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have been produced on the mind of Our Correspond- A very sensible mode of declaring when people ent. No doubt, after the Gallery was served with the have eaten enough, hias, it seems, been adopted in cap, other people would be glad to take up with the China since the days of Confusion, as we once heard remainder of the royal fish.
the Chinese philosopher injuriously called. Thus, it As to flavour, the skull-caps seemed to eat very is understood that no more food is needed when a much like the birds-nests, gelatine being decidedly in dish is sent away untouched. This was, therefore, the ascendant in both cases.
the signal for the close of the feast, for the earshells After this came 'a soup composed of balls of crab.' were reluctantly declined, waistcoat buttons being This is too vague to satisfy our curiosity. Was the already on the strain to a rather perilous extent. soup made on a 'stock’ of shin of beef, or chine of But, what have we said? Do our eyes inform us dog, and then merely added to and decorated with the rightly, when we read that, after all this, the guests * balls of crab,' as our own mock-turtle is with little partook of “plain boiled rice, confectionary, candied imitation eggs ? Further information would be fruit, and acanthus berries steeped in spirits ?' It is desirable, and we hope the next dispatches will be even so, and confirms the adage that we do not know more explicit
what we can do till we try. All this time, there appears to have been a great It deserves to be recorded to the credit of the preponderance of the rich and luscious sort of viands; Chinese maitre d'hôtel, that he had in reserve some and we felt quite astounded at the discovery that dozens more of the triumphs of his art, fully as neither bread nor other farinaceous matter was sup. recherchés as those already chronicled here ; but plied as an absorbent. This is “against the statute' which, for the reason stated, did not appear. What in Chinese feasts; and we venture to suggest as a they were, therefore—from what region procuredreason, that the corners' are too precious as stowage what portion they may once have been of the organfor choicer morsels, to be wasted upon such common ism of fishı, flesh, or fowl, remains only as a subject affairs as rice or bread. Our English friends, how- of ingenious and interesting speculation. ever, could not go on swallowing all this mucilaginous So ended John Bull's dinner at Ning-po. We should matter without something of the kind; and so, as a have liked to call next morning, and ask how he felt special favour, some bread was conceded to them; himself; but our anxiety was quite dissipated by his and we really feel a sort of relief ourselves as we own assurance, that the guests of the banquet we record the fact: such is the force of sympathy in have been describing met the same evening and made generous minds.
a hearty supper, at the house of one of their number. While all this was going on, nectar was supplied We therefore take leave of them, trusting that they by Celestial Ganymedes, in the shape of warm wine, all had, in the words of our poet-adapted to the with which the tiny cups were repeatedly filled. The occasion by a slight change in the punctuationfavourite variety with our countrymen was something
A fair, good, night; closely resembling sherry negus, and pronounced very fair drink in its way, when better could not be had.
With pleasing dreams, and slumbers light. We are next introduced to a stew of preserved For our own part, we must confess that we live with fruits ; then comes a dish of some sort of vegetable the fear of dyspepsia before our eyes, and that, unwarlike of a hairy description, resembling that species of —cowardly, if you will—as we are, we should almost endive which in France is called barbe du capucin. as soon have clutched a musket at the siege of Delhi After that, stewed mushrooms from Manchouria; and as have been forced to stand to it, chop-stick in hand, then we relapse into a series of entrées of various beside our countrymen on this memorable occasion. sorts, in which a root, something between a turnip Had we tried our gastro-dynamic powers to the same and a horseradish' (the black radish ?) meets with extent as they did, we should have had a nightmare much approbation.
of no ordinary sort, and our visions would doubtless And now, reader, would have been the moment for have been influenced by the events of the day. Huge the interrogatory 'quackquack?' noticed at the sturgeons, like scalped Indians, would have grinned beginning of this paper, according to all the rules of at us, and with horrid grimaces, called on us to dramatic propriety; for the next dish is nothing less restore their skull-caps. Flocks of melancholy and than a bowl of ducks' tongues,' to which, no doubt, reproachful swallows would have fluttered round us, ample justice was done; and here again is a delicacy and pecked at our eyes as the ruthless plunderer who which we in our wisdom throw away.
had not only stolen, but actually eaten their houses. The 'royal and imperial dish'follows next. This We should have been afflicted with a 'cruel conis a compote of deers' tendons. On reading this, our scientiousness' that we had the missing property first impression was a doubt as to the power of any somewhere about us; that we were willing to make cooking to bring such a material into an eatable restitution, but could not, for the life of us, lay our condition; but we are told that, on the contrary, it hands upon it for the purpose. Crabs would have appeared in a tender and gelatinous form, after nibbled at our toes, and sea-slugs would have trailed probably a week's boiling' to produce the desired their slow and slimy length over our shuddering result. These sinews come, it is said, from Tatary, body. We should have had a ride in the Mazeppa and form-like the pietra dura of Italy, which they fashion, on the back of a Tartar deer—the first somewhat resemble in one respect, and the Gobelin time that a man's dear and his tartar were identified. tapestry of Paris-material for royal presents; and We should have been “found drowned’ in an ocean when a great man receives a consignment of the cat- of gluey mucilaginous soup; and a whole regiment of gut, he usually celebrates the joyous event by some ducks would, in spite of the apparent impossibility of grand festivities. We need but to observe, further, speaking while deprived of the very organ of speech, that, cooked as it was, this dish only added a little have clamoured for their tongues in a polyglot and more gelatine to the quantity already sent down most deafening chorus of.quack! quack!' red lane' by the guests whose progress we are thus Such being the case, it is just as well, gentle reader, faithfully recording.
that we should be quietly penning these lines in an The royal dish being despatched, there appears on attic region, while digesting our solitary mutton-chop, the scene one composed of what we should have eaten with a German-silver fork for a chop-stick, and thought better eating—'earshell fish;' but as every with a roasted potato, a modicum of bread, a pickled thing here below must have its limits somewhere, gherkin for condiment, and a moderate irrigation of the guests found themselves at this juncture hors de half a pint of bitter beer. combat.
We must confess that Our Correspondent has
shewn us that a gelatinous dinner can be digested, if kingdom could have conducted themselves more we had ever doubted the fact : but although he has admirably.' made a good move, and taken one of our best pieces, Nor was the softening, elevating, refining influence we cannot give up the game, or allow that we are as unexerted even when distance removed their lady' yet check-meated; but the controversy must now be from her true-hearted friends. Letters were frelet fall into abeyance, not for want of matter, but for quently exchanged, and numbers are given in the lack of space to carry it further at the present book before us, simple, earnest, manly—such letters moment.
as do honour to England's working-men.
On the last day of 1853, the sergeant of police
stationed at Beckenham called to return thanks for ENGLISH HEARTS AND HANDS.
the interest that had been taken in these noble This is the title of a very remarkable little book fellows. He said that his duty had never been so lately published, and already widely circulated. Its easy before in Beckenham, for their example had object is twofold: to place a long dreaded and restrained the wilder young men of the place, and despised race of men, according to the phrase of one even shamed a few into attendance at public of their number, straighter with other people;' and
The good work went on throughout 1854. More to shew how much power for good lies latent within and more stout hearts were bent beneath the same the grasp of men and women placed by God's spell. We read of many a victory over the workingprovidence in another position of life. The book man's direct temptation, drunkenness. We read, it itself we owe to the fact that, "early in the year is true, of relapses into the cruel hold of the inveter1853, nearly three thousand railway excavators were ate habit; but the fallen are not forsaken--they are gathered from different parts of the kingdom to work followed after, reclaimed by tenderness and tears: at the grounds of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham,' the gentle hand, strong to rescue, is stretched out and that of these men, 'two liundred lodged in the again and again, and most of the strugglers triumph village of Beckenlam,' the home of the writer. in the end. Several of the Crystal Palace navvies
Railways have run down many a prejudice in their having enlisted, we have a number of letters given unswerving track : landowners who once protested from different barracks, all expressing a grateful against them as a wrong, have long learned to remembrance of Beckenham influences, and shewing welcome them as a boon; the profit, convenience, how permanent these were in new scenes and under social interests of a neighbourhood, are all on their new forms of temptation. side; nay, our sense of beauty even has accommodated In 1855, we read: "A new interest sprung up itself to their intrusion into some of our most for us in the gathering of the Army Works Corps. picturesque scenes; but it was reserved for these pages This corps, formed by the suggestion, and under effectually to dispel the still lingering impressions the arrangement of Sir J. Paxton, amounted from that no large bodies of this hitherto Pariah race could first to last to nearly 4000 men-railway labourers, be quartered in a country neighbourhood without artisans of various kinds, smiths, stone-masons, injury to its peace and respectability; to shew us bricklayers. The first ship was to sail early in that actually two or three hundred navvies could July, the last about the middle of December.' take up their abode in a country village for two News was brought to the Beckenham rectory on winters, and instead of spreading moral contagion, the 19th of May that several strangers had arrived set a good example to many of its inhabitants.' to look for lodgings in the village.' The time was
Looking over the touching narrative before us, we short, indeed, but to such a one as the writer of the find, as indeed we usually do, that a great work had book before us, this was no reason for giving up the a small beginning. It was on Sunday, the 13th of work, but rather for the doing it with all her might. March 1853, that the writer first attempted to seek The new-comers, indeed, were described as the the navvies out. *About seven in the evening' she roughest lot as ever came to Beckenham.' 'At the went to a cottage where several were lodging, and first words addressed to them, they looked surprised, asked for one of the family, as an easy introduction and somewhat disposed to look away;' but they were to the strangers.' Undaunted by the announcement no more proof than their predecessors had been that they were a lot of rough uns,' she entered, against the magic of an exquisite sympathy, and the 'inquired if any of them had been at church—not unerring tact of a wise and loving heart. In her own one of them had thought of it'-gave them an account words, always the best: We met them with friendly of the morning's sermon; spoke of the important interests; they returned it with generous sympathy.' subjects most closely intertwined with every convic- The impression thus made was so strong, that tion of her own mind, every feeling of her own the poor fellows longed to communicate it to others. heart; linked these as they had never been linked One, after conferring with his friends, remarked: 'I before with the wants and spiritual instincts of those wish the whole lot could hear these things. We're whom she addressed; and, in short, concluded this all together outside the Crystal Palace at seven of a introduction, by melting them to tears, and left them morning, and the paymaster says we're the finest lot her fast friends and loyal subjects! From that time he ever saw, and the mildest-just like four hundred forward, meetings for similar intercommunings were roaring lions.' held on Sunday evenings, and twice in the week, The following morning at the early hour named, and these were soon attended by the navvies in a carriage from Beckenham was on its way to the large numbers. Nor were their pleasures unthought ground, where about fifty men were already gathered. of. A tea-party was devised. "The school-room was The carriage was sent away. •Conversation easily decorated with festoons of flowers, and a button followed, and by the time the remainder of the four hole bouquet of geranium and jessamine tied up hundred began to make their appearance, the first with blue ribbon, and laid upon each plate.' We fifty had become our firm friends; not one uncivil do not wonder that 'long afterwards some of these word was said, not one unwilling hand received the flowers were seen carefully preserved in books!' A prayer.' pleasant sight that school-room must have afforded This drive to the place appointed for the roll-call that summer-day! 'To a minute, our friends each morning,' became a regular thing. Invitations arrived, each man looking as clean as a baby on to 'cottage-readings' were given, a parting breakfastits christening-day. They quietly and quickly party arranged, friendships formed. The ship not seated themselves, and no gentlemen in the united I sailing at the time appointed, a 'round robin' was addressed to their benefactress by the navvies, him. “Now, my boy, we are strangers, and I do not pressingly requesting her return from Essex, whither want to know your name or where you live. You she had gone, 'to give them some more good advice might take these vests, and sell or give them away as before they should go away from their own country, you choose, I should never send the police after you; perhaps never to return.' This perfect confidence but my confidence in the honour of English boys, in her care for them' is surely very touching. On which stands so high now, would be broken down, the 18th of June, an early visit was paid to the and those two nobly honest men would suffer, and Crystal Palace grounds; not only to take leave, might take cold, and go into consumption and die, but to take charge of any portion of their large and their wives and children break their hearts wages which they chose to empower me to receive about them.” during their engagement in the Crimea. . . Not “The boy's eyes flashed under the lamp-light, and only wives and children were thus provided for, but snatching the parcel, he said: “Trust me. I'm the amongst the majority, who had no such ties, an aged boy for it." mother, an infirm father, a widowed sister, a sickly Eighteenpence happened to be the worldly all we brother, or orphan niece, were remembered with a had with us, after paying for the vests. I told him generous care for their comfort.' Stamped receipts how sorry I was for this. for money-orders being given to the men, they were “It's a plenty. Father's a waterman. I shall 'fung back by common consent, with something get his boat for nothing. All's right!” and off he like a shout of disdain, at the supposition that they ran. : .. could possibly require such a pledge from a friend The next day passed, and the next, but no letter and a lady'
from the Jura. We read in the Times that she had From that time till their departure, these men sailed on Thursday morning. The day-posts of “visited the rectory at all hours on their pecuniary Saturday arrived, but brought no news of the parcel. matters, and many an opportunity of quiet inter- My trust failed. “My boy is dishonest," I said ; communion was thus afforded its inmates. On the " and my confidence in human honour can never be morning of the 21st of June, on the occasion of the the same again." final visit to the Crystal Palace grounds, the writer * But by the last post on Saturday evening came a tells us : 'After shaking hands with each man, I took note to say that about seven o'clock on Wednesday my leave, but was requested by an official to return, evening a boy had brought a parcel on board, and to hear the subject of a communication which had had requested permission to deliver it to James Pbeen passing from the men to the foremen of the and John Mcorps. It was to express the united wish of these “Having discharged his duty, the last sound heard warm and grateful hearts that I should go out with amidst the splashing of his oars as he left the ship's them to the Crimea, to keep them straight, and to be side was the shout: “Tell that 'ere lady I kept my with any of them who should die out there in their word, and the jackets was in time." ; last hours. And they humbly begged to know if they They were gone then, the last of this bold, brave, might take the best place on board for me, and pay yet tender-hearted band; gone without their guardian for it amongst themselves. It went to my heart to angel, to face the many toils and dangers of the camp refuse them. .. But when I explained to them the before Sebastopol. But the strong silken ties of sacred home duties which withheld me from leaving protecting and of grateful love were not overstrained England, they recognised them at once as paramount by distance. The correspondence with the men claims, and satisfied themselves by asking for a themselves began to average about fifty letters & promise of one more farewell visit on board their week from the Crimea ;' and the receipts arising ships.
from the men's money-orders averaged about L.500 These farewell visits were paid upon the occasion a month. Many died in that far-off land-and we of the sailing of each ship that bore away the Army have touching accounts given in letters from their Works Corps. Of these ships, the Jura was the last ; mates of some who remembered Beckenham teaching she left England on the December of 1855, with her to the very last. On the 8th of May 1856, the complement of five hundred men. A very touching Cleopatra brought 600 men of the Army Works Corps incident in connection with this final visit well safely back to English ground. From that time,' deserves to be given in full. Two men having says the narrator, until the last detachment of borrowed half a sovereign each, came to the rectory working-men landed from the Crimea, we were in to repay it the evening before their departure. “Are the habit of keeping open house for their visits. . you sure, my friends,' said their benefactress, 'that Pleasant was it to hear their short strong statements you can afford to give it back?'
of not having forgotten us in the Crimea. "Once we Quite sure, and thank you, ma'am, a thousand heard as you was dead, and nigh two thousand of us times.'
ran together and prayed God it wasn't true.' And When we met on board ship, we found that whilst again: 'Whenever any more comed over, we said first other men had been laying out from ten to twenty thing: “Been to Beckenham, mates ?
How was shillings apiece in warm vests, John and James had they ?": been obliged to do without them, to enable them to We conclude this short abstract by a few remarks. repay their debts. .... It was not to be borne. So, Plainly the influence we have seen exerted by a early in the day, we despatched a messenger for four refined and accomplished woman over large bodies of warm knitted vests from London. Five o'clock came men of the roughest class was remarkable both in kind -our messenger had not returned. There was plainly and in degree. What was its secret? We answer in some mistake.
her own words: “The working-man values your cour“The colder blew the night-breezes about us, as we tesy above your liberality, and your friendship most of drove through Deptford, the more unbearable was all. Shew him your interest in his welfare, your desire the thought of these two men suffering for their high for his improvement, your care for his happiness, and, and delicate sense of honour towards us. . . . At the above all, your trust in his honour. Let him feel fifth shop searched, the articles of clothing which we that he can give back as much as he gains. wanted were obtained. But who was to take them Allow him the glorious equality of being able to back to the ship? No shopman could be spared. repay friendship with friendship.'
*Beneath a lamp in the street stood a group of boys; A word to the many who will read this book with its light fell on å face which seemed to introduce beating heart and tearful eyes, and a sudden and' the sort of messenger I desired. The story was told enthusiastic yearning to exercise a like influence. It
is not to discourage that we would say to such: features in repose, or now and then lit up by an Before you can do what the author has done, you expression rather of gentleness. He seemed the impermust be what she is: your convictions must be as sonation of an Apollo-or, to speak less mythologicintense, your experience as confirmatory of them. ally, a well-behaved gentleman waiting for some “The tone of seeking is one thing, the tone of having ceremony, of which he was to be a simple spectator. is another.'
As yet, nothing had transpired to excite him; no One word, too, to our working-brothers: Give us words had been uttered to rouse a spirit that only credit for much unexpressed sympathy. We often seemed to slumber. stand aloof, not because our hearts are cold, but Ere long, that attitude of repose would pass away because they are timid. We yearn for closer kindred
--that soft smile would change to the harsh frown of ship than we venture to seek. Our minds are passion. narrowed by conventional restrictions; we feel power- Gazing upon his face, one could hardly fancy such less to arrest your attention or to win your confidence. a transformation possible, and yet a close observer But we have blessed our more gifted sister as we have might. It was like the placid sky that precedes the read of what she has done; and we appreciate to the storm—the calm ocean that in a moment may be full the rich reward she meets with in the affection of convulsed by the squall-the couchant lion that on natures so noble and so tender as yours.
the slightest provocation may be roused to ungovern
During the moments that preceded the inauguraOÇE OLA:
tion of the council, I kept my eyes upon the young chief. Other eyes were regarding him as well; he
was the cynosure of many—but mine was a gaze of CHAPTER XXXVII.-THE FINAL ASSEMBLY.
peculiar interest. The spectacle of yesterday was repeated: the troops I looked for some token of recognition, but received in serried lines of blue and steel- the officers in full none-neither nod nor glance. Once or twice, his uniform with shining epaulettes—in the centre the eye fell upon me, but passed on to some one else, as staff grouped around the general, close buttoned and though I was but one among the crowd of his paleof brilliant sheen; fronting these the half-circle of faced adversaries. He appeared not to remember chiefs, backed by concentric lines of warriors, plumed, me. Was this really so ? or was it, that his mind, painted, and picturesque-horses standing near, pre-occupied with great thoughts, hindered him from some neighing under ready saddles, some picketed taking notice? and quietly browsing-Indian women in their long I did not fail to cast my eyes abroad-over the hunnas, hurrying to and fro--boys and babes' at plain—to the tents—towards the groups of loitering play upon the grass-flags waving above the soldiers women. I scanned their forms, one after another. --banners and pennons floating over the heads of I fancied I saw the mad queen in their midst-a the red warriors-drums beating-bugles braying; centre of interest. I had hopes that her protégée might such was the array.
be near; but no. None of the figures satisfied my Again the spectacle was imposing, yet scarcely so eye: they were all too squaw-like-too short or too much as that of the preceding day. The eye at once tall—too corpulent or too maigre. She was not there. detected a deficiency in the circle of the chiefs, and Even under the loose hunna I should have recognised nearly half of the warriors were wanting. The assem- her splendid form—if still unchanged. blage no longer impressed you with the idea of a If-the hypothesis excites your surprise. Why multitude—it was only a respectable crowd, with changed, you ask? Growth ?-development ?-maturoom enough for all to gather close around the rity > Rapid in this southern clime is the passage council.
from maiden's form to that of matron. The absence of many chiefs was at once perceived. No; not that, not that. Though still so young, King Onopa was not there. The coronet of British the undulating outlines had already shewn thembrass—lackered symbol of royalty, yesterday con- selves. When I last looked upon her, her stature had spicuous in the centre-was no longer to be seen. reached its limits; her form exhibited the bold curve Holata Mico was missing, with other leaders of less of Hogarth, so characteristic of womanhood complete. note; and the thinness in the ranks of the common Not that did I fear. warriors shewed that these chiefs had taken their And what then? The contrary? Change from followers along with them. Most of the Indians on attenuation-from illness or grief? Nor this. the ground appeared to be of the clans of Omatla, I cannot explain the suspicions that racked me• Black Dirt,' and Ohala.
sprung from a stray speech. That jay bird, that Notwithstanding the fewness of their following, I yestreen chattered so gaily, had poured poison into saw that Hoitle-mattee, Arpiucki, negro Abram, and my heart. But no; it could not be Maümee? She the Dwarf were present. Surely these stayed not to was too innocent. Ah! why do I rave? There is no sign?
guilt in love. If true-if she-hers was not crime; I looked for Oçeola. It was not difficult to discover he alone was the guilty one. one so conspicuous, both in figure and feature. He I have ill described the torture I experienced, conformed the last link in the now contracted curve of sequent upon my unlucky eaves-dropping.' During the chiefs. He was lowest in rank, but this did not the whole of the preceding day, it had been a source signify, as regarded his position. Perhaps he had of real suffering. I was in the predicament of one placed himself there from a feeling of modesty—a who had heard too much, and too little. well-known characteristic of the man. He was in You will scarcely wonder that the words of Haj-Ewa truth the very youngest of the chiefs, and by birth- cheered me; they drove the unworthy suspicion out right entitled to a smaller command than any pre- of my mind, and inspired me with fresh hopes. True, sent; but, viewing him as he stood-even at the she had mentioned no name till I myself had probottom of the rank-one could not help fancying nounced it; but to whom could her speech refer? that he was the head of all.
"Poor bird of the forest-her heart will bleed and As upon the preceding day, there was no appear- break. She spoke of the Rising Sun:' that was ance of bravado about him. His attitude, though Oceola. Who could the 'haintclitz' be? who but stately and statuesque, was one of perfect ease. His Maümee? arms were folded over his full chest-his weight It might be but a tale of bygone days—a glimpse resting on one limb, the other slightly retired-his of the past deeply impressed upon the brain of the
CASHIERING THE CHIEFS.
maniac, and still living in her memory. This was A table was placed in front of the ground occupied possible. Haj-Ewa had known us in those days, had by the general and staff; the commissioner stood often met us in our wild wood rambles, had even been immediately behind it. Upon this table was an inkwith us upon the island-for the mad queen could stand with pens; while a broad parchment, exhibiting paddle her canoe with skill, could ride her wild steed, the creases of many folds, was spread out till it could go anywhere, went everywhere.
occupied nearly the whole surface. This parchment It might be only a souvenir of these happy days was the treaty of the Oclawaha. that caused her to speak as she had done-in the Yesterday, began the commissioner, without chaos of her intellect, mistaking the past for the further preamble, we did nothing but talk-to-day present. Heaven forbid !
we are met to act. This,' said he, pointing to the The thought troubled me, but not long; for I did parchment, 'is the treaty of Payne's Landing. I not long entertain it. I clung to the pleasanter hope you have all considered what I said yesterday, belief. Her words were sweet as honey, and formed a and are ready to sign it?' pleasing counterpoise to the fear I might otherwise We have considered,' replied Omatla for himself have felt, on discovering the plot against my life. and those of his party. We are ready to sign.' With the knowledge that Maümee had once loved- 'Onopa is head-chief,' suggested the commissioner ; still loved me I could have dared dangers a hun- 'let him sign first. Where is Miconopa ?' he added, dredfold greater than that. It is but a weak heart looking around the circle with feigned surprise. that would not be gallant under the influence of love. The mico-mico is not here.' Encouraged by the smiles of a beautiful mistress, And why not here? He should have been here. even cowards can be brave.
Why is he absent?' Arens Ringgold was standing by my side. Entrained • He is sick-he is not able to attend the council.' in the crowd, our garments touched; we conversed "That is a lie, Jumper. Miconopa is shammingtogether!
you know he is.' He was even more polite to me than was his wont The dark brow of Hoitle-mattee grew darker at the -more friendly! His speech scarcely betrayed the insult, while his body quivered with rage. A grunt habitual cynicism of his nature; though, whenever I of disdain was all the reply he made, and folding looked him in the face, his eye quailed, and his his arms, he drew back into his former attitude. glance sought the ground.
* Abram! you are Miconopa's private counsellor For all that, he had no suspicion—not the slightest -you know his intentions. Why has he absented -that I knew I was side by side with the man himself ?' who designed murder me.
O Massr Ginral!' replied the black in broken English, and speaking without much show of respect for his interrogator, 'how shed ole Abe know the ’tention ob King Nopy? The mico no tell me
ebberting-he go he please, he come he please—he To-day the commissioner shewed a bolder front. A great chief; he no tell nobody his ’tention.” bold part he had resolved to play, but he felt sure • Does he intend to sign ? Say yes or no.' of success; and consequently there was an air of 'No, den!' responded the interpreter in a firm triumph in his looks. He regarded the chiefs with voice, as if forced to the answer. That much ob the imperious glance of one determined to command his mind Abe do know. He no 'tend sign that ar them; confident they would yield obedience to his dockament. He say no, no.' wishes.
‘Enough!' cried the commissioner in a loud voiceAt intervals his eye rested upon Oçeola with a look 'enough! Now hear me, chiefs and warriors of the of peculiar significance, at once sinister and trium- Seminole nation! I appear before you armed with a phant. I was in the secret of that glance: I guessed power from your Great Father the President-he who its import; I knew that it boded no good to the is chief of us all. That power enables me to punish young Seminole chief. Could I have approached him for disloyalty and disobedience; and I now exercise at that moment, I should have held duty but lightly, the right upon Miconopa. He is no longer king of the and whispered in his ear a word of warning.
Seminoles ! I was angry with myself that I had not thought of This unexpected announcement produced an effect this before. Haj-Ewa could have borne a message upon the audience similar to that of an electric on the previous night; why did I not send it ? My shock. It startled the chiefs and warriors into new mind had been too full. Occupied with my own perils, attitudes, and all stood looking eagerly at the speaker. I had not thought of the danger that threatened my But the expression upon their faces was not of like friend-for in this light I still regarded Powell. import—it varied much. Some shewed signs of anger
I had no exact knowledge of what was meant; as well as surprise. A few appeared pleased, while though, from the conversation I had overheard, i the majority evidently received the announcement more than half divined the commissioner's purpose. with incredulity. Upon some plea, Oceola was to be arrested.
Surely the commissioner was jesting? How could A plea was needed; the outrage could not be he make or unmake a king of the Seminoles ? How perpetrated without one. Even the reckless agent could the Great Father himself do this? The might not venture upon such a stretch of power Seminoles were a free nation; they were not even without plausible pretext; and how was this pretext tributary to the whites—under no political connection to be obtained ?
whatever. They themselves could alone elect their The withdrawal of Onopa and the 'hostiles,' while king—they only could depose him. Surely the comOmatla with the friendlies' remained, had given the missioner was jesting? agent the opportunity. Oceola himself was to furnish Not at all. In another moment, they perceived the plea.
he was in earnest. Foolish as was the project of Would that I could have whispered in his ear one deposing King Oropa, he entertained it seriously. word of caution !
He had resolved to carry it into execution ; and as It was too late: the toils had been laid—the trap far as decrees went, he did so without further delay. set; and the noble game was about to enter it. It Omatla! you have been faithful to your word and was too late for me to warn him. I must stand idly your honour; you are worthy to head å brave nation. by-spectator to an act of injustice-a gross violation From this time forth, you are king of the Seminoles. of right.
Our Great Father, and the people of the United