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thousands of cart-loads having come to stock the material. Of this, we are told, 73,000 cubic feet have
splendid double-doorway, and a flight of massive If contrast were required to set off the noble pro- stone-steps. We ascend into a vestibule, with ceiling portions and grandeur of this commercial temple, it groined and panelled, resting on columns of veined might easily be found in the immediate neighbour- marble. The floor is formed of tesselated tiles, hood. It is true, there are warehouses in front of it, arranged in various patterns ; the spandrels on large and commodious buildings; but behind it and either hand of the arcade are wrought in marble of on the flanks are still remaining nests of old tene- different kinds. A prominent object on the pavement ments similar to those that were removed to make is a large box-scraper, guarded by two gilt-lions, room for this gigantic building. Crowded courts and couchant, and including fixed bruslies for the further alleys, unprepossessing culs de sac, pigmy houses, one- purification of the boots. By all means, let us make sixth of the height of the towering edifice before them, use of them; we are entering a temple that is sacred packers' rooms, where the unemployed of that pro- to the genius of commerce ; let us leave the dirt of the fession congregate, and while away their vacant hours common world outside. We are coming in contact, with drink and cribbage; here you may see an intima- as Dr Johnson might have said, not with mere stuffs, tion of a seller' being to let, warranted dry and airy; silks, and cottons, but with the potentiality of there a 'garratt' is open to an engagement-offering growing rich beyond the dreams of avarice.' 'Are the houseless their choice of the two extremes in the there any mammon-worshippers, we wonder, devout scale of social life. Here live the people who make, enough to slip off their Bluchers in the vestibule, or carry, or prepare for, the costly goods which lie in and enter with bared feet upon this holy ground ? heaps in the palace opposite; they live, and sleep, We enter through mahogany doors, heavy with and breathe in rooms where those goods would plate-glass, and find ourselves in an immense room, infallibly spoil. Such an atmosphere of dust and there being no partitions to separate the various dirt would never do for money's worth-it matters departments, so that each floor presents the appearnot for human health and life. Yet to tell the truth, ance of a large hall. The very first thing that strikes there are few living here, stilling themselves and us is the principal staircase, which starts immediately their families in one or two small rooms, who could in front of the entrance, and branches off flight by not afford to take a decent cottage of their own, if flight till it reaches the top of the building. It is of they were but thrifty and prudent. But this is not pitch pine-wood, and noble in proportions, bounded by the place to moralise.
a hand-rail rich with elaborate tracery. Looking either Let us first glance at the exterior. The front eleva- up or down through the space left in the centre, the tion is designed after the Italian style of architecture, effect is very striking; a large circular roof-window following especially that modification of it which throws ample light through that depth of a hundred prevailed three centuries ago in tlie north of Europe. feet. There is another staircase at the back for the In adopting this style, however, considerable latitude use of manufacturers coming to transact business; it has been observed; other things were necessary as is of solid stone, and fire-proof, so that every floor might well as beauty, and therefore the plan has been varied be commanded from it in case of accident from fire. 80 as to suit the requirements of a building of this The open space on the ground floor is not so large as kind. Many things that an external observer might on those above, a portion being set apart for the consider as mere architectural adjuncts, will be found offices, which extend along the inner side of the on examination to answer important purposes in the building. Here is a private room for the firm, arrangements and business of the establishment. The comfortably fitted up like a substantial family dininguseful and the ornamental are here joined together in room; two private offices, and a long suite for twenty a way that would have astonished the architects of clerks. In the centre is the cashier's desk, elevated old. Perhaps you may remark the absence of so as to command the range on either hand; on one those far-projecting buttresses you generally see in side is the department for receiving money ; on the buildings of this style ; ground is too valuable in the other, that for payments. Tubular communication is heart of this city to be wasted on projections and carried on from hence over the greater part of the recesses, and so the front of the edifice is unrelieved house-to the packers' quarter, the goods receiving by the light and shadow they produce; but to division, and to every sale-department overhead. compensate in some measure for this, the windows of Lavatories, with marble fittings, are placed here for each story are different in design, and their bold and the use of the clerks; and in this respect, admirable various outlines 80 diversify the lengthened front, provision has been made throughout the establishthat the sameness is quite destroyed. Four large ment. These offices present a beautiful appearance: pavilions mount upwards at equal distances along to divide them from the trade-department, a screen the front, which you would be almost sure to regard of elaborate workmanship extends through their as intended chiefly for effect, and you would be whole length, which is fitted with plate-glass, on surprised to learn that they fulfil one of the most which ornamental devices are posted. The pineimportant objects in the arrangements. In order to wood of which the screen is made being varnished, the preservation and proper examination of certain greatly resembles satin-wood, and the ornaments classes of goods, it is necessary that the bright rays upon it (of iron) are picked out in green. The wood of the sun should be kept from them; there towers, throughout has been chiefly treated in this way, and therefore, are so constructed that they supply light the effect is highly successful. Taste and skill have from the north side to one-half of the building, and been taxed to the utmost in providing for every posthus meet that requirement. As far as possible, the sible want, and introducing every possible beauty; same arrangement has been observed in the light the presses, the store-shelves, the counters, the borrowed from the roof, a large portion of which is columns, are all highly ornate; even the gas.jets of glass. York stone has been chiefly used for the take their rise from brass Corinthian columns, front and sides, well rubbed and well laid—the same burning on the top of their capitals like fire upon good stone from which so many noble churches, an altar. abbeys, and cathedrals were built in times of yore, First, we wander about among piles of carpet, roll and which still stand to attest the soundness of the heaped up endwise upon roll, in columns of different
height; some drawn out to display their bright cannot be far out in the matter of these white muslins, colour and fine texture; all sorts and conditions, from however, for we incline to the opinion of a writer we hemp to all-wool Kidderminster, from Dutch to velvet have lately read, that white muslin is the most pile. Here is your modest library-carpet, small in elegant and becoming of all dresses, and one that device and of a mild hue--we prefer green by reason never looks poor.' Ah me, in how many drawingof failing eyesight—there your royal fleur-de-lis rooms will these congregated muslins figure; at how pattern, sacred to church-communions; here again many evening-parties will they rustle, and crush, and your richly wreathed and festooned drawing-room encounter untoward accidents; how often and with article, full of life and colour. One can't help think what metamorphoses and varieties of trimming will ing about the times when our sturdy ancestors they be economically reproduced; over how many strewed their rooms with rushes, and were as happy throbbing hearts will they spread their snowy beauty, therewith and as brave as though they had trodden and reveal no token of the love or grief or jealous on the richest tapestry in Turkey. We pass by door- pangs that may be at work beneath! We wonder mats, druggets, hearth-rugs, hassocks, and find our- whether the polite salesman ever thinks of these selves amongst the linens, Scotch and Irish, done up things, who now comes bustling up, fancying that in square packages, and piled in heaps. Here are he reads business in our meditative features. Manabout one hundred and twenty combinations of the chester muslins, he calls them, and we like them none same or similar materials, each having a separate the less because they have been manufactured here; name. Who would have thought that the genus linen how light and clean to come forth from all our smoke had so many different species! Here we see the and steam, and dust, and ashes ! There are large Royal Turkish,' and in close proximity the 'Russia heaps, however, from north of the Tweed which quite Crash' (is it known by that name in the dominions of rival them in value and beauty. Here is spotless the Czar?) We are tempted to ask whether 'gray lawn, fine enough for the sleeves of an archbishop, body lining' is not something good to eat? · Brown and handkerchiefs per dozen, from dainty spider-web ducks' we have seen in the course of our experience, texture down to the coarsest cotton. Scores of other but 'blue ducks'— who ever met with them? • White things there are too, the names and uses of which to unions' too must be connected in some way with us are deeply mysterious. wedding favours. Who was this ‘Billy Foden' who And now we are on the second floor, plunged into has given his name to immortality in connection with the midst of gloves. Boxes upon boxes, pile upon satin stripes' and cross-overs?' The language of pile, white kids for weddings, and black kids for linen has its derivations and its doubtful points, and funerals ; primrose for the secular dandy, and lavender may yet puzzle the philologist. Sheetings bleached for the clerical; homely worsted, such as warmed our and unbleached, from Forfar, and Armagh, and else- school-boy fingers of yore; cotton ; silk-every kind, where, lie packed in boards, and heaped up like walls, and every kind in myriads. Here is something tastebetween which the visitor walks as in an alley. It ful, something to suit the times-glove-boxes richly would be idle to compute the square miles of ground decorated, perfumed with some penetrating scent which these myriads of yards would cover, or the warranted permanent, and with portraits or landbeds they would furnish with decent pairs of sheets. scapes painted on the lids in a really superior style of Let us reserve our arithmetic and go up stairs.
Their youthful royal highnesses stand first, of We come here amongst the good broadcloths, types course. Windsor Castle, the palace of the Linden of old-fashioned English comfort and cordiality, fur- trees, a beaming picture of my Lord Palmerston, nished by western towns which have been celebrated (slightly soiled), portraits of distinguished ladies-in for centuries for this class of manufacture, and fur- short, a gallery of art, and all connected with gloves. nished also by Yorkshire towns which rival them now The haberdashery department is chiefly represented in this branch. Connected with this department is a by an infinitude of paper parcels, neatly folded, and division for preparing patterns for the travelling- labelled, and stocked. The inscriptions upon many agents of the firm-a slip of every new cloth intro- of these would fail to give to the uninitiated the most duced is furnished to each traveller, and several remote idea of their contents. Who would suspect persons are constantly employed in arranging and that the soldierly motto, pro patria, designated nothing supplying these. From beavers and doeskins we go on better than a parcel of tapes, warranted full measure ? merinos, stuffs, and alpacas, many of which are manu- Are the K.C.B.'s and C.B.'s aware that the heraldic factured at Bradford, and others are of French make. legend of their most worshipful order, tria juncta in They are brought in rough packages from the dyers, uno, has been appropriated by the threefold India and are here folded on boards, and bound round with cotton, 300 yards? We wander now amongst laces paper-bands, in readiness for drapers' stock. A and sewing-silks, fringes and Berlin wools, whose machine is placed in one corner for doing this folding, beauties of colour are veiled, for they are rolled up the power for which is borrowed from a most useful in wrappers to keep them clean. This is the region little steam-engine in the basement, which performs of pins and needles, the habitants of which, however, many other good offices in the establishment. The do not look particularly uncomfortable ; the pins are folding-machine is fitted with an index which marks recommended as having superior solid heads'-an the measurement of every piece as it is thrown off. excellent quality in other articles than pins. We avert Cotton handkerchiefs of Scotch make lie here by our looks modestly from the array of corsetage we thousands, striving, by dint of much colour, to attain now encounter, pass between hooks and eyes, through a close resemblance to silk; quilts and counterpanes of bobbins, braids, and buttons, and arrive at the divers texture and weight, to lie softly on you in the quarter where umbrellas and parasols prevail, with dog-days, or keep you snug at Christmas; table-covers travelling-bags of carpet and leather, purses, portealso, to match any possible carpet, or any conceivable monnaies, and cloth-caps. Shirt fronts and collars paper. Then we get amongst the muslins, about also pass under review; among which shine conspicuous which, in truth, we are afraid of shewing our ignorance. the Jullien Manifold' and the 'Boys' Eglintoun, We do not profess to be judges of a muslin dress in with ribbon-bow.' We say nothing of some hundred the piece at per yard; when it has been duly cut and and fifty different kinds of stockings and 'sox' thickly braided, and whaleboned into shape, expanded into imbedded in the presses; nor of the vests, pants, modern proportions, and fitted to the fair form of the Guernseys, and other articles which must be nameless, wearer, then only can we say whether it is pretty all of which are multitudinously represented here. or not, whether it suits Miss Blanche's complexion, or There is a bright department just before us, gaudy becomes the style of Miss Brunette's beauty. We with many colours—a garden of artificial flowers. Á rich tree stands in the centre, blooming with a hundred nette), the chief good which the Crusades conferred different kinds of blossoms, where the black daisies upon Western Europe; satins, silks, velvets, and for the mourning-cap are ranged along with orange- muslins. Inconsiderable as the item of ribbons might flowers and jessamine, and ripe grapes are drooping seem among such a multitude of other articles, we from the same branch which breaks out at the next are told that the transactions of the firm in this joint into full-blown geraniums. Each is marvel- branch alone for the last week have reached lously true to nature, and not more artificial than tens of thousands of pounds. We observe in this painting or sculpture, or any other device of man to quarter a few miles of that description of work which imitate the appearance of life.
has occupied the attention of English womankind so Up another fight of stairs, and we are among the much of late, termed embroidery, consisting (we prints, chiefly dresses, from the common blue which speak reverently) in cutting out small holes with a worklouse paupers wear, to an article fit for a duchess. charming pair of diminutive scissors, and industriWe connect print-dresses with summer-time, and ously edging round the breach thus made. Further fine weather, charming watering-place rambles, and on are straw-hats and bonnets packed one in the familiar morning-calls. We remember on awkwardly other; laces, from Valenciennes and Brussels point, upsetting the cream-jug at breakfast in the lap of down to ordinary thread; hair-nets and fancy-caps; our maiden aunt (from whom we had expecta- breakfast-caps to cover untrimmed hair; dress-caps tions), what comfort we derived from the assur- to deck the matron for an evening-party; widows' ance that it was a washing-print she had on at the caps, sombre and sad, and withal according to the time. Also, on that decisive morning when we latest fasbion. Then, lastly, we get among the furs, stammered forth the important question, and sealed cheap and costly, mock and natural; the royal and our fate, was it not a print-dress (straw-coloured judicial ermine in unassuming contiguity with the flowers on a white ground) in which the lovely form common squirrel. With all his advancement, man of the present Mrs Smith was arrayed ? So these has not yet quite forsaken his first clothing; silks fancy patterns of blue stars and green rosebuds and and velvets have not altogether superseded the 'coats garlands gay are pleasant to our sight. Here are of skins.' silk pocket-handkerchiefs; and among the variety of We have now seen all the show above-ground of patterns, our eyes light upon that of an old acquaint- this vast establishment. Overhead, in the pavilions, ance, stolen from our pocket in Whitechapel years there is as yet nothing but the débris of broken boxes ago, and by us re-purchased a few days after from an and spare wrappers. From the windows, however, elderly Hebrew gentleman on Saffron Hill. No unim- one commands a view of the city, varying in extent portant proportion of capital is represented by these and clearness according to the condition of the smoke. shawls, of which many rich and valuable specimens Early in the morning, we are told, the prospect of are hung up for show. Bethinking ourselves of such a forest of chimneys, wide-spreading roofs, certain conjugal hints connected with this subject, church-towers and steeples, is something imposing. we inquire the price of one particular article, with a At present, it is all thrown very deeply into shade ; view of investing therein for the benefit of Mrs we therefore prepare to close our inspection by a visit Smith; but our benevolent intentions are frustrated to the basement. We descend--not in the ordinary by the statement of the salesman, that 'the firm does way of down-stair travelling, but by means of a hoist, no retail business. Nothing peddling, or in a small used for raising and sending down goods, Of these, way, but all in proportion with the colossal building there are two in the establishment, worked by steam. and stock. A part of this division, containing the In two or three seconds, we are dropped in the shawl and mantle department, is carpeted, so that immediate vicinity of the useful engine which works the goods unfolded and held up for inspection may the hoists, turns the winding machines, pumps water receive no damage from coming in contact with the for the hydraulic-presses, moves the cranes, and floor. The counters on which they are shewn slope discharges other important duties. On the basementdownwards from the windows, so as to place them in floor we find, first, an entering-room, through which a slanting light, the better to exhibit the texture and all parcels have to pass before they leave the estabcolour. For the same purpose, the windows are lishment, the contents being duly booked, and the fitted with Venetian blinds, the bottom part, for account checked of the department from which they about two feet high, being fixed, and the upper part have come. Next, a saleroom for heavy linens and constructed so as to draw up, or turn to meet the flannels, the bulk of which excludes them from the light. For the protection of these valuable goods rooms up stairs; and near this, we observe a vault from dust, a sliding cover is fitted into each division sunk in the wall, iron-lined and fire-proof, for the of the press, which, when drawn out, falls upon protection of the books of the firm. Here is also a hinges, and shuts up the compartment like a box. division for the manufacture and repair of packing
One more ascent up the broad staircase, and we are cases and boxes for general use. Finally, we reach at the summit of the general business premises, the the packing-room, in which the goods sold are done pavilion story being reserved for miscellaneous stores. into shape, rolled, put up in boxes or in paper as the Here an opened door reveals a recess in which lies case may be, and duly directed before they leave the coiled a length of hose, which can be fixed to a tap premises. Two large hydraulic-presses are placed here close by in the wall, and thus an abundant supply of to assist in this process, and the way in which they water may be conveyed in a few seconds to any part reduce a mountain of miscellaneous goods to a very of the building. Here is the receiving-room, into mole-hill of a package is a marvellous thing to witness. which goods are hoisted from the wagons below-the Our obliging conductor now leads the way up stairs, ceiling under this room being of sheet-iron, as better and informs us that we have inspected all the chief adapted to bear the jar and pressure of heavy weights wonders of the establishment. Other wonders there above. Part of this floor is also set apart for a manu- are, no doubt, not quite so patent as these. We should facturer's room, and is approached by the separate like to hear some illustrations of profitable speculastaircase before alluded to. We pass through the tion, some examples of market-risks and fluctuations; blocking department, where the ribbons are wound we should like to have some idea as to the capital round cylindrical blocks of wood ; the imported employed, the value of the credit given, the amount articles are usually brought in ready-wound, but of profit realised; we are puzzled to think how the the blocks are removed at the custom-house, before firm can make up their income-tax returns, having weighing the ribbon; the blocking here is done by experienced some difficulty in that matter even in our hand. Here are rolls upon rolls of sarsnet (sarace- small way. But these are trade secrets, and it
would be impertinent to inquire into them. One thing it had taken up-though the Indians retained the
through them would be a still more perilous emprise ;
of danger. With scanty provisions, the troops had
marched out of their cantonments. Their rations A ROMANCE.
were already exhausted—hunger stared the army in
the face. Its pangs were already felt, and every hour CHAPTER LXVIII.-A VICTORY ENDING IN A RETREAT.
would render them more severe. I saw not the speaker, who was completely hidden We began to believe that we were besieged; and behind the thick trellis of leaves. It was not neces- such was virtually the fact. Around us in a semisary I should see him, to know who addressed me ; circle swarmed the savages, each behind his protecting on hearing the voice I instantly recognised it. It tree-thus forming a defensive line equal in strength was Oceola who spoke.
to a fortified intrenchment. Such could not be forced, I cannot describe my sensations at that moment, without the certainty of great slaughter among our nor tell exactly how I acted. My mind was in a men. chaos of confusion-surprise and fear mingling alike We perceived, too, that the number of oor enemies in my emotions.
was hourly increasing. A peculiar cry—which some I remember facing once more towards my followers. of the old "Indian fighters' understood-heard at I saw that they were not all dead-some were still intervals, betokened the arrival of fresh parties of lying where they had fallen, doubled up, or stretched the foe. We felt the apprehension that we were out in various attitudes of death-motionless-beyond being outnumbered, and might soon be overpowered. doubt, lifeless. Some still moved, their cries for help A gloomy feeling was fast spreading itself through the shewing that life was not extinct.
ranks. To my joy, I observed several who had regained During the skirmishes that had already occurred, their feet, and were running, or rather scrambling, we noticed that many of the Indians were armed with rapidly away from the ground; and still another fusils and muskets. A few were observed in uniform, few who had risen into half-erect attitudes, and with military accoutrements! One-a conspicuous were crawling off upon their hands and knees. leader-was still more singularly attired. From his
These last were still being fired upon from the shoulders was suspended a large silken flag, after bushes; and as I stood wavering, I saw one or two of the fashion of a Spanish cloak of the times of the them levelled along the grass by the fatal bullets conquistadores. Its stripes of alternate red and that rained thickly around me.
white, with the blue starry field at the corner, were Among the wounded who lay at my feet, there was conspicuous. Every eye in the army looked upon a young fellow whom I knew. He appeared to be it, and recognised in the fantastic draping, thus shot through both limbs, and could not move his tauntingly displayed, the loved flag of our country. body from the spot. His appeal to me for help was These symbols were expressive. They did not the first thing that aroused me from my indecision : puzzle us. Their presence among our enemies was I remembered that this young man had once done easily explained. The flag, the muskets and fusils, me a service.
the uniforms and equipments, were trophies from the Almost mechanically, I bent down, grasped liim battle-field where Dade had fallen. around the waist, and, raising his body, comienced Though the troops regarded these objects with dragging him away,
bitter indignation, their anger was impotent: the With my burden I hurried back across the isthmus-hour for avenging the disastrous fate of their comrades As fast as my strength would permit-nor did I stop had not yet arrived. till beyond the range of the Indian rifles. Here I It is not improbable we might have shared their was met by a party of soldiers, sent to cover our destiny, had we remained much longer upon the retreat. In their hands I left my disabled comrade, ground; but a plan of retreat offered, of which our and hastened onward to deliver my melancholy general was not loath to take advantage. It was the report to the commander-in-chief.
happy idea of a volunteer officer-an old campaigner My tale needed no telling. Our movement had of the 'Hickory' wars-versed in the tactics of Indian been watched, and our discomfiture was already fighting. known throughout the whole army.
By his advice, a feint was made by the troops who The general said not a word; and, without giving had not yet crossed-the volunteers. It was a pretime for explanation, ordered me to another part of tended attempt to effect the passage of the river at the field.
a point higher up-stream. It was good strategy. All blamed his imprudence in having ordered such Had such a passage been possible, it would have a desperate charge--especially with so small a force. brought the enemy between two fires, and thus put For myself, I had gained the credit of a bold leader; an end to the su ind;' but a crossir but how I chanced to be the only one, who came intended-only a ruse. back unscathed out of that deadly fire, was a puzzle It had the effect designed ; the Indians were which at that moment I did not choose to explain. deceived by it, and rushed in a body up the bank
For an hour or more the fight continued to be to prevent the attempt at crossing. Our beleaguered carried on, in the shape of a confused skirmish force took advantage of their temporary absence; and among swamps and trees, without either party gain the regulars,' making an adroit use of the time, ing any material advantage. Each held the position succeeded in getting back to the safe side' of the
1 CHAPTER LXIX.
river. The wily foe was too prudent to follow us Like his predecessor, Gaines expected to reap a and thus ended the battle of the Quithlacoochee.' rich harvest of laurels, and, like the former, was
In the hurried council that was held, there were no he doomed to disappointment. Again, it was the two opinions as to what course of action we should cypress-wreath. pursue. The proposal to march back to Fort King Without delay, our army-reinforced by fresla was received with a wonderful unanimity; and, with troops from Louisiana and elsewhere-was put in little loss of time, we took the route, and arrived motion, and once more marched upon the .Core.' without further molestation at the fort.
We reached the banks of the Amazura, but never crossed that fatal stream-equally fatal to our glory as our lives. This time, the Indians crossed.
Almost upon the ground of the former action-with AXOTIER "SWANP-YIGIIT.'
the difference that it was now upon the nether bank After this action, a complete change was observed of the stream-we were attacked by the red warriors; in the spirit of the army. Boasting was heard no and, after some hours of sharp skirmishing, compelled more ; and the eagerness of the troops to be led to shelter our proud battalions within the protecting against the enemy was no longer difficult to restrain. pickets of a stockade! Within this enclosure we were No one expressed desire for a second expedition besieged for a period of nine days, scarcely daring to across the Ouithlacoochee, and the Cove' was trust ourselves outside the wooden walls. Starvation to remain unexplored until the arrival of reinforce- no longer stared us in the face-it had actually come ments. The volunteers were disheartened, wearied of upon us; and but for the horses we liad hitherto the campaign, and not a little cowed by the resistance bestrode-with whose flesh we were fain to satisfy they had so unexpectedly encountered-bold and the cravings of our appetites-one-half the army of bloody as it was unlooked for. The enemy, hitherto Camp Izard' would have perished of hunger. despised, if it had aroused by its conduct a strong We were saved from destruction by the timely feeling of exasperation and vengeance, had also arrival of a large force that had been despatched purchased the privilege of respect.
to our rescue under Clinch, still commanding his The battle of the Ouithlacoochee cost the United brigade. Having marched direct from Fort King, States arny nearly a hundred men. The Seminole our former general had the good-fortune to approach loss was believed to be much greater; though no one the enemy from their rear, and, by surprising our could give a better authority for this belief than that besiegers, disentangle us from our perilous situation. of a 'guess. No one had seen the enemy's slain; but The day of our delivery was memorable by a sinthis was accounted for by the assertion, that during gular incident--an armistice of a peculiar character. the fight they had carried their dead and wounded from Early in the morning, while it was yet dark, a voice the field!
was heard hailing us from a distance, in a loud 'Ho How often has this absurd allegation appeared there !-Halloa!' in the dispatches of generals both victorious and It came from the direction of the enemy_since defeated! It is the usual explanation of a battle- we were surrounded, it could not otherwise-but the field found too sparsely strewn by the bodies of the peculiar phraseology led to the hope that Clinch's foe. The very possibility of such an operation brigade had arrived. argues either an easy conflict, or a strong attachment The hail was repeated, and answered ;. but the hope between comrade and comrade-too strong, indeed, of a rescue vanished when the stentorian voice was for human nature. With some fighting experience, I recognised as that of Abram, the black chief, and can affirm that never saw a dead body, either of quondam interpreter of the council. comrade or foeman, moved from the ground where •What do you want?' was the interrogatory ordered he had fallen, so long as there was a shot ringing by the commander-in-chief. upon the ear.
A talk,' came the curt reply. In the battle of the Quithlacoochee, no doubt some "For what purpose ?'. of our enemies had 'bit the dust;' but their loss was “We want to stop fighting.' much less than that of our own troops. For myself, The proposal was agreeable as unexpected. What and I had ample opportunity for observation-I could could it mean? Were the Indians starving, like not swear to a single 'dead Indian ;' nor have I met ourselves, and tired of hostilities ? It was probable with a comrade who could.
enough: for what other reason should they desire to Notwithstanding this, historians have chronicled end the war so abruptly? They had not yet been the affair as a grand 'victory,' and the dispatch of defeated, but, on the contrary, victorious in every the commander-in-chief is still extant - - a curious action that had been fought. specimen of warlike literature. In this document But one other motive could be thought of. We may be found the name of almost every officer were every hour expecting the arrival of Clinch's engaged, each depicted as a peerless hero! A rare brigade. Runners had reached the camp to say that monument of vanity and boasting.
he was near, and, reinforced by it, we should be To speak the honest truth, we had been well not only strong enough to raise the siege, but to whipped' by the red skins; and the chagrin of the attack the Indians with almost a certainty of defeating army was only equalled by its exasperation.
them. Perhaps they knew, as well as we, that Clinch Clinch, although esteemed a kind general — the was advancing, and were desirous of making terms soldier's friend,' as historians term him—was no before his arrival. longer regarded as a great warrior. His glory had The proposal for a 'talk' was thus accounted for departed. If Oceola owed him any spite, he had by the commander-in-chief, who was now in hopes reason to be satisfied with what he had accomplished, of being able to strike a decisive blow. His only without molesting the old veteran' further. Though apprehension was, that the enemy should retreat, still living, he was dead to fame.
before Clinch could get forward upon the field. An A fresh commander-in-chief now made his appear-armistice would serve to delay the Indians upon the ance, and hopes of victory were again revived." The ground; and, without hesitation, the distant speaker new general was Gaines, another of the veterans' was informed that the talk would be welcome. produced by seniority of rank. He had not been A meeting of parlementaires from each side was ordered by the government upon this especial duty; arranged; the hour, as soon as it should be light. but Florida being part of his military district, had There were to be three of the Indians, and three volunteered to take the guidance of the war.
from the camp.