the lead to his posed to have been the originator of it, and before comrade. They had moved on a short distance in sunset had returned 10 Blake's house. The parson this way, when Hogeland saw a man, in the dress carne in due season. Nelly Blake, “ with a smile of an Indian, squatting as if to hide himself, and on her lip, and a tear in her eye,” gave her hand swinging a slim papaw, to which he had tied a cow to John Carper. If the reader wishes to know bell. Beckoning to Carper to keep back, Hoge. more of this wedding, at which so famous a mian land crawled to a stump, fired and shot the bellas General Morgan danced, drank whiskey, and ringer through the head. “ We went op," said swore uproariously, he may learn it in the right Carper, “and found that it was Girty. He had pleasant chapters which Doddridge-full of graph- killed the cow and was, no doubt, ringing the bell ic power--has given us, descriptive of the merry- to bring me out, that he might do by me as Hoge. makings which border fashion made customary on land has done hy him. I am sorry that the boy such occasions. I sleal away from so boisterous should have come to this end, and glad that it was a wedding.
Jack and not myself that shot liim ; for I do not like killing a man in that still way, in cold blood;
and besides, although he carried you off, Nelly, he A year had elapsed from the day of the wed-was decently civil and attentive to you in the wilding. The groom had taken his wife home, re- derness.” Here Carper kissed his wife. ceived her three hundred pounds, increased the "I am truly glad with thee, John, that thee did size and comfort of his house, bought cattle to sell not kill the boy,” said Nelly sadly. “Too much again at a profit, and was, in country parlance, doing blood is not good for the conscience, and the poor very
well. It was near sunset of a May day. Car- youth was misguided.” per and a laborer in his employment, named John Her husband continued—“ Hogeland is with the Hogeland, had gone up amongst the mountain spurs. body ; Mr. Blake and myself must ride up the river, to look after their wolf-traps—each carrying with get some of the neighbors and go back to dispose him his rifle, after the frontier custom. Nelly Car- of it. No Indians, I am sure, came with the bog per sat in a wicker chair, near the door-way of her this time.” house. Her uncle, Joshua Blake, sat near her, Joshua, buttoning his coat to be gone, said :making awkward efforts to hold, without damage “Thee has a cow the less, but I will replace it." to its tender person, a child of two or three months, Carper added—“And an enemy the less." which promised to become a pet of the softened “I hope," said Nelly, “that thee has not anothold man. Nelly was laughing, with a gay face and er left in the world.” light heart, at the unpractised Quaker's extraordinary motions. Sharpnose, just a little watching the glee of his mistress, lay basking in the even. ing sun. Breaking in upon the cheerfulness of this scene, came John Carper, with a hurried step and face somewhat pale. To the looks of inquiry, with Luther is called
In the bull of the canonization of Ignatius Loyola. 1623.
"monstrum teterrimum, et delestabilis which his wife received him, he answered
much of a Cannibal for our liking, and there are LINES
• land sharks" whose acquaintance we
livate if the fancy takes us. Jonah's trip to Writer impromplu on seeing the picture of Washing. ba's tilla, at Mount Vernon. By Rev. Wm. Jay, Bath, Whales made him “blubber,” it is said, and, by this Englasd.
time, the man-lo-chaw monster, is himself
“Grease, but living Grease no more.” The following lines were sent to us for publication by a very distinguished divine of our own Slate. We think we We have been, from a child, fond of learning, have seen them in print somewhere before, but even if this and that may in some measure account for the sinbe so, their poetical beauty well warrants their reappear gularity of our taste, in preferring to be a fish, for ance. Sach a tribute of admiration for the majestic char- they are seldom out of “ schools.” In the event aeter of Washington, from a Briton, will be pleasing to of the wish being gratified, what a rare chance every American. The Rev. Wm. Jas is well known as would be afforded for seeing a real Mermaid, none its agthor of " Jay's Exercises."- Ed. Mess.
of your “ Fugees” or Fuugees, but a real bona.
fide sea nymph, such as There dwelt the man, the flower of human kind, Whose visage mild bespoke his nobler mind.
“ Sit on rock and muse o'er flood and sell," There dwelt the soldier, who his sword ne'er drew But in the righteous cause, 10 Freedom true. while combing their long green hair ; but we pledge There dwelt the hero, who ne'er sought for fame, ourselves beforehand, never lo interrupt the peace Yet gained more glory than a Cæsar's name.
of their families, no matter how coquettish their There dwelt the Statesman, who, devoid of art, Gare soundest counsel from an upright heart.
manners. And O. Columbia! by thy sons caressed,
There are shell-fish too, in whose society we There dwelt the father of the realms he blessed, might occasionally mingle :-their domestic relaWho no wish selt to make his mighty praise, tions are sometimes cited as models for families, Like other chiefs, the means himself to raise,
and the proverb of being as “ happy as a clam" is But there retiring, breathed in pure renown, And felt a grandeur that disdained a crown.
familiar 10 every one. Oysters are loo prone to get into a "stew," besides, they lie in beds, get “ crossed in love” and are guilty of many other misdemeanors, not entirely consistent with republican institutions. The Turbot is the alderipan of his
tribe, his affluent capaciousness of body and dainty FISHES.
habits, evidently fit him for the “united support of
his constituents.” Think of his election dinner and If we were obliged to assume any other shape in the cards of invitation. Mr. and Mrs. Turbol's animated nature, than that which has settled into the compliments 10 Mr. and Mrs. Haddock and reform of humanity, we should of all things prefer to quest the pleasure, etc. Then the toasts, speeches be a fish ; not because they get on so swimmingly, and fin (?) funny stories, all ending with Haddock's but that we might escape that most odious phrase swimining home with his wife at a late hour, and psed so much by Englishmen of being a beasily." a curtain lecture from Mrs. Turbot. Mr. and Mrs. In chvosing our class or species, we own there would Place were of the party, and went home with be some difficulty, for we are not altogether famili- Skates. The matter of founding an Eelemosynary ar with their household Gods" and whether to be institution for the benefit of decayed sules, was come a “ Hydragas," a sea-serpent, (off Nantucket warmly discussed at this re-union. Resolutions of course.) or a Leviathan, io run a race with expressive of each one's approbation of Dr. JobnShakspeare's Pock, we are not Jonah enough 10 son's definition of the Angler-i. e. " a rod with a determine. Poets have sung of their desire to be fool at one end and a worm at the other"— were butterflies, and ours to become a fish, is quite as unitedly agreed upon before the party separated. reasonable, and as near, we imagine, the bounds of All similar games of luck and chance, either by is fulfilment
. Fancy being " so very like a whale," "hook or crook," were denounced and condemned. as to keep constantly “spouting,” and so closely The Whale was declared to be the “ king of fish” resembling a " sucker” as to set at naught the in- and each one was cautioned to beware of Whalevincible principles of tee-totalism. And then what men,” for though they are usually callow birds, the lives they lead; up all night drinking, with no inference is certain that they are King Fishers. Watchmen, to insert their hooks in their gills, and All are familiar, who are at all “ curious in fish 10 " fish stories" in the morning papers. We shoold sauce," with the story of Le Grand Vatel and the consent to be an Eel by no manner of means, they French Monarch. The story is piquantly set off are always slippery fellows and are often indulged by Madame Sevigne and the version is thus renin
spear mint; besides, they live in mod and in dered by an accomplished and quaint writer. that particular, the inhabitants of our large cities “Vatel lived in the time of Louis XIV., when suficiently resemble them already. A Shark is too flourished every thing that could quicken appetite,