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never did Persian devotee gaze upon it one of them ever swelled my heart with with a more fond idolatry, or shipwrecked half the rapture I felt as I gazed upon the mariner look up to it from amid the clear and placid waters of that silver surging waves of ocean, with a more ex stream, and cast my eye along its windultant heart, than did I at this time. It ing and wooded banks. It was not diswas to me an omen of safety—the pledge tance, but association, which lent enchantof a providential guidance-the benignantment to that view. I was disappointed face of love-for the casual glimpse I in not having crossed the old Fort Kearcaught of it assured me that I was not ney road, and was about to plunge into mistaken in my course, and that I was the river and swim to the opposite shore, travelling in the right direction to come where I knew there was another route to to the river. “Now came still evening the Fort, when I discovered the road runon,” and the sober shades of night slowly ning along the very edge of the bank, gathered o'er earth and sky. The cloud within a few feet of me, and, what was had mostly passed away, and Venus, more, there were the fresh imprints of bright evening "star of hope,” shone out, hoofs and human feet upon it, and the with its cheering and animated ray, from prospect of rescue was changed to its certhe tranquil heavens.

tainty. I was near to-I should soon see “A beam of comfort, *

again my fellow-men! The excitement, Gilds the black horror, and directs my way." the revulsion of my feelings, perhaps the And surely never was its guiding light unconscious fatigue I had endured, were more grateful to the benighted, lost trav too much for me, and I sank fainting upon eller, than it was to me on this third night the ground. IIow long I lay there, withof my wretched wanderings. I travelled out consciousness, I know not-probably with hardly a moment's rest, till morning, not a great length of time, so far as I and when the sun rose, which it did in could judge by the height of the sun. all its refulgence, my straining and de When I recovered and found the use of lighted vision caught the reflection of its my limbs, I commenced to drag myself beams in the placid waters of the majestic along the road, wearily and with the Platte. I had been quite hopeful all sense of exhaustion, in the direction of the night-had hummed snatches from famil Fort. I had gone but a little distance iar operas, and repeated all the passages before I caught sight of a camp about a I could remember from favorite authors, mile ahead. I quickened my pace and and eren enjoyed, in anticipation, the com soon was in its midst. My first thought forts and pleasures which awaited me was food. The pangs of hunger, which when I again should reach the haunts of I had hardly felt before, became now permen-but when the glad sight met my fectly uncontrollable. I rushed up to a eye, and the conviction burst upon me man who was cooking something over a that I was saved-saved from perils name fire kindled on the ground, kicked off the less and fearful, which had almost frozen hot cover of a baker with my naked foot, my life's blood with terror-saved from and snatching the half-baked bread it a death of agony, unsoothed, unpitied, un contained, began to devour it with the wept, my remains uncoffinod and unbles eagerness of a famished wolf. The man, sed, and no stone to tell where, in the upon recovering from his surprise, not expathless wilderness, they should' lie-no actly comprehending, in my case, the neone, unless he has passed through a simi cessity which knows no law, and perhaps lar scene, can conceive of the strange thinking the loss of his meal a rather seritumult of my feelings, in which an over ous joke, attempted to interfere ; but, expowering joy was predominant.

hausted as I was by abstinence and fatigue, I was wild with exultation and excite I threw him from me as easily as if he ment. The excess of happiness actually had been a child, and kept on eating, trybordered on pain, and I could find no way ing to intimate to him, between the mouthto give vent to my struggling and pent up fuls, that I might prove an ugly customer sensibilities. I laughed and cried by if molested—that I had been lost, and turns, shouted, danced, and committed all that my funds (pointing to my money sorts of extravagances. After a while, belt) were at his service. The whole enbecoming more collected, I started on a campment, men, women and children, full run for the river, at a rate that would were soon around me, with wonder, sushave done credit to an Indian, and did picion, amusement and alarm, depicted on not slacken speed till I found myself near their faces; and well might my sudden its banks. I have looked on many scenes apparition have startled them, as they of surpassing beauty and wild magnifi- afterwards confessed it did not a little. cence in our own and other lands, but not My wan and haggard looks—my un

kempt and dishevelled hair—my apparel, the old Fort Kearney road, was not more approaching the simplicity of primitive than thirty-five miles; but the circuitous times, if not in character yet certainly in route I took could not have been less quantity, consisting only of my vest and than one hundred and fifty miles—judga torn and dirty shirt-my limbs lacerat ing by the time I was out and the speed ed by briers and covered with blood, and with which I travelled. At any rate it my feet swollen to an unusual size from was a comfortable stretch, and I can only treading on thorns and sharp stones recommend any one who is disposed to must have made them hesitate whether regard it as a trifle, to make a like excurto set me down as flesh and blood or sion under the same circumstances. “goblin damned ”—I certainly had come Dulcis est memoria præteritorum to them in a most "questionable shape.” malorum, says the adage ; but with the However, when I was able to tell my exception of a slight sketch of the advenstory, I experienced from them the most ture I wrote at the time, I have felt little kind and hospitable treatment. They inclination to indulge in the sweets of its were a company of Oregon emigrants, recollection. who were "laying over” the Sabbath, to Upon reaching the Fort, I found that recruit themselves and animals. My feet the news of my having been lost had prewere carefully dressed, my hunger was ceded me, and had excited a general allayed—it could not be satisfied—though alarm. I was greeted with a most hearty I wonder I did not kill myself with gor welcome, and found myself an object of mandizing; but thanks to a good diges no little curiosity and interest. Every one tion, and the absence of any of the faculty, congratulated me upon what was conI experienced no inconvenience from the sidered an almost miraculous escape from quantities of bread and bacon which I had a frightful death. The commandant at eaten. I was provided with a pair of the post, Captain Wharton, of the 6th nether integuments, somewhat the worse Infantry, as also his estimable lady, were for

wear, it is true, but affording, at any most kind and friendly to me; and their rate, a relief to my distressed modesty. warm sympathies and hearty hospitalities,

After luxuriating awhile in the comfort as they were most grateful in the recepof being found, and answering an inde tion, so they have lost none of their value finite number of questions about my sen in the remembrance. They invited me to sations while I was lost, I fell into a train their house, and in the enjoyment of every of sleepy reflections, of which I only re comfort-of every luxury I might say collect thinking how many more charms of graceful attention and of most delightthere were in the human face divine, ful society, I soon almost forgot the perils whether clean or dirty, handsome or ugly, and sufferings through which I had passed, old or young, than in the face of solitude or learned to look back upon them as a —and that there were more things in disturbed dream. heaven and earth than Zimmerman had I desire here to make grateful mention ever dreamed of in his philosophy; from of the attentions I received from the surwhich reflections I was roused by an in geon and chaplain of the Fort, with whose vitation to retire for the night, or day amilies I formed a most agreeable acrather, and soon found obligion of all my quaintance. Their kindness will not be troubles in a good feather bed-taking forgotten. “mine ease,” if not "in mine own inn, My health was not in the slightest deyet in my host's wagon. If ever I en gree affected by my toils and privations, joyed the privileges of that “ blessed insti and after the rest of a few days I was tution" of sleep, it was then and there, as hearty again as a buck. I should not and the way I paid "attention to it," for in gratitude forget to add, that Captain the next twenty hours, or so, would have Wharton had a detachment of soldiers astonished old Morpheus himself

, if he and a party of friendly Indians ready to were living in these days. I was at go in quest of me, in case the various length awakened by the arrival of a party, companies of emigrants who were seeking headed by one of my own men, who, be me had not succeeded in finding me on coming alarmed at my long absence, had the very day they did. I here learned been out searching for me in every direc that two other emigrants who had strayed tion, and had finally struck upon the from the road a fortnight before, in purriver.

suit of game, had been lost, and their lifeI found, upon inquiry, that the distance, less remains—they having been starved in a straight line, from the point where Í to death-had been discovered by the diverged from the Fort Leavenworth Indians. The Pawnees and Cheyennes military road, to the place I reached on had also been quite troublesome, and had

committed sundry depredations upon the when I was first lost, added to which I emigrants-stealing their stock and kill was not fully aware of my danger, and ing one man-which so recent occurrences did not take the precautions I otherwise did not serve to allay the apprehensions might. on my account. Indeed Captain W. had I make no pretensions to be a Fremont been obliged to send a detachment of or a Kit Carson, but I very much doubt troops to the principal village of the if their skill and experience would have Pawnees, with orders to lay it waste in been of any avail, if they had been lost case the fullest reparation was not ac as I was, in such a country as I have de corded and the offenders brought to jus- scribed, without sun, moon or stars, shrub tice. I afterward learned that the Inclians, or tree to guide them. In one respect when they saw the preparations made they would have doubtless been more against them, were most willing to accede sensible than I was—they would not have to the terms imposed upon them.

got lost at all. At any rate, I succeeded There are hundreds of persons now in getting out at last, for which I live to living in California and Oregon, and num be thankful, and that's something." bers who have returned from thence, to I have recently related this adventure, whom the adventure I have narrated so with more of detail than would be suitimperfectly, and which excited some little able to the pages of a magazine, to a highly interest at the time, will be familiar, anil esteemed friend, Captain llarcy; of the who will readily identify the writer as t'. S. Army, who has been lost and found the “great lost," if these pages should so often-so often killed and brought to ever ineet their eye.

life again, by the newspapers, during his I have often been askel the questions, last tour of exploration on the plains (an why I did not do this, and why I did not interesting and valuable report of which do that; why I did not go back to the is, by order of Congress, in the course of Doctor's camp, why I did not fire off my publication), and who is probably one of pistol to give the alarm, &c., &c. To all the best frontier men in the country; and of which I reply that it is very easy to do I have lis testimony to the exceeding difthis or that, sitting down coolly at home, ficulty and peril of my situation, and to and quite another thing to meet the actual the perseverance and courage which redifficulties which present themselves in sulted in my deliverance. such a case.

I did try, of course, to find In concluding the narrative of this iny way back to the Doctor's—I did personal adventure, let me give the reader, think of my pistol, but I doubt if it could who has been interested enough to follow have been heard beyond the reach of a it to its termination, two words of advice. clear and manly voice; and, as the The first is, that if he should ever have event afterwards proved, the pistol was the hardihood to undertake the toilsome useless. All I can say is, I did the best and perilous journey to California overI could, and I do not believo any one land, he should beware of ever leaving would be willing to put himself in a his camp or the road, without first pretty similar condition in the confidence that he well understanding how he is to get back, could do better. Place any man in an and without having a compass in his pocket. open field, blindfold him, lead him off a The second is, not to go by the overland few hundred yards, turn him about three route at all. It will not pay. There is or four times to settle his recollections nothing to compensate for the fatigue, exand fix the points of compass in his mind, posure, and expense. It is much better and then let him try to return to his to cross the Isthmus, to go by way of starting place, and see how far he will Nicaragua, to make the voyage round the diverge from the right direction. My IIorn—and better than all, to go-in a situation was precisely the same as this horn-i.e., STAY AT HOME!

MODERN PROPHETS.

JOAN D'ARC.

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known by man is that which moves him exactly fulfilling the promise of the rather than that which he himself moves? godfathers who stood foremost at its bap In distinguishing between genius and tism. The promise was, that the old talent, that sagacious thinker, De Quinfaiths and enthusiasms were to be done cey, has defined the former as the state entirely away, and all things were to be of mind in which the will is passive, under made new in the clear light of exact sci the influence of ideas, whilst talent is deence, and by the strong hand of mechani fined as the state of mind in which the cal art. The French Encyclopedists sup will deliberately does its work. No honposed that they were exhausting human ored authority is needed, however, to wisdom in their cart-load of quartos, and prove, that he who is possessed by his that after them no sane man would pre subject is above him who boasts of possume to assert any conviction which the sessing it; for any child can tell the differfive senses could not verify, or the calcu ence at once, as soon as he compares the lus could not prove. The whole problem speaker or writer who is all on fire with of the universe was solved into the simple his subject, with him who deliberately facts of matter and motion; thought was sets it forth as a substance quite foreign evidently one of the secretions of the to his own soul, however much under his brain, fancy a gambol of the blood, and mastery. This fact gives us the key to religion a device of priestcraft, in conspi many a strange problem in history, and racy with the morbid humors of a dyspep must be kept in sight in interpreting our tic stomach. The men of letters in France, own times. The leading question to be who were too sagacious to fall into such asked concerning a man is not so much bold atheism, were not much above the "what plans does he set in motion ? atheists in their interpretation of the reli “what are the powers that possess and gious history of the race. Voltaire, the move him?" If not by genius, certainly keenest of them all, saw nothing but im by a power practically more efficient, the posture in the leaders of every popular world has been governed, and is likely faith; and he who scoffed at the Divine still to be governed, through the influence Nazarene could make nothing but a mag of men who are mastered by commanding nificent cheat of Mahomet, and nothing ideas, and capable of possessing other but a crack-brained driveller of Joan men with the enthusiasm which possesses d'Arc.

themselves. We believe, that the most No men of any intellectual mark read noted leaders of mankind have been moved the history of the world in this frivolous by a power that seemed to them more spirit now. Even the writers more dis like a visitation from above than an inventinguished for their rhetorical brilliancy tion of their own, and that even the hisand keen insight than for any devout en tory of conspicuous delusions, if correctly thusiasm, treat religion as one of the written, would serve to illustrate emotiongreat facts of humanity; and when they al capacities, that were created for benign undertake to expose a superstition, they uses. The prophet, whether true or false, carefully separate the pernicious error in is he who speaks as he is moved—an its composition from the great sentiment out-teller, as well as claiming to be a of faith with which it has been combined. foreteller; and the history of false proTo say nothing of historians as free as phets should lead us to interpret reverenMichelet and Macaulay, we might show tially the faculty which they pervert, and that even the most cold and analytical the function which they desecrate. school of art has learned reverence under We are going on somewhat quietly now, the guidance of Nature, after the manner and our civilization seems to rest upon a of its august master, Goethe, who, in his basis of scientific fact. We build houses “Confessions of a Fair Saint,” exhibited and ships, we plant fields and orchards, the devout affections as tenderly as if he we plan roads and canals, we think that had learned them at the feet of Theresa we have almost reduced social science to or Zinzendorf. Does not the best thought an exact law, and the age of passion and in recent literature prepare us to accept enthusiasm is at an end. Yet who will the position, so well illustrated by all the

presume to say that there are no deeps creative ages and creative minds of the yet to be opened in human nature, and world, that the highest of all power that no new facts are to transpire to

VOL. III.-3

baffle the plans of the political economist? guise of sober history, she wins far more Calculation does great things, but not the upon our pity and admiration. The story greatest. It helped Columbus in the dis of her condemnation and of her posthumous covery of America, but did not give him acquittal, with all the legal documents his commanding motive, nor fill the New and historical memorials connected with World with its master spirits. States her career, recently published, for the men have wished to break down the bar first time, by Jules Quicherat, in Paris, rier that has shut China against Christen gives Joanna a far higher moral and philodom; but no diplomacy kindled the fire sophical interest, even, than the splendid that is now consuming the Mantchou drama by which Schiller so powerfully throne, and bringing religious enthusiasm vindicated her name from the ribaldry of into combination with the old Chinese Voltaire and his school of scoffers. nationality, to throw open the gates of To find the home of the heroine who that mysterious country to the commerce was to rescue the nationality of France of the world. The greatest events in hu from the rapacity of England, in the fifman history bring their own letter of teenth century, we look to the little village introduction, and do not ask men leave to of Domremy, on the borders of Lorraine. come before they appear. Great follies She was born in 1412, of respectable seem to follow something of the same parents, who won a frugal livelihood, by law. Thirty years ago, who would have their own labor, upon a little land with a supposed it possible that a system so few cattle. The child was brought up monstrous as Mormonism could prosper with the other children of the house and in a country whose boast is in its freedom the village, and when of sufficient age, and light, and that it would bring a State she worked in the field in summer, and into our Union under its own sway ? In in winter she sewed and spun. Her playthe view of most persons, mesmerism of mates often joked her upon her compasall kinds belongs to the same category, sionate and devout sensibility ; yet, in and the old school of thinkers stand aghast spite of their jokes, she would often go at the claims of judges and senators to apart by herself in the pasture, as if to hold communication with disembodied talk with God. Her passion for almsspirits.

giving was so great that she sometimes Our thoughts have been drawn into gave away her father's property, and octhis channel by reading a charming and casionally she resigned her own bed to the instructive little volume, from the pen poor, and slept upon the hearth. Small of the learned and accomplished Karl was her stock of learning, for she could Hase, of the University of Jena. It is en neither read nor write, and her mother titled, “Modern Prophets," * and is made taught her the Lord's prayer, the angelus, up of a few graphic historical papers, and the creed. Nevertheless, she was a read at reunions of ladies and gentlemen most resolute devotee, went every mornat Jena and Weimar. The fascinating ing to mass, knelt reverently at the vesnarrative in the text, with the rich learn per bell, and every Saturday she walked ing in the accompanying notes, gives the up the woody hill above Domremy to the book great value, alike for what it teaches chapel of the holy virgin of Vermont, to and for what it suggests. Without being whom she lighted a taper, and, when the trammelled by his pages, we will take season allowed, she offered a bunch of from them some hints that may throw flowers. She was thirteen years old when light on certain of the illusions of our own the strange appearances came to her which day. It needs no great sagacity to draw shaped her destiny. She was walking in from the researches of this profound church her father's garden on fast day, when historian, proofs that our America, in this she heard a voice coming in the direction nineteenth century, is not wholly different of the church, and attended by a great from France, Italy, and Germany in the brightness. She was at first alarmed, but fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

afterwards became assured that it was Let our first illustration be from France, the voice of the archangel Michael. Anand from the career of that singular being nounced by him, St. Catherine and St. who is usually portrayed more as a crea Margaret also appeared, and often returnture of romance than as a historical per ed. These saints told her very simple sonage-Joan d'Arc. Fascinating, how things, quite in the manner of a child's ever, as is the garb in which poetry has fancies; she was to go from time to time arrayed the heroic maiden, in the plain to confession, and was to be a good girl.

Neue Propheten; Drei historische-politische Kirchenbilder. Von Dr. Karl Hase, Professor an der Univor sitat Jona, &c. Leipzig. pp. ix, 367.

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