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"A lady,' says Mr Brace, who is descended from population shall have reached the stage of cultivation the famous family of Oxenstiërn, told me that while in at which superstitions become naturally incredible. her castle at W—, she observed one day the work- In the meanwhile, so long as they last, a certain men making some repairs in the walls of one saloon, curiosity may be expected to prevail concerning them; at the command of her father, and that they had placed and in the information here collected and presented, & a valuable painting on the floor. She was fearful some slight effort has been made to gratify it. injury might happen to it, and she directed the workmen to hang it on an unoccupied nail in her chamber. The picture was a portrait of the old Chancellor
O ÇEOLA: Oxenstiern. On the other side of her chamber, though
A ROMANCE. she did not then observe it, hung a portrait of Queen Christina. Now, as is well known, there was between
CHAPTER XL.-'FIGHTING GALLAGHER.' these two during life a most bitter feud, which was The prisoner was confined in a strong, windowless never reconciled. This did not occur to her, however, block-house. Access to him would be easy enough, and she undressed and retired to her bed as usual. In especially to those who wore epaulets. It was my the night, she was aroused suddenly by a curious design to visit him; but, for certain reasons, I forbore rustling; she listened, and it evidently came from the putting it in execution, so long as daylight lasted. wall where the picture hung. She raised her head, I was desirous that my interview should be as private and gazed at the old portrait by the light of the night- as possible, and therefore waited for the night. lamp, when she heard distinctly proceeding from it a I was influenced by other reasons: my hands were deep hollow groan-then another-and then a third. full of business; I had not yet done with Arens She was fearfully alarmed, but really had not strength Ringgold. to shriek; and her room was at a distance on one wing I had a difficulty in deciding how to act. My mind of the castle, where she could only arouse people by an was a chaos of emotions: hatred for the conspirators alarm-bell. She thought of arising and fleeing to her -indignation at the unjust behaviour of the agent maid, when suddenly again came the sepulchral groans. towards Oceola— love for Maümee—now fond and She could not stir; her voice failed, and at length she trusting-anon doubting and jealous. Amid such fell back exhausted to sleep. The next morning, confusion, how could I think with clearness ? nothing seemed moved or different in the picture; "but Withal, one of these emotions had precedence-I assure you,” said she, “I removed the portrait at anger against the villain who intended to take my once to another room, and I have never been troubled life was at that moment the strongest passion in my with anything of the kind since.”'
breast. Any one acquainted with nightmare, will have had Hostility so heartless, so causeless, so deadly, had experiences which will probably enable him to account not failed to imbue me with a keen desire for vengefor the origin of such stories. The singular thing ance; and I resolved to punish my enemy at all about them is, that they are related, and evidently hazards. believed in, by intelligent persons. But such beliefs He only, whose life has been aimed at by an are so very common in Sweden, as to excite no sur. assassin, can understand the deadly antipathy I felt prise among any classes of society. 'I do not think,' towards Arens Ringgold. An open enemy, who acts said a Swedish gentleman to Mr Brace, •that out of under the impulse of anger, jealousy, or fancied every ten people you meet you could find one who had wrong, you may respect. Even the two white not encountered such adventures. Before I was in wretches, and the yellow runaway, I regarded only public life, I was a great deal among the peasantry. with contempt, as tools pliant for any purpose; but Many and many a night have I been called up to see the arch-conspirator himself I now both hated and or hear the spökeri (witchcraft or glostcraft). The despised. So acute was my sense of injury, that I peasants would recount that in an upper room they could not permit it to pass without some act of had distinctly heard the spirits throwing the tin vessels retaliation, some effort to punish my wronger. and the chairs at each other, then a violent struggle But how? Therein lay the uncertainty. How? between the demons, and then all would be quiet. At A duel ? other times, regular steps would be heard passing over I could think of no other way. The criminal was the floor, or lights be seen; sometimes the cattle and still inside the law. I could not reach him, otherwise horses are attacked, and they stamp and neigh in an than by my own arm. unaccountable manner. I always went at once, no I well weighed the words of my sable counsellor; matter what hour of the night, to the place which was but the faithful fellow had spoken in vain, and I haunted, to break up the delusion among the people. resolved to act contrary to his advice, let the hazard Sometimes in an attic I would find a cat sitting quietly fall as it might. I made up my mind to the in one corner; sometimes rats would run over the challenge. floor-more generally everything was still, and there Oue consideration still caused me to hesitate: I were not the slightest signs of anything being moved. must give Ringgold my reasons.
The natural explanations which are sometimes He should have been welcome to them as a dying found for the supposed supernatural appearances that souvenir; but if I succeeded in only half killing him, occur among the northern people, do not materially or he in half killing me, how about the future? I tend to weaken the belief in their reality. There is a should be shewing my hand to him, by which he superstitious tendency in the Norse imagination which, would profit; whereas, unknown to him, I now knew fostered as it has been by natural circumstances for his, and might easily foil his designs. many ages, is extremely difficult to eradicate. The Such calculations ran rapidly through my mind, clergy find it one of their greatest obstacles to the though I considered them with a coolness that in inculcation of rational instruction, and hitherto their after-thought surprises me. The incidents I had teachings appear to have had little or no effect upon lately encountered-combined with angry hatred of it. No doubt, as education advances, and correct this plausible villain-had made me fierce, cold, and knowledge respecting nature and her processes becomes cruel. I was no longer myself; and wicked as it more general among the people, these superstitions will may appear, I could not control my longings for give way; but it is not unlikely they may maintain vengeance. their ground in many places for another century or I needed a friend to advise me. Who could I two; and, at any rate, we may be assured they will make the confidant of my terrible secret ? never finally die out, until the general mind of the Surely my ears were not deceiving me? No; it was the voice of my old school-fellow, Charley That fellow needn't fear wathier--the say 'll niver Gallagher. I heard it outside, and recognised the drown him. Now, look here, Geordy, boy, continued ring of his merry laugh. A detachment of rifles had Gallagher, facing towards me, and speaking in a more just entered the fort with Charley at their head. In earnest tone: ‘Follow my advice to the letther! First another instant we had 'embraced.'
trid upon his toes, an' see how he takes it. The What could have been more opportune? Charley fellow's got corns: don't ye see, he wares a tight boot? had been my 'chum'at college-my bosom-com- Give him a good scrouge; make him sing out. Ov panion. He deserved my confidence, and almost coorse, he'll ask you to apologise—he must-you upon the instant, I made known to him the situation won't. Shurely that 'll do the bizness without further of affairs.
caremony? If it don't, then, by Jabus! hit him a It required much explanation to remove his kick in the latter end.' incredulity: he was disposed to treat the whole “No, Gallagher,' said I, disliking the programme. thing as a joke-that is, the conspiracy against my 'It will never do.' life. But the rifle-shot was real, and Black Jake was Bad luck to it, an' why not? You 're not goin' to by to confirm my account of it; so that my friend back out, are ye? Think man! a villain who would was at length induced to take a serious view of the murdher you! an' maybe will some day, if you let matter.
him escape.' *Bad luck to me!' said he, in Irish accent: 'it's "True-but' the quarest case that iver came accrast your humble Bah! no buts. Move up, an' let's see what frind's exparience. Mother o' Moses! the fellow must they ’re talking about, anyhow. I'll find ye a chance, be the divil incarnate. Geordie, my boy, have ye or my name's not Gallagher.' looked under his instip?'
Undetermined how to act, I walked after my Despite the name and 'brogue,' Charley was not companion, and joined the group of officers. a Hibernian-only the son of one. He was a New- Of course, I had no thought of following Gallagher's Yorker by birth, and could speak good English when advice. I was in hopes that some turn in the conhe pleased; but from some freak of eccentricity or versation might give me the opportunity I desired, affectation, he had taken to the brogue, and used it without proceeding to such rude extremes. habitually, when among friends, with all the rich My hopes did not deceive me. Arens Ringgold garniture of a true Milesian fresh from the “sod.' seemed to tempt his fate, for I had scarcely entered
He was altogether an odd fellow, but with a soul among the crowd, before I found cause sufficient for of honour, and a heart true as steel. He was no my purpose. dunce either, and the man above all others upon "Talking of Indian beauties,' said he, 'no one has whose coat-tail it would not have been safe to 'trid.' been so successful among them as Scott here. He He was already notorious for having been engaged in has been playing Don Giovanni ever since he came to two or three affairs,' in which he had played both the fort.' principal and second, and had earned the bellicose "Oh,' exclaimed one of the newly arrived officers appellation of 'I'ighting Gallagher.' I knew what that does not surprise us. He has been a lady. his advice would be before asking it—'Call the killer ever since I knew him. The man who is irreschoundrel out by all manes.'
sistible among the belles of Saratoga, will surely find I stated the difficulty as to my reasons for challenging little difficulty in carrying the heart of an Indian Ringgold.
maiden.' * Thrue, ma bohill! You 're right there, but there ‘Don't be so confident about that, Captain Roberts. need be no throuble about the matther.'
Sometimes these forest damsels are very shy of us How?'
pale-faced lovers. Lieutenant Scott's present sweetMake the spalpeen challenge you. That's betther heart cost him a long siege before he could conquer -besides, it gives you the choice of waypons.' her. Is it not so, lieutenant?' • In what way can I do this ?'
Nonsense,' replied the dandy with a conceited Och! my innocent gossoon! Shure that 's as smirk. asy as tumblin' from a haycock. Call him a liar; ‘But she yielded at last ?' said Roberts, turning an' if that's not sufficiently disagraable, twake his interrogatively towards Scott. nose, or squirt your tobacco in his ugly countenance. The dandy made no reply, but his simpering smile That 'll fetch him out, I 'll be bail for ye.'
was evidently intended to be taken in the affirmative. Come along, my boy!' continued my ready coun- O yes,' rejoined Ringgold, she yielded at last; sellor, moving towards the door. "Where is this and is now the “favourite,” it is said.' Mister Ringgowld to be sarched for? Find me the • Her name-her name?' gint, and I'll shew you how to scratch his buttons. ‘Powell-Miss Powell.' Come along wid ye!'
• What! That name is not Indian ?' Not much liking the plan of procedure, but without “No, gentlemen; the lady is no savage, I assure the moral strength to resist, I followed this impetuous you: she can play and sing, and read and write tooson of a Celt through the doorway.
such pretty billets-doux. Is it not so, lieutenant ?'
Before the latter could make reply, another spoke:
*Is not that the name of the young chief who has just been arrested ?'
" True,' answered Ringgold ; “it is the fellow's We were scarcely outside before we saw him for name. I had forgotten to say she is his sister.' whom we were searching. He was standing at a short • What! the sister of Oceola ?' distance from the porch, conversing with a group of Neither more nor less-half-blood like him too. officers, among whom was the dandy already alluded Among the whites, they are known by the name of to, and who passed under the appropriate appellation Powell, since that was the cognomen of the worthy of Beau Scott.' The latter was aid-de-camp to the old gentleman who begot them. Oçeola, which signicommander-in-chief, of whom he was also a relative. fies “the Rising Sun,” is the name by which he is I pointed Ringgold out to my companion.
known among the Seminoles ; and her native appelHe in the civilian dress,' I said.
lation-ah, that is a very pretty name indeed.' Och! man, ye needn't be so purticular in your • What is it? Let us hear it; let us judge for idintification : that sarpint-look spakes for itself. ourselves.' Be my sowl! it's an unwholesome look altogither. Maümee.'
PROVOKING A DUEL.
Very pretty indeed!'
much bepraised, does not find ready credence. A Beautiful! If the damsel be only as sweet as her refusal to meet the man who may challenge you name, then Scott is a fortunate fellow.'
is not thus explained. It is called backing out,' “Oh, she is a very wonder of beauty: eyes liquid shewing the white feather ;' and he who does this, and full of fiery love-long lashes; lips luscious as need look no more upon his ladye-love: she would honeycombs; figure tall; bust full and firm; limbs like 'Bog him with her garters.' those of the Cyprian goddess; feet like Cinderella's More than once have I heard this threat, spoken -in short, perfection.'
by pretty lips, and in the centre of a brilliant circle. Wonderful. Why, Scott, you are the luckiest His moral courage must be great who would promortal alive. But, say, Ringgold! are you speaking voke such chastisement. in seriousness ? Has he really conquered this Indian With such a sentiment over the land, then, I had divinity ? Honour bright-has he succeeded? You nailed Arens Ringgold for a meeting; and I joyed understand what I mean?'
to think I had done so without compromising my • Most certainly,' was the prompt reply.
secret. Up to this moment I had not interfered. The first But ah! it was a painful provocation he had given words of the conversation had bound me like a spell, me; and if he had been the greatest coward in the and I stood as if glued to the ground. My brain was world, he could not have been more wretched than I, giddy, and my heart felt as if the blood passing as I returned to my quarters. through it was molten lead. The bold enunciations My jovial companion could no longer cheer me, had so staggered me, that it was some time before I though it was not fear for the coming fight that could draw my breath ; and more than one of the clouded my spirits. Far from it-far otherwise. I bystanders noticed the effect which the dialogue was scarcely thought of that. My thoughts were of producing upon me.
Maümee-of what I had just heard. She was false After a little, I grew calmer, or rather more reso
--false betraying, herself betrayed-lost-lost for lute. The very despair that had passed into my ever! bosom had the effect of steeling my nerves; and just In truth was I wretched. One thing alone could as Ringgold uttered the flippant affirmative, I was have rendered me more so—an obstacle to the anticiready for him.
pated meeting-anything to hinder my revenge. On *Liar!' I exclaimed; and before the red could the duel now rested my hopes. It might enable me mount into his cheek, I gave it a slap with the back to disembarrass my heart of the hot blood that was of my land, that no doubt helped to heighten the burning it. Not all—unless he too stood before colour.
me-he the seducer, who had made this misery. • Nately done!' cried Gallagher; 'there can be no Would I could find pretext for challenging him. I mistake about the maynin of that.'
should do so yet. Why had I not? Why did I not Nor was there. My antagonist accepted the act strike him for that smile? I could have fought them for what it was meant—a deadly insult. In such both at the same time, one after the other. company, he could not do otherwise; and, muttering Thus I raved, with Gallagher by my side. My some indistinct threats, he walked away from the friend knew not all my secret. He asked what I had ground, attended by his especial friend, the lady got 'aginst the aid-de-cong.' killer, and two or three others.
"Say the word, Geordie, boy, an' we'll make a fourThe incident, instead of gathering a crowd, had handed game ov it. Be Saint Pathrick ! I'd like the contrary effect: it scattered the little group who mightily to take the shine out of that purty payhad witnessed it; the officers retiring indoors to cock!' discuss the motives, and speculate as to when and No, Gallagher, no. It is not your affair ; you where the affair would come off.'
could not give me satisfaction for that. Let us wait Gallagher and I also left the ground; and, closeted till we know more. I cannot believe it-I cannot in my quarters, commenced preparing for the event. believe it.'
Not now, my friend. When it is over, I shall CHAPTER XLII.
All right, my boy! Charley Gallagher 's not the
man to disturb your saycrets. Now, let's look to At the time of which I write, duelling was not the bull-dogs, an’ make shure they ’re in barking uncommon in the United States army. In war-time, condition. I hope the scamps won't blab at headit is not uncommon yet, as I can testify from late quarters, an' disappoint us after all.' experience. It is contrary to the regulations of the It was my only fear. I knew that arrest was American service-as I believe it is of every other in possible-probable-certain, if my adversary wished the civilised world. Notwithstanding, an infringement it. Arrest would put an end to the affair ; and I of the code militaire in this regard is usually looked should be left in a worse position than ever. Ringupon with leniency-more often 'winked at' than gold's father was gone-I had ascertained this punished. This much I can affirm—that any officer favourable circumstance; but no matter. The comin the American army who has received the 'lie mander-in-chief was the friend of the family-a direct,' will find more honour in the breach of this word in his ear would be sufficient. I feared that military rule than in its observance.
the aid-de-camp Scott, instructed by Arens, might After all that has been said and written about whisper that word. duelling, the outcry against it is a sad sham, at least ‘After all, he daren't,' said Gallagher; 'you driv in the United States of America-nothing less than the nail home, an’ clinched it. He daren't do the a piece of superb hypocrisy. Universal as has been dhirty thing—not a bit ov it: it might get wind, an' this condemnation, I should not like to take shelter thin he'd have the kettle to his tail; besides, ma under it. I well know it would not protect me from bohill, he wants to kill you anyhow; so he ought to being called by that ugly appellation, poltroon.' I be glad of the fine handy chance you've given him. have noticed over and over again, that the news. He's not a bad shot, they say. Never fear, Geordie, papers loudest in their declamations against duelling, boy! he won't back out this time: he must fight are the first to fling 'coward' in the teeth of him he will fight. Ha! I told you 80. See, yonder who refuses to fight.
comes Apollo Belvidare! Holy Moses ! how Phæbus It is even so. In America, moral courage, though shines!'
A knock—'Come in '--the door was opened, and It was my intention to stay by the pond. I rethe aid-de-camp appeared in full uniform.
membered the invitation of Haj-Ewa. By remaining, * To arrest me,' thought I, and my heart fell. I should avoid the double journey. Better to await
But no; the freshly written note spoke a different her coming. purpose, and I was relieved. It was the challenge. A glance to the western horizon shewed me that
• Lieutenant Randolph, I believe?' said the gentle the sun had already sunk below the tree-tops. The man, advancing towards me.
twilight would be short. The young moon was I pointed to Gallagher, but made no reply.
already in the heavens. It might be only a few 'I am to understand that Captain Gallagher is minutes before Haj-Ewa should come. I resolved your friend?
to stay. I nodded assent.
I desired not that Gallagher should be with me; The two faced each other, and the next instant and I expressed the wish to be left alone. were en rapport; talking the matter over cool as My companion was a little surprised and puzzled cucumbers and sweet as sugar-plums.
at the request; but he was too well bred not to yield From observation, I hazard this remark—that the instant compliance. politeness exhibited between the seconds in a duel "Why, Geordie, boy!' said he, about to retire, cannot be surpassed by that of the most accomplished shurely there's something the matther wid ye? It courtiers in the world.
isn't this thrifling spurt we've been engaged in ? The time occupied in the business was brief. Didn't it ind intirely to your satisfaction ? Arrah, Gallagher well knew the routine, and I saw that the man! are ye sorry you didn't kill him dead ? Be my other was not unacquainted with it. In five minutes, trath, you look as milancholic an' downhearted as if everything was arranged_time, place, weapons, and he had killed you!' distance.
'Dear friend, leave me alone. On my return to I nodded ; Gallagher made a sweeping salaam ; the quarters, you shall know the cause of my melancholy, aid-de-camp bowed stiffily and withdrew.
and why I now desire to part from your pleasant
company.' I shall not trouble you with my reflections previous "Oh, that part I can guess,' rejoined he with a to the duel, nor yet with many details of the affair significant laugh: "always a petticoat where there's itself. Accounts of these deadly encounters are shots exchanged. Niver mind, my boy-no saycrets common enough in books, and their sameness will for Charley Gallagher: I'm bad at keepin' them. serve as my excuse for not describing one.
Ov coorse, you're going to meet betther company than Ours differed only from the ordinary kind in the mine; but laste you might fall in with worse-an' by weapon used. We fought with rifles, instead of swords my sowl! from what ye’ve towld me, that same isn't or pistols. It was my choice—as the challenged party, beyond the bownds ov probability-take this little I had the right-but it was equally agreeable to my cheeper. I'm a great dog-braker, you know. Here adversary, who was as well skilled in the use of the the speaker handed me a silver-call which he had rifle as 1. I chose this weapon because it was the plucked from his button. 'If anything inconvanient deadliest.
or disagraable should turn up, put that between your The time arranged was an hour before sunset. I lips, an' Charley Gallagher will be at your side in had urged this early meeting in fear of interruption; the mintion of Jack Robison's name. Cupid spade the place, a spot of level ground near the edge of the ye with your lady-love! I'll go an' kill time over a 'little pond where I had met Haj-Ewa; the distance, tumbler ov nagus till ye come.'
So saying, my warm-hearted friend left me to We met-took our places, back to back—waited myself. for the ominous signal, One, two, three '-received I ceased to think of him ere he was gone out of sight it-faced rapidly round-and fired at each other. -even the bloody strife, in which I had been so re
I heard the "hist' of the leaden pellet as it passed cently engaged, glided out of my mind. Maümee-her my ear, but felt no stroke.
falsehood and her fall-alone occupied my thoughts. The smoke puffed upward. I saw my antagonist For a long while, I made no doubt of what I had upon the ground; he was not dead : he was writhing heard. How could I, with proofs so circumstantial ? and groaning.
- the testimony of those cognizant of the scandalThe seconds, and several spectators who were of the chief actor in it, whose silent smile spoke present, ran up to him, but I kept my ground. stronger than words. That smile of insolent triumph
"Well, Gallagher ?' I asked as my friend came why had I permitted it to pass without challenge, back to me.
without rebuke? It was not too late I should call • Winged, by japers! You ’ve spoilt the use ov his upon him to speak plainly and point-blank-yes or dexter arm-bone broke above the ilbow-joint.'
If yes, then for a second duel more deadly than •That all?'
the first. • Arrah, sowl! aren't it enough? Hear how the Notwithstanding these resolves to make my rival hound whimpers!'
declare himself, I doubted not the damning truth; I I felt as the tiger is said to feel after tasting blood, endeavoured to resign myself to its torture. though I cannot now account for my ferocity. The For a long while was my soul upon the rackman had sought my life-I thirsted for his. This com- more than an hour. Then, as my blood grew more bined with the other thought had nigh driven me mad. cool, reflections of a calmer nature entered my mind;
I was not satisfied, and would make no apology; and at intervals, I experienced the soothing influence but my antagonist had had enough; he was eager to of hope; this especially, when I recalled the words be taken from the ground on any terms, and thus the of Haj-Ewa, spoken on the preceding night. Surely affair ended.
the maniac had not been mocking me? Surely it It was my first duel, but not my last.
was not a dream of her delirious brain ? a distorted mirage of memory—the memory of some far-away, long-forgotten scene, by her only remembered ? No, no; her tale was not distorted—her thoughts were
not delirious—her words were not mockeries! Our opponents passed silently away-the spectators How sweet it was to think so ! along with them-leaving my second and myself upon Yes—I began to experience intervals of placid the ground.
thought; more than placid-pleasant.
Alas! they were evanescent. The memory of those Whom, young mico-of him the fair one-the bold meretricious plirases, those smiling innuendoes, wicked one—the Wykome hulwa.* See! he comes, dissipated or darkened them, as cumuli darken the he comes! Behold him in the water. Ho, ho! it sun. “He had succeeded;''She was now his favourite;' is he. Up, young mico! up into thy leafy bower : • Most certainly'— words worse than death. Withal stay till Ewa comes! Hear what you may hear—see it was a foul testimony on which to build a faith. what you may see; but, for your life, stir not till I
I longed for light, that true light—the evidence of give you the signal. Up, up, up!' the senses-that leaves nought uncertain. I should Just as on the preceding night, half lifting me seek it with rash directness, reckless of the result, into the live-oak, the maniac glided away amidst the till it illumined her whole history, proving the past shadows. a disgrace, the future a chaos of utter despair. I I lost no time in getting into my former position, longed for light; I longed for the coming of Haj-Ewa. where I sat silent and expecting.
I knew not what the maniac wanted—something, I The shadow had grown shorter, but there was still supposed, concerning the captive. Since noon, I had enough to shew me that it was the form of a man. little thought of him. The mad queen went every- In another moment, it vanished. where, knew every one; she must know all, under- Scarcely an instant had elapsed, ere a second was stand all-ay, well understand: she, too, had been flung upon the water, advancing over the ridge, and betrayed.
as if following the track of the former one, though I repaired to our place of meeting on the pre- the two persons did not appear to be in company. ceding night; there I might expect her. I crossed That which followed I could trace in full outline. the little ridge among the stems of the palmettoes; It was the figure of a woman, one whose upright it was the direct route to the shadowy side of the bearing and free port proved her to be young. tank. I descended the slope, and stood as before Even the shadow exhibited a certain symmetry of under the spreading arms of the live-oak.
form, and gracefulness of motion, incompatible with Haj-Ewa was before me. A single moonbeam, age. Was it still Haj-Ewa? Had she gone round slanting athwart the leaves, shone upon her majestic through the thicket, and was now following the figure. Under its light, the two serpents glittered footsteps of the man ? with a metallic lustre, as though her neck and waist For a moment I fancied so; but I soon perceived were encircled with precious gens.
that my fancy was astray. • Hinklas! pretty mico! you are come. Gallant The man advanced under the tree.
The same mico! where was thine eye and thine arm that thou moonbeam, that but the moment before had shone didst not kill the Iste-hulica? *
upon Haj-Ewa, now fell upon him, and I saw him
with sùfficient distinctness : he was the aid-de-camp. Ah! the hunter of the deerHe was stricken so with fear
He stopped, took out his watch, held it up to the When he stood before the wolf,
light, and appeared to be inquiring the hour. The gaunt wicked wolf,
But I heeded him no further. Another face When he saw the snarling wolf,
appeared under that silvery ray-false and shining He trembled so with fear
as itself: it was the face that to me seemed the That unharmed the fierce wolf ran away.
loveliest in the world--the face of Maümee. Ha, ha, ha! was it not so, brave mico ?'
• It was not fear that hindered me, Ewa. Besides, the wolf did not go unscathed.'
AT BELT ON, LINCOLNSHIRE: Ho! the wolf has a wounded leg—he will lick
JUNE 18, 1857. himself well again; he will soon be strong as ever. 'Twas night: the crescent moon from out the west, Hulwak ! you should have killed him, fair mico, ere Over a bank of clouds looked forth, and shed he bring the pack upon you.'
A gentle brightness o'er the woods and fields; 'I could not help my ill-luck. I am unfortunate
A lulling murmur from the river came, every way.'
And quiv'ring zephyrs toyed with leaf and flower. • Cooree, cooree—no. You should be happy, young mico; you shall be happy, friend of the red Seminoleé.
When roused by the beetle's birring humWait till you see
Where brooded o'er their young his loving mate, "See what?'
In covert low edged round with buds and flowers'Patience, chepawnee! To-night, under this very
Up rose the nightingale : first from his throat tree, you will see what is fair-you will hear what is Came flute-like forth his opening notes, sweet-and perchance Haj-Ewa will be revenged.' Then swelling into rapture, fell and rose This last phrase was spoken with an
In jocund song. Now ringing echo-like, emphasis, and in a tone that shewed a strong feeling He note to note replied in octave bright, of resentment against some one unknown. I could
'Till in his ecstasy, full forth he poured not comprehend the nature of the expected vengeance.
His jug, jug, jug. Then lower fell his song, . His son-yes,' continued the maniac, now in
As if in converse with his mate he spoke, soliloquy, “it must be—it must: his eyes, his hair, his form, his gait, his name; his son and hers. O
In tones of fond caress, how warm within Haj-Ewa will have revenge.'
He felt the burden of his love to be. Was I myself the object of this menace? Such a
Catching her quick response, his triumph rang, thought entered my mind.
In loud soprano, till the air and trees "Good Ewa! of whom are you speaking ?'
Were full of melody and sparkling notes Roused by my voice, she looked upon me with a Caught by the echo near, then bounding back, bewildered stare, and then broke out into her habitual Came leaping into listening ears like hail. chant:
John HAWKINS. Why did I trust to a pale-faced lover? llo, ho, ho!' &c.
* The spirit of evil. Suddenly stopping, she seemed once more to remember Printed and Published by W. & R. CHAMBERS, 47 Paternoster herself, and essayed a reply to my question.
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WILLIAM ROBERTSON, 23 Upper Sackville Street, DUBLIN, and * Literally, bad man--villain.